It's Mother's Day, and Momma wants something good. Something unique. Maybe something handmade. Most likely something handmade.
For the record, Momma is well-rounded. She likes apes, and she likes dinosaurs. She likes gardens. She likes cars big; she likes cars small. She likes firemen and Julie Andrews. She likes birds; she likes planes; she likes Superman.
Momma likes getting in free and being treated like royalty. She likes rockets in flight and stars on ice. (Also good: stars in the sky.)
But mostly she likes spending time with her kids. You get one weekend to call your own, Mommas: make it count!
Keep reading for our best suggestions for a Mother of a weekend!
Tuk sings while caring for Boo and Baby Howard. Photo courtesy of Gibbon Conservation Center
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
Paw Patrol Live! Race To The Rescue - Long Beach
Paw Patrol is on a roll! The canine cuties save the day in Long Beach.
Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Celebration - Universal City
Universal Studios celebrates the film's 25th anniversary with a specially ticketed event that includes photo ops, a costume contest, after-hours access to Jurassic Park - The Ride and a free screening of the film.
Star Quest - Cheviot Hills
It's a fight of good vs evil (with songs).
Wild for the Planet - Griffith Park
LA Zoo reminds us to be kind to our other mother: Mother Earth. Saturday's program has an extra emphasis on birds, it being Bird Day LA.
Circus Vargas Presents Dreaming of Pirates - Woodland Hills
Aarrrh. Thar be pirates in Woodland Hills, and they're very acrobatic.
Get a hands-on demo from the Los Angeles Fire Department. Photo by Chris Yarzab/CC BY 2.0
SATURDAY MAY 12
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
LAFD Fire Service Day - All Neighborhood Fire Stations of the City of Los Angeles
JANM Free Family Days: Identity, My-dentity - Little Tokyo
The latest fun free day at the Japanese American National Museum explores themes of identity and personal heritage, with storytelling, an improv show, and a bento box craft.
Bird LA Day - Multiple Locations
Look at the birdie—all around Los Angeles.
Alondra Park Fishing Derby - Lawndale
Gone fishin'. Find me at Alondra Park.
Truck Adventures - Arcadia
Have truck, will climb all over it.
Culver City Car Show - Culver City
Put 'er in park: this annual event hosts more than 400 classic cars and hot rods.
Chaplin/ Marx Brothers at the Vista Theatre - Los Feliz
Chaplin's Tramp heads to Alaska in search of his fortune in the 1925 silent film The Gold Rush.
Mommy & Me Princess Tea Party - Redondo Beach
Momma can play the queen to her little princes and princesses at this free tea party.
Airport Day - Fullerton
Why not give Fullerton Municipal Airport a flyby for its open house?
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.
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 Olympic champion skaters and ice dancers to Anaheim to strut their icy stuff.
Movies in the Park - Agoura Hills
Despicable Me 3 screens free at Reyes Adobe Park.
Cinespia - Hollywood
Bastian, Atreyu, and the Childlike Empress stay up way past their bedtimes for an under-the-stars screening of The Neverending Story at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
Spring Star Party - Agoura Hills
The sky is full of stars, and the park has telescopes to help you see them.
Bird Day at the wetlands in South LA, photo courtesy of Audubon California
SUNDAY MAY 13 – 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 dance 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
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a free screening of the Christopher Reeve version of Superman at the Hammer.
Coco Free Screenings - Santa Ana
The free screening of Coco this weekend is en español.
Mother's Day Music in the Garden: Palos Verdes Symphonic Band - Palos Verdes Peninsula
Garden picnic with some music? I think Momma will like that.
American Cinematheque knows Momma wants more Julie Andrews in her life, thus the family matinees of The Sound of Music at the Egyptian in Hollywood and
Mary Poppins at the Aero in Santa Monica.
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: Ready, Set, Play - Westwood
Mother's Day is all about playing, be it ball or mariachi.
Mother's Day Gardens - Exposition Park
I bet Mom would really like a plant for Mother's Day.
Free Day at USC Pacific Asia Museum - Pasadena
Still need a gift for Mom? You can make a vase as a gift at PAM.
Sunday Concerts in the Park - Agoura Hills
Eagle Rock Gospel Singers and Hayley Reardon perform an open air concert at Peter Strauss Ranch.
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!
Top photo by Donnie Ray Jones/CC BY 2.0