Celebrate Mom: 12 Awesome Mother’s Day Activities

For many moms, Mother’s Day usually includes a home cooked meal by Dad and the kiddos or if you’re lucky—by your fave restaurant, a little bit of pampering, and handmade gifts and cards made by your little darlings. While all these things sound lovely, if you’re looking to mix up your Mother’s Day routine this year, we’ve rounded up 12 activities guaranteed to create Mom’s Day memories.

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.

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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 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: Moms receive half-price admission to the zoo on the day of the event. Sat., May 10 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $11.75 to $18.75 (2 and under and members free). All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Train Rides
Want to satisfy your lil’ train fanatic and yourself? Try this annual Mother’s Day’s tradition aboard an antique railroad coach. In addition to a 65-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 see the Snoqualmie Falls. Bonus: All moms ride free with a paying child. Sat., May 10 & Sun., May 11 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $10 to $18 (under 2 free). Tickets required. 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… 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 10 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tacoma. $8.75 to $17. All ages. Event details.

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Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day
Migrate to Magnuson Park to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day. At this family event, learn about the amazing birds that travel thousands of miles each year through fun, hands-on activities, games, walks and tours as well as a Nature Explorers Lab. Sat., May 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Family Wetland Walk: A Duck’s Favorite Din-Din
If you’re already planning on attending International Migratory Bird Day and love the outdoors and exploring new things, plan on joining Magnuson Park 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, nestlings and ducks who call this wetland home. Sat., May 11 from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Seattle. $3 to $8. 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 fave moms or in-laws, sisters or 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, make a free Mother’s Day card, and hear from gardening guru Ciscoe Morris. Sat., May 10 & Sun., May 11 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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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 container ship full of family activities to keep the littlest mateys occupied. Sat., May 10 from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Brunch: Argosy Cruises
If a Mom’s Day brunch is on your to-do list, consider this seaworthy brunch which will include a delish Northwest-themed buffet, a sail around Elliott Bay, and fab views of the Seattle skyline. While on board, also enjoy 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 11 from 12 p.m.–2 p.m. Seattle. $29 to $59 (3 and under free). Reservations required. All ages. Event details.

Run Like A Mother
Calling all mama runners! 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 11 at 8:30 a.m. Seattle. $15 to $35. Registration required. All ages. Event details.


Free Mother’s Day Fun at the Museum
Bring Mom to the Seattle Children’s Museum on Mother’s Day for free admission and to spend some quality time with the fam. Design a 3D paper garden, listen to a special Mommy and Me story time, and much more. Sun, May 11 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (all moms free with a paying child). Ages 10 months to 10. Event details

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) who have raised their families in the Watershed. Plus, enjoy Mother’s Day tea and snacks. Sun., May 11 from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. North Bend. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
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 your lil’ cyclists need to take a break along the way, there are plenty of grassy places to stop and enjoy a Mother’s Day picnic as well as a playground near the entrance of Seward Park. Sun., May 11 from 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


On Mother’s Day, score four hours of FREE parking from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at several parking garages along the Waterfront when you visit participating businesses including The Seattle Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises, Seattle Aquarium and several waterfront restaurants. View the participating lots and garages online.

What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Let us know in a comment below. 

–Kristina Moy

Photo credit: Amanda Apodaca, Bonnie Gilbert, Run Like A Mother and Marcy Grantor