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Fun Mothers Day Ideas


There's nothing you wouldn't do for your mom, right? So this year at least make her day enjoyable! Here are some great ideas...


Chef Mom:
Create culinary magic with Mom at a food class in Balboa Park. Learn (and taste) all the secrets from San Diego chefs, and have a blast doing it.


Theater Mom:
With Mom, it's all about the drama ... or the comedy. Share the pleasure of someone else's problems with some live theater. The Old Globe's got George Bernard Shaw's comedy "Misalliance," and Cygnet's running the beauty contest spoof "Pageant." If you're buying tickets for the future, Broadway/San Diego's staging "Evita," or check out the lineup for La Jolla Playhouse.


Festive Mom:
Enjoy a spot of tea at the Westgate Hotel's elegant Mother-Daughter Tea or with decadent dessert around town. Don't slurp, and remember to use the sugar tongs. Mom will be so proud of you. And if brunch is more her thing, check out these delicious locations.


Country Mom:
Your mom may not be a coal miner's daughter, but she's probably seen her share of grief. Take her to see a true country mama, Loretta Lynn, appearing at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, on Mother's Day. Add on the pre-show brunch for an extra nod to her greatness.


Sports Mom:
Have you seen Mom more excited than when the Padres take the field? Spring Padres tickets on the ol' gal. The Pads play a daytime away game against St. Louis on Mother's Day, but you can still root, root, root for 'em from your perch at a local sports bar.


Musical Mom:
Regardless of the presets your mama's got going in her car stereo, there's probably a concert for her. Perhaps she'd like to slip back into those Southern fried rock days with Lynyrd Skynyrd at Embarcadero Marina Park? Or would she rather bring on the funk with former Flecktone Victor Wooten at the Belly Up? Or maybe she's a hip, edgy mom with a thing for bald guys in glasses, in which case she'll dig Moby at 4th & B.


Garden Mom:
Take Mom on a tour of San Diego's best gardens, including the Botanical Gardens at the Zoo and Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens in North County. Check out the Four Seasons Aviara's gardens and finish up with tea, during the resort's Garden Tour & Tea. Though Balboa Park's annual Buds 'n' Blooms festival isn't happening this year, the museum's homage to living art continues.


Classical Mom:
You've had to endure classical music for all these years. Maybe she's trying to tell you something. Toast your favorite diva at San Diego Opera's "La Bohème." Or catch the final 2005 concert of Mainly Mozart's Spotlight Series. For young families, take Mom to the San Diego Symphony for its final Family Festival concert of the season, "Magic at the Symphony."


Surf Mom:
Help Mom recapture the carefree summer days of youth with a private surfing lesson or weekend clinic at La Jolla Shores' Surf Diva. Mom can learn how to catch a wave while getting in touch with her inner diva at this all-girls surf school.


Nature Mom:
Spend some quiet time at the shore with Mommy Dearest, wading through the tidepools in Cabrillo, Ocean Beach and La Jolla. Or take a sunset hike and catch some of San Diego's most stunning vistas.


Marathon Mom:
Help Mom keep that youthful figure and help a worthy cause by lacing up for the 2005 Union-Tribune Race for Literacy. The 8K race winds through Balboa Park May 8.


Spa Mom:
Nothing says "I love you" like some serious pampering. Treat your mom to a Coastal Sage Scrub at the Lodge at Torrey Pines. Sure, it'll set you back a few, but you'll both feel like a million bucks.


Nightlife Mom:
Take her to one of San Diego's newest hotspots. If she loves easygoing French style, try Cafe Chloe for a glass of wine and a plate of sinfully rich Chuao chocolates. For moms who love upscale glamor, try Altitude on the 22nd floor of the Gaslamp Marriott. Lounging on this rooftop bar above the city and Petco Park, she's sure to feel high with love.


Shopping Mom:
Take your Mama-san on a Japanese adventure at the Mitsuwa Marketplace, where you can pick up everything from seaweed to Sanrio. Get her some cool kicks at Mint, peruse chic Jonathan Adler pieces at Cathedral Home or pick up an affordable bottle (or two) of vino at Wine Steals.


"Seabiscuit" Mom:
Take Mom to check out the final weekend of the National Horse Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. She'll marvel at the acrobatic feats performed by the equines during Hunter/Jumper week.


Crafty Mom:
Show your mom that cherishing domestic skills isn't a step back for feminism with a knitting class at Little Italy's adorable Nest boutique. (Classes take place the first Saturday of each month.) Before you know it, she'll be crafting the hippest beanies in town.


Art Mom:
Strike a contemporary pose during the Richard Allen Morris retrospective at downtown's Museum of Contemporary Art, or get tickets for a final performance of the Old Globe's "Vincent in Brixton," a play about the early years of artist Vincent van Gogh. Get lost in Latin American portraiture during "Retratos," or smell the roses (alongside the art) during "Art Alive," both at San Diego Museum of Art. Make reservations for lunch at The Prado, just across the street.


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