While breakfast in bed and crafts made by the kids are standard Mother’s Day pleasers, this year you can up the game by giving her something a little less unexpected. The following four activities have the added bonus of giving mom some serious family time with a twist. From wild animals to wild runs, read on for our favorite ideas for spending Mother’s Day with your main mama.

photo: Richard Roche via flickr

Oregon Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch
From house-cured lox and salads to an omelet station and kid-friendly menu (plus adult beverages) the caterers at Cascade Crest Banquet Center thought of everything a mom and her cubs could need to gear up for a day at the zoo. After dining the zoo suggests saying hi to some notable moms and families, like Asian elephant Rose-Tu, mom to 4-year-old Lily and 8-year-old Samudra.

Where: Cascade Crest Banquet Center at the Oregon Zoo
4001 SW Canyon Rd.
When: Sun., May 14, from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Pricing: $45/person (ages 12 and up), $18/person (ages 3–11), Moms and Oregon Zoo Members receive 10% discount.
Online: oregonzoo.org
Reservations: Reservations are required. Contact Oregon Zoo catering at 503.525.4299.

photo: Greg Eichlerberger via flickr

Run Mama Run
Whether you run or walk this Mother’s Day event is a great way to feel good and do good! With family yoga, breakfast, and extra events for kids (hint there will be a fire truck!), there’s something to please everyone in your clan while making mom feel special. Celebrating its 9th year, Run Mama Run puts the “fun” in fundraiser. Your entry fee benefits Family Forward Action, an organization that advocates for the economic security of Oregon women and families.

Enjoy the view and the exercise at Mt. Tabor on your own or with a team of five run/walkers. Feel like relaxing but still want to donate? Opt for their Sleep Mama Sleep registration. Kids can do a quarter of the run for free, then join in on fire truck activities with Portland Fire, craft, participate in family yoga and wish you luck with raffle prizes. Find course maps, more event info, and packet pick-up details here. Run typically attracts about 250 runners, remember to pre-register to save!

Where: Mt. Tabor
SE 60th Ave & Salmon St.
When: Sun., May 14, 2017 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pricing: $49/single participant, $175/team of five, $55/person day of event, $250/team of five day of event.
Online: runmamarunpdx.org

photo: oslewja via flickr

Camas Plant & Garden Fair
Have plans with the grandparents Sunday? Want to transform Mother’s Day into Mother’s Weekend (we think it should be)? Check out Downtown Camas Association’s Camas Plant & Garden Fair Saturday, May 13. Now in its 20th year, this fair brings local nurseries and vendors to you and your family in a beautiful, historic setting. Just in time to snag a last-minute Mother’s Day present, the fair offers a harvest of plants and garden related items (think wind chimes, fountains and bird houses) for a mom with a green thumb. They will have a free potting station at 3rd and Cedar, and an “expert list” to help answer plant and garden related questions. Kids can enjoy a free fun zone from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. which includes live music, petting zoo and more.

Where: Downtown Camas
When: Sat., May 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pricing: Free to attend! This is a great way to give back to the special mom in your life while supporting women in the community. A portion of the funds made by the vendor stall fees goes to sponsor educational scholarships for local women who are continuing their educations or going back to school.
Online: cwplantfair.org

photo: Ian Sane via flickr

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruises
Portland Spirit offers the perfect option for a relaxing Mother’s Day with brunch and dinner cruises. Brunch cruises can be enjoyed on the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler or the Portland Spirit. Dinner cruises come with two options: gorgeous dinner cruise and the dinner cruise. Gorgeous Dinner Cruise is all about vista views and PNW food. Cruise along the Columbia River in the Sternwheeler while Captain Tom shares the history and folklore that makes the Gorge a point of pride for all Portlanders. Dinner Cruise offers breathtaking sites, locally sourced and prepared food, entertainment and live performances. All cruises are open to all ages.

All cruises have the option to add surprises like a boarding photo ($10), guaranteed window seat ($20), celebration package ($15), and more! Options pop up when you go to book.

Where: Salmon Street Springs Dock(SE 60th Ave & Salmon St.) and Locks Waterfront Grill (299 SW Portage Rd, Cascade Locks, Or.).
When: Sun., May 14. Brunch served from 9: a.m-4 p.m.
Dinner served from 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Brunch Pricing: $124/2 adults, $32/child, 1 infant $12 + $12 landing fee/infant
Gorgeous Dinner Pricing: $112/2 adults, $51/child, $51+ $16 landing fee/infant
Dinner Pricing: $148/2 adults, $69/child, $69+ $16 landing fee/infant
Online: reservations required. book.portlandspirit.com


Does your family have a Mother’s Day tradition? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Kris Wilhelmy