MOTHER'S DAY IN THE AIR: Moms look up as performers take to the air at The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a gorgeous, outdoorsy spot in Topanga. The "Momentum Place" acts that will be leaping and dancing and flying on Sunday, May 10 include the Eye of the Newt Circus and Cirque Berzerk, and other ethereal souls who will be juggling, writhing, and engaging in mystical moves. We've already got a fairies-flitting-in-the-forest feeling from this one. Sunday, May 10, 2PM
MAGICAL MATINEE: When an illusionist says "I've got nothing up my sleeve," we kind of believe him. But moms always have something up their sleeves, right? Because they have to, to keep the whole kit-n-kaboodle running. That's why we think the Sunday matinee at Magicopolis in Santa Monica fits Mother's Day like a top hat on a handsome conjurer. This long-running show is full of tricks and japes and other tricks and pleasures for the eye. Sunday, May 10, 2PM
GETAWAY (PLUS GHOST): We say go over-the-top for your mom on her big weekend. Right? Once a year and all that. We are, of course, obsessed with the Magic Castle, but of course getting into that exclusive club is near impossible unless you know someone. But poof, here's the trick: booking at the nearby Magic Castle Hotel gets your mother into the famous club during her stay. Mommy loves magic, we're betting, and she'd love a stylish, in-town getaway, too.