Spring forward, fall back! As we set our clocks forward, enjoy that extra hour of daylight with your kiddies with tons of fun activities this weekend. Music is in the air with festivals celebrating traditional Chinese opera, American West country, Latin and African rhythms, traditional music from the 1800’s, and a super special performance from Dan Zanes and Friends. Or go back in time with Hands on History Day giving your entire family a glance into life before electronic luxuries and microwavable dinners.

Los Angeles

Family Festival Celebrates Asia
Celebrate the year of the rabbit by attending this family festival at the Getty Center Los Angeles this Saturday, and discover the richness and beauty of the ancient empires of India, Japan, and China. Experience traditional Chinese opera, listen to Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and be dazzled by the amazing music and dance of these vibrant cultures at this hands-on family festival. Sat., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., free. Event Details.

Western Music Association
Yeehaw! Grab your cowboy hats and round up your little ones for this special event. Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic days of the Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American Cowboy. Sun., noon – 3:00 pm, free with museum admission. Event Details.

Hans Christian Andersen’s “Nightingale”
For two Saturdays only, the Stella Adler Theatre presents Hans Christian Andersen’s “Nightingale”. The enchanting fairy tale about a Chinese emperor who becomes obsessed with his lavish world possessions, leading him to ignore the needs of his people and the real treasures of life. Sat., 1:00 pm, adults $10, children $5. Event Details.


Dan Zanes and Friends
“Catch that train” at UCLA’s Royce Hall and join Dan Zanes and Friends (pictured above). The playful roots-rocker Zanes and his spirited band perform blues and roots classics alongside pop and multicultural folk songs that will guarantee to get your whole family moving.  Filled with irresistible grooves drawn from a wealth of musical traditions, Zanes creates a rollicking Woodstock for kids, including American traditional songs, dance classics, and smart, inventive originals. Sat., 11:00 am – noon & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm, adults $28, kids $18. Event Details.

Santa Monica

Masanga Marimba Ensemble
Come together this Sunday and enjoy the Latin and African rhythms by the Masanga Marimba Ensemble at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Get the whole family moving with some seriously upbeat, get-your-body-moving music. The ensemble consists of 7 Zimbabwean marimbas of various sizes along with vocals, drums, percussion, saxophone and trumpet. Be prepared to join in the grand finale play-along! Sun., 11:00 am – noon, $8 (kids under 2 are free). Event Details.

Whale Watching Excursion
Ahoy, mate—the sea is calling!  Witness the annual whale migration on the only whale watching boat that goes out of Malibu.  Cruise on the 50 ft. U.S. Coast Guard licensed vessel, the Malibu Surfrider.  Keep your eyes out for grey whales, pilot whales, dolphins, sea lions, and other marine animals. Captain and crew are trained to help show children how to enjoy a fun adventure at sea! Bon voyage! Sun., 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, Malibu, adults $45, children $35. (Please check site for additional dates and times, hurry sells out fast). Event Details.


A Faery Hunt
Calling all fairies, the woods of O’Melveny Park awaits you. Bring your wings and fairy dust and set out for an adventure of storytelling, singing, dancing, face painting, games and a faery hunt. Through the trails of the park, help the fairy hunters search for the queen. This fun and interactive adventure is perfect for all ages, no scary elements whatsoever. