From animal encounters to nature walks to train rides, we’ve rounded up a variety of ways to celebrate Mother’s Day Weekend with the fam. Consider: a mommy and me tradition, a rockin’ circus spectacular, an early morning run, a fair centered around nature, a scenic trip aboard an old fashioned steam train, and a family night with fab entertainment. If that’s not enough excitement, check out our Mother’s Day activity guide loaded with mom-themed events going on around the city. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Red Tricycle!

RLAM Kids

Seattle

Mom & Me at the Zoo
At this annual Mother’s Day event, get wild and crazy with the zoo’s animals. In addition to animal encounters and zookeeper talks, enjoy lots of fun activities, live entertainment and sponsor booths in the North Meadow. Bonus: All moms receive half price admission. Sat. 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Seattle. $11.75 to $18.75 (2 and under and members free). All ages. Event details.

Big Top Rock: Dream On
Taking place under Teatro ZinZanni’s iconic tent, this family show will feature a mix of rock ‘n roll and cirque performances. With a rock repertoire of timeless hits and a band made up of all girls (and one guy), we guarantee you’ll be movin’ and groovin’ in your seat. Sat., 11 a.m. (select weekend dates through June 29). Seattle. $19 to $22 (babes in arms 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. Enjoy yummy food samples, refreshments, cool products and services from RLAM sponsors, kids’ activities, and entertainment by Ben The Balloon Man. Sun., 8:30 am (5k races starts at 9 a.m.). Seattle. $15 to $35. Registration required. All Ages. Event details.

Eastside

Watershed Fun Fair
At this popular family fair, enjoy guided nature walks and crafts, geocaching activities, and lots of hands-on activities and exhibits especially designed for kids. Plus, learn about Puget Sound stewardship, recycling, and water conservation through fun games, exhibits and presentations. Sat., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Edmonds (multiple locations). Free. 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. Psst! Be sure to browse the Victorian depot and look at the awesome train books in the bookstore. Bonus: All moms ride free with a paying child. Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m. North Bend. $10 to $18 (under 2 free). Tickets required. All Ages. Event details.

Family Night at Crossroads Bellevue
This awesome family night at Bellevue Shopping Center will include games, a performance by Ian Dobson’s Pan Leggo (aka a steel drum party), free popcorn, $1.50 off admission to WiggleWorks Kids, and more! Sat., 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bellevue. Free. All ages. Event details.

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

–Kristina Moy

Photo courtesy of Run Like A Mother