Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mother's Day Field Trip Ideas

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms of the World! Feliz dia de las Madres! This weekend enjoy a picnic with your mom, shopping at the local mall or just a nature walk at the local botanical garden. Keep reading to find out more…..
快樂的母親日 !heureuse fête des mères! 행복한 어머니의   hnh phúc các bà m ngày  ΓΙΟΡΤΗ ΤΗΣ ΜΗΤΕΡΑΣ   شاد روز    مادر 

"Love is doing small things with great love." Mother Teresa

beaches
Orange County 
Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the local beach. Make sandwiches, fresh fruit and some cold drinks to take with you to Laguna, Newport or Malibu beach. Want to make things easier than buy take out at the local market. Now a days grocery stores offer sushi, salads, fried chicken and other great food options. What you will need to set-up a picnic is a blanket, folding chairs, an umbrella and sunscreen. Bring beach toys for the kids to play with and self entertain while the adults sit and enjoy the day. Clean up is easy and there was no mess at home or long lines to stand in makes for a great day for your mom. 
http://www.ocparks.com/beaches/salt
http://www.visitnewportbeach.com/things-to-do/
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=835
sessionssandwiches photo sessionssandwich_zps9a18d19d.jpg
Don't make mom cook or clean this weekend. Take her to the park and cook on the barbecue.  Everything you need is at the grocery store or Costco. Make things easier by buying already prepared food and just laying a blanket to sit and picnic. Avoid the mess and buy take out. Try to bring snack foods like grapes, oranges and bananas for the kids. Parks now have rides and activities for special days like Mother's Day. Just look on their calendar to see what is happening this weekend and show mom a great time. 
http://www.ocparks.com/parks/irvine/
http://www.ocparks.com/parks/william/
http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/dpr
ocparks


Take mom to a local Museum- My favorite is the Los Angeles Natural History Museums. They have a Gem area with some of the most gorgeous diamonds, Sapphires and Ruby's in the world. Mom can touch and see first hand some of the most beautiful gems in the world. A girl can make a wish on these diamonds and sapphires.  Outside they have a large rose garden with a water fountain. I love taking pictures there and the kids are welcomed. There is an admission fee, please call or visit their website for update information. 
https://nhm.org/site/explore-exhibits/permanent-exhibits/gems-minerals
blue moon diamond
12 carat Blue Moon Diamond Photo credit: NHM 
Botanical gardens – Botanical gardens are great for adults and kids because kids can run around and discover new plants. Moms and dads can sit and watch the kids have fun while getting their energy out. Bring a picnic lunch and get fresh air. Everyone can de-compress and connect with nature. Here is a list of local botanical gardens. Please visit their websites for admission fees and hours of operation as they are subject to change. 
http://southcoastbotanicgarden.org/
http://fullertonarboretum.org/home.php
https://www.botgard.ucla.edu/
http://www.huntington.org/
http://www.fieldtripmom.com/2016/05/university-california-riverside.html
Peonies Roses Trader Joes 
Make a memory- Try making an appointment to the Color Me Mine or a place that offers make your own Art work. It is something you will love for years to come. I made one last year and I love it.

Local Church events -Some churches have special events for Mother's Day. Call around and find out what your local church offers for Sunday services. They sometimes offer childcare. 

Buy Costco gift cards to get a great deal. Costco offers discounts on spa gift cards and selected restaurants.

Fun shopping ideas:

Wholesale flowers: http://www.ocwholesaleflowers.com/
http://www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.com/directory/map-of-center/
http://www.southcoastplaza.com/
http://www.thegrovela.com/

Free events in your area: https://www.facebook.com/FieldtripmomFTM/


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