Here’s to a weekend filled with hugs, kisses and love from your favorite little people. You may also want to fill it with illuminating, active and unique outings like hiking, creating perfumes, rocket launches, silvery fish, music, Shakespeare meets Star Wars, a Tiki Tea and more. Whatever you do, happy Mother’s Day fabulous Mamas, from Red Tricycle!

beach birdwatchphoto: Meghan Rose


Bird Day LA
Man, this city is for the birds. No, we love it, but literally, Saturday is Bird Day and you can celebrate with a series of bird- and nature-themed events throughout LA. Check the event details to find events and locations near you.


Golden Bridge Choir Mother’s Day Concert
“Sing My Soul” is a special concert from the LA-based, all ages community choir specializing in joyful and exuberant harmonies from around the world. You get to join in the singing, too. Sun., 2 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Make A New Friend with Sesame Street Live
Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street in this show that explores friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies. Sat., noon, 3:30 & 7 p.m. Downtown. $15-$100. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Beverly Hills & Mid-City

Mother’s Day Hike
Take an easy hike with mom filled with fun activities for the whole family based on how natural resources were used by early settlers. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Help Make an Anthropological Anthology
Taking inspiration from Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451 to create your part of a group-made book, using writing, drawing and collage. Sun., 1:30-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Twelfth Night, Star Wars Style
See Twelfth Night in a whole new way that really appeals to kids: Star Wars style. Disguising herself as a man, Leia becomes a servant in the household of Count Han Solo who is smitten with Amidala. That Shakespeare was ahead of his time! Fri. & Sat., Various times. Glendora. $10-$12. Ages 7 & up. Event details.


Laurel and Hardy on the Big Screen
Do you like to laugh? These classic shorts and features from Laurel & Hardy are a piece of LA and film history that will delight the whole family. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Santa Monica. $9-$11. All ages. Event details.

MOMentum at the Theatricum
See a whole host of aerial and circus performers, dancers and musicians, modern dance, juggling and performance art, all in a beautiful natural setting. For an extra treat, have brunch here before the show. Sun., 2 p.m. Topanga. $10-$55. All ages. Event details.

Smell Good Scent Lab
Mom smells! Good, that is, when you create a scent together at this drop-in workshop with a perfume maker. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Mother-Daughter Tiki Tea
Go tropical together with Tiki everything: brunch, costumes, music, dancers, history lesson and a fresh flower lei flown in from Hawaii for everyone. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Torrance. $45. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Grunion Run
Spend a night sitting on Southern California’s sandy shore waiting for the “grunion run.” These fish that seem to glow in the dark come up on the beach to spawn in a unique, only-in-LA and oddly thematic (spawning!) Mother’s Day activity. Sun., 8 p.m. San Pedro. $1-$5. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Anne of Green Gables
Oh Anne!  She’s the plucky heroine that’s right up there with Jo March and Hermione, in terms of girls we want our own girls to emulate.  Meet Anne, at this local (and happily inexpensive) production, and then head home to discover the whole wonderful series of books. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $16-$19. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Rocket Launch
This hands-on day is full of activities for all ages and includes a competition where kids will design, build and launch their own rocket that will be launched in a competition. The prize is getting to watch a real rocket launch. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Huntington Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Don’t forget to check our list of events and activities that will make Mom swoon. It includes our favorite teas and brunches all over town, if you need a few comestible celebrating suggestions.

-Meghan Rose