By Monica Fischer
Bellevue Botanical Garden
Enjoy light refreshments, live music and some of the most beautiful scenery on the Eastside at the Bellevue Botanical Garden’s celebration of Mother’s Day. Join fellow flower and garden enthusiasts at the free 1 p.m. social at the Aaron Education Center, then stroll on your own through the 53-acre urban refuge, or join a guided tour at 2 p.m. You’ll also find local and handcrafted gifts, like jewelry, scarves and wind chimes, for Mom at the Trillium Store.
Brunch – All Day!
Who doesn’t love brunch? You can sleep in and still enjoy your favorites from both breakfast and lunch (sometimes even dinner!). Plus, it’s perfectly acceptable—even encouraged—to enjoy a cocktail before noon.
The Golf Club at Newcastle hosts a generous brunch buffet featuring the usual breakfast treats plus carved prime rib and ham, cedar plank Pacific salmon, crepes, omelets and pasta (9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; $22.95-$53.95, kids 3 and under free; reservations required). Enjoy a delicious three-course brunch at Pearl, where you can start with chilled oysters on the half shell and proceed to mouthwatering entrees like fried chicken and waffles or a Dungeness crab omelet (9 a.m.-2 p.m.; $20-$29, price varies by entrée; reservations required).
For those who can’t turn down rustic Italian fare, visit Vivo 53 as they kick off a new weekend brunch menu (Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-3pm) just in time for Mother’s Day. Italian frittata with crispy prosciutto, italian sausage, burrata and parmesan, and wood-fired smoked salmon pizze with herbed creme fraiche are just a few of the delectables on their menu.
If you haven’t yet visited Basil’s Bistro at the lovely new Hilton Bellevue, Mother’s Day brunch is the perfect excuse. The extensive menu features fluffy scrambled eggs, pomegranate BBQ chicken, lobster bisque, prime rib, leg of lamb, custom omelets, fresh fruit and plenty of sweet, warm pastries (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $19.95-$48.95, kids 5 and under free). The Red Lion Hotel will also host a decadent brunch of eggs, salmon, scones, cheesecakes and chocolate-dipped strawberries (10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; $19.95-$36.95, kids under 5 free).
Just a few minutes from Bellevue on the Kirkland waterfront, The Woodmark’s Beach Café will serve up lemon ricotta pancakes, duck confit hash, handcrafted pastries and many more delights (11 a.m.-3 p.m.; $10-$19 per entrée). Also in Kirkland, bin on the lake will offer a variety of special Mother’s Day items for lunch and dinner, including spring pea salad, Chilean seabass and grilled lamb chops (1-8 p.m.; $22-$40).
KidsQuest Children’s Museum
If your idea of the perfect Mother’s Day is even more playtime with your kids, then load up your future scientists, software engineers, artists and mathematicians and head to KidsQuest. The hands-on, interactive kids’ museum at Marketplace @ Factoria will offer free admission to all moms and grandmas on Mother’s Day. You and your crew can explore the Backyard, tinker in the Garage, hide away in the Tree House or take a deep dive into the Waterways.
Mom & Me at the Zoo
The Woodland Park Zoo will celebrate moms of all species at the 26th annual Mom & Me at the Zoo event. Moms receive half-price admission, and the day features lots of live performances on the North Meadow, plus a bouncy house and arts and crafts booth for the kids (9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.). Be sure to explore the zoo’s numerous exhibits to observe how the moms of the animal kingdom celebrate their Mother’s Day.
Whether she’s a new mom or a veteran, we bet she’d jump at the chance for some quality time to herself. Recoop offers that just with its Mamma’s Hideout package, which includes a 60-minute massage, a facial, a pedicure and a manicure (4 hours, $360). And the Bellevue outpost of Gene Juarez Salons & Spas offers three dreamy Mother’s Day spa packages, ranging from 2 to 6 hours and $210 to $460. If you’re lucky, maybe she’ll bring you along!
The Color Run
Do you and your mom love fitness and fun? Sign up for The Color Run, the “happiest 5K on the planet.” There are no winners or prizes at this carefree, untimed race, just lots of colorful “paint” showers (it’s really powder made from food-grade corn starch) and tons of laughter. The family-friendly event, which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska, kicks off at Seattle Center at 8 a.m. Entry fees range from $49.99 to $69.99.