Our Top Picks for Portland-Area Mother’s Day Fun

Whether this is your first Mother’s Day as a mother, or your how-can-my-kids-be-that-old Mother’s Day, this is a time to celebrate you. If you like art, music, shopping, pampering, food, exercise, or all of the above—we’ve got ideas for you to have some well-deserved fun.

Beautify Your Garden. Take a trip to historic downtown Camas to stock up on a huge selection of plants, trees, garden art and supplies. There will also be kids’ activities, live music, fresh food, petting zoo and more.

The Details
Saturday May 13, 9 am – 4 pm
Downtown Camas at 4th and Cedar
No entry fee, but bring money for plants and food!

Get a Bird’s Eye View. Get beautiful views of the Willamette aboard Portland’s aerial tram. There will be crafts, a photo booth, and—of course—a ride on the tram.

The Details
Saturday, May 13, 11 am – 3 pm
3303 SW Bond Ave.
Crafts and activities are free; children under 6 ride free

Explore St. Johns. Festival season unofficially opens with the St. Johns Bizarre. Explore the streets of St Johns as they are filled with music, crafts, and food. Come early for the parade! (Check out the summer’s fairs and festivals here!)

The Details
May 13, 10 am – 7 pm
7340 N. Philadelphia Ave and nearby

Support a Cause. Join Baby Blues Connection to celebrate motherhood. There will be bowling, food, raffles, face painting, music, and more fun surprises. Tickets support Baby Blues Connection, which helps mothers struggling with post partum depression.

The Details
May 13, 11 am – 1 pm
Grand Central Restaurant and Bowling Lounge, 808 SE Morrison St.

Run it Out. Get your heart rate up, support a good cause, and work up your appetite for a yummy brunch afterwards. Run Mama Run is a Mother’s Day tradition—an all ages fun run/5K/10K at Mt Tabor Park. There are activities for the kids, food and coffee.  And funds benefit Family Forward Action, an organization dedicated to economic opportunity and security for mothers and families.

Sunday May 14, 8:30 am to 12 pm
Mt Tabor Park – SE Salmon St and SE 60th Ave
Registration starts at $49. Get $5 off registration by using the code PDXPARENT.

Celebrate with Brunch. All that activity leaving you hungry? Head out for a Mother’s Day brunch at the Oregon Zoo. You can enjoy a spread of brunch favorites, and then visit some of the zoo’s most famous moms and families.

Sunday May 14, 9:30 am to 1 pm
Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Rd.
$45 ages 12 and up; $18 ages 3-11. Moms and members receive a 10 percent discount.
Call the Zoo’s catering department to reserve your spot – 503-525-4299

Take in Some Art. The Portland Art Museum is offering a family tour this Mother’s Day. Explore the museum with a skilled docent along the theme: Constructing Identity.

Sunday May 14, 12:30-1:30 pm
Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave.
Tours are free for members of with museum admission ($17-20); children under 18 are free

Or Buy and Make Some Art. Head to Canby for the Junk Refunk Creative Market. You’ll find two floors of vendors, food and drink, and loads of paint and craft workshops so you can make your own masterpiece.

Sunday May 14, 9 am – 5 pm
Clackamas County Event Center, 694 NE 4th Ave., Canby
$10. Some workshops have additional fees.

Go for a Stroll. Go for a guided nature walk with your kids at Tryon Creek. This free weekly walk integrates nature exploration, art, literature, movement, and outdoor play. Or check out this walk at the Cathlapotle Plankhouse in Ridgefield, WA, where you can learn about edible and medicinal plants, take a family nature walk, and lots more. You can also head out on your own nature walk. Look for what’s in bloom at one of these destinations, or try out a stroller-friendly route.

Get Pampered. You know you deserve it. Check out some of the area’s best spas, like Zenana for a massage, Loyly for a steam, or Barefoot Sage for some much needed foot love.

Zenana Spa: 2024 SE Clinton St.
Loyly: 2713 SE 21st Ave and 3525 NE MLK Blvd
Barefoot Sage: 1844 SE Hawthorne

Don’t Make Dinner. Let someone else do it today. If you’re bringing the kids along, check out one of these kid-friendly restaurants.

Find even more ideas on our Mother’s Day events calendar

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Ali Wilkinson

Online Editor at PDX Parent
Ali Wilkinson is the Online Editor for PDX Parent, and is one of the founders of PDX Kids Calendar. She loves exploring Portland with her three small children, especially when the explorations lead outdoors, to music or to ice cream. You can read more from Ali at www.runknitlove.com.
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