Win Tickets ($100): Portland Mother’s Day Brunch @ Oregon Zoo | Reservations, Omelets, Herbed Pimento Cheese Grits & More!

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Mother’s Day Brunch @ Oregon Zoo on May 13. To win, comment on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed Wednesday, May 9.


From our sponsors:
Mother’s Day Brunch
May 13, 2018
All Ages | 9a-1p
$50 for ages 12 and up and $25 for children ages 3 to 11
More info:

Oregon Zoo – Cascade Crest Banquet Center
4001 Southwest Canyon Road, Portland, OR 97221

Moms generally love the idea of being served breakfast by the family on Mother’s Day, but wouldn’t it be even better to have someone else whip up some delicious food (and clean up afterward)? Why not spend her special day at the Oregon Zoo, where your feast will help fund the zoo’s core mission of creating a better future for wildlife?

The zoo’s annual Mother’s Day brunch takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, in the Cascade Crest ballroom, downstairs from the Cascade Grill.

This year’s feast includes made-to-order omelets, roast turkey, herbed pimento cheese grits, and biscuits and gravy — along with fresh fruit, salads, a kids’ menu and pastries. For the full menu, visit

The brunch buffet is $50 for ages 12 and up and $25 for children ages 3-11 (with a 10 percent discount for zoo members and moms). All revenue from the Mother’s Day brunch supports the zoo’s work in conservation, education and animal welfare.

Seatings start at 9 a.m. and are available every 15 minutes. For reservations, email or call 503-525-4289.

After brunch, visitors can talk a walk around the zoo and spend quality time with some of the zoo’s most notable moms and families, such as Asian elephant Rose-Tu, mom to 5-year-old Lily and her big brother, Samudra. Brunch prices do not include zoo admission.

As part of the Metro family, the Oregon Zoo helps make greater Portland a great place to call home. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects focused on saving animals from extinction include studies on polar bears, orangutans and cheetahs.

Support from the Oregon Zoo Foundation enhances and expands the zoo’s efforts in conservation, education and animal welfare. Members, donors and corporate and foundation partners help the zoo make a difference across the region and around the world.

The zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. daily and is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Call TriMet Customer Service, 503-238-RIDE (7433), or visit for fare and route information.

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91 Responses to Win Tickets ($100): Portland Mother’s Day Brunch @ Oregon Zoo | Reservations, Omelets, Herbed Pimento Cheese Grits & More!

  1. Jennifer May 2, 2018 at 11:58 am #

    My Mama Bear would appreciate this so incredibly much and I would adore being able to treat her to such a unique Mother’s Day experience!

  2. Bob May 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm #

    Sounds like a swell time!

  3. Jon May 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    My wife and child would love to visit the zoo again, it’s been a couple of years. Our boy is spending the summer away with grandparents so it would be nice for them to have this special occasion together!

  4. Jolyn Jimenez May 2, 2018 at 4:50 pm #

    What a lovely celebration of love and family this wold be with my Bonus Daughter, (Step Daughter) Alyssa and my wonderful Husband.

    We are an animal loving family of FOODIES!! :)

    With love,
    Jimenez Squad

  5. Hannah Jensen May 2, 2018 at 5:48 pm #

    My mom would love this! Animals and good food! She really deserves something special right now. We’ve had a loss in the family and she could use some simple, yet so much fun, time at the zoo!
    Happy Mother’s day to all Mom’s out there!

  6. Amanda May 2, 2018 at 7:05 pm #

    This would be the most amazing gift ever!

  7. Madeline May 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm #

    Sounds great!

  8. Amanda May 2, 2018 at 11:41 pm #

    My daughter is 2 and obsessed with the zoo! I want her to enjoy mother’s day as much as I will. This would be so perfect! ❤️

  9. Kathy Rankin May 3, 2018 at 2:23 am #

    My daughter is not living in Oregon and i won’t be able to spend the day with her. My own mother passed away.
    So its just me and my husband. I would love to go and be surrounded by OTHER women with their mothers.
    And children. And Parents. The brunch sounds lovely. Would like to take pics at the zoo, something I haven’t
    done for a real long time.
    Hope I get chosen for this one! Mother’s day would be all that more special to see others enjoying it.

