Panning for gold, singing Happy Birthday to good ‘ol Benjamin Franklin and getting a BTS look at locomotives are just some of the fun-filled activities in store for your family this weekend. Looking for more? From Malibu to the mountains, there’s something cool for everyone to enjoy. Scroll through for our top picks and let us know which events you’re checking out!


Los Angeles

There’s Gold in Them Thar Pans…
Eureka! Discover the myths and realities of the California gold rush, and try your hand at panning for gold at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station. Weekends at the Autry Museum, included with admission. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

See the Stars (at the Planetarium)
Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.  


See, touch, explore and honk the horns of favorite trucks and emergency vehicles serving the Malibu community. Trucks on display will include construction trucks, emergency vehicles and more. Kids of all ages are invited to explore the trucks and meet with the operators to discuss the work they perform. Touch-A-Truck will also feature LA-Donut Truck, Happier Camper, and a variety of art activities. Sat. Event details.


Hullabaloo at McCabe’s
Come sing and dance with San Diego’s favorite kid-friendly band! McCabe’s Guitar Shop welcomes Hullabaloo to the stage for its debut Sunday morning concert of 2018. This San Diego-based band is a guaranteed good time for the whole family. They will have parents and kids up on their feet with their “foot-stomping, wing-flapping celebration of song”! Sun. Event details.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans
Young wizards will enjoy a trip to Los Angeles’ Getty Center, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You’ll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. This hunt references the books to provide a bridge to many wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase required. Call 877-9GO-HUNT. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Hug Day with Cupcakes
Whether it’s your BIRTHDAY or you’re in need of some GOOD LUCK, our Care Bears cupcakes are sure to add a lot of fun-shine to your day! National Hug Day is January 21 and we have some special surprises in store. Sun. Event details.

Frame Your World
Have fun with The Fowler Museums “Kids in the Courtyard” where they’ll explore the black-and-white photographs of Pierre Verger on the closing day of our exhibition, Africa/Americas. French-born Verger traveled around the world, capturing people, places, and traditional customs through his camera lens. Create and decorate a monochrome frame for your own photographs using Verger’s images as inspiration! Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 398 Westwood Plaza, directly off Sunset Blvd. for $12 per day. Sun. Event details.


Benjamin Franklin’s Electric Birthday Celebration
Attend this special family-friendly show that’s great for kids of all ages and families! Join Ben Franklin as he details his life in colonial America, his inventions, and experiments.He will also have a surprise birthday visit by some of his American Revolutionary War friends like Adams, Jefferson, Washington and others for a fun interactive question and answer period with the audience! Enjoy refreshments and of course, birthday cake! Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Winter Consignment Sale at Valley Kids Consignment
Time for Valley Kids Consignment sale! Now through Jan.22, 2108, from newborn to teens, there are items for all ages. Toys, books, strollers, infant car seat sets, walkers, pack n plays, swings, a maternity clothes, bedding, toy sets, hats, ride on toys, play mats, boppies, educational toys, shoes, DVD’s, video games, baby gear, stuffed animals, balance bikes, dresses and winter wear, holiday items, clothes to size 16 and so much more!  With constant additions, there’s always something new to shop. 50% off sale on many items begins Jan. 15 thru the end of sale. Wed., Fri. and Sat. open until 8 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

BTS of Real Locomotives
Go “Behind the Scenes” at the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris, where volunteers operate, maintain and restore the West’s largest collection of vintage rail cars. At this annual all-day event, visitors get special access and tours of locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars and artifacts dating back to 1870.

Behind the Scenes coincides with Steam Weekend so you’ll see a real steam locomotive in operation and get to ride behind the powerful VC #2. Admission includes unlimited rides on other classic passenger trains and streetcars of Southern California’s railroad past. This gated event supports museum operations and the continued restoration of historic rail cars and rail line. Admission is free to members! Non-member Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $8 for children ages 5 to 11, and children ages 4 and under are free. Purchase Your Tickets today by visiting. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Blue Angels Youth Ski and Snowboard Program
The Blue Angels program gives children and teens the opportunity to ski or snowboard the local mountains with friends and other snow sport enthusiasts in a fun, yet structured environment. Open to all ability levels, from first-timers to experts, the program consists of five full Saturdays of professional coaching taught by resort instructors, lift tickets, luxury bus transportation, constant adult supervision, lunch, snacks, and sponsor goody bag. The Blue Angels program provides a learning environment that fosters independence, builds self-esteem and boosts athletic skills. Sat. Event details.

Which events are you checking out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber