Beyond Brunch: Unique Things to Do for Mother's Day in LA

Surprise Mom With a Special Event on Her Special Day

Los Angeles Skyline With Snow Capped Mountains
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If you find yourself with Mom in Los Angeles for Mother's Day, you can choose from a long list of dining options to celebrate her special day. Moms who enjoy doing more than eating might prefer a more active type of Mother's Day fun in Los Angeles. You can also start planning ahead for ​Father's Day in LA.

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    Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach
    Hornblower Yachts' Endless Dreams at sunset in Rainbow Harbor, Long Beach. Kayte Deioma

    Set sail on Mother's Day with a champagne brunch cruise or supper cruise in scenic Marina del Rey by Hornblower Cruises & Events.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018. Brunch cruises depart at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. with boarding half an hour before departure times. Two-and-a-half-hour supper cruises depart at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    Where: You can choose your departure port from either Marina del Rey and Newport Beach.
    Cost: $75 to $95 per person

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    House of Blues Anaheim GardenWalk Rendering
    House of Blues Anaheim GardenWalk Rendering. Courtesy of House of Blues

    The House of Blues hosts one seating at the famous Gospel Brunch at Anaheim GardenWalk.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:30 a.m., doors open 45 minutes before the show so you can get your food and get settled.
    Where: House of Blues, Anaheim GardenWalk, 400 W Disney Way, Suite 337, Anaheim, CA 92802
    Cost: $45 


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    Pantages Theatre in Hollywood
    Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. Kayte Deioma

    Light up Mom's evening with a matinee or night out at the theater with a Mother's Day With Elvis Concert featuring renowned Elvis impersonator Raymond Michael at Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center; or a French comedy called Boeing Boeing at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre in Santa Monica. Find mostly discounted tickets for these and other shows at Goldstar.

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    Surprise Mom with a mimosa and a snack, while she enjoys creating special Mother’s Day-themed pieces at Clay Ceramics Studio in Long Beach. During the 2-hour sessions, moms have a blast with their kids creating beautiful one-of-a-kind pottery pieces using a pottery wheel. Learn different wheel-throwing techniques to create personalized vases, ring holders, and heart-shaped bowls to last a lifetime.

    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018; 2-hour sessions at 12:30, 3, and 5:30 p.m.

    Where: Clay Ceramics Studio, 406 E 1st Street, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Cost: $65 per person

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    EATZ Cooking Class
    EATZ Cooking Class. Courtesy of EATZ

    Usually, you think of getting Mom out of the kitchen on her special day, but if the mom in your life really enjoys the gourmet cooking experience or would like to improve her kitchen skills, joining her for a Mother's Day cooking class at EATZ may be just the present for her.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 6 to 9 p.m.​
    Where: EATZ 612 N La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
    Cost: $105 per person includes all food, wine, and cocktails. 

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    The Queen Mary in Long Beach
    The Queen Mary and the Russian Foxtrot submarine, Scorpion, in Long Beach, CA. Kayte Deioma

    Mother's Day Champagne Sunday Brunch is served in the Grand Salon aboard the stately Queen Mary in Long Beach. The brunch includes a carving station, Pacific Rim options, a Mexican buffet, a breakfast buffet, an omelet station with pancakes and waffles, a salad and cheese table, and a multitude of desserts. Live entertainment and free-flowing champagne make it a festive occasion. Reservations recommended. Special Mothers' Day menus are also available at Sir Winston's and Chelsea Chowder House aboard the ship.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Where: Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Cost: $69.95 (plus tax and gratuity), Children $24.95
    Parking: $8 with validation for up to 3 hours

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    Treat Mom to a Mexican brunch with music by Corazon de Mariachi at iXTapa Cantina in Pasadena.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    Where: iX Tapa Cantina,119 E Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91105
    Cost: $64, check Goldstar for discount tickets
    Info:, (626) 304-1000

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    Dolphin in the pool
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    Aquarium of the Pacific puts on a feast with the fishes for Mother's Day Brunch.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Aquarium opens 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
    Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
    Cost: $69 Adults, $29 Children ages 3 to 11 (includes aquarium admission), member discounts​​
    Parking: $8 with validation in the Aquarium structure or at The Pike with validation. Beware Metered street parking valid 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with 1- and 2-hour limits.
    Metro: Blue Line to 1st and Pine Long Beach Transit Mall. Walk 5 blocks south or take the free red Passport bus.

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    Magicopolis in Santa Monica. Courtesy of Magicopolis

    Lighten up Mom's day with a little sleight of hand, mind reading, and sketch comedy at Magicopolis in Santa Monica with Mother's Day Magic Show and champagne treat.
    When: Sunday, May 13, 2018, 2 p.m.
    Where: Magicopolis, 1418 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
    Cost: $30

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    Habana Restaurant at Night
    The romantic patio at Habana Restaurant at The Lab Anti-Mall in Costa Mesa, CA. Courtesy of Habana Restaurant

    If the mom you're celebrating is the mother of your children, as opposed to your own mom, a romantic dinner away from the kids and the kitchen might be appropriate. Try any one of these romantic Los Angeles restaurants with a view.