Fun Things To Do for Mother’s Day 2024 – 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
AJ Padelford Park, Artesia
Friday, May 10, 2024
Come to the park for a day of celebration, enjoy entertainment from Mariachi Folklore and foods available for purchase.


Mother’s Day Tea
Dominguez Rancho Adobe Museum, Rancho Dominguez
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Enjoy wonderful entertainment, finger sandwiches, and scones on the historical veranda. Plus, raffles, adobe tours, and more.


Mother’s Day Music Session & Movie
Rivian South Coast Theater, Laguna Beach
Saturday, May 11
Join Rivian with Sunnyside’s early childhood educators for a musical adventure of singing, dancing and celebrating mother figures. There will also be a screening of Pixar’s The Incredibles in the evening.


Honor Mothers Sail
Los Angeles Maritime Institute, San Pedro
Sunday, May 12, 2024
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 12, 2024
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 12, 2024
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 12, 2024
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 12, 2024
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 12, 2024
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for a special Mother’s Day brunch overlooking Rainbow Harbor and see all your favorite ocean animals.


Free Admission on Mother’s Day
California Botanic Garden, Claremont
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Celebrate Mother’s Day with free admission (for moms) to CalBG for your favorite mom! Reserve a free ticket ahead of time for mom and additional tickets must be purchased.


Mother’s Day Whale & Marine Life Tour
Ocean Institute, Dana Point
Sunday, May 12, 2024
Go on a 2.5 hour adventure in search of marine mammals like migrating blue whales, schools of playful dolphin, harbor seals, sea lions, and more. Enjoy a complimentary muffin for Mother’s Day!


Free Admission on Mother’s Day
Wild Rivers, Irvine
Sunday, May 12, 2024 
Enjoy a day at the water park, mom’s get in free on Mother’s Day and there will be special food and beverages available for purchase.


Mother’s Day Tea
Skypark at Santa’s Village
Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12, 2024
Celebrate Mother’s Day with afternoon tea at SkyPark with Mrs. Claus. Tea times will be 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm.⁠


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


Butterfly Pavilion, Natural History Museum


Butterfly Pavilion
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles
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
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

Oasis Camel Dairy

Hang Out with Camels
Sunday, May 12, 2024

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

Ride on a Gondola
Wind through the canals of Naples Island in Long Beach on a private Gondola, bring your own small bites and drinks and enjoy a day on the water with mom. Ask about the Mother’s Day package!

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!

Go to a Local Fiesta
May 9-12, 2024
Enjoy carnival rides, live music with dancing, crafts for sale, and food trucks and booths at the Pan Am Fiesta in Lakewood. 

Watch a Musical
Sunday, May 12, 2024
See a special showing of Cinderella the Musical at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Admission includes special photo opps, and goody bags for all moms.

Experience a Renaissance Faire
Step out of the modern world and join a different time in history at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Dress up and join the festivities including plays, music, magic, skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, jousting, and activities like archery and axe throwing.


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!




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