This weekend is all about giving and getting. Head over to the newest outpost at Tocaya Westwood for a little neighborhood appreciation and get two free tacos per guest (purchase of a beverage, side or entree required). Once you are properly fueled up, go to the Santa Monica Pier and give a donation for a good cause and get unlimited carnival action in return. Or head down to the Cabrillo Aquarium to help with a coastal cleanup and get back the beaches we all deserve to enjoy, litter free. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks.

photo: Aquarium of the Bay 

Los Angeles

First Fri. at NHM
Bring your appetites for knowledge and discover the museum after hours with tours, discussions, live music, and cocktails. This season NHM will be exploring Forces of Nature: Thirsty, muddy, smoky, shaky California! Don’t ever let anyone tell you we don’t have seasons in California. We have some doozies: fire, flood, drought, and earthquakes. This year at First Fri., we’ll find the facts and bust some myths about our four horsemen of the Golden State apocalypse.” Event capacity is limited and likely to sell out. Purchase your tickets online before the day of the event as only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door—the events are first come, first served. Fri. Event details.

Sherman Oaks

DIY Playdough Playdate
The cold weather usually means more time indoors. Entertain your kids this season by turning play time into learning time by making aromatherapy play dough! This activity is a great way for children to learn about aromatherapy and essential oils. Use a variety of oils and colors to help kids learn new scents. Each child can pick from different essential oils to create their own dough. The Playroom Indoor Play Placeh also has a lot of fun features for kids to have a blast like a bouncy house, ball pit, mini roller coasters, playhouse, slide, rock wall, toys and more!  Fri. Event details.


Art with Your Kid
Join instructor Susan Lee for a fun-filled event where parent/grandparent/caregiver can create an art project with their child. Work together to create one art project or each work on your own. Projects introduce your child to a variety of mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolor as well as color theory. Recommended for ages 5 and up. FYI and potential allergy sufferers: Geeky Teas has shop cats who are very friendly. However, you will create in a room that is cat-free. Fri. Event details.


Play and laugh while giving back at the 17th Annual Carnival at the Pier. Admission includes private use of the park, lunch and carnival snacks, game tickets, unlimited amusement park rides, and photo booth photos, and more. Enjoy one of Southern California’s leading attractions while helping to raise funds for Children’s Bureau’s work to prevent child abuse. Sun. Event details.

Children of all ages are invited to discover how Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high in the award-winning autobiography Trombone Shorty. Continue learning about the importance of brass bands in New Orleans on a family-friendly tour with a Fowler Educator. This event is free, no reservation required. Meet in the Fowler’s Lobby. Fri. Event details.

To celebrate the grand opening, and as a neighborhood appreciation day for locals and local businesses, Tocaya Westwood will be hosting ‘First Round’s on Us’ all day on Sat. Guests’ first two tacos are free with any purchase of a beverage, side, or entrée (upcharges apply for premium proteins). Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Read Across America 
Join thousands of children around the nation in celebrating Read Across America Day. Literacy is such an integral part of a child’s academic success. “You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a book.” Dr. Seuss said it best, there’s no need to contest. We’ll read, learn, and play, shout, “hip-hip-hooray!” In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, we are celebrating all weekend long with classic stories, whacky activities, and special appearances by some of your favorite characters. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

The gorgeous California beaches gave us loads of fun this summer. It’s time to give back to the beaches by helping keep them clean. Spend Sat. morning enjoying the coast while helping the environment. Note: All participants must bring a signed waiver, for children under the age of 18 the waiver needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. Sat. Event details.

A free opportunity for kids of all ages to experience the magic of theatre. Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your neighbors (reservations are required) to see “Feast From The East,” tales from Asia and the Middle East. Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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