“Close that door! Were you born in a barn?” “Be careful or you’ll poke your eye out!” “Don’t make that face or it’ll freeze in that position.” “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
Mothers have been giving us their advice for as long as we can remember and we finally realize they were looking out for our best interest and we probably should’ve listened more than we did.
Orange County provides the perfect climate to celebrate Mother’s Day, a delicious array of restaurants and plenty of beautiful sights to see. Here are some great ides to create a special and memorable Mother’s Day…
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, 2013
Take Mom Out on the Town
National Mom’s Nite Out
Take mom to The Shops at Mission Viejo for a special mom’s night out and enjoy the mall-wide events including makeovers, entertainment, fashion tips, refreshments, goodie bags and more. 5-8 p.m. May 10. The Shops at Mission Viejo, 555 The Shops Blvd., Mission Viejo. Free. 949-347-2710.
Treat mom to morning brunch while sailing aboard the wooden schooner Spirit of Dana Point and take in the southern California Coast. Already ate? You can still set sail in the afternoon for a three and a half hour cruise and take in the afternoon on the water with light refreshments. Brunch sail: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; afternoon sail: 2-4:30 p.m. May 12. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. Brunch Sail: Adult: $40-$45; Kids: $25-$30; Afternoon Sail: Adult: $35.50-$38.50; Kids: $19.50-$21.50. 949-496-2274.
Sunset Beach 46th Annual Art Festival
The Sunset Beach Art Festival is fun for all ages and features 150 artisans selling handcrafted decorative and useful items such as ceramic, clothing, jewelry and more. Food and music create a fun atmosphere as well as a kids zone with special activities for children. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. May 11 & 12. Sunset Beach, 12th Street and N. Pacific, Sunset Beach. Free admission and kids zone activities; food prices vary. 714-335-5034.
Dana Wharf Mother’s Day Cruise:
Join us for a two hour Coastal Cruise aboard the Ocean Adventures Catamaran. This holiday trip will depart Dana Point Harbor and cruise up the coastline to Laguna Beach. Champagne, fresh seasonal fruit, juices, pastries and muffins will be served. Adults $45 | Kids $30.
Take Mom Shopping
Downtown Disney, 1580 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
The Downtown Disney District features shopping, dining, AMC theatres and nighttime entertainment. 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
South Coast Plaza features luxury shopping with boutiques, personal shopping and upscale dining. 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m. 800-782-8888.
Irvine Spectrum, 71 Fortune Drive, Irvine
A shopping center with more than 130 retail stores, dining, entertainment, the Irvine Improv and Edwards theatre.11 a.m.-9 p.m. 949-753-5180.
Fashion Island, 401 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach
Fashion Island offers fine dining and a unique blend of luxury, designer and fashion specialty boutiques including Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 949-721-2000.
The Outlets at Orange, 20 City Blvd., Orange
Outdoor mall and entertainment center with a variety of retail stores, dining and AMC theatres. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. 714-385-9000.
Relax at the Spa
Mandara Spa, 1600 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
Mandara Spa brings a touch of Bali to the O.C. and offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures, skin treatments and more. 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Prices vary depending upon service selected. 714-956-6425.
Glen Ivy offers various pampering services including professional massage, body treatments, facials, nail care, waxing and mineral make-up application.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Prices vary depending upon service selected; 16 and over.1-888-453-6489.
Spa Gaucin at The St. Regis Monarch Beach, One Monarch Beach, Dana Point
Spa Gaucin features a special Mother’s Day offer which includes a 60 minute wellness massage to relieve tension and a 60 minute deep cleaning wellness facial. Mom will also receive a Mother Earth Heart Pillow gift. 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Mother’s Day package: $335 per person. 949-234-3367.