This weekend in Los Angeles there are things to do from all over the world! Start by going back in time to a world where dinosaurs roamed the earth by checking out the always-popular Dinofaire at the STAR Eco Station, where they work to save animals that are still around today. Explore China with a trip to Chinatown for the Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival or with an eye-popping performance by the New Shanghai Circus in Thousand Oaks. The Spirit of Uganda is at CalTech for a performance that highlights the sounds and movements of Africa. Tricksters from all around the world are the focus of an interactive show for kids at the Geffen Playhouse. Or if you want to stay right in the good old U.S. of A., Jamie Lee Curtis brings Tales from the U.S.A. to the Broad Stage. And don’t forget that this weekend is a Museum Free-For-All, which means that several of L.A.’s best museums offer free admission this weekend.
Dinofaire at STAR Eco Station
Have a child who just can’t stop talking about dinosaurs? Introduce them to the real Paleontologist who is coming to the STAR Eco Station to teach kids all about dinosaurs. Then they can enjoy arts and crafts, a dino dig, food, a great tour of the Eco Station, and of course, Dino Man! Sat. & Sun., 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. Culver City. $10-$17. All ages. Event details.
Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival
Get ready for one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country! Enjoy hundreds of spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown. After the parade the Lunar New Year Festival starts with performances by some of the nation’s best Chinese acts. Come hungry and eat at one of Chinatown’s restaurants or a festival food truck and be sure to save room for a special cupcake, courtesy of Cupcake Wars. Sat. & Sun., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Los Angeles. Free. All ages. Event details.
Silly Rabbit, Tricksters Are for Kids
Delight in trickster tales from around the world, including Brer Rabbit, Brer Alligator in Trouble, Tio Conejo and Raven and the Man Who Sits on the Tide. Boxtales draws from a variety of cultures to take kids on a humorous and magical journey filled with wily creatures who teach folk wisdom, morals and life lessons. Sat., 11:00 am. Westwood. $15. Ages 5-11. Event details.
Tales from the U.S.A. with Jamie Lee Curtis
Children and parents alike will enjoy actress and best-selling children’s author Jamie Lee Curtis narrating her own children’s stories Where Do Balloons Go and When I Was Little. This performance will feature members of the SOL-LA Music Academy’s Children’s Chorus, original music, and an element of audience participation as kids are asked to join in the music and magic of story-telling. Sat., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3+. Event details.
Spirit of Uganda
Spirit of Uganda celebrates the cultural roots and newer offshoots of this diverse nation with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals. Kids can relate – it’s a cast of performers ages 8 to 18 who bring to life the sounds and movements of East Africa. Fri., 7:00 pm. Pasadena. $10-$26. All ages. Event details.
New Shanghai Circus
Elegant Eastern dance and acrobatics along with magic and beautiful music make this show a must-see. Astonishing athletes defy gravity and execute breathtaking feats as they stretch the limits of human ability in this spellbinding show that features some of the finest gymnasts and acrobats from China. Fri., 8:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $35-$40. Ages 4+. Event details.
‘Museums Free-For-All’ is an effort to make the arts and culture accessible to everyone that lives in Southern California. Museums across the city open their doors wide and invite visitors free of charge. The participating museums represent a wide variety of interests, from art to natural history, cultural heritage to science. This is a wonderful opportunity to go visit some museums you might not have been to before, like perhaps the Fire Department Museum, which is especially beloved by little firefighters! Sat. & Sun., Various times and locations. Free. All ages. Event details.