This weekend is all about taking chances whether it’s through “Show Up, Kids,” the interactive family comedy show, testing out their poetry voice at The Zimmer, eating something new at Smorgasburg LA or lending a helping hand at Descanso Gardens. Scroll through for the rest of our weekend picks and see what may inspire your family!

photo: Zimmer Museum by Sharewell via Facebook

Los Angeles

Following NYC’s sold out run, the critically acclaimed “Show Up, Kids!” makes its west coast premiere! This fresh, interactive, improvised twist on the traditional kids’ show is unlike any other because the kids (ages 3-10) help create it from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong? Sat.-Sun. Event details.

WICKED, the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Smorgasburg LA
Join Smorgasburg LA as they launch into 2019 after their month-long holiday hiatus. Each Sun., 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.

Join us for a very special interactive poetry and spoken word performance by Get Lit–Words Ignite, a community arts-organization that inspires young people to use spoken word to share their visions of a better world! Families will be invited to create and share their creative poems and words as the Get Lit group bring this art form to life and share how much fun it is to PLAY with language! This public program is free with paid admission to the general public. Sun. Event details.


What does bravery mean to you? Children of all ages are invited to explore this question in a zine-making workshop. Join Fowler Educators on a 15-minute guided tour exploring bravery in our permanent exhibition Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives before learning how to illustrate your own courageous tale. Guided tours begin at 1 p.m. and occur every 30 minutes. Sun. Event details.

Sensory Friendly Fridays
On select Fri., between noon and 1:30 p.m., the Skirball welcomes all visitors to enjoy a Noah’s Ark experience specially designed for guests with autism spectrum disorders, sensory-processing differences, and other developmental disabilities. On these days, expect a reduced number of visitors, quieter galleries, and relaxed music and story times. Noise-dampening headphones, sensory bags, and lanterns for low-light sensitivity are available to borrow. Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Play your way through the city with activities that highlight our educational focuses for the month: the number one, the color white, the shape rhombus (diamond). They will also be free developmental, dental, vision, and speech screenings from various participating health partners and the Good To Go team. Fri. Event details.

Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through this tucked away garden. Sat. Event details.

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.

Community Service Day
 de-bark and sand several logs to be made into stools. Hammers, chisels, and sanders will be provided.
Instruction will be provided and work will be supervised by Descanso horticulture staff. Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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