Say goodbye to February as March marches in with a few of our favorite spring things, like Purim and star parties, comic books and Camellias, family biking and a St. David’s Day Festival. Don’t forget that Monday is Read Across America Day, so we’ve all got to get a little bit silly and Seussical this weekend, too.



A Wild Musical Trip Through Wonderland
There’s a new production of Alice in Wonderland that is a glittering, crazed and uproarious operatic tour de force in this West Coast premiere. The show mixes live action, interactive animation, eye-popping costumes and crazy choreography. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Downtown. $20 & up. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Firecracker Run for Kids
Parents can accompany kids on this 1 K fun-run where everyone gets a finishing ribbon and souvenir tee-shirt. Then mini-marathoners can hit the carnival area with games, face painting, petting zoo, a puppet show and more. Sun., 7 a.m.-11 a.m. Chinatown. $15-$25. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

St. David’s Day Festival
How can you not love a festival headlined by the Poxy Boggards? This all-things-Welsh festival has plenty of kid’s activities , including a kids only tea party & storytime. And of course, Welsh food, Welsh cakes, Welsh music and unique Welsh gifts. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown. $5-$10, kids under 5 are free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Star Watching Party
The whole family can some out to look at the sun, moon, stars and more, try out tons of telescopes, and talk to astronomers. Sat., 2 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Very Dr. Seuss Sunday
Just in time for “Read Across America” it’s a Dr. Seuss Day with his wonderful world of words that rhyme and lots of striped top hats.  Come read stories, make paper hats, and turn into cats (with face painting, of course). Sun., 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Camellia and Tea Festival
Learn all about this beautiful blooming winter flower at Descanso Gardens with tea ceremonies, dances in the garden, walks through the Camellia forest and crafts for kids. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. La Canada. $4-$9. All ages. Event details.


A Family Bike Day With Artistic Flair
Work together to decorate a bicycle and create accessories and special bike decorations, learn bike safety, participate in a bike parade and even bicycle-churn some organic ice cream. Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Native American Story Telling
Chumash Elder Dennis Garcia shares his ancestor’s culture with Chumash stories and songs. Sun., 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Long Beach Comic Book Expo
If you love comic books, you’ll love the Long Beach Comic Con, a smaller and more manageable affair than the giant San Diego behemoth and just right for the young fan to dip their toes in! Sat. & Sun., Opens at 10 a.m. Long Beach. $20/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Since Read Across America Day is Monday, let’s get literary this weekend! What’s your favorite family read aloud?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Girl on bicycle ice cream churn by Jolie Loeb and baby with Seuss book by The New Children’s Museum