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We Heart Mom: 13 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day

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 and cards made by your pint-sized sweeties. 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.

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photo: Heleyna Holmes Photography

FIT4MOM West Seattle Mother’s Day Celebration
Calling all mamas! Kick off your Mother’s Day Weekend with a FREE Stroller Strides or Body Back class at Alki Beach. In addition to an awesome workout with your little ones, the first 75 moms will take home a fab swag bag and there will be tons of raffle prizes 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 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. Seattle. Free. 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 9, 2015 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $12.25 to $19.95 (2 & under and members free). 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 enjoy the opening of the award-winning Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater animal show, the popular Budgie Buddies exhibit and watch the animals nosh on special enrichment treats. Sat., May 9, 2015 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tacoma. $8.75 to $17. 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 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 Snoqualmie Falls. Bonus: All moms ride FREE with a paying child. Sat.-Sun., May 9-10, 2015 from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Snoqualmie. $10 to $18 (under 2 free). Tickets required. 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 at South Lake Union is for you! In addition to maritime demonstrations and boat races there will be vessel tours and the grand Fireboat Display and WorkBoat Parade. Plus, there will be plenty of activities to keep the littlest of mateys occupied (think free boat building, face painting, arts and crafts and bouncy houses) as well as live music, food and beer garden. Sat., May 9, 2015 from 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. Seattle. Free. 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 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 and make a free Mother’s Day card. Sat.-Sun., May 9-10, 2015 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

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photo: Bonnie Gilbert

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 salmon. During you dining experience, you will get to 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. Pstt! All moms will receive a special champagne toast. Sun., May 10, 2015 from 11:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Seattle. $30.95 to $79.95 (3 & 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 kids including bouncy houses and Ben the Balloon Man. Sun., May 10, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. Seattle. $15 to $45. Registration required. All ages. Event details.

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photo: Run Like A Mother

Free Mother’s Day Fun at Seattle Children’s 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 10 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Seattle. $7.25 to $8.25 (all moms and mother figures FREE with a paying child). Ages 10 months to 10. 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 and pick up some flowers for dear ol’ mom. Sun., May 10, 2015 at 1 p.m. (doors open at noon). Seattle. $10/family (2 adults, 2 kids); $2/person beyond that. Tickets required. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages. Event details.

StoryCraft: Stories My Mother Taught Me
At this special Burke Museum story time—the second of three StoryCrafts—Elaine Grinnell will share stories that teach us how to live together as families and communities. Elaine has shared the stories of the Jamestown S’klallam tribe for most of her 73 years, and her artistry is praised around the world. After story time, everyone will have the opportunity to make their own basket. Sun., May 10, 2015 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Seattle. Free with admission or membership. All ages. Event details.

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photo: Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic

Nature’s Nurturers: A Celebration of Mothers
Back by popular demand, this annual IslandWood event is sure to be a Mother’s Day hit. Hike the trails and take a celebratory look at the lives of wild animal mothers and the work they do to nourish, teach and protect their young. There will be interpretive stations in the woods with activities for the whole fam. After you explore the trails, come back for a refreshing afternoon tea complete with quiches, smoked salmon, wraps, chocolate tortes and more. Sun., May 10 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Bainbridge Island. $10 to $20 (3 & under Free). Pre-registration required online. 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 10, 2015 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? Let us know in the Comments below. 

— Kristina Moy