Mother’s Day is this Sunday, but mom deserves to be treated special all weekend long. Fortunately the calendar is packed with fun things to do like take mom to brunch with animals at the zoo, attend a roller derby bout or shout “Run Mama Run!” as she completes a 5k and you let her know how much she means to you. Scroll down to find out more.

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SE Portland

See the Oregon Ballet at the Milwaukie Center
Discover the magic of ballet with an intimate performance by Oregon Ballet Theater 2 (OBT2). The talented group of preprofessional dancers, presented by former American Ballet Theatre ballerina and OBT2 Program Director, Lisa Sundstrom, will perform a thrilling mix of classical and contemporary work from the repertoire of Oregon Ballet Theatre. Meet the ballerinas and have your photo taken after the show! Fri. Event Details.

We’ve Got Love to Spare
Start Mother’s Day off with a family-friendly event benefiting Baby Blues Connection, a Portland metro non-profit providing free support to parents coping with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Bowling, pizza and soda plus face painting and music. Get a gift for mom from the wine wall or raffle baskets. Ticket options for bowling or just music and fun. Sat. Event Details.

Head to the Math In Color Saturday Workshop
Math In Color offers creative math workshops and camps designed especially for girls! Grab your little math whiz and head to the “binary code bracelets” workshop where  the math behind binary code will be discussed and your kiddo will walk away with a unique code bracelet. Sat. Event Details.

Sign up for Run Mama Run
Whether you run or walk this Mother’s Day event is a great way to feel good and do good! With family yoga, breakfast, and extra events for kids (hint there will be a fire truck!), there’s something to please everyone in your clan while making mom feel special. Celebrating its 9th year, Run Mama Run puts the “fun” in fundraiser. Your entry fee benefits Family Forward Action, an organization that advocates for the economic security of Oregon women and families.

Enjoy the view and the exercise at Mt. Tabor on your own or with a team of five run/walkers. Feel like relaxing but still want to donate? Opt for their Sleep Mama Sleep registration. Kids can do a quarter of the run for free, then join in on fire truck activities with Portland Fire, craft, participate in family yoga and wish you luck with raffle prizes. Find course maps, more event info, and packet pick-up details here. Run typically attracts about 250 runners, remember to pre-register to save! Sun. Event Details.


SW Portland

Celebrate Mothers at the Portland Tram
Get the kids ready for Mother’s Day and get them out of the house to enjoy some family time at the Portland Aerial Tram. Bring home a hand-made craft for Mom and take a picture at the photo-booth for a memory she will cherish. And don’t forget to bring her to the Tram to give her a lift—with the best views of the river, downtown and mountains too. All crafts and activities are free and open to the public. Sat. Event Details.

Attend Oregon Zoo’s Mother’s Day Brunch
From house-cured lox and salads to an omelet station and kid-friendly menu (plus adult beverages) the caterers at Cascade Crest Banquet Center thought of everything a mom and her cubs could need to gear up for a day at the zoo. After dining the zoo suggests saying hi to some notable moms and families, like Asian elephant Rose-Tu, mom to 4-year-old Lily and 8-year-old Samudra. Sun. Event Details.


Dig in the Dirt at The Oregon Garden
Enjoy spending a day at The Oregon Garden for the annual Digging in the Dirt event! Take the whole family and spend the day outdoors planting The Oregon Garden’s annual spring flowers. Afterwards, relax and sit back with a brunch buffet, live music and bottomless mimosas! Attendees will receive a piece of the Garden to take home.From 12:30-1:30p.m. attendees may also choose to attend Garden University: Hand Tied Bouquet Workshop. Led by Chas Thompson of Wildflower Portland, this spring floral workshop includes all foliage—including some from The Oregon Garden! Chas will discuss plant selection, how to create shape and volume, and give recommendations for color and texture combinations. Sat. Event Details.

Attend a Mother’s Day Roller Derby Bout!
What a better way to spend Mother’s Day than watching a super empowering girl’s sport! Catch the Rose City Rollers Rose Petals All-Star team (ages 7-12) as they skate against Seattle’s Southside Revolution. Sun. Event Details.

NE Portland

Attend Free Mimosas on Mother’s Day!
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Mimosa Studios, a family owned “paint your own pottery” studio in the heart of the Alberta Arts District. Free Mimosas and juice served all day. Hundreds of fun pieces to choose from with lots of friendly hands on help. No experience necessary! This is a fun and festive event and all ages are welcome. Moms are guaranteed to go home having made something they are proud to take home. Sun. Event Details.


Experience Sheep to Shawl
The WHC’s Annual Sheep to Shawl Festival is back for its 32nd year! Bring the whole family to see sheep, alpacas, rabbits, goats and other fiber-bearing animals, learn about the wool-production process, and enjoy live music, demonstrations and activities all over the grounds. Sat. Event Details.

What do the moms in your life like to spend their Mother’s Day? Share with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti