For most moms, Mother’s Day typically 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, read on for 13 activities guaranteed to create Mom’s Day memories.

photo: FIT4MOM

Celebrate Mama at FIT4MOM West Seattle
Whether you are a mama-to-be, a new mama or your Littles aren’t so little anymore, FIT4MOM West Seattle has something for you this Mother’s Day. On May 11, enjoy a free Stroller Strides class and learn more about this amazing program that is changing lives all over West Seattle. Then, on May 12 enjoy a free Body Back class followed by a free FIT4BABY class. Psst! These one-hour classes at Alki Beach will include an awesome workout with or without your little ones, tons of raffle prizes, goodie bags, a diaper drive for WestSide Baby and fun for everyone. May 11 at 9:30 a.m.; May 12, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. & 9:45 a.m. Free. Online registration 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… grandmas, too! In addition to saving money at the gate, you can meet the Zoo’s animals, feed colorful birds in the open air Budgie Buddies exhibit, touch underwater creatures, enjoy keeper talks, get an up-close encounter with a cool camel, climb and explore in the Kids Zone playground and catch a Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater show. May 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. $7.95 to $17.95 (under 2 Free). 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 Mother’s Day, you and your crew can enjoy wild animal encounters, participate in lots of special activities and attractions in the North Meadow and listen to zookeeper talks focused on the zoo’s moms and babes out this spring. Bonus: All moms receive half-price admission to the zoo on this special day. May 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. $12.95 to $20.95 (under 2 under & members Free). All ages. Event details.

photo: Woodland Park Zoo

Celebrate Mother’s Day at MOHAI 
Celebrate Mother’s Day on Sat., May 12 at MOHAI. Spend the morning shopping for local gifts and goods at MOHAI Store’s second annual Trunk Show and stay for a special lunch or a snack at the South Lake Café, where diners can enjoy 10% off their meal by presenting their trunk show receipt. May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (does not include museum admission). All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Celebration at Country Village Shops 
Bring mom out to Country Village for a Mother’s Day Celebration she’ll love. Enter to win a special $150 Country Village shopping spree, enjoy lots of shop specials and let the kiddies create a complimentary wind chime for mom. Start with a driftwood hanger and visit participating shops to select a different element at each shop. Assemble on site at the Country Village Craft Station or at home. On Saturday, between the hours of noon & 3 p.m., Mother Goose will be roaming throughout the Village, so be sure to stop and take a photo with her. And while you’re there, pick up flowers from one of the Bothell Farmers Market vendors who will be on site. May 12 & 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 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 diesel locomotive. 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 of any age. May 12-13, 2018 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. $10 to $20 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.

The 10th Annual 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. The tents will be up on Sat. & Sun. along the west side of the cobblestone street. Psst…for those daughters looking to get creative with their mom this year, the Market’s Atrium Kitchen will be hosting a Mother’s Day cooking class with Cucina Casalinga on Sunday, May 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May 12-13, 2018 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

photo: Kristina Moy

Mother’s Day Cruise to Blake Island
Looking to change up your brunch plans this year? Consider celebrating Mother’s Day with a cruise to Blake Island and brunch in the island’s beautiful longhouse building. This year’s feast will feature brioche French toast, Tillicum’s famous alder wood fire roasted fish and a champagne (or apple cider) toast to all the mothers. Following brunch, everyone is invited to explore the beaches and trails on the island or enjoy a variety of native performances, demonstrations and storytelling in and around the Longhouse (weather depending). May 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m. $49 to $94 (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. At this annual event, families can enjoy live music, posy-making, Plein Air artists, ballroom dancing demonstrations, refreshments at Copper Kettle Coffee Bar, shopping at Trillium Store and tours through the expansive 53-acre gardens. May 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Free. All ages. Event details.

photo: Bellevue Botanical Garden Society Facebook page

Mother’s Day at the Aquarium
Celebrate moms of all types (animal and human) at the Seattle Aquarium. This Mother’s Day event on the waterfront will include diver shows, special exhibits, story times, hands-on activities and more. Bonus: Free parking will be available to all guests visiting the Seattle Aquarium. Simply pick up a free parking voucher good for (4) hours at select waterfront garages from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. And Aquarium members can take advantage of early entrance at 9 a.m. and a special gift for moms. May 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $19.95-$29.95 (3 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day at the Cedar River Watershed Education Center 
Mark your calendars for this annual event designed to celebrate all the mothers in our lives, as well as in the Cedar River Watershed. Bring the entire fam and enjoy tea, coffee and snacks while strolling the grounds of the Education Center and savoring the spectacular views of Rattlesnake Ledge. Along the way, discover fun tidbits about moms – both human and wild – who have raised their families in the watershed. May 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No registration required. All ages. Event details.

Mom’s Day at The Museum of Flight
Satisfy your little aviation buff and yourself at The Museum of Flight this Mother’s Day. On Sun., May 13, the Museum will be celebrating moms by offering free admission to all moms accompanied by their kids (of any age) and special workshop activities. Psst…be one of the first 500 moms through the doors and receive a chocolate gift! May 13, 2018 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $16 to $24 (4 & under and moms Free). All ages. Event details.

photo: KidsQuest Children’s Museum

Free Museum Admission for Moms at KidsQuest Children’s Museum
Everyone’s favorite children’s museum on the Eastside is celebrating moms and grandmas on May 13 by offering them free admission. That’s right! Visit the Museum on Mother’s Day with mom and grandma and connect, play and learn for free! May 13, 2018 from noon-5 p.m. $5.50 to $12.50 (under 1 & moms Free). All ages. Event details.

Psst! Check our calendar for even more events on Mother’s Day or consider taking your brood on an urban hike. If you’re planning to spend Mother’s Day in downtown Seattle, be sure to take advantage of free parking along the Seattle waterfront courtesy of the Downtown Seattle Association.

What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!


—Kristina Moy


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