There’s something for every gear this weekend, from speedy Olympic-sized events to slow and steady archaeological digs. The stars are out at the Griffith Observatory, there are stories to be told at the Central Library, and the world’s largest Lobster Festival is beckoning! The 10th Annual Harvest and Crush Festival in Malibu promises an afternoon of tea parties and fairies while jugglers and magicians abound at the Flapper Comedy Club. Don’t let anyone in your house moan that there’s nothing to do!
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Griffith Observatory Star Party No red carpet necessary for this stargazing! Take your budding astronomer to the Griffith Observatory for the chance to see the sun, moon, visible planets, and to try out all kinds of cool gadgets. Educators are onsite to help spot all kinds of cool stuff in the sky as well as explain how astronomers do their thing. Don’t forget, there’s plenty more to do in Griffith Park—from the Merry-Go-Round to the L.A. Zoo, so make a day of it! Sat., 2 p.m. to 9:45 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Read more.
Serb Fest 2010 Los Angeles is a melting pot of cultures and here’s the chance to sample some new cuisine, experience authentic Balkan music and dance. And of course, the kid’s carnival keeps the little ones happy. Sat., 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Alhambra, Free. Read more.
Performing Books Presents: The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket Downtown’s Central Library presents this musical, storytelling adaptation of The Composer is Dead at the Mark Taper Auditorium. It’s a fun hour as the Inspector must investigate all the different instruments to uncover who killed the composer. Aimed for children ages 4 to 10. Sat., 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, free. Read more.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
9th Annual Kickin’ Cancer 5K Walk/Run Lace up your running shoes and get ready to burn off those excess calories—and wear out your energetic children! Kids 10 and under can get in on the action in the Kiddie Fun Run or let loose in the Kid’s Corner (bounce houses, activities and more!) while Mom or Dad burns rubber. Sun., race 9 a.m., Kiddie Fun Run 10:30 a.m., Brentwood, $35. Read more.
Dig It! Drop by the Skirball Center and uncover archaeological finds in their special exhibit, Dig It! In the lab kids can sift through sand to discover artifacts, examine, analyze and weigh their findings and even sculpt their own treasure. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., West Los Angeles, $10 Adult, $5 Children, Under 2 Free. Read more.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Tiny Tot Olympics 2010 Your future gold medalist will love this afternoon of fun and games at Malibu’s Bluffs Park. Tots ages 2-6 participate in ten different events including the frog jump, an obstacle course, t-ball, and soccer. The day kicks off with a torch run and group stretch and best of all; everyone’s a winner as awards are handed out to all the kids. Sun., 12 p.m., Malibu, Free. Read more.
10th Annual Harvest & Crush Event: A Day of Enchantment Don’t be late to this adorable afternoon benefiting City Hearts, an organization promoting arts for kids. Mom and dad will love the foot spa and fine wines while the little guys will be entertained by the Mad Hatter tea party, a Fairy Enchantment Area, celebrity storytelling, barefoot grape crushing, and plenty more. Tickets $75 adults, $25 children, $175 Family, children under 5 free. Read more.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)
Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival and Music Weekend Crustacean lovers won’t want to miss out on this extravaganza at the Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro. It’s the world’s largest Lobster Fest with fresh Maine lobster flown in daily and tons of entertainment including parades, street performers, a pirate camp, and tons of musical acts. Oh and did we mention there’s lobster? Fri., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., San Pedro, Admission $9, Kids under 12 free. Read more.
6th Annual Moompetam Festival The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts this weekend celebration of local Native American cultures. Gather the family for the chance to experience indigenous California Coastal customs, including arts, crafts, music, dance, storytelling and live demonstrations. Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Long Beach, Admission $24.95 adults, 12.95 children, Read more.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Reading and More Fans of the Nick Jr. Series Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! won’t want to miss this special event at the Glendale Library. Bob Boyle, Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! creator, is the author of the new book, Hugo and the Really Really Long String. He’ll be reading from his new book as well as autographing and penning pictures for those in attendance. Sat., 2 p.m., Glendale, Free. Read more.
Two Milk Minimum at Flappers Comedy Club Get a case of the giggles at this wild show created especially for kids. Doors open at 11:30 with a best hits buffet of hot dogs, hamburgers, mac and cheese, French fries and all kinds of kid approved grub. Then it’s time to settle in and be wowed by a rotation of magicians, jugglers, puppeteers and other novelty performers. Each week features a new act. Sat., buffet 11:30 p.m., show 12:30 p.m., Burbank, $12. Read more.