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15 Things To Do To Celebrate Mother’s Day In and Around Los Angeles

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th. But why limit yourself to celebrating mom/grandma/auntie on just one day? There are lots of fun, unique, super-sweet ways to celebrate Mother’s Day – from Mother’s Day Brunch to fun events – happening all around Los Angeles.

Mother's Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Paint & Sip Tea Party
The Children’s Museum of La Habra
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631

Celebrate moms, grandmas, aunties, and other special ladies in the family at “Mother’s Day Paint & Sip Tea Party” on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Enjoy tea and cookies while painting a beautiful keepsake canvas. This event is recommended for children ages 3 and older. Admission to The Children’s Museum of La Habra is included as well. ($20 per person; call 562-383-4236 for reservations). 

Mother’s Day Celebration
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum hosts a special Mother’s Day Celebration on Saturday, May 11th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. The Museum will be offering many Mommy-and-me activities, as well as games, story time, and art projects. All activities are included in general Museum admission. ($13.75 for each visitor).

Mother’s Day Event
Del Amo Fashion Center
3525 W. Carson St., Torrance, CA 90503

The Del Amo Fashion Center is hosting its Mother’s Day Event on Saturday, May 11th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Enjoy live music, samples, mini-makeovers, massages, and more at this free event. Register online.

Street Food Cinema: The Princess Bride
Griffith Park
4670 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Treat mom to an outdoor screening of The Princess Bride on Saturday, May 11th as part of Street Food Cinema’s movie program. Doors open at 5:30 pm, live music begins at 6:30 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. There will also be food trucks on site. Ticket information is available online. The film runs 1 hour and 38 minutes and is rated PG.

The Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway, Irwindale, CA 91706

Take mom for an outing, not just a meal, and spend the day at The Renaissance Pleasure Faire. This annual event features 13 stages, food, crafts, rides, games, and much, much more all spread out on 20 acres. On Mother’s Day weekend, May 11th and 12th, the theme is “Military Appreciation Weekend” as well as “Heroes and Villains.” The Faire is open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission is $29.95 for adults, children ages 5-12 are $15, and children 4 and younger are free. Admission includes 4 parades, a Joust, living history exhibits, craft demonstrations, and more. 

Momentum Place
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Bring mom and the family to Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum for its annual presentation of Momentum Place. If you’ve never been, “Theatricum Botanicum is a natural outdoor sanctuary for the arts that has been delighting visitors for nearly five decades.” The Mother’s Day performance begins at 2:00 pm, but a pre-show brunch is available for an optional add-on and is served from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Tickets are available online. (General admission is $35 each; children 12 and under are $10. Brunch is $30 per person – all ages). 

Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends: Vogue
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Take mom out dancing on Mother’s Day by participating in Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. On Mother’s Day the theme is “Vogue.” “Celebrate Pride and unleash your inner diva as you learn the basics of Voguing, a stylized dance originating from the black and Latino LGBT community of New York City.” The event takes place from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm, and all ages and dance levels are welcome to participate.

Smorgasburg Los Angeles
777 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90021

Maybe mom is more of an outdoor woman who would much rather prefer to spend the day outside in a more casual setting. Then head to Smorgasburg Los Angeles on Mother’s Day (and each Sunday) from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This open-air food market attracts thousands each weekend and features a hundred local vendors. 

Photo by Jamie courtesy of the LA Zoo

Self-Care Saturday
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

If you don’t mind waiting until the weekend after Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a special “Self-Care Saturday” at the L.A. Zoo on Saturday, May 18th from 8:30 am to 10:00 am. “Rediscover your inner peace with this series of meditation, yoga, and art workshops.” The class uses the Zoo’s unique location as an “ashram, inspiration, and artistic backdrop.” This special event is designed for participants 14 and older. Tickets are $36 each (for non-members) and includes Zoo admission. Reserve your tickets online.

Latin Jazz Festival
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Autry Museum hosts a Latin Jazz Festival on Mother’s Day at 7:00 pm. “Celebrate Mother’s Day while you enjoy and dance to live music from Cal State LA’s award-winning Afro Latin Ensemble.” During the performance, a cash bar and light refreshments will be available, and certain galleries will also be open. Tickets are $10 each and $3 for students with ID. Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online. 

Dodgers vs. Washington Nationals
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Take mom out to the ball game on Mother’s Day. Our Dodgers are facing the Nationals at a 1:10 pm game. There will also be a Mother’s Day Scarf giveaway. Ticket information is available online.

Mommy-And-Me Manicures
Multiple locations throughout Los Angeles

Moms, along with daughters and sons, can enjoy relaxing Mommy-And-Me Manicures (and pedicures and facials, in some locations). Plan a special nail-date by clicking here to read our post “Best Places For Mommy-And-Me Manicures In and Around Los Angeles.”

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Tuck Room Tavern

Mother’s Day Brunch in Los Angeles

Mother’s Day at the Tuck Room Tavern
10850 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles 90024

Celebrate Mom with a decadent brunch buffet filled by Sherry Yard, featuring a build-your-own omelet bar, main entrees including eggs Benedict, stuffed French toast, chicken and waffles, and so much more than can even be mentioned – all delicious! All Moms can enjoy a Mom-osa, and every can enter a drawing for a solid gold rose, in honor of Moms. $48 per person, $12 for children 12 and under.

Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch
Hornblower Cruises
Departs Fisherman’s Village
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Don’t just take mom out for brunch, take her out on the water for brunch with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch on Hornblower Cruises. Enjoy a full buffet, champagne, live music, and views of the Marina del Rey Harbor. Cruises are offered at multiple times on Mother’s Day (beginning at 9:30 am). Cost is $85 per person for this 2-hour yacht brunch cruise. Reservation information is available online.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 12th. Museum admission is included in this special champagne brunch. Seating times are being offered for 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm. ($79 for adults; $39 for children 3-10; and children 2 and younger are free). Reservations are required and can be made online.

Mother’s Day Brunch
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

Treat mom (and grandma) to Mother’s Day Brunch aboard the Queen Mary. Cost of brunch also includes admission to the Queen Mary (though tours and certain exhibits do require an additional fee). Brunch is being served in the Grand Salon from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and features live music, champagne, and a large variety of dishes from around the world. ($69 without champagne, $79 with champagne, and $24 for children ages 4-11). Reservations can be made online.

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