Forget Brunch and Manicures for Mom this Weekend – Check Out these 10 Unique Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Sacramento


“Motherhood: All love begins and ends there.”- Robert Browning.

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14. Hopefully you have already made plans to help celebrate that special woman in your life. If not, don’t worry! We have compiled a list of activities and events that are happening around Sacramento this weekend. Whether your mom is adventurous or would rather enjoy a quiet picnic at the park, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Smother her in berries. Visit the annual Berryfest at the Placer County Fairgrounds on May 13 and 14. From 10am-6pm, you and mom can enjoy all things that are berries. Petting zoo, kids fun zone, berry tastings, live music, entertainment and much more!
  2. Get your game on. For the more sporty moms out there, check out the Junior Kings Mother’s Day Clinic. On May 13, you and mom can train like a pro. Learn basketball basics, sharpen your shooting and dribbling skills and make memories with former Sacramento Monarchs players. This event will be held from 9am-12pm at the Sacramento Kings practice facility at 1 Sports parkway. $75-$175.
  3. Picnic in the park. For an activity that won’t break the bank, consider packing up a picnic lunch and visiting one of our local parks. McKinley Park and Southside Park are some of Sacramento’s favorites, especially if you have younger children. If you would like to do something a little more active than strolling through a city park, then check out the Auburn Recreation area and hike along the river to find a good picnic spot.
  4. Tea and crumpets. Put on your fancy hats, gloves and consider having “high tea” at Dash of Panache in Roseville. Enjoy tea sandwiches, scones and sweet treats at the one and only Parisian-themed teahouse in Sacramento. Tea times are 11am and 2pm on Saturday, 2pm and 5pm on Sunday. $29.95.
  5. All Aboard! Jump on the Sacramento River Train on Mother’s Day for a train ride to celebrate mom. Train departs at 12pm and includes a relaxing 2 hour train ride to enjoy the sights of Sacramento and along the river. Mimosas and lunch options are available to purchase. This will be a relaxing trip all moms will enjoy!
  6. Cheer her on. For the ultra-marathoner mom, check out the Mother’s Day All Women Triathlon/ Duathlon and 5k. Swim, bike and run the course at Granite Beach with your mom, and bring along the dads and sons as well. This event may be held on Mother’s Day, but it’s for the whole family.
  7. Take in a live show at Sutter Street Theater on historic Sutter Street in Folsom. Treasure Island begins on May 13 and is part of the family series of live shows at Sutter Street. When you are finished watching Long John Silver and the other pirates, take a stroll and visit the boutiques along Sutter Street. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
  8. Eat, Drink and be creative at Art Bistro in Rocklin. Learn how to paint with your mom and create a memento from this Mother’s Day. This weekend, you can take a glass painting class and make a vase, learn how to paint a daisy, moonlit seascape or a whimsical tree. Unlike other paint night adventures, this location welcomes children ages 8 and older.
  9. Shop for antiques. One of my favorite things to do with my mom is to visit antique stores. If you haven’t been to the Sacramento Antique faire, make sure you take some time out of your day and visit. This faire is an outdoor antiques and collectible marketplace. Held the second Sunday of each month, you can browse 300 vendors from throughout Northern California.  Located at 21st and X streets, you are sure to find a treasure of some sort.
  10. Take it easy! Let her kick back and relax while you grill up some burgers and hot dogs, serve homemade lemonade and enjoy the wonderful Sacramento spring weather we will have this weekend.

Whatever you choose to do for mom this weekend, it’s bound to be a special day she’ll cherish for years to come!

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Local Sacramento Events that Celebrate Mom for Mother’s Day!

Mothers-Day-BouquetBy Heather Crivellone

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~Author Unknown

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and how will you celebrate your favorite moms in your life?  Many choose brunch, breakfast in bed, pedicures and salon days.  I prefer a day out spent enjoying it with those who matter the most – my mom and my kids! Don’t get me wrong, my toes need some serious pampering, I need some serious “soul rejuvenating” and someone else cooking for me – yes please!  But, all in all, the most important thing to me is to spend the day with those whom I love and cherish.

If you are like me and trying to think of the perfect day out with your family, then look no further.  I have compiled a short and sweet list of some great ideas of how you can celebrate those wonderful mothers in your life here in the Sacramento area.

