Best Mother’s Day Events On The Peninsula

May 10, 2013 5:00 AM
Mother’s Day is the one day of the year to treat mom and thank her for all that she does. Why not take her out and splurge on a special day so she can relax and enjoy time with the family? Local options range from festive meals to gallery tours. Check out this list of five great Peninsula options for making Mother’s Day truly special.

Mother’s Day Brunch At The Village Pub

2967 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 851-9888

A team of former chefs out of San Francisco restaurants opened this Woodside fine dining establishment. They have partnered up with local Santa Cruz Mountains SMIP Ranch, which provides heirloom organic produce to the restaurant. This classy, upscale spot serves up Mediterranean cuisine with a French flair and is best for families with older or best-behaved kids. On Mother’s Day, there will be a special four-course prix fixe menu for $55 per person, drinks not included. For those looking to truly splurge on mom, this is the spot to gift her with some great white tablecloth treatment.

86 Old Canada Road
Woodside, CA 94062
(650) 364-8600

Filoli is an original country estate dating from the early 1900s and is now part of the National Trust for Historical Preservation. The estate includes gardens, a house, a museum and a nature preserve. Mother’s Day weekend coincides with Filoli’s 25th Annual Flower Show, and the estate will be holding a number of events perfect for sharing with mom. Purchase tickets for the Flower Show itself, or choose from the Opening Night Reception, Special Tea Mother’s Day brunch or Lunch on the Tennis Court, complete with live music. Pricing ranges and times vary, but special discounts are available for Filoli members.

Cantor Arts Center Family Sunday
328 Lomita Drive
Stanford, CA 94305
(650) 723-4177

The Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University is holding weekly free Family Sunday events through March of 2016. Bring mom along on Mother’s Day to experience one of these events, and the whole family can enjoy a gallery tour and make and take home art projects. The Arts Center will be conducting special programs each Family Sunday, which may include movie screenings and book readings. After visiting the center, make sure to take mom on a stroll through the adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden.

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Chalet Ticino

1058-C Shell Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 571-0507

Chalet Ticino is a rare Bay Area authentic Swiss-Italian restaurant. To celebrate Mother’s Day, the restaurant will be serving up a special holiday brunch for $14.95 per person, and a multi-course dinner for $28.95 per person. Choose from entree options such as filet mignon or halibut, and dine al fresco on the terrace. Better yet, serve mom breakfast in bed as the Chalet offers both take-out and catering services. The friendly staff and owners can help those unfamiliar with Swiss cuisine select dishes from the regular menu.


1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-7755 

CuriOdyssey, a wildlife and nature center, houses a small science museum, gardens, nature preserve and plenty of local wildlife. Take mom and the little ones here to enjoy the animals and spend some time outdoors. The large nature preserve is home to close to 100 different animals ranging from owls to coyotes and golden eagles to snakes. Pack a lunch for mom to enjoy outdoors on the picnic grounds and make sure to catch the lunchtime bobcat and otter feedings or afternoon wildlife show.

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Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on

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