Mother's Day Fun in Los Angeles

12 Fun Activities to Share with Mom in LA on Mother's Day or Any Day

Taking Mom out to brunch seems to be a staple in most families to relieve her of kitchen duties, but not every mom wants to focus on food. To make Mom feel special, try some other form of pampering or some active family fun on Mother's Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started. If you insist on taking Mom out for a special meal, check out my list of Special Mother's Day Events in LA, which includes lots of creative brunches.

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    Give Mom a Spa Day at Glen Ivy Hot Springs

    Glen Ivy Hot Springs
    ••• Glen Ivy Hot Springs. Photo courtesy of Glen Ivy Hot Springs

    Dad can get a babysitter and take Mom for a day of pampering; adult daughters can share a spa day with Mom, or you can give Mom a gift of a spa day with her girlfriends taking the waters and mud baths at Glen Ivy Hot Springs in Corona. Treatments are available, but you can enjoy the 10 pools, club mud, saunas and classes included in the entrance fee without scheduling a treatment.

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    Spa Day with Mom

    Le Petite Retreat Day Spa
    ••• Le Petite Retreat Day Spa. Courtesy of Le Petite Retreat Day Spa

    Even if you don't want to leave the city, you can treat your mom or your spouse to a relaxing spa treatment closer to home. Here are the Best Couples Spas in LA with great couples treatment rooms that work for mom and dad or mother/daughter.


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    Bike Along the Beach Path

    A Pedal Surrey and the Queen Mary in Long Beach
    ••• A Pedal Surrey on the Shoreline Marina Bike Path in Long Beach, CA. Photo © 2012 Kayte Deioma, licensed to

    Taking a bike ride along the beach bike path is a fun day for the whole family to share with Mom. If Mom isn't fond of bike seats, covered pedal surreys with bench seats are available for rent at several beach locations and can hold from two to 6 or 8 people. Even Grandma can ride along. For the pedal-lazy, electric bikes are available at some locations.

    Check where to Rent Beach Bikes in LA and OC.

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    Take a Local Wine Tour

    Temecula Wine Country
    ••• Temecula Wine Country. Kayte Deioma

    You don't have to go to Napa to explore wine country. If all the kids are grown, take Mom on a wine country tour of Malibu vineyards to the north of LA or Temecula to the south. Let someone else do the driving with a variety of Malibu Wine Tours with some that include animal sightings and filming locations, or go vineyard hopping on a Temecula Valley Wine Tour.

    Right in Los Angeles, you can pay a visit to the San Antonio Winery, a downtown Los Angeles staple since 1917. The vineyards are further afield, but you can tour the only producing winery in Los Angeles and taste the results. There is also a restaurant on site.

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    An Evening of Theatre or Comedy

    Pantages Theatre in Hollywood
    ••• Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Photo © 2004 Kayte Deioma, licensed to

    If you have the budget, treat Mom to a top live theatre performance at the Pantages Theatre, or one of the stages at the LA Music Center for an unforgettable experience. But theatre in Los Angeles is accessible on all budgets. If it's not an everyday occurrence, a night out to see a show in a small theatre for $7 half-price tickets is just as much of a treat. Check for discount tickets.

    If Mom enjoys a good laugh, a visit to one of LA's Top Comedy Clubs is another good option. Check Goldstar for discount comedy tickets as well.

    More on Live Theatre in Los Angeles

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    Take Mom Horseback Riding

    A couple riding horses
    ••• PT Images / Getty Images

    If Mom likes to have a little adventure and enjoys the outdoors, a horseback ride through the Hollywood Hills with a view of the Hollywood Sign  or a ride through the hills of Malibu and a visit to the Old West Paramount Ranch would be a great change of pace. Both locations have options that can include a meal in the deal.

    More on Horseback Riding in LA

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    Take Mom for a Gondola Ride

    Gondola Company of Newport Beach
    ••• Gondola Company of Newport Beach. Photo courtesy of Gondola Company of Newport Beach

    Cruising around the local waterways in a Gondola makes any occasion seem special. Gondolas hold from four to 12 people depending on the boat and the company, so you can take the whole family, or Dad can sneak Mom away on her own. There are Gondola companies from Marina Del Rey to Long Beach to Newport Beach.

    Gondola Rides in Los Angeles and Orange County 

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    A Day on the Water

    Catalina Adventure Sailing
    ••• Catalina Adventure Sailing. Catalina Adventure Sailing

    More active Moms might enjoy a kayaking sea life tour, or a surfing or stand-up paddle boarding lesson.

    If Mom would rather let someone else do all the work, a harbor tour of the LA or Long Beach Harbor, a sea life cruise from Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach or Newport Beach or sail aboard a Tall Ship might be more her speed.

    You could also rent an electric Duffy to cruise around Newport Beach  marina with family and friends.

    Spirit Cruises offers sea life and harbor tours from Long Beach and San Pedro, included in the Go Los Angeles Card.

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    Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens
    ••• Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Photo © 2009 Kayte Deioma, licensed to

    OK, tea, in this instance, is food, but it's really more about the experience and the pomp and circumstance than the food itself. There are lots of places to enjoy a proper British afternoon tea in Los Angeles, including the grand Millenium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA, The London West Hollywood Hotel and a myriad of tea shops, but the Rose Garden Tea Room and Cafe at the Huntington Library and Gardens in San Marino, next to Pasadena, is one of the most charming, and comes with a whole day's worth of exploration of the Library, art galleries and vast botanical gardens. If tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones isn't mom's thing, there are other options or you can have your own picnic just outside the garden gates. Tea and Tour packages are available for groups of four or more.

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    A Day on the Sand

    Leo Carillo State Beach, Malibu, CA
    ••• Leo Carillo State Beach, Malibu, CA. Kayte Deioma

    If Mom runs around all day and just needs some time to chill and relax, a day lounging at Los Angeles beaches may be just the thing. May weather at the beach can be unpredictable, ranging from 60 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, with the average being around 70. But even if it's not bikini weather, enjoying a good book within view and sound of the waves can be a great way to give Mom time to unwind. If it comes with an overnight at a beach hotel, even better, but for day trips, you can get Beach Butler Service from Perry's at multiple Santa Monica beaches to provide beach chairs, umbrella, towels, sun screen and refreshments to the location of your choice.

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    Day Trip to Catalina

    Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, CA
    ••• A couple walking along Via Casino on Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island, CA. Kayte Deioma

    Combine the over-water ferry excursion with an afternoon exploring Avalon, hiking, taking a jeep eco tour, snorkeling or taking a glass-bottom boat tour on Catalina Island. Ferries depart from Marina Del Rey, San Pedro, Long Beach and Newport Beach. More on Visiting Santa Catalina Island and for more adventurous moms, the Top Catalina Island Adventures.

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    Take a Weekend Road Trip

    Road Trip
    ••• Road Trip. Photo by Lisa Gagne/Getty

    Whether you're just taking the day, or can spare the whole weekend, give Mom a mini-vacation with one of these Short Road Trips from LA, all within a 3-hour drive.

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