This weekend is a bonanza of celebrations, whether you’re star struck (the Oscars), a bookworm (Read Across America), if you like to “Laissez les bons temps rouler” (Fat Tuesday is this coming Tuesday), or you celebrate Norouz or St. David’s Day.  Not knowing exactly what your family chooses to celebrate, we thought it’s best to be on the safe side, and offer up a sampling of everything!

White Catherine Wheels Theatre Company February 28 – March 23, 2014 Lovelace Studio Theater. Tickets $25.00 (General Admission) Thursday and Fridays at 7pm; Saturdays at 3pm and 7pm; Sundays at 2pm and 5pm Children are invited into an all-white world in this offbeat comedy from Scottish children's theater company Catherine Wheels, which is an enchanting production for the very young. Two friends, Cotton and Wrinkle, diligently look after a grove full of birdhouses, making sure that everything stays "bright, ordered and white." But when colors start to appear, things become truly magical. Catherine Wheels Theatre Company was formed in 1999 by director Gill Robertson. Its productions have been seen in theatres throughout the UK, Ireland, at the New Victory Theatre in New York, and at festivals in Shanghai and Singapore, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the New Zealand International Arts Festival, and Australian Ten Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania. “This may be the only show that will remind you simultaneously of “Teletubbies” and Waiting for Godot.” – The New York Times. Recommended ages 2 – 5 / Running time 35 minutes.


Sunday Studio at MOCA
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy pre-kid days?  Re-live them, kids in tow, by taking part in the Family Sunday Studio at MOCA with dynamic tours, innovative art experiments, music, and more. Sun., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hinamatsuri (Girl’s Day) Tea
Girls and dolls (and mums and dads) can take afternoon tea at the JANM to celebrate Hinamatsuri – a special day in Japan where families celebrate the health and happiness of their young daughters.  We say cheers to that! Sat., 11 a.m. Little Tokyo. $35. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Oscar Couture (and Super Hero Gear) at FIDM
It’s the annual Oscar Nominated Costumes exhibit, and this year there’s an eyeful for kids – with the larger than life Superman costumes from Man of Steel, the witches garb from OZ, The Great and Powerful, the robot suits from Pacific Rim, to Katniss’ clothes from Catching Fire. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Seussian Party for Read Across America
Everyone with a wocket in their pocket or a cat under their hat won’t want to miss this Dr. Seuss celebration.  Come read stories, make paper hats, and turn into cats (with face painting, of course). Sun., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. Ages 2-7. Event details.

“White,” A Play For Kids
Kids are invited into an all-white world in this offbeat comedy from Scottish children’s theater company Catherine Wheels.  While geared to the very young, it swept the Fringe Festival in all categories and entrances all ages. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Beverly Hills. $25. Ages 2-5 (and up!). Event details.


Bubble Man
Square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornadoes and trampolines, even people inside bubbles – the Bubble Man does it all. Sat. & Sun., 6 p.m. Santa Monica. $20. All ages. Event details.

The Schick Machine
Challenge your kids to think about what an instrument (and even music) can be. In a show filled with sonic surprises and visual delights, kids watch as an inventor is inspired by the things he finds in his workshop as he creates a new musical machine. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Westwood. $20-$30. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

South Bay

March for Climate Change
Join together for the largest coast-to-coast climate march in American history.  Early risers can join the Native American sunrise ceremony – we’ll see you at the rally at 9 a.m. Sat., 9 a.m. Wilmington. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Mardi Gras Parade
The family fun lasts all afternoon long (well, the bon temps will rouler all night, too, but then it’s time to tuck the tots in and let the fun get grown up). Music, art, festivities abound – and then there’s the parade! Sat., 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Whale of a Festival
Dana Point is one of the best spotting spots along the entire gray whale migratory path, so this is the place to be, and with the festival, this is the weekend to be there. Besides whale watching, you can join in the dolphin safari, pancake breakfast, BBQ, diamond dig, family hike and more. Sat. & Sun., All day. Dana Point. Activity prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Happy Norouz (Persian New Year)
Bring the family to the Bowers Museum for their Norouz, or Persian New Year, family celebration that’s full of music, dance, crafts and art. Sun., 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Santa Ana. Free. All ages. Event details.

What and where will you be celebrating?  Oh, and even if you’re not a movie buff, don’t forget to DVR the Oscar telecast.  Idina Menzel is singing “Let It Go,” and your little Frozen fanatic will love to see it!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: MOCA via facebook and Douglas McBride.