For most moms, Mother’s Day usually includes a home cooked meal by dad and the kids (or if you’re lucky, by your fave restaurant), a little bit of pampering and handmade gifts made by your pint-sized posse. While all these things sound lovely, if you’re looking to mix up your Mother’s Day routine this year, we’ve rounded up 13 activities guaranteed to create Mom’s Day memories.
photo: FIT4MOM West Seattle
FIT4MOM West Seattle Mother’s Day Celebration
Calling all mamas! Kick off your Mother’s Day Weekend with a FREE one-hour class at Alki Beach. In addition to an awesome workout with your little ones, there will be tons of raffle prizes, goodie bags and fun for everyone. Psst! Donate a package of diapers to the Diaper Drive for WestSide Baby and receive an additional raffle ticket. Fri., May 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. Seattle. Free. Online registration required. All ages. Event details.
Mom & Me at the Zoo – Woodland Park Zoo
Who says you can’t get wild on Mother’s Day? At this family event, held annually on the day before Mom’s Day, you and your crew can enjoy wild animal encounters, participate in lots of fun activities in the North Meadow and listen to zookeeper talks focused on the zoo’s moms and babes out this spring. Bonus: All moms will receive half-price admission to the zoo on this special day. Sat., May 7, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $12.25 to $19.95 (2 & under and members Free; moms half off). All ages. Event details.
Half Price Admission for Moms at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
The always-awesome Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium will be celebrating Mother’s Day with half-price admission for all mamas and come to think of it… grandmas too! In addition to saving money at the gate, you can meet the Zoo’s animals, feed colorful birds in the open air exhibit, touch underwater creatures, enjoy keeper talks, get an up-close encounter with a cool camel and climb and explore in the Kids Zone playground. Sat., May 7, 2016 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tacoma. $9.95 to $17.95 (moms half-off; under 2 Free). All ages. Event details.
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Mother’s Day Train Rides
Want to satisfy your lil’ train fanatic and yourself? Try this annual Mother’s Day’s tradition aboard a steam train. In addition to a 70-minute scenic journey between Snoqualmie and North Bend, you can browse the Victorian depot and the awesome train books in the bookstore, explore the town of Snoqualmie and finish your day with a drive to Snoqualmie Falls. Bonus: All moms ride FREE with a paying child. Sat.-Sun., May 7-8, 2016 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $12 to $22 (under 2 and moms with a paying child Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a trip to Pike Place Market to buy flowers for your fave moms, in-laws, sisters and grandmas. With nearly 40 tents filled with beautiful bouquets, you’re bound to find the perfect arrangement to brighten any mom’s weekend. In addition to flowers, shop for floral-themed handcrafted gifts—from glass art to yard art—made by local artists or pick up a special Pike Place Market Foundation gift basket. Sat.-Sun., May 7-8, 2016 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.
photo: Bonnie Gilbert
Mother’s Day at KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Round up the tykes and head to KidsQuest Children’s Museum where you can explore, play and learn together. The best part? All moms and grandmas who visit the museum on Mother’s Day will receive FREE admission. Sun., May 8, 2016 from noon to 5 p.m. Bellevue. $8.50 to $9.50 (under 1 and moms & grandmas Free). All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Cruise to Blake Island
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a cruise to Blake Island and a delish brunch in the island’s beautiful longhouse building, featuring Tillicum’s famous alder wood fire roasted salmon. During your dining experience, see the regular Tillicum Village show which includes a one-of-a-kind stage performance and imagery combining Coast Salish storytelling along with live traditional Native American dance. Sun., May 8, 2016 from 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Seattle. $32 to $84 (3 & under Free). Reservations required. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Social at Bellevue Botanical Garden
This Mother’s Day, treat mom to a delightful afternoon at the Bellevue Botanical Garden. Enjoy light refreshments, music and docent-led tours through the expansive 53-acre gardens. Sun., May 8, 2016 from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
photo: Bonnie Gilbert
Mother’s Day on the Waterfront
This year, the Seattle Aquarium has teamed up with Ivar’s Acres of Clams and Downtown Parking to give families the ultimate Mother’s Day on the waterfront! Make reservations to bring Mom down to the newly renovated Ivar’s Acres of Clams for a seafood brunch buffet fit for a queen. In addition to a delicious brunch, moms will receive FREE admission to the Seattle Aquarium good for the day. And as an extra bonus, you will receive up to four hours of FREE parking at select garages on the waterfront. Special mom-themed activities will take place throughout the day at the aquarium. View activities online. Sun., May 8, 2016. Brunch takes place from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m; Seattle Aquarium activities take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Brunch reservations strongly encouraged. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day at Cedar River Watershed Education Center
At this relaxing event, celebrate all the mothers in your life as well as in the watershed. Bring the entire family to enjoy tea, coffee and snacks while strolling the grounds of the Education Center and savoring the spectacular views of Rattlesnake Ledge. Plus, discover fun tidbits about moms–both human and wild–who have raised their families in the watershed. Sun., May 8, 2016 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No registration required. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day with Caspar Babypants
If you’re looking for a rockin’ way to celebrate Mother’s Day, head to Hard Rock Cafe Seattle for a special Caspar Babypants concert. Sing and dance to some simple, catchy tunes and then head to Pike Place Market’s Flower Festival to burn off some more energy or pick up flowers for mom. Sun., May 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon). Seattle. $5 to 10 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages. Event details.
photo: Caspar Babypants
Mother’s Day Tea Party at My Gym with Elsa and Anna
Moms will be queens for the day at this fun-filled, two-hour event at My Gym Bellevue. Enjoy Frozen-themed games, activities, arts and crafts and snacks. Plus, take pictures with Anna & Elsa, enjoy face painting, tiara decorating, carnival-style games and prizes. Psst! Be sure to stick around ’til the end for a special Mother’s Day presentation. You don’t want to miss it! Sun., May 8, 2016 from noon-2 p.m. Bellevue. $25 to $30/child. Sign up now; space is limited. All ages. Event details.
Washington State Park Free Day
Take advantage of this special day and make Mother’s Day memories at a Washington state park. Since you won’t need a Discover Pass, this is the perfect excuse to stretch your legs, plan a picnic, head to the beach and enjoy Washington State’s beautiful parks. Sun., May 8, 2016 from dawn ’til dusk. Free. All ages. Event details.
Psst! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for Mother’s Day (or afraid your partner is still on the hunt), be sure to print or bookmark our local gift guide.
What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy