It’s a lucky Friday the 13th that leads into Valentine’s Day on this long President’s Day weekend. And did you know Tuesday is Mardi Gras? So get ready for presidential ponderings at the Zimmer, plenty of love in movies, dances and the garden, and get ready to party with the pooches for Mardi Gras. If none of that strikes your fancy, we’ve uncovered Oscar outings and whale tail adventures as well!



See The Fresh Beat Band Live
The Fresh Beat Band is a pop quartet of kids who star in their own Nick Jr. television series. They’ll play loads of their original tunes, like “Great Day,” “Here We Go,” and “A Friend Like You.” Sun., 1 p.m. Downtown. $23 & up. Ages 2-8. Event details.


See Lady & The Tramp
Take the whole family for a sweet and romantic movie just in time for Valentine’s Day, only at the El Capitan Theatre.  Then head home for your own slurpy spaghetti dinner. Fri.-Mon., Various times. Hollywood. $10-$13. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

President’s Day Fun at the Zimmer
Today at the Zimmer Museum you can get ready for President’s Day by taking part in President themed arts and crafts fun.  Pass laws with your signature and be the face of a new coin. Sun., 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Mid-City. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.

DJ Dance Party at Giggles & Hugs
It’s time for a DJ Dance Party w/Jitterbug Jake.  Play and stay for dinner too—it’s a great way to get the weekend started. Fri., 6 p.m.–7 p.m. Century City. $5-$9. Ages 1-8. Event details.

Mutti-Gras For Pets and Kids
With outstanding Cajun music, face painting and food, you’ll feel like you’re in the Bayou. Kids adore the costumed “Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest.” Sun., noon–7 p.m. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Find Love in the Garden
Take a walk through beautiful flower gardens and make some memories in the photo booth. Then stroll through Descanso Gardens and chance upon players performing Shakespeare’s love scenes. Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. La Canada. $4-$9. All ages. Event details.

Healthy Hearts at Kidspace
Get a greater understanding of real hearts and how to keep them healthy: play games that get hearts racing, make anatomically correct heart love cards, and explore food that makes hearts happy. Sat.-Mon., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Have A Whale of a Weekend
Celebrate the annual migration of the Pacific gray whale by hefting a whale rib, checking out bristly baleen and trying on a layer of (simulated) whale blubber for warmth.  Sat. & Sun., 12:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Santa Monica. $5/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.

High Seas Story Adventure with the Story Pirates
The Story Pirates make their shows by taking stories from kids — whether it’s a world where cats can fly or a rock opera about fuzzy alien tickle monsters- and turning them into a hilarious sketch comedy musical. Sat., 11 a.m. Westwood. $13. Ages 3-12. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Oscars Outdoors
Celebrate what the Oscars are all about – making movies!  Visit Hollywood’s movie mountains to discover behind-the-scenes secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

ScotsFest at the Queen Mary
Bring on the Haggis! (Or not…) There will be Highland dancing, historical reenactments, a grand parade, Sheepdog herding and of course a Kidzone with face painting, bouncy castle and Scottish-themed fun. Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Long Beach. $9-$26. All ages. Event details.

Hearts and hugs, tricky triskaidekaphobia, presidential patriotism and les bon temps – what are you up to this weekend? And if you’re looking for special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the whole family, simple click here!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Erin Harris and Meghan Rose