This weekend there are tons of things to do that celebrate the magic of books and movies. It’s Dr. Seuss Weekend at Kidspace and at Target! It’s also National Tell a Fairy Tale Day on Sunday, and if you’re stumped about which tale to tell hit the library, and while you’re there, see a show about how mimes tell stories without words. This is also Oscar Weekend, and if you want to celebrate the glitz and glamor that is Tinsel Town, there are a few things only Angelenos can do–like a trip to the Kodak Theatre the night before the show! It’s an impressive behind the scenes peek (especially from the 3rd floor of Hollywood and Highland). Or you can see some fabulous costumes from the movies at FIDM (there’s usually at least one display from a movie your kids will recognize, be it Where the Wild Things Are or Alice in Wonderland). If you’d like to see a live show, there’s music in the form of a family performance of Appalachian Spring or a fairy tale called Little Red. And if you want to get outside, you can see animals at the zoo for a Safety Safari, or in their natural habitat on a Whale Watching Trip.

Los Angeles

The Art of Mime
Learn how to tell a story without saying a word. Mime extraordinaire Mark Wenzel will share the art and history of mime in this entertaining, interactive program at the Central Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Safety Safari Day at the Zoo
Families will have the chance to meet safety experts, take home safety tips, learn how to build an emergency kit, participate in the safety relay, and much more. Meet Smokey the Bear and some real California bears! Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Griffith Park. $11-$16. All ages. Event details.

Costume Exhibit at FIDM
This is the perfect way for Mom and Daughter fashionistas to celebrate Oscar Weekend! Actually, it’s a fun exhibit for the whole family, since the costumes on display often feature at least one great kids movie (like the larger than life monster costumes from Where the Wild Things Are). Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Adventures of Little Red (Riding Hood, of course)
Enjoy the hilarious reworking of a classic fairy tale that is filled with music and dance, fun special effects, and lovely audience participation that helps bring the adventure to its deserved happily ever after. Anything but a Grimm fairy tale, this version of Little Red offers excitement and musical fun for audiences of all ages. Sat. at 3:00 pm & Sun. at 12:30 pm. Santa Monica. $10.50-$12.50. Ages 2+. Event details.


Family Concert: Appalachian Spring
Appalachian Spring is an important piece of Americana featuring the beautiful folk song “Simple Gifts.” This performance by the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is for kids and families, and as always, there are interactive musical activities before the show. Sun., 2:00 pm. Glendale. $12-$20. Ages 5+. Event details.

Dr. Seuss Weekend!
Kidspace celebrates the magical world of Dr. Seuss with Oobleck goo, face painting, bracelets and more. Come dressed up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character and get a dollar off admission at the door! There will be special Seussian story times throughout the day, including a celebration of trees in honor of The Lorax. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Whale Watching Trip
Start your adventure at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium with a fun and informational slide show about the fascinating life of the Pacific gray whale. After the show, the journey will continue at Spirit Cruises in San Pedro where you will head out on a two-hour voyage in search of whales, dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. Sun., 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. San Pedro. $20. All Ages. Event details.


Dr. Seuss Storytime at Target
NEA’s Read Across America is coming to Target with a Seuss-ian celebration featuring the reading of The Lorax. In addition to a live reading of the book, there will be free goody bags, fun activities and more!  Sat., 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Your local Target Store. Free. All Ages. Event details.