Puppet nerds, pink cupcake eaters, camellias, whales, Maori dance, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy goes family and more – there’s a whole crazy range of activities happening all over the city this weekend, so there’s sure to be something here to appeal to everyone in your family, not matter how offbeat their interests.  So whether you want to party like a rock star or hit the not-so-latenight double feature picture show, we’ve got the lowdown on where you want to be!

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The Ant & The Grasshopper
Hop on over to see this comical retelling of the classic Aesop’s fable, set in Ancient Greece and told with puppets.  It’s a great jumping off point for a day spent exploring downtown. Sat., 2 p.m. Downtown. Free. Ages 2 and up. Event details.

Hollywood/Mid City

Party Like Pint Sized Rock Star at Zimmerpalooza
Featuring a line-up of some of LA’s coolest rock bands there will be stylin’ stations for getting the rockstar treatment and of course loads of superstar hands-on activities for all ages (like a tattoo parlor, sock puppet karaoke, DIY disco balls and more); this is one rockin’ party for the whole family. Sun., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Miracle Mile. $25-$50. All ages. Event details.

An Old Time Double Feature
It’s a throwback to the classic double feature shows with these action packed classics that are a blast to see on the big screen: “Ali Baba and the Forth Thieves” and “Jason and the Argonauts.” Sun. – Tue., Various times. Mid-City. $7-$8. Ages 6 and up. Event details.

Puppet Town
“Puppet Town” is back, with puppets, music, sketch comedy and fun. With a cast of comedians and  puppeteers, it’ll give your funny bones a workout. Sat., 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Hollywood. $8-$10, free for kids under 12. Ages 1-12. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Day of Music with Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy
The iconic swing band kicks off with a day of music geared toward kids of all ages (free) and ends in the evening with a perfect excuse to get at sitter: the benefit concert and VIP after-party (tickets prices vary). The whole day benefits the Glendale Public Schools. Sat., 1:30 p.m. Glendale. Free for daytime event. All ages. Event details.

Camellia Festival
Sometimes you’ve got to stop and smell the flowers, and a beautiful place to do that is the Camellia Festival, where more than 5,000 kids march in the parade. Oh the Books I Can Read is the theme of the parade, and the whole weekend.  Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. Temple City. Free. All ages. Event details.


Maori Dance Jam
It’s a Family Jam at the Fowler, and this one is all about Māori Dance. Watch and learn the expressive dance, then make a pendant to wear while you dance. Sun., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.  Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Camp Fair
Plan now for those long summer days at Camp Fair – where you learn all about the amazing opportunities your kids can have at camps this summer (and how you can get them out from underfoot for at least a week or two!). It seems early to begin planning but many registrations open February and fill fast. Sun., 1 p.m.  – 4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

A Whale of an Adventure
Start your whale search at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium learning about the fascinating life of the Pacific gray whale. Then head out on a two-hour voyage in search of whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds.  Don’t miss the boat! Sun., 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. San Pedro. $22. All ages. Event details.


Got a little one who just adores pink? Here’s her chance to find out what happens when the popular proponent of pink looks at her mom’s cupcakes and asks, “Can’t I have just one more?” Sat. at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m. North Hollywood. $20-$30. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Where will you be this weekend?  Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: The Zimmer Children’s Museum and Seth Mazow via Creative Commons