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Mother's Day Events around the Bay Area


Candy Land Mother-Daughter Tea – Corte Madera Parks and Recreation presents this special event. Sat., May 13. 2-4:30pm. Call for prices and details. Corte Madera Community Center, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera. 415-927-5072. townofcortemadera.org.

San Francisco

Moms Eat, Play and Shop For Free – In honor of Mother’s Day, moms can eat, play and shop for free at participating businesses and restaurants. Check website for details. Pier 39. Fri., May 12. 10am-10pm. pier39.com.

Mother’s Day at the Exploratorium – All mothers but especially mamas Latinas can celebrate their day at this public learning laboratory. Sun., May 14. 10am-5pm. Special events today include mariachis at 1pm and paper flower crafts at 2pm. FREE. Pier 15. 415-528-4444. exploratorium.edu.

Mother’s Day BikeAbout – Take a leisurely 90-minute docent-led cycling tour through the San Francisco Zoo, finishing up with a continental breakfast. Bring the whole family and bicycles. Sun., May 14. 8:30-11am. $30 per peddler; children on back of parent’s bike are FREE. San Francisco Zoo, Sloat Boulevard and the Great Highway. 415-753-7080. sfzoo.org.


Almost Mother’s Day Concert – Families can enjoy a kids’ concert, inflatable playland and can create a Mother’s Day gift in the craft area. Sat., May 13. 11am-1pm. FREE. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City. redwoodcity.org.

Mother’s Day Weekend at Filoli – Enjoy a champagne brunch with tasty family favorites (Sun. only) or an outdoor barbecue lunch and music served on the tennis court Sat. and Sun. Sat., May 13, 11am-2pm; Sun., May 14, 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Admission is $20 adults, $10 children 5-17, under 5 FREE. Barbecue lunch is a la carte. Champagne brunch is $85 adults, $40 under 18; includes admission. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. 650-364-8300. filoli.org

Silicon Valley

Almost Mother’s Day Concert – Families will enjoy a kids’ concert and inflatable playland. Create a Mother’s Day Gift in the craft area. Sat., May 13. 11am-1pm. FREE. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St., Redwood City. downtownredwoodcity.org.

Craft Time – Create a unique hand-print tree to give to Mom. Ages 3 and up. Various dates May 10-13. FREE. See website for San Jose library locations. sjpl.org.

Day at the Refuge – Experience the refuge for guided bird walks, a live bird show, crafts for mom and games. Spread your wings for bird conservation as you get up close to refuge wildlife and their habitats. Sat., May 13. 10am-3pm. FREE. Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd., Alviso. fws.gov.

Storytime – Listen to this hilarious, heartwarming story about raising a happy, healthy mom. Activities to follow. Sat., May 13. 11am. FREE. Barnes & Noble, Eastridge Shopping Center, 2200 Eastridge Loop Space 1420, San Jose. bn.com.

Tea & Tour at the Ainsley House – Tea time will take place at 12pm, tour to follow. Reservations required. Fri.-Sun., May 11-13. 12pm. $45 members, $50 non-members. Ainsley House, 300 Grant St., Campbell. campbellmuseums.org.

Weekend at Filoli – Enjoy a champagne brunch with delectable family favorites (Sunday only) or an outdoor barbecue lunch and music served on the tennis court Saturday and Sunday. Sat., May 13. 11am-2pm. Sun., May 14. 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Barbecue lunch is a la carte. Admission is $20 adults, $10 children 5-17, under 5 FREE. 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. filoli.org.

Women of Big Basin – Living history reenactments bring you back in time where you will meet pioneer homemaker Alice Maddock; Josephine McCrackin, the 'Savior of the Redwoods,' and Harriet "Petey" Weaver, the first female ranger. Stroll through the magnificent redwoods on this half-mile, one-hour guided walk. Sun., May 8. 1-2pm. FREE, parking $10. Big Basin State Park, 21600 Big Basin Way, Boulder Creek. parks.ca.gov

Stanford Powwow – This annual Mother's Day weekend festival features Native American drumming, dancing, a fun run and more. See website for schedule. Fri.-Sun., May 12-14. Donation requested. Arboretum Road and Galvez Street. powwow.stanford.edu.

East Bay

Alameda County

Mother's Day Box – Create a jeweled box for your mom during this program for ages 7 and up with Christie of Christie’s Creative cupboard. Registration is required and starts May 1. Mon., May 8. 4-4:45pm. FREE. Fremont Main Library, 2400 Stevenson Blvd. 510-745-1421. aclibrary.org.

Moms on the Mudflat – Put on your mud boots to see what crabs, lugworms and other moms are doing to help their young survive in the bay. Sun., May 14. 9:30-11am. FREE. Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., Alameda. 510-544-3187. ebparks.org 

Contra Costa County

Mother's Day Run – Honor our mothers at the fifth annual Mother's Day Run, including a half-marathon, 5-mile and 5K runs with medals by age group winners and a special appreciation gift to all moms. Sat., May 13. 8am. $40-50. San Pablo Dam Reservoir, 7301 San Pablo Dam Road, El Sobrante. 510-459-0854. wolfpackevents.com

Mother's Day Teacups – Celebrate with mom and tap into your creative sides together during this workshop to make a vintage teacup and saucer succulent planter. For ages 8 and up; register in advance. Also, take 11am tours of the garden on Sat. and Sun. Sat., May 13. 10:30-11:30am. $30-35. Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek. 925-944-9352. ruthbancroftgarden.org

Mom’s Favorite Recipes! – Surprise your mother by making her a one-of-a-kind recipe box during Lakeshore Learning Store's free activity for kids ages 3 and older at both the Walnut Creek and San Leandro (1144 Montague Ave.) locations. Sat., May 13. 11am-3pm. FREE. Lakeshore Learning Store, 1929 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Walnut Creek. 925-944-1495. lakeshorelearning.com

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