Seriously February, why do you have to cram everything in like this? This weekend there are some early Valentine events as well as Chinese New Year (it’s Monday) and Mardi Gras (that’s Tuesday) and Sunday is the Super Bowl! It’s also the start of Black History Month, so be sure to kick the month off with a celebration of African American heritage at a children’s museum.



Big Screen Science: Hybrid Superheroes
Learn how Hollywood inspires the next frontier of science exploration with scientists, filmmakers, live music and DJs. This month’s topic is the body mechanics of hybrids superheroes. So, can Captain America exist? Find out! Fri., 5-9 p.m. Exposition Park. $18. All ages. Event details.

Cirque du Soleil Gets “Kurios”
Cirque du Soleil’s newest touring show, Kurios – Cabinet of Curiosities closes this weekend, so it’s your last chance to see it in LA. You gotta go. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Elysian Park. $56 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.


A Rodin Mashup
Artist Liz Glynn researched LACMA’s Rodin sculptures and created a performance, and from the performance made eight bronze sculptures which recombine Rodin’s, like a mash-up. At Andell Family Sundays, perform and make a collaborative sculpture in artist-led workshops. Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


LEGO Pixelated Art in the City
Los Angeles County Store is opening a show of Andy Bauch’s new work featuring mosaics that use thousands of LEGO bricks to create cityscapes and interpretations of famous cultural icons around Los Angeles that will awe and inspire kids. Sat., 6-8 p.m. Silverlake. Free. All ages. Event details.

Purple Twig Valentine’s Making
Banish boring store bought cards. Make wonderfully unique printed Valentines: make them for classmates, make them for family, make them for everyone you love. Sat., 1 & 3 p.m. Eagle Rock. $35. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey
Ring in the Year of the Monkey with Pacific Asia Museum’s annual Lunar New Year Festival with performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities and gallery explorations. Not too big and not too small, this festival is juuuuust right for small ones. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

Monkey See, Monkey Art
Do some monkey art at the Norton Simon Museum for the Year of the Monkey. Share what you see in works by Rousseau and other artists, and make a paper-bag monkey puppet. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Pasadena. $12 adults, kids free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

West Hollywood

A Horse, A Spoon, A Bucket
SoundSpark is a free, monthly new music series for young kids featuring solo and duo performances by emerging artists; this month the whole family will enjoy the offbeat band A Horse, A Spoon, A Bucket. Sat., noon-1 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Day of Global Disguises
Disguise yourself in the spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival, participate in movement workshops and enjoy performances of masked art and the Baile del Torito (Dance of the Little Bull). Sun., 1-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Mardi Gras Parade
It’s the best Mardi Gras parade this side of Canal Street and you’re invited! Throw on a costume and some beads and take part in the parade, music, art and other festivities in Rainbow Harbor. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Pirates of Penzance
With songs like “I am a Pirate King!” and “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operetta features dashing pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, an eccentric major-general-and a plot point hinges on Leap Year, which is very appropriate this month! Sat., 10 & 11:30 a.m. Costa Mesa. $15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Celebrate African American Heritage Month
An engaging performance by Jazzy Ash & the Leaping Lizards will having you dancing, singing, and learning about the early history of Jazz at the La Habra Children’s Museum. Activity stations will offer colorful folk arts celebrating early African American history. Sun., 1-5 p.m. La Habra. Free. All ages. Event details.

The year of the Monkey approaches. Do you know what’s in store? Check out our horoscopes for little LA people.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Jazzy Ash and San Jose Library via flickr