Sing-alongs, love, bon temps, a festival for the trees and another for the whales, not to mention fairy tales, fancy food for less, museums for free, monster trucks and derby divas: there’s something for literally every interest, age, location and ability this weekend!



Museums Free-For-All
It’s the annual ‘Museums Free-For-All’ weekend, when a host of the coolest museums in the world (all 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. Check the website for participating museums and hours. Free. All ages. Event details.

dineLA Restaurant Week
This is one of the best weeks of the year for parents who enjoy fine dining, 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 take kids along to try some new (fabulous) foods, all without a huge price-tag. Ends Sunday., Check the website for participating restaurants. Prices start at $15 for lunch and $29 for dinner. All ages. Event details.


True Pablove’s Family Valentine Celebration
The all-ages celebration is filled with unique Valentine-themed arts and crafts, live music, a silent auction, creating Valentines for kids at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, kids’ activities, and great food and beverages…all proceeds help fight childhood cancer with love. Sat., 11 a.m-3 p.m. Downtown. $75-$90. All ages. Event details.

Night on Broadway
Historic theaters open to the public and an entire city block is filled with fun stuff just for kids, like a Ferris wheel with city views, young rockers, face painting, karaoke, robot games, art, exotic wildlife and the Two Bit Circus (a Red Tricycle fave!). Sat., 5-11 p.m., Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Roller Derby with the Derby Dolls
Catch LA’s banked track roller derby team at the Dollosseum. Cheer on Darla Daredevil or Jackie Nimble, and watch some serious girl power! Sun., 6:30 p.m. Downtown. $10 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Too many classic stars to list appear in the story of a group of average, upstanding Americans who lie, deceive and double-cross each other in a manic cross-country chase (ending here!) to retrieve it.  Kids will be in stitches and then demand to search for the W with the loot. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Hollywood. $9-$11. Rated PG. Event details.

Mutti Gras & Mardi Gras at the Original Farmer’s Market
There are outstanding Cajun bands (including Lisa Haley & the Zydekats and T-Lou & His Super Hot Zydeco Band) and food all weekend, there’s also activities and the fabulous and fun costumed “Mutti Gras Pet Parade & Costume Contest” on Sunday. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan
Introduce kids to the sounds of the Wadaiko (taiko) drums, with a size and sound of thunder that entrances young and old. Sat., 8 p.m. Pasadena. $10-$45. All ages. Event details.


McCabe’s Family Sing Along
Andrew & Polly, Jim “Mr. Stinky Feet” Cosgrove and Mista Cookie Jar are all heading to McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a family sing along. There’s also a free sing along with this same crew in Manhattan Beach on Saturday. Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Tu B’Shevat Festival for the Trees
Celebrate the Birthday of the Trees with games, crafts, food, a petting zoo, bounce houses and more. Sun., noon-4 p.m. West LA. Free. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

South Bay

A Whale of a Fiesta
Kick off whale watching season with a family day filled with games, arts & crafts, puppet shows, marine awareness organizations, giant sand sculpture making and music. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Fairy Tales Unscripted
MainStreet Theatre Company presents Fairytales Unscripted, a completely improvised play in the style of classic fairy tales. Sat. & Sun., 1-2 p.m. Rancho Cucamonga. $16-$18. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

Get Trucking to the Monster Truck Jam
Your little wheel-master will love seeing the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and stunts. Sat., 7 p.m. Anaheim. $10 & up. All ages. Event details.

It’s Backwards Day on Sunday. Surprise the kids by starting with a spaghetti breakfast and pancakes for dinner! How will you celebrate?

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Night On Broadway