2011 Mother’s Day Ideas for Silicon Valley Moms

Thinking of taking your mother out for the traditional Mother’s Day Brunch in San Jose this Mother’s Day? Restaurants are often noisy and packed. Wait times for a table (if you forgot to make reservations) are unpleasant, and even if you do have a table reserved, a crowded restaurant often means less than stellar service, and a difficult time having a meaningful conversation.Why not do something different for mom this year?

Here are 5 Mother’s Day ideas for 2011:

Santana Row Mother’s Day Specials
If your mom is known to be a “fashionista”, a day of shopping at San Jose’s premier shopping center, Santana Row, will tickle her fancy. Santana Row merchants are offering several Mother’s Day package specials that include tickets for the June 7, 2011 Broadway San Jose show, Mama Mia.

“Girls Day is only $180, but valued at $325,” according to Bay Area Fashionista

Santana Row
3055 Olin Ave.
San Jose, CA 95128

Mothers Day Celebration with Chelle and Friends
For the mom who likes the great outdoors, taking a picnic to a local park, or beach would be a great gift. If she has young children, Mother’s Day at Hidden Villa may be just the thing. Mom can enjoy some snappy jazz, have a leisurely picnic snack, and enjoy projects with the kids.

Hidden Villa Ranch
26870 Moody Road
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022

Bring a blanket and a picnic snack. Enjoy the music of New Orleans style “Chelle and Friends”. Crafts and face painting also available.

Cost $15 per person
Sunday, May 8
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The San Jose Museum of Art Free Family Day
Perhaps your mom is the creative “artsy” type. If so, take her to one of the bay area local art museums for the day. For moms with children at home, take advantage of a free event offered by the San Jose Museum of Art. It is a full day immersed in creativity–from jazz music to hands-on art experiences.

San Jose Museum of Art
110 South Market Street
San Jose, CA 95113
Free community family day for Mother’s Day. Includes art making activities, immersive in-gallery experiences, and live jazz.

Admission is free.
May 9, 2011
11:00 a.m. ‘” 6:00 p.m.

Mother’s Day Storybook Tea
Some moms all things “girly” like roses, lace and tea cakes. There is something magical about a tea party, no matter how old you are. You can prepare a fancy tea party for mom, or take her to San Jose History Park for an afternoon of childhood delights–a perfect gift especially for moms with little girls.

History San Jose
1650 Senter Road
San Jos©, CA 95112
Phone: 408.287.2290
May 8, 2011

2:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Empire Firehouse in San Jose History Park
$5.00 per family (HSJ members free).
Crafts, tea & cookies, and Rudyard Kipling’s “The Elephant’s Child”.
Hand Car and Trolley Rides- open 11:30 am.

Reservations required- 408.918.1047 or email [email protected]

Japan Town Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast
Do you want to attend a fun free-for-all community event for Mother’s Day? There are many things happening around the bay area to celebrate Mother’s Day that involve entire neighborhoods. If your mom is a fun-loving, more-the-merrier type, take her to a community celebration. One such party this Mother’s Day is the annual Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast in Japan Town.

The San Jose CYS hosting Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Location: San Jose Buddhist Church Annex
640 N. 5th Street
San Jose, CA 95112
May 8, 2011
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

-Tickets sold at the door
Kids (Kinder – 6th Grade): $2.50
Adults (7th Grade – 64 years of age): $5.00
Senior Citizens (over 64 years of age): free!

No matter how you plan to spend the day celebrating with mom, the one gift that all moms love is “the gift of time” with her family. With that gift you can never go wrong.

As a freelance writer, photographer, and longtime resident, Laura Wrede understands that it isn’t just national news that residents in the Silicon Valley want to read. They want to know how these stories affect them. They also want to know what is happening in their own neighborhoods. Wrede offers a local news perspective for her neighbors throughout Santa Clara County.