Will Puxatawnie Phil see his shadow? Will Beyonce rock the Superdome? What mischief and mayhem will your little monkeys get up to this weekend? These questions will all be answered in the next few days… Meanwhile, let us give you a few tips to get started on that last question with suggestions that range from retro (Strawberry Shortcake) to raucous (an early Chinese New Year Festival) to running (the Baby Buggy on the beach) to refined (LACMA tours) and more.

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Strawberry Shortcake Live
Time to pull out your old Strawberry Shortcake (and Lemon Meringue and Blueberry Muffin) dolls and pass them along to the next generation – Strawberry Shortcake is back, she’s live and she’s more fun than ever. Sat., 4:00 pm. Downtown. $25-$45. Ages 3-7. Event details.

Fiesta de la Candeleria
Olvera Street has been celebrating the Candlemas, or ‘Fiesta de la Candelaria’ for over a decade and the whole street glows with candles, music and prizes. Sat., 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Downtown.  Free. All ages. Event details.

New Family Tours at LACMA
For those of us who get overwhelmed at LACMA, or don’t know where to begin, there is a new family tour launching this weekend that offers tips for a fun family museum visit, explores artworks that are popular with kids, and engages in playful observation that pulls in kids and parents alike. Sat., 11:00 am – 11:45 am. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


Toot Your Own Horn
Bring your family to learn about another kind of family― the family of wind instruments. Some members are loud and proud and some are sweet and delicate – just like in a real family… which are you? Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Throw away everything you think you know about Shakespeare – in this play teenagers, fairies, workers and royalty collide as a fairy queen falls in love with an ass, the teens fall in and out (and in) love with each other and a familiar tale takes on new meaning when it starts in a study hall. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 5+. Event details.


Lunar New Year
Ring in the Year of the Snake with Pacific Asia Museum’s Lunar New Year Festival! See lion dancing, taiko drumming, sumo wrestling and more, hear singing and musical performances, and taste some superb snacks. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $9 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Career Day at Kidspace
Kids can chat with firefighters, policemen, doctors, engineers, or even rocket scientists, then take part in hands-on art and science projects that will spark their imagination and open their eyes to the possibilities for the future. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Redondo Beach Baby Buggy 10K
Start your Super Bowl Sunday on a healthy, fun and festive note by strapping the kiddos in strollers and going for a run. The early start time means you’ll finish in plenty of time to enjoy getting back to the couch for some calorie-laden food, fun commercials and Beyonce’s Halftime Show. Sun., 8:15 am. Redondo Beach. $35. All ages. Event details.

What caught your eye this weekend?  Let us know in the comment section below.

— Meghan Rose

Image courtesy of LACMA, via lacma.org