Chilly temperatures keeping your kiddos indoors? Get ‘em out of the house whether it’s off to sketch at the Pasadena Museum of California Art or at Pepperdine’s Family Art Day. Better yet, bundle ‘em up and head to Redondo Beach for a sky high affair with kites or climb up to the Griffith Observatory for some serious stargazing. Plus, there is plenty of girlie fun with Dessert with Daddy at Lollipop Dreams and the beloved Faery Hunt.

Los Angeles

Public Star Party
Head to the Griffith Observatory to admire the big blue sky. Astronomers and educators will be on hand to help point out constellations, visible planets, and other starry points of interest. Sat., 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm, Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.

Critters ‘N Kids: Amazing Elephants
Share the day with your animal lover at the L.A. Zoo in this hour-long interactive class. Tykes ages 3-4 get the chance to participate in games, crafts, stories and special guided tour of the Elephants of Asia exhibit. Fri. and Sat., 10:00 am, Los Angeles, $23 per child/adult pair. Event Details.


A Faery Hunt
Calling all fairies! Strap on your wings, grab a handful of pixie dust and get ready to help the fairy folk find their queen. Along with audience participation, mythical characters weave a tale of kindness, forgiveness, and respect with a love for nature as they go on a magical quest. Call ahead for reservation. Sun., pre-show 10 a.m., show 10:30 am, Brentwood, $12.50, Children under 2 free. Event Details.

Santa Monica

Groove Kid Nation CD Release Party
Kids and their parents can learn about musical instruments while jamming to the groovy tunes of Groove Kid Nation. Songs like the Wheel on the Bus, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, as well as originals like Walter the Weasel, and Bud the Bird. Sun., 3:30 pm, Santa Monica, suggested donation of $25 per family. Event Details.

Family Art Day
Pepperdine’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art is currently featuring the works of Roy Lichtenstein. Introduce your kids to the pop artists and give them a chance to create their own masterpiece at this special family art day. Special projects and tours will be available. Sat., 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Malibu, Free. Event Details.


Dessert with Daddy
Dad can get in some bonding time with his little girl at Lollipop Dreams in the Sherman Oaks Galleria. The evening includes delicious treats and entertainment by the shop’s hostesses. Note this is a pre-pay event, RSVP for a space. Fri., 6:00 pm, Sherman Oaks, $20 a pair, $8 additional siblings. Event Details.

Family Day at Pasadena Museum of California Art
With the weather chilly, it’s the perfect time to head to the PMCA for a creative way to spend the afternoon. Gather up your crew to make art projects based on current exhibitions. Sun., 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Pasadena, Free with $7 admission, Free for children under 12. Event Details.

Beach Cities

37th Annual Festival of the Kite
Go fly a kite up to the highest peak during this high-flying festival at the Redondo Pier. Various types and styles of kites will be soaring while on the pier there will be traditional Japanese Taiko drummers and martial arts demonstrations along with live music. Create your own kite and enter the contests for best handmade, highest flying or the youngest flyer. Sun., 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Redondo Beach, Free. Event Details.

Festival of Whales
It’s whale season in So Cal as the great creatures make their way South. In honor, the Ocean Institute is celebrating with a bunch of different whale-inspired activities, from exploring how they eat and communicate to creating art. Plus, kids can join in on animal feedings, touch tanks and more. Cruises and a tour of the brig Pilgrim are also on tap. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, Dana Point, Adults $6.50, Children under 3-12 $4.50. Event Details.

—Lara Burnap