For kids at LAUSD schools, this is the last weekend before back to class (cue parents shouts of relief!)—so make it count. Take in a fabulously colorful show, say Happy Birthday to a movie legend, play paleontologist, try your hand at juggling, sing your heart out, explore the ocean’s parks and marshes, or see cars that come in sizes mini to monster.


The Queen of Colors
We will see any show the Wallis hosts—they find plays that entrance kids. The Queen of Colors, based on the renowned children’s book, uses puppetry to weave a simple story about kindness and originality. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Beverly Hills. $25-$35. Ages 4-7. Event details.


Kiddo Karaoke
It’s open mike time at Chirp, our favorite kid’s karaoke bar, and it’s a joyous way to kick off the weekend. Fri., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $8-$12. Ages 2-13. Event Details.


Happy Birthday, Marion!
Marion Davies was an old time movie star who built a gorgeous beach side palace, which is now the Annenberg Beach House. Celebrate her birthday, her life and her kooky spirit with a festive tour of her place, complete with costumes, music and dancing. Sun., 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Up In the Air at the Fowler
Check out some art that appears to defy gravity and then watch a performance of spinning and balancing objects by a master juggler and learn some tricks of your own. Sun., 1:15 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Visit the Dino Laboratory
Explore the dinosaur sculptures by artist Francis Upritchard with an artist and then create a dinosaur based on a scientific profile of your own invention. (There’s a Shirley Temple movie showing here today, too.) Sun., 11 a.m-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Hit the Hot Wheels Garage
Little racers can see a Hot Wheels® display of life-size cars and get their hands on loads of Hot Wheels tracks and cars to race with. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. El Segundo. $5-$10 donation. All ages. Event details.

What’s A Salt Marsh?
Learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. See the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides. Sun., 2 p.m.-4 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Under Water Parks Day
Learn more about Southern California’s myriad of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  MPA stories will be told using film, interactive exhibits, activities and learning experiences for kids. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Long Beach. $14.95-$28.95. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Monster Jan Monster Truck Madness
Take your truck lover to see a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out. Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts. Sat., 7 p.m. Anaheim. $10-$60. All ages. Event details.

And if you’ve a star struck youngster, the Golden Globes are Sunday, and you can sneak a peek at set up and star arrivals near the Hilton in Beverly Hills. What are you up to this weekend? We’d love to know; let us know in the comments section.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Monster Jam and Chirp Karaoke