East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

There are two ways to celebrate Mother’s Day: with your kids or without them. Here are a selection of ideas for both. This year, our Mother’s Day Guide is sponsored by Brushstrokes Studios in Berkeley.

Mother's Day Berkeley


With kids or without? At Brushstrokes you can do either, or both. The upstairs studio is reserved for moms only for the whole afternoon of May 10, from 1:00-6:00 pm with bubbly, treats and tea. Come enjoy the zen of painting in our beautiful upstairs loft. Bring a friend or come solo for some “me time”. Meanwhile, the downstairs studio is available all day from 11 am – 6 pm if you prefer to spend the day with your child or children or with the whole family. No reservations required. Want to help the kids make something, but don’t know where to start? Some local stores have set up workshops to help you.

Here are some other fun ideas:

Make something for mom

  • Book a photography session with Megan Small in Alameda.
  • Saturday morning, April 25th @ Michael’s in Emeryville, the drop-in project ($2 fee covers activity and materials) is a Mother’s Day card.
  • Saturday morning, May 2nd @ Michael’s in Emeryville, the drop-in project is a Mother’s Day wood frame.
  • Saturday morning, May 9 @ Lakeshore Learning in San Leandro, the project is a crafty flower photo frame.

Take mom somewhere

When I was a kid and my mom was single, she would take us out to a musical for Mother’s Day. This year, you can see Hairspray at Berkeley Playhouse.


OpenTable has a list of 34 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.

The brunch at District in Old Oakland sounds fantastic. As does the prix-fixe early dinner at Homestead on Piedmont Avenue — if your dinner plans don’t include young children.

Early risers can take advantage of their jump start on the day with a family-friendly hike and then refuel with a pancake breakfast in Marin.

Dinner al fresco will ensure Mom doesn’t have to cook or clean up on her special day. Here are places to eat outdoors with kids in Oakland and a separate list for outdoor patios in Berkeley.


UrbanSitter.com has gift cards. Woohoo!

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

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 10.

erinscott_brushstrokes-squeeze bottles

Thanks to Brushstrokes for sponsoring this guide. You can purchase a Brushstrokes art class for Mom online. Brushstrokes is located at 745 Page Street, near the Fourth Street Shopping District in Berkeley.

Get the {510} Families weekend planner in your inbox. It's free!

* indicates required

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



  1. […] Yesterday I hosted a table at a benefit tea for Help A Mother Out where 200 women came together to learn more about diaper need and how we can help. (Disclosure: I sit on the board of this organization, and recently suggested it as a recipient of a Mother’s Day donation in our East Bay Mother’s Day Guide.) […]