If you’re feeling a bit schizophrenic this weekend, we’ll understand why. We don’t know whether to kiss people, pet snakes, throw beads, belt out a tune or what! The good thing is that we’ve got you covered whether you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year, or tune into the Grammys. Or perhaps you’re holiday’d out and need a day outside, or a chance to meet some animals large and small. Then you can get out the mittens for Snow Days at the Zoo, meet some dinos in Long Beach, or frolic with fairies at Descanso.

Downtown Los Angeles

True Pablove
Valentine-themed arts and crafts, live music, a silent auction, kids’ activities, and great food and beverages are all here to entice you to a family festival that aims to fight childhood cancer with love. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Downtown. $60. All ages. Event details.


Mardi Gras at the Farmer’s Market
The pets on parade is one of the highlights at this “Mutti Gras” festival, but there’s also the best music this side of Bourbon Street, crafts, fun, and of course – food! Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kid’s Grammy Concert
5 Grammy nominees, one show, a cool L.A. nightclub, — and you can take the kids! That’s because all these artists are nominated in the Children’s Music category, which means you can attend a fabulous concert and still be home for naptime. Sat., 11:00 am. Mid-City. $12-$15. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Snow Days at the L.A. Zoo
The only thing almost as cute as watching your own sunny babe romping in the snow is watching their delight over seeing bears and tigers, snow leopards and seals experiencing the white stuff. Meet, greet and have photo-ops with a snow princess, too! Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Griffith Park. $12-$17. All ages. Event details.


A Tale of France
Ooh La La! Celebrate the culture of France with a classic story, fabulous music, hands on fun with arts & crafts and tastes of Gallic goodies. Sat., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3-9. Event details.

Stories by Eric Carle (A Play for Kids)
Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, and ingenious puppetry, this show brings to life Eric Carle’s very hungry caterpillar, big brown bear, and other favorite characters. Sat., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Malibu. $10-$15. Ages 2+. Event details.


Chinese New Year at Kidspace
It’s the Year of the Snake! Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Baldwin the Ball Python and take part in loads of special, slithery activities. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Faery Tours of the Forest
As part of the Camellia Festival, you can follow forest faeries as they guide families through the forest, telling faery stories of enchantment. Sat., 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Dinosaur Petting Zoo
Is your kiddo a dino-fanatic? Time-travel to a pre-historic world where they can have an up-close experience with amazingly life-like creatures that roamed the world millions of years ago. Sun., 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm. Long Beach. $20. Ages 4+. Event details.

What are you celebrating this weekend?  And how?  Let us know!

— Meghan Rose