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Give Mom Something Different: Time on the Town With Family


Mother's Day arrives Sunday. But instead of the same old candy and bouquet, you might want to give her the greatest gift of all: time with her clan. Here are a few possible weekend activities.


* The comic ballet "Coppelia: The Girl With Enamel Eyes" is a family-friendly tale of a toy maker who tries to bring a beautiful doll to life. Performed by the Festival Ballet Theatre at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College, 2701 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa. $13-$17. (714) 432-5880.

* Parents can rest easy at the Orange County Children's Theatre's staging of "Grease": The not-quite-G-rated material has been given the ax. Final performances at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Stanton Cultural Arts Center, 7800 Katella Ave., Stanton. $6-$8. (714) 502-2244.


* The Victorian Tea Society presents a special Mother's Day weekend tea at the historic Discovery Museum of Orange County. Designed for adults but open to older children and teens attending with an adult. Seatings at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.; they include a noon lecture on Queen Victoria. Discovery Museum, 3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana. $17.50. (714) 540-0404.

* Little ones play along in the Brown Bag Players' audience-participation version of "The Pied Piper." The fun begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, when kids can munch their lunch while watching the cast put on makeup; performance starts at noon. BYO lunch. Rancho Can~ada School, 21801 Winding Way, Lake Forest. $6. (949) 581-5402.

* Pacific Symphony wraps up this season's family concert series. Hands-on musical exploration stations are offered in the lobby at 9 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Orange County Performing Arts Center, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa. $10-$12. (714) 740-7878.


* Treat Mom to toe-tapping tunes by the Vagabonds at a free concert at 2 p.m. at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda. (714) 528-0544.

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