Marin Mother's Day Weekend Events, May 10, 11 & 12

May 9, 2013

Here are our picks for great events and activities for children and families this Mother's Day weekend. Find more events for the whole week in Marin and beyond in our Family Events Calendar.

Also, make sure you check our our guides to family-friendly Mother's Day brunches. Happy Mother's Day!

Friday, May 10

  • Butterflies & Blooms
    Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
    Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–4 pm

    The popular exhibit returns to San Francisco’s beloved greenhouse, transforming its special exhibits gallery into a a beautiful and intimate cottage garden aflutter with hundreds of butterflies on the wing. Cost: $7 general. $5 youth 12–17 ands seniors and students with ID, $2 children 5–11, children 4 and under free. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 12th Annual Fashion Show, Luncheon & Boutique
    Blackie's Pasture, Tiburon
    Friday, 10 am–3 pm

    Come celebrate Mother's Day weekend! Bring some friends and your mom for a fun day of shopping with a chic group of retailers handpicked for your shopping pleasure. This year's event has 50% new vendors, ensuring you will find some great stuff for yourself or that perfect Mother's Day gift! Then relax, enjoy a delicious lunch while Reed District Moms "Rock The Runway!" Boutique open so the public at 10 am, luncheon at noon, and fashion show at 12:30 pm. Tickets $125 per person. For more info, visit their website.
  • Honk! Presented by Stapleton Theatre Company
    The Playhouse in San Anselmo
    Friday & Saturday, 7:30 pm & Sunday, 2 pm

    Witty and hilarious, but also deeply moving, HONK! is a modern musical based on the Hans Cristian Andersen's tale The Ugly Duckling. It's a treat for all ages, featuring a cast of all ages and directed by Marin theater veteran Bruce Vieira. Musical direction by Judy Wiesen and choreography by Jenny Rand. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Tickets: $20 general, $14 students and seniors. General seating; please arrive early for best seats. Location: 27 Kensington Road, San Anselmo. For more info, visit their website.

Saturday, May 11

  • Marin Human Race 5K Race
    Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon
    Saturday, 7 am–noon

    The Marin Human Race is the largest collaborative fundraiser in our county! Join over 3,000 Marin residents to run, walk, or roll the five-kilometer racecourse at Marin Center Fairgrounds and Lagoon. Enjoy a community fair highlighting local nonprofits and businesses, kids’ races, live music, pancake breakfast, complimentary refreshments, prizes, kids' fair with games and activities, giveaways and more. Location: 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • International Migratory Bird Day for the Family
    Muir Woods National Monument
    Saturday, 8 am–2 pm

    Bring the entire family to Muir Woods for their 14th annual International Migratory Bird Day. This free event is filled with activities and fun for all ages. If ever you were a little curious about our fine feathered friends, this is a great chance to dive in and learn what you can do to help migrating birds. Reservations not required. For more info, visit their website.
  • Beyond the Garden Gate: 17th Annual Ross Garden Tour
    Ross School
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Highlights of this year's tour include a terraced garden lush with rhododendrons and azaleas within antique redwood groves; an expansive yard boasting multiple varieties of cedars and a fountain framed by arches of Coastal Tea Tree; the elegant grounds of one of the oldest properties in Ross, recently re-imagined to suit a young family; and an expertly planted small garden space that is sure to inspire many. Tickets are $40 when purchased in advance online, and $50 when purchased on the day of the event. The ticket price includes parking in the College of Marin lot, shuttle transportation, and admission to all five gardens. Order boxed lunch for $10 here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Halibut Derby at Paradise Park
    Saturday, 9 am–3 pm

    Join rangers for this annual fishing contest! Prizes awarded for biggest and most halibut caught. A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be provided, first-come, first-served, to beginner anglers thanks to the California Department of Fish and Game. Fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. Meet at the fishing pier in Paradise Beach Park in Tiburon, 3450 Paradise Drive. There is a $10 parking fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day at Marin Country Mart Farmers Market
    Larkspur Landing
    Saturday, 9 am–2 pm

    Select from the freshest produce and other artisan products from over 25 local farmers and purveyors. In honor of Mother's Day, there will be cupcake decorating and tea for moms and kids. Here's your chance to create a personal work of art (extra sprinkles, please!). Other fun activities for kids include: crafts, face painting, storytelling, pony rides, petting zoo, and live music. At Poppy store (10:30 am-3 pm), all moms will receive a potted violet in honor of her special day. For more info, visit their website.
  • Living History Day
    Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    All are invited to meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun weaving baskets, creating candles, playing games, and dancing at the Rancho. Adults $3; ages 6–16 $2; 5 and under free. Location: 3325 Adobe Road in Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • 1st Annual Marin Healthy Palooza
    Mill Valley Community Center
    Saturday, 10 am–5 pm

    This educational and entertaining community event is a palooza-themed health and wellness fair and festival featuring speakers, lectures, workshops, natural products and services with fitness demonstrations from health and wellness experts in a fun festival setting. Guest Speakers: Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Elson Haas, Dr. Joshua Coleman, Joanie Greggains, and others. Cost: $15–$45. Location: 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Annual Marin Spring Rose Show
    Northgate Mall, San Rafael
    Saturday, 11 am–4 pm

    The Annual Marin Spring Rose Show will be at Northgate on Saturday. There will be a children’s corner and all blooms will be on sale at 4 pm. Come and pick out some roses for mom! Enter your roses from 7–9:30 am; judging will be held from 10 am–noon. Location: 5800 Northgate Mall in the Macy’s wing. For more info, visit their website.
  • Hip Kids' Music Series: Finding the Rhythm Around Us with Crosspulse
    Bay Area Discovery Museum
    Saturday, 11 am

    Explore the rhythmic possibilities in the world around us. From bells and banjos to body music, boxes and balls, the Crosspulse Rhythm Duo makes music out of anything and everything. Cost: members $5, general $15 (includes museum admission). You can purchase tickets here. For more info, visit their website.
  • Old Mill Creek Origami Boat Race
    Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library
    Saturday, noon–1:30 pm

    Kids and families are invited to attend a paper boat-making workshop with origami master Jeremy Shafer in the Creekside Room from noon–12;45 pm. Boat makers will move outdoors to Old Mill Park to launch their vessels. All ages and families welcome. Wear old clothes and rubber boots—there will be mud! For more info, call Call (415) 389-4292 x4741 for details or visit their website.
  • Sail Camp Open House
    Marin Yacht Club, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–3 pm

    Come try out  boats and learn about summer sailing programs for kids ages 8–16, as well as meet the camp's founder, director, members of the parent committee, and reliable and dedicated counselors. There will also be a BBQ too. Cost: sailing free; BBQ $5–$10. Location: 24 Summit Avenue, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • May Madness Car Parade & Rockin Street Dance
    Fourth Street, San Rafael
    Saturday, noon–6 pm

    May Madness is the longest running car show and parade in Northern California. For the first time, the 26th annual event will showcase all cool vehicles! Spectators will get to view up close the finest rods, customs, classics, eco cars, art cars, motorcycles, utility vehicles and more. The Chevrolet will have a special focus as this year’s featured marque. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the iconic Corvette. Parade starts at 5 pm. For more info, visit their website.
  • The 16th Annual Great Petaluma Chili Cookoff
    Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
    Saturday, 1–5 pm

    40 chili teams, 15 salsa teams, and 14 breweries to sample, indoors and outdoors!! Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chefs in Sonoma County You be the judge, you vote for the best! Chili and salsa $25, kids under 12 $10, under 5 free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate. Location: East Washington and Payran Streets, Behrens Park, Herzog Hall. For more info, visit their website.
  • Charity and the JAMband Free Concert
    Dolores Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, 3:30 pm

    Let's join together on the eve of Mother's Day at this gorgeous new playground in the heart of our city to celebrate community, mothers, families, people, and the earth! Free show, full JAMband. Bring a picnic to enjoy on the lawn. For more info, visit their website.

