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May 10, 2013 at 10:43 AM

5 things to do with mom this weekend

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).

Seattle Shakespeare Company's "Taming of the Shrew." Photo by Chris Bennion.

Seattle Shakespeare Company’s “Taming of the Shrew.” (Photo by Chris Bennion)

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

Sunday, downtown Tacoma. See tacomaartmuseum.org or museumofglass.org for details.

Museum of Glass. By Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times.

Museum of Glass. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

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).

The Miro Quartet. Photo by Nathan Russell.

The Miro Quartet. (Photo by Nathan Russell)

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”).

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