Another lovely long weekend – this time for Presidents Day. Why not take that extra day to push the boundaries of where you usually explore? We found some fabulous day trips where you can kick up your kilt, become a wild thing or go highbrow with an opera performance you and the kids will dig (no, really!). Or stay local and enjoy the Golden Dragon Parade, the Globetrotters, a concert, dance party or retro fun movie.


Golden Dragon Parade
It’s one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country and the parade kicks it off as spectacular floats, decked out cars, dancers and bands parade through the heart of Chinatown. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Harlem Globetrotters
Even non-sporty klutzes love to watch the Globetrotters’ dribbling and dunking wizardry, hilarious antics and fan interaction. Sun., 1:00 pm. Downtown. $25-$250. All ages 3. Event details.


Sounds of LA at the Getty
Take the kids to enjoy a concert that mixes roadhouse rock with gospel fervor for a show that the whole family will enjoy. Sat., 7:00 pm & Sun., 3:30 pm. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.

Raggedy Ann and Andy
Everyone’s favorite redheaded rag dolls come to animated life in this bright and bouncy retro family gem. See if your kids can spot the story similarities to one of their favorite more modern movies. Sun., 11:00 am. Westwood. Free. Ages 4+. Event details.


Family Dance Party at the Echo
Parents and kids of all ages can spend the afternoon dancing and playing together with a live DJ, dancing, face painting, scarves, hula hoops, bubbles, art activities, healthy snacks and much more. Sat., 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Echo Park. $20 per family. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Wild Thing Storytime & Art
Bring your little Wild Thing to visit the Sendak exhibition at the main museum, enjoy some wild storytelling, and then make your own wild character to take home. Sun., 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Santa Ana. $6. Ages 4-10. Event details.

LA Opera for Kids
Turns out, kids aren’t too young for opera, and they actually like it. At least, when it’s an L.A. Opera production for kids, like The Magic Dream, an imaginative celebration of Mozart’s The Magic FluteSun., 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm. La Mirada. $8-$12. Ages 4+. Event details.

Scottish Festival
Time for the Highland Games at a festival that features Highland Dancing, bag pipes, drumming, live music, sheep, dogs, archery, sack races and more. Haggis optional. Sat. & Sun., 8:00 am – 9:00 pm. Long Beach. $8-$18. All ages. Event details.

Chopping cherry trees?  Playing with Lincoln Logs?  How are you spending Presidents Day?

— Meghan Rose