It’s Mother’s Day Weekend and if you’re looking to spoil mom, well, look no further. From floral crowns to mama birds and free admission to The Exploratorium, mom isn’t going to waste much time enjoying her breakfast in bed.

Photo: LaTonya Yvette

San Francisco
Go Exploring for Free on Mother’s Day
Moms and families are invited for a free day of fun at the always enlightening Exploratorium. This time around SF’s favorite museum has got a special Latin American twist—as you explore the exhibits with your tot, enjoy mariachi music, make flores de papel and learn about Mother Earth. This is a first come, first served basis, so remember to get there early. Sun. Event details. 

KQED Family Fun Day at the Presidio
Join the Presidio Trust and KQED for a family fun day at the Presidio Officers’ Club with special guest Curious George, from the PBS animated television series. Drop in for imaginative craft-making based on the Presidio’s natural and cultural heritage at Creative Family Fun. Learn about our wildlife from the Ranging Rover Truck and discuss ways that you too can be involved in your park. Sat. Event details.

East Bay
Craft a Flower Crown for Mother’s Day
Hey, mamas. If you’re wondering what to wear on Mother’s Day the UC Botanical Garden has the perfect accessory. Families can learn to weave floral crowns made from a variety of greens and fresh flowers. As a little bonus treat, crafters can drink tea made of flowers while they work. Sat. Event details. 

Plant Your Feet at the Edible School Yard Plant Sale
Join this green party for a fun day in the garden – delicious, locally-made food, a beer garden, spirited music, student-guided tours, face paint, a petting zoo, exciting raffle prizes, and, of course, plants! Get your garden off to a strong start with tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees and berries, herbs, perennials, annual flowers, and more. Plenty of gardening advice for novices and experts alike. The plant sale has become a beloved community event, with activities for kids as well as adults. Join us for an hour or the whole day! Sat. Event details. 

Peninsula
These Slithering Creatures are Cool
Slither on over to Rancho Del Oso for an incredible event all about snakes. You’ll learn the importance of snakes and get personal, such as how do they taste, smell, see and hear. Docent Diane Shaw will give a talk about snakes and Naturalist Jeremy Lin will lead a short informative hike to find snakes and other reptiles. Wear comfortable shoes, dress in layers and bring water and SPF. Sat. Event details. 

Dance the Day Before Mother’s Day
Don’t forget your dancing shoes because the “Almost Mother’s Day Kid Concert” is a mini musical festival for kids and their folks. This free afternoon features an inflatable playland and a crafting area to surprise mom with something special. Sat. Event details. 

South Bay
Spring for Peanuts and Baseball Tix
Hey batter, batter. Spring means baseball season and San Jose Giants Games aren’t only a less expensive alternative to those guys up north but you can do some scouting of your own and predict who may get called up to the big leagues next. Residents can often pick-up free tickets from local businesses. Check out the schedule for special events, from post-game fireworks shows to a chance for the kids to run the bases and more. Fri.-Sat. Event details. 

Tweet with Mama at this Mother’s Day Outing
It’s Mother Day! Come celebrate mama birds and their new, feathered babies at the the Environment Education Center in Alviso. This day out at the refuge includes guided bird walks, a live bird show, games and crafts to make for mom. Sat. Event details. 

North Bay
Take a Saturday Night Hike with the Fam
When you’re ready to go to sleep, some cool critters are just waking up and getting ready to head out for a night on the, errr, headlands. On this family headlands hike and campfire, kids can learn how owls, bats and other nighttime animals hunt for their meals under the light of the moon. The program includes a learn-along-the-way hike thats’s no more than two miles, followed by classic campfire songs and everything you need to make some tasty s’mores. Sat. Event details. 

Make and Take Something Great for Mom
Kids won’t want to miss the chance to craft something awesome for Mother’s Day. Kids can head out to McNears Beach Park and, alongside park rangers, create a special work of art for mom inspired by the outdoors. All supplies and a healthy snack are included. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Sat. Event details. 

Where are you taking mom this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers