Mother's Day Adventures in Marin and Beyond

April 25, 2017

Point Reyes WildflowersA leisurely Sunday brunch is a Mother's Day tradition for many, and you can find plenty of family-friendly options in Marin here. If your family is the more adventurous type, however, why not check out some of these fun alternatives in Marin and the North Bay. From wineries to museums to hikes to BBQ's, there's plenty of fun to be had by all! Mother's Day is on Sunday, May 14, 2017.

Mother's Day Art in the Park

Saturday, May 13, 11 am–1 pm
McNear's Beach Park, San Rafael
Don’t wait until the last minute; bring your kids out to McNears Beach Park to make something special for mom! Work with rangers to create your own piece of art to give to your mom on Mother's Day. This event is self-paced, and encourages creativity in the beautiful outdoors. All skill levels are welcome and no experience is necessary. Park entrance is waived for participants. For more info, contact Sarah Burkhart at (415) 446-4424 or visit their website.

Flower Crowns for Mothers and Children

Saturday, May 13, 10–11 am
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley

Come make a beautiful floral crown to wear with mom to celebrate Mother's Day. We'll use a variety of greenery and flowers to put together our crowns. A fun and festive way to spend the day! Sip some tea made from flowers while you craft away. Cost: $20 Adult, $20 Child, $18 Member Adult, $18 Member Child, $12 Additional Sibling or Parent Chaperone. Register online, or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing

Mother's Day BikeAbout at the San Francisco Zoo

Sunday, May 14, 8:30–11 am
San Francisco

The mom in your life will love this special Mother’s Day outing! Spend your Sunday morning on a leisurely hour-and-a half-long, docent-led cycling tour through the Zoo, and finish up with relaxing continental breakfast. Bring the whole family along for the fun! Mom will enjoy being in the Zoo ahead of the crowds and watching the animals start their day. Registration includes parking and Zoo admission. Participants must bring a bicycle; the SF Zoo does not provide bicycles to rent. Cost: SFZS $25 per person, non-member $30 per person; children piggy-backing on their parents' bikes are free. For more info, visit their website.

Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast

West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais
Sunday, May 14, 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 Learn more on their website.

Celebrating Mothers at Deer Island

Deer Island, Novato
Sunday, May 14, 10 am–1 pm

In honor of Mother’s Day, we'll focus on the myriad manifestations of motherhood in the natural world. Learn about the strategies that have evolved around the rearing of offspring in the world of birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals, and all of the challenges that mothers face. Remember to bring binoculars, if you have them. This walk is for ages 15 and up. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain may cancel. If questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled. Questions: Contact David Herlocker at (415) 893-9508.

Call of the Sea Family Adventure Sail

Sunday, May 14, 10 am–12:30 pm

Call of the Sea offers a Family Adventure Sail on the schooner Seaward on Mother's Day from 10 am to 12:30 pm. Take in famous San Francisco sights from the water. Sit back and enjoy the trip or pitch in and help sail the schooner. Complimentary coffee, tea, juices, and light snacks will be served. Optional learning stations in San Francisco Bay ecology and seamanship will also be available. $60 adults, $30 youth 6–12, free for children under 6. Learn more online.

Mother's Day Celebration at Safari West

Sunday, May 14, 10 am and 1:30 pm
Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa's Safari West offers Tea Time with Giraffes, a Mother's Day champagne brunch and trek on the Nairobi minibus. Enjoy a brunch at 10 am or 1:30 pm and then trek through the "Sonoma Serengeti". Meet giraffes, cheetahs, birds, monkeys, lemurs, and more. $75 for adults ($42 brunch only), $40 for children ages 4–12 ($18 brunch only). Make reservations and learn more online.

Free Admission for Moms at the Exploratorium

Sunday, May 14, 10 am–5 pm
San Francisco
The Exploratorium offers free admission for all on Mother’s Day from 10 am–5 pm. Note: Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. Group or field trip reservations not accepted; group entry discouraged due to large crowds. Special programs with limited seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Pier 15, Embarcadero at Green Street, San Francisco. For more info, visit their website.

Mother's Day Picnic at Larson Family Winery

Sunday, May 14, 10 am–3 pm

Reserve a picnic table at Larson Family Windery in Sonoma on Mothers Day! Bring your picnic and spend the afternoon at the winery. Moms get a complimentary glass of bubbly. Picnic tables and tasting cost $15 per person for up to 9 people. More information.

Free Admission at Charles Shultz Museum for Moms

Sunday, May 14, 10am–5 pm
Charles Shultz Museum, Santa Rosa
All moms receive free Museum admission on Mother's Day! Location: 2301 Hardies Lane in Santa Rosa. Learn more on their website.

Olompali Mother's Day Bird Walk

Sunday, May 14, 10:30 am
Olompali State Historic Park, Novato

Beginning and experienced birders are invited to view Olompali's diverse avian residents as we walk the old ranch road past the park's reservoir on Mother's Day. Expect to see some migrating species as well as a wide variety of species who thrive in the park's oak savanna and open grasslands:  raptors, warblers, nuthatches, thrushes and—of course—many woodpeckers. Families are welcome! Free; $8 per car parking fee. More information.

Audubon Canyon Ranch Mother's Day BBQ

Sunday, May 14, 11 am–3 pm
Martin Griffin Preserve, near Stinson Beach

Audubon Canyon Ranch offered its Mother's Day BBQ for over 50 years! It takes place at Martin Griffin Preserve near Stinson Beach on Mother's Day from 11 am–3 pm. The menu includes rosemary grilled chicken or vegetarian quiche, green salad, beans, local breads, coffee and tea, and desserts. 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: $30 adults, $10 children under 12. Register online here.

Mother's Day Brunch at Falkirk Mansion

Sunday, May 14, 11 am–3 pm
Falkirk Mansion, San Rafael

Enjoy a scrumptious family brunch that includes, a waffle station, fresh fruit, breakfast bread scramled eggs, yogurt, dessert bar and more. Make it a family affair, and relax at the Mansion. Explore the Marin Open Studio special exhibition featuring five talented and local artists, browse our artisan's market, jump at the children's play zone and more... Cost for brunch: adults $32 per person, children $12 per ticket. Purchase tickets here. Location: 1408 Mission Avenue at E, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.

Spend Mother's Day on Angel Island

Sunday, May 14, all day
Angel Island State Park
Treat mom and the entire family to an outdoor outing on Angel Island! Pack a picnic and make a day of it. The first 200 moms on board the Tiburon–Angel Island ferry will get a pair of free tickets to one of their 2017 Sunset Cruises. Learn more on their website.