Flowers and a card are lovely, but what your mom really wants this year is some good old QT (quality time) with you (or diamonds, those always work). No need to spend hours ransacking the internet for original ideas on where to take your mom, we love yelp reviews as much as the next Oaklander but save your time by reading this list of activities to celebrate with your favorite momma.

Mother’s Day Grub Spots

What: CAÑA cafe will have food, live music, and bottomless mimosas. Restaurant-goer’s have been known to get up out of their seats and get down with the cuban music.

Where: CAÑA Cuban Parlor & Cafe, 530 Lake Park Avenue

When: May 13, 14 from 10:30 – 3:00 More Info >>


What: Studio Grand’s Chef-In-Residence. A special curated meal created by Chef Aricia which will include dessert and a special elixir. Boleros, Cuban Son, and other tropical music will be played by a new Bay Area band, Bululú.

Where: Studio Grand, 3234 Grand Ave

When: Sunday May 14, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Cost: $50 – $65 (sliding scale)

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What: Annual Mother’s Day Buffet at the Terrace Room. Enjoy all the dishes one should expect out of Brunch while taking in the beautiful veiw of Lake Merritt.

Where: Terrace Room, 1800 Madison St

When: Sunday May 14, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Cost: $60/adult, $30 ages 12 and under, 5 and under are free

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What: Edible Excursions Temescal Tastes Tour will provide you and your mom with tastings from some of Temescal’s greatest eateries. If she’s a foodie, your mom is sure to appreciate these culinary creations!

Where: Temescal (specific location sent after booking)

When: Sunday May 14, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Cost: $107

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What: If you’re ballin’ on a budget, check out Plank where Mother’s eat free on Mother’s Day. If your mom is competitive, make sure grab a bowling lane, play a game of bocce ball, or give her a game card so she can school you in arcade games.

Where: Plank, 98 Broadway

When: Sunday May 14, 11:00am – 12:00am

Cost: Free entree for your mom, if you’re buying an entree for yourself!

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More of our favorite brunch spots:

Camino, Dona Tomas, Boot & Shoe Service, Shakewell, Hopscotch, Portal, Mama’s Royal Cafe, and Chop Bar.


Out of the Box Activities

What: Paint Party! Creating a homemade art project for mom is always special, but you might need help creating that masterpiece. Or why not have mom make her own? Bring your mom to get a professional paint lesson by local artist Mel Bratz.

Where: 520 3rd St, suite 108

When: Sunday May 14, 2 pm

Cost: $35 (all supplies included)

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What: Blue Collar Beer Tour – If your mom is one of your best friends, perhaps she enjoys a cold beer just as much as you do. Show her you care about her interests by taking her on a beer tour. Visit breweries in cities neighborhing Oakland (Alameda and San Leandro).

Where: 906 Washington Street

When: Sunday May 14, 11:30am – 4:00pm

Cost: $89 (includes beer, snacks, gratuity, a ride to and from breweries, and a guide to drop some beer knowledge on your momma).

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What: Once Upon Your Mind is an improv comedy show for the whole family that uses a popular story as a starting point, then encourages audience members to participate in creating an original performance. Great option if you plan to have kids with you on Mother’s Day.

Where: Temescal Arts Center, 511 48th St

When: Sunday May 14, 11:00am

Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for kids

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What: Enchanted Elements: A Magical Circus is another family-friendly event. This performance showcases the talents of the 8-13 year old students taking the Kinetic Arts Youth Circus Training programs. Bring the whole family to be wowed by kids who have more talent in their pinkies than we do in our whole clumsy bodies.

Where: Kinetic Arts Center, 785 7th st

When: Sunday May 14, 2:00pm

Cost: $11 – $40 depending on seats

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What: Don’t have enough money to buy your mom real gold? Come pan for some at the Oakland Museum of California! You’re allowed to keep what you find. Don’t worry, they’ll teach you how to tell the difference between real gold and “fool’s gold”.

Where: Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St

When: Sunday May 14, 1:00pm-4:00pm

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If you’re a mom reading this and you’re thinking “all I want for Mother’s Day is some time to myself”, then take advantage of the Kids Club at the Claremont Hotel by booking yourself a spa service and sending your kids to the drop-in Kids Club.

Written by Felicia Mares

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