Oscars and Mardi Gras and fairy tales, oh my! There’s a whole lot of celebrating going on this weekend. We found several ways for the fam to laissez les bons temps rouler plus golden Oscar moments everyone can appreciate. Sunday is Tell a Fairy Tale Day, and Aladdin’s story told by ballet, Milk & Bookies stories, a princess and her frog and a marionette celebration all bring fairy tales to life.

pansing_0985photo: Courtesy of Milk & Bookies


Bob Baker Days
Join the Bob Baker Marionette Theater for puppet shows, live music, comedy, food, backstage tours, puppet meet & greets and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Oscar Designs at FIDM
In honor of the Oscars on Sunday, see over 100 outstanding costumes from Academy Award® Nominees for Costume Design, including kid faves like Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and historical gems from Jackie. Fri. & Sat. Event details.


Teddy Bear Concert (and Picnic!)
Bring your kiddos and their favorite stuffed friends to this delightful concert that helps them discover all about the orchestra’s strings. Milk & cookies after the concert make a perfect picnic. Sat. Event details.


Mutti Gras Meets Mardi Gras
Every year the Original Farmers Market hosts a Mardi Gras party with outstanding Cajun bands, crafts, jesters and tasty examples New Orleans cuisine. The highlight for pet lovers is the costumed “Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest” on Saturday. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Aladdin, the Ballet
Discover a while new world when over 120 dancers take kids on an enchanting carpet ride with Aladdin and his princess. You can also take part in an Arabian Tea before the show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Wild Animal Kingdom Stories
Experience wildlife in person and through amazing stories of travel experiences mixed with video clips and live friendly exotic animals that have been hand-raised or rescued. Sat. Event details.


Milk & Bookies
One of our favorite charity events of the year raises money for books for kids and features super celebrity readers, story-inspired arts & crafts, books to donate, a scavenger hunt, the chance to meet your favorite literary characters, a giant bookstore and loads of milk and cookies. Sun. Event details.

Family Jam: Masquerade!
Explore the masquerade traditions of Mardi Gras with music, by making a fancy mask and getting a look at the Fowler’s exhibit Joli! A Fancy Masquerade from Sierra Leone. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

The Princess and the Frog
In honor of Fairy Tale Day, see a musical version of the classic story from one of the best Children’s Theater Companies, where kids even have a chance to participate. Sat. Event details.

Global Currents & The Nile Project
Global Currents is a free festival that celebrates water and features Los Angeles musicians representing six regions of the world. The day ends with a ticketed performance from The Nile Project, where artists from along the Nile River share a message of cultural unity and global sustainability. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Mardi Gras Parade
Shoreline Village is hosting a great day of music, art and festivities, where young and old alike are welcome to dress up, dance, and make merry taking part in (or just watching) the best parade this side of Bourbon Street. Sat. Event details.

African-American Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific
Celebrate the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures with live entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic food and more. Performers include Mardi Gras second line dancers, hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers and storytellers. Whew! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Inland Empire

Golden Dragon Acrobats
The world famous Golden Dragon Acrobats return to the Lewis Family Playhouse with their amazing feats of athleticism, daring, heart-stopping stunts and the grace of the centuries-old art form. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Once on This Island: A Caribbean Little Mermaid
This adaptation takes the tale of romance, tragedy, redemption and rebirth and plonks it on an island in the Caribbean, featuring a live orchestra and captivating choreography set to a fantastic score with an irresistible Calypso beat. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Masks and mayhem or Mardi Gras, all mama approved: we’ve got more cool ways to celebrate Fat Tuesday right here. How do you roll on Mardi Gras?

—Meghan Rose