The biggest sporting event of the year is on Sunday! Whether you’re rooting for the Pats or the Giants, if you want to get out and work off those chips and wings in advance of a big Superbowl Party, the annual Redondo Beach Superbowl Sunday run is fun for the whole family. Parents can race in the baby buggy run with babes in strollers, and the rest of the family can come in costume and watch along the sidelines. If sports aren’t your thing, it’s a great weekend to introduce kids to the classics, with family friendly productions of Shakespeare or Mozart. February means love is in the air and you can get a start on making some Valentine cards (with a car theme) at the Petersen. And there are events for fairy fans (a Faery Tour), pint-sized pirates (a Tall Ships Adventure), and knavish knights (a Medieval Tournament) elsewhere in town…

Los Angeles

The Magic Dream at LA Opera
LA Opera thinks you’re never too young to enjoy the classics and is offering up this Saturday morning, hour-long, interactive version of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute for kids. A little girl who never understood the opera re-imagines a version in which she has cast her friends. Together, the group of friends learns that music and your own imagination can take you anywhere. Don’t miss the fun and creative workshop for kids before the performance.  Sat., 11:00 am. Downtown. $15. Ages 4+. Event details.

Valentine’s Pop-up CARds
The Petersen Automotive Museum loves cars and loves kids, and this month they want to help kids make a “CARd” to send to someone they love! Don’t miss storytime for the kids at 2:00 p.m. (Or the Hot Wheels exhibit!) Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $3-$10. All ages. Event details.


Romeo and Juliet for Kids
Throw away everything you think you know about Shakespeare, and for that matter, about theater. Join three raucous, irreverent storytellers at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre as they spin a tale of Romeo and Juliet where the audience is involved in the story every step of the way. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $7-$10. Ages 5+. Event details.

Beach Cities

Redondo Beach Baby Buggy 10K
Join more than 10,000 race enthusiasts at the region’s most active Super Bowl Celebration! Run, walk, or stroll in the Redondo Beach Super Bowl Sunday 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk or Baby Buggy 10K. And don’t forget about the costume contest; participants and racers alike come in costume to the delight of kids (and grownups – watching a team of monkeys run is pretty fun for everyone)! Sun., 8:15 am. Redondo Beach. Free to watch, $30 to run. All ages. Event details.


Faery Tours of the Enchanted Forest
Grownups love the chance to stroll through the beautiful gardens during at the annual Camellia Festival.  Kids love the chance to follow forest faeries on a magical tour. Learn flower facts, hear faery stories of enchantment, and be prepared for surprises along the way. Sat., 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Medieval Times – New Show
There’s something about the romance and action of days of old that entrances kids. Whether they picture themselves as a princess or a knight, a king or a jester, they thrill to see it all come to life before their eyes. Medieval Times is unveiling a brand new show with even more action-packed sword fights and a magnificent Andalusian stallion performing without rider. Daily, Showtimes vary. Buena Park. $35.95-$57.95. Ages 3+. Event details.

Tall Ships are back in the Ventura Harbor
It looks like they’re shooting the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, but those Tall Ships are really here for you to tour, and even sail! (One of the ships actually appeared as an English frigate in The Curse of the Black Pearl.)  Take a Dockside Tour, a Battle Sail or an Adventure Sail. Arrrr! Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Ventura. $3-$60. All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose