It’s a very artsy weekend Angelenos – there are family art stops all over town. How do you express your artistic side? If it’s through drawing and painting, you can learn to make mini frescos or do some art at the adobe. If you like tactile arts, you can make a “fancy but useful” piece at LACMA. If it’s through writing, you can do some journal writing (or just catch a flick) at the Hammer, and musicians can sing and play along with animals or some All Stars. Then again, if you’re still recuperating from the holidays, just sit back and be entertained when the Dinofaire comes to town with some prehistoric fun, or get down and dirty with a monster truck jam!

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Miniature Fresco Making
Mini Michelangelos and diminutive daVinci’s wanted: learn a bit about the history and process of making frescos and then create small versions. Sun., 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. Ages 3+. Event details.

PLAY Music: Animals
Move, sing, and play along with favorite songs, chants, and stories about animals and bugs. Fri., 11:00 am – 11:30 am. W. 3rd Street. $10. Ages 1-5. Event details.

Family Art at LACMA: French Ceramics
Check out lovely and useful French ceramics in the current exhibition Daily Pleasures, then make your own fancy-but-useful art project. Sun., 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


Family Fun at the Hammer: Movie & Art
Pick your pleasure  – are you feeling like a viewer or a do-er? Kids can sit back and watch Mary Poppins on the big screen or take part in a writing workshop where they will assemble a scrapbook of their future lives. Sun., 11:00 am. Westwood. Free. Age 4+ or 6+. Event details.

Dino Faire at STAR Eco Station
Dinoman is back and he’s bringing everyone on a journey through the Mesozoic era. Dino enthusiasts of all ages can take part in arts and crafts, a dino dig and a great tour of the Eco Station. Sat. & Sun., 9:15 am – 5:00 pm. Culver City. $11-$18. All ages. Event details.

The Sugar Free All-Stars at McCabes
It’s a show you’ll dig as much as your kids when this funky organ/drum duo plays their own blend of New Orleans funk, Memphis soul and Hammond organ-drenched gospel, all wrapped up in a colorful rock and roll package. Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $8. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Hands on Art at the Adobe
Just for kids, it’s hands-on activities and art projects at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site. Come early to have lunch in the park, enjoy the playground, or bring a soccer ball to kick around. Sat., 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm. Agoura Hills. Free. Ages 3-8. 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 in an awesome spectacle of dirt-flying, high-energy fun. Sat., 7:00 pm. Anaheim. $10-$45. All ages. Event details.

What do you do to express your creative side?  And where are your favorite places in LA to do it?  Let us know in the comments below.

— Meghan Rose