Los Angeles is moving into its version of winter–some chilly rainy days with occasional sun. When that big yellow ball peeks out (as it always does) there are plenty of activities to get the kids up and out. Join a nature ramble in Franklin’s Canyon, plunk the kids into Peter Strauss Ranch’s obstacle course or boogy to the tunes of Birdie’s Playhouse. If the clouds roll in, take your little animal lover to see The Broad Stage’s Morning Mash-Up Carnival of Animals featuring a blend of classical music and interactive stunts or hit the Popovich Comedy Pet Theater (leaping cats and dogs!) for a real kid pleaser. Now who’s afraid of a little rain? Not us!
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Family Storytime with Maira Kalman
Known for her vividly illustrated children’s books, author Maira Kalman settles in to read her stories. Tuck in for tales that include What Pete Ate from A to Z, Max Makes a Million and Next Stop Grand Central. Sat. and Sun., 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.,Skirball Cultural Center. Los Angeles, Free with Admission. Event Details.
Head to Westfield Mall in Culver City to give your tiny dancers the chance to groove to Birdie’s playful animal-inspired tunes. Her hip tunes and bubbly personality get even the shyest of toddler shaking their tail feathers. Sun., 2 p.m., Culver City, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, West L.A.)
Grab magnifying glasses, binoculars and some water and head out for a leisurely walk in Franklin Canyon Ranch. Volunteer naturalist Bob will share his expertise on the local flora and fauna, sure to nab the attention of even the littlest tyke. Sat., 9 a.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Event Details.
Kids in the Courtyard: Message in a Bottle
No child is too young to start learning about the world around them. As a part of the Fowler in Focus: The Unbreakable Spirit of Haiti, learn about the battles Haitians face in their daily lives. Children are then invited to decorate a bottle and place a wish for the people of Haiti inside. Sun., 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Westwood, Free. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Morning Mash-Up: Camille Saint-Saen’s The Carnival of the Animals
Roar into the morning with this funky mix of classical music, spoken word and interactive surprises at The Broad Stage. Blending different beats, sounds and genres it’s a complete reinvention of a children’s concert. And what kid doesn’t love animal sounds?! Sat., 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Santa Monica, $35. Event Details.
Let’s Move Outside
Park rangers at Peter Strauss Ranch get kiddos up and running as part of a program to help kids be more active. Watch as they navigate obstacle courses, nab prizes, and more–all in the name of good sweaty fun. Sat., 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Malibu, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
Kitties and puppies, doing tricks? Oh yeah! Ringmaster Gregory Popovich rescues dogs and cats from shelters and gives them the chance to show off their special talents, whether it is climbing sky high, leaping and bounding, or balancing. The animals are well cared-for and only do the tricks they like. Kids are sure to go crazy for these furry, four-legged stunts. Sat., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Torrance, $27.50. Event Details.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Native Garden Workday/Beach Clean up
Dig in the dirt for a good cause by pitching in to help maintain the Cabrillo Native Garden. Kids will learn about native plants and pick up some gardening techniques, and help keep our oceans clean by participating in clearing the beach of marine debris. 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Cabrillo, Free. Event Details.