On May 8, there is something for every kind of mother happening in Los Angeles, so if brunch is feeling a bit played out this Mother's Day, treat your mama to an outing more her style at one of these local events.
For Artsy Moms: The Mother and Children Program at the Getty Center will feature a slide show of depictions of mothers and children in great works of art. This lecture will be followed by tea and a gallery tour. Admission is limited to 100 guests.
2 p.m., $30
1200 Getty Center Dr.; 310-440-7330
For Music Loving Moms: It's likely your mother has a small crush on the Los Angeles Philharmonic's charmingly handsome conductor Gustavo Dudamel, so it will be a double treat when you take her to this matinee performance by Dudamel and his esteemed symphony at downtown's Disney Hall. Make sure to take mom for a stroll through the venue's splendid garden patio before the show.
Disney Hall, 135 North Grand Ave.; 213-972-7211
For Earth Mamas: Nestled in the woods up in Topanga Canyon is the magical Theatricum Botanicum theatre. TB's Mother's Day program, "Momentum," will be a family friendly performance of Cirque du Soleil trained aerialists, circus performers, dancers and musicians. Brunch will also be served in the theatre's rustic garden.
2 p.m., $25 adults, $15 students, $10 kids 12 and under; brunch $20
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga; 310-455-2322
For Laid Back Moms: Sure, the chill Santa Monica Farmer's Market happens every Sunday morning, (from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), but you can make mom feel like it's all for her on Mother's Day by hitting up the market's various vendors for a bouquet of fresh flowers, assorted snacks and a spicy Mexican hot chocolate. Spread your blanket out under the trees for a holiday picnic while you and mom people watch the fresh, young families that tend to roam this market.
2640 Main St., Santa Monica; 310-458-8712
For Moms With a Sense of Humor: While certainly not the sweetest mother/child movie in film history, the screening of cult classic "Mommie Dearest" at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre will likely make you grateful that your mother isn't a crazy, fading Hollywood icon with control issues and a drinking problem. Unless, of course, she is, in which case, we're sorry.
7:30 p.m., $11
6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 323-466-3456