  10. Joseph May 3, 2018 at 4:32 am #

    Breakfast AND Elephants! My wife would go crazy for a pairing such as this (my daughter and her partner too!). Let us make memories!

  11. Aurelia May 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Brunch & Moms, the perfect pairing!

  12. jenny May 3, 2018 at 2:11 pm #

    Yes please!

  13. ryan May 3, 2018 at 2:17 pm #

    my mom would love it.

  14. Mikey B May 3, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    Ohh la la

  15. Monica May 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Oooh! I see you, Oregon Zoo! Stepping up your event game big time! I absolutely love the Zoo and am so excited for all of the new opportunities granted through the funding that recently passed. I would love to celebrate my mama with the original mama (mother nature!)

  16. Tammy May 3, 2018 at 3:14 pm #

    What beautiful place to brunch with lions and tigers and bears Oh my!!

  17. Anna May 3, 2018 at 3:23 pm #

    What a great idea!! I want in!

  18. Gisela May 3, 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    What a great event. I will be happy to take my mother and celebrate her birthday with her and telling her so many wonderful things. Pick me.

  19. Gwen May 3, 2018 at 3:40 pm #

    This would be a great icebreaker for me & my partners mother. Yes please! :)

  20. Roger Leece May 3, 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    This would be a very special day for the mother of my children and myself. She would flip over the whole event. Thank you for the opportunity!!

  21. Sam May 3, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    What a treat for mom! I would love to take mom to this!!!

  22. Xonia May 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    Love the zoo this time of year and would love to treat my mom!

  23. Lori May 3, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    Love the zoo…love brunch!

  24. Emily May 3, 2018 at 4:25 pm #

    Yes please, sounds fun!

  25. Coleman May 3, 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    This is my girlfroends first (still pregnant) mother’s day and she would absolutelo love this! We have not been to the zoo since we moved here last year-what a great first time (and mother’s day) this would be!

  26. Namaslay Allday May 3, 2018 at 5:20 pm #

    I would love to enjoy this with my family. Please oh pretty please pick me! Thanks PDX Pipeline.

  27. Courtney May 3, 2018 at 7:32 pm #

    My mother-in-law is visiting Portland for the first time that weekend and I would love to take her!!

  28. Katie May 3, 2018 at 9:15 pm #

    This sounds like so much fun! I haven’t been to the zoo with my mom since I was a little kid – that was a looooong time ago!

  29. PATRICIA F MANN May 3, 2018 at 10:14 pm #

    I would love to do this with my daughter. Such a great gift it would be!

  30. Jen May 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    Oh man, so, so for me to do….make her feel special. :)

  31. Jennifer May 3, 2018 at 10:33 pm #

    I would love to take my favorite mother!

  32. Jamie Wilmarth May 4, 2018 at 4:36 am #

    It would be so wonderful to take my mother in law to this lovely event!

  33. Jennifer M. May 4, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    So long as we’re not eating the animals from the zoo, my mom and I are soooo on board with this! I have plenty of zoo jokes lined up and waiting to use at the event, too:

    I went to a zoo once that only had one animal. It was a shitzhu.
    Don’t be quick to trust African cats because many of them are lion.
    Don’t tell pigs your secrets. They’re known squealers.
    What would bears be without bees? Ears.

  34. Heidi May 4, 2018 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to do this with my kids.

  35. Claudia May 4, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Brunch at the zoo? Oh yessss please.

  36. Paula Seid May 4, 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    What a treat this would be!

    We love the Portland Zoo and would love to attend an event there.

  37. MJ May 4, 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    This would be such an unexpected Mother’s Day surprise and it’s near impossible to get anything past my ma. To be able to whip this out as her Mother’s Day event would be the end all, be all of surprises for her. I’d love to see what her surprise face looks like! :oD

  38. Jeannie M Pruett May 4, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    What a great idea!

  39. Kylie May 5, 2018 at 12:33 am #

    My mom would never expect me to take her to brunch with elephants! Please help me be the best daughter ever by surprising my mom with this event!

  40. Sheila May 5, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    I would love to do something special for mothers day… It’s been a long time since we have done anything.. It would mean more than you could possibly know!

