While some kids are already back in school, for many this is the last weekend of vacation. End it with a bang! You can see serpents, faeries or mummies. Sleep with the fishes (not that way!) or skate with a legend. Make art in all kinds of ways and places or muck it up in the marsh. Start this year as you want to go on: with more family fun than you can imagine.

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The Mummies Are Leaving
This is the last week to see the Mummies at NHM, and today they’re having a celebration with hands on art activities like making Peruvian feathered pouches & Egyptian Papyrus prints and live performances. Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Exposition Park. $5-$12. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


Barnsdall Family Art Sunday
Bring nothing but yourselves and your imagination for a day of art with the family. This weekend learn about (and make) lares alters as they did in Ancient Rome. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Los Feliz. Free. All ages. Event details.


Investigate Imagination at LACMA
Immerse in video installations of nature, like the underwater world of dolphins or the communication between bees. Then explore art through dance and installation workshops. Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Make A Room of Your Own
What’s the perfect space for spending time with friends and family? See some inspirational art and then create a 3-D model of a room using foam board, fabric and collage paper. Sat., 1-3 p.m. Pasadena. $12 adults, kids free. Ages 4-10. Event details.


Happy Birthday, Marion!
Celebrate the birthday of silent screen star Marion Davies (who lived at what is now the Annenberg Beach House) along with her life and kooky spirit with a festive tour and a Gold Coast era b-day bash. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Skate with Scott Hamilton
Before the ice disappears this season, skate for a cause at the all-day cancer charity event where there’s a special meet and greet with Scott Hamilton and live performances by local figure skaters. Sat., noon-2 p.m. Woodland Hills. Free-$20. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

The Faeries Songbook
The fairies share songs of enchantment in a celebration for the return of the Fairy Queen in this musical revue. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Torrance. $15. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Friday Fun at Madrona Marsh
There’s story time, science, a craft project and a short tour of the preserve that teaches young kids about nature and emphasizes respect for all living things. Fri., 10 a.m.-noon. Torrance. Free, $5 donation gratefully accepted. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Long Beach

Sleep with Fishes (and Sharks!)
Grab your sleeping bags and your coziest pajamas for a winter-themed overnight adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Meet the penguins, discover cold water habitats, paint a t-shirt, explore plankton and learn about bioluminescence before bunking down by the animals. Fri.-Sat., 5 p.m.-7 a.m. Long Beach. $90. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Inland Empire

Reptile Super Show
Lil’ herpetologist will love the chance to see rare and exotic reptiles and amphibians at the world’s largest reptile show. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Pomona. $9-$14. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

We’d love to hear about your favorite family holiday adventure! Meet us in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Isadora Taft via flickr