It’s Mother’s Day, people.  We can’t possibly think about anything else.  It’s the one day a year you can be completely and totally selfish.  But for most moms, what you want the most is anything that brings a grin to the adorable faces of the moppets that call you “Mom”.  So, in addition to special ways of celebrating your day (see those suggestions at the end of the newsletter), here are some other picks for weekend adventures that will delight your kids – because that is the essence of Motherhood.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms out there, from all the Moms (and other people, too!) at Red Tricycle.

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Citywide

Fire Service Day
Not only a treat for budding firefighters, it’s a great idea for the whole family to head over to the fire station to learn fire safety and meet and thank your local heroes.  The second Saturday of May is Fire Service Appreciation Day, so you can head to celebrations at BHFD, RBFD, Burbank FD, the pancake breakfast at the old Hollywood Museum – or just mosey on down to your local station. Sat., Various times. All over the city. Free. All ages.

Downtown

Matheus Poli World Music Concert
The Brazilian composer and his band present a cool concert of Latin Jazz and World Music, featuring songs from around the world. Sat., 2:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Train Day at Union Station
All aboard! It’s National Train Day and you can celebrate in style at Union Station with kids’ activities, interactive and educational exhibits, model train displays and giveaways.  Kids can tour private luxury railcars, freight and commuter trains, too. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Mother’s Day at Dodgers Stadium
All Moms attending the game today are given a Mother’s Day Tote Bag, and after the game Moms and kids can take the field and take a walk around the park. Sun., 1:10 pm. Elysian Park. $10-$160. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City

Tar Pit Sleepover
Have a slumber party with your kiddo at “Camp Goo” at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, and after a night taking a special flashlight tour of the tar pits, having a Museum-wide scavenger hunt, and making sticky crafts, you can wake up on Mother’s Day snuggled next to your little one.  Sat.-Sun., 6:00 pm – 9:00 am. Miracle Mile. $55. Ages 5+. Event details.

Westside

Scarpetta Mother’s Day Brunch
Ok, we had to sneak in one indulgent Mother’s Day pick, and this is it.  Delicious, indulgent and relaxing, because dining al fresco means you can watch the kids frolic in the adjacent park while you relax.  Sigh.  Now this is Mother’s Day. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Beverly Hills. $35-$95. All ages. Event details.

Mother’s Day at the Theatricum Botanicum
This is an uncommon, family-friendly afternoon of awe-inspiring performances like aerialists, fire-breathers, modern dance, juggling and performance art – it’s a unique celebration in a beautiful natural setting that you won’t soon forget. Sun., 2:00 pm. Topanga. $10-$55. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Chrysanthemum Show
Shower mom with beautiful flowers.  Everything is in full bloom at the beautiful Arboretum – spend Mother’s day with the blossoms and the peacocks. Chrysanthemums in particular abound and are ready for you to buy and bring home – much better than a cut bouquet.  Sun., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Arcadia. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

Beaches

Grunion Fish-tival
It’s a special night of fishy fun celebrating the grunion fish! Hatch grunion eggs, learn how to make grunion origami, participate in grunion arts and crafts, touch live tide pool animals and see the many fish and other live animals in the Aquarium. Sat., 7:00 pm. San Pedro. $1-$5. All ages. Event details.

What are your Mom Day plans?  Do tell!  Do you celebrate with your own mom, with your kids, or do you sneak away for me time?

–Meghan Rose

More fun for Mom, in case you need plans, ideas or are even still looking for perfect gifts:
A list of perfect Mother’s Day outings.
Cupcakes to order, just for Mom.
Special local jewelry, just for Mom.
Places to take your princess for a mommy & me mani-pedi.
Plan a getaway from it all at one of these local spa destinations.