By Sheryl Craig

Planning a mom-daughter day is always fun as there are so many interesting and exciting things to do in Los Angeles. Mother’s Day takes planning to another level. From sharing a day at the museum to stopping and literally smelling the roses, there are multiple mom-daughter experiences to share. Here are a few ideas to surprise mom with – planning is key here as you may need to book reservations or purchase tickets in advance.

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The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(310) 440-7300

When: Saturday, May 12 – 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m.

Take in the glorious Los Angeles views, art, and architecture with mom. The Getty Center is hosting a unique art adventure at the Origami Garden. Participants and guests will be inspired as they join physicist and world-renowned origami artist Robert J. Lang. He will be creating large, life-like paper animals and insects. The program is free making it easy for patrons to pursue their curiosities. At the origami making event, you’ll learn to fold paper flowers and other garden creatures. Your creations can be taken home or added to the Getty’s Origami Garden installation.

Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen & Friends
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 North Santa Monica Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 746-4000

When: May 13, 2018 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

What a treat it is to have a dance lesson with three-time Emmy Award-winner, Debbie Allen. Her popular Dance Sundays at The Wallis class will get moms and daughters moving and grooving as she teaches African Dance. The class is typically outdoors and it highlights the music, dance, and tradition of West Africa. Accompanied by live drummers, this energetic experience will be a unique gift Mom will never forget. And best of all, the class is free.

Spago’s Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch
176 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 385-0880

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If you’re not planning on serving breakfast to mom in bed, spend Mother’s Day listening to the sultry sounds of jazz. Wolfgang Puck’s iconic Spago Beverly Hills is spotlighting jazz singer Melissa Morgan and her trio on Mother’s Day. The restaurant is offering a magnificent Champagne Cocktail Bar, decadent “Gelato and Bake Shop” pop-up, and 3-course menu. Pricing is $145 per person and $65 for children 12 and under from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.

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Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200

When: Sunday, May 13, 2018

Mom doesn’t need to have a green thumb to enjoy an afternoon at the celebrated Descanso Gardens. Before you take her on the docent-guided Weekend Walk throughout the garden to see the latest and greatest in blossoms including roses, have a special brunch date in the Rose Pavilion. Patina’s Executive Chef Phillip Mack pulls inspiration from the surrounding gardens, bringing a rustic elegant flavor to the plate. The all-inclusive brunch features a maple chicken and waffle station, garlic and herb prime rib roast at The Carvery, and a sumptuous Eggs Benedict station. It’s $85/adults and $40/child and ticket price includes entry to the Gardens.

Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
9300 block of Civic Center Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 285-6830

When: Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spend the morning with Mom strolling through the abundant Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market. This weekly outdoor market provides California-grown, fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables. Highlights along the market include strawberries from Harry’s Berries (get to the stand early to make sure you go home with the best berries), Kenter Canyon Farms’ heritage tomatoes and leafy greens, the sweet carrots from Los Olivos Roots Organic Farm, just to name a few of the produce options. Purchase some items to take home to cook together. The Market also offers fresh juices (Menos Juices), fresh-baked bread (LA-based Lodge Bread Co.), specialty items and more.

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