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Celebrate Mom with zoo fun, market flowers, free boat rides

Mom and Me at the Zoo, Flower Festival and other Mother's Day events, May 12-13.

Seattle Times staff

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Along with the pampering, flowers and Mother's Day cards this weekend, treat mom and the family to a wildlife adventure at the "Mom and Me at the Zoo" event Saturday in Seattle.

Along with your favorite animal exhibits, keeper talks, raptor programs, giraffe and elephant feeding experiences, carousel rides and Willawong Station bird feeding at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo, check out the zoo's newest residents that just moved in last weekend, the warthogs in the African Savanna and Visayan warty pigs in the Tropical Forest exhibit. Special "Mom and Me" events in the North Meadow include kids' bounce houses, craft activities and entertainment. Admission for moms is half price all day Saturday.

Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium also celebrates with half-price admission for moms Saturday. Festivities including the season opening of the Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater animal show and Budgie Buddies exhibit. Attractions at the zoo include meerkat babies, two clouded leopard cubs and a new Sumatran tiger in the Asian Forest Sanctuary.

Also geared toward Mother's Day, the Pike Place Market Flower Festival offers a huge selection of fresh flowers from local growers Saturday and Sunday, one of several options for flower and garden-loving moms.

For a nature adventure out of the city, Cama Beach State Park hosts its annual Mother's Day Sail, with free boat rides on historic vessels and music, nature programs and kids' activities Saturday, and a Mother's Day brunch Sunday, on Camano Island.

Check "Mother's Day events" in Community Datebook for lots more options for a great Mother's Day weekend.

The details

Mom and Me at the Zoo: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Woodland Park Zoo, 5500 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle; $11.50-$17.75, half price for mothers (206-548-2500 or www.zoo.org).

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, 5400 N. Pearl St., Tacoma; $6.25-$16, half price for mothers (253-591-5337 or www.pdza.org/calendar.php?eid=163).

Pike Place Market Flower Festival: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Pike Place Market, 1501 Pike Place, Seattle (pikeplacemarket.org/).

Mother's Day events, Cama Beach State Park: Free boat rides and shore activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, see www.cwb.org/content/cwb-cama-beach; Cama Beach Café brunch, $12-$25 by reservation, 10 a.m. and noon seatings Sunday (360-387-3266 or camabeachcafe.com), Cama Beach State Park, 1880 S. West Camano Drive, Camano Island; Discover Pass required for parking.

Madeline McKenzie: 206-464-8245 or mmckenzie@seattletimes.com

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