Mom and me: adventures to have in Pullman

CHRIS ARNESON | Evergreen columnist

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With Mom’s Weekend upon us, now is the time to decide what to do with your mother other than enjoy a set of Brian Regan’s clean humor.

Although outsiders may not realize it, Pullman is the hub of the Palouse and full of opportunities for fun and adventure. Since a good handful of students at Washington State come from families with alumni, many are familiar with these thrills.

Does your overly competitive mom take pride in activities “meant” for the younger generation? Take her to the Cougar Laser Arena where she can take out her “Bachelor”-infused rage on unsuspecting seven-year-olds. If you want to see your mama go all Tiger Woods on a windmill, the laser arena also has a black light miniature golf course.

If your mom is a devoted moviegoer who cannot stay away from the silver screen, take her to Village Centre Cinemas to check out the latest show times. Whether it’s the latest version of “Beauty and the Beast” or Alec Baldwin’s “The Boss Baby,” there is a good selection of films to choose from. If your mother lets you pick the movie, go with Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” if you haven’t seen it yet. This creepy, original and psychological thriller will make you wish you only paid admission for the edge of your seat.

If your ma wants to get some fresh, Eastern Washington air when she comes to town, take her for a hike up Kamiak Butte. If she is opposed to hiking and would like to go for something lighter, go for a walk through Reaney, Woodcraft or Kruegel Park.

If you two are looking to get some fresh food while strolling around downtown, stop by Porch Light Pizza or Heroes N Sports to get some pizza or sandwiches. You could also take a break at the Neill Public Library if your mom is a bookworm who would like to do some casual reading. If you are more into music, go browse the latest Coldplay records at Atom Heart Music while Mom catches up on the latest installment from John Grisham.

If your ma is a Bill Nye or Neil deGrasse Tyson enthusiast, take her to a planetarium show at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturday in the Palouse Discovery Science Center. You will likely argue over whether “Gravity” or “Interstellar” was a better space movie on your way out of the science center (P.S. check out the new film “Life” at Village Centre for a third contender).

Whether it’s inside or outside, on the schedule or out of the blue, there is a bevy of enjoyable, entertaining things to do with Mom when she comes to town for the weekend. Remember the most important thing to do before she leaves, though: have her buy food to fill your sad, barren pantry.