It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not Christmas, it’s Mother’s Day. To honor Mom by doing what she wants all weekend long we’ve rounded up a range of activities that are sure to please, from a concert in the woods to a jazzy picnic, girl power basketball, a Roman holiday and an outing that combines sugar & stilettos. Plus a few things that make all moms happy: outings that delight their kids, like rocket launches, Elmo live and even a BMX freestyle show. Happy Mother’s Day from Red Tricycle!

photo: Meghan Rose


Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music
Make your little ones happy this weekend when they get to see Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends take the stage to share their love of music. Sat. Event details.

See the LA Sparks
Come see the Los Angeles Sparks, LA’s WBNA team, kick off their season with a home game against the Seattle Storm. Sat. Event details.


Jazz Friday Nights at LACMA
Kick the weekend off with a picnic where you lounge on the grass and listen to a fabulous free jazz concert…Bring the kids early to snag great seats and let them play, roll down the hill and explore the tar pits before the concert. The museum is free to all residents after 5 p.m., so you can sneak in to see a little art, too. Fri. Event details.


Mamas Play for Free at the Zimmer
To celebrate Moms, the Zimmer Children’s Museum is letting Moms (and everyone else) in for free to play together and visit the art studio to make something special for the mommies in your life. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Concert at Adams Pack Station
Sundays in the afternoon catch some music up in the woods—it’s a great way to begin or end your hike (the Sturtevant Waterfall hike is nearby, but there are loads of local hikes). Stay for food, ice cream and to meet the goats and pack donkeys! Sun. Event details.


MOMentum at the Theatricum
The performances at this unique celebration in a gorgeous spot in Topanga include aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians, modern dance, juggling and performance art. Sun. Event details.

Roman Holiday at the Getty Villa
Discover ancient Rome as you make a perfume, offer your prayers to Venus, read your future in a sheep’s liver (!), and enjoy a live musical and comedy performance by the Troubadours, all at the gorgeous Villa. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Be a Little Wicked
Step into the merry old land of Oz before Dorothy arrived, when Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West were best friends. Introduce your Broadway babes to show in a one-hour interactive mini-musical that’s appropriate for even the youngest theater goers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Sugar & Stilettos Bake Sale
If mom’s the baker in the house, treat her to a break, some laughs and really yummy sweets (that benefits the Westside Food Bank). Don’t miss the crowning of Mr. Sugar & Stilettos. Sat. Event details.

A Night Out for You That Your Kids Will Adore
Drop your kids off at Zaniac to learn how to bring their creations to life with 3D modeling and printing. Meanwhile, you kick off Mother’s Day weekend with a date night. Fri. Event details.

South Bay

A Bollywood Mother-Daughter Tea
This Bollywood Mother-Daughter Brunch includes amazing Indian food, teas and sweets along with a Bollywood photo booth, henna tattooing, classical Indian dancers, Bollywood dancers and Bollywood music. Sat. Event details.

The BMX Freestyle Team
See some of today’s best action-sports athletes in a nonstop, action packed stunt show. Make your little daredevils happy Saturday, because Sunday is all about Mom. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Rocket Launch Day
This hands-on day includes a competition where attendees can design, build and launch their own rocket and see them launched into the sky. Rockets with the longest “hang time” will be awarded a grand prize of getting to view an actual rocket launch in person. Sat. Event details.

If you’re looking for other Mother’s Day outings, we have a list of the very best things to do for every kind of Mom. We also have some irresistible gift ideas…should you still be shopping!

—Meghan Rose