  41. john thomas May 5, 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    my mother is the best,would love to take her

  42. Anneliese May 6, 2018 at 6:19 pm #

    This would be the perfect outing for me and my little daughter! She absolutely adores animals of all kinds! :)

  43. Melody R Frye May 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm #

    I saw this event a few weeks ago and thought it was amazing but I can’t afford it. I would love to take my Aunt Marge who raised me.

  44. Kalen Gabrielle May 6, 2018 at 9:49 pm #

    This would be the perfect place to spend mother’s day with my two little ones who LOVE the zoo. After brunch we would walk around spotting all the other mama animals in the zoo :)

  45. Payton May 7, 2018 at 1:33 pm #

    I’d love to attend the Mother’s Day brunch at the Zoo because my mom deserves the world and I’d love to surprise her with something fabulous and unique this year!

  46. Lisa May 7, 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Who can resist being treated to a nice brunch to celebrate a special day for mothers? Keeping my fingers crossed.

  47. Angela Rowland May 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    My family and I would really enjoy this! The zoo is my favorite place!

  48. Lana C. May 8, 2018 at 9:29 am #

    This is AWESOME!!!! I would love to spend time with my little monkeys while looking at monkeys. Nothing goes better with Mother’s day than food, fun, family, and the ZOO of course =).

  49. Leah Waud May 8, 2018 at 12:08 pm #

    This would be so much fun, great place for Mother’s day!

  50. Shannon May 8, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    My mother is coming down from Seattle for Mother’s Day to see me and my 8 year old daughter. She hasn’t been to the Oregon zoo in years and this would be such a great re-introduction to the zoo plus an amazing sounding brunch for three generations of women :)

  51. Kimberly S. May 8, 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    My mom would absolutely love this experience together! I’m very low on funds so in a tight spot with what to do with her this would be so appreciated.

  52. Jamie May 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  53. John Aney May 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    My wife deserves to be pampered this Mother’s Day, but for some reason brunch at the Olive Garden isn’t going to do it…she prefers classier joints. The Zoo would NOT be something she would expect!

  54. Eboni May 8, 2018 at 12:25 pm #

    I love brunch. I love the zoo. I love being a mother.

  55. Cyanna May 8, 2018 at 12:27 pm #

    This would be a good mom day for me (a new mom) and my amazing mom.

  56. Callie Herron May 8, 2018 at 12:34 pm #

    I would love to treat my mom to this! Thanks for the chance! :)

  57. Gary S May 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm #

    My wife is the world’s greatest mother, just ask her! 2 tickets, please.

  58. Steve May 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    My mom got us a membership to the zoo, this would be a great way to say thanks!

  59. Katie Matthews May 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm #

    My mother is the hardest working woman I know. We have had quite a hard year in terms of personal loss and family stress, and I would be so honored to take her to the zoo and have some stress free and enjoyable family time with her and my daughter, her granddaughter, and myself. She’s driving down from her home and Washington and I’m meeting her in Portland for the day (I live in Eugene) and while she wants to be able to spend a fun day in Portland sight seeing, this would be such a wonderful surprise to give to the woman who is my main inspiration in life and who embodies resilience in her every action. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

  60. Katie May 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    I’m a new mom and zoo member and would love to attend this!

  61. Tuan Ngoc Vu May 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    My favorite spot in town!

  62. LaDonna May 8, 2018 at 12:46 pm #

    All my kids are grown and gone. They are off in the world doing great things. My job is done for now… would be nice to relax and be treated to a nice brunch.

  63. Brig Otis May 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm #

    LUCKY – goes by the name of – would like to take Mom to the Zoo on a Sunday.

  64. Sharon May 8, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

    Great Mothers Day, breakfast and a day with the zoo animals

  65. Chikeola Karimou May 8, 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    It’s a wonderful day to be out, celebrating women, and the wonderful people, human beings that they are. So, why not?

  66. marco May 8, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    Every mother needs a special dose of mothering and love for Mother’s Day.
    This is my mechanism.

  67. Naomi May 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm #

    I would love to win these tickets for my mom because she truly deserves it. Not only is she the best person, but she works and works and I can’t remember the last time she had the day off and truly ENJOYED it!

