Mom can find the only non-itchy socks in the universe. She can scare away monsters and kiss away boo-boos. She’s amazing. So give her a day that’s as unique and special as she is, one that she’ll love whether she’s adventurous, sporty, bookish, a foodie, silly or needs a little TLC. One of these 25 outings is guaranteed to give her the best day ever. Imaginetea1

photo credit: The Langham Hotel

Nothing Says Love Like Chocolate – Don’t you wish you could exist on chocolate alone? Turns out you can, at least for one day at the Chocolate Tea at the Langham Hotel.

Celebrate Under the Big Top – At Circus Vargas you can watch aerialists, acrobats and clowns and get nostalgic for ye olde Americana at a circus that’s animal free.

A Tiled Room with a View – Take a tour of the Adamson House, a spectacular tiled home, on the Malibu coast for Mother’s Day.  The stunning views and sea air are enough, but the fact that you can walk to the pier or Malibu Country Mart for lunch put this outing over the top.

All Moms Are Magic  – Enjoy being entertained by this show that features optical illusions, levitation, mind reading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired escape. It’s nowhere near as impressive as getting dinner on the table 7 nights a week for a family of picky eaters, but it’s pretty darn amazing.


photo credit: Meghan Rose

Calling all Chukkers – Lounge on a blanket with a picnic (we’re partial to fresh squeezed juice and croissants from Maison Giraud, picked up in the Palisades on the way here) and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you at Will Rogers Polo Fields. Players often let the kids on the field between matches to meet the horses and if you bring a kite, the field is a perfect spot to fly one after the match.

Throw Mama on the Train – Relax on a scenic train ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley as you enjoy a lovely Mother’s Day Lunch. Kids love being on a train, you love enforced snuggle time (there’s no place else to go, so they’ll linger on your lap).

Turn Trash to Treasure, Together – Create an up-cycled art project together at one of these amazing spots where they take things that would otherwise land in a landfill and make something useful, beautiful or just create a Mother’s Day memory.

Momentum for Mother’s Day – Spend the day at the Theatricum Botanicum for an uncommon, family-friendly afternoon of performance delights from aerial and circus performers to dancers and musicians to juggling and performance art – it’s a unique celebration in a beautiful natural setting that you won’t soon forget.

Free Play & A Concert for Mommy (and Everyone!) – Play and craft and get in free! On Mother’s Day the Zimmer Children’s Museum will give Mom free admission to come and play with the kids. Explore the museum, then sit back and enjoy a concert with Birdie’s Playhouse.


photo credit: Young Nobility by Gretchen Hampton

Days of Yore – Travel back in time to a complete Renaissance village with pixies, princesses, pirates, kings, knights – and of course – Queens. In honor of Mother’s Day, the Renaissance Pleasure Faire is celebrating ‘Fantasy and Fairies” with Mommy Mimosas and a chance to spread your wings. So see a joust, gnaw on a leg o ‘mutton and have a day you’ll never forget.

Spa It With the Whole Family – At Wi Spa in Koreatown the kids can head to the baths (and saunas) with you. While little ones play and nap with Dad, Mom gets a massage and then the whole family can eat and relax in the JimJilbang room.

Queen For A Day – No payment required, just proof of motherhood (in other words, bring the rugrats) to be feted with mimosas, massages, mini-manis, mini -cupcakes, music, photo booth memories and more in Old Town Pasadena.

Get Back to Nature – The whole family can explore nature together when you try out one of our favorite hikes that are easy for little legs and super for strollers.

 In the Mood For: Sanrio and Japanese Pop

photo credit: Emi Ruzzin

Hello, Kitty – This is the last month of the exhibit Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty, and Mother’s Day weekend is a great time to sneak in your peek. After checking out the cutest exhibit in town, grab sushi or snacks in Little Tokyo.

They Draw Horses, Don’t They – Learn to sketch live horses together and don’t forget your cowboy or cowgirl hats to pose for horse photos. Then stay for a special Mother’s Day brunch at the Autry Museum.

Mommy, Dolly & Me – It’s an outing just for the girls when you hit the American Girl Café for a special Mother’s Day brunch. (update link)

Go Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Popcorn and Milk Duds are calling your name. See a family flick that you’ll all love (not that you didn’t like Home – no, actually, you really didn’t like Home!) when The Wizard of Oz shows in a matinee screening that’s perfect for a post-brunch outing.

photo credit: Karl Johnson

 A Keepsake for All Time – The only gift you really want is keepsakes from these pint-sized golden days. Silhouette artist Karl Johnson will be creating hand cut silhouette portraits at Pottery Barn the day before Mother’s Day. Bring even the squirmiest kids and make sure you get the gift you’ll treasure.

Eat with the Fishes – The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts a decadent brunch, and the price includes admission to the aquarium, so you can stay and play all day.

Dining Among the Flowers – The Huntington Garden Tea Room hosts an afternoon tea every day, so you can celebrate on Mother’s Day or at a less crowded time. There’s also an elegant 4 course brunch for Moms. Either is perfect before a stroll through the Rose Garden and a splash through the Children’s Garden. (There’s a lovely brunch in the garden at Descanso, too!)

Best Little Film Fest in Los Angeles – The lights dim, you relax, and you all start laughing at these short films from around the world. (update link)


photo credit: Abby Batchelder via Creative Commons

Mommy & Me Manis – Since sandal season is around the corner, take your mini-me along for a grown-up outing where you can both treat hands and tootsies to a little shine.

Adventure Time – Put on your adventurer’s hats and hop aboard a ship that’s set to sail to Santa Cruz Island. The trip is narrated with local history, and you can observe sea life along the way. Once there, go ashore for a naturalist-led hike to get an eye full of the diverse coastal habitats and panoramic views.

Handmade for Mom – Kids can make a card for you, while you make a card for your own Mom, MIL, or other special mom in your life. Embellish your card with one-of-a-kind quilling and paper cut-outs at this CraftLab workshop at the CAFAM.

If you need more Mother’s Day ideas, check our calendar for even more events on Mother’s Day. What are you doing to celebrate Mom?

—Meghan Rose

Additional image of mom & baby kiss by Donnie Ray Jones via Creative Commons.