Two holidays for the price of one! The weekend kicks off with Valentine’s Day on Friday, and then it’s a nice long weekend that concludes with Presidents’ Day on Monday. So we rounded up some extra entertainment for this long weekend of hearts and history, flowers and founders.



Irish Step Dancing
Atlantic Steps dance group does traditional sean-nós dancing with famed Irish dancers and a traditional Irish band – this toe tapping morning will inspire your kids to get up and move. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Stories, Puppets and Dance Along the Silk Road
At the “Traveling the Silk Road” exhibition at the Natural History Museum they are hosting a special day with stories, puppets, music and even some Bollywood dance performances. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exposition Park. $5- $8. All ages. Event details.

The Harlem Globetrotters
Crazy b-ball time! The legendary Harlem Globetrotters have a mix of basketball, comedy, athleticism and entertainment that thrills the sporty and the decidedly not-so-sporty alike. Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Downtown. $28 and up. All ages. Event details.

Hollywood/Mid City

Puppy Love with Lady and the Tramp
Take the whole family for a sweet and romantic movie just in time for Valentine’s Day at the El Capitan Theatre. Then head home (or out) for a spaghetti dinner! Fri. – Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $11-$22. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


NASA Comes to Kidspace
It’s a Presidents’ Day NASA visit – kids can meet a NASA official who will present what life is like as an astronaut, lead an informal spacesuit-making workshop, and discuss how NASA uses robotic arms. Mon., 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 3-8. Event details.


Stuart Little
It’s the story of a little mouse with a big heart, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The show at the Broad Stage is followed by fresh cookies and milk, entertainment, crafts, an artist meet and greet, and paper boat races. Sat., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $20-$35. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Full Moon Valentine Hike
Exercise off all that Valentine’s Day sugar! There’s a full moon tonight, and you can enjoy the mountains, meadow, and an ocean overlook as the moon lights the way. Fri., 5 p.m. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Celebrate all things Scottish at the Queen Mary. Try a taste of haggis (and other, tastier foods), see Highland and Country Dancing, play in the Kidzone, check out the Grand Parade with the massed pipes and drums, clans, and see sheep herding (wee ones can meet & pet the dogs and sheep). Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. Long Beach. $8-$22. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Color Run
Run, walk, stroll or just watch: there is only one rule. Wear white, ‘cause you’re gonna get “rainbowed”! Sat., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Santa Clarita. $45/adult, free for kids to participate; free for all to watch. All ages. Event details.

Date Festival
It’s a Fair. It’s a Date Festival. Stop: you’re both right! If you’re in the mood for a famous California desert date shake, this County Fair is definitely the place to get one. You can also enjoy some fabulous family fun and entertainment at the fair that’s not too hot and not too big (and not too expensive) and worth the drive for a weekend with the family out in the desert. Don’t miss the goofy Camel & Ostrich Races. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Riverside. $7-$9. All ages. Event details.

Presidents’ Day at a President’s Library
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum has plenty of fun for the whole family, Americana style, including musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look a-likes. Hot dogs, pie and other all-American food will be available for purchase. Mon., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Simi Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

We’ve also curated a roundup of great dates with your littlest Valentine, if you’re looking to celebrate together, as well as some superb ideas for celebrating our fearless leaders.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: The Harlem Globetrotters & The Pug Father via Creative Commons.