Next week starts with something extraordinary: Leap Day. So everything we recommend this weekend has something extra, just like this February. The production of Snow White is done in ballet. The Bubble Man can put people in bubbles. Beethoven gets words added at McCabe’s, Star Trek becomes a musical and the NHM is open at night. Read on to see what other extra special activities you can find in LA this weekend.
photo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles
Bob Baker Day
Check out the puppet shows, live music, special guests (like Yo Gabba Gabba), comedy, backstage tours, a chance to meet the puppets, food and so much more in the second annual Bob Baker Day, at the oldest children’s theater company in LA. Sat.,Various times. Downtown. $5-$30. All ages. Event details.
Camp Dinosaur Overnight
Experience a real Night at the Museum. Become a Junior Paleontologist as you take a scavenger hunt, make dino crafts and then curl up in sleeping bags at the NHM. Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.-9 a.m. Exposition Park. $75. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Hollywood & Mid-City
Polar Bear Party
Saturday is International Polar Bear Day, so spend Sunday celebrating these gorgeous creatures at the Zimmer Museum with a Polar Party. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Pinocchio at the Nine O’Clock Players
In this musical production of Pinocchio, see how the love of Gepetto and the wisdom of the Blue Fairy aid the magical transformation of a puppet into a real boy. Sun., 2 p.m. Hollywood. $12. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Snow White the Ballet
Did someone say dancing dwarfs? Relive the adventures of a beautiful princess and seven darling dwarfs with Pasadena Civic Ballet’s production of Snow White. Sat. & Sun., 1 & 5 p.m. San Gabriel. $24-$30. All ages. Event details.
The giant parade of kids on Saturday is the highlight off this festival that celebrates the beautiful big blooms, but the carnival with games, rides and food continues all weekend long. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Temple City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Boldly Go! A Star Trek Parody
Bring young Trekkies (or future young Trekkies!) to this musical parody that follows the intrepid crew of the Starship Enterprise. Paradigms will be challenged, alliances tested and fun had by all. Fri.- Sun., Various times. Pasadena. $9-$18. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
The Amazing Bubble Man
Bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines and even people inside bubbles—that’s what the Bubble Man brings in his show that combines comedy and artistry with plenty of audience participation. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $20-$25. All ages. Event details.
See (Hear!?) Beethoven’s Wig
Modern day “co-writer” Richard Perlmutter added lyrics to Beethoven (and Bach, Mozart, et. al) and turned this eternally popular music into pop for kids. The show takes places at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, which is a wonderful venue. Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Become Musical Explorers
Musical Explorers brings cultural discovery and sonic adventure to the Broad Stage. Kids and parents can learn everything from Bluegrass ballads to Yiddish folk tunes, share stories and explore musical history. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $20-$30. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
A Mermaid’s (Faery) Tail
With the help of the audience, the faeries and Pirate Scrappy’s map of hidden treasures, Mermaid LiBan goes on a musical adventure in search of her tail. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Tarzana. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.
African American Festival
To cap Black History Month, The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts the African American Festival, celebrating the rich diversity of African American and African cultures with Mardi Gras, hip hop, tap and break dancers, jazz musicians, storytellers and more. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Long Beach. Adults $17.95-$29.95. All ages. Event details.
How are you celebrating Leap Year? And do you know any Leap Year babies? We want to know!