Love is in the Los Angeles air this weekend. Let your little Valentines get creative making greeting cards, sculptures, art pieces and more at a variety of different events this weekend from Pasadena to Redondo Beach. Plus, if spending the sweetheart holiday with the whole family is your wish, be sure to check out the special night at the Aquarium of the Pacific. In the mood to shake it up? Check out the Ozomatli Ozokidz concert at the Grammy Museum or get classy with the Saturday Morning Mash-Up featuring music from the classic Peter and the Wolf. And that’s just for starters; puppet shows, doggy days and marathons are up for grabs.
If a weekend escape is calling then head down to San Diego for The New Children Museum’s Kidfunk Family Festival (Sat., 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, $10) featuring the percussion band Rhythm Child. Or if staying closer to home is a must, your little American Girl fan will get a kick out of Bitty Bear’s Birthday Celebration (Sat., 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, free) at the Grove where she can decorate her own birthday tiara.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Chinatown hosts this annual race every year in celebration of the Chinese New Year. Get your kids fired up and ready to sweat by getting registering them for the Kiddie Run. The day kicks off with fun entertainment designed for children, a group led warm-up with the race followed by refreshments and prizes. Oh, and Mom and Dad can get in the action as well with either the 5K or 10K. Sat., 6:00 am to 10:00 am, Chinatown, $17. Event Details.
The beloved Los Angeles group Ozomatli fires up the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum with their multicultural music. Playing songs from their upcoming children’s album, this band will definitely have everyone in the family up and dancing. Sat. 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Downtown Los Angeles, Free with museum admission. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, West L.A.)
Helping out the Hounds
Fuzzy, four-legged lovers will dig this dog day afternoon at the Skirball Center. Play with the pups from the Pasadena Humane Society, make animal toys, and learn about keeping your pet healthy with vets from the VCA Animal Hospitals. Plus, if your family is ready to take on another charge, consider making this the day to find your Fido. Sun., 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Free with admission. Event Details.
Songs and Stories from 2011 Children’s Grammy Nominees
The Mint goes family friendly with appearances by kids’ music Grammy nominees. Get your groove on with great bands like The Imagination Movers who are sure to motivate you and your kids to stand up and shake it. Sat. 10:30 am, $12.50-15, Babies under one are free. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Barnyard Madness with the Three Little Pigs
Take a romp along with the zany McPig Sisters and their wolf admirers in this country-western swinging musical. Sure to grab kids attentions and keep them on the edge of their seats, the play features audience participation and sends the message that friendship can be found in anyone—and any species. Sat. and Sun., 12:30 pm and 3 pm, Santa Monica, $10.50-12.50. Event Details.
Saturday Morning Mash-Up
Skip the morning cartoons and head to The Broad Stage for a morning of music from Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. Blending spoken word along with different sounds, beats and genres, this classic gets a snazzy update under conductor Rachael Worby. Sat., 10:30 am and 11:00 am, Santa Monica, $20-35. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Valentine’s Day in 3D
Head to Kidspace Children’s Museum for heart-shaped arts and crafts. Tykes can make their own love bugs, soaps, bracelets, greeting cards and more. Plus, parents and kids can do a little chocolate tasting and enjoy all the fun stuff the museum has to offer. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pasadena, $10; some activities include additional fee. Event Details.
Kuki’s Playshop at Vroman’s Bookstore
Nothing says fun like puppet shows and this particular one won’t disappoint. The interactive story time features puppets from the local center Kuki’s Playshop and helps build imagination through arts-integrated play. Sat., 10:00 am, Pasadena, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Valentine’s Day Camp at Kids Art
Your little artist will love getting his hands dirty creating clay sculptures and greeting cards for their favorite Valentine. Fri., 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Age 4 and up. $60. Event Details.
Valentine’s Late Night and Dinner
Make Valentine’s Day a family event by heading the Aquarium of the Pacific. Check out the exhibits in evening lighting and see what fish, seals, sharks, and otters do when the sun sets. The aquarium will also feature a special dinner set to jazz music that the whole family can enjoy. Mon., 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Long Beach, $12.95; dinner $42 per adult, $32 per child. Event Details.