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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Mother's Day Ideas for the Bay Area

For my first and second Mother's Day, I asked to be left alone so I could go to the library and read. I felt a little guilty, but since I spent every other day with my kid/s, I just wanted to be alone.

Whether or not you want to be alone this Mother's Day, here are some ideas to keep you (and maybe your family, maybe not) busy.

**Win a family 4-pack of tickets to the Mary Poppins musical**

Head to the Conservatory of Flowers for the Plantosaurus Rex and Prehistoric Plants exhibit at Golden Gate Park

Check out the pop-up large scale photography exhibit by the International Museum of Women about Making Mothers Visible. It will be at the San Francisco Public Library main building on Saturday, May 12. Installation starts at 10, and opening remarks and community celebration is at 2.

Spend Mother's Day in Oakland at Jack London Square. Activities include a family cycling festival, family bike ride, farmer's market, kayak/canoe tour of the Oakland estuary (fee), brunch, sailing lessons or boat expeditions (fee).

Attend a SCRAP workshop with or without your child, from 1-4 on May 12 ($25 fee, just reduced from $40). You'll make flowers from a variety of materials that you can display or wear on clothing.

Singalong with the movie at the Retrodome in San Jose. Showtimes are Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Take a mini retreat in San Francisco with the Delight for the Soul program, where you'll spend 2.5 hours (2:30-5) doing yoga/meditation, getting a mini massage, doing guided journaling and participating in a discussion, doing stone painting, having dinner (Kara's Cupcakes and champagne included) and more. It's in the Richmond district and costs $120.

Jump on trampolines at Sky High Sports. Moms jump for free on Mother's Day, at the Concord (1631 Challenge Drive) and Santa Clara (2880 Meade Avenue) locations.

The first 100 moms to enter the San Francisco Botanic Garden, Japanese Tea Garden and Conservatory of Flowers gets a free flower on Mother's Day.

Here's a list of ideas from last year - some might be happening again.


Uncluttered's gift ideas for Mother's Day

Make a donation in Mom's name (this is what my sister and I do every year). Room to Read, an organization I supported earlier this year in the Passports with Purpose campaign, is offering a matching grant through the end of May. Room to Read promotes girls' education through building classrooms, libraries and paying for school in countries like Cambodia, India and Nepal.

Here are 69 quotations that will make you feel great about being a mom.

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