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25 Awesome Family Activities to Honor Mom for Mother's Day 2019

Delight your favorite mom with these weekend events around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Published on: May 06, 2019

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It's almost Mother's Day and time to show your appreciation for the special moms in your life! Or, bask in the special attention of those who appreciate you! We’ve rounded up a grande-sized list of activities that moms can enjoy with (or without) the family. Think gardens, flowers, running, train rides and sailing, to name a few options on our list. So fill your bellies with brunch, either at a restaurant or with mom-doesn't-have-to-help-at-all homemade fare, then show your appreciation with some mom-centered fun. Read on for ideas to make this Mother’s Day extra-special, and then, you know, forward this to the one who's going to "plan" the day.

Seattle-area events

Kruckeberg Garden Mother's Day Plant Sale
Take your mom to shop for a garden full of new plants at this lovely hidden garden's Mother's Day weekend plant sale.
Date: Friday–Sunday, May 10–12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline
Cost: Plants for purchase

Kids Plant for Mom's Day
With the help of volunteers, kids can pick a pail and then plant it with flowers of their choosing to make a delightful living bouquet for their mom or grandma.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Edmonds Farmers Market
Cost: $10 donation for materials

Mom's Market Day at Pike Place
Taking place during the market's annual flower festival (below), this event invites families to enjoy live music, kids' activities, Sasquatch sightings (?) and a mom-tastic family photo backdrop at the MarketFront. Plus, decorate a cookie for your favorite mom on level 4 (noon–3 p.m.).
Date: Saturday, May 12, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free

The Mama-logues: A Comedy Variety Show About Motherhood
Grab your mom friends and book tix to this laugh-out-loud variety show benefiting Open Arms and Westside Baby. Come early for the "prefunk" that includes food, wine and fun.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 5 p.m. prefunk and 7 p.m. show
Location: Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
Cost: $25 prefunk; $20 show; book online

The 11th 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 11–12, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle
Cost: Free to browse; flowers for purchase

The Color Run
Some moms love to run and this non-competitive 5K has a gimmick to get reluctant runners to join her: colorful powder flying all over the place, decorating your clothes and creating an ultra-festive atmosphere. Read info on what to wear plus other details and register online.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 8 a.m.
Location: Seattle Center
Cost: $30 and up; ages 5 and under free

Moms enjoy free admission to the Museum of Flight
Moms are admitted free on Mother's Day with an accompanying kiddo of any age. Join the family workshop called Marvelous Moms or explore the museum's fascinating new exhibit on the Apollo 11 moon mission (extra cost).
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Museum of Flight, Tukwila
Cost: Moms free; family members regular-price admission

Brunch on Blake Island with Argosy Cruises
This outing is a splurge that makes for a memorable Mother's Day for everyone. Cruise to Blake Island and enjoy brunch, cultural activities and time to explore the island. Book in advance.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Departure is from Pier 54, Seattle
Cost: $90–$100 per adult, $50 per youth ages 4–12, ages 3 and under free

Mother's Day 'Mamma Mia!' Sing-Along
How could this not be fun? Gather your girlfriends or your tween and teen ABBA fans and lend your lusty voices to a group sing-along to the Meryl Streep movie. Film fated PG-13.
Date: Sunday, May 12, showings at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Location: Central Cinema, Seattle
Cost: $12–$14; food and drinks for purchase

Mother’s Day Comedy Improv Show
This is also a great one for a moms' night out. Experience off-the-cuff improvisational comedy about the joys and horrors of parenthood.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 8:30–10 p.m.
Location: 1428 Post Alley, Seattle
Cost: Moms $5

Eastside events

Kirkland Arts Center Open House
The Kirkland Arts Center hosts a family-friendly open house Mother's Day weekend with artist demos, kids' activities, costumed figure drawing and a free concert.
Date: Friday–Sunday, May 10–12
Location: Kirkland Arts Center
Cost: Free

Mother’s Day Train Rides
Moms ride free on a scenic train ride through the Cascade Range. Tickets available at the ticket window; go early for your preferred departure time.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12, multiple train departures between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Location: Snoqualmie Depot
Cost: $10–$20; kids ages 1 and under and moms free (with paying child of any age)

Mother's Day at Fox Hollow Farm
Have a look around the farm, meet some kitties and dig into gardening with a DIY planting activity.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m–4 p.m.
Location: Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah
Cost: $10 per person; moms free; book online

Mother's Day at Cedar River Watershed
Enjoy light refreshments and a stroll around the fantastic Watershed Education Center. Plus, learn about some wild moms who live nearby.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Cedar River Watershed, North Bend
Cost: Free

Mother’s Day in the Garden
Wander the paths of the lovely Bellevue Botanic Gardens or take a docent-led tour, join a posy-making craft, watch artists paint en plein air and catch a ballroom dancing demo.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden
Cost: Free

South Sound-area events

Half Price for Moms 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 11, 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Tacoma
Cost: $11–$21; ages 2 and under free; half-price admission for moms

Mother's Day Crafts at WET Science Center
Kids can make a special card or craft for their number-one mom — and grandma, too.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: WET Science Center, Olympia
Cost: Free

Family Nature Walk
For moms who love nature and the outdoors, explore the woods and stretch little legs on a guided nature walk through the park.
Date: Saturday, May 11, 10–11 a.m.
Location: Titlow Park, Tacoma
Cost: Free; preregister

Bonsai Fest!
Celebrate mom by admiring some really cool, really artful little trees together. Kids can make a card, take a selfie with mom and a beautiful background and get a special poem from the on-site poet. Plus, dine on tasty things from food vendors serving pizza, ice cream and Parisian fare.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 11–12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way
Cost: Admission by donation; food for purchase

Moms and Grandmas free at Hands On
Enjoy a day of play at this marvelous museum designed just for kids and families.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Hands on Children's Museum, Olympia
Cost: Moms and grandmas free; family members regular-price admission

Mother’s Day in the Garden
Stroll through the gorgeous gardens with your special mom, shop from artisans and purchase a picnic lunch or pot of tea.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Lakewood Gardens, Lakewood
Cost: $7–$9, ages 12 and under free; food for purchase

Mother's Day at PowellsWood
Wander the beautiful gardens and grounds and stop by the garden room for delicious tea and treats.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: PowellsWood Garden, Federal Way
Cost: $7; ages 12 and under free; food for purchase

Mother's Day Brunch at Tacoma Art Museum
Enjoy an artful buffet spread including an array of sweet and savory items. Be sure to reserve ahead. Brunch seating includes museum admission and a special surprise for moms.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Location: Tacoma Art Museum
Cost: $44.95 per adult; $24.95 per child ages 6–12; $14.95 per child ages 2–5; under 2 free

Mother’s Day Luncheon 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 tablecloths, china and a great staff.
Date: Sunday, May 12,1–3 p.m. or 5–7 p.m.
Location: Chehalis
Cost: $44–$55 per adult; ages 10 and under $25; preregister

More ideas nearby

Cama Beach Mother’s Day 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 11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island
Cost: Free (Discover Pass required to park)

Moms and Grandmas free at KiDiMu
Walk on the ferry for a gorgeous ride to Bainbridge Island, then enjoy a day of play at the sweet Kids Discovery Museum. Kids can make a keepsake gift for mom, too.
Date: Sunday, May 12, noon–4 p.m.
Location: KiDiMu, Bainbridge Island
Cost: Moms and grandmas free; family members regular-price admission

Nature's Nurturers: A Celebration of Mothers
Wander the trails at this Bainbridge Island gem and immerse yourselves in nature. Enjoy a scrumptious tea of sweet and savory fare at the dining hall at 2 p.m.
Date: Sunday, May 12, 1–5 p.m.
Location: IslandWood, Bainbridge Island
Cost: $25 per adult; $10 per child ages 4–12; ages 3 and under free; book online (ASAP — spaces going fast)

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