    The last time she was at the Oregon Zoo was when my brother and I were in grade school during one of our many field trips as kids, however, that time has passed and she has yet to go back! I remember those days with her at the Zoo and I want to bring that stress-free smile back since it has been almost 15 years since. She works almost every holiday and I would love to give her a day where she can relax with no worries and hang out at the Oregon Zoo, which is one of her favorite spots in Portland.

    Thanks PDX Pipelines for this opportunity!

  68. Candy Mullins May 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm #

    I was going to ask for these special tickets because of our two daughters, one of them is becoming a mother this year in her late thirties.

    BUT, I read the reply’s, and I think KATHY RANKIN should get the tickets. PLEASE CONSIDER HER. She needs them to fill her heart on this special day when her mom has passed and her daughter lives far away.

  69. Dawn May 8, 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    Low on funds for celebrations this year. Would love to have an opportunity to celebrate with my boys.

  70. Aisha May 8, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    I love animals very much and so does my little boys! This would be a wonderful event for our family. Seeing my kids happy will also make me happy.

  71. Wendy Palafox-Arceo May 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm #

    I’m 18, and would love for my mom to have an amazing mother’s day present like this! Since I am leaving for college next year, and am trying to save up, my mom understands if I don’t splurge on her this mother’s day, but of course I’d love too. This sounds like such a good time!

  72. Christine May 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm #

    What a wonderful mother’s day surprise it would be!!

  73. Amanda Bonser May 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm #

    I would love to take my mother, not only has she been my mom for 43 years, but a father too. I have always celebrated both for her, and something out doors would be great with the warm weather. Years ago she was diagnosed with a brain tumor so every moment spent with her and the memories we can make each day are held very dear to me.

  74. Christine VanHalder May 8, 2018 at 6:26 pm #

    I would love to win tickets to this wonderful brunch at the Zoo! The money budget is tight this year. This would means so much if we won tickets. Please pick me!

  75. Martha Terry May 8, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    This is so that I and my daughter can enjoy our first Mother’s Day as mothers together. This is so special to me as I have longed for the day that I would have a grandchild to hold.for a very long time

  76. Isabel May 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    I would love to attend this event for my MOTHER’S DAY #20. My son, husband and I would enjoy the event and the special day!

  77. Diane McLaughlin May 8, 2018 at 7:46 pm #

    Sounds like fun!

  78. Doug Child May 8, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

    My sweetie would love this! I’d even buy 2 more tickets for her kids that live in the area…..

  79. Kathy Rankin May 9, 2018 at 12:28 am #

    would love to photograph this, although my husband would be taking me.
    My own mother passed and my daughter lives out of state, so it would be
    lovely to see other families enjoying the special day.

  80. sandie m May 9, 2018 at 7:12 am #

    What an awesome giveaway! I’d love to go with my mom, sister, niece..we are all moms!!

  81. Kelsey L Smith May 9, 2018 at 8:51 am #

    OMG I would love this so much

  82. Kim Volk May 9, 2018 at 9:50 am #

    My Grandmother passed away last Mother’s Day weekend so I’m travelling to Portland to give my mom new, happy memories for Mother’s Day. She and I would both love to attend this function.

  83. Jamie Veira May 9, 2018 at 10:19 am #

    Please and Thank You!

  84. Kristen May 9, 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Would love to do something special for mother’s day. I have a 2 yr old and one baking in the oven.

  85. Brad May 9, 2018 at 10:54 am #

    This would be awesome!

  86. Mrspatel May 9, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    I am a new mother and my mother is in town too, so practically will be celebrating two mothers. Sounds Perfect!

  87. Aleks May 9, 2018 at 2:16 pm #

    I’m a mother and I like brunch!

  88. Tara Keitz May 9, 2018 at 6:41 pm #

    i couldn’t think of a better way to spend Mothers Day

  89. Doug May 10, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    My wife needs some appreciation for all the hard work she does with our son!

  90. Shanell Whitcomb May 11, 2018 at 8:54 am #

    My mom is celebrating a second year without my dad and I would love to take her to this and have a good time together. We both love the zoo.

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