Sunday, May 12

  • Civic Center Farmers' Market
    Marin Civic Center, San Rafael

    Sunday, 8 am–1 pm
    There's lots of organically grown produce, breads, eggs, and fresh cut flowers, as well as live music, bounce houses, and more. This farmers' market is a great one to take the kids to. It’s located in the main Civic Center parking lot. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast
    West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais
    Sunday, 9 am–1 pm

    Enjoy pancakes, sausage, hot coffee, amazing views, and live music. The cost is only $10 for adults and $5 for children; orange juice and cantelope are available for an additional $1. Guests must hike or mountain bike to the inn; parking is available at Bootjack, Pan Toll, Rock Springs and the East Peak parking lots. For more info, call (415) 388-9955. or visit their website.
  • 50th Annual Mother's Day BBQ at Martin Griffin Preserve
    Stinson Beach

    Sunday, 11 am–3 pm
    The Mother's Day BBQ takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Sunday from 11 am–3 pm. The menu includes barbecued chicken or vegetarian quiche, green salad, home-style beans, local breads, coffee and tea, and ice cream. Wine, beer, and soft drinks are available. Guided nature hikes are offered to those who would like to explore this amazing area with its spring wildflowers, hiking trails, and egret nesting site. Cost: $25 per adult and $12 per child under 12. You can register online here. For more info, visit their website.
  • U-pick and Mother's Day Brunch at Bloomfield Farms
    Sunday, 10 am–2 pm

    in the town of Bloomfield (west of Petaluma) Bloomfield Farms will offer a "pay what you can" Farm Fun Mother's Day Brunch during its weekend u-pick event. Bring the family to pick your own certified organic veggies and enjoy a delicious brunch from guest chef John Lyle. For $30 you can fill a large box with veggies including broccoli, lettuce, kale, artichokes, leeks, and more. RSVP to Location: 12550 Valley Ford Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Mother's Day Open House at Canvas Ranch
    Sunday, 11 am–4 pm

    Bring a blanket and a picnic and come see new baby lambs and goats, shop for farm products, make gifts for mom, and learn about this family farm. $10 adults, $3 kids 12 and under, free for Canvas Ranch CSA members. Location: 755 Tomales Road, Petaluma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Mother's Day Brunch and Lunch at Larsen Family Winery
    Sunday, 9:30 am–4:30 pm

    Enjoy a Mothers Day brunch from 9:30 am–noon and lunch from 1:30–4:30 pm. Brunch features fresh-baked goods from Basque Boulangerie in Sonoma; lunch features Mavericks BBQ. Enjoy live music, a bounce house, and wagon rides through the vineyards. Brunch: $25 adults, $15 kids 12 and under. Lunch: $40 adults, $20 kids. Order advance tickets online. Location: 23355 Millerick Road, Sonoma. For more info, visit their website.
  • Complimentary Sunday Yoga
    lululemon athletica
    Sunday, 10–11 am

    Lululemon athletica believes the practice of yoga offers mind, body, and spirit the opportunity to find balance in motion. They're so passionate about this that weekly they offer the gift of yoga by pushing product aside, unrolling yoga mats and turning their store into a complimentary yoga studio. Class is for all levels. No mat? No worries they have extras! Arrive early to find a spot. Enjoy Mother's Day strawberries and whipped cream afterwards. Location: 1620 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera. For more info, call (415) 927-2891 or visit their website.
  • Marine Science Sundays—Mahalo: Meet the Hawaiian Monk Seal
    The Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito
    Sunday, 10 am–5 pm

    The Hawaiian monk seal is the most endangered seal or sea lion in the United States. This month celebrate Endangered Species Day with Mahalo: Meet the Hawaiian Monk seal in a fun, educational way for both kids and adults. Join in free classroom programs at noon and 2 pm and take a docent-led tour at 11 am, 1 pm, or 3 pm for a truly immersive marine mammal experience. Free. Location: 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • The Hipwaders
    The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco
    Sunday, 11 am

    Listed as one of "25 Best Bands for Kids" by TimeOut New York Kids, The Hipwaders will be performing their quirky, jangle-pop for kids and families. The band has had several top ten songs on Sirius/XM Radio including the #1 songs, Hey, Josie! and Educated Kid. They've won numerous Parents' Choice Awards and National Association of Parent Publication Awards. Free for members and kids under 18. Adults $10 to $12. Location: 736 Mission St., San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.