It’s GRAMMY awards weekend, and with the show taking place in LA music is in the air… speaking of air, you’ll notice a “gassy” theme to a few of these events, which will delight your wee ones. With farts and music, hearts and hikes, dinos and dim sum, monster trucks and Globetrotters you’re sure to find something for everyone this weekend in the city.

Downtown & South LA

The Harlem Globetrotters
The Globetrotters’ dribbling and dunking wizardry combined with hilarious antics and fan interactions makes for a superb sporting event for the whole family. Sat., 1 p.m. Downtown. $23 & up. All ages. Event details.

Get Gassy with the Giants (Planets, That Is)
Explore the gas giants in our solar system (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune) at the Columbia Space Center. Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Downey. $12/adult & child pair. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Eastside & Griffith Park

A Day of Valentine Crafts
Make printed Valentines for classmates, for family, for all you love.  There will also be a bake sale by the neighborhood kids to add something sweet for your sweetheart. Sat., 11 a.m. Eagle Rock. $25. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

African American Heritage Celebration at the Zoo
Celebrate African American Heritage month at the LA Zoo.  There will be a vibrant array of music and dance entertainment, crafts, animal feedings, keeper talks and up-close visits with small animals—all spotlighting animals from Africa. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Griffith Park. $14-$19. All ages. Event details.


5 GRAMMY Nominees, 1 Concert
All 5 nominees for a 2015 GRAMMY Awards for top children’s recording artist (including The Okee Dokee Brothers, The Pop Ups, Brady Rymer and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) will take the stage. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Hollywood. $12-$15. Ages 2-10. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Monterey Lunar New Year
Monterey Park has the best dim sum outside of China, so it’s the perfect place to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and the Lunar New Year is the perfect excuse to go to Monterey Park. The festival features traditional New Year lion and dragon dancers along with a big carnival fun zone for kids. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monterey Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Stupid Songs: Hearts & Farts
This is an evening of original funny songs just in time for Valentine’s Day.  Tickle funny bones while you snuggle, listen and giggle. Fri., 8 p.m. Santa Monica. $5-$10. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Disappear into The Phantom Tollbooth
A mysterious tollbooth and a toy car transport a young boy to a magical, topsy-turvy world in this free screening of the live action/animated film based on the classic children’s book by Norman Juster. Sun., 11 a.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 8 & up (But younger siblings welcome!) Event details.

Hike with Your Valentines
Birds do it, bees do it…join a docent for a PG rated tour of courtship and mating rituals of plants and animals in the park.  It’s an easy walk and appropriate for the whole family. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Topanga. Free. All ages. Event details.

Santa Clarita & San Fernando Valleys

The remake didn’t do it for you. (Or anyone!) But Annie is on stage this weekend with all the original songs intact, like “Tomorrow” and a “Hard Knock Life,” and it will make you feel like the sun is already out.  Fri.-Sun., Various times. Santa Clarita. $18-$22. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Buddy’s Big Adventure: Dinosaur Train Live
Your little dino fanatic will want to join Buddy and friends in this fun-filled trip back in time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. With interactivity, music and laughter, Dinosaur Train Live will have kids up and dancing in the aisles. Sat., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Northridge. $15-$25. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Monster Truck Jam
Kids love trucks. Big trucks. Monster trucks. So take them to see a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction. Sat., 7 p.m. Anaheim. $10-$60. All ages. Event details.

Which of these crazy events or activities strikes your fancy? We want to hear what you’ll be up to this weekend.

-Meghan Rose

Photos courtesy of Terry Husebye and The Harlem Globetrotters