February kicks off with a celebratory bang and we couldn’t be more excited. From volunteering to help feed Angelenos, watching a musical version of “The Velveteen Rabbit” to a special VIP preview of the interactive “Bloom” art show the whole family can enjoy, you’ll definitely have your weekend filled with fun. Special notes: Make sure to stop by the Zimmer Museum to help honor Rosa Parks on her birthday and catch the last day of the exhibit “Body Worlds: Pulse” before it leaves town. Scroll through to see the rest of the events we can’t wait to check out.

Los Angeles

Love in Bloom
BLOOM, an interactive art show, is offering families a VIP preview of their summer festival, with a Valentine’s Day mini-photo session as well as several hands-on artistic experiences. Play in one of our signature pieces, “Dream,” a bed filled with rose petals, while a professional photographer snaps your little one’s portrait. You will receive five edited images from your session to gift them to your Valentine. You will also have the opportunity to preview installations as well as to try your hand at fresh flower tasting. Advance reservations only. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Rosa Parks
Today we celebrate Rosa Parks, born on this date in 1913. After a hard day of work on Dec. 1, 1955, Rosa Parks stood up to segregation and inequality by not giving up her seat on the bus. Join us in our Art Studio as we honor and celebrate her bravery and life-long commitment to fight injustice. Sun. Event details.

Body Worlds: Pulse
This amazing show is all about the intricacies of the human body. This special exhibition presents the body in health and distress, its vulnerabilities and potential, and many of the challenges the human body faces as it navigates the 21st Century. More than 200 plastinated specimens — including whole bodies, body configurations, translucent slices, and organs – are curated and presented in galleries that feature the various systems of the body.  This show is not for all kids – some young scientists will be fascinated, other sensitive types will find this upsetting or “gross.”  Please read the Family Guide before deciding if this is right for your kids! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

First Fridays at the NHM
Discover the Museum after hours with tours, discussions, live music, and cocktails.This season the topic is “L.A. Invents: A Becoming Los Angeles Series” where we look at what makes L.A. the capital of the 21st century. Weaving together nature, culture, and creativity, we scope out Los Angeles through amazing lectures and tours. Please be aware that event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door, and be sure to come early, as all the events are first come, first served. Fri. Event details.

Lincoln Heights

Family Kitchen Prep at L.A. Kitchen With For-Purpose Kids
Bring the whole family (young and old) to L.A. Kitchen for a fun morning of prepping reclaimed fruits and vegetables that will be transformed into healthy meals for Angelenos in our local community. There will be kid-friendly prep stations (no knives!), activities facilitated by For-Purpose kids, and healthy snacks provided by L.A. Kitchen. Due to the nature of the activity, we are only able to host families and their children 7 years old and up. Registration is required, and there is an encouraged donation of $5 per family for this activity. Contact mperron@lakitchen.org with any questions. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Black History Month Storytime
Master storyteller Michael D. McCarty will present a program of stories from African American history and culture that will inform, educate and entertain. Sat. Event details.

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The Velveteen Rabbit
Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theatre Y.E.S. (Youth Education/Entertainment Series) proudly presents “The Velveteen Rabbit The Musical Where Toys Become Real!”  Although it is the most modest toy in the nursery, the Velveteen Rabbit earns the love of a young child and learns the joys and pain of becoming “Real.” Margery Williams’ classic book springs to magical life in this enchanting musical about love, loss, and self-esteem, with music by the composer of the smash Off-Broadway revue I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. The show is recommended for children ages 3 and up. Order tickets online or save online fees by calling our box office directly at (310) 828-7519. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Family Flicks Film Series: Bugsy Malone
In answer to his kids’ complaints that they weren’t allowed to see The Godfather, director Alan Parker reimagined Prohibition-era Chicago and the exploits of Al Capone as a toe-tapping musical with an all-kid cast and pie fights in place of gun battles. Jodie Foster and Scott Baio lead the cast as a torch singer and a tough guy who defend their speakeasy from a rival gang, set to the catchy rhythms of Paul Williams’s songs. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Little Explorers Take Over Descanso
Bring youngsters ages 2-5 to explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will use their senses to discover the natural world of the garden through hands-on activities and crafts. Sat. Event details.

A Faery Hunt Fairy Tea Party
Come dressed in your faery prince or princess finest attire for a Fairy Tea Party! Each table will be hosted by one of “A Faery Hunt’s” charming faeries. Be dazzled by English Tea Sandwiches, shortbread cookies, faery fruit and veggies, and Fairy Tea will be served followed by circle-time story time with the faeries, music, dancing, and surprises. Space is limited for the Fairy Tea Party, so get your tickets now for this catered event. Groups and parties are welcome. Sat. Event details.

Groundhog Day Aboard Battleship Iowa
In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, Phil, the national groundhog will leave his burrow at 7:25 a.m. to tell humans if they will be an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Regardless of Phil seeing his shadow or not, Battleship IOWA will allow you to buy a tour ticket on that day to explore as much as you’d like and come back again on a different day using the same card stamped with Groundhog Day (Feb. 2) for free. Fri. Event details.

 

What events are you going to check out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber