Take mom someplace special on her day

By Lezlie Wolff - Staff Reporter

If you want to take mom someplace special this Mother's Day, the Seattle area offers some choice options.

Indulge mom's every sense this Mother's Day while experiencing nature's regenerating properties at Powellswood in Federal Way.  

Powellswood "is a healing space where all of the senses are engaged," said volunteer program coordinator Kristine Dillanger.

Powellswood Mother's Day events are Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's not just the colors of the flowers, it's the whole experience," she said.

"The sounds of the frogs croaking, the owls calling, the sparkling murmur of the stream as it ripples along, have a significant, positive impact," she said. 

"It's the smell of the Earth. It is regenerative," Dillanger said.

Refreshments provided include tea by the pot and scones with jam served on garden china. All the while you are being serenaded by harpist Victoria Norman. 

Parking is at Sacajawea Middle School, at 1401 Dash Point Road. A shuttle to the garden is provided. Adults are $7, youths 13 to 18 are $5, children 6 to 12 are $3 and kids 5 and younger are free. Contact 253-529-1620 for handicap parking or more information.

• Combine the smell of the Earth with the thunder of hooves and big hats this Mother's Day at Emerald Downs. 

"It's become a tradition for a lot of families," said Sally Steiner owner of the Quarter Chute Cafe at Emerald Downs. 

"Women will come all dressed up with their big hats and their families all dressed up, too," Steiner said. 

"We'll be giving long stemmed carnations to all moms who come," she said.

In addition to "our great food, fun atmosphere and camaraderie, we'll have specials like our famous eggs Benedict," she said.

From your table you'll be looking out onto racehorses commuting to and from work on the track. Some are babies fresh from the farm in their first days of school, Steiner said, while other horses are seasoned veterans wearing their game faces to the oval office. 

You are likely to be "sitting next to jockeys, owners, trainers, and grooms," she said. 

For example, Eliska Kubinova "from the Czech Republic, not only is she a mom," Steiner said, "she's one of our veteran jockeys." 

"We're the only racetrack in the nation that lets the public come in and experience this behind the scenes," Steiner said.

"There's not a restaurant that has an atmosphere like we do," she said.

The Quarter Chute Cafe is at 2828 Ron Crockett Drive in Auburn. Hours Mother's Day weekend are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Upon entering the building, you will check in with security just inside the door. They will direct you down the hall to the restaurant. 

For more information, call 253-288-0743. 

• Continue the celebration Monday, May 15 at the Des Moines/ Normandy Park Senior Center.

"We're going to give mothers a little pampering for the afternoon," said Natalie Lavoie, 

recreational specialist at the Senior Center.

Mother's Day events will begin around 11a.m. It's free and it's OK to come a little early. 

"We are having two ladies come in to pamper our mothers," Lavoie said.

"One will be giving five minute massages and another will be handing out Mary Kay gifts like hand lotion and things like that," she said.

 "You are welcome to stay for lunch," she said.

The center is at 2045 S. 216 St. in Des Moines. Call 206-878-1642 for more information.

Other Mother's Day activities in South King County to consider over the weekend will put you in touch with nature.

• If you desire animals, The Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has some Mom's Day events for Saturday, May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All moms will receive half-off general admission. Tickets are available only at the front gate.

Buddy up to Budgies where you can feed the colorful birds in the open-air exhibit.

Touch and compare the skin of a stingray to that of a sea star, and other underwater animals.

Learn about life as an animal at the Keeper Talks and meet a cool camel.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is at 5400 N. Pearl St. in Tacoma. Their open hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 253-591-5337 for more information. 

• Maybe mom just wants to kick back and let the world float by. A Waterways cruise will explore lakes and canals and is hosting Mother's Day brunch or dinner cruises aboard a yacht. 

Friends and family can enjoy views of Seattle's skyline and waterfront as you cruise on Seattle's lakes. 

Moms will be presented with a rose from the captain upon boarding.

The brunch cruise includes a two-hour cruise on Lake Union and Lake Washington while the captain narrates the sights.

Toast the day with champagne or sparkling cider upon boarding.

Enjoy a buffet of classic Northwest brunch favorites, including a chef-attended carving station and special desserts.

Complimentary coffee and tea are available as is a full-service bar of specialty cocktails, wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Celebration packages are available and include flowers, champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, personalized cakes, and guaranteed window tables to complement your dining experience with advance purchase.

Prices for the brunch are $75 adults, $68 military and seniors, children 5 to 12 are $41 and 4 years and younger are free.

Reservations are available at 206-743-9298.

Prices for the Mother's Day dinner cruise of lakes Union and Washington are $85 for adults, $76 for military and seniors, children 5 to 12 are $49, and children 4 and younger are free.

Waterways Cruises and Events is at 2441 N. Northlake Way in Seattle.  For more information call 206-223-2060.

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