Fun Things To Do for Mother’s Day 2023 – Near LA & Orange County

It’s time to celebrate mom! If you’re in Southern California, there’s so many fun activities and outings to make the day special. From strolling through beautiful gardens to cruising in a classic car, Kidsguide’s got you covered!

You can also check out unique events, such as butterfly exhibits and special Mother’s Day activities that are sure to make the best memories for mom!



Go to a Special Mother’s Day Event

Mother’s Day events with activities for kids too!


Los Angeles Maritime Institute


Mother’s Day Celebration
Pretend City Children’s Museum, Irvine
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Spend the day at Pretend City for some special mommy bonding and enjoy arts and activities. Make a special card, enjoy painting and sensory table activities, and participate in a Mommy and Me Yoga session.


Mother’s Day Tea
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Rancho Dominguez
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Enjoy wonderful entertainment, finger sandwiches, and scones on the historical veranda. Plus, raffles, adobe tours, and more.


Honor Mothers Sail
Los Angeles Maritime Institute, San Pedro
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Treat mom to a tall ship sail around the San Pedro bay and watch the sunset from the deck of a brigantine. Sit back and relax or become part of the crew. Bring a picnic dinner.


Mother’s Day Hilltop Luncheon
Tanaka Farms, Irvine
Sunday, May 14, 2023
This special farm-to-table luncheon includes a wagon ride up to the hilltop, lawn games, and an all-you-can-eat buffet.


Mother’s Day Brunch
LA County Fair, Pomona
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Surprise the mothers in your family with a fantastic day at the Fair and a brunch buffet.


Mother’s Day
The Flower Fields, Carlsbad
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Enjoy performances and colorful ballet folklorico dancing. A pop-up picnic experience also available.


Mother’s Day Classic Car Rides
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum, El Segundo
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Explore the museum and take a chauffeured ride in a classic car, with champagne and chocolate tasting. Children must be over 48″ or 10 years old to ride in the vehicle.


Mother’s Day Brunch
Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special Mother’s Day brunch overlooking Rainbow Harbor and see all your favorite ocean animals.


We Dig Moms! A Play-ful Mother’s Day Event
Dig It, Torrance
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Visit Dig It indoor play space for special parent-child activities, light refreshments, photo op, and lots of hands-on fun. Reservations required.


Flower Hour: Mother’s Day
California Botanic Garden, Claremont
Sunday, May 14, 2023
Enjoy native plant coffee and tea drinks, accompanied by sweet treats, live harp music, and Mother’s Day themed activities for all ages.


For even more events and fun things to do, check out our Calendar with 50+ events happening now through Mother’s Day!



Explore Enchanting Butterfly Exhibits


Flight! A Live Butterfly Experience at Santa Ana Zoo


Flight! A Live Butterfly Experience
Santa Ana Zoo, Santa Ana
Become immersed in a pollinator-friendly habitat and be surrounded by tropical butterflies. This outdoor experience is include with zoo admission. New butterflies emerge daily and you may want to wear bright colors to attract butterflies.


Butterfly Pavilion
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
Now – August 13, 2023
See all stages in the butterfly life cycle, including eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises. Count up to 30 different species and chat with museum educators.


SOAR – Tropical Butterflies
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula
Now – August 31, 2023
Stroll through plant species that are part of a butterfly’s habitat, then stop by the Emergence Chamber where you may just see a butterfly emerge from its pupa. Finally, enter the pavilion to be surrounded by hundreds of tropical butterflies. This year, guests also have the opportunity to feed the butterflies from a flower vial or ring filled with nectar.



Unique Mother’s Day Outing Ideas


Jared’s Epic Blaster Battle


Get Ready for Battle
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Participate in the world’s largest foam blaster battle of all time! Jared’s Epic Blaster Battle returns to SoFi Stadium for a 4-hour series of more than 15 foam flinging battles. Battle with your friends and family at this all-ages event.


Hang Out with Camels
Saturday, May 13, 2023

Visit Oasis Camel Dairy for their public Open Farm Tour to see camels, sheep, birds and more.


Guo Pei: Art of Couture
Saturday, May 13, 2023
Visit Bowers Museum for a special Mother’s Day/Closing Weekend of special exhibition, Guo Pei: Art of Couture, to experience the joyful sounds of a String Quartet at the entrance of the exhibit. See over 40 works of couture gowns designed by world-renowned designer, Guo Pei.


Learn About Ancient Mayan History
The California Science Center presents Maya: The Exhibition. Learn about the ancient Mayan civilization of Mexico and Central America. See over 250 authentic artifacts included a 9-foot-long sculpture of a jaguar warrior and a mask made of obsidian and jade.


Live Out Your Life-Size Barbie Dream
World of Barbie lets visitors explore the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse, chill out in a full-size Barbie Camper Van, record a masterpiece in the Barbie Music Studio, and lots more!


Garden (Like the Romans)
Saturday, May 13, 2023
The Getty Villa is hosting an all-ages Family Floralia Workshop where visitors can discover blooms, textures, and fragrances of history. Explore the Villa gardens with your family, then make seed balls to bring home.


Explore a Land of Ostriches
If you’re heading to the quaint Danish-themed town of Solvang, you’ll want to stop by OstrichLand to see 100+ ostriches and emus. Guests are invited to feed and interact with the large birds, but be careful! These birds are big!


Looking for more fun places to go for Mother’s Day? Take a look at our OutingsGuide with 250+ ideas!



Stroll Through Beautiful Gardens

The Huntington

Balboa Park, San Diego

Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge

Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB

ENC Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Silverado

Fullerton Arboretum, Fullerton

Huntington Library, San Marino

LA County Arboretum, Arcadia

Niguel Botanical Preserve, Laguna Niguel

Oak Canyon Nature Center, Anaheim

Sherman Library & Gardens, Corona del Mar

Shipley Nature Center, Huntington Beach

South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula

Check out the Kidsguide OutingsGuide for a full list of Nature Centers & Gardens!




This post was written by Alina Na

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