Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Invertebrates in Stone
Head to the Natural History Museum to get those little minds whirling for this up close look at some really old fossils. This particular event is open to members only, so if you’re not interested in joining, there’s plenty of other events to explore, including live animal presentations and story time. Scavenger Safari, Sun., 11 a.m.; Live Animal presentation, Sat., and Sun., 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Storytime, Sat., and Sun., 12 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, Admission $2-$9, Under 2 free. Family Membership $70.
Brazilian Day in LA
Head to the La Brea Tarpits for this day of Samba, Bossa Nova, art and plenty of traditional Brazilian eats. Other fun events include a soccer workshop under the guidance of World Cup Champion Rildo Menezes and more. And while you’re there, be sure to check out the Tar Pits Museum as well. Sun., noon to 6 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Brazilian Event Details.
Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue
What happens when Tinkerbell meets her first human? Showing for two weekends more, your fairy-loving child won’t want to miss seeing this magical movie at the historic El Capitan Theater. Each show includes a live appearance by everyone’s favorite fairy, plus the 10 a.m. show includes breakfast with Tinkerbell. Sat., and Sun., 10 a.m., 12:15 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m, 7 p.m, Hollywood, General Admission, $10-13. Disney movie details.
Music Together at Dragonfly Dulou
This free demonstration introduces parents and their tots to this fantastic music class led by Ellen, Sheila and Sarah. Come out to meet the teachers and see if it’s a match for your family before registering for classes. Spaces are still open. Sun., 10:30 a.m., Silver Lake, Free. Music class details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Palisades Recreation Center
Now is the time to register your kiddos for some of the great classes offered at the Palisades Rec Center. Options include Gym Time with Coach Keith for kids ages 3-5, ballet for ages 4 and up, and even skateboarding classes. Keep those kids busy! Registration ends Sept. 30, Pacific Palisades, Prices vary. Palisades Rec classes.
Speak for the Trees
Sooky Goldman Nature Center hosts this two-hour interactive class that celebrates the tree, from roots and trunks to leaves and branches. Come out and get your nature on. Sat., 2 p.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Sooky Goldman Event Details.
What Happens When A Dog Faces Downward: A Yoga/Storytelling Workshop
This one is so creative and fun that we had to include it. Geared towards older kids (ages 8-13), this imaginative yoga class at the Hammer Museum blends both traditional and invented poses with stories and characters. The kids flow from poses while weaving a tale of what happens when you cross the bridge and encounter a lion or climb a tree and discover a bird. Sun., 12 p.m, Westwood, Free. Hammer Museum Yoga Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Storytime Funland Concert at McCabe’s
Hop aboard the Storytime Funland fun train with Conductor Daniel, Ticket-taker Mindy, and their monkey as they lead the wee ones through a fun show filled with puppets, songs, stories and more. Special guests the Chapin Sisters join in on the musical madness. And if you can’t make it Sunday, head to their Saturday show downtown. Sun., 11:00 a.m., Santa Monica, $8, under 2 free. Storytime Funland Event Details.
The 5th Annual Lexus Santa Monica 5000
Looking to work off a few of pounds or wear out the kiddos? Tie on your running shoes, grab the jogging stroller and register for this race benefiting Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The whole family can join in on the 2.7K Family Walk/Stroller Stride or young racers can burn rubber in the Tot Trots or 2.7K Kids Run. Sun., 8:15 a.m. (Stroller Stride), 9:30 a.m. (Tot Trots), Santa Monica, $25, 7 and under free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)
The Original Long Beach Lobster Festival
Celebrate this delicious crustacean during this two-day festival at Long Beach’s Rainbow Lagoon. There’s a giant food court (and yes, there are choices other than lobster for finicky wee folk), music acts and more. But for kids, the fun is at the Childrens Stage where musicians, storytelling, bounce houses and more abounds. Fri., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Sat., noon to 11 p.m., and Sun., noon to 10 p.m., Long Beach, $13-$25. Event Details.
Urban Ocean Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Teach your kids to love the big blue Pacific and all its inhabitants during this two-day festival. Highlights include art contests, poetry readings, food booths, and plenty of educational activities geared for all ages. Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Long Beach, Free with admission, $12.95-$24.94. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)
The Hollow Trees
Introduce the kiddos to bluegrass with this fiddlin’ hour of music at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Come out and swing yer li’l partner round and round. Sun., 11 a.m., Topanga Canyon, $8. Event Details.
Faery Time with Cletus the House Brownie and Faery Boon
It’s fairy dust time once again as the fairy folk take over the Simi Valley library for a magical hour of storytelling and make-believe. A Faery Hunt is an interactive show filled with uplifting life messages including kindness, forgiveness, respect, ecological responsibility and tolerance, in this entertaining and fun show for the whole family. Sat., 3 p.m., Simi Valley, free. Event Details.