Thursday, May 5, 2011

Coming Attractions: Mother's Day Edition

justJenn Designs at Royal/T

Not that I'm trying to hint at anything (ahem), but there are a ton of fun things going on in Los Angeles this Mother's Day, starting with local design/food/mom blogger justJENN's party at Royal/T in Culver City from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Families are welcome to indulge in a High Tea Set ($20), complete with Jenn's milk tea cupcakes, and kids can show off their artsy side at a complimentary craft table. You'll also get a chance to meet O.G., aka Jenn's "original grandma" and star of many blog posts, at the event. Reservations recommended.

8910 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


Mother's Day Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery

Again, not that I'm trying to hint at anything (ahem, ahem), the lovely and delicious Magnolia Bakery has added a mom-friendly flourish to their vanilla buttercream cupcakes. These amazing-looking treats have been rolled in sanding sugar, nonpareils, with an edible image of vintage moms placed on top. One bakery box with all six designs is $28.50, while a single mom-friendly cupcake with a ribbon-tied gift box is $6.

Magnolia Bakery

8389 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Help A Mother Out

Mother's Day Diaper Drive & Fundraiser at Fresh Brothers Pizza

Because giving is always better than receiving, moms (and dads and kids) can help out other moms who are in desperate need of diapers for their little ones.

On Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., all five Fresh Brothers locations (Marina del Rey, Manhattan Beach, Calabasas, Westlake Village and Redondo Beach) will be taking diaper and cash donations to benefit Los Angeles area partner agencies of Help A Mother Out, an organization dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need.

And for every case of diapers or $20+ donated at the event, Fresh Brothers will thank donors with a gift certificate for a free one-topping personal pizza.


Photo courtesy of The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

Lexi Pearl's "Momentum Place" at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

If Mom feels more like a whimsical outdoor performance to celebrate her special day, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum in Topanga is presenting Lexi Pearl's "Momentum Place" on Sunday, May 8, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. The live show features aerialists, circus performers, dancers and musicians.

There's also an optional brunch ($20 per person) available from Bon Melange before the performance.

Lexi Pearl's "Momentum Place"
The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Topanga, CA 90290
Tickets: Adults ($25); Students ($15); Children 12 and Under ($12)
To purchase, visit or call 310-455-2322


The Santa Monica Festival at Clover Park

While not exactly Mother's Day-specific, the annual Santa Monica Festival is still a place where families can have lots of fun together.

Moms, Dads and the kiddos can indulge in a wealth of yummy local cuisine from food trucks such as Border Grill, Crepe'n Around and Gastrobus, before making DIY crafts from recycled materials, all while listening to live music from Ozokidz (the kid-friendly version of band Ozomatli) and The Americans.

The Santa Monica Festival

Saturday, May 7 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.)
Clover Park
2600 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Whatever you choose to do this weekend, celebrate Mom, and have a wonderful time doing it!

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