Imagine that! This weekend is filled to bursting with events and activities to spur the imagination. Whether you want to catch ballet with boys that aims for your funny bone, put your thinking cap on for some coding fun, see the Cat in the Hat get silly or some pirates tell crazy tales, there’s something for every age and interest. And if you want to move your body there’s a western style family jam or a fun run by the seashore, too.

Junior Scientist: Fish Tales

Downtown

Junior Scientists & Critter Kids Explore Animals
Young scientists dive into the world of fish, while their younger sibs can meet some noisy critters and make a commotion of their own. Sat., Various times. Exposition Park. $5-$9. Critter Club is for kids 3-5 and Junior Scientists is for the 6-9 crew. Event details.

Griffith Park

Dance and Jam with the Fam
Join Family Dance Jam for a different kind of hoedown at the Autry today. As the DJ spins global grooves, a team of dancers leads lively dance games for families. Sun., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Mid-City

Mommy & Me Outing
Start the year with some special mother-daughter time at American Girl. Have dinner, play games, make a frame together and have your photo snapped to go in that frame for a forever memento. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mid-City. $45. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

SCALE: The Next Gen
This Open Source conference is organized by and for local K-12 students. The goal of the event is to help kids become more involved in Open Source and STEM related activities at a young age; so go and get your young thinkers learning from other bright young minds. Sat., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Pasadena. Free for kids. Ages 5-15. Event details.

Westside

The Cat in the Hat
From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother’s rainy afternoon is transformed by the antics of this mischievous cat. Don’t miss the accompanying Family Art Day activities, which are free and open to the public. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. $17-$25. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Coastal Run & Kid Dash
Everyone can move their bodies! Parents can walk or run the whole route while kids 12 and under can take part in the Kids’ Dash—running as far as they can through the finish line. When they’re too tuckered to run, it’s time to hit the Family Fun Expo. Sat., 8:30 a.m. Playa del Rey. $15-$40. All ages. Event details.

Helen Slater’s The Ugly Duckling
Helen Slater (OG Supergirl, for us old people) is at Children’s Book World for a story time performance of her CD, The Ugly Duckling, for which she composed and sang original songs in an uplifting, heartwarming story about a duck who discovers she’s a swan. Sat., 10:30 a.m. West LA. Free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Break a Leg: Break Dancing with Antics
Artists are able to change themselves through dance and costume; check out the exhibit Disguise at the Fowler Museum and then learn how to dance, create dance accessories and see in-gallery performances. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Valley

STOMP!
The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments (like matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps) to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. Sun., 3 & 7:30 p.m. Northridge. $30-$75. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Set Sail with the Story Pirates
From Kung Fu ninja babies to tickle monsters who rule the world, Story Pirates celebrates the very creative writing of kids in this loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical based entirely on stories written by youngsters. Sun., 2 p.m. Torrance. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

The All-Boy Ballet, Les Ballets Trockadero
The all-male ballet company—delicately stuffed into tutus and man-sized toe shoes—has a hilarious twist on classical ballet where the comedy is only matched by their unbelievable technical prowess. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $40-$50. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Where will we find you this weekend? Let us know what you’ll be up to in the comments!

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Natural History Museum and Every Angeleno Counts