Mother’s Day – Get Out of the Brunch Rut

Many of us bring mom flowers and take her out for an overpriced brunch to celebrate Mother’s Day.  This year, let’s do something a bit different, something Mom will remember forever. Here are some ideas for us local to the Huntington Beach area.

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Pacific City Mother’s Day

Celebrate Mom at the newest and trendiest shopping and culinary center in Huntington Beach! Treat mom to a free family photo shoot by Jenna Norman Photography when you present $50 in combined same day receipts from any combination of Pacific City stores and restaurants between April 30 and May 7.

Other fun and free events to celebrate Mom at Pacific City include 10-15 minute chair massages compliments of Equinox, makeup touch ups for Mom by M.A.C. while you wait for your photo to be taken, and a variety of pre-cut wildflower sprigs from Petals & Pop for kids to create a special arrangement for Mom. Don’t miss out on all the fun Mother’s Day events Pacific City has to offer! Enjoy this fun event on Saturday May 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of Tommy Bahama.


Sunset Beach Art Festival

Held each year on Mother’s Day weekend, over 150 artists gather on the greenbelt and display their wares while local bands and musicians entertain in the community center. Food, a kid’s booth, a beer and wine pavilion ensures that the entire family will have fun at this event! The Firehouse Art Gallery featuring fine art, student-submitted art from 7 local schools, and complimentary appetizers, desserts and champagne, makes this the perfect place to spend Mother’s Day with Mom and buy her the perfect Mother’s Day gift. Bring the entire family and join the fun on May 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


8th Annual Huntington Beach Derby Day

This fun alternative Mother’s Day event and fundraiser is perfect for families who want more than just great food. Bring the entire family for a fun afternoon of BBQ, silent auction, pony rides, kid’s crafts, face painting, and best of all – Clydesdales! Enjoy this fun event on May 7 from 1-6 p.m. at the Huntington Beach Equestrian Center and learn more about the Therapeutic Riding Center’s great cause.



And here are some other awesome ideas from The OC Register


Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Be chivalrous this Mother’s Day and treat mom to free admission and a free flower at Medieval Times. To really treat mom like a queen, upgrade her experience with the Mother’s Day Package for an additional $20, which includes a remembrance 6×8 photo in souvenir frame, remembrance scroll, one glass of champagne or mimosa in a souvenir Champagne glass, a Queen of Love and Beauty banner and cheering flag to support your knight. 6:30 & 8:45 p.m. May 11; 3:30, 6 & 8:15 p.m. May 12; 1 & 3:30 p.m. May 13. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, 7662 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. Adult: $57.95; Kids (12 and under): $35.95; Mother’s Day Package: Additional $20; Mom is free with one full-paid adult admission. 1-866-543-9637. Reservations required.


The Improv

Tickle ma’s funny bone with a comedy show at the world-famous Improv. Two locations, two shows. Catch Sebastian Maniscalco’s sarcastic and exasperated take on modern society at the Brea Improv or watch Drew Carey and The Midnight show perform live sketch comedy at the Irvine Improv. Various showtimes. May 11-13. Brea Improv, 120 S. Brea Blvd., Brea. 714-482-0700. $15; 18 and over. Irvine Improv, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine. $30; 21 and over. 949-854-5455.


Tony Bennett

Take mom to see Grammy Award-winner Tony Bennett for a one night only performance of beloved songs. 8 p.m. May 12. Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $66-$105. 714-556-2787.


Battle of the Dance

Show mom a good time with a dinner show featuring world-class dancers performing the Flamenco, Irish, Salsa, Tango and Bollywood dancers. Mariachi will serenade all moms as they enter the lobby. All mothers will receive a rose and a glass of champagne to accompany the meal, which includes appetizers, a choice of one entrée and a dessert. 2 & 6:30 p.m. May 13. Battle of the Dance, 2232 S. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. Adults: $60-$90; Kids: $30-$45; On Mother’s Day: Mom receives free admission with the purchase of two adult tickets. 714-740-1045.


Gondola Beach Cruise

Take mom on an enjoyable gondola beach cruise around Newport Beach. Make a family memory and give mom a special treat. 11 a.m. May 13. Mother’s Day Special: $20 off regular price for parties of 2-6 people. $85 for the first two people; $15 for each additional person. 949-675-1212. Reservations required.


Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Whisk mom back in time with the Renaissance Pleasure Faire. Watch performers, enjoy the music and the atmosphere and visit the caravan of gourmet food trucks. 10 a.m. May 13. Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 Arrow Highway, Irwindale. Adult: 425; Kids 95-12): $15; Children (under 5): Free. 626-334-1065.

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