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Los Angeles Kids Weekend Events: Mar. 22-24

This weekend is full of adventure from the ground and the sea all the way to space! Explore the wonderful world of butterflies at the NHM, check out the wonders of the ocean thanks to the grunion run, and see where a STEM-based life can lead you at the free Clippers SciFest Socal event happening in downtown LA. Check out the rest of our weekend picks below.

photo: David Clode via Unsplash 

Los Angeles

Butterfly Pavilion
Butterflies are taking flight at NHM! Get up close to beautiful butterflies in their new Butterfly Pavilion. This seasonal exhibit — located outside on the south side of the Museum — features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and their awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special. All ages welcome. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Clippers SciFest SoCal will celebrate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The event is a partnership between the L.A. Clippers and the USA Science & Engineering Festival, a biennial event that takes place in Washington, DC and the nation’s largest celebration of STEM. Admission is free, and K-12 attendees and parents will get a chance to see student exhibitions, large-scale displays of STEM in action from industry leaders such as  JPL, Caltech, FBI, Microsoft, Raytheon, among others, and participate in hands-on activities from leading STEM organizations. For those interested in a career in STEM, the event will be a chance to discover all of the amazing and unique jobs STEM has to offer in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Seismology, Naval Ship Design, Solar System Research, Laser Science, Jet Propulsion and more. Sat. Event details.

Artist and designer Lisa Young from LKLY Designs leads a basket weaving workshop where you will create a handmade tote by twining and weaving with natural reed. Sat. Event details.

LA Marathon
Watch over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the finish line, 26.2 miles later, in Santa Monica. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your PJs (adults, too!), play with puppets, tell stories, and make new friends. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun! Advance tickets required. Sat. Event details.

Join writer Ken Foster and photographer Traer Scott for an illustrated discussion of the role dogs play in building community in city lives. From shop dogs and office dogs to the working dogs of Homeland Security and the families that build themselves around a dog rescued from the streets, dogs bring us together and open our worlds up to a broader understanding of the world around us. In addition to dog talk, Foster and Scott will offer anecdotes about the creative process as they collaborated on their new book City of Dogs. The event is free and for all ages. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sat. Event details.

Third Generation Silhouette Artist Karl Johnson will be at Monica + Andy to create hand cut silhouettes. Each one is cut freehand and takes just minutes. All ages are welcome, even the squirmy ones. Karl’s work has been featured in over 30 magazines including The O List in Oprah Magazine, People, and Elle Decor. He also has a large celebrity following and has created silhouettes for Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Lopez, Secretary of State John Kerry, Tom Cruise and many more. His artwork is also currently carried by Restoration Hardware Baby & Child and specialty children’s boutiques. Fri. Event details.

Topanga

With 170 vintage vendors, dozens of local artisans, great food trucks and live music, it’s a wonderful place to spend treasure hunting on a beautiful fall day in LA. Find gorgeous antiques, vintage clothing, tableware, collectibles, antiques, jewelry and the most unique, personal artisan goods plus thousands of things you’ve never even heard of, just for fun. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Spend a night sitting on Southern California’s sandy shore waiting for the “grunion run.” Grunion are small sardine-size fish of the silversides family, which are among the few species of fish that actually come ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches. They are found from Southern California south to Baja California and arrive at night after the high tide around the new moon and full moon. Cabrillo Beach is one of the better places to observe the fish. Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish. The Aquarium opens at 8 p.m. and an auditorium program begins at 9 p.m., followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. Sat. Event details.

Alice in Wonderland: The Musical
A modern take on Lewis Carroll’s timeless story, Alice falls down the rabbit hole and meets a multitude of familiar characters including the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and of course the infamous Red Queen! This Musical Comedy Spectacular is filled to the brim with beautiful music, amazing dancing, and pure magic that will wow the entire family! Join Alice as she navigates her way through Wonderland! Sun. Event details.

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