  1. Mother’s Day High Tea at a Dash of Panache.  Join other moms at this 11th annual event in downtown Roseville.  Located at 217 Vernon Street, this Old Fashioned tea parlor will be hosting three different sittings on Mother’s Day.  One at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.  You can enjoy wearing “funny hats” (as my daughter likes to call them) while sipping gourmet teas and nibbling on “fancy” tea sandwiches.  This event is very popular and does sell out, so get your tickets on their website and enjoy an afternoon of class with your loved ones
  2. Sacramento’s most beloved Amusement Park- Funderland will be offering moms free rides all day on Mother’s Day!  If your idea of a “high tea’ isn’t your “cup of tea”, then head out to William Land Park and enjoy the log ride, dragon roller coaster and train rides and more with your kids.
  3. The 17th Annual East Sacramento Garden Tour on May 9 and 10 is always a family favorite.  Benefitting the David Lubin Elementary School, this event is one not to be missed.  Tickets to this event can be purchased on their website and you can tour 7 beautiful and inspiring gardens in Sacramento’s “Fabulous 40’s” neighborhood.  A luncheon will also be served at the Sutter Lawn Tennis Club, along with boutiques and food trucks at the David Lubin School.  The walk through these amazing homes is worth the ticket price and it’s a great event to take a part of with your moms.
  4. Treat mom to a Mother’s Day Sacramento River Cruise.  The boat will set sail from the Old Sacramento L Street Dock and you will enjoy an hour-long ride along the Sacramento River, hearing stories about the history of our beloved city.  Tickets and times can be found on the website.  Tickets are $20 per person.
  5. Spend the afternoon at the California Automobile Museum, where moms get FREE admission and a sparkling mimosa to enjoy while “cruising” through the museum.  Free admission will be from 10am-5pm on Sunday, May 10.
  6. My favorite way to spend the day is enjoying one of our local vineyards.  At Scribner Bend Winery, you can enjoy a special Mother’s Day picnic with delicious artisan sandwiches and gourmet salads while sipping on their award-winning wines.  Cost for the picnic is $10.50 and wine purchase is separate.  Reserve your picnic on their website and enjoy a day out in the vineyard!

These are just a few ideas to keep you and mom going on her special day.  But whatever you choose to do, enjoy each moment with your loved ones!

Weekend Family Fun

Mother's Day Collage

5/10 – 7th Annual National Train Day – To celebrate the seventh annual National Train Day, the California Railroad Museum will offer a spectacular array of eye-catching locomotives along with a variety of hands-on activities, live entertainment, educational booths and a special presentation that collectively demonstrate the past, present and future of railroading.

5/10 – Meet the Machines – Children of all ages have the opportunity to touch, climb on and explore 30 different types of exciting machines and unique vehicles. The event will also feature other activities such as a Segway Polo game, bounce houses, games, face painting, music and food. Just added, Brainy Zoo Toys will let the little ones test out some of their new toys.

5/10 – 5/11 – 23rd Annual Placer County Berry Festival – What makes a happy mom on Mother’s Day? A happy family! Enjoy a pancake breakfast, hosted by local boy scouts, a Kid’s Zone, carnival rides, a petting zoo, a Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, A Strawberry Classic Car Cruise, over 100 arts and craft vendors — and, of course — strawberry eats and treats for all!  The Strawberry Kitchen will host strawberry kitchen demos with Chef Michael Marks all weekend long and the very popular strawberry shortcake eating contest.

5/10 – 5/11 – Marvelous Mother’s Day Weekend – The Sacramento Children’s Museum think moms are simply the best! That’s why they are offering free admission for all moms — just their way of saying ‘thank you!’ for all that you do. They will also have special Mother’s Day activities in the Art Studio.

5/10 – 5/11 – Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees – Buy mom a Sacramento River Cats Mother’s Day brunch package including 1 Senate seat for the Sacramento River Cats vs. Salt Lake Bees at 1:05 p.m.,  and 1 Pregame brunch starting at 11:30 a.m. including scrambled eggs with cheddar cheese, tomatoes, and green onions, smoked bacon and black forest ham steak, home fried potatoes with red onion and fresh herbs, assorted pastries and muffins, sliced seasonal fresh fruit with yogurt, assorted juices, coffee, and hot tea – 1 lucky mother will be chosen to throw out the first pitch!

5/11 – Mission Orangutan Mother’s Day Book & Bake Sale – Buy some delicious palm oil-free baked goods, a good book, and learn about how orangutans are excellent mothers. Purses for Primates will be at the front of the zoo selling gently used purses. All proceeds go to support Orangutan Outreach Missing Orangutan Mothers (MOM), an organization that aids orphaned orangutans in the wild.

