We’re feeling a theme this weekend. It doesn’t happen often, and when it does, we go with it. And the theme is – making! Use this weekend to make, create, build, fashion or fabricate. Make a difference, create a story, make some noise, fashion a stuffed toy…there are a million things to do that get those brain juices flowing. But wait, you say! We need a little down time too. Well, we’ve got some suggestions for talking to the animals (wild and domestic) or taking in a show (puppets or people).

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Downtown

Make Some Noise
It’s musical fun at the Japanese American National Museum’s family festival. Kids can make a cardboard guitar, build a wooden harmonica, join a drum circle and more.  Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Make A Stuffed Toy
Your kiddo can create their very own soft creature in this workshop that teaches them to make a pattern from their own drawing, cut out and then hand-sew a new friend. Sat., 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. Eagle Rock. $30. Ages 5+. Event details.

West Hollywood/Beverly Hills

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! Sun., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Milk & Bookies Story Time
Loads of fun for the whole family plus supporting an amazing cause? We’re in! Families will enjoy their favorite childhood stories in the celebrity reading room, create story-inspired arts & crafts, photo flipbooks and of course, eat ice cream sandwiches and cookies.  Sun., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. West LA. $250/family 4 pack. All ages. Event details.

UCLA Gymnastics Meet
You just might catch the next Olympic medalist at this local gymnastics meet. Today, kids are invited to dress up as their favorite super hero, athlete or role model. Sun., 2:00 pm. Westwood. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Going Green at the Arboretum
Music, wild animal visits, tree planting, environmental challenges, crafts, hands-on activities, and storytelling all come together to make a day to teach families and kids ways they can make the world a little greener. Sat., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Arcadia. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

West Valley

Pajanimals! Live
Show up wearing your favorite Pajamas, bring your special bedtime Lovie, and have a playdate with the Pajanimals in their first live concert tour. Fri., 6:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $ 28.50-$45. Ages 1-5. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Playing With Wolves
Learn about the history and importance of wolves, then kids and families will get a chance to interact, pet, and take pictures with the wolves in their natural setting. Sat., 10:30 am. Lake Hughes. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing this weekend?

–Meghan Rose