Flowers and festivals will be everywhere this weekend for Mother’s Day! Kids can decorate seed packets for their moms at Fairyland Garden Weekend, and learn about flowers at Mother’s Day in Bloom. And the whole family will love the music, games and food at the Hungarian Heritage Festival. 


San Francisco

Mayfair is a classic spring carnival for the whole family. Kids can play carnival games, listen to local musicians and enjoy some good food at Claire Lilienthal. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All ages. Event details.

The Hipwaders at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
The Hipwaders will be performing their quirky, jangle-pop for kids and their families. The band has had several top ten songs on Sirius/XM Radio including the #1 songs, “Hey, Josie!” and “Educated Kid.” Sun., 11:00 am – 11:30 am. San Francisco. See website for pricing. All ages. Event details.

East Bay

Fairyland Garden Weekend
Families can watch Uncle Jer’s Travelling Bee show. They can decorate and fill seed packets for Mom. They can plant seeds in the veggie garden all day, and pick up a free tomato or flower plant while supplies last! Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Oakland. $8 per person. The 9:00 am Garden Tour is free. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Tea Party
Moms can enjoy their special day by getting crafty with their kids! They can paint their own tea cups and saucers. Tea and biscuits will be served too! What a special treat! Sun., 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Alameda. $18 mother-child pair. $18 per additional adult or child. All ages. Event details.


Mother’s Day in Bloom
Families will head into the hills to identify blooms, practice field sketching techniques and learn about popular pollinators. Then they will stop by the Headlands Native Plant Nursery for a stewardship and seed planting project. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Sausalito. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day Barbecue
Everyone can enjoy a delicious lunch of BBQ chicken or vegetarian quiche at the 50th anniversary of this event. Crafts activities will be set up for kids in this wonderful natural wildlife preserve that is usually closed to the public. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Stinson Beach. $25 per adult. $12 per child under age 12. All ages. Event details.


Hungarian Heritage Festival
Families will enjoy Hungarian hospitality in a flurry of colorful costumes, lively dances and inspirational music. There will be amusing games and activities for kids, and beautiful arts and crafts in the Hungarian tradition. Sat., 11:30 am – 11:45 pm. Belmont. $5 per adult. $3 per child. Under 6, free. All ages. Event details.

How My Grandmother Found a Story in a Plate
Artist Patricia Bulitt will present “How My Grandmother Found a Story in a Plate.” This is a performance and story inspired by a plate that hung on her grandmother’s wall. Everyone will get to make their own “story plates.” Sat., 11:15 am. Woodside. Free. All ages. Event details.

What do you have planned for this Mother’s Day weekend?

— Rachel Teichman

photo courtesy of the Hungarian Heritage Festival