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Mother's Day 2024

Colorful paper flowers laid out on a table
Mother's Day 2024

Happy Mother’s Day! All mothers—and especially mamás latinas—are invited to celebrate this special holiday with their families at the Exploratorium. To honor this day, we offer bilingual programming for moms y toda la familia. Enjoy fabulous performances of folklórico dances and a mariachi concert serenading mothers. Make paper flowers as a gift, and learn all about the “mother food” of the Americas, maize. Pay what you wish for a day of fun at the Exploratorium!

Please note: Pay what you wish on Community Days, when museum entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry is subject to capacity; admission is not guaranteed. Daytime Member & Donor Hours (Sundays, 10:00 a.m.–noon) will not be available this day.

Wisdom of Mothers
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Doña María Ávila Vera

Sit down with your friends and family, bring a question, or just listen to stories from elder Doña María Ávila Vera (in Spanish or Yucatec Maya). This community space is for sharing stories and words of love with the mothers in your life.

Science in Community
2:00 p.m.
Bechtel Gallery 3
With Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer

Coming Home is a short documentary following Dr. Mónica Feliú-Mójer as she returns to Puerto Rico to serve as the emcee of the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The film showcases her upbringing in a rural working class community and how it instilled values of equity, justice, solidarity, and collective care that drive her science communication and engagement work today.

Following the screening, Dr. Feliú-Mójer will be present for a Q&A along with Laura Zander, Chief Financial Officer at the Exploratorium.

Mónica is a bilingual science communicator who taps into her science PhD training, personal background, and culture (a woman from a rural working class community in Puerto Rico) to engage historically underserved and overlooked audiences with science. As Director of Inclusive Science Communication for the Science Communication Lab, she produces short films that challenge deficit narratives about scientists of color and from marginalized backgrounds, creating courses to support the professional development of scientists.

Laura Zander has worked at the Exploratorium since 2007 and is enthusiastic about our mission: inspiring the next generation of science learners across language and culture.

The Colors of My Zapotec Roots
12–3:00 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Pastora Gutierrez Reyes and Silvia Gutierrez Reyes

In our fields, accompanied by birdsong, our weaving hands collect the fruits, mosses, insects, and plants that give color to our universe. In harmony with nature, we ask permission from Mother Earth to create a sisterly bond with the plants that color and also heal. We ferment the pigments in spring water to obtain the varied tones that give life to our textiles. We honor the blood of our ancestors with the carmine red that comes from the cochineal. For blues, we crush plants and grind indigo, and with fruit juices we create colors never imagined. We are proud of our ability to do pre-colonial chemistry—a Zapotec heritage—and everything happens at its own pace. We are attuned to the cosmos and the cycles of the moon, the Sun, and the Earth. Our feet dance with the pedals of our loom and we bring natural dyes to our rugs, and our hearts.

Traditional Dance
3:30 p.m.
Gordon and Betty Moore Gallery 4: Living Systems
With Comunidad Maya Yucateca 

Comunidad Maya Yucateca brings the traditional music and dance of the Maya people of the Yucatan Peninsula, known as Jarana. This genre of music and dance is widely practiced during civic, religious, and ceremonial celebrations in the small villages and towns across the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition to the performances of a sample of the most common tunes and steps, our group will share about the tradition, its history, and about our dresses and costumes. 

Making Paper Flowers
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
With Irma Ortiz

Traditionally used as party decorations, Mexican paper flowers are simple to create and charming to receive. All materials are provided. Children are welcome! Limited capacity; first come, first served. Free tickets for this activity are available in the Observatory.

Cacao: From Bean to Bar
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery 6
With Karla McNeil-Rueda 

What are the scientific and cultural contexts of chocolate? What’s the story behind this tempting treat? Join Karla McNeil-Rueda of Cru Chocolate as she shares the “bean to bar” process that turns cacao beans into chocolate bars. Hear about the women-led teams of farmers she works with, and enjoy a taste of atole champurrado, a traditional Mexican hot chocolate and corn drink. Tastings are limited and first come, first served.