Mom’s and Dad’s Day Ideas

Hint: This article is for you kids

Photo courtesy Salish Lodge and Spa

For Mom

The Spa at Salish Lodge
6501 Railroad Ave., Snoqualmie
Boys and girls, your mama loves you, but you know what else she loves? Serenity. Quiet. Alone time. Give her just that with a gift of spahhh at Salish Lodge. She is sure to feel spoiled with the Goddess for a Day package that includes a massage, facial, body scrub, foot revitalizer and yummy berry smoothie! If Mom is pressed for time, schedule a Mini-Retreat or Pampering Pedicure or reserve a table for a four-course brunch instead. (Did someone say eggs Benny?) Know before you go: Tell Dad when he books the appointment to order a gift-wrapped plush robe for her to take home.

Kirkland Artist Studio Tour
Various Locations, Kirkland
In its 12th year, this robust yet intimate studio tour will be the perfect treat for Mom. Be her tour guide or send her out for a day with girlfriends! She’ll get the chance to relax and appreciate art in every form — jewelry, photography, painting, sculpture and more — all along the serene Kirkland waterfront. The tour includes the chance to meet artists in person and see them in action. Know before you go: Create a special piece of artwork for Mom on Saturday between 12-3pm in the Skylight Room of the Kirkland Arts Center.


“Beer sampler” ©2010 Quinn Dombrowski,used under a creative commons attribution license.

For Dad

Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park
6046 W. Lake Sammamish Parkway N.E., Redmond
Held Father’s Day weekend, this all-ages event is sure to make Dad grin from ear to ear and win you lots of extra ice cream scoops in desserts to come. Not only does it feature live music and tons of yummy food trucks, Dad also can sample 350 of the finest Washington brews. Don’t worry; Pops doesn’t get to have ALL the fun; the festival also includes a root beer garden, inflatables, balloon animals and crafts! Know before you go: All kiddos 21 and under are free!

Fenders on the Front Street Vintage Car Show
Front Street, Issaquah
Does your papa love to spend his Saturdays tinkering under the hood of his high school Chevy Chevelle? If so, this is just the (free) ticket for him! The nostalgia begins with a full breakfast for a steal served by The Eagles or lighter fare of coffee and donuts at the historic Shell Station. After that, meander down Front Street to kick some tires and let Dad reminisce about days at the drive-in. Awards are given midday and are followed by an old-time cruise to the Triple XXX for burgers and fries. Know before you go: Make a weekend of it and get a discount at Cougar Mountain Zoo Saturday or Sunday when you mention Fenders on Front Street.


“Heart Ornaments_front” ©2008 Kwolder used under a creative commons attribution license.

A Gift from the Heart

Skip the necktie or box of chocolates this year and give Mom or Dad a gift of love — one that keeps on giving and giving! I saw this brilliant idea at All you’ll need for this craft are some small fabric or paper hearts (handmade or store-bought), a mason jar with bow and gift tag and a bit of creativity. Hide all but a single heart in the secret places you know Mom or Dad are sure to stumble upon — a kitchen cabinet, briefcase, coat pocket or inside his or her slippers to name a few. On the special day, give them the single heart in the mason jar and let them know every time they find a heart, they can be reminded of just how much you love them.

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