What happens when you have your second month with a Friday the 13th in a row? It cancels out any bad luck—especially when the leprechauns are bringing some luck of their own into town with St. Patrick’s Day celebrations! You can also hit a Kitchen Stadium for kids, see a classic flick on the big screen, investigate art and science, see a show, or beat the crowds to choo choo over to meet the Easter Bunny.
All Star Chef Classic for Kids
Savor the season with kids who love the wearing of the toque at the family friendly event at the All Star Chef Classic. Little chefs get a pie-making lesson and go home with their very own handmade pie, the petite pie dish and a DIY pie kit. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Downtown. $75/parent+child pair. Ages 3-13. Event details.
See Babe on the Big Screen
Babe is one of those magic movies that you love, your 3-year old loves, your 13-year old loves and Grandpa loves. If you haven’t seen it recently, or ever on the big screen, it’s time to rectify that. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Mid-City. $6 (includes free popcorn!). Ages 3 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Art Night Pasadena at Kidspace
Explore the art, history, and the culture of puppetry. Create your own finger and animal puppets, learn the mechanics of marionettes and design then catch a pro-puppetry performance. Fri., 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
3 Irish Tales Starring Kids
The three stories from the Emerald Isle arrive just in time for St. Paddys in this afternoon of stories, music, family, food and fun. Sat., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Altadena. $10-$15. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
A LEGO Themed Parent’s Night Out
You want dinner out! Romance. Cloth napkins. They want to play with LEGOs. Everyone with at a PNO filled with pizza and LEGO building, games and activities with Bricks 4 Kidz. Sat., 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pacific Palisades. $25, $15/sibling. Ages 5-12. Event details.
The West-Coast debut of Musical Explorers invites audiences to discover a great big world of music right in our own city. Playful and informative, the program gets kids listening, singing, and thinking about music both familiar and new. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $15-$25. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
A Symposium for Young Scientists
Celebrate student scientists and all they do when scientists of all ages share their love of science. Get inspired by what kids can do! Sun., 3 p.m.-6 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Seaside St. Patty’s Parade
A parade, a walk on the beach, wearin’ of the green with the wee ones, this day has everyone muttering their “faith and begorrahs” as you watch school marching bands, bagpipers, floats, vintage autos, step dancers and even Irish setters. Sat., 11 a.m. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
International Children’s Day Festival
Celebrating the amazing talents of kids of all cultures, this festival features dances from around the world plus a children’s choir, martial arts demonstrations percussion circle, face painting, and traditional children’s crafts and games. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m-5 p.m. Long Beach. $14.95-$28.95. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park
It’s time for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park, where you can ride the train, meet the bunny and take part in an Easter egg hunt! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Irvine. $5/ticket. All ages. Event details.
Looking for more fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day? We’ve rounded up our favorite activities from all over the city for you.
Photo credits: kid chef by Meghan Rose and kids in a play courtesy of KITE (Kids Interactive Theatre Ensemble)