If your Mother's Day outings are anything like mine, they are usually a little uninspired, consisting of over-priced flowers and crowded restaurants. You, your mom, your sister, your aunt, and basically all the women in your family squabble over where to make brunch reservations, while kids scramble to find an adequate gift. But Mother's Day doesn't have to be so blah, especially in the Bay Area. What follows are a few ideas for spending more quality time with mom this weekend.
Mother's Day for Mother Nature
Green String Farm, 3571 Old Adobe Road, Petaluma, CA
Saturday, May 12, 2012 1pm - 5pm
Get domestic and get dirty! Spend the day taking cooking lessons along with workshops on everything from composting to keeping chickens in your back yard. Fresh produce will be available for purchase, hopefully inspiring you and mom to create the perfect Mother's Day brunch together.
For more information visit greenstringfarm.com.
Mother's Day Rose Show
Hall of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, 9th Ave. & Lincoln Way, SF
Sunday, May 13, 2012 12:30pm - 4pm
The Mother's Day Rose show has become a San Francisco tradition over the years and is sure to be a crowd pleaser among moms. Wander over to the botanical gardens and indulge yourself with some incredible eye candy! After 4pm you and mom can hand pick your own roses, courtesy of the San Francisco Rose Society.
For more information visit sfgate.com.
Making Mothers Visible
San Francisco Public Library, Civic Center, 100 Larkin Street
Saturday, May 12, 2012 10am - 3pm
Wanna get all activist with mom? Join the International Museum of Women (IMOW) for the installation of more than 50 large-scale photos of mothers from around the globe. The group is using these events to "call attention to the vital role that mothers play in San Francisco and communities around the world." The all-day event includes art-making classes, face painting and more.
For more information visit IMOW's Facebook page.
MOMS! Sketch Comedy & Improv for Anyone Who's Ever Been or Had a Mother
Dark Room Theatre, 2263 Mission, SF
Saturday & Sunday, May 12 - 13, 2012
The title says it all. Crackpot Crones, a women's theater collective led by Terry Baum and Lilith Compatriot will have you laughing, crying, and praying you didn't turn out like your mother. Forget the flowers, forget the cards, your mom was secretly hoping you'd ditch the routine and show her some fun.
For more information visit voiceplaces.com.
Mother's Day Barbecue
Audubon Canyon Ranch, Stinson Beach
Sunday, May 13, 2012, 11am
Get in touch with your wild side, and explore the great outdoors with mom at the Audubon Canyon Ranch this Sunday. The event is a fundraiser supporting the ranch's education and conservation programs, and features a barbecue, access to the park, which is usually closed to the public and a hike to the heron nest site at the Martin Griffin Preserve.
For more information visit marinaudubon.org.
The San Francisco Gourmet Chocolate Tour
From the SF Waterfront to Union Square
Saturday, May 12, 2012 2pm (times vary, so check in advance)
Indulge mom with a tour of 7 gourmet chocolatiers, but be warned these tours are a little pricey. If you need a little more than dessert, check out Gourmet Walks' other foodie tours, which include Asian Street Food, Gourmet Napa and more.
For more information visit gourmetwalks.com.
Park Street Spring Festival
2447 Santa Clara Ave., Alameda, CA
Saturday & Sunday, May 12 - 13, 2012, 10am – 6pm
If you enjoy your traditional brunching and lunching with mom, put a little spin on things and peruse the 150+ vendors at this year's Park Street Festival. Featuring an array of booths that offer anything from food and wine to finding that unique gift you've been searching for. If nothing else, soak up the sun while listening to one of the many bands set to perform.
For more information visit shopparkstreet.com.
How Weird Street FairHoward Street (at 2nd Street), SF
May 13, 2012, Noon - 8pm
Just get plain weird with mom! If your mom is up for something a little different, maybe venture over to Howard Street and check out bands, performance and more celebrating a day of peace (supposedly predicted by the ancient Maya...) So, there's that.
For more information visit howeird.org.