This year March roars in like a lionfish… as the Santa Monica Aquarium celebrates it’s 10th Birthday with a big old party and you’re invited.  We also have your invitations to a Chinese lantern festival (tell the kids it’s like in Tangled!) a Corvette celebration, a Festival of Whales and a beautiful horse show.  It’s Read Across America weekend, too, so we have some storybooks come to life and other bookish delights.

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Downtown

Lantern Festival
Catch lantern fever and experience a re-created traditional village street fair with stage performances, interactive workshops, and special activities. Sat., 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Corvette Day
Corvette is as old as Grandpa!  Check out 500 of the coolest Corvettes in the 60 year history of the car.  And don’t forget to leave time to check out the Hot Wheels display. Sat., Various times. Miracle Mile. $3-$11. All ages. Event details.

Dr. Seuss Day
Celebrate Read Across America weekend with a Sunday full of Dr. Seuss and his wonderful world of words that rhyme – not to mention the striped top hats!  Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Westside

Happy Birthday, Aquarium
The birthday party goes on all weekend, but we’re eyeing Friday afternoon, when it’s feeding time and visitors are invited to help staff feed the sea stars and other animals.  Fri. – Sun., 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free, $5 donation suggested. All ages. Event details.

The Little Engine That Could
I think I can, I think I can…make it to the theater today.  This classic story of the little blue engine with a lot of determination is a perfect show for introducing the littlest kids to the theater. Sat., 11:00 am. Malibu. $10-$15. Ages 3+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Mathemagic!
Now this is serious magic – this guy makes math fun!  Kids travel back to ancient times to meet magicians and mathematicians – who were really the same people. Fri., 10:00 am. Pasadena. $5. Ages 5+. Event details.

Snow White
In this Glendale Center Theatre restyling, see favorite characters along with new ones that will have kids singing and dancing in their seats.  After every show, the kiddos can meet their favorite characters for pictures and autographs. Sat., 11:00 am. Glendale. $11.50-$13. Ages 4+. Event details.

Burbank

Cavalia Odysseo
You won’t be able to keep horse-loving kids (or grown-ups) in their seats.  A blend of visual effects, dance, acrobatics and live music takes this horse show to a whole new level. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Burbank. $34.50 – $249.50. Ages 3+. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Festival of Whales
Dana Point offers the best whale watching along the California Coast – and this festival offers a whale watching excursion for everyone. There are also tons of festival activities and events throughout the weekend, like a Rubber Ducky Race, Classic Car Show, Fishing Clinic, Diamond Dig (for treasure!) and more.  Sat. & Sun., All day. Dana Point. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are your plans, this lovely March weekend? Let us know!

— Meghan Rose