Sing along, watch acrobats soar, go retro with burgers and wheels, tour the wetlands, embark on a career as an author or standup, catch some crays or take in a show that’s just right- what strikes your fancy?  Inside, outside and all over town, there’s something for kids of every age and interest on our list of best bets for this weekend!

Bob's Big Boy


Sing Along with Mary Poppins
It’s a jolly sing along with Mary at the El Cap all weekend.  Young and old belt out the tunes to favorite songs while catching this classic on the big screen for it’s 50th anniversary. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $10 (all seats, includes popcorn). Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Do Standup at Second City
Do you have what it takes to be funny?  Really funny, on stage and with an audience?  Second City is having a day of workshops and shows for the whole family.  Reservations required. Sat, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.


See Stars at a Public Star Party
The stars are ready for their close-up at this cool day when the whole family can look at the sun, moon, stars and more, try out tons of telescopes, and talk to astronomers. Sat., 2 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Bob’s Big Boy’s Burgers and Cars Night
It’s time for a blast from the past at Bob’s Big Boy. Pull up for a dose of nostalgia with your burgers, milkshake and fries, as the classic car show takes over the back parking lot.   Fri., 3 p.m. – 10 p.m. Burbank. Free.  All ages. Event details.


Birdie Rocks the Bookstore
Kids and parents will all be shaking their tail feathers to tropical Latin beats and catchy refrains when Birdie’s Playhouse rocks an interactive show. Sat., 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Santa Monica. $5 suggested donation. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Young Writers Learn & Confer
Kids are natural born writers and illustrators – today they can meet, learn from and work with some of the best in the business (like Cornelia Funke and Pseudonymous Bosch). Sat., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Westwood. $125. Ages 7-12. Event details.


Catch a Show That’s Just Right
In this original production, Goldilocks and Baby Bear teach their parents that they have more in common than they thought and everyone learns to respect one another. It’s an upbeat show with a plenty o’ audience participation. Sat., 1 p.m. Universal City. $10-$12.  Ages 3-9. Event details.

Catch Crays and Save the Fishes
Give native fish and tadpoles a chance by removing the invasive crayfish from our rivers.  Great fun for kids to bait and empty traps, and measure the little pinchers.  Fri. & Sat., 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Calabasas. Free.  All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Tour and Explore the Bolsa Chica Wetlands
Take kids on a guided tour of Bolsa Chica and learn about the history, wildlife, and restoration of these beautiful wetlands. Sat., 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Huntington Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Peking Acrobats Get You Ready for Chinese New Year
Without a flying trapeze in sight, these Peking Acrobats really fly with leaps and bounds and amazing stunts! Sat., 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Long Beach. $28. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

What caught the eye of your family this weekend?  We want to know where you’ll be!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Bob’s Big Boy’s facebook page.