Puppet nerds, pink cupcake eaters, camellias, whales, Maori dance, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy goes family and more – there’s a whole crazy range of activities happening all over the city this weekend, so there’s sure to be something here to appeal to everyone in your family, not matter how offbeat their interests.
1. Hop over to see “Grasshopper and the Ant” – A puppet show
Swazzle present this comical retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable, set in Ancient Greece and told by puppets. It’s a great jumping off point for a day spent exploring downtown
February 22, 2p.m.
Ages 2+ Free
Los Angeles Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles
2. Party Like Pint Sized Rock Star at Zimmerpalooza
The Zimmer is banking on the fact that your whole family is really ready to rock! Featuring a line-up of some of LA’s coolest rock bands for kids (including Mista Cookie Jar, Twinkle Time, Willie Aaron, Beat Buds & more), there will be stylin’ stations for getting the rockstar treatment and of course loads of superstar hands-on activities for all ages (like a tattoo parlor, sock puppet karoke, DIY disco balls & more); this is one rockin’ party your family does not want to miss!
February 23 11a.m. – 5p.m.
$25/child, $50/adult (Proceeds benefit this fabulous kids’ museum)
Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
3. An Old Time Double Feature
The New Beverly is showing back to back “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves” (from 1944) and “Jason and the Argonauts (from 1964) in a throwback afternoon in the dark that’s fun for the whole family
February 23 – 25 at various times
Ages 6+ $6-$8 for both movies
New Beverly Cinema, 7165 W. Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles
4. Puppet Town
“Puppet Town” is back with puppets, music, sketch comedy and fun! With a cast of comedians and puppeteers, it’ll give your funny bones a workout!
February 22 2p.m. – 3p.m.
$8-10 and free for kids under 12
The Nerdmelt Showroom @ Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
5. Day of Music with Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
The iconic swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy presents a Day of Music in support of art and music programs in Glendale public schools. The event will kick off with a day of music geared toward kids of all ages (free). End the evening with a perfect excuse to get a sitter: the benefit concert and VIP after-party (tickets range from $25-$127, the evening event is adults only). Great music, great cause, fun for the whole family
February 22 1:30p.m. – 12a.m.
The Alex Theater, 216 N Brand Blvd., Glendale
6. Camellia Festival
Sometimes you’ve got to stop and smell the flowers, and a beautiful place to do that is the Camellia Festival, where more than 5,000 kids march in the parade. “Oh the Books I Can Read” is the theme of the parade, and the whole weekend. The Camellia Festival Parade begins at 10a.m. at Las Tunas Dr. between Sultana Ave. & Rowland Ave.
February 21 – 23 (Festival hours are Friday from 4p.m. – 11p.m., Saturday 11a.m. – 11p.m., Sunday noon – 8p.m.)
Free for all ages
Temple City Park, Las Tunas Dr. at Sultana Ave., Temple City
7. Maori Dance Jam
It’s a Family Jam at the Fowler, and this one is all about Maori Dance. Watch and learn the expressive dance, then make a pendant to wear while you dance.
February 23 2p.m. to 4p.m.
Free for all ages
Fowler Museum (UCLA), 3089 Charles E Young Dr., Westwood
8. Camp Fair
Learn about all the amazing opportunities your kids can have at camps this summer. Meet camp directors and staff and even pre-register for camps that typically fill up quickly. It seems early to begin planning that perfect summer, day camps are opening their registration in February and many fill fast. For convenience, parents have an opportunity at the fair to review the camp schedules and pricing in one place.
February 23 1p.m. to 4p.m.
Free for all ages
Stephen S. Wise School, 5500 Stephen S. Wise Dr., Los Angeles
9. Take a Whale of an Adventure
Start your whale adventure at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium learning about the fascinating life of the Pacific gray whale. Then head out on a two-hour voyage in search of whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Don’t miss the boat!
February 23 8:30a.m. to 12p.m.
$22 (Call 310-548-7562 to reserve a spot)
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro
10. Pinkalicious, the musical
Got a little one who adores pink? A family friendly performance! Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents and her indulgence turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, will Pinkalicious figure a way out of this predicament?
Weekends through March 2 (Saturday matinees at 1p.m. and 3p.m. and Sunday matinees at 1p.m.)
$20-$30 ages 3-10
El Portal Theatre, 5260 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood
Where will you be this weekend? Let us know!