This weekend, each area of LA is showing off what it does best. Chinatown struts a golden lion for the parade and New Year festival, the SGV shows off a propensity to bloom, Hollywood puts on two amazing variety shows for kids, the beach gets gussied up to show off the best side of the Westside this summer, and there is stargazing up in the mountains. What side of LA will you explore?
Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival
This is one of the largest Chinese New Year celebrations in the country with cultural performances, activities for kids, live music, magicians and story telling, food and more—and the centerpiece is the Golden Dragon Parade at 1 p.m. Sat., noon-7 p.m. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.
World City Music Goes to Bali
Gamelan Sekar Jaya is an amazing Balinese gamelan ensemble that plays traditional music, showcasing dancers who wear elaborate guilded costumes and headpieces as they perform. Sun., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Take the towns top comedians and throw in the puppeteers from Broadway’s Avenue Q and you get a magical explosion of entertainment for all ages that is this kooky variety show. This month all tickets are free for a special live taping! Sat., 2 p.m.-2:45 p.m. Hollywood. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Marzo’s Variety Show
This live entertainment spectacle takes place in a fun daytime nightclub “cabaret” setting. It’s a modern take on the classic variety show just for kids, starring magicians, ventriloquists, comedians, and more in an immersive one-hour experience. Sun., 3 p.m.–4:15 p.m. Hollywood. $5-$9. Ages 1-8. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
The Huntington’s Chinese New Year Celebration
There’s no more beautiful place to celebrate the Lunar New Year than The Huntington Gardens. Usher in the Year of the Ram with lion dancers, martial arts demonstrations, mask performances, traditional music and authentic Chinese foods. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. San Marino. $8-$23. All ages. Event details.
The city is abloom and awash with the lovely camellia for the Camellia Festival and Parade. There’s a carnival for kids, parade, food, and of course—flowers! Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Temple City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Nothin’ But Sand Beach Clean Up
We use the beach all year long, so shouldn’t we teach our kids to help take care of it? Join Heal the Bay’s monthly “Nothin’ But Sand” clean up. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Pacific Palisades. Free. All ages. Event details.
Puppets tell Persephone’s Story
This multidisciplinary puppet play with video and live performance tells the story of a contemporary Persephone. The Getty Villa is a magical place to see a ancient tale come to life. Fri. & Sun., Various times. Malibu. $7. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Winter Sky Party
Spend an evening under the starry sky with astronomy professors and park rangers. There will be an astronomy presentation, constellation tours, activities for kids and plenty of telescopes. Sat., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Camp Rock,” The Musical
Based on the Disney Channel’s popular movies, Camp Rock is filled with high-energy music and dancing. Starring kids, this show will inspire your own little ones to get up and sing. (And maybe not complain about camp this summer.) Fri.-Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $10-$22. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Meet Gustafer Yellowgold
A friendly creature who came to earth from the sun, Gustafer tells his story in a show that is a multimedia performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $20. All ages. Event details.
If “ewe” are looking for more places to take your lambs to celebrate the Year of the Ram, we’ve herded up our favorites! What are you doing this weekend?
Photo credits: Jim Winstead via Creative Commons and Puppet Town.