It may be Oscar weekend (with the accompanying road closures in Hollywood and parties all over town) but it’s also the last weekend of February, which is African American History Month, and the Jewish holiday of Purim. So if you’re feeling celebratory, there’s a whole host of things to choose from.  There’s also a little bit of girl power showing up at the El Capitan, a firecracker run in Chinatown and Peter Pan soars through the air with a plié here and a relevé there.  Still not seeing what captures your fancy?  How about a Hollywood-style hike or trip to the desert for a weekend of date shakes and ostrich races?  February might be the shortest month, but it packs a lot into those 28 days!



Mulan at the El Capitan
Girl power: it’s Mulan on the big screen.  Not just on screen either, as before every screening, Mulan herself will appear live onstage. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $13-$22. Ages 5+. Event details.


Firecracker Kiddie Run
Running is fun!  All kids who complete the 1 K run get a ribbon, t-shirt and special refreshments.  There’s also a carnival area for participants with carnival games, face painting, petting zoo, a puppet show and more.  Sun., 9:45 am. Chinatown. $10-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

World City Music: Step Afrika
The performance includes a South African gumboot dance, a South African Zulu dance, and routines in collegiate step traditions from the good old U.S. of A. For more ways to celebrate African American History Month this weekend, don’t miss the African American Art Festival at Star ECO Station.  Sat., 11:00 am & 12:30 am. Downtown. Free. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Sing and Dance with Teacher Davis
Play, dance and sing along with songs that are super for learning and great for dancing. Sat., 10:30 am. West LA. Free. Ages 3-7. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Peter Pan, the Ballet
Think happy thoughts and fly with Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell to Neverland.  Boys and girls are enchanted by animated sets, magical aerial artistry and over 150 amazing dancers. Sat. & Sun., Various times. San Gabriel. $24-$50. Ages 4+. Event details.

West Valley

Oscar Weekend Film Hike
Time to get out and celebrate what the Oscars are really about – making movies!  Take the fam on an easy-paced film history walk to discover behind-the-scenes secrets that turn a dusty set into a realistic town. Sat., 10:00 am. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Riverside County Fair
This is the County Fair that’s perfect for families with young kids.  It’s not as hot, crowded or expensive as its more famous local counterparts, making it worth the drive for a weekend with the family out in the desert. Did we mention Bull-O-Rama, Monster Trucks, Demolition Derby and the goofy Camel & Ostrich Races? Fri.-Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Indio. $7-$9. All ages. Event details.

Pretend City Purim Party
From the Feast of Ester to a rollicking Purim Day Parade, your child will delight in all the mitzvot of Purim. Don’t know what that is?  You’ll have fun finding out! Sun., 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. Irvine. $12.50. Ages 1-10. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?  Quick poll: do you celebrate, hibernate or ignore the Oscars?

-Meghan Rose