I put together a list of some places that I think would be fun for the whole family and make Mom feel super special on Mother's Day. I included some fun events going on as well as some day trips and overnight getaways that Mom is sure to enjoy!
1.) A Trip to Catalina Island!
There is so much fun to be had in Avalon, CA. Your family can spend the day enjoying water activities like snorkeling or swimming. You can take a family tour around the island in a jeep. There are so many great little spots to grab a bite. For more info visit http://www.catalinachamber.com/?utm_source=may+2014+eblast+&utm_campaign=mayl+2014+email+blast&utm_medium=email.
2.) Fowler Museum at UCLA!
On Sunday, May 11th from 1-3pm, Fowler Museum is offering activity stations for kids to help Mom enjoy an earthly Mother's Day.
- Create a perfume using natural scents with guest artists from The Institute for Art and Olfaction
- Pamper mom with a warm stone massage
- Sample natural teas from Bird Pick Tea & Herb
- Indulge mom’s passion for fashion by decorating a textile
3.) A Day in Long Beach!
I love getting out to Long Beach with my family. We always have so much fun exploring the city. A day filled with family activities and good food is the perfect way to celebrate Mother's Day. Here are a few fun things to do and great places to eat in Long Beach:
- Aquarium of the Pacific
- Shoreline Village (bike rentals, food, shops, harbor cruises)
- Lucille's Smokehouse BBQ (BEST beef ribs on the planet!)
- The Pike (carousel, Ferris wheel, food, movies)
- Belmont Shores (shops, food, The Shore)
- Mother's Beach (our favorite place to splash around)
4.) Disneyland/ Knott's Berry Farm/ Universal Studios!
Amusement parks are always fun anytime of the year so why not on Mother's Day? Plenty of great memories can be made while enjoying the rides and food! Discount tickets can be found online and at local grocery stores. The family fun doesn't stop when you leave the parks. Each of these theme parks offers additional fun just beyond the park limits.
Disneyland: Downtown Disney- the LEGO store, ESPN Zone, Rainforest Café, Tortilla Joe's, RIDEMAKERZ, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Studio Disney 365, House of Blues and Movies
Knott's Berry Farm: California Marketplace- Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant, T.G.I. Friday's, Pink's Hot Dogs, Berry Farm Bakery and Snoopy's Headquarters
Universal Studios: Universal CityWalk- Hardrock Café, Buca Di Beppo, Bubba Gump Shrimp, iFLY Hollywood, Jillian's Hi Life Lanes, Movies and Shops.
5.) Brunch at Callender's Grill and Bakery And Café!
We have been enjoying our family brunches at one particular Callender's Grill for years. Located at:
5773 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90036
There are so many reasons to have brunch here this Mother's Day. The food is always wonderful, but that's not all. The location is great and the architecture of the building is amazing. Throw in the live pianist and it's just perfect! Did I mention the chocolate fountain? Brunch runs from 10am-2pm and I recommend reservations! For more info visit http://www.mariecallenders.com/l/los-angeles-callenders-grill-and-bakery-and-cafe-restaurant-bakery/174.
6.) A Visit to Santa Barbara!
Another favorite family destination is Santa Barbara. It's such a beautiful and relaxing place to visit. There is nothing I enjoy more than a short road trip to a great city. With ocean views and historic stops, this is one Mother's Day getaway you won't forget. While visiting Santa Barbara, be sure to stop by:
- Santa Barbara Zoo (breath-taking views & lots of animals)
- Stearns Warf (Ty Warner Sea Center, Water Taxi, Food, Shops)
- Wheel Fun Rentals
- State Street
- Rusty's Pizza Parlor (Pizza, Salad Bar, Party Room, TV's)
7.) Omni Rancho Las Palmas Staycation!
An overnight getaway to Rancho Las Palmas Resort is perfect for Mother's Day! It's just starting to get hot around here and what better way to celebrate Mother's Day than waking up poolside in Rancho Mirage? RLP offers so many great amenities for your family to enjoy. Waterslides, sandy beach, lazy river, splash pad, pools, golf, dining, spa and much more. While the kids are splashing with Dad, Mom can relax poolside with a good book. For more info on RLP visit http://www.rancholaspalmas.com/.
8.) Mother's Day Champagne Brunch Cruise!
Treat Mom to a Mother’s Day Brunch on the water! This special Mother's Day Hornblower Cruise departs from Marina Del Rey and includes a bountiful brunch buffet and nonstop views of the Marina del Rey Harbor. Your family will enjoy:
Fore more info on the Mother's Day Brunch Cruise visit http://www.hornblower.com/port/overview/mdr+mothersday.
9.) Mother's Day Aboard the Queen Mary!
Bring the entire family aboard the World Famous Queen Mary and treat Mom to a day full of her favorite things. Creative cuisine. Spa packages. Outstanding service. Music and a sophisticated atmosphere. With practical affordability, there's no better place to make a memory with Mom and the whole family. Reservations are a must! For more info visit http://www.queenmary.com/dining/mothers-day-brunch.php.
10.) Mother's Day Brunch at Santa Anita Park!
Celebrate with a special Mother's Day Brunch at Santa Anita Park. If you thought that the race track was not for kids...think again! Santa Anita Park offers a Family Fun Zone every weekend from 12-4pm. Come for the fun and stay for the Mother's Day Brunch. The Brunch Package includes:
- A three course lunch on our beautiful Turf Terrace
- Valet Parking
- Club House Admission
- Race Program
Fore more info visit http://santaanita.com/promotion/2014/mothers-day-brunch.
11.) Pop Stuff Expo 2014!
If you're anything like me, you'd love to spend your Mother's Day at the very first annual Pop Stuff Expo located at the Ventura County Fairgrounds! Pop Stuff Expo is a family friendly convention that brings together friends and fans from many genres of popular culture such as horror, comics, anime, sci-fi, special effects/makeup, cosplay and more. Attendees will be able to shop to their heart's content in our vendor room, hang around outside in our kids entertainment area, attend panels and workshops and view a variety of indoor shows and demonstrations. For more info visit http://popstuffexpo.com/.
12.) Mother's Day Chocolate Festival!
Spend the Saturday before Mother’s Day, Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, at San Diego Botanic Garden’s famous Chocolate Festival. Enjoy dozens of delectable chocolate tastings, demonstrations, a chocolate fountain, and more. This family-friendly event also features lots of children’s activities and a variety of Mother’s Day gifts. “Tasting” tickets will be sold on site. Located at San Diego Botanic Gardens, 230 Quail Gardens Drive Encinitas, California 92024. For more info on this tasty event visit http://www.kpbs.org/events/2014/may/10/27017/.
Get out there and enjoy this weekend with your loved ones!
Happy Mother's Day!