This Mother's Day will be a bittersweet one for me. Although I'm flying off to Hong Kong, which is very exciting, it's the first Mother's Day since my mom passed. I've always loved Mother's Day, from making my mom sweet homemade cards in grade school to taking her out to Sunday brunch. Of course the best gift to give any mother is time -- that's really what they want. And in addition to flowers or candy, I found that giving an experience always elicited a warm smile. After all, it meant we'd be spending even more time together, as the gift came with me as organizer and driver. Here are five gift ideas to give your Mom on Mother's Day. If you can't spend time with her, give her a call or write her a letter. Tell her that you love her in your own special way.
Seattle Great Wheel
The Seattle Great Wheel is the Emerald City's newest attraction. Making its debut in 2012, I rode it several winters ago on an unusually sunny day -- the sunset and views of the city and Elliott Bay were beautiful. At 175 feet tall, it's the largest observation wheel on the West Coast. The wheel has 42 enclosed gondolas, and if you want to give Mom the VIP treatment, go with Cabin #42. It features leather bucket seats, glass bottom floor, stereo system and can seat up to four adults. Price of a regular adult ticket is $13, the VIP ticket is $50. The latter includes a toast of sparkling wine at Fisherman's Restaurant, VIP t-shirt, photo booth photos and a personal escort to the front of the line to board the wheel.
Take Mom out to the ballgame! The Seattle Mariners are hosting the Kansas City Royals on Mother's Day, and it's also Pink Bat Day. MLB players will use pink bats on Mother's Day as part of MLB's Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer program. And baseball food has elevated far beyond hot dogs and beer. Safeco Field features a number of new menu items this season, from hot wings and tater tots to fish 'n chips and clam chowder. There's plenty of time to catch a game, as the Mariners' regular season runs through September 28, 2014.
I've seen the movie ONCE twice, and look forward to the musical version that's coming to Seattle this month. ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play The Paramount Theatre for a limited engagement from May 27-June 8. Based on the 2007 Academy Award winning film, the musical features the music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. ONCE is a co-presentation with Seattle Repertory Theatre.
Kenmore Air Scenic Flight Tour
Kenmore Air is my favorite way to fly, and what a fun gift for Mother's Day. Take Mom on Kenmore Air's Scenic Flight Tour, where you'll soar high above Seattle on a 20-minute narrated seaplane adventure. Sights include Lake Union's houseboat communities, UW campus, Green Lake (pictured here), Safeco and CenturyLink fields, Seattle's downtown skyline, Elliott Bay and beyond. Plus there's that exhilarating take off and landing on Lake Union. Cost is $99.50 per person, and to celebrate Mother's Day, Kenmore Air is offering a second ticket for 50% off. It's available now through May 23, just enter the promo code MOM when making your online reservation.
I went whale watching with the Mystic Sea out of Langley on Whidbey Island a few weekends ago. Although the gray whale season is wrapping up (they're heading north), we were lucky to spot three gray whales during our Sunday afternoon on the Salish Sea. The whale watching tours continue out of Langley through May 18 and then switch north to Anacortes on May 23. That's when the Mystic Sea's excursions will focus on orca, humpback and minke whales. The season runs through October 4, 2014.