It's Mom's Day! Brunch is a tried-and-true Mother's Day tradition so definitely treat your mom to a special meal at a restaurant or a she-doesn't-have-to-help-at-all homemade breakfast. Then, make the day extra-special after filling your bellies.
We’ve rounded up a list of activities that moms can enjoy with (or without) the family. Think gardens, workshops, tours, crafts, train rides and even yoga, to name just a few options on our list. Read on to make this the best Mother’s Day yet!
Wire-Wrapped Nest Ring workshop
Craft a unique wire-wrapped nest ring that can be worn right away or gifted to a very special mom or grandma. Children ages 7 and up are welcome to participate in this beginner-level craft class.
Date: Friday, May 12, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: NW Rockhounds, Seattle
Cost: $30 includes workshop and kit
Girls Night Out — Mother’s Day Edition
Gather your girlfriends for this one and leave the fam at home. Shop from over 100 vendors, enjoy a full bar, live music, food and more.
Date: Friday, May 12, 7–10 p.m.
Location: Xfinity Arena at Everett
Kids Plant for Mom's Day
With the help of volunteers, kids can pick a pot and then plant it with flowers of their choice to make a delightful spring gift.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Edmonds Farmers Market
Cost: $10 suggested donation for materials
Mom & Me at Woodland Park Zoo
Moms get in for half-price today to celebrate mothers of all species. Not only can families enjoy the zoo, there will be crafts and a bouncy house, activities in the North Meadow and live performance, including a hula dance at 2:40 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
Cost: regular admission $12.95–$20.95; moms half-off adult or senior price
DIY Seed Bombs for Mom
Drop by Swansons for the youngn'uns to make a seed bomb — a plantable seed-and-dirt lump resembling a meatball — to give as a Mother’s Day gift that will yield flowers in a spot of Mom's choosing.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Swansons Nursery, Seattle
Lettering and Cookie Decorating Class
In this class teens and adults will learn to decorate sugar cookies like a pro and learn hand lettering techniques. You will leave with a beautiful print plus a dozen decorated sugar cookies.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Shug's Soda Fountain and Ice Cream, Seattle
Sweet Silver Knot Ring
Aspiring jewelry-makers, both teens and adults, will learn new techniques in this course. Make two silver knot rings; one for you and one for a gift or wear two stacked together. A torch will be used in this class; no experience required.
Date: Satudray, May 13, 1–5 p.m.
Location: NW Rockhounds, Seattle
Cost: $80 plus $15 materials fee; preregister
The 9th Annual Flower Festival
Come admire the flowers from more than 40 different local farmers. Pick out a gorgeous bouquet for a special mom, browse and enjoy the market.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle
Cost: Free to browse; flowers for purchase
"Spring is in the Air" and "A Song for Mom" choral concerts
Treat Mom to lovely choral sounds with two options. "Spring is in the Air" features youth choruses and upbeat selections on Saturday. ChoralSounds NW presents "A Song for Mom" concert which includes selections from popular music to Broadway. These concerts offer an inexpensive way to introduce kids to choral music as kids ages 17 and under are free.
Date: "Spring Is in the Air," Saturday, May 13, 2–3:30 p.m.; "A Song for Mom," Sunday, May 14, 2–3:30 p.m.
Location: Highline Performing Arts Center, Burien
Cost: Spring is in the Air: $15; A Song for Mom: $20; ages 17 and under free with adult for both concerts
The Color Run
Gather your fam and run what claims to be “the happiest 5K on the planet!” Participants receive a white T-shirt, unicorn finishers medal, headband and color packet. New this year, a cloud foam zone, an inspirational dream wall and inflatable unicorns. Act quickly — registration is filling up fast.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 8 a.m.
Location: Seattle Center
Cost: $50–$55; ages 5 and under $15
Brunch on Blake Island with Argosy Cruises
Enjoy a cruise to Blake Island, a delicious meal and entertainment in the form of Native American storytelling. After brunch you can explore the island.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Departure from Pier 55, Seattle
Cost: $89–$99 per adult, $38 per youth ages 4–12, ages 2 and under free; preregister
Seattle Storm Mother's Day special
Cheer on our home team Seattle Storm. Up to four kids get in free with each paying adult, in honor of Mother's Day. Snag this deal soon online.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 4 p.m.
