With the start of May (and a weekend highlighted by Mother’s Day!), we’ve got a lots of ways to keep you and whole fam happy and occupied. There’s a puppet show,  a kid-friendly theater production and the always-fun sing-along to everyone’s favorite musical.  Take a nature walk, do some flower potting,  or see a super cool exhibit created by amateur Mommy photographers.  There are plenty of other mom-centered events going on, like a free train ride for Mom at the Northwest Railway Museum or a Mom-and-Me brunch at The Children’s Museum.   Don’t forget to check out West Seattle’s Community Garage Sale on Saturday, where Cool Mom is hosting a sale of kid gear from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cycle University.  And from all of us Moms at Red Tricycle, we wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
SEATTLE
 
Better Than TV
 
Prince Ivan and the Firebird It‘s opening weekend for another great show at Moonpaper Tent Theater, and this time it’s a fun mystery where the kiddos get to help Ivan find out who has been stealing the King’s precious golden apples. (Tip: Go early for a fun craft time.)  Fri., 7 p.m., Sat., 1 and 3 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m., through May 23, Seattle, $10. Read more.
 
Outdoor Adventure
 
Nature’s Best & Worst Moms Super Saturday at Seward Park Learn about some of the most amazing moms in nature, from the species who can go for a month without sleeping after giving birth to who protects offspring by hiding them in her mouth.  Craft time included, as is a guided stroll through the park  at 1 p.m. Sat., 10 am to 3 pm, Seattle, $2 to $4. Read more.
 
Artsy Fartsy
 
Mamas with Cameras exhibit Considering that we all can appreciate a beautiful photo of our child (or any child), this “Through the Eyes of a Mother”  exhibit is the perfect start to Mother’s Day weekend.  There’s an awesome selection of inspiring family photos, many shot by moms who only started using digital SLR cameras a year ago. Fri, 6 to 9 pm, Fremont, Free. Read more.
 
EASTSIDE
 
Music To Our Ears
 
Sound of Music Sing-along at Kirkland Performance Center Let your inner Maria (or Liesl or Gretel) shine at this super-fun sing-along concert of everyone’s fave musical. Don’t forget costumes (prizes will be awarded)!  All proceeds go to helping moms and daughters in a remote village in Honduras.  Sun., 6 p.m., Kirkland, Free (but $25-$35 donation suggested).  Read more.
 
Life’s A Stage
 
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day The Littles will love this adaptation of the favorite Judith Viorst story with the requisite twists added by the clever folks at SPROUTS Children Theatre. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat. and Sun. 1 and 4 p.m. through May 23, Redmond, $9. Read more.
 
Artsy Fartsy
 
Planting Seeds, Blossoming in Language at Sponge This seasonal celebration has everything kids love: digging in the dirt (and observing worms!) while planting flowers; creating carnations and lilies out of tissue-paper; and listing to spring-themed music. (They’ll do mini language lessons as well.) Fri., 10 a.m. to noon, Free, Issaquah.  Make reservations at 425-274-5188. Read more.
 
-Kavita Varma-White