Happy Mother’s Day to one and all!  There are many ways to celebrate with mom this weekend, from tea to music to a box full of kisses…or perhaps mom would prefer one of the best ways to celebrate: by making the kids happy with trips to visit fire stations, trains, sharks or a family camping (and fishing) trip!

Los Angeles

National Train Day at Union Station
All aboard! It’s National Train Day, and it’s time to celebrate train travel and the ways trains touch the lives of people at our own beautiful Union Station. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All Ages. Event details.

The Kiss Box
The Kiss Box is a sweet love story about the way Mama Bear and Little Bear can share their love while they are apart; and hearing the author read the book aloud will get you and your little ones in a snuggly mood! Sat., 10:30 am. Rancho Park. Free. Ages 3-7. Event details.

Mother-Daughter (or Son!) Indian Tea Party
This Mother’s Day enjoy an Indian Tea Party by making and eating some tasty sweet and savory treats that will tempt every palate. Sun., 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Culver City. $120 for two. Ages 4+. Event details.


Mom’s Day Out
Mom deserves a break this Mother’s Day weekend – how about a chance to drop the kids off where they can take part in the Commons’ Kids’ Club for free, and mom can indulge in a little shopping or relaxing time?  Fri., 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Music for Our Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute
BYO plastic milk jugs, wrenches, kitchenware, and washboards when you come for this Mother’s Day Family Jam! Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kid’s Nature Day: Sharks
Park Rangers will present a nature program (not to mention crafts and activities) on the beach for a fun and educational day that is all about sharks! Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fire Service Day
With fire engine rides, rescue demonstrations, safety activities and gifts for kids, it’s a fun, informative day and a great chance to meet and thank our local heroes. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

Family Campout and Fishing Derby
Bring the whole family out on Mother’s Day weekend to enjoy the serenity and inspiration of nature – and then get a little crazy with games, ice block bowling, arts and crafts, a fishing derby and even a movie in the park. Sat. – Sun., 3:00 pm – 12:00 pm. Manhattan Beach. $30. All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose