Meals, gifts, activity ideas for Mother’s Day 2022 around Seattle | The Seattle Kid

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8, 2022.

There are more events and activities to choose from than in previous years. It’s an exciting time to celebrate these special days.

What do moms really want? Some moms aren’t good at telling us. But in many cases, they don’t want much: maybe a chance to sleep in, a sincere token of appreciation, something handmade. (Lavender sachet, anyone? Here’s a handy guide.)

A few general tips: If you’re going somewhere, plan ahead. If you cook, read the recipe and know your chefs’ abilities. Whatever you do, put your heart into it!

[ Speaking of mothers, author Angela Garbes, in her new book, “Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change,” argues that mothering is the most important job in the world. We don’t diagree! Read a review of the book. ]

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day 2022: Events and Activities

A date is always fun. Go to the zoo or aquarium – or maybe a museum or other attraction you haven’t enjoyed in a while.

If mom loves plants and gardening, head to the annual Mother’s Day plant sale at the Kruckeberg Botanical Garden. It’s a fundraiser for the garden, but also a place where you’ll find special plants. There are also activities for children! Have them play while you browse.

Sometimes a walk in the garden around town and enjoying a few moments among the spring flowers is the perfect way to spend the day, with the family or without. Check out our list of gardens and pick a few to explore.

Want to go to town? One of our favorite places to visit is Pike Place Market. Moms, you are in luck! There is an event called Mom’s Market Day, a weekend full of activities for the whole family and plenty of shopping opportunities for mom.

Maybe this year the whole family would like to have a fun race. Join the Mother’s Day Half Marathon in Kirkland. The race starts and ends at Juanita Beach Park. Run to the finish line and stay picnicking at the park.

There is so much more to do! Check Seattle’s Child Calendar for more Mother’s Day events and family outings.

Mother’s Day 2022: more things to do

Go hiking! Spend time in nature, alone or with family. Fresh air and a bit of exercise can put a lot of things into perspective and are a great way to bond with each other. Try one of these easy spring hikes for all ages and abilities.

Try something new like feeding a kangaroo or an adorable wallaby. The Fall City Kangaroo Ranch will make you feel in love, dove, and cuddly.

How about giving mom a weekend? Sometimes you need a little time for yourself or a weekend to celebrate motherhood with friends. Check out these local destinations that aren’t too far from Seattle. They are also excellent family destinations!

Take the plunge ! Seattle has so many options for setting sail. Check out the Ice Cruise or rent an hour on a peapod from the Center for Wooden Boats. Here is a list of experiences to help you start planning.

Mother’s Day 2022: what to eat?

A popular option is Mother’s Day Brunch. Let someone else cook for you and dine inside or outside the Seattle area. If you’re dating mom, call ahead. Like now! Check out our list of brunch spots in the Seattle area.

Of course, what’s adorable (isn’t it?) is when the kids are cooking. A few years ago, we spoke to some kids with big plans for mom. Not everyone is on their level. I’m not above dropping a glaring clue like, “Here’s how to operate the coffee maker” or “Here’s how I place my order at the cafe’s drive-thru.”

Or send the kids to cooking school just before the big day. PCC offers cooking classes for kids (and mom) at various locations in the Seattle area. Local chefs teach children to make popovers and cookies with jam. Add bacon and eggs and it’s an amazing and easy meal to impress mom.

Or in honor of spring, how about a picnic? We just got some great new picnic ideas from a chef and cookbook author. And here are some of our favorite places to go.

Mother’s Day 2022: Gift ideas

(Note: for your information/inspiration, a roundup of ideas that have landed in our inboxes. This does not imply an endorsement or recommendation: just things to think about!)

Seattle’s Theo Chocolate is offering a limited-edition candy box for Mother’s Day. You can order online or visit their store for this and a variety of other items. It has come to our attention that Gene Juarez Salons & Spas is offering gift cards with an added bonus amount. I’m just saying.

Based in Seattle Tokki wants everyone to know about her Mother’s Day (or anytime) gift sets, including luxury vegan soy wax and coconut candles, specialty foods and teas, of well-being for the spa and… wait… cotton masks!

Don’t forget the flowers! There’s Pike Place Market and there’s downtown Issaquah. They have the sweetest, most beautiful way to honor a mom (or anyone!). From spring through fall, along Front Street in downtown Issaquah, streetlights are adorned with baskets of flowers. For a donation starting at $50, people can hang a basket in honor of a loved one. Hurry! This opportunity ends on April 29.

This story was originally published on April 26, 2022.

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