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15 Fabulous Ways to Celebrate Mom’s Day

As the chief bottle washer, sippy cup washer, glass washer, everything washer as well as cook, nurse, psychiatrist, boo-boo kisser, tucker-inner, monster scarer, playmate, chauffeur and best friend, Moms do it all.  So it’s not too much to ask for one perfect day of adoration and celebration and doing exactly what you like with your family.  But, what exactly do you want to do?  We’ve got a host of ideas that will help you plan your ideal day of resting, relaxing, creating, playing eating and mainly having fun with your favorite people on the planet.  Mix and match, pick and choose and have yourself a merry little Mother’s Day.  Happy Day, from all of us at Red Tricycle!


Where to Eat
You’ve got to eat!  Here are 5 suggestions for fun places to fuel up and chow down on your day.

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

Pinkies Up – 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.  Or if you prefer another spot, may we suggest one of our many favorite locations for high tea (with kids) in LA?


Posh Brunching – What about and elegant, swellegant brunch?  These swank spots are perfectly posh, yet delightfully accommodating for the younger set (who still need to remain on best behavior).  Our favorites are Scarpetta (where kids can run off steam in the adjacent garden) and the downtown Ritz-Carlton, where you can gaze across the city.

Dining Among the FlowersDescanso Gardens offers a beautiful brunch all weekend long – perfect for those with an eye for beauty and a serious sweet tooth (the meal ends with a visit to the Sweet Shop which offers a bevy of mini-cupcakes, cake pops, push-pops, macarons and more).


Bottoms Up! – Who are we kidding?  You work hard, all day, every day.  What you really want is to relax with a drink.  And your kids.  So pick your poison: we have uncovered accom-kid-ating places to enjoy a glass of wine, a mug of beer or a frosty margarita with the whole family.


Where to Play
Sometimes what you really want is a nap.  Sometimes you want to play!  (And then nap.)  Pick one of these fabulous places to have some fun, then tell the kids it’s their turn to tuck you in for an early bedtime.

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.  How very upper crust of you, darling.


At the Old Ball Game – If you like your adventures more all-American, hit Dodgers stadium when Kershaw, Kemp and crew take on the Marlins.  They’re giving away tote bags and planning a post-game walk around the park, just for Moms.


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.

Throw Mama on the TrainRelax 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).

Shake Your Groove Thing – You miss those night club nights.  So indulge on the day before Mother’s Day with a night club day at a Baby Loves Disco dance party! Shake that booty with your baby to some real music from real spinning DJs.


Where to Create
The perfect gift might be jewelry.  Or it might be something that your little Picasso makes just for you.  Create a special Keepsake together at one of these crafty events.

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.


Mama’s Got a Whole New Bag – You went from Prada bags to diaper bags, but nothing can make your heart sing like a bag designed by your kiddo, just for you.  The Petersen Museum is hosting a designing day where everyone wins: Dad takes kids to car museum, kids make Mom a gift (and maybe get a treat at Johnny Rockets) and Mom gets an afternoon off (perhaps for a manicure or massage) – and a new bag!

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.

Dress Me Up in Your Love – A new exhibit at the Fowler Museum takes a look at the way generations of mothers shared textile traditions (clothes) with their kids.  (Did you borrow your mom’s go-go boots or bell bottoms?) Then kids can create and decorate a gift for or with mom before an interactive performance by the Zhena Folk Chorus.

Where Do We Go From Here? – East, West and all compass points in between are the focus of 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.


–Meghan Rose

Need more Mother’s Day ideas?
Check our calendar for events on Mother’s Day.
Take your princess for a mommy & me mani-pedi.
Cupcakes!  Just for Mother’s Day.
Get something special this year.
Getaway from it all at one of these local spa destinations.

Photos courtesy of Jon SooHoo via Los Angeles Dodgers, Meghan Rose, Sommy Rhee,, Baby Loves Disco via facebook, and tombothetominator via Creative Commons.

What are you doing to celebrate Mother’s Day?


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