Barbers and whales, kites and lanterns, earthworms and grunions—it’s a wild weekend with a pair of festivals and opera for the family and a chance to see puppets and hike with a ranger. So whether you want to do some art, see some animals or attend one of the biggest parties for kids of the year, we can tell you where to go to do just that!
The Lantern Festival Lights Up
Visit the Chinese American Museum for interactive cultural arts, crafts, and performances. This festival honors the Chinese tradition of hanging colorful lanterns as families wish for peace and prosperity in the New Year. Sat., noon-7 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
The Barber of Seville at Family Day Opera
Today’s matinee performance of The Barber of Seville is for the family—yes, even the littlest members. Before the matinee there will are activities for the whole family to enjoy while learning more about the opera and after the show kids can meet the cast. Sun., 2 p.m. Downtown. $17 & up. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Holi Festival of Colors
In India, Holi announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter with bright colors. People sing, dance and throw colors on each other; your toddler will feel right at home. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Norwalk. $5/Adult, Kids free. All ages. Event details.
This is the Zimmer’s biggest family party of the year! With a special performance by Twinkle Time and Friends, arts, crafts, face painting, balloon animals and more, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this full day of family fun. Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Miracle Mile. $25. Ages 1-8. Event details.
Make Collages with CraftLab
Let the works in CAFAM’s latest exhibitions inspire your family to use images and collage to make portraits of “home,” whether that’s your house, our city, or an imaginary home for the future. Sun., 1:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. All ages. Event details.
Wag Over To Woofstock
It’s a pretty universal truth that kids love dogs, so let them play with tons of them at Woofstock. The day includes cat and dog adoptions, a pet parade, pet goodies marketplace, pet entertainment and food trucks for humans. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
Marionetas de la Esquina: Sleeping Beauty Dreams
This puppet theatre company from Mexico spins a contemporary take on the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Here, the princess is depicted as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love and her true self. Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Malibu. $10-$15. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Spend a night sitting on Southern California’s sandy shore waiting for the “grunion run.” Grunion are small sardine-size fish that seem to glow in the dark and come ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches at night. Sat., 9 p.m. San Pedro. $1-$5. All ages. Event details.
Make Like Mary Poppins at the Kite Festival
Go fly a kite up to the highest height during this high-flying festival at the Redondo Pier. Kites soar over the ocean while on the pier you can enjoy live music and family activities. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
A Whale of A Festival
During this peak season, 40–50 whales pass by Dana Point each day. Watch for them while taking part in activities and events all weekend, like a Rubber Ducky Race, Classic Car Show, Fishing Clinic, Diamond Dig and more. Sat. & Sun., All day. Dana Point. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
Do you prefer your sea creatures tiny like the grunion or giant like the gray whale? We’d love to hear about your favorite marine animal expedition.
photo credit: girls on whale watch by Renata Kanclertz and girl hugging dog by Bob Scola, Dogs of Marymoor Park