Happy Mother’s Day! Forget Christmas, Thanksgiving or the 4th of July—this weekend’s holiday is the big one because it’s the only day of the year that is all about Mom. Celebrate family with music, play, festivals, firetrucks (ok, maybe not Mom’s favorite thing, but she loves to see her kids happy!) and ice cream (which is totally one of her favorite things).

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African Dance and Drum With Kùlú Mèlé
See and hear dance and music of Africa in an Afro-Cuba show that incorporates elements of international Hip-Hop and audience participation. Don’t forget to take part in arts & crafts before the show. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Meaningful May Family Day
May is a month of many celebrations: commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and the final month of JANM’s Hello Kitty exhibit.  Make Mother’s Day cards and flower arrangements, Hello Kitty crafts, see dance and music performances and take part in the photobooth fun. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Free Day at the Zimmer
To celebrate Moms, they have a fabulous gift option—a free day for the family at the Zimmer.  Kids, bring mom in to play and enjoy a special concert with Birdie’s Playhouse at 3 p.m. Sun., noon.-5 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. Ages 1-8. Event details.

Fire Service Appreciation Day Pancake Breakfast
Fire Service Day is the perfect day to visit your local station to meet and thank all your local heroes.  Or visit our favorite pancake breakfast of the year at the LAFD Historical Society, where little firefighters can see the vintage trucks. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-noon. Hollywood. $3-$5. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Family Bird Walk
Find the birdies!  Bring your binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and join an experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends. Sat., 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Arcadia. Free. All ages. Event details.

Brunch or Tea at the Huntington
Tea or brunch are both typical Mother’s Day celebration offerings and today the Huntington Gardens offers both in one of the prettiest settings in town. Choose from an elegant tea in the Rose Garden Tea Room or a 4 course elegant brunch. Mom will love either. Sun., Seatings at various times. San Marino. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.


Santa Monica Festival
The festival celebrates the culture and diversity of this cool beach city by putting the spotlight on sustainable living with family-friendly activities and performances. Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Sweet Rose Scoops & Tour
Get the inside scoop on how chef Yoshikawa dreams up her farmers’ market-inspired ice cream flavors. See the ice cream-making process from start to finish with a private kitchen tour and end the morning with a free frozen treat. Sat., 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Pippi & The Pirates
When the world’s strongest girl, Pippi Longstocking, and her father set sail on the seven seas you end up with an interactive, sea-fairing pirate adventure like no-other that’s a great introduction to theater for even the squirmiest tot. Sat. & Sun., noon.-1 p.m. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3-9. Event details.

South Bay

Feel Good Festival
This festival is bound to make you feel good, since it’s packed with yoga & belly dancing in the park, live music, food and arts & crafts. Sat., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Tongva Bracelet Making
Celebrate nature and local culture together when you make a Native American word animal bracelet with a Tongva artist. Sun., 10 a.m. &1 p.m. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Still need more thoughts on what Mom might like best? We came up with 25 awesome Mom & Me activities that will please the whole family and every kind of Mom. How are you celebrating?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Sweet Rose Ice Cream eaters by Jolie Loeb and Kids with geese at the Arboretum by Meghan Rose