Mother's Day is Sunday, May 9, and high time to show your appreciation for the special moms in your life! Or, bask in the special attention of those who appreciate you, hard-working mama!
We’ve rounded up a grande-sized list of activities that moms can enjoy with (or without) the family. Think gardens, flowers, train rides and boating, to name a few options on our list. So fill your bellies with breakfast — try these mom-doesn't-have-to-help-at-all recipes — then show your appreciation with some mom-centered fun.
Read on for ideas and then, you know, forward this article to the one who's going to "plan" the day.
Seattle-area Mother's Day events for 2021
"Coppélia" by Pacific Northwest Ballet
Gather 'round the screen — or treat Mom to some quiet alone time and enjoy PNB's enchanting production of "Coppélia" virtually. Book a ticket and watch any time May 6–10.
Date: Thursday–Monday, May 6–10
Cost: $29 per family
MayFest at Lakewold Gardens
Book your tix ahead to stroll through the gorgeous gardens with your special mom, spot incredible rhododendrons in full bloom, take a docent-led tour, buy a bouquet and enjoy music and special treats.
Date: Friday–Sunday, May 7–9, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Lakewold Gardens, Lakewood
Cost: $5–$10; ages 5 and under free; tours, concerts and treats for additional purchase
Mother's Day picnic basket pick-up
Order a special picnic basket from Pike Place Market's Atrium Kitchen and pick it up for a delicious, prepared family picnic. Choose chicken or vegetarian; each basket serves two.
Date: Preorder for pick up May 7–9
Location: Pike Place Market Atrium Kitchen, Seattle
Cost: $46 per basket
Tilth Edible Plant Sale
Treat your favorite mama to a shopping spree to stock her vegetable garden with organic starts from Tilth Alliance's Edible Plant Sale.
Date: May 7–14; reserve a shopping time in advance
Location: Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, Seattle
Cost: Free entry; 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 8, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Edmonds Garden Market
Cost: $10 donation for materials
Virtual card-making workshop for kids
Kids ages 4–12 are invited to join artist and instructor Kosuke Kawahara to create their own handmade card for their favorite mom or special someone. Preregister; $5 per household.
Date: Saturday, May 8, 10–10:45 a.m.
Cost: $5 per household
Cama Beach Mother’s Day Sail
Come early to sign up for a free boat rental at the Center for Wooden Boats' outpost at idyllic Cama Beach. Enjoy free rentals of rowboats, kayaks and paddleboards with activities such as toy boat building while you wait. In-person sign up begins at 9:30 a.m.
Date: Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island
Cost: Free (Discover Pass required to park)
Louie Foxx's One-Man Side Show
For moms who love to laugh along with their kids, book seats for this in-real-life comedy and magic show from the always entertaining Louie Foxx. Everyone will love it.
Date: Saturday, May 8, 2 p.m.
Location: Auburn Avenue Theater
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Pike Place Market flower vendors bring out their very best beautiful and local blooms so you can pick out the most amazing flower bouquet for your mom, grandma or special someone.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 8–9, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Pike Place Market
Cost: Free to browse; flowers for purchase
Mother’s Day Weekend Train Rides
Treat your favorite mom or grandma to a scenic train ride through the upper Snoqualmie Valley to view beautiful Snoqualmie Falls. Book tickets in advance. Departure from either Snoqualmie or North Bend depots.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 8–9, multiple train departures between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Location: Snoqualmie or North Bend depots
Cost: $15–$20; kids ages 1 and under free
Mother's Day weekend at Fox Hollow Farm
Books tickets in advance to visit this fun family farm. Meet cute critters, ride the mini ATVs or try a gardening activity.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 8–9, 10 a.m–1 p.m. or 1–4 p.m.
Location: Fox Hollow Farm, Issaquah
Cost: $10 per person (under age 1 free); book timeslot online
Baby Animals and Blooms at Maris Farms
Book tix to enjoy a day on the farm during Maris Farms' third and final weekend of spring celebration. There are flowers, cute critters and fun activiteis for kids.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 8–9, 11 a.m–7 p.m.
Location: Maris Farms, Buckley
Cost: $14–$16; book online
Mother's Day 5K Run
Running moms will love a good run the morning of Mother's Day, either pushing the pace or taking it easy, whichever sounds better. This race offers wave starts for safety as well as good swag.
Date: Sunday, May 9, waves start at 8 a.m.
Location: Northwest University, Kirkland
Mother's Day Family Paddle
Spend the morning of Mother's Day kayaking the Foss Waterway past the 11th Street Bridge. Preregister; $40 per person; ages 10 and older.
Date: Sunday, May 9, 9–11 a.m.
Location: Foss Waterway dock, Tacoma
Cost: $40 per person
Mother's Day at Oxbow Farm
Snag your tickets for this day out at lovely Oxbow Farm. Festivities include a native plant sale, yoga, tasty lunch fare, live music, fun for kids and more.
Date: Sunday, May 9, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Oxbow Farm and Conservation Center, Carnation
Cost: $5 entry for adults; youth age 17 and younger free; plants, yoga, lunch for purchase
Mother’s Day Luncheon or Dinner Trains
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. Choose from a 1 p.m. luncheon departure or a 5 p.m. dinner departure. You may also book outdoor seating that does not include meal service.
Date: Sunday, May 9,1 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Cost: $16–$72; book online in advance
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Editor's note: Tiffany Doerr Guerzon and Devon Hammer contributed to this article.