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Celebrate Mother’s Day: 11 Awesome Activities Mom will Love

For many mamas, Mother’s Day includes some sort of meal cooked by Dad and the kiddos or if you’re lucky—by your fave restaurant, a little bit of pampering (yes, this includes a shower or trip to the bathroom by yourself) and handmade gifts and cards made by your lil’ darlings. While all of these things sound lovely (really… they do!), if you’re looking to mix up your Mother’s Day routine this year, we’ve rounded up 11 family-friendly activities guaranteed to create Mom’s Day memories for both you and your fam. Psst… If you’re still looking for that 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.

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Mom & Me at the Zoo
Who says you can’t get wild on Mother’s Day? At this family-friendly event, held annually on the day before Mom’s Day, you and the kiddos can enjoy wild animal encounters, participate in lots of fun activities in the North Meadow, and listen to zookeeper talks focused on the zoo moms and babes out this spring. Bonus: All moms will receive half price admission to the zoo. Sat., May 11 from 9:30 am – 3:00 pm. Seattle. $11.75 to $18.75. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Train Rides
Want to satisfy your train fanatic and yourself? Try this annual Mother’s Day’s tradition aboard an antique railroad coach. In addition to enjoying a 65-minute scenic journey between Snoqualmie and North Bend, you and the kiddos 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 see the Snoqualmie Falls. Bonus: All moms ride free with a paying child. Sat., May 11 & Sun., May 12 from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Snoqualmie. $10 to $15 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.


Family Wetland Walk
For the mom who loves the outdoors and exploring new things, head over to Magnuson Park to join nature educators for this 90-minute guided tour of the wetlands. Through the use binoculars, field guides, and science tools, learn about the mama tadpoles and nestlings who call this wetland home. Sat., May 11 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Seattle. $3 to $7. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

Flower Fest
Celebrate Mother’s Day weekend with a trip to Pike Place Market to buy flowers for your fav moms. 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, make a free Mother’s Day card, and hear from gardening guru Ciscoe Morris. Sat., May 11 & Sun., May 12 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Half Price 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… grandma too! In addition to saving money at the gate, you and the kiddos can enjoy the opening of the award-winning Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater animal show and the popular Budgie Buddies exhibit. Sat., May 11 from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Tacoma. $8.75 to $15. All ages. Event details.

Seattle Maritime Festival: Family Fun Day
If an afternoon by the sea is your idea of a grand Mom’s Day, than this festival is for you! In addition to tugboat races, a workboat parade, chowder cook-off and boat building competition, there will be survival suit races and free harbor and vessel tours. Plus, plenty of kids’ activities and a maritime education fair to keep the littlest mateys occupied. Sat., May 11 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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Mother’s Day Brunch: Argosy Cruises
If a Mom’s Day brunch is on your to-do list, consider this seaworthy brunch which includes a delish Northwest-themed buffet, a sail around Elliott Bay, and fab views of the Seattle skyline, plus live entertainment and an arts and crafts area for little ones. Sounds like a win-win to us! And we didn’t even tell you about the champagne greeting and special Mother’s Day gift upon boarding. Sun., May 12 from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Seattle. $29 to $61 (3 and under free). Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Run Like A Mother
Calling all running mams! Lace up your tennies and celebrate Mother’s Day with this “women only” 5k run and 1-mile kids dash! After you get your morning run in, hang at the finish line for lots of post-race activities including yummy food and refreshments, cool products and services from local sponsors, and fun activities for the kiddos including Ben the Balloon Man. Sun., May 12 at 8:30 am. Seattle. $15 to $30. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

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Mother’s Day Tea & Talks
For the mom who loves an outdoor adventure, head up to the Cedar River Education Center to take a tour of the campus, learn the story of Rattlesnake Lake and fun tidbits about moms (human and other) in the watershed, and enjoy a Mother’s Day tea and snacks. Sun., May 12 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. North Bend. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
This Mother’s Day, you and the kiddos can kick off the first Bicycle Sunday of 2013. Dust off your bikes, blades, trailers, and training wheels and enjoy four miles (car free!) of Lake Washington Boulevard, between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. If the kiddos need to take a break along the way, there are plenty of places to stop and enjoy a picnic as well as a playground near the entrance of Seward Park. Sun., May 12 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


Mother’s Day on Blake Island
If Mom likes to island hop, take her on a fab afternoon cruise to Blake Island. Once on the island, she will get to enjoy a yummy salmon BBQ, live show, and a beach walk, before boarding the ship for a relaxing cruise back to Seattle. Sun., May 12 from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm. Seattle/Blake Island. $30 to $79.95 (3 and under free). Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Bonus: On Mother’s Day, score four hours of FREE parking from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm at several parking garages along the Waterfront when you visit a participating business including The Seattle Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises and the Seattle Aquarium. View the participating businesses and garages online.

What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day?

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Run Like A Mother, Seattle Bike Blog, Argosy Cruises, Seattle Maritime Festival, cheukiecfu via Flickr and Northwest Cruising website.


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