From animal encounters, to family festivals, to train rides, we’ve rounded up a variety of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with the fam. Consider: a Mother’s Day tradition with the zoo animals, a maritime festival with tons of family activities, an early morning run for moms and tots, a scenic trip aboard an old-fashioned steam train, a festival with tons of hands-on activities and a rockin’ concert with plenty of comedy and audience participation thrown in for good measure. If you’re looking for even more mom-themed weekend happenings, check out our Mother’s Day activity guide. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Red Tricycle!

Run Like A Mother 2014

photo: Kristina Moy


Mom & Me at the Zoo
At this annual Woodland Park Zoo event, celebrate Mother’s Day while getting wild and crazy with the zoo’s animals. In addition to animal encounters and zookeeper talks, enjoy lots of hands-on activities, live entertainment and sponsor booths in the North Meadow. Bonus: All moms will receive half-price admission. Sat. 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $12.25 to $19.95 (2 & under and members free). All ages. Event details.

Seattle Maritime Festival: Family Fun Day
This annual family festival, held at South Lake Union this year, will include tons of family fun. Enjoy a day filled with maritime demonstrations, boat races, vessel tours, music, food and the grand Fireboat Display and WorkBoat Parade. For mini mariners, there will be free boat building, face painting, arts and crafts and bouncy houses. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.

Run Like A Mother (pictured)
This “women only” 5K run/walk will include a 1-mile Kids Dash for lil’ gals and guys and lots of fun at the finish line including yummy food and refreshments, cool products and services from RLAM sponsors, kids’ activities, a bouncy house and entertainment by Ben The Balloon Man. Sun., 8:30 a.m. (5K race starts at 9 a.m.). Seattle. $15 to $45. Registration required. All Ages. Event details.


Mother’s Day Train Rides
Take mom or grandma on a scenic excursion between Snoqualmie and North Bend aboard an antique railway coach. In addition to your ride, browse the Victorian depot, look at the awesome train books in the bookstore and explore the cute town of Snoqualmie. Bonus: All moms ride FREE with a paying child. Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. North Bend. $10 to $18 (under 2 Free). Tickets required. All Ages. Event details.

6th Annual Adventure Kids Playcare Spring Festival
Adventure Kids Playcare in Issaquah is hosting its Annual Spring Festival and you don’t want to miss it. This awesome festival covers 2 acres with bounce houses, video game trailers, live animals from the Cougar Mountain Zoo, sweet treats, face painting, sponsor booths, and a wide variety of activities with family entertainment at the heart of it all. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Issaquah. Free (food extra). All ages. Event details.

Eats & Beats: Eric Herman and Puppy Dog Dave
Join the dynamic duo of Eric Herman and guitarist Puppy Dog Dave for a wildly entertaining, family-friendly concert at KidsQuest Children’s Museum. Bursting with comedy, creativity and audience participation, this show will have you dancing and singing along to silly songs like “Dance Like an Animal” and the hugely popular “The Elephant Song.” Sat., 5:45 p.m.-8 p.m. Bellevue. $8 to $13 (pizza and lemonade $3 extra). Pre-registration encouraged (required for food). All ages. Event details.

What fun activities do you have planned for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the Comments below.

— Kristina Moy