5/11 – Amgen Tour of California – The Capital City region will kick-off the Amgen Tour of California once again! There are two chances for spectators to watch the cycling action: Sacramento for the Official Start and in the City of Folsom for the Stage 2 time trial.  Riders from the Sacramento community will have the opportunity to ride a portion of the official Amgen route. The ride will begin at the Amgen starting line at 1:30 p.m. and be approximately 30 minutes.

5/11 – Mother’s Day River Cruise – This Mother’s Day, treat you mom to a narrated, one-hour cruise on the Sacramento River. You’ll learn about Old Sacramento’s most famous sites and hear stories about Sacramento’s history, from John Sutter to the wild first days of the Gold Rush and the Pony Express. This is truly a Mother’s Day gift idea to remember!

Mother’s Day Weekend Activities

sys_symphony_category5/11 – Sacramento Youth Symphony Premier Concerto Concert – Under the direction of Michael Neumann, the Premier Orchestra of the Sacramento Youth Symphony  will perform works including Concerto for Cello by Saint Saens, Concertino for Flute by Chaminade, Finlandia by Sibelius, and Star Wars by Williams. Spring Concerto Concert will feature the winners of the SYS Solo Competition: Killian Kelly, Cellist and Samuel Primack, Flutist.

Stamp-a-rama5/11-5/12 – Mother’s Day Celebration at the Discovery Museum – It’s a special day for Moms at the Discovery Museum; let’s make some beautiful memories. Why not treat Mom to a picnic on the grounds? Take some fun family photos in our Space Quest! exhibit. Children 12 and under can color sweet pictures of animal mothers and babies to give Mom as a souvenir. Remember, your admission also includes a planetarium show at 1pm or 3pm (ages 4 and older) and an animal presentation at Noon or 2pm.

5/11 – East Sacramento Garden Tour – See previous post

berryfest_category5/11-5/12 – BerryFest at the Placer County Fairgrounds – What makes a happy mom on Mother’s Day? Happy kids! And BerryFest on Mother’s Day Weekend is all about the kids. Enjoy the Boy Scouts pancake breakfasts each morning at 8am, a full line up Kids Zone shows, carnival, pony rides, petting zoo and steer rides, the Little Miss Strawberry Pageant, and over 100 arts and crafts vendors

mmdw_use_me_category5/11-5/12 – Marvelous Mother’s Day Weekend at the Sacramento Children’s Museum – During this Mother’s Day weekend, the Sacramento Children’s Museum is offering free admission for mothers as well as card-making activities in the art room, frame making, and a photo booth! The photo booth will be free of charge and allow mothers and their children to take memorable Mother’s Day photos.

under_the_oaks_lindathomas_category5/12 – Mother Nature Walk at the Effie Yeaw Nature Center – If you are looking for something to do with Mom or just a Mother Nature lover then join a naturalist for a hike! See some wild mothers in action and spend some time with Mother Nature this Mother’s Day.

funderland_category5/12 – Mother’s Day at Funderland – Spend Mother’s Day enjoying all of the thrills at Funderland. For this special holiday, moms get to ride for free!

5/12 – CycloFemme – Welcoming all women and women-supporters. Come celebrate Mother’s Day and ride to encourage women to ride and change the world! Tiny Helmet Big Bikes rides to honor the past, celebrate the present, and empower the future of women in cycling.  Join for a casual ride starting under the Guy West Bridge on the American River Parkway. The group will stop for a break at William B. Pond. You can meet up there if you’d enjoy a shorter route. End your ride at the Sunflower Drive-In in Fair Oaks for more fun and celebration.

Weekend Family Fun For May 11-13th

It’s Mother’s Day weekend and there is a lot going on – not only for mom, but for the whole family.  Click here for a fantastic list of events and activities (from Sacramento365.com)…and I have added a few more, below.  Happy Mother’s Day to all you fabulous moms out there, have a wonderful weekend!

5/12  National Train Day at the California State Railroad Museum – National Train Day is a celebration of American railroading, trains, and train travel in cities all across the country.

Two visually exciting 1950s-era vintage streamlined diesel locomotives from the California State Railroad Museum’s prized collection–Southern Pacific 6051 and Western Pacific 913–will be on a special back-to-back configuration pulling the open-air gondolas and first class El Dorado observation lounge car on National Train Day.

5/12  Scouts at the Fort at Sutter’s Fort – Initially developed by a dedicated 10-year old docent at Sutter’s Fort SHP who is also an active Girl Scout, the specially designed program includes hands-on crafts and activities such as toy making, daily chores and cooking activities, and period-appropriate games that engage juniors in understanding the life of a young pioneer living in 1846 at Sutter’s Fort.

