It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, and that means it’s time to celebrate the moms in your life. And if that happens to mean Y-O-U, all the better! What every mom wants most is to see their kids have fun, and with fire station visits, shows, star-gazing, baseball, puppets & chocolate, this best of this weekend has something for everyone. Happy Mother’s Day, from your friends at Red Tricycle!

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Happy Fire Service Day!
Forget Mother’s Day – your kids’ favorite holiday on the second weekend of May is Fire Service Day. It’s when fire departments all over town open up for tours and safety tips, food and fun. Head to your local fire department to meet your local heroes, or seek out a station with a big celebration. (Our fave is the pancake breakfast at the LAFD Museum in Hollywood.) Event details.


Get Down With the Get Down Boys
We love the Get Down Boys, with their Americana Bluegrass music that gets toes tiny to big tapping along. We love the $5 ticket price and the intimate theatre, too. Sat., 1 p.m. Downtown. $5. All ages. Event details.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame, Er, Museum
Bring out the whole family for baseball-themed fun at the Japanese American National Museum for a definite homerun. There’ll be baseball hat decorating, baseball paper puppets, baseball carnival games and a screening of “The Jackie Robinson Story.” Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.


Make Memories for Mom
Let Purple Twig help the kids (and Dad) make a gift for Mom. Kids will write a poem or love letter and wind it up on a keepsake spool that you’ll treasure forever. Sat., 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. Eagle Rock. $25. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

West Hollywood

Laugh Yourself Silly with Puppet Town
Puppets, music, sketch comedy and silliness with a cast of comedians from iO, Second City, Groundlings, and UCB, along with puppeteers from Broadway’s Avenue Q – this show will give your funny bones a workout. Sat., 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. West Hollywood. $10-$12 adults; kids free. Ages 1-12. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Greg & Steve in Concert
Kick the weekend off with Greg & Steve’s show that educates, motivates & enriches while it entertains. Parent bonus: you get to see a show in the beautiful Mission. Fri., 9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. San Gabriel. $10. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Chocolate Tea
All chocolate, all the time – in other words, the perfect Mother’s Day. The tea is chocolate, the savories are chocolate, the scones are chocolate, the desserts are chocolate and then a chocolate fountain and truffles top it off. Sun., 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Pasadena. $15-$59. All ages. Event details.


The Wind in the Willows
This classic story about friendship follows the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, Toad and their friends. You’ll certainly want to stop at the bookstore on the way home to pick up the original for bedtime reading. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. West LA. $10. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

A Mother’s Day of Earthly Delights
The traditional trappings of Mother’s Day get an earthly spin at this soiree where you can create a perfume, get a warm stone massage, sip natural teas and then dance and sway to a concert featuring the music and dance of West Africa. Sun., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.


See Saturn!
Today is the day of the year that the ringed planet is closest to Earth – so it will also be the brightest. Bring a flashlight and do some star and planet gazing. Sat., 8:30 p.m. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach
BBQ on the Queen
Tangy, spicy, smoky or sweet…Enjoy the tantalizing smells and mouthwatering tastes of some of the best barbecue in the country on the beautiful and historic Queen Mary for a little grillin’ & chillin’. Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Long Beach. $5-$5. All ages. Event details.

What’s your perfect Mother’s Day? If you’re looking for spa getaways (alone time!), or 25 great ways to celebrate (with the kids), we’ve got you covered.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Jolie Loeb and Phillipe Put via flickr.