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Mother’s Day Celebrations That Go Beyond the Spa

Mother’s Day is on the horizon and while the lovely lady of the house probably does enjoy brunches and spa days and massages, there are so many other great offerings in the Bay Area, why not think a little out of the box this year when rounding up ideas for the annual spoil-mom-fest? Think about stuff mom really likes, and pick a super cool activity, family event or random festival promising to thrill from head to toes. After all, who doesn’t love stretching within sight of the Golden Gate, dining with the birds or even a little hula dance?

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San Francisco

Yoga in the City
Drop Mom off for a few hours of zen time, or get the whole family saluting the sun at Yoga in the City by Wanderlust. This all day, free event offers free yoga classes on the Marina, with the beauty of the San Francisco Bay as your setting. There will be music, talks, and organic snacks for all to enjoy.

Wanderlust Yoga in the City
Little Marina Green
Marina Boulevard
San Francisco
Date: May 12th, 2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Online: sf.wanderlustfestival.com

Mother’s Day at AT&T Park
Many a mom out there is a huge giants fan, so make her day with some tickets to see the World Champions battle it out against the Atlanta Braves. Get there early too, because the first 20,000 fans will receive a Mother’s Day charm necklace!

Mother’s Day at AT&T Park
24 Willie Mays Plaza
San Francisco, Ca
Date: May 12th, 2013
Time: 1:05 pm
Cost: Tickets start at $23.75
Online: sanfrancisco.giants.mlb.com 
 

Mother’s Day 5K Run
The whole family can lace up for this early morning event, a perfect way to make room for that fabulous brunch on the horizon. It’s a quick 5K through the Marin and Chrissy Field, and the whole family is invited to participate. Hold your spot now or sign up on race day at 8:00 am.

FYI: The kids run begins at 9:45 am

Mother’s Day 5K Run
Little Marina Green
Marina Boulevard
San Francisco, Ca
Date: Sunday, May 12th
Time: 9:00 am
Cost: 18 & Over: $5, 11-17: $3, 12 and Under: Free
Online:  dserunners.com

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Marin

50th Annual Mother’s Day BBQ at Martin Griffin Preserve
It’s Great Egret nesting season at the Preserve and this super cool event families and friends is a day of food and fun in the meadow of Volunteer Canyon. This area is rarely open to the public so it’s an extra special treat for Mom! Nosh on a yummies like BBQ chicken or vegetarian quiche, beans, breads and dessert. Kids won’t have a second to get bored, there are ponds and hiking trails to explore and craft activities at the ready for busy little bees. Hop on this one quickly, RSVPs are required by May 5th.

Mother’s Day BBQ at Martin Griffin Preserve
4800 Shoreline Highway One
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
Date: Sunday May 12th
Time: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Cost: $25 per Adult. $12 per Kid
Phone: 415-453-2216.
Online: www.marinaudubon.org

Marin Open Studios
Take mom on a tour of Marin’s finest artists during the annual Open Studios. Creative folks from spots like Nicasio, Woodacre, Fairfax, San Anselmo, and Novato will be opening their homes and galleries to the public. There are sculptures, landscape paintings, still lifes, textiles and much more. While this could be something mom would enjoy as a day out on her own, it could be super fun to pack a picnic lunch and cop a spot somewhere in West Marin after taking in the talents of the county.

Marin Open Studios
Marin County
Date: May 11th – 12th
Time: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 415-3435-MOS
Online: marinopenstudios.com

South Bay

9th Annual Mother’s Day Walk Against Cancer
Non-profit Latinas Contra Cancer is hosting their yearly walk against cancer so strap on those sneakers and head for San Jose City Plaza. The whole family can participate in this event, from shakin’ hips at the Zumba warm-up, followed by a walk to the Mexican Heritage Plaza, and rounding up the day great tunes by the TC Smith Band and raffle prizes to boot!

Cool Bonus: Every registration comes with a free t-shirt, brunch and raffle ticket!

Mother’s Day Walk Against Cancer
San Jose City Plaza
Fourth and Santa Clara Streets
San Jose, Ca
Date: May 12th,
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: Ages 18-62: $25.00. Ages 6 to 17, Seniors 63 and Over: $15. 5 & Under: Free.
Online:  cvent.com/mother-s-day-walk-against-cancer 
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Mother’s Day Bird Watching
Want to give mom a chance to scout some local feathers? This beginning birding event at the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge is perfect chance to get to know your flying friends. All ages and levels are welcome to join in on the fun and there will be some binoculars available on loan. Be sure to call and reserve a spot for the whole family.

Mother’s Day Bird Watching
Don Edwards Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Boulevard
Alviso, Ca
Date: May 12th
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 408-262-5513 ext. 102
Online: fws.gov/mothersday
 

East Bay

Park Street Spring Festival
Head for the historic Park Street District in Alameda for mimosas, live music, a kid zone and tons of super cool wares like jewelry, clothing, ceramics, and more. Sunday entertainment includes bluegrass band Savannah Blue, and Aja Vu, a Steely Dan tribute band. Moms can treat themselves to snacks such as gyros, tamales and funnel cake. Got a bike? The festival is offering free, super safe bike parking for folks wanting to pump the pedals around town.

Good to Know: Bike Parking is located at 1522 Park Street, Alameda Bicycle’s parking lot.

Park Street Spring Festival
Park Street between Encinal Avenue and Lincoln Avenue
Dates: May 11th – 12th
Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Online: shopparkstreet.com/springfestival 
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Kuma Hula May Day Festival
Aloha! Grab your leis and shake out your hips, May Day is Lei Day! Introduce Mom and the whole family to a new cultural experience this Mother’s Day and head for the Alameda Fairgrounds for some Hula, music, which might include a Ukulele or two, and tasty Hawaiian cuisine.

Mother’s Day Special: The festival is offering a 50 percent off coupon for moms on their big day!

29th Annual May Day Festival
Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, Ca
Dates: May 11th – 12th
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Cost: $10 per person. Kids 5 and Under: Free
Online: hawaiimaydayfestival.com
 

Are you going to do something special for Mother’s Day this year? We want to know!

–Gabrielle Cullen

Image #1 Mom and Kid at Yoga in the City, Photo Credit: Mario Covic
Image #2 BBQ at Martin Preserve, Courtesy of Martin Preserve
Image #3 Mom Birding, Courtesy of Neils Photography via Flickr
Image #4 Mom and Daughters in Hula Costume, Courtesy of WC Lybbert via Flickr

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