Although initially designed to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout badge, “Scouts at the Fort” is an outstanding learning opportunity that can be tailored for all youth groups (for kids ages eight and older) who are interested in expanding their knowledge of California history in a fun, unique, and interactive way. Even when “Scouts at the Fort” activities are underway, the Fort is still open to the community as usual.

5/12  3rd Annual Natomas Duck Pluck Festival at Natomas Charter School – Over 40 booths, including food vendors, carnival-like games, arts, sports and education activities, will serve the interest of all ages and all family members. The culminating event of the day will be the Duck Pluck itself, which gives participants a chance to win $10,000.

5/12-13  Nikon’s Small World at the Discovery Museum – It really is a small world after all! Visit the Museum this weekend for the opening of a beautiful photographic exhibit of some very small subject matter. The Small World microphotography exhibit is on a national tour and this is its only California appearance. To add to the fun, a microscope lab is available for visitors; older kids (and adults) can have fun with the pond water lab; youngsters can enjoy stereoscopes and magnifying glasses. A great opportunity for students of all ages.

5/13  Velveteen Rabbit at the Mondavi Center – A beloved tradition returns to the Mondavi Center. ODC/Dance, one of the Bay Area’s most exciting and acclaimed contemporary dance companies, enlivens Margery Williams’s classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told though music, dance, and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters, and the perfect amount of childhood whimsy!

May Library Round-Up

May is a busy month at our Sacramento Public Libraries!  There is the celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month and Cinco de Mayo/dia de los ninos.  There are things to make and do for Mother’s Dayas well as many more fun and educational activities for kids, teens and families.  Click here to find out what’s happening at your nearest library.  

5/2  Mother’s Day Crafts Family Program – Create beautiful Mother’s Day crafts and cards with ArtWorks!  Elk Grove.

5/2   Origami & Kirigami School Age Program – Celebrate Asian/Pacific Heritage month with the traditional paper crafts of origami (paper folding) and kirigami (paper cutting). We’ll provide the supplies and a demo of each style; you can use your imagination to create your own works of art!  North Sacramento/Hagginwood, 4-5:45pm.

5/3  Music Around the World –  Special Program – Celebrate El Dia de Los Ninos. Make and play musical instruments such as drums and guitars. Kids will receive free books!  North Highlands, 4-5pm.

5/3  Feathers, Fetishes and other things Teen Program – Every culture creates beautiful adornments to wear. Explore jewelry making from various continents.   A Dia de los Ninos event at Del Paso, 4-5:15pm.

5/5   Huichol Yarn Art – School-Age Program – Huichol yarn paintings originated in north central Mexico, and the artistic expressions continue today. Join us for this fun activity, and take home a beautiful piece of art. Children will also take home a free book for keepsies. This program is part of Sacramento Public Library’s Dia de los Ninos.  Ella McClatchy, 12-3pm.

5/10  Book Bingo – School-Age Program – Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library! Our Bingo game will feature books and book characters. The first person to complete a row wins. BINGO!!!  North Natomas, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/10  Mother’s Day Crafts School-Age Program – Make a lovely gift basket for the first lady in your life.  McKinley, 3-4pm.

5/12  Asian Pacific Heritage Month Special Program – The Elk Grove Chinese Association will present Chinese dances for this special program. Everyone is invited to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage at this program.  Valley Hi, 2-3pm.

5/18  Mask Making CrafternoonSchool-Age Program – Join us to create and decorate storytelling masks.  South Natomas, 4-5pm.

5/24  Mae Lin and the Magic Brush School-Age Program – The Puppet Company brings to life the Chinese tale “Mae Lin & the Magic Brush”, the story of a girl whose magic brush can make anything that she paints come to life. Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month at a show with a traditional dragon dance, authentic Chinese music, and lots of surprises!  Rancho Cordova, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/24  American Red Cross Disaster Party – Family Program – It’s a Disaster Party and You’re Invited! Join the American Red Cross for an upbeat afternoon of quirky disaster-themed games, activities, and snacks to verse yourself and your family in three simple steps to be Red Cross Ready!  Robbie Waters Pocket-Greenhaven, 3:30-4:30pm.

5/26  Garden Tea PartyFamily Program – Wear your fanciest sunhat; it’s garden tea party time! We will be sharing tea and treats outdoors, if the weather permits.  North Sacramento-Hagginwood, 12-1:45pm.

*For more Sacramento Public Library events, click here.