My husband has an annual calendar reminder set that nudges him in April to book or plan something for Mother’s Day. I find this simple technological gesture very sweet, actually. He knows I’d like to celebrate the date in some small way, and he also knows his own penchant to forget that I’d like to celebrate the date in some small way. “It’s the thought that counts” rings true here.
And for many mothers, there’s no need for a grand gesture. Lots of us appreciate a simple celebration, but even simple tends to require some forethought. Want to go to brunch? Booking a table in advance is a good idea in our city. Prefer to catch a movie? You’d better purchase those tickets in advance. So, in hopes of helping anyone out there who’s helming the holiday planning, here are 10 local Mother’s Day events that the mamas at L.A. Parent wouldn’t mind attending ourselves.
Garden Party at California Botanical Garden
On May 14, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., bring Mom to the California Botanical Garden for a holiday garden party. Themed activities, one drink, food and treats are included in your ticket to this Claremont event, and harpist Phoebe Madison Schrafft will play live. Entry is $15 and up for the general public. Buy your tickets in advance here. Wine and beer will be available for purchase.
Seal Beach Symphony
For the mom who loves music, pick up tickets to the May 14 performance of the Seal Beach Symphony. It begins at 5:30 p.m. and takes place at Old Ranch Country Club. Passed appetizers and a cash bar will be on hand. Guests can expect international artists to play songs by Chopin, Debussy, Mozart and more. Tickets begin at $25.
Motherhood-Themed Short Films
If we’re being honest, letting us do something all alone is a great Mother’s Day treat. And if the mother in your life is into movies, try this screening of a trio of motherhood-themed short films by Sarah Moshman. It takes place at the North Hollywood Laemmle, and a panel discussion follows the films. Tickets are $10.
Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine
For the mom who loves to get out of the house with the kids, maybe a whole family trip to Pretend City Children’s Museum is the move. The museum is hosting a special Mother’s Day Celebration on May 13, and it includes card making, painting, sensory tables and even mommy-and-me yoga. Book tickets online.
Farm Sanctuary’s Family Day
Another whole-group outing, Farm Sanctuary’s Family Day is set for May 13 and includes time for animal encounters, vegan high tea, a create-your-own mini garden station and a story time and book signing with author/illustrator Ruby Roth. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $20 and up. Proceeds go right back to the farm, supporting animal rescue and advocacy efforts.
Unique Markets L.A.
If Mom likes to shop, consider sending here on an adventure to the 14th annual Spring Market at downtown’s California Market Center. On May 6 and 7, more than 150 indie artisans will descend on the venue, selling their unique work. $15 general admission tickets include market access, an original tote bag, free drinks, DIY activities and a family fun zone, in case the kids are coming, too.
Sun & Sea at The Point
In El Segundo, more than two dozen vendors and performing musicians are part of Sea & Sun at The Point on May 13. Entry is free, and there’s plenty of other entertainment and dining options at The Point, including Van Leeuwen’s Ice Cream to Hopdoddy Burger Bar.
Build Your Own Succulent Garden
North Hollywood’s Teapop is hosting a two-hour, hands-on succulent party on May 13, and guests will design their own potted garden to take home. All supplies are included in the ticket price of $35. And, you can try one of Teapop’s delicious milk teas while you’re there.
Who wouldn’t like a fresh doughnut t in the morning? Add a cup of coffee, a good book and a quiet house for two hours and I’d be a very happy parent. Primo’s Donuts, with one location on Sawtelle and another in Westwood, makes some of our favorite doughnuts in town, and even a few fancy ones on Mother’s Day. A simple doughnut delivery for the holiday is a sweet plan if we ever heard one. A sprinkle doughnut from your favorite local shop works perfectly, too.
DIY Mother’s Day
Ultimately, you know what Mom will like best. Skip the ticketed events and plan your own “party” if you think she’d prefer it. Let her chill at home all by herself. Pack up her favorite snacks and head to a great local trailhead for a family hike and picnic. A beach day is always a pleasant outing, weather permitting. If the temps are comfortable enough, consider a walk in Point Dume, followed by dinner at Taverna Tony’s or your favorite coastal restaurant. Or plan an afternoon or full day away to local gems like Descanso Gardens, The Huntington or The Getty. Whatever it is, Mom will appreciate your effort to acknowledge her and all that she does.