Mums The Word: 25 Ways To Celebrate Mother’s Day

Moms know just what everyone wants. From favorite playspace to tastiest nosh, she can pick the perfect present & activity for each and every family member. But what does Mom want? One of these 25 outings – whether tasty, sporty, crafty or indulgent – will definitely hit the spot.

boy with flowers

Tea at the Top – What about and elegant, swellegant tea with a view on the tippy top of the Ritz downtown? And if you’re feeling extra ritzy, you can turn it into a whole day of pampering with the “Royal-Tea” package that includes a massage and mani-pedi.

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.

At the Old Ball Game – If you like your adventures all-American, hit Dodgers stadium when the boys in blue take on the Giants. They’re giving away clutches and planning a post-game walk around the park, just for Moms.

dodgersThrow 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).

Memories… Misty Watercolored Memories – Purple Twig is hosting a ‘make it for mom party’ where kids can make a message spool, wound tight with a poem, love letter or long drawing. Cost? Priceless.

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.


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.

Handmade for Mommy – 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 watch while they craft a gift for you.

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 ‘Wenches Weekend’ with wine tastings and Mommy Mimosas. So see a joust, gnaw on a leg o ‘mutton and have a day you’ll never forget.


A Garden of Earthly Delights – A new exhibit at the Fowler Museum takes a look at how the earth matters and at this afternoon with and for mom the whole family can make gifts, sample teas and hear music inspired by nature.

Hello, Kitty – Cats have been inspiring art since the dawn of time, and mama cat and her kittens can all come see and make some feline inspired art today at the Family Sunday art program at LACMA. Make an arty day of it exploring the galleries and relaxing with lunch at Ray’s or Stark Bar.

See Mama Bear and Her Cubs – Sometimes you feel like a fierce Mama Bear when it comes to your kids. See how a real bear takes care of her cubs in this Disneynature movie with live animals on stage in the preshow.

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.


Blowouts for Two (or More!) – From beautiful braids to bouncy blowouts, we’ve put together a list of LA’s hippest blow dry and braid bars where you and your pint-sized princesses can get spiffy together.

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.

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. 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!)

huntington chinese

Meet the Alpacas – Take your family to meet an Alpaca family for an afternoon of animals and nature.

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.

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.

All She Wants to Do Is Dance – The day before Mom’s day, hit this Silverlake party where the whole family can dance together.

Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner

Head Over the Bounding Main – Join the ship’s crew in raising the sails and steering the vessel or simply sit back and relax as you sail past the beautiful scenery of the Southern California coast, nibbling on a scrumptious brunch.

Monster Moms – Sure, they call you that sometimes, but they don’t mean it… In this workshop at the Hammer, kids get into the heads and hearts of monsters and then create Mother’s Day cards from a young monster’s point of view.

Get Back to Nature – The whole family can explore nature together when you try out one of our favorite hikes. We love these that lead to waterfalls, or these that are super for strollers.

Monrovia waterfall

Get Crafty With It – Would you like flowers that won’t wither? The Craft and Folk Art Museum is hosting a workshop where you can spend the afternoon crafting paper flowers into a beautiful, long lasting bouquet.

All Moms Are Magic Enjoy being entertained by this show that features optical illusions, levitation, mindreading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired escape. It’s nowhere near as impressive as getting dinner on the table 7 nights a week or finding the only socks in the world that don’t itch, but it’s pretty darn amazing.

-Meghan Rose

Need more Mother’s Day ideas?
Check our calendar for events on Mother’s Day.
Cupcakes!  Just for Mother’s Day.
Getaway from it all at one of these local spa destinations.

What are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day?

Photos courtesy of Pedro Reyna via flickr, Mad Peruvian Media via flickr, Meghan Rose, website, Assembly Salon, Dominus Vobiscum via Creative Commons and Jennifer Wolfe.