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, we’ve rounded up 13 activities guaranteed to create Mom’s Day memories.
photo: FIT4MOM West Seattle
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 6, enjoy a free 45-minute Body Back class and learn more about this amazing program that is changing lives all over West Seattle. Then, on May 12 enjoy a free Stroller Strides class and on May 13, 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. Sat., May 6, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.; Fri., May 12 at 9:30 a.m.; Sat., May 13, 2017 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 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 will receive half-price admission to the zoo on this special day. Sat., May 13, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $12.95 to $20.95 (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 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 and climb and explore in the Kids Zone playground. Sat., May 13, 2017 from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Tacoma. $9.95 to $17.95 (under 2 Free). All ages. Event details.
photo: Kristina Moy
Celebrate Mother’s Day at MOHAI
Celebrate Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 13 with MOHAI. Spend the morning shopping local at the MOHAI Store’s Trunk Show, enjoy special programming with mom and save on lunch by presenting your trunk show receipt at the South Lake Café! Sat., May 13, 2017 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Seattle. Free to attend trunk show. 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 a 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. Sat.-Sun., May 13-14, 2017 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Snoqualmie. $12 to $24 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
The 9th 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 or stop by the Pike Place Market Foundation tent to purchase a Market charm engraved with mom’s name. Proceeds will support the MarketFront expansion and will help provide opportunities for local shops, farmers and artists, as well as housing and services for seniors and low-income neighbors. The tent will be up on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat.-Sun., May 13-14, 2017 from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Seattle. 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 selection of mom approved beverages. 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). Psst… the regular Tillicum Village show includes a one-of-a-kind stage performance and imagery combining Coast Salish storytelling along with live traditional Native American dance. Sun., May 14, 2017 from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Seattle. $38.12 to $98.55 (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 light refreshments, music and docent-led tours through the expansive 53-acre gardens, plus, Plein Air artists, flower arranging demonstrations and more. Sun., May 14, 2017 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.
photo: Myriam Gabriel-Pollock
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. Sun., May 14, 2017 from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $16.95-$24.95 (3 & under and members Free). All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Celebration at Country Village
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 bracelet for mom. Start your day at Garden of Beadin’ to get your charm map. Then, visit participating shops to select a charm and add to your bracelet: a wonderful keepsake for mom. From 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 at Country Village, pick up flowers for mom from one of the Bothell Farmers Market flower vendors who will be selling beautiful bouquets at the center parking lot. Sat., May 13 & Sun., May 14, 2017 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bothell. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day with Caspar Babypants
This Mother’s Day, treat mom to a special performance by one of our favorite kindie artists—Caspar Babypants! Enjoy a Feather Boa doughnut and a high-energy set of singable, danceable songs about birds, bugs, babies and more. Sun., May 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. Seattle. Free. Limited seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All ages. Event details.
photo: Caspar Babypants
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 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. Sun., May 14 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. No registration required. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Queen’s Picnic at Alderbrook Resort
Treat mom like a queen this Mother’s Day aboard Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s private yacht, the Lady Alderbrook. This fabulous day will include a caviar and mimosa cruise, a scrumptious brunch at Alderbrook’s historic marina and a dessert return cruise. Sun., May 14, 2017 from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Union. $95/person. Tickets required. All ages. Event details.
photo: Kristina Moy
What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Tell us in the Comments below.
— Kristina Moy