With the holidays over, it feels like a good time to burrow and recover. But kids never seem to need a break, so here are plenty of fun events to get you out the door this weekend. Not quite ready to say goodbye to the festivities? There’s one last Christmas celebration with the Feast of Epiphany parade on Olvera Street. Feeling scientific?  Learn all about comets at the Griffith Observatory or interact with some turtles at the Fowler Museum. There’s a free Oshogatsu (Lunar New Year) celebration at the JANM or some strolling magicians to see at the Skirball. You can enjoy our sunny weather while still embracing the winter theme by making a sand snowman at the beach. Or if you have little girls who need some pampering, indulge them in a Diva Day. (And just maybe they’ll remember and reciprocate come Mother’s Day!)

Los Angeles

Los Tres Reyes Magos
The three kings make a colorful procession down Olvera Street celebrating The Feast of Epiphany with prizes, free champurado (Mexican traditional chocolate drink) and pan dulce (Mexican sweet bread) as well as a Piñata filled with candies for all the children to break and enjoy.  Fri., Evening. Los Angeles. Free. All ages. Event details.

Oshogatsu Family Festival
Oshogatsu is the Japanese Lunar New Year.  There’s no better place to celebrate the Year of the Dragon than at the Japanese American National Museum’s free family festival!  With arts & crafts, games, demonstrations, performances, balloon art and even some tasty treats to try…  Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Los Angeles. Free. All ages.   Event details.

Let’s Make a Comet!
Visit the Griffith Observatory to learn how to mix common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that’s just like the real thing. The program explores the nature of water in all its forms – solid, liquid, and gas – and discusses why water is so important to life on Earth.  Sat. & Sun., 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm. Los Angeles. Free. Age 4+. Event details.


Turtles, Turtles Everywhere (pictured)
The afternoon will be crawling with these extraordinary four-legged friends, in story and in art, at the Fowler Museum’s Sunday afternoon family program.  And at 2:00 pm you can meet and greet the REAL creatures, provided by the Wildlife Learning Center.  Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Los Angeles. Free. All Ages. Event details.

Skirball’s Spellbinding Sunday
Don’t miss the magic! Encounter strolling magicians throughout the beautiful Skirball grounds.  They’re there to illustrate some magic up-close and personal for kids in conjunction with the exhibit Masters of Illusion.  This is the final weekend of the show, so be sure to see it before it disappears!  Sun., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Los Angeles. $5-10. All Ages. Event details.


Diva Day!
Does your little diva need some pampering? Time for a Diva Day at Lollipop Dream.  Divas can play dress-up while fun hostesses do face painting/light-make-up, glitter hair styles, and nails, as well as assist all divas in purse decorating and a fashion show to show off everyone’s fun diva looks.  Sat., 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Sherman Oaks. $15. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Build a Sand Snowman
It’s worth the 28 mile drive up the coast to the very edge of Malibu to visit beautiful Leo Carrillo Beach.  And this outing gives you the perfect excuse to do it – join the Park Service for a day at the beach to build “snowmen” out of sand!  Learn about beach ecology and why we enjoy warmer temperatures in our Mediterranean ecosystem.  Sat., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose