She pupped you and nursed you, nuzzled and cleaned you, faithfully taking you to obedience school every day. You know in your heart of hearts a lifetime of Mother’s Day greeting cards and flowers could not fully express the gratitude you feel. So what’s a fully weaned offspring to do?
A perfect Mother’s Day in Balboa Park would be a good place to start. Thanks to its numerous gardens and restaurants, world-class museums and performing arts venues, and miles of walkways through picturesque parkland, planning a Mother’s Day in Balboa Park may feel a bit daunting. To lend you a paw, I’ve come up with the following itinerary that your mother need never know came from a dog who writes a blog:
Champagne Buffet Brunch at the Prado – 10 a.m.
No Mother’s Day is Mother’s Day without a Mother’s Day Champagne Buffet Brunch. While the pancake station, chilled seafood station, dim sum station, carving station, whipped potato martini bar, and chocolate fountain may tempt families to spend the entire day at the Prado Restaurant, please note that brunch service ends at 2:30.
Art Glass Guild Show and Sale at Spanish Village – 12 p.m.
Immediately after brunch would be an ideal time to take a leash-free stroll through the Spanish Village Art Center’s courtyard to view a colorful diversity art glass made by local artists. There will also be live music and glass-making demonstrations in the patio.
Brueghel to Canaletto at The San Diego Museum of Art – 1:00 p.m.
Now’s the time to present her with that million dollar bouquet of flowers, this year in the form of exquisite still life paintings from the Golden Age of European art. Also on view as part of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition are landscapes and other masterpieces of 17th century art.
Mother’s Day Organ Concert – 2:00 p.m.
Each year, the free Sunday organ concerts in Spreckels Organ Pavilion take on a special tone in honor of moms. This is also a great time for mom to rest her feet and show off her favorite hat.
Japanese Friendship Garden – 3:00 p.m.
No Mother’s Day visit to Balboa Park would be complete without sniffing through one of its most iconic gardens. Featuring winding paths, a Zen garden, koi pond, a bonsai exhibit, and other visual treats, the Japanese Friendship Garden presents a relaxing way to wrap up an eventful day.