East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and we thought we’d give you enough notice to make some plans. In other words, don’t panic: it’s not this weekend. (Unless you are reading this after May 6…)

Last year for Mother’s Day, I indulged myself with a workshop at Teahouse Studio in Berkeley. If you’re envious of the various enrichment experiences your children get, consider a class at Studio One Art Center in Oakland as a gift to yourself. (Teahouse Studio has closed, alas.)

Here are the best Mother’s Day ideas for East Bay families we’ve seen announced for this year.

Mother's Day project


Want to help the kids make something, but don’t know where to start? Many of our local stores have set up workshops to help you. Click through to our event detail page on any of these and use the buttons on that page to add the event to your calendar or email it to yourself so you don’t forget!

Saturday morning, May 4 @ Michael’s in Emeryville, for $2, every half hour starts a new 30 min craft session to produce a “Thanks for helping me grow” pot.

Saturday morning, May 4 @ Home Depot in Emeryville, children will build an herb planter at this free workshop, receive a Home Depot apron, pin, and more.

Sunday afternoon, May 5 @ JoAnn’s Fabric store in El Cerrito Plaza, from 2-5, make a fabric button ring for mom (looks super cute!)

Monday evening, May 6 @ Michael’s in Emeryville, from 5 to 7 pm, the free project is a bouquet of paper handprints.

Tuesday evening, May 7 @ Michael’s in Emeryville, from 5 to 7 pm, the free project is a Mother’s Day coupon book.

Saturday morning, May 11 @ Michael’s in Emeryville, the project is a Mother’s Day heart necklace.

Saturday morning, May 11 @ Lakeshore Learning in San Leandro, the project is a popsicle stick frame for Mom.

Sunday afternoon, May 12 @ Color Me Mine in Alameda, moms and their children will enjoy a special tea party and paint their own cup and saucer. $39 for one mom and one child, includes materials. 11 am – 1 pm.


OpenTable has a list of 51 East Bay restaurants with special menus and options for Mother’s Day. If you’d rather expand your search toward the City than through the tunnel, hit the checkbox for San Francisco and see the list grow.

Take a family-friendly hike and then refuel with a pancake breakfast in Marin.


UrbanSitter.com has just launched gift cards. Woohoo!

CoolMomPicks has assembled a fabulous Mother’s Day gift guide to presents at all levels from independently owned businesses on the web. Shop online for mom or grandma.

More than one East Bay mom has named Oakland’s Foot Spa and Tea Bar as her favorite indulgence.

Saturday, May 12, brings the 8th annual plant sale to the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley. Veggies, fruit trees, herbs and more.  (Here’s our review of the place.)

For the woman who doesn’t need anything, make a donation to local non-profit Help A Mother Out, raising funds to provide diapers to moms in need. (Did you know that diapers cannot be purchased with WIC funds/food stamps?)

P.S. Moms ride the train for free at the Oakland Zoo on Sunday, May 12.

photo credit: Mallory Paige