Location: Key Arena, Seattle
Cost: $15 per adult ticket, up to four kids free per adult
Mother's Day Cooking Class with Cucina Casalinga
Learn to prepare spaghetti alla chitarra from scratch and served with local clams and mussels. After cooking sit down, enjoy your meal and enjoy the market atmosphere.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 4–6 p.m.
Location: Atrium Kitchen in Pike Place Market
Mother’s Day Improv Show
This is a great one for a moms' night out. Experience off-the-cuff improvisational comedy about the joys and horrors of parenthood.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 7 p.m.
Location: Unexpected Productions Market Theater at Pike Place Market
Cost: Moms $5
Women at Work: Uniforms and Work Wear 1910–2010
Imagine wearing a girdle as a woman in the military stationed in the jungles of Vietnam. Mothers and grandmothers will add their own personal stories to the items on view in this fascinating exhibit covering the dress required of women in the workforce over the past century.
Date: on view Wednesday–Sunday, noon–4 p.m., through June 18
Location: White River Valley Museum, Auburn
KAST 14th Annual Artist Studio Tour
The Kirkland Arts Center hosts its 14th annual self-guided tour local artists' studios. Art pieces for viewing and for purchse include fiber arts, glass art, paintings, sculptures and more. Check participating artists' pages to see who will be doing live demonstrations.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: See tour map for studio locations in Kirkland and beyond
Mother’s Day Train Ride
Moms ride free on a scenic train ride through the Cascade mountains. Journey to the top of Snoqualmie Falls. You can even get off, take a walk or have lunch, then get back on. Trains leave every 90 minutes. Book ahead for a specific departure time.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14, multiple train departures between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Depots in Snoqualmie and North Bend
Cost: $10–$20; kids ages 1 and under and moms (with paying child of any age) free
Mercer Island Run Like a Girl
Ladies young and... less young gather for a celebration of girl power in an all-female 5K run/walk through Luther Burbank Park. Participants are invited to run like a girl: Hard, fast and strong!
Date: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island
Cost: $21 per adult, $16 per youth; preregister
Cake and Blooms Mother’s Day Celebration
Learn to frost and fill a three-layer cake with seasonal blooms and get professional tips. After, enjoy wine tasting. Cake and wine? Bring your girlfriends. Or a budding teen or tween baker will love to spend special cake time with Mom.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Location: Matthews Winery, Woodinville
21 Acres Sustainabili-Tea — Celebrating Moms
Enjoy a beautifully presented tea made with local ingredients, all grown within 100 miles of the farm. During the tea, you can learn about the story behind the bounty in this small carbon footprint farm. This event is for ages 8 and older with their moms (and other adults).
Date: Saturday, May 13, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: 21 Acres, Woodinville
Cost: $30–$35; preregister
Growing Wine Grapes in Western Washington workshop
If your mom fancies planting a backyard vineyard, head to Molbak's and join Jeff Daley, an award-winning winemaker, for a workshop on growing grapes in our climate.
Date: Saturday, May 13, noon–1 p.m.
Location: Molbak's, Woodinville
Country Village Mother’s Day Celebration
Kids can get a bracelet and then visit each shop to collect a charm to create a charm bracelet for Mom. On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., Mother Goose will be roaming and available for photo ops. (For the grown-ups, there's a sparkling wine tasting event on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m.)
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14
Location: Country Village, Bothell
Cost: Free (Saturday evening wine walk $20–$25)
Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5K
Run off that brunch! This run's course is scenic and mostly flat, making this a fun mother-kid activity. There's also a free kids' dash at 10 a.m. Preregister to save a little off day-of registration fees.
Location: Juanita Park, Kirkland
Date: Sunday, May 14, 7:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: half marathon $65–$75; 5K $40–$45; kids' dash free
Mother’s Day Pilates and Yoga Fusion Class
Come take a fun, core-focused pilates-yoga fusion class that is for moms and kids of all ages. After class enjoy shopping.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 9–10 a.m.
