I don't know about you, but for me, Mother's Day and the time surrounding it is always a time of questions. What would be the best Mother's Day gift for my mommy? What Mother's Day activities are around here to treat her to? Can I possibly show my gratitude for everything she has sacrificed for me in a single day's worth of Mother's Day gifts and Mother's Day activities? Those of you out there questioning yourselves have come to the right place for answers. While I'm pretty sure the answer to that last question is no, the Ayres Hotels of Southern California can definitely help you out with Mother's Day activities near and around the Southern California area. From spa pampering to brunches to a little up close and personal with some exotic cats, we most definitely have something, or an IDEA for something, in your area to help you make memories this Mother's Day! Take a look below! Ayres Lodge Alpine Lions, Tigers and Bears Take a walk on the wild side at Lions, Tigers and Bears. Lions, Tigers and Bears is a dedicated rescue facility providing a safe haven for abused and unwanted exotic cats. Get a close up look at these marvelous creatures. For more information visit www.lionstigersandbears.org or call 619.659.8078. Sage and Songbirds Festival A hands-on festival dedicated to the preservation of birds, butterflies and other creatures of habitat. For more information visit www.chirp.org or call 619.445.8352. Janet’s Montana Café Enjoy an afternoon brunch at Janet’s Montana Café and then take a stroll through the JK Corral. Look through the beautiful Moose Creek garden and various shops. For more information call 619. 659.3874. Horseback Riding Explore the landscape the way our forefathers did- on horseback. Immerse yourself in the cowgirl life at Darcy Edwards Training Center and enjoy the taste of the west. For more information www.darcyedwards.com or call 858.335.7105. Titanic Artifact Exhibition Take a look at the 100 year journey of the Titanic. The Artifact Exhibition takes you through the compelling human stories told through authentic artifacts and re-creation of the ships interior. To reserve time tickets visit www.sdnhm.org/titanic or call 877.946.7797. Ayres Inn Corona East Spend the day at Glen Ivy Spa and enjoy a luxurious treatment or massage. Treat mom to a shopping trip at The Galleria Mall in Riverside. Try out the best wines when you go wine tasting at the Temecula Wineries. Take in the Play “Miss Saigon” at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside. Enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner at Mimi’s Café, within walking distance of the hotel. Ayres Suites Corona West How's this for a bit of Mother's Day pampering? Start by having a hot breakfast buffet at the hotel which includes eggs, sausage, country potatoes, fresh fruit, yogurt and pancakes. Then visit nearby Glen Ivy Spa, where you and your mommy can enjoy their sparkling pools and mud baths. You could also luxuriate and relax with a massage and facial. After leaving Glen Ivy, treat your mother to a manicure and pedicure at Q’s Nails. The enjoy a movie at one of the 21 movie screens at the Crossings theaters at the Crossings at Corona Shopping Center. Top off the evening by enjoying the atmosphere at one of the many restaurants available at the Crossings at Corona Shopping Center. They include Kings Fish House, BJ’s Brewery, On the Border, Chili’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings. Sounds like a plan to me! Ayres Hotel & Suites Ontario Convention Center Paint, Play and Eat! Enjoy a visit to Victoria Gardens. Stop in at Color me Mine and paint a special piece of pottery with mom. Enjoy lunch at one of many fabulous restaurants and then hope on the kid approved mini train ride with mom for ride around the block. http://www.ranchocucamonga.colormemine.com Need for speed! K1 Speed Ontario offers racers a choice of two unique and challenging tracks. The layout for Track 1 features a tight and technical infield, yet also offers wide passing areas that are great for overtaking. Track 2 has a very long straightaway and several hairpin turns that demand good rhythm and a precise balance of throttle and steering. Regardless of the track that you race on, racing at 40mph a mere inches from the ground with up to 9 other drivers around you fighting for position is a thrilling experience that will redefine your outlook on go karts. The 20hp electric karts are clean, efficient, and quiet, and they offer stellar performance that may just catch you by surprise! * Height requirement for adult karts is 4ft 10in (58?) All junior racers must be a minimum of 4' tall to