East Bay Mother’s Day Guide

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 — that’s this weekend.

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? Some local stores have set up workshops to help you.

Saturday afternoon, May 10 @ Michael’s in Emeryville, the project is a Mother’s Day family portrait gallery, free with purchase of canvas.

Saturday morning, May 10 @ Lakeshore Learning in San Leandro, the project is a coupon book for Mom.

Sunday afternoon, May 11 @ 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 – 12.30 pm.

The Exploratorium offers free admission to moms and their families on Mother’s Day

Playland not-at-the-beach invites moms to save $2 on admission this Saturday and Sunday.


OpenTable has a list of 64 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!

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

Saturday, May 11, brings the 9th 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 11.

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.)

photo credit: Mallory Paige