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15 great ways to celebrate Mothers Day 2019 around Seattle

Celebrate mom with a special excursion, a trip to the zoo or a garden — or how about an ABBA singalong?


If your idea of a perfect Mother’s Day involves a day out with the ones you love, have we got some ideas for you! Read on to see who’s got special offers and activities that will appeal to moms and their families alike. For even more ideas, check our Family Fun Calendar. And don't forget to enter our amazing Mothers Day Giveaways!

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Friday, May 10


Kruckeberg Garden Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Enjoy garden tours, food trucks, and gardening and craft activities for kids. The annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale offers native plants, bulbs and exotics, plus garden art and sculptures. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri thru Sun. FREE. 20312 15th Ave NW, Shoreline


Saturday, May 11


Pike Place Market Flower Festival
On May 11-12, celebrate Mom and the arrival of spring at the annual Pike Place Market Flower Festival. Shop for flowers, produce, and specialty products from more than 40 Washington state farmers. In the early morning hours, tents will be set up on the west side of the cobblestone street of Pike Place to showcase the farmers’ abundant bouquets of tulips, daffodils, irises and peonies. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat &  Sun. FREE. Pike Place Market

 Koi Day, Seattle Japanese Garden

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be free koi food, plus information about the iconic fish and a kite-making craft activity. Free admission for youth 12 and under between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Adults $6-$8.) Seattle Japanese Garden, 1075 Lake Washington Blvd E

MOHAI Mother’s Day Pop-up Shop

MOHAI Mercantile, the store at the Museum of History and Industry holds a pop-up event with gifts fashioned by local artists and designers. Mimosas and other treats will be served. Museum of History and Industry, 860 Terry Ave N


And by the way, if you choose a Seattle waterfront-area activity for the family, find out how you can get four hours of free parking (even more if you're taking Argosy Cruises' Blake Island excursion).


Further Afield


Mothers Ride Free on Northwest Railway
Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day with a scenic train excursion through the Cascade foothills. The Northwest Railway Museum invites mom to enjoy a free ride aboard our antique train, when accompanied by a paying child of any age. $20 adults, $10 children. Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 SE King St, Snoqualmie


Half-Price for Moms at the Point Defiance Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma offers moms half-price admission. Go have an adventure! 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 5400 North Pearl Street, Tacoma


Kids' Plant for Mom’s Day Edmonds Farmers Market
Young gardeners can decorate a flowerpot and select a plant to put in it for mom ($10 donation appreciated). Join the Children’s Flower Fairy Parade from the Edmonds Library (noon, FREE). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Edmonds Farmers Market, 5th Ave. N. and Bell St., Edmonds


Mother’s Day Saturday Sail on Camano Island
Head to Cama Beach for the annual Mother’s Day Saturday Sail. Arrive early to sign up for free boat rides on a variety of boats (sailing, paddling, rowing, motor), then participate in other fun activities while you wait for your ride (toy boat building, park activities). Ride sign-ups will fill up early; rides will happen throughout the day. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat.  FREE, Discover Pass required for parking. Cama Beach State Park, 1880 West Camano Dr, Camano Island


Volunteer Park Conservatory Spring Plant Sale

Check out a wide selection of beautiful houseplants. Docents will be on hand to answer questions about suitable spaces for the plants, and how to care for them. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer Park Conservatory, 1400 E Galer St. Speaking of plant sales, this is a good weekend for those whose favorite kind of retail therapy comes in plastic pots of dirt. Other sales going on: Nathan Hale High School Edible & Ornamental Plant Sale, and the Cesar Chavez Master Gardener Demonstration Garden Plant Sale.


Sunday, May 12, Mother’s Day

 Mamma Mia! Mother’s Day ABBA-along

Sing along with this sunlit musical featuring the songs of ABBA, all captioned on screen for your singing pleasure at Central Cinema. Tickets $12 in advance $14 on the day. Show is at 4 p.m. Central Cinema, 1411 21st Ave


Mother’s Day at the Seattle Aquarium
Come celebrate moms of all species at the aquarium. There will be activities like Strong Mothers of the Ocean and Multi-Generational Moms in addition to the beloved diving show. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., 9 a.m. opening for members with a special gift for mothers. Sunday only. Mother's Day free 4-hour parking vouchers for nearby garages. Seattle Aquarium, 1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59



Mother’s Day Celebration, Museum of Flight

Mothers accompanied by kids get in free at the Museum of Flight. At the weekend family workshop at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., families can do a STEM related activity and then make a Mother’s Day craft. Museum of Flight, 9404 E Marginal Way S, Tukwila


Mother’s Day at the Bellevue Botanical Garden
The Open House Social for moms includes garden tours, Plein Air artists, flower arranging demonstrations, live music, shopping, ballroom dancing demonstrations, and more. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. FREE, donations accepted. Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St, Bellevue


Mother’s Day, Cedar River Watershed Education Center

Naturalists will be on hand to discuss the many forms motherhood in the watershed. Coffee and tea will be served. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Cedar River Watershed Education Center 17905 Cedar Falls Rd SE, North Bend


Further Afield


Nature’s Nurturers at Islandwood
Learn about how animal mothers care for their babies in a 30-minute, kid-friendly presentation, explore the grounds and trails of IslandWood, and enjoy a special Mother's Day Tea with sweet and savory fare in the Dining Hall beginning at 2:30 p.m. 1 to 5 p.m. Space is limited, pre-register. $25 adults, $10 children. IslandWood, 4450 Blakely Ave. NE, Bainbridge Island