The weather couldn’t be more beautiful in Los Angeles. Dare we say it’s close to perfect? And there are plenty of fun activities for Los Angeles kids and the entire family, whether it’s going green and planting trees, racing to the finish line in Pepperdine University’s Coastal Kiddie K, or finding fairies in Griffith Park or at the Enchanted Forest Fair in Agoura Hills.
If you want to stick close to home, then a great afternoon project for older kids is to help the Natural History Museum with their Lost Lizard of Los Angeles project. Simply take pictures of the sun-bathing critters in your yard and provide your home information as outlined on their website.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
A Faery Hunt
Calling all fairies! Strap on your wings, grab a handful of pixie dust and get ready to help find the fairy folk find their queen. With audience participation (image at right) the key, fun characters weave a tale of kindness, forgiveness, and respect with a love for nature as they go on a magical quest. Call ahead for reservation. Sat., pre-show 10 a.m., show 10:30 a.m., Los Angeles, $15, Children under 2 free. Event Details.
Street Planting with Tree People
It’s never too early to teach your children the important role trees play in our environment and planting a tree is the perfect way. Grab a shovel and get outdoors with this eco-friendly activity. Sat., 8:30 a.m. to Noon, Wilshire Heights, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, West L.A.)
Family Drawing Hour: Strike a Pose!
Take your little Rembrandt to The Getty for an hour of drawing. After touring the gallery, kids and/or parents pose in a style reminiscent of the paintings and then create a sketch for the family gallery. Sat., 3:30 p.m., West Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
Anime Mythology: Superheroes vs. Dragons
The Hammer Museum puts cartoon lovers imaginations to work by exploring the different types of characters and heroes. Best of all, kids get the chance to create their own superheroes and choose the outcome of dragons vs. superheroes. Aimed for kids 8-13. Sun., 12 p.m., Westwood, Free. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Pepperdine University Coastal 1K/5K/10K Walk and Run
Get those New Year’s Resolutions off to a running (or walking) start. While mom and/or dad can burn rubber in the 5K or 10K while the little ones can charge in the Kiddie K. Sat., 8 a.m., Kiddie K at 9 a.m., Malibu, $35. Event Details.
Los Angeles Children’s Film Festival
Head to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Theater next to the Santa Monica Public Library for an afternoon of kid-friendly shorts that includes anime, live action and documentary films. Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Brunch with a Princess
Spend a royal morning at Lollipop Dream with your little Maid Marion. Find the perfect costume in the dress up closet; munch on a meal fit for a Queen all while learning how to be the perfect little princess. Sat., 10:30 a.m., Sherman Oaks, $30 for family of 2, $10 additional person. RSVP required. Event Details.
An Enchanted Forest Winter Faire
Frolic with gentle gnomes, elves, wizards, prince and princesses at this magical one-day fair hosted by Mariposa Elementary School of Global Education. Join in on games, music, story telling and browse nature-inspired handmade goods among many other fun, fairy-like activities. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Agoura Hills, Free. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Whale Fiesta at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Kick off whale watching season with a morning at the beach. Join in as aquarists build a life-sized sand sculpture of a giant blue whale. If you’re family is feeling creative, sign up for either the Duct Tape Whale Sculpture Contest or the Great Cetacean Creation Sand Sculpture Contest. Other activities include face-painting, puppet shows, and expert speakers. Sun., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., San Pedro, Free. Event Details.
Bird Survey at Shipley Nature Center
Grab a pair binoculars and your best little spotters and head to Huntington Beach. Open to bird watchers of every level, help your kids learn to spot and count the different birds that nest in the area. Fri., 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Huntington Beach, Free. Event Details.