Here's what Momma wants for Mother's Day: ice cream, firemen, and frappuccinos. All the rest is just whipped cream on said frap. Sure, there are other things that will be greatly appreciated. Ice show with world champions? Don't mind if I do! A magical musical movie screening? Are you a wizard reading my mind, Harry? And yes, I would be delighted to accompany you to brunch. Is there bacon at said brunch? More's the better.
Of course, every mom is different. One size does not fit all, which is why frappuccinos come in grande, venti, and some other size. Did I mention I'm a mom? I totally deserve this.
There are some other things going on this weekend: the final weekend of the Flashlight exhibit (with a free photo for Grandma or Mom), a breakfast with gibbons (see how well they treat their mamas), the Anaheim Baby Show (for Moms new to the momming business), and a bunch of clever craft activities that can double as gifts for Mom (aw, isn't that thoughtful!). There are even freebies for Mom, because, really, where would you be without her?
Call your mom; send her some flowers, and keep reading for some of our most maternal picks for this weekend.
Conejo Valley Days - Thousand Oaks
The four-day event features entertainment for kids, teens, and the whole family with motocross freestyle exhibitions, carnival rides, outhouse races, games, and a food court.
Play Days - Monterey Park
You say it’s your birthday? Well it’s Monterey Park’s too, yeah. The celebration includes a four day carnival, and a parade on Saturday.
Wild for the Planet - Griffith Park
LA Zoo reminds us to be kind to our other mother: Mother Earth.
theBlu: An Underwater VR Experience - Exposition Park
The virtual “under the sea” experience extends its run at the Natural History Museum.
A Not So WICKED Mini Musical for the Entire Family & The Princesses Around the World Adventure - Santa Monica
Creating Arts Company has new musicals based on Wicked and a couple of water based princesses.
Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit - Santa Ana
The exhibit based on the stories of Eric Carle closes this weekend at the Discovery Cube Orange County.
Frappucino Happy Hour - Starbucks
Not to throw you into a panic, but this weekend is your last chance for half price Frappuccinos.
SATURDAY MAY 7
Fire Service Day is celebrated throughout the Southland with stations inviting the community for open houses, demonstrations, and even pancake breakfasts! Here are a few of the participating departments:
Fire Service Day Burbank
Fire Service Day Glendale Glendale
Redondo Beach Fire Service Day Open House Redondo Beach
Fire Service Day Beverly Hills
Fire Service Day Santa Monica
Art @ Tongva: Great Explorations - Santa Monica
Tongva Park has all kinds of cool art, like a workshop in radical map-making, music and stories of love, truth, and resistance, a participatory kinetic sculpture, and Native American hoop dancing.
UNICEF Kid Power Celebration - Downtown
UNICEF harnesses kid power to help feed malnourished kids around the globe. (And there's fun stuff like a crazy maze.)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets In Concert - Costa Mesa
Follow the spiders to the Segerstrom for the second (symphonic) installment in the Harry Potter tale.
Airport Day - Fullerton
Why not give Fullerton Municipal Airport a flyby for its open house?
Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music - Downtown
Elmo and friends learn about instruments and making music at the Microsoft Theatre at LA LIVE.
Exhibit: FLASHLIGHT: Celebrating Black America in Children's Literature - Culver City
Grandmas can get a free pic with their grandchildren at the closing weekend of this special exhibit. (Moms can, too!)
Breakfast with the Gibbons - Santa Clarita
The annual breakfast at the Gibbon Conservation Center offers a chance to see (and hear!) the acrobatic primates in action.
Anaheim Baby Show - Anaheim
New moms (or moms-to-be) can try out baby gear and get parenting insights at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Rocket Launch - Huntington Beach
Kids can design, build, and launch a rocket (made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle) at the Boeing Company.
Stars on Ice - Anaheim
The Olympic quality ice show brings a company of world-class champion skaters and ice dancers to Anaheim to strut their icy stuff.
Movies in the Park - Agoura Hills
Rogue One screens free at Reyes Adobe Park.
Tuk, Boo and Baby Howard. Tuk is singing while Boo is gently touching his little brother. Photo courtesy of Gibbon Conservation Center
SUNDAY MAY 14 – MOTHER’S DAY
Mother's Day Lunch Train - Fillmore
Mom gets lunch; the kids get a ride on the train: everyone’s happy.
Dance Sundays - Beverly Hills
Momma wants to Salsa on her day. Debbie Allen shows her how.
Mother's Day Brunch - Long Beach
Brunch at the Aquarium of the Pacific includes aquarium admission.
Mother's Day at the Reagan Library and Museum - Simi Valley
Brunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library features live music and a tour of the museum.
Family Flicks at the Hammer - Westwood
Akeelah and the Bee. That's spelled f-r-e-e m-o-v-i-e at the Hammer.
2017 Taiwanese American Heritage Week Festival - Monterey Park
Taiwanese American Heritage Week is celebrated at this annual festival at Barnes Memorial Park.
Momentum Place - Topanga
The annual Mother’s Day event at Theatricum Botanicum features aerial and circus performers, dancers, and musicians, and it’s all kid-friendly.
Zimmer Sunday Family Programs - Mid-Wilshire
In celebration of Mother's Day, the Zimmer Children's Museum offers free admission.
GRAMMY Museum Free For Moms - Downtown
Moms get in free at the GRAMMY Museum as well.
Family Jam: Storytelling with Dena Atlantic - Westwood
Storyteller Dena Atlantic shares interactive tales from around the world, including stories of the Trickster Spider Anansi from West Africa.
Starring...You! - Exposition Park
The California African American Museum lets you picture yourself as a cast member in your favorite show.
Sunday Concerts in the Park - Agoura Hills
Rose's Pawn Shop performs an open air concert at Peter Strauss Ranch. Nominated in three categories for the 57th Grammy Awards, the band combines disparate musical styles such as rock, country, bluegrass, and punk.
As always, there are many more activities listed on our Event Calendar (and if you didn't receive this post as an email, you really should subscribe). Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have marvelous time! Happy Mother's Day, everyone!
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