There’s nothing to do this weekend.  Kidding! Saturday is Opposite Day, so we thought we’d start practicing now.  In actuality, there’s almost too much to do this weekend – from free museums to cheap eats, the Grammy Awards (presenting a concert just for kids) to Story Pirates, a snowflake man to faery tale cowboys, you won’t be bored.  Now go have a terrible time!  2454603103_affb615997_z

Everywhere

Museums Free-for-All
It’s a ‘Museums Free-For-All’ weekend, when a host of the coolest museums in the world (right here in our backyard) open their doors wide and invite visitors free of charge. The museums run the gamut of art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science. Sat., various times.  Select museums city wide.  Free.  All Ages.  Event details.

Dine LA Restaurant Week
Foodie parents rejoice – dineLA Restaurant Week is parental heaven, since some of LA’s best restaurants participate in offering specially priced three-course meals for lunch or dinner.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to introduce kids to new (fabulous) foods, all without a huge price-tag. Through Jan 31, at various restaurants across Los Angeles.  Prices vary with restaurant and meal. All Ages.  Event details.

Downtown

Destination Station
Little astronauts will love this new NASA developed exhibit at the Science Center.  It explores life aboard the International Space Station with hands-on activities, pictures, and audio-visual displays. Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

A Faery Hunt’s All New Cowboy Show
Time for an all new rootin’-tootin’ musical adventure through the clearings of the forest. Meet guitar-playing Sheriff Wilson Picket, his quirky cook, the ranch baron and Cowgirl Jane as they roam the ranch in beautiful Griffith Park forest. Sat., 10: 30 a.m. Griffith Park. $15. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Family Dance Jam at the Autry
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 to enjoy together. Sun., 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Chinese New Year at the Huntington
Celebrate the Year of the Horse in the beautiful Chinese Gardens with traditional music, dance, and folk crafts. Experience cup-rolling acrobatics, a tea-gatherers’ dance, songs of dragon boats and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. San Marino. $8-$23. All ages. Event details.

Westside

“Snowflake Man” Puppet Show and Workshop
Czech-style marionettes and pop-up paper scenery bring to life the story of Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley, a farmer and self-educated scientist who became the first person to capture a single snowflake on film. Sat., 3 p.m. Santa Monica. $5-$20. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

5 Grammy Nominees, 1 Concert
How often do you get to see Grammy nominated artists anymore?  How about a chance to see 5 nominees, all at one show, AND you can take the kids? Shows like this only happen once a year – this Saturday!  Sat., 10 a.m. Santa Monica. $12-$15. Ages 2-10. Event details.

“Rivers and Tides,” An Andy Goldsworthy Documentary
Follow the Scottish artist as he works outdoors, crafting stunning sculptures out of leaves, rocks, ice and other natural elements. Kids of all ages—and anyone who has built a sandcastle on the beach—will recognize a kindred spirit in Goldsworthy. Sun., 11 a.m. Westwood. Free.  All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Whale Fiesta
Kick off whale watching season with a morning at the beach to celebrate the migration of the Pacific gray whale.  It’s a family day filled with activities and exhibits for all – games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, food and gift vendors, guest speakers and music.  Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Story Pirates
The Story Pirates delight and surprise with puppets, silly songs and outrageous sketches, all the while motivating kids to pick up a pencil and write down their own fantastic adventures. Kung fu ninja babies fighting crime to cats flying and tickle monsters who rule the world – what will today’s stories be? Sat., 2 p.m. Torrance. $20. Ages 4-10. Event details.

We’re one month into 2014!  What are your favorite things about this year, so far?  Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Jason Lander via flickr and A Faery Hunt.