Mother’s Day is happening and those hard working ladies are likely expecting brunch reservations, fresh-picked flowers and all kinds of hugs and smooches. Lucky for Bay Area families, there are plenty of possibilities to add to the agenda such as memorable mommy-and-me photo sessions, kiddo silhouettes, floral crowns and way more. Mom takes good care of you, now take good care of her this weekend.

By Sabrina Bot Photography //

                                           photo: courtesy of sabrina bot


San Francisco

Catch An Outdoor Flick With the Family
Kick-off the weekend with an outdoor movie night at the Presidio YMCA. Bring a blanket, chair, hey, you can even wear your jam-jams. Food trucks will be onsite as early as 5:30 p.m. Water, apples and ice cream will be served for free. Short films start at 6 p.m. and the feature film The Good Dinosaur starts at 6:30 p.m. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Presidio YMCA. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pop Up for “Beethoven in the City”
The Cypress String Quartet is celebrating its 20th and final season with a heart-felt present, a series of pop-up concerts entitled “Beethoven in the City.” As a fond farewell, they will present the complete string quartets of Beethoven in free public concerts in all 11 districts of San Francisco. From St. Anthony’s Dining Room, to public parks, to the Rotunda at City Hall, music lovers can enjoy these works performed by the quartet as a loving tribute to its hometown. Find a full list of performance dates and times here. Noon Fri. at Justin Herman Plaza; 3 p.m. Fri. at Japantown’s Peace Plaza; 11:30 a.m. Sat. at Dolores Park; 1 p.m. Sun. at Jane Warner Plaza, 4 p.m. Sun. at Persia at Ocean. Event details.

Celebrate Children’s Day in Japantown
Celebrate Kodomo no Hi, or Children’s Day, with cultural arts and crafts, a bounce house, games, taiko and more at Peace Plaza in San Francisco’s Japantown. Admission to the event is free but some activities have a fee. Sat., 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Japantown. Free. Ages 2-10. Event details.

East Bay

Celebrate 20 Years of the Edible Schoolyard
It’s hard to believe but its been 20 years since the Edible Schoolyard project started in Berkeley. Help commemorate this milestone by heading to the annual plant sale and celebration which will include a beer and wine garden, raffle, delicious food from local chefs, live music, student-guided tours, lots of kids activities, and – of course – plants! Get your garden off to a strong start with great deals on tomatoes, vegetables, fruit trees and berries, herbs, perennials, compost, potting soil, annual flowers, and more. Sat., 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. King Middle School. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hop Over to the Island for a Fun Mom-And-Me Photo Sesh
Up your mommy-and-me selfie game with some sweet snaps by kid’s fashion photog Sabrina Bot Photography at party shop Pippa & Co. in Alameda. Each mini 20-minute photo sesh is taken on a backdrop of bright blooms and includes hi-res, retouched final portraits in an online gallery. Book two back-to-back sessions for more three or more kids. Reserve a space in advance right Event details.

Craft a Floral 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., 10-11 a.m. UC Botanical Gardens. $18-$20. All ages. Event details.


Party at the Ronald McDonald House Expansion
To celebrate its recent expansion, Ronald McDonald House at Standford is hosting a free Family Fun Day with great arts and crafts and even a little bit of kid-friendly pampering. Kids will no doubt want to line up for a mini-spa that will feature manicures, face painting and temp tattoos. Kids can decorate picture frames or cruise a petting zoo with all kinds of cuddly animals from nearby Jasper Ridge Farms, too. Sat., 2-5 p.m. Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Free. All ages. 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., 11 a.m.- 1p.m. Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details. 

South Bay

Drop Down the Rabbit Hole for This Adventure
Don’t be late! Children’s Musical Theater is going down the rabbit hole to experience the whimsical escades of Alice in Wonderland. This play is adapted from Disney’s original film and includes a “whirlwind” of dancing and music including some favorites such as “I’m Late,“ “The Unbirthday Song“ and “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah.” Fri.-Sun. Showtimes vary. CMT at the Montgomery Theater, Downtown San Jose. $14-$18. All ages. Event details. 

Craft Some Cool Flowers for Mama
Kids can learn to design their own floral arrangements for Mother’s Day at United Wholesale Flowers in San Jose. The workshop is led by Owner and Creative Director Minnie Uyen Thai and includes all materials, tons of flowers and snacks. Kids should bring their own scissors and must be accompanied by an adult. Sat., 10-11 a.m. United Wholesale Flowers, San Jose. $35 per child, $60 for two. Ages two and up. 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., 11 a.m.-1p.m. McNears Beach Park, San Rafael. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cut It Out! Silhouettes by Karl Johnson
Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at both Cupcake locations to create hand cut, heirloom worthy silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes, so even your wiggle worms can be subjects. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. he’ll be at the Santa Rosa store (641 4th St., Santa Rosa) 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) at this link. From 3–6 p.m. you can book with Karl at the Cupcake in Healdsburg (107 Plaza St., Healdsburg) using this link. Fri., visit link for times. Cupckae Children & Maternity in Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. $25. All ages. Event details.


Do you have plans for Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below! 

—Chantal Lamers