It’s that time of year again – it’s time to tell your mom just how much you appreciate her. But why just tell her when you could take her out to do something.

Tacoma and its surrounding cities and communities are filled with things to do any day of the year, but on Mother’s Day, many businesses open their doors for special brunches and other events, or offer discounted rates to moms. Here’s what’s happening in 2018.

Mother’s Day Brunch

Tacoma Art Museum: On May 13, Tacoma Art Museum will offer a special bunch hosted by Pacific Grill Events & Catering. While you can find brunch at several restaurants around town, this is the only brunch you’ll find in an art museum. All exhibitions are open to moms and their guests as well, including Captive Light: The Life and Photography of Ella E. McBridge and Anne Appleby: We Sit Together the Mountain and Me.

Lobster Shop: The Lobster Shop on the Tacoma Waterfront has one of the best brunches in town every Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., including on Mother’s Day. If your mom loves seafood with a view of the water, then this is totally the way to go.

Pacific Grill Brunch
Pacific Grill’s Boozy Brunch is sure to make mom’s day. Pictured here is the french toast with huckleberry syrup, crushed pistachios, fresh blueberries and house-made ricotta cheese. Photo courtesy: Pacific Grill

Pacific Grill: Mother’s Day offers not one, but two ways to enjoy the delicious food from Pacific Grill – at Tacoma Art Museum as well as at Pacific Grill itself. Enjoy brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or dinner from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Where the art museum is hosting a brunch buffet, Pacific Grill’s Mother’s Day meals are served from a menu. Brunch includes everything from yogurt parfaits to biscuits and gravy to oysters to bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas. Dinner includes elevated Northwest cuisine.

The Melting Pot: On both May 12 and May 13, The Melting Pot will be serving melty cheese and chocolate to honor mothers everywhere. On May 13, all moms receive a complimentary mimosa.

Go to the Zoo

On May 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all moms get half-off admission at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium. Moms and their families can feed budgies, touch a stingray or starfish, take a ride on a camel or say hi to the zoo’s many residents.

Mount Rainier Wild Flowers
After your meal at National Park Inn, explore Mount Rainier National Park. Photo courtesy: Visit Rainier

Go to Mount Rainier

On May 13, head up to Mount Rainier for a high-altitude Mother’s Day buffet at the National Park Inn. The menu features homey, Northwest favorites in a casual atmosphere. Bonus, once you’ve enjoyed your meal, spend some time wandering the national park hiking, looking for wild flowers or exploring old growth forest. Or even turn this into a Mother’s Day getaway and spend a night at the inn.

Take a Run

On May 13, the Mother’s Day 5K Running 4 You Super Mom! run takes place. This 5K is a virtual race, meaning you sign up online and run a course of your own choosing. Registration is $18 and a portion of the proceeds goes to Vitamin Angels, an organization that provides vitamins to mothers and babies in need. Runners receive a custom medal and a bib that are shipped directly to them.

Lakewold Gardens
The Brick Walk and Teahouse at Lakewold Gardens features a gazebo-like structure where you can sit and enjoy the natural beauty around you. Photo credit: Kristin Kendle

Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Gardens has its Mayfest celebration going on throughout most of May, including Mother’s Day weekend. These formal gardens feature a lovely view of American Lake and plenty of spring flowers in bloom throughout Mayfest. Expect exhibits by local artists as well as special treats throughout Mother’s Day weekend.

Meeker Mansion Mother’s Day Tea

If your mom enjoys her tea or has an English spirit somewhere in her heart, treat her to high tea. On May 12 and May 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day, Meeker Mansion in Puyallup will host Mother’s Day tea. Tea service includes cucumber sandwiches, scones and assorted pastries and fruits served in English bone china.

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