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Five fun ideas for Mother’s Day:
• Northwest Adventure Center’s Mother’s Day Rafting Trip in Wenatchee. Begins at Leavenworth Saturday. No rafting experience necessary, must be 12 years old or older. Cost is $65 each with $20 extra for steak dinner. For information, call 253-967-7744.
• Pike Place Market Flower Festival, on Pike Street, just east of the waterfront in Seattle. Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Bring money to buy flowers, food and more.
• Mom and Me at the Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle. Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $12.95 to $20.95. Half-price for moms. Children age 2 and younger free.
• Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma. Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $9.95 to $17.95. Moms half-price. Children 2 years old and younger free.
• Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. Seating is at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Price is $28.95 for ages 13 and older; ages 4 to 12, $14.95; ages 3 and younger, free. Club members receive a $2 discount. Reservations are required. Call 253-982-5581.
From rafting to restaurants, flora, fauna and festivals, the Pacific Northwest offers several ways to celebrate and honor loved ones this Mother’s Day.
If the mother figure in your life is the adventurous type, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Northwest Adventure Center’s Mother’s Day Rafting Trip in Wenatchee might be a fun, family activity to make her feel loved on her special day.
Instructors will start the course near the state’s own cute and quaint Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth. The trip allows participants to paddle through the class-three rapids. River rafting trips are rated by the American Whitewater Association, with class-one being a beginner’s trip, and class-two worthy of novice rafters.
Class-three rapids have moderate, irregular waves that may be difficult to avoid and which can swamp an open canoe. Though scouting is advisable for inexperienced parties, injuries while swimming in class-three waters are rare and self-rescue is usually easy, according to the American Whitewater’s website.
Water ratings go up to class-six, with class-four being advanced; class-five, expert; and class-six, extreme and exploratory rapids.
For those who want a more traditional and less invigorating outing, there are several of those in the area as well.
The ninth annual Pike Place Market Flower Festival will offer 40 tents filled with floral bouquets to show appreciation. Floral-themed, hand-crafted items will be on sale at the event, which is at the market on Pike Street, just east of the waterfront in Seattle. The Flower Festival is free and takes place Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A trip to the zoo also might be a way to show mom some love. Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle is hosting Mom and Me at the Zoo Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All moms get in for half-price at the event, which, in addition to all the regular animals and exhibits, includes zookeeper talks about the moms and new babies at the zoo.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma also has a half-price admission for moms event Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
And, if you’re looking for an opportunity to treat mom right on Mother’s Day itself, consider the Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet at the Club at McChord Field, 700 Barnes Blvd. The meal includes: salads, seafood, omelets, bacon, sausage, roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish, waffles, hash browns, fresh vegetables, cheese, fruit, pastries, muffins and an assortment of sweets.