5 Mother’s Day Outings That Don’t Involve Brunch (And Two That Do)

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She’s perfected the two minute shower. She settles for drinking coffee gone cold. She sits in LA traffic to chauffeur the kids to dance and soccer practice. She breaks up 1,547  arguments between siblings each day. She makes mountains of laundry disappear in a flash. She picks up the dog’s poop and the baby’s poop. She juggles it all and never drops a ball. She is “mom.” Supermom. So this Mother’s Day, treat the hero in your house to a celebration she’ll cherish. Whether she loves cake, cocktails, massages, tea parties or gardening, here are some fun local activities to honor moms.

The UCLA Family Commons – A Week of Mother-Centric Activities
It’s not Mother’s Day, it’s Mother’s Week at The UCLA Family Commons. Monday, May 7th through Saturday May 12th, free daily events and activities are being offered to celebrate and enrich the lives of moms. From self-defense classes and a mom blog summit to mommy and me arts and crafts hosted by Color Me Mine! and storytime presented by Ruby Studio — the most alluring offering is their “Mom’s Day Out” on May 11th, wherein moms can drop-off the kiddos at the Commons’ Kids Club for free childcare, pick-up vouchers for free cocktails at Border Grill and free spa passes to Tikkun Spa, and venture out for some “me-time.”

1221 2nd Street
Santa Monica, Ca

Mother-Daughter or Mother-Son Indian Tea Party with Un-curry
You can really spice up Mother’s Day at un-curry’s Mother-Daughter Indian Tea Party. Join un-curry founder Kaumudi Marathé and her daughter Keya for an afternoon of tea and treats. Daughters and sons are welcome to join in the fun at this special three-hour class. During the class/party, participants will make sweet and savory treats and brew two special kinds of Indian chai to sip while enjoying good company and delicious food. May 13th from 12pm-3pm. $120 for two guests.

This tea party/class is held at Surfas Restaurant & Gourmet Food
8777 Washington Blvd
Culver City, Ca

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Huntington
You can always give mom a bouquet of flowers, but up the ante and treat her to endless garden views by taking her to a decadent champagne brunch in a breathtaking outdoor setting at The Huntington. Choose between the Classical Brunch, which is served al fresco in the Rose Garden with flute and harp accompaniment, or a Jazz Brunch on the Garden Terrace Lawn featuring the music of a 3-piece jazz ensemble. Or opt for a traditional English tea served in the Rose Garden Tea Room. Note: Admission to The Huntington is an additional fee. $49.99 per person, kids ages 4-12 cost $24.99, kids 3 and under are free. Make a reservation for Sunday, May 13th by calling 626-405-2249. Seating times for both brunches are at 10:45am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm. Reservations are also required for the traditional English tea which costs $27.99 per person, kids ages 4-8 cost $14.99, and kids ages 2-3 cost $7.50.

1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, Ca

Mommy & Me Decorating Class at Sweet E’s Bake Shop
Does mom have a sweet tooth? Get her a real sugar rush at the Mommy & Me Decorating Class at Sweet E’s Bake Shop. This class takes place on Wednesday, May 9th, from 4pm-5pm, so the round cake that each mom/child duo decorates together may be gobbled up in the days leading up to Mother’s Day on Sunday. Class costs $45. And be sure to check out the delectable array of mommy-inspired sweet treats being offered to celebrate Mother’s Day — from “mom” cake pops to photo cupcakes to heart whoopie pies.

1417 S. Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, Ca

Mother’s Day Brunch and Spa Experience at La Costa Resort & Spa
Get an early start and make the most of the day by heading south to Carlsbad to the famous La Costa Resort & Spa. Moms will be delighted to be treated to a mouth-watering Mother’s Day brunch, which is offered from 9am-3pm.  After dining together as a family, send mom on her merry way for some much deserved pampering and alone time! La Costa is offering a special Mother’s Day “Wish” spa package which includes an 80 minute coastal stone massage or an 80 minute Luminous C to Sea Facial, and a 50 minute express manicure and pedicure. Call 1- 800-854-5000 to make a reservation for brunch and/or the Wish spa package.

2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, Ca

Family Jam: Music for Our Mothers: A Bluegrass Tribute
Whether mom is a little bit country or a little bit rock n’ roll, there’s no doubt she’ll have a toe-tapping good time at the Family Jam at the Fowler Museum. The Pick ‘n’ Fiddle Trio will be playing bluegrass and old time music at this free event held in the courtyard of the Fowler Museum Sunday, May 13th from 2pm-4pm. The best part is, kids and families are urged to join in the music-making. Bring your own milk jugs, kitchenware and washboards to become part of the band. Kids can also make a noisemaker at the art-making workshop at the event, and learn how to make music using household inspired instruments.

North campus, UCLA; Park in lot 4, accessible from Sunset Boulevard at Westwood Plaza.
Los Angeles, Ca

Create a Living Plant Arrangement at Rolling Greens
Flowers are a wildly popular gift for Mother’s Day, but make a lasting impression by gifting mom with a plant arrangement that will live on as a constant reminder of your love and appreciation, long after the rose petals fall. Rolling Greens has locations in Hollywood and Culver City, both of which feature the Rolling Greens Arrangement Bar –where customers and “baristas” team up to create a one-of-a-kind, amazing living plant arrangement by fashioning materials including polished river stones, recycled glass and driftwood alongside ferns, azaleas, succulents, orchids and more. Fashion an arrangement with the kids or take mom along so she can give her two cents on the design process and make it a family affair!

7505 Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, Ca

9528 Jefferson Boulevard
Culver City, Ca

How will you and your family be celebrating this special day?

— Beth Shea