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<p>Kristoferson Farm’s Pop-up Dinners feature local food and the culinary artistry of Donna King. The dinners include local wine pairings and are held in the Camano Island farm’s restored barn. (Image: Kristoferson Farm) </p>

Give Mom experiences, not more stuff this Mother&rsquo;s Day

Mother’s Day will be here in a few short weeks and you won’t want to be caught empty handed. But does Mom really need more clutter in her home or even another mug? Sure physical presents are nice but her drawers are already stuffed with previous year’s gifts of perfume, printed photos in lovely frames and other tchotchkes. This is the year to show your Mom how much you love and care about her. While most Moms are probably happy with a day to themselves, giving the gift of an experience will make this year even more memorable. Show off your appreciation for your favorite Mom with this Seattle experience gift guide, guaranteed to please every type of Mom out there without cluttering her home.

Travel Adventures

Treat Mom to a surprise weekend away! Book a trip with Pack Up & Go and make it a surprise for both of you. Take advantage of Kenmore Air’s specials for a last-minute trip to the San Juans, Victoria or the Olympic Peninsula. Earthbox Inn on San Juan Island provides a relaxing place to stay along with amazing spa services.

Slip on to the Clipper for a quick weekend to Victoria with sail/hotel packages from Seattle starting at $142. Catch the train from Union Station for a relaxing ride up the coast to Vancouver, BC.

Foodie Desires

Is your Mom a foodie? She’ll be thrilled to experience one of Kristoferson Farm’s Pop-up Dinners featuring local food and the culinary artistry of Donna King. The dinners include local wine pairings and are held in the Camano Island farm’s restored barn. They are currently accepting reservations for May 26th, June 23rd, July 14th, August 18th, September 15th and October 20th. Find out more at

Treat mom to a dinner with Cow by Bear for a true treat! Cow by Bear is hosted by an anonymous in a literal Bear suit at various secret Seattle locations. Dinners happen on Fridays and Saturdays with a limit of 14 guests. The five-course meal is highlighted by a 50-day dry aged ribeye roast entrée and paired with carefully curated wine. Mom will be blown away by this experience! Reservations can be made at

Is Mom a bit more traditional? She’ll love tea at the Queen Mary Tea Room! The tea room provides both a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones, cream and delicious teas along with brunch, lunch and a gluten-free tea. Make reservations as this place books up fast.

Arts and Entertainment

Moms of younger kids will adore attending Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at The Seattle’s Children Theatre. This show will leave her in stitches will getting the younger set up and moving. Book this soon though as the show ends on May 13th.

Give Mom a chuckle at The Market Theater for an improv show, inspired by moms. This off-the-cuff comedy revolves around the joys and horrors of parenthood while making fun of all Moms. Tickets are $15 or just $5 for moms.

Artsy moms will love visiting any of Seattle’s many museums. Head to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) to explore the existing collections as well as special exhibit, “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” featuring photographs of dogs and cats from around Seattle. The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) will interest most moms with their exhibits on Star Trek, Nirvana, Marvel Comics and much more. Take time for a mother-child jam session in the Sound Lab. The Seattle Art Museum is always a treat. After roaming through the permanent collection, stop by the cafe for an afternoon pick-me-up at TASTE.

The Frye Art Museum is a wonderful free museum with an extensive collection. Take time to explore the Impressionism exhibit coming May 12th, featuring over 40 works from the Musee des Beaux-Arts, Reims. And don’t neglect to take Mom to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience. This museum shares the story of the Asian Pacific experience in Seattle. Their ever-changing exhibitions provide an eye opening view of Seattle.

Play Tourist

Spend the day in Seattle as a tourist! Head to the Pike Place Market to explore Seattle’s original farmer’s market. Take a photo op at Rachel the Piggy Bank, watch the street buskers and flying fish and make sure to treat mom to mini doughnuts at the Daily Dozen Donut Company and a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the many flower vendors.

Walk down the Harbor Steps to the Seattle Waterfront for more fun. Hop aboard an Argosy Harbor Cruise to explore Elliott Bay or Tillicum Village or a ferry boat to Bainbridge Island. Explore the iconic Seattle Waterfront’s eclectic souvenir and curio shops, Seattle Aquarium and Seattle Great Wheel. The Great Wheel is the largest Ferris wheel on the west coast, stands over 175 feet tall and offers bird's eye views of Seattle and the Puget Sound.

Relaxing Escapes

Relaxation is usually high on any mom’s gift list so give her a day of bliss with a spa visit or even just an hour away with a nice manicure/pedicure at a local salon. Seattle has so many options, it is hard to select just one.

The Olympus Spa in Lynnwood and Tacoma is the height of luxurious spa indulgence and visits start at just $40. Whirlpools, steam sauna, herbal dry sauna along with earth energy rooms and meditation rooms are sure to provide moms with recharging time. The Olympus Spa offers great packages (including entry to day passes to the spa) starting at $50.

Bellevue’s Recoop Spa provides a rustic-chic environment with modern elements. Schedule their mother-daughter spa day and reward yourself for being such a great gift giver. The hour-long deep tissue, aromatic massage or organic manicure can’t be missed!

Looking for a simple manicure? Head to Julep Nail Color for a great non-toxic nail session at any of their multiple locations (Bellevue, downtown Seattle and the U-District). Frenchy’s Day Spa & Beauty Boutique in Madison Park provides an amazing nail experience with their warm paraffin dips and nail services.

A gift certificate to The Wax Bar is another great experience. Book your Mom for a eyebrow wax and facial. She’ll thank you for keeping her brows in top-notch shape!