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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mother's Day Ideas for San Francisco Bay Area 2010

If you're looking for Bay Area Mother's Day ideas for 2011, click here.

Trying to figure out what to do this Mother's Day? Ideas to give your spouse? Ideas for you? For your mom? For your daughter? Here are some fun happenings to consider!

See the movie Babies – even my husband thinks this looks like a great movie. It opens Mother’s Day weekend (Friday, May 7th), and features four babies from around the world (including San Francisco) for their first year of life. Watch the trailer here - the movie is beautifully shot. In the Bay Area, it's playing in Alameda, Albany, Campbell, Cupertino, Dublin, Emeryville, Mountain View, Redwood City, San Francisco (four locations), San Jose and Union City. Find the full list of theaters showing Babies here.

Three hour tour – let Mom try olive oils, chocolates, coffee and more on a three hour San Francisco food tour through Local Tastes of the City Tours. Cost: $59.

Mother’s Day Brunch Cruise – cruise the bay with Commodore Events, from 1-4 p.m. on Mother’s Day. This brunch cruise leaves out of Alameda and includes everything but the drinks. Cost is $75/adult, half price for kids age 3-11. Or try Hornblower, which has a 2-hour brunch cruise (includes champagne) and a dinner dance cruise. The brunch cruise is $81/adult (half price for kids). They offer a choice of ports.

Mother’s Day Cooking Class – I like to get out of the kitchen on Mother’s Day, but it is fun to cook new things with someone else cleaning up! Try this cooking class at the Ferry Plaza from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. It includes mimosas and you’ll eat your work (brunch!). Cost is $75.

Run a race! The Marina 5-K in San Francisco lets Mom get hot and sweaty, starting at 9 a.m.

See Peter Pan in San Francisco – shows at 1 & 5 p.m. With puppets, music and flying scenes, this Peter Pan show is supposed to be like none other. It’s not recommended for kids under age 5, and the show is 2 hours and 20 minutes (including intermission), so keep that in mind if bringing the kids. The show is across from the Ferry Plaza. Tickets are $45-125.

Prepare meals for Mom – it doesn’t have to be hard if you use Dream Dinners. The Belmont (peninsula)location is hosting 30 minute meal prep sessions on Saturday, May 8th for dads and kids (or any kid/adult combo). You’ll prep meals that are easy to cook later – like Hershey’s Cocoa Chili-Rubbed Chicken with Ranch Sauce, Apricot Glazed Pork Chops with Corn Cakes, Sweet Cider BBQ Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries or Buffalo ranch Chicken. Vegetarian options available, and all meals include side dish, dessert & gift bag. Cost: $30 for 3 serving package (or $40/6 serving package). From personal experience, Dream Dinners are really good and putting them together is fun! RSVP by calling (650) 595-4545, or email

Jewish Contemporary Museum - free admission for moms! So go by yourself, or bring the kids. there's a free 3-D card making activity for kids from 1-3 p.m. Kid 18 and under get in free everyday.

The Asian Art Museum has its Spring Family Festival: Stories from my Popo's Attic on Sunday from 10:30-4:00. Kid-friendly tour, music, dancing and more. Free with admission.

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