This weekend is all about cultural trailblazing, and the options couldn’t be more diverse or more fun. If trucks are your thing, then track down the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck or check out the Monster Jam happening in Anaheim. Want to go high-brow? Make your wishes come true with the Broadway production of Aladdin or catch the family-friendly flick, Paddington 2. Hungry? Smorgasburg LA is officially back so you can stuff yourself silly before dancing it all off while a DJ spins some tunes at Rock the Garden. The options are all 100% fun so read on to find out the details and see what else is worth your time this weekend.

photo: via South Coast Botanic Garden

Westside

Author Talk & Book Signing
Meet Vashti Harrison, the author of Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, that features forty trailblazing women with lluminating text paired with irresistible illustrations. Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things — bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn’t always accept them. Sat. Event details.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck West
It’s back….the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is making a return visit. The super cute cafe on wheels will have new goodies on board and other yummy treats. Sat. Event details.

LEGO New Year Building Challenge
On January 12th, drop your kids off at Zaniac, where they will build their very own LEGO Robots! Our instructors will lead your kids through a basic intro to robotics and finish off the night with fun team challenges! Fri. Event details.

Los Angeles

Share Your Dream For A Better World
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared his dream for a better world.  In remembrance of his legacy, visitors to the Zimmer today will have the opportunity to share their own dreams for a better world. Sun. Event details.

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Bear Plus Marmalade
Following the worldwide hit Paddington, one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it.  But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief. This film has been rated PG. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Aladdin – A Disney Musical
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new Broadway production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Eat Your Heart Out
Join Smorgasburg LA as they launch into 2018 after their month long Holiday hiatus. Each Sunday, find dozens of exciting food vendors plus sophisticated shopping from the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more. Cultural events, pop-ups, and other surprises transform the vast site into a new node in Downtown LA’s burgeoning scene, and a unique destination for the region. Sun. Event details.

Miles of Music 5k
On Sunday, January 14, 2018, KIIS FM will welcome participants at Youth Mentoring Connection’s Miles Of Music 5K Fundraiser on the CBS Studio Lot to support Youth Mentoring Connection!

The Mission of Youth Mentoring is to awaken at-risk youth to their power, unique gifts and purpose by matching them with caring adult mentors and placing that match within a structured group dynamic that provides the resources youth need to reach productive, conscious adulthood. Come join the fun run and help raise awareness for this great cause. Sun. Event details.

Palos Verdes

Rock the Garden
Get your body moving and grooving with our musical garden installation! A selection of trails will host a special “mix-tape” to mix up your post-holiday walk. After you’ve experienced our woodland dance party, follow your map to create and listen to the sounds that nature makes at highlighted locations throughout our 87 acres. Check the website for times of special performances and DJs. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Pasadena

MLK Day at Kidspace
The great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?” Join Kidspace Children’s Museum to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through creative and collaborative art, story sharing, and discover ways we can serve and include others to make our communities stronger. Make a kindness stone to share a message of love and respect with each other! Sun. Event details.

Torrance

Friday Fun at Madrona Marsh
“Friday Fun” is a hands-on program for pre-schoolers, ages 3-6 years and their parents or guardians. The program will incorporate story time, science, art and a tour emphasizing the chosen topic. Some weeks there will be potting and other activities. The topics emphasize respect for all living things and prepare the children (and parents) to be good stewards of the planet. Space is limited to 20 children. Free. Donations are accepted. Pre-registration is required. Fri. Event details.

Anaheim

Get Trucking To the Monster Jam Trucks
Kids love trucks. Big trucks. Monster trucks. So take them to see a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction! One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world, the Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle dirt-flying, high-energy fun. Sat. Event details.

Which event will you be checking out with your family this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber