1 Pike Place Market Flower Festival
Saturday and Sunday, Pike Place Market.
Three dozen local flower farmers will peddle bouquets at the market this Saturday and Sunday. Trust me: The blooms are beautiful this time of year. Also, at 2 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Times contributor Ciscoe Morris will make an appearance and offer gardening tips. Moms love Ciscoe!
2 'The Taming of the Shrew'
Through May 12, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Playhouse at Seattle Center (former Intiman Theatre); $22-$45 (206-733-8222 or seattleshakespeare.org).
My mom loves theater and loves a good laugh. Ergo: “The Taming of the Shrew,” as performed by Seattle Shakespeare Company — a version that sets the Bard’s battle-of-the-sexes comedy in a modern trailer park. Seattle Times theater critic Misha Berson says it’s a crowd-pleaser. (Just make sure mom has a good sense of humor.)
3 Tacoma Museum District
Road trip! Mothers get free entry to Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Glass and Washington State History Museum on Sunday. Last time I took my mom to Museum of Glass we had a lovely day, between the exhibits, the cafe and a visit to the hot shop.
4 Snoqualmie Valley Railroad
Trains depart 11 a.m., 12:15, 1:30, 2:45 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Snoqualmie Depot, 38625 S.E. King St., Snoqualmie; $10-$15 (425-888-3030 or www.trainmuseum.org.)
Also free for moms Saturday AND Sunday (with a paying child of any age) is this antique train ride to the top of Snoqualmie Falls and North Bend Depot. All aboard!
5 The Miró Quartet
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Pigott Auditorium, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave., Seattle; $7-$25 (206-398-4994).
What mother wouldn’t like to see talented young men making beautiful music? This acclaimed quartet has been in residence at Seattle University; Saturday’s public program includes Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10, Op. 74 (“Harp”), Brahms’ String Quartet No. 1 in C minor and Schubert’s String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (”Quartettsatz”).