It's almost Mother's Day and time to show appreciation for the special moms in your life! We’ve rounded up a grande-sized list of activities that moms can enjoy with (or without) the family. Think gardens, flowers, running, wine, train rides and underwear (?) to name a few options on our list. So fill your bellies with brunch, either at a restaurant or with a she-doesn't-have-to-help-at-all homemade meal, then show your appreciation with some mom-centered fun. Read on for ideas to make this Mother’s Day extra-special.
Kruckeberg 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 11–13, 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 pot and then plant it with flowers of their choice to make a delightful spring gift.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 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 12, 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
The 10th 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 12–13, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: Pike Place Market, Seattle
Cost: Free to browse; flowers for purchase
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 13, 8 a.m.
Location: Seattle Center
Cost: $30–$55; ages 5 and under $15
Moms free at the Museum of Flight
Moms are admitted free on Mother's Day with an accompanying kiddo of any age and if you show up early, you could be among the moms who are lucky enough to get free chocolate (first 500 moms).
Date: Sunday, May 13, 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
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 13, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Departure from Pier 54, Seattle
Cost: $84–$94 per adult, $49 per youth ages 4–12, ages 3 and under free; preregister
Mother's Day Cooking class: Orecchiette Pasta with PNW Mussels and Cannellini Beans
Learn to prepare orecchiette (little ears) pasta from scratch served with local mussels and cannellini beans. After cooking, sit down, enjoy your meal and enjoy the market atmosphere.
Date: Sunday, May 13, 6–8 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 13, 8:30 p.m.
Location: Unexpected Productions Market Theater at Pike Place Market
Cost: Moms $5
KAST 15th Annual Artist Studio Tour
The Kirkland Arts Center hosts its 15th annual self-guided tour local artists' studios. Art pieces for viewing and purchase 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 12–13, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: See tour map for studio locations in Kirkland and beyond
Mother’s Day Train Rides
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 12–13, 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
Mother's Day Rosé Release Weekend
Celebrate Mother's Day with wine! Matthews Winery will release their very popular Cabernet Franc Rosé. Perfect for your Mother's Day picnic.
Date: Saturday, May 12 at 12 p.m. and Sunday, May 13 at 1 p.m.
Location: Matthews Winery, Woodinville
Cost: Free entry; wine and food for purchase
Family Photos with Mom
Show Mom how much you love her with a family portrait taken by Ryan and Jacy Photography. You’ll receive a 4x6 photo courtesy of Molbak's. No appointment needed; first come, first served.
Date: Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m–2 p.m.
Location: Molbak's, Woodinville
Country Village Mother’s Day Celebration
Kids can get a driftwood hanger and then visit each shop to collect a different element to create a wind chime for Mom. On Saturday, noon–3 p.m., Mother Goose will be roaming and available for photo ops.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 12–13
Location: Country Village, Bothell
Mother’s Day Half Marathon and 5K
Work 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 13, 7:30–11:30 a.m.
Cost: half marathon $55–$80; 5K $30–$50; kids' dash free
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 13, 10 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 13, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden
Mother’s Day Picnic
A silent auction with awesome gifts and prizes plus zip-lining and arts and crafts?! It's a win-win for moms and kiddos at My Gym's Mother's Day celebration.
Date: Sunday, May 13, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Location: My Gym Bellevue
Cost: $30 per child; pre-register
Suffer for Beauty: Women's History Revealed through Undergarments
This exhibit explores changing ideals of female beauty by looking at foundations over the years. Inspect a century of undergarments and the accouterments that helped women in their effort to attain the elusive ideal of beauty. This is a fun opportunity for multiple generations.
Date: on view Wednesday–Sunday, noon–4 p.m., through June 17
Location: White River Valley Museum, Auburn
Cost: $5 per adult; $2 per child
Mother's Day Crafts at WET Science Center
Kids can make a special craft for their number-one mom and grandma, too.
Date: Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: WET Science Center, Olympia
Celebrate Mom with an exploration of some really cool, really artful little trees. Kids can make a card with a personalized poem from the on-site poet, take a tour of bonsais and shop the pop-up for one to take home.
Date: Saturday–Sunday, May 12–13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Pacific Bonsai Museum, Federal Way
Cost: Suggested $5 donation per person
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: Saturday–Sunday, May 12–13, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Lakewood Gardens, Lakewood
Cost: $7–$9, ages 11 and under free
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 12, 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 12, 7–9 p.m.
Location: Boys and Girls Club, Gig Harbor
Cost: $30 per couple; pre-register
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 12, 1 p.m.
Location: Titlow Park, Tacoma
Cost: Free; 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 tablecloths, china and a great staff.
Date: Sunday, May 13: brunch 1–3 p.m., dinner 5–7 p.m.
Cost: brunch $20–$36; dinner $23–$52; pre-register
Wine and Canvas on Mother’s Day
Come and paint Mt. Rainier and tulips! Anyone can create a beautiful piece of art with the step-by-step instructions. Go home with your own masterpiece. All ages welcome in this workshop.
Date: Sunday, May 13, 2:30–5:30 p.m.
Location: Wine and Canvas Studio in Federal Way
Cost: $35; pre-register
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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 12, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Cama Beach State Park, Camano Island
Cost: Free (Discover Pass required to park)
Camano Island 20th 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 11–13, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (plus encore weekend Saturday–Sunday, May 19–20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.)
Location: Various locations on Camano Island; brochure includes a map of locations