mothers day family by the beach in terrace

What to Do for Mother’s Day in Oceanside


By Alana Morgan

Mother’s Day should be special for all moms and mother figures alike…it should also be a relaxing day for the whole family! Less than two hours driving from Los Angeles and only 45 minutes from San Diego, Oceanside offers an easy way to enjoy a Mother’s Day escape. (Don’t want to deal with driving? You can take Metrolink’s Orange County Line following the scenic SoCal coast to Oceanside, or conveniently hop on an Amtrak train from both L.A. and San Diego.)


Once in the seaside town, there are plenty of things to do for Mother’s Day in Oceanside. Even better? They’re all just steps from The Seabird.


Savor a Mother’s Day Brunch


Family together, enjoying a delicious breakfast at The Seabird


First things first, make sure to make a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch. At Piper, an elevated Mother’s Day brunch is available May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Known for its fresh, flavorful dishes drawing from the region’s best small farms and artisanal purveyors, Piper’s Mother’s Day brunch menu is sure to delight diners of all ages thanks to an array of carefully prepared and made-to-order dishes, including live carving stations, local pastries and baked good, and charcuterie and seafood platters featuring a bounty of SoCal specialities. 


Sound too good to pass up? Book your table here.



Be Pampered With a Spa Day


A girl and a guy at the Sauna enjoying a spa day


A spa day becomes extra soothing with family-focused treatments. At Oceanside’s sophisticated spa, Sunny’s Spa and Beauty Lounge, the expert team of therapists have designed special packages for Mother’s Day, complete with added perks. For a grownup getaway, the Mom and Me Getaway includes your choice of massage or facial, paired with a manicure, pedicure, and lunch credit to enjoy at The Seabird’s pool.


Meanwhile, for those in need of a longer escape, the Soothe Your Soul spa journey includes a vagus nerve meditative massage — using steaming aromatic compresses, gentle neck, body, and cranial techniques along with an essential oil blend of juniper, chamomile, lavender and jojoba to reduce stress while promoting positivity and wellbeing — a deep sea anti-aging facial, manicure, pedicure, and poolside lunch credit.


Spending Mother’s Day on a babymoon? The Family to Be experience allows space for you and your partner to nurture yourselves and your soon-to-be addition with a custom or prenatal massage, express or baby bump facial, and an intimate oceanfront photo session for two.



Make memories at the beach


couple under the umbrella trying not to soak up the sun


Of course, an Oceanside stay wouldn’t be complete without spending time on the iconic stretch of beach. Snag beach towels and loungers from The Beach Rambler, conveniently located on The Strand, for the whole family, then find the perfect spot of sand to stay awhile. Prefer to stay more active? Rent Pedego electric bikes from nearby Mission Pacific and pedal down the Strand. The two-mile-long oceanfront road is popular for cycling with the kids, taking the dog for a walk, or simply strolling to soak up the ocean views.



Sneak in Some Retail Therapy (and Shop for a Cause)


Beautiful store with palm, books and bikinis


In recent years, Oceanside’s shopping scene has leveled up, drawing in a wide selection of independent boutiques and artisans. For surf-inspired goods, vintage collectibles, cool apparel, and eclectic home decor, The Ozone offers a one-stop shop for O’side finds. 


In Oceanside April 30 or May 1? Stop by The Ozone between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. to meet local makers (Ron Robinson of Apothia LA, Paula Rosen of Paula Rosen Jewelry, and Ali Heitz with Kerri Rosenthal) and pick up some special items. A percentage of sales will be donated to TERI, Inc., an Oceanside nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities. (You can also shop The Ozone online and use code “TERI” during checkout to donate.)



Spend Time Together at The Seabird


Family enjoying quality time playing board games


While it’s possible to just spend the day in Oceanside coming from San Diego or L.A., the laidback town deserves more time to discover — and to let yourself fully unwind. Staying overnight at The Seabird provides the perfect base for you and your family to spread out, relax, and spend time together for Mother’s Day (who can say no to playing in or lounging by the pool with Pacific Ocean views?) You can bring your furry family members too!


Book a room for two nights to take advantage of even more perks.






Hi Friends, Please join me in my garden to savor the best of fresh California cuisine. Enjoy hand-crafted pastas, garden-to-table dishes and a selection of wines from around the world, all while dining steps away from the beach! Gather your friends and family to enjoy $100 credit to dine with my “Garden to Glass” package! With Love & Care, Piper