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Mother's Day Activities

Get the scoop on the coolest places in the East Bay to treat mom on her special day.


With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning how you’ll show your appreciation for that special lady. Don’t panic if you aren’t sure where to start. We’ve got you covered with a Mother’s Day guide bursting with fun activities and fabulous dining options.

One of our top picks, The Sweet Shoppe, is the perfect place to treat moms to an indulgence. This two-day confectionary festival celebrates all manner of sweets made by local vendors. Nosh on truffles, cupcakes, cookies and more while sipping champagne and watching live pastry demos. There will also be a hands-on kids area, La Petit Sweet, where the little ones can pick up some pastry skills. Diablo has ten pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers, just scroll to the bottom of the page to enter for your chance to win! Jack London Square, Oakland, May 8: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, May 9: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., $12 admission, $30 for admission plus Bubble Bar champagne tasting, free for children age 14 and under, sweetshoppefests.com

Still looking for the perfect gift? Head over to Feria Urbana, a gathering of Bay Area artists and designers selling their creative wares. You’ll find a range of items, including clothing, jewelry, artwork, home accessories, ceramics, fashion accessories, baby items and more. Live music, food, and cocktails round out the fun. New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland, May 7, 6–9:30 p.m., free admission, (510) 444-7474, feriaurbana.com

The Mother’s Day Garden Tea and Open Studio Sale at Cohn-Stone Studios is sure to offer many delights for mom and family. Stroll through the blooming garden, and admire hundreds of handmade glass art treasures, including colorful fruits, flowers, bowls and vases. Buy mom a unique gift while you’re at it! 560 South 30th St., Richmond, May 7-9th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free admission, (510) 234-9690, cohnstone.com

Start your celebration a day early. Participating Walnut Creek stores give away champagne and flowers to moms at the Bouquets and Bubblies event (formerly known as the Flower Stroll) starting at SkinSpirit on North California Blvd. Downtown Walnut Creek, May 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $8 adv/$10 day of event, (925) 933-6778, walnutcreekdowntown.com

Take Mom out to the ball game to watch the A’s play the Tampa Bay Rays, and be sure to wear your best pink A’s gear to honor breast cancer patients and survivors. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, May 9, 1:05 p.m., $10-200, (510) 638-GOAS, athletics.mlb.com

Moms ride the train for free at the Oakland Zoo on Mother’s Day; meanwhile, the whole family will enjoy exploring the nearly century-old facilities. The kids will love the live shows at the WildLife Theater and the whole family will enjoy exhibits like the rain forest and the children’s zoo—a four-acre stretch that includes a museum and playground. Oakland Zoo, 977 Golf Links Rd., Oakland, May 9, $11.50 for adults; free for children under 2, (510) 625-9525, oaklandzoo.org

Head into San Francisco and learn to make your own gourmet brunch menu with Mom at the Mother’s Day Brunch Cooking Class. Complimentary mimosas are served as you whip up creations like mini sour cream-and-raspberry coffee cakes with brown sugar and pecan toppings. After cooking lessons, you’ll sit down for a brunch buffet (prepared for you, not by you) at the historic Ferry Building in downtown San Francisco. Ferry Building, 101 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, May 9, 10:30 a.m., $75, (415) 441-3595, partiesthatcook.com

Enjoy mimosas and brunch aboard the USS Potomac for the Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise on the Bay, the three-hour cruise around the San Francisco Bay. USS Potomac, 540 Water Street, Oakland, May 9, 10 a.m. $90 for adults; $50 for children ages 2-12, (510) 627-1215, usspotomac.org/events

Cellist Gianna Abondolo joins the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra’s afternoon performance of “Music That Dances” in the Hofmann Theatre at the Lesher Center. Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, May 9, 2 p.m., $16-20, lesherartscenter.org

UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science presents Flying High, a forty-five minute trip into space via “Time Machine” where you and Mom will learn more about how astronauts eat their food in a weightless environment and how satellites are put into orbit. University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science #5200, Berkeley, May 9, 1 p.m., $4 at the door, (510) 642-5132, lawrencehallofscience.org

Treat your mom (and yourself!) to some pampering with the My Mother and Me Spa Package at Miracullum Spa in Walnut Creek. This decadent package includes face and foot treatments, along with a glass of champagne and a chocolate truffle. 1355 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, (925) 943-6146, My Mother and Me Spa Package, $240 for two, miracullum.com

For a unique adventure, take mom over to Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley. Enjoy a special brunch menu at the Turf Club, and then watch the horse races while listening to live music. 1100 Eastshore Hwy, Berkeley, May 9, $40 per person advance (includes admission, valet parking, and a program), (510) 559-7390, goldengatefields.com

Indulge in one of the Bay Area’s favorite past-times, wine tasting, at the Rodrigue Molyneaux Vineyard & Winery in Livermore. Moms get a free tasting, along with a flower and a dessert. 3053 Marina Ave., Livermore, May 9, 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., (925) 447-4280, rmwinery.com

Spend an enlightening afternoon with mom listening to the acclaimed Bay Area male vocal ensemble, Clerestory. The special Mother’s Day concert, "Soul’s Light: Music of the Spirit," will feature music inspired by Persian, Arab, and American sounds, texts, and religious traditions. Berkeley Art Museum, Gallery B, 2625 Durant Ave., Berkeley, May 9, 3 p.m., call for ticket prices, (510) 642-0808, bampfa.berkeley.edu

Make it an evening to remember by treating your mother to a harp recital. Teenager Seika Dong, an international-award-winning harpist, will perform in Walnut Creek. Harps Etc.,
1601 N. Main St., Suite 106,
Walnut Creek, May 9, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation at the door, (800) 836-5559, harpsetc.com

For a spectacular, show-stopping Mother’s Day gift, treat mom and a guest to a fabulous two-night spa getaway. The Farmhouse Inn, Restaurant & Spa is offering a Mothers Getaway Package in the beautiful Russian River Valley region of Sonoma County wine country. The package includes two-nights accommodation, gourmet breakfast each morning, a massage treatment, afternoon tea service, fresh flowers, a keepsake lavender neck pillow, and a custom wine tasting at a local vineyard. 7871 River Rd., Forestville, (800) 464-6642, Mothers Getaway Package is $585 for two (not including taxes and gratuities), available April 25 – May 20, farmhouseinn.com

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will be open early on mom’s special day, serving a brunch menu featuring mouth-watering dishes such as Filet Mignon benedict, crab frittata, and berry-stuffed French toast. For the cherry on top, moms will receive a $25 gift card to use on a future visit! 1685 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek, May 9, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $29.95 per person for brunch, (925) 287-0297, flemingssteakhouse.com

Prima Ristorante’s will be serving La Festa Della Mamma brunch, where mom and guests can dine on modern Italian fare. 1522 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, May 9, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., (925) 935-7780, primawine.com

Chevalier Restaurant will serve an a la carte lunch menu (they are normally closed on Sundays). Entrée choices will include Roasted Colorado Lamb Sirloin with corona beans, tomatoes and hot chorizo ragout with tarragon and lamb jus; Montana Natural Piedmontese Skirt Steak pan seared with burgundy wine and shallot sauce; White Veal Scallopini Normande with golden chanterelle mushrooms flambéed in Calvados cream sauce; and Pan seared Massachusetts Day Boat scallops with Périgord black truffle risotto. 960 Moraga Road, Lafayette, May 9, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m, (925) 385-0793, chevalierrestaurant.com

The Duck Club Restaurant at Lafayette Park Hotel has planned two ways to treat mom right Mother’s Day weekend. On Saturday, they’re having a Mother-Daughter Tea, an elegant afternoon tradition featuring finger sandwiches, scones, and teas. A Champagne Brunch will be held the next day. 3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, tea: May 8, 2 – 4 p.m., $30 per adult, $20 per child 6-12 years; brunch: May 9, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., $59 per person, (925) 283-7108, lafayetteparkhotel.com

At Postino Restaurant, savor a two-course brunch while soaking in the charming Italian ambiance. Starters include cinnamon buns or sliced melons with prosciutto, while the second course choices include egg, pasta, meat or fish dishes. 3565 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, May 9, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., $30 per person, $9 children’s menu available, (925) 299-8700, postinorestaurant.com

Meritage at the Claremont Hotel will be offering a grand brunch. Try the “Tuscan Style” Spring Leg of Lamb, Jumbo Prawns and Crab Claws with a lime cocktail sauce, or the Poached Eggs on Potato-Vegetable Hash with chive hollandaise and Dim Sum with assorted dipping sauces. For a special treat, try the house made cotton candy. Mother’s Day Brunch, May 9, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., $84 per adult, $25 for children 5-12 years, children under 5 complimentary. 41 Tunnel Rd., Berkeley (510) 549-8510, meritageclaremont.com

Spenger’s Fresh Fish Grotto will be offering special entrees in honor of moms. Seared Alaskan Halibut Cheeks and House Smoked Honey Glazed Ham are two of the special items to be offered. As a bonus, every mother visiting the restaurant will be able to enter a drawing to win a private cooking class with Spenger’s Executive Chef Devon Boisen. 1919 Fourth St., Berkeley, May 9, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., (510) 845-7771, spengers.com

Enjoy redwoods and a waterfall at Faz Danville, where a tantalizing brunch buffet awaits. The selection includes a chef’s carving station, an iced seafood display, breakfast items, and brick oven pizzas, to name a few. 600 Hartz Ave., Danville, May 9, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., $35 per adult, $30 per senior, $15 for children 6-12 years, free for age 5 and under, (925) 838-1320, fazrestaurants.com

Esin Restaurant and Bar is planning a three-course special brunch menu for Mother’s Day. Some of the mouth-watering selections include caramelized onion soup, challah bread French toast with strawberry compote and cream, and grilled hanger steak with scrambled eggs. 750 Camino Ramon, Danville, May 9, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., $36 per person, (925) 314-0974, esinrestaurant.com

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill will feature a restaurant-wide brunch. Seating will be available indoors and out on the dock, so diners can enjoy beautiful lake views and spring weather. After eating, take mom for a Venetian Gondola ride on the lake (Lake Chalet guests receive a $10 discount). Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill, 1520 Lakeside Dr., Oakland, May 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., (510) 208-5253, thelakechalet.com

Bring mom to a special brunch buffet at Miss Pearl’s Jam House, where she can enjoy island-inspired cuisine. Even better, brunch includes a bottomless mimosa! 1 Broadway, Oakland, May 9, 9 a.m – 3 p.m., $39.95 for adults, $16.95 for children 5-12 years, free for age 4 and under, (510) 444-7171, misspearlsjamhouse.com


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