Location: Athleta store at Bellevue Square
Mother's Day at Cedar River Watershed
Enjoy light refreshments and a stroll around the Watershed Education Center. Plus, learn about some wild moms.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Cedar River Watershed, North Bend
Mother’s Day in the Garden
Tour the lovely Bellevue Botanic Gardens, learn about flower arranging with live demonstrations and watch as artists paint en plein air.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden
Mother’s Day Tea Party with Elsa and Anna
Frozen fans will love this mom-and-me tea party. Snacks, Frozen-themed games, tiara decorating and a raffle with make this two-hour event a special time. Anna and Elsa will be at the party for photos.
Date: Sunday, May 14, noon–2 p.m.
Location: My Gym Bellevue
Cost: $30 per child; preregister
Mothers have a special date with their favorite little guys at this sweet event with games, crafts, all-ages appropriate music and, of course, dancing.
Date: Friday, May 12, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Meridian Habitat Park, Puyallup
Cost: $18 per couple; preregister
Mother’s Day Weekend in the Garden
Enjoy shopping for vintage jewelry pieces, scarves and bath products while enjoying a stroll through the gorgeous gardens.
Date: Friday–Sunday, May 12–14, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Lakewood Gardens, Lakewood
Cost: $7–$9, ages 11 and under free
South Puget Sound Kids Build for Mother's Day
Kids ages 5-12 will build a flower box with the guidance of professional carpenters. Then young builders will fill the box with soil and flowers for a perfect Mother’s Day gift! Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 9–11 a.m.
Location: Carpenters Local #129, Lacey
Half-price Mom's Day at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
Moms get half-price admission, available at the gate. Feed the budgies, touch a stingray and let the kids loose in the Kids' Zone playground.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
Cost: $7.95–$17.95; ages 2 and under free; moms half-price
Enjoy dancing, prizes, games and snacks with your special boy or boys!
Date: Saturday, May 13, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Boys and Girls Club, Gig Harbor
Cost: $30 per couple; preregister
Mother's Day Weekend Train Rides
All generations can come together and enjoy a scenic train ride through the foothills near Mount Rainier.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 13–14, departures at 11 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. each day
Location: Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad and Logging Museum, Elbe
Cost: $25–$49; ages 3 and under free; preregister
Mother’s Day Family Paddle
Paddle down the Foss waterway in downtown Tacoma. On this urban trip you will see the glass museum, marinas and the 11th Street bridge. Equipment provided.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Meet at 1930 East D Street
Cost: $35 per person; preregister
Mother’s Day Brunch or Dinner Train
Ride through beautiful scenery on an 18-mile round trip on the Chehalis-Centralia railroad. Dine in a restored 1920s dining car with linen table cloths, china and a great staff.
Date: Sunday, May 14: brunch 1–3 p.m., dinner 5–7 p.m.
Cost: brunch $20–$36; dinner $23–$50; preregister
Wine and Canvas Mother’s Day Poppies
Come and paint poppies! Anyone can create a beautiful piece of art with the step-by-step instructions. Go home with a your own masterpiece. All ages welcome in this workshop.
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2–5 p.m.
Location: Wine and Canvas Studio in Federal Way
Cost: $35; preregister
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Cama Beach Mother’s Day Saturday Sail
Come early to sign up for a boat ride at the Center for Wooden Boats' outpost at idyllic Cama Beach. Free rides on a variety of boats, with activities such as toy boat building while you wait.
Date: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island
Cost: Free (Discover Pass required to park)
Camano Island 19th Annual Studio Tour
Combine some stops on this tour with the sail at Cama Beach to enjoy the natural beauty of Camano Island. Visit the studios of 41 juried artists who work in a variety of mediums, selecting desired stops on this self-guided tour. Download a map on your phone so you don’t miss any!
Date: Friday–Sunday, May 12–14, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (plus encore weekend Saturday–Sunday, May 20–21, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Location: Various locations on Camano Island; brochure includes a map of locations