Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14. In the Seattle area, moms get half-price admission at a couple of zoos, free parking at the waterfront and more.
It’s all about Mom this weekend, and you can celebrate her at several local events this Mother’s Day weekend. Pike Place Market Flower Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 13-14, offers fresh flowers from 40 local farmers in tents set up on the Pike Place cobblestone street. Take Mom to browse through the colorful blooms, watch farmers make arrangements and pick up a bouquet or two, along with all the Market’s usual shopping and dining options.
Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14.
Location: Pike Place Market, First Avenue and Pike Street, Seattle.
Mom and Me at the Zoo, Woodland Park
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 13.
Cost: half price for moms; regular admission $12.95-$20.95.
Location: Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle.
More info: 206-548-2500 or zoo.org.
Mom and Me at the Zoo, Point Defiance
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 13.
Cost: half price for moms; regular admission $7.95-$17.95.
Location: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma.
More info: 253-591-5337 or pdza.org.
Northwest Railway Museum
Time: depot open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; trains 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2, 3:30, 4:45 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 13-14.
Cost: depot free; train $12-$24, free for moms with paying child of any age.
Location: Northwest Railway Museum, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie.
More info: 425-888-3030 or trainmuseum.org.
Seattle Waterfront free Mother’s Day parking
Time: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 14.
Location: Hillclimb Court Garage, 1422 Western Ave.; Western and Seneca Lot, 1101 Western Ave.; Watermark Tower Garage, 1108 Western Ave.; Pike Place Market Parking Garage, 1531 Western Ave., Seattle.
Mother’s Day in the Garden
Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 14.
Location: Bellevue Botanical Garden, 12001 Main St., Bellevue.
More info: 425-452-2750 or bellevuebotanical.org/calendar.html.
Seattle 17th of May Festival
Nordic Heritage Museum: free admission, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 3014 N.W. 67th St., Seattle (206-789-5707 or nordicmuseum.org).
Bergen Place Park: noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday, 5420 22nd Ave. N.W., Seattle.
Parade: 6 p.m. Wednesday, 24th Avenue Northwest from Northwest 62nd Street to Market Street to 22nd Avenue Northwest, on Ballard Avenue Northwest to Northwest Dock Street, Seattle.
Mom and Me at Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium offer half-price admission for moms on Saturday, May 13, with activities celebrating human and animal mothers. On Saturday and Sunday, moms ride free with a paying child of any age on scenic vintage train excursions through the Cascade foothills and the top of Snoqualmie Falls from Northwest Railway Museum in the charming small town of Snoqualmie. The museum is in the Snoqualmie Depot, built in 1890 and restored to its early grandeur, with railroad history exhibits and train ticket sales from the original ticket window.
The Seattle waterfront welcomes moms on Sunday with four hours of free parking at four garages with a voucher. Pick up the voucher at one of 20 restaurants and attractions, including the Great Wheel, Argosy Cruises and Seattle Aquarium. Also on Sunday, Bellevue Botanical Garden’s Mother’s Day in the Garden invites moms and families for a relaxing day in the garden with flower-arranging demonstrations, artists at work and tours to see spring blooms and other garden attractions.
After celebrating Mom all weekend, take a couple of days to rest up and get ready for Syttende Mai, or the Seattle 17th of May Festival, which celebrates Norway Constitution Day on Wednesday, May 17. Ballard goes all out for the big celebration to mark its heritage every year. It culminates with what’s said to be the largest Norwegian Constitution Day parade outside of Norway. Festivities include free admission and kids’ activities all day at Nordic Heritage Museum and Norwegian entertainment all afternoon at Bergen Place Park, with a free shuttle between the two locations from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday.
You may want to come early to save your spot for the 17th of May Parade at 6 p.m., which attracts thousands of spectators every year as it makes its way through Ballard’s streets with marching bands, drill teams, community groups and plenty of Norwegian music, costumes and spirit.