It’s Mother’s Day weekend, and we’ve rounded up events from around the Bay that will please both mama and child (and we all know a happy child makes for a happy mom!) From brunch at a Sonoma winery to wine tasting in your own backyard, busting out disco moves at the SF Zoo to an outdoor Hawaiian festival, there are dozens of ways to celebrate the joy of being a mom. Ride on!
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Uncorked at Ghirardelli Square
Fancy a trip to wine country without leaving the city?Head to Ghirardelli Square’s Uncorked Wine Festival, where you’ll find tons of kids activities including arts and crafts, live music courtesy Noise Pop, Off the Grid food trucks, and more than 50 wineries to sample from. And did we mention kids are free? Cheers! Book now. Sat., 1-6 p.m. Ghirardelli Square. $60/tasting ticket. Children and non-drinkers are free. All ages. Event details.
History for Half-Pints: Imagination
Be a part of the Dragon Master’s Mighty Labyrinth Quest: the world’s first interactive, choose your adventure live band. Help chose the story, roll the giant 20-sided die to determine where the quest takes you, help save the forest and ultimately, meet the wise Unicorn. You can also design your own World’s Fair, and make a scrapbook journal. Bring your own photos, newspaper clippings, and other memories to add. Plus you can explore the exhibits in the Palace that invite everyone to re-live the 1915 World’s Fair. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Marina. Free with RSVP. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Disco Party at the SF Zoo
Join Betty Jean the Bongo (African antelope) and her calf Pence (name for Hunter Pence) as the Zoo celebrates Mother’s Day 2015. The Zoo also will host “Baby Loves Disco,” a daytime disco party for kids in the Elinor Friend Playground (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Also face painting, animation video making and a mini-soccer obstacle course, all free with admission. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. San Francisco. $14-$17/adult; $7.50-$11/child 4-14; children 3 and under and moms are free. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day 5K
Make room for that fabulous brunch with a little lace-up-and-go event at Crissy Field. Get together with the whole fam for a quick 5K run through Marin and Chrissy Field. (There’s a free, 15-minute kids run that kicks off at 9:45 a.m. as well). Reserve your spot now or sign up on race day between 7:55 and 8:55 a.m. Sun., 9 a.m. Marina/Chrissy Field. $5/adults non-members; $3/adult members and participants ages 13-17 years old; free for kids ages 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
The Big Draw Chalk Festival
Artists of all ages can display their talents at this Chalk and Arts Festival that encourages folks to Chalk the Walk. For $20, your posse can get their own public street square (includes chalk). There will also be a community chalk mural section, live performances, face painting, henna, art contests, and cool local art displays like Take a Seat Poetry Chairs, and Artful Bouquets. Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pleasanton. Free. $20 for a family street square. All ages. Event details.
Hawaiian May Day Festival
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. The festival is offering a 50 percent off coupon for moms on their big day! Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pleasanton. $10/person; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day at Ruth Bancroft Garden
Forget a dozen roses, this year let mom spend the day among hundreds of blooms. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the The Ruth Bancroft Garden, where there will be plenty of family activities, docent-led tours, and mom’s will enjoy free admission. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Walnut Creek. $10/adults; free for children 12 and under and all moms. All ages. Event details.
Park St. Spring Festival
Head for the historic Park Street District 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 Stealin’ Chicago, a Chicago tribute band. Moms can treat themselves to snacks such as gyros, tamales and funnel cake. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Alameda. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day Brunch at Harley Goat Farm
If breakfast-in-bed is your go-to Mother’s Day plan, surprise Mom with something out of the ordinary this year. Take a trip to Pescadero’s Harley Farms where you’ll celebrate all things Mom with baby goats and a delicious brunch! Tickets are going fast so book now. Sun., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Pescadero. $45/adult; $20/child 3-12, children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Almost Mother’s Day Concert
Dance to Andy Z & the Andyland Band, jump your heart out at an inflatable playland, and create a Mother’s Day Gift in the craft area. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Redwood City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hungarian Heritage Festival
Celebrate all things Hungarian at this festival where kids will love the folk dancing, crafts, games, and parents will love the Hungarian wines, savory dishes and pastries, and crafts for sale. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Belmont. $10/ adults; $5/children 6-17; children 5 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
Haiku at the Japanese Tea Garden
Come enjoy a poetry reading of haiku and related forms of poetry at the Japanese Tea Garden. Before the reading, enjoy free docent-led tours of the garden (11 a.m.-noon). Sat., 1-4 p.m. San Jose. Free. All ages. Event details.
Explore the magical barnyard world of Charlotte’s Web, based on E.B. White’s touching novel. Kids will love this story of a lovable pig named Wilbur and a kind spider named Charlotte. Suggested ages is grades K-5 but all ages are welcome. The early start time makes it a great first play for your littles! Sat., 11 a.m.-noon. Sunnyvale. $13/advance; $15/at door. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day at Bay Area Discovery Museum
Enjoy a day of family-filled projects and programs designed to honor all of the special ladies in your child’s life: Moms! Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sausalito. $12. All ages. Event details.
Kid-Made Mother’s Day Brunch with The Culinary Dude
This three hour event starts with a two-hour cooking class while Mom gets a couple hours to relax/nap/shop, then culminates with the kiddos serving brunch to Mom and her guests. There are only a few spots left for this sweet meal, so book your spot now. Sun.,10-noon for the class, brunch is noon-1 p.m. San Rafael. $85 for mother/child combo, which includes the class and meal for mom and child; $45 for an additional child in the class; $25 for an additional diner for the brunch (i.e. Dad or Grandma). 4-12. Event details.
Mother’s Day Picnic at Audubon Canyon Ranch
Join Audubon Canyon Ranch and Marin Audubon Society for this picnic for mom with guided nature walks, great views and more. Chicken or vegetarian quiche lunch with sides and dessert! Plus all proceeds benefit the habitat protection and nature education programs so it’s a win win! RSVP by May 7. Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stinson Beach. $28/adults; $12/children 12 and under. All ages. Event details.
Mother’s Day at Larson Family Winery
Spend Mother’s Day in the beauty of the Carneros Valley with Mother’s Day at Larson Family Winery. Choose from either a brunch event or an afternoon with BBQ. Bring the kids, sip wine in the sunshine, and make this a Mother’s Day mom will never forget! Space is limited so book now. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-noon or 1-4:30 p.m. Brunch is $20/child; $30/adult and lunch is $35/child; $55/adult. Children 2 and under are free. All ages. Event details.
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