race. www.k1speed.com/ontario-location.html It’s show time! Visit the Lewis Family Playhouse located in Victoria Gardens. Families, schoolchildren, college students, and the young-at-heart experience family-friendly plays and musicals - sometimes serious, sometimes thoughtful, and sometimes just for fun. Performed by the Cultural Center's professional theatre company, the MainStreet Theatre Company, these productions are sure to inspire the creative artist in each spectator. An integral relationship with regional school districts is demonstrated through exclusive school-only performances, interactive field trips, and curriculum resources for teachers.Other offerings of the Lewis Family Playhouse include the Family Series, performed by artists from around the globe, and the Specialty Series, with productions appealing to more adult audiences. www.lewisfamilyplayhouse.com Picnic at the park! Order a picnic lunch from the Ayres Courtyard Grille and enjoy your lunch at any one of numerous parks within a short drive of the hotel. During the summer visit Guasti Regional Park which offer pedal boating out on the lake or enjoy the pools and waterslides. http://cms.sbcounty.gov/parks/Parks/CucamongaGuastiRegionalPark.aspx Go Figure…Skate! Enjoy an afternoon of figure skating with your favorite someone at the Ontario Ice Skating Center only minutes away from the hotel. http://www.ontarioiceskatingcntr.com/ Ayres Hotel Laguna Woods Brunch at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach, with scenic views of the Laguna Coast and a menu of seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. Brunch at Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point on Pacific Coast Highway. Enjoy traditional breakfast dishes as well as prime rib and champagne. Afterward, you are just minutes away from Dana Point Harbor where you can shop or play on the beach. Pack a picnic lunch and go hiking in Crystal Cove State Park in Newport Beach where you can spend hours enjoying the coastal scenery with breathtaking views of Newport Coast. Visit the Laguna Tide pools after breakfast or brunch and cool down in the water while combing for sea creatures and shells. If you are not the outdoorsy type, then head over to the Irvine Spectrum after brunch for a leisurely stroll through the outdoor shopping and entertainment center and enjoy department stores such as Nordstrom or take in a movie at their 21 screen theater or ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy a 360 degree view of south Orange County and beyond. Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach Spa treatment at Trilogy Spa: While the location is not running specials for Mother’s Day, if you “Like” their Facebook page, you may find yourself with and extra 10 percent off any treatment. 451 Manhattan beach Blvd. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 760-0044 The Yoga Loft is offering a $150 “surf, soothe and soul” package that includes paddle session, a massage and a yoga class. 1112 Ocean Dr. Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310) 372-7334 Four Daughters Kitchen: where moms will receive a free mimosa and flower with brunch. 3505 Highland Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310)545-2444 Tin Roof Bistro is offering a prix fixe brunch from 10am-2:30 p. $22.50 per person plus a flower garden where kids can make a special bouquet for mom! 3500 N Sepulveda Blvd Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 (310)546-6180 Saveur Magazine is offering a French cooking class on Mother’s day for $94. They will also be giving out a full color menu with recipes and gift tote bag with samples and discounts. South Bay School of Cooking 1951 Artesia Blvd. Redondo Beach, CA 90278. (310)350-3772 Ayres Suites Ontario Mills Mall Game Works - When you’re ready to take your play to a whole new level, GameWorks is your place. You’ll find dozens of ways to challenge your skills & work out a little friendly competition with Mom! Color Me Mine - If you love the idea of family bonding and wholesome recreation, then visit our nearby Color Me Mine studio! Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor - Take mom out for a cone or a scoop! She will just be happy to spend time with her favorite child! Olivia’s Doll House - Olivia's Tea Room specialize in High Teas, Birthday Parties, Doll Brunches, Baby/Bridal Showers, Book Clubs, Girl Scout Events or maybe your Mother's Day activity? Ayres Hotel & Spa Mission Viejo and Ayres Suites Mission Viejo Coto de Caza Golf & Racquet Club Mother’s Day Brunch - Starts at 10am and ends at 1:30pm $49++ per adult $15++ per child Distance from hotel 7 miles, 13 minutes Las Brisas Sunday 4-Course Champagne Brunch – Includes a four-course, full-service dining experience including complimentary champagne from Las Brisas’ own private stock, authentic Mexican pastries freshly baked in our ovens, and your choice of coffee, tea or milk. Available Sundays starting at 9am and ending at 3pm. Pricing Roughly $35 per person Distance from hotel 14 miles, 35 minutes Dana Point Wine Cruise - Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor. Includes four wine tastings from The Organic Cellar -- a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. A sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts complement the wine. A cash bar is also available if mom needs a little refresher! Friday May 11th Saturday May 12th Departs at 5:30pm-7pm Pricing $49 Distance from hotel 19 miles, 30 minutes Ayres Hotel & Spa Moreno Valley Shopping Day at Cabazon, Ontario Mills Mall, or Moreno Valley Mall. Spa Day at the Sandalwood Spa at Ayres. See the sights of Historic Downtown Riverside. Visit the Museum and take a tour of the Mission Inn in Downtown Riverside. Visit the March Air Field Museum. Take a nature Walk/Hike in Sycamore Canyon Wilderness park. Skydive (Indoor or Outdoor) at Skydive Perris. Or just relax by the pool, have lunch, and watch the skydivers. Ayres Inn Orange Enjoy a delicious lunch with your Mommy at the newest Anepalco’s Cafe, located right inside Ayres Inn Orange! Spa day at Burke Williams, located at the Outlets of Orange, just two blocks from Ayres Inn Orange. Spend some Mommy & Me time shopping at the Outlets of Orange. The catch a movie at AMC Theatres. You could always treat your mom to a day at Disneyland! What better Mother's Day activity is there than to revisit the place of your youth WITH your mom? Ayres Hotel Redlands Saturday or Sunday Brunch at Wild Rocket. The Wild Rocket is a new restaurant in town that currently serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am-2:00pm. Brunch features a variety of seasonal foods and mimosas. Color Me Mine offers a variety of items for you to paint. You can enroll in a course or paint on your own. All prices are marked on the bottom of the piece and once you have completed it you leave it there to be fired, and then pick it up in a week or so. The Eating Room offers tea time in the afternoons. Surprise your mom with tea and a variety of finger foods. International Day Spa offers an array of services. Take your mom to the spa for a massage or one of the many wraps they offer Ayres Hotel Seal Beach Color Me Mine – 2nd street Belmont Shore – Hand paint ceramic figurines Brunch at Spaghettini – Live Jazz and Champagne Bruch – Plan to spend most of the day there!!(reservations required) Brunch at Schooner or Later- Waterfront Dining in Long Beach Marina – No reservations required. Get there early and enjoy a Bloody Mary while you wait! Duffy Boat Rentals – Naples – Putter around the water ways of Naples.. Bring your own snacks and beverages to enjoy on your cruise. bayboatrentals.net Prep Kitchen cooking class – Take a cooking class with Mom - www.prepkitchenessentials.com/ Beach Day Picnic – Seal Beach Pier Complexions Day Spa – Massage for two - www.complexionsdayspa.com/ Make Mom a special bouquet of flowers – Devynns Garden, Seal Beach - devynnsgarden.com/ Ayres Boutique Suites Ontario Airport Take your mommy ice skating at the Ontario Ice Skating Center just minutes from the hotel. They have public sessions on Saturday from 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Admission is just $7.00 with our own skates and $9.00 to include skate rental. Grab a boxed lunch from the Courtyard Grill restaurant and head off to Scandia Amusement Park just minutes from the hotel. They have 25 rides, go-karts, miniature golf and the Scandia Screamer is the Inland Empire’s tallest roller coaster. What a scream! They also have a picnic area where you can enjoy your boxed lunches. Head out to Foxcroft Farm. They are conveniently located in Chino near the hotel and horseback riding lessons for children 6 and up are offered. There is nothing better for the inner soul than the outside of a horse. I’m an artist! When I stay at the Ayres Boutique Suites with my Mommy, we spent the day at nearby Victoria Gardens Shopping Center. At Color Me Mine I painted my own Belle figurine keepsake box. Later Mommy let me decide where we would eat. I picked California Pizza Kitchen. Yum. Back at the hotel we went for a swim, the hotel has a really big swimming pool. It was a great day. Check out the Chino Planes of Fame Air Museum. See real airplanes from World War II. And mom gets in free because Mother’s Day! Do not miss it.