Los Angeles is buzzing this weekend with movie stars galore as Hollywood gears up for the Academy Awards this Sunday night. Word to the wise, unless you want to spend your Sunday stuck in traffic, we recommend staying far away from the limo crunch of Hollywood and Highland. Luckily, there’s plenty to do that doesn’t require a tuxedo and Gucci gown, though if your daughter loves to play dress up, this is the weekend to go for it! The Imagination Mover’s In a Big Warehouse tour rocks the Nokia Theatre while the Harlem Globetrotters hit the court at Staples. Plus, there’s the crazy Pasta! Popups musical show in Santa Monica and family nature time in Pasadena while Super Grover is in full force at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Who needs an Oscar to make this weekend memorable!

Los Angeles

Imagination Movers Live! In a Big Warehouse with Choo Choo Soul Grammy nominated for the best in children’s music, the Imagination Movers take over the Nokia Theatre at LA Live for a boogying good time. Come out and get moving as the New Orleans based group brings their beloved television series to life. It’s sure to have everyone singing and dancing. Sat., 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, $19.50-49.50. Event Details.

Harlem Globetrotters at the Staples Center Catch Slick Willie Shaw, Turbo Pearson, and Big Easy Lofton as they show off their basketball stylings with slam dunks, half court shots and more. Sun., 12:00 pm, Los Angeles, $20-50. Event Details.


Everything and Nothing: Sculpture of the Everyday Part 2 Get crafty with your tyke at this workshop inspired by the artists of the installation All of this and Nothing. In this second class, parents and kids work together to create their own artwork by using found materials and various creative activities. Part 1, Sun., 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Westwood, $25 refundable registration fee to hold place. Event Details.

Santa Monica

Free Softball Clinic Bring your little slugger to Bluffs Park where he or she can learn tips and tricks from two-time Olympic Gold medalist Jessica Mendoza. No matter what their age, Jessica’s has something fun for them to learn. Sun., 2:00 pm, Malibu, Free. Event Details.

Pasta! A Popups Puppet Musical The Popups bring their zany show and rocking tunes to Santa Monica’s Highway Performance Theatre. This 45-minute show follows two brothers on their quest for locally sourced ingredients to make the best pasta sauce ever. Sat., 11:00 am, Sun., 2:00 pm, Santa Monica, $15.  Event Details.


My Gym Parents Night Out Drop the kids off for some serious calorie burning while you head out for the evening. Game, activities and plenty of gym equipment keep the kiddos busy while you enjoy date night. Fri., 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Toluca Lake, $35-$40, $25 additional sibling. Event Details.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Is there a wocket in your pocket? Why yes! Come out and celebrate the craftiest children’s writer, Dr. Seuss this weekend at the Kidspace Museum. Wacky, Seuss inspired arts and crafts as well as story time and just plain fun abounds.  Be sure to dress up your kids as their favorite Seuss character for the chance of winning a prize. Sun., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pasadena, $10, children under 1 free. Event Details.

Beach Cities

Kids Activity Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific Sesame Street’s Super Grover hosts this entertaining evening complete with arts and crafts, face painting and a live DJ. Plus, the aquarium staff will be on hand to teach kids about keeping their oceans clean. Fri., 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Free for members, $12.95-24.95 admission for all others. Event Details.

Whale Watching Cruise ‘Tis the season to spot the giant creatures of the sea as they migrate to Baja California. Kids of all ages will love heading out on the Pacific to see whales as they head south. Be sure to dress warmly! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am, 1:30 pm, Redondo Beach, Adults $15, Children 12 and under $10, Under 5 Free. Event Details.

—Lara Burnap