Did you know the first Mother’s Day was organized and celebrated in 1908 in West Virginia? By 1911, all U.S. states recognized the holiday, and in 1914 Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation making it an official national holiday to be observed on the second Sunday of May. If you’re a SoCal kid looking for a creative way to celebrate mom this Sunday, we suggest veering away from the century-old bouquet-and-card shtick. Instead, check out these awesome alternatives endorsed by our very own Taryn and John-Carlo!
Brunch at Bacara
Ah yes, the obligatory mother’s day brunch buffet. A popular Mother’s Day activity most chosen to celebrate mom’s special day, and for a good reason! You can’t go wrong with usual endless waffles, mimosas, and chilled shellfish, but the Bacara takes it a step further. This mother’s day the Baraca will also be hosting a section for Asian cuisine, a carving station, and even a buffet just for kids.
8301 Hollister Ave – Goleta, CA – More info
The Santa Barbara Zoo
On Mother’s Day the Santa Barbara Zoo will be giving mothers special treatment with the first 500 moms receiving flowers and a souvenir, but that’s not all. There will also be a special Mother’s Day photo opportunity and the zoo keeper talks will focus on the mothers in the animal world. Additionally, the Explore Store will be hosting a craft station where you can make a sailboard with recycled wine corks. Mother’s day at the zoo is sure to be a fun day for everyone!
500 Ninos Dr – Santa Barbara, CA – More info
Mother’s Day Comedy Show with Nancy Bellany and Friends
Show your appreciation to mom by taking her to get an abdominal workout while sipping cocktails. No, the gym didn’t start dispensing booze from the water fountains, but Ice House Comedy Club will be putting on a special Mother’s Day show that will have you and your mom laughing until it hurts! Hosted by Nancy Bellany (from Comedy Central, Comic View and Last Comic Standing), the night will consist of her and 10 other comedians making you laugh till closing time. (2 Drink Minimum)
24 North Mentor Avenue – Pasadena, CA – More info
Mother’s Day Wine Tasting and Tour at Rosenthal Estate
Treat your mother to a day at the beautiful Rosenthal Estate in the Malibu hills. This 250-acre property will be offering a Mother’s Day special that includes tickets for 2 people with a wine tasting, guided tour, and a chocolate gift. Don’t miss out on this chance to give you mother what she really wants; quality time with you, some chocolate, and a bit of vino.
29000 Newton Canyon Road – Malibu, CA – More info
The Ritz-Calrton, Rancho Mirage
If you are headed to the desert, chance are you and mom are looking for an epic pool. Head to the Ritz-Carlton Palm Springs where you can catch up on your tan and with mom atop a 650-foot bluff overlooking all of Palm Springs.
68900 Frank Sinatra Dr – Rancho Mirage, CA – More info
BMW Performance Driving School West
If you and mom are looking to take a walk on the wild side check out the BMW Performance Driving School West! This will for sure be a memory making outing as you and mom take a spin around the track in 100 percent factory distributed cars. If you like your adventure so much maybe mom will consider buying her favorite kid a new ride?
96030 62nd Ave – Thermal, CA – More info
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Newport Beach’s premier oceanfront steak and seafood restaurant. Treat your mom to 21 Oceanfront’s spectacular Mother’s Day brunch. Sweeping ocean views and spectacular sunsets make 21 Oceanfront the Number 1 place to celebrate Mother’s Day in Newport Beach. Start your morning off with a celebratory champagne toast, followed by delicious tuna tartar, seaweed salad and wonton crisps.
2100 W Oceanfront – Newport Beach, CA – More info
Head to Fashion Island to check out Red O’s featured brunch for Mother’s Day. Brunch includes made to order omelets, huevos rancheros, ceviche and more. What makes it one of the best in town? Try bottomless Mimosas, Tequila Sunrises, and Bloody Marys.
143 Newport Center Dr – Newport Beach, CA – More info
Pacifica Del Mar and Coast Walk
Treat your mom to some award-winning oceanfront dining this Mother’s Day. Pacifica Del Mar’s three-course prix fixe meal includes breakfast and lunch items. Take the morning and stretch out those three courses with a long walk on the beach. Mom will appreciate the thought and quality time making you her favorite child for sure!
1555 Camino Del Mar – Del Mar, CA – More info
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
On Mother’s Day, Veladora, the hotel’s onsite restaurant, will be offering a special brunch for mom including lemon soufflé pancakes. Stay for the day and take part in some family-friendly activities such as flower crown making, over-sized lawn games, and a frozen treat stand. Or, check out the Stonefruit Sangria Bar and cabana lounges for a break from the mom life!
5921 Valencia Cir – Rancho Santa Fe, CA – More info
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