This year, our Mother's Day Guide is sponsored by the Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel. This newly restored urban resort is home to stunning guest rooms, award-winning restaurants, the Fairmont Spa and a sprawling tennis, swimming and fitness club with fun for the whole family.
There are two ways to celebrate Mother’s Day on May 14th: with your kids or without them. Here are a selection of ideas for both.
Afternoon Tea. Take in the breathtaking views and create lasting memories with your family at Claremont’s iconic Afternoon Tea. Enjoy a selection of your favorites teas, sparkling wine, and sweet and savory bites from the Claremont pastry kitchen every Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.
Make something memorable for mom.
Paint some kiddo handprints on a lovely keepsake mug at Brushstrokes in Berkeley, Color Me Mine in Alameda, or Painter's Pot in Richmond. My family has a few of these and I tell my husband that every year, he only needs to fill it with chocolate (but like really good chocolate!)
Book a photography session with a local family photographer. Surprise mom and grandma with the best framed prints.
Go to one of the Mother's Day crafting events from our calendar:
Do something together. Here's what's happening on Sunday, May 14
- 9:00 am - 2:00 pm Farmers' Market @ Jack London Square (Oakland) at Jack London Square
- 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Pancake Breakfast and Hike at West Point Inn
- 9:30 am - 10:30 am Family Yoga in Spanish at Berkeley Yoga Center
- 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Downtown Alameda’s 17th Annual Spring Festival at Downtown Alameda
- 10:30 am - 11:15 am Drop-In Music Time at La Peña Cultural Center
- 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Once Upon Your Mind - Improv for the Whole Family at Temescal Arts Center
- 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dollar Race Day at Golden Gate Fields
- 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Mother’s Day Bugging Out on the Shoreline at Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
- 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Enchanted Elements: A Magical Circus at Kinetic Arts Center
- 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Second Sunday Family Fun Yoga at Park Boulevard Yoga Center
- 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Welcome to Wildlife at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Brunch. As I was trying to dig a little deeper on where to send you for the best meal of the day, I noticed the Berkeleyside Nosh reader poll of 2016 best brunch picks closely matches my own favorites. You could also go to Thailand (locally!) for a special brunch there.
Lunch. OpenTable has a list of 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.
Dinner. Dinner out will ensure Mom doesn't have to cook or clean up on her special day. Special shout out to Limewood Bar & Restaurant: Make your reservations now at Limewood, Claremont’s award-winning restaurant, and enjoy approachable California cuisine and a stunning sunset over the San Francisco Bay. Mention 510Families for a complimentary glass of sparkling wine to start your meal. Valid Sundays only, now through the end of May.
Night out. UrbanSitter.com has gift cards (Hooray for a gift that goes with everything else).
Mini spa treatment. More than one East Bay mom has named Joie Nail Spa as her favorite casual indulgence.
Deluxe Mani Pedi. Take advantage of complimentary childcare at the Claremont Kids’ Club while they pamper your hands and feet with a Supreme Manicure & Pedicure at the Fairmont Spa at the Claremont. Then top off the day with a complimentary glass of champagne! And don’t forget Fairmont Spa gift certificates for all of your gift-giving needs.
Learn & play. Get Mama signed up for an evening class such as Mindfulness + Drawing, Mosaics, or Botanical Watercolor at Brushstrokes Studio. Further north is Handcraft Studio School with evening and weekend workshops. Or, commit to a hotter kitchen with a class from Kitchen on Fire.
Tickets. Find some deals for upcoming shows and tie the tickets up with a ribbon.
Share the love. 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?)
Thanks to the Claremont Club & Spa, A Fairmont Hotel for sponsoring this guide. Ideally nestled in the Oakland Hills overlooking scenic San Francisco Bay, Claremont is the perfect destination for an afternoon getaway or a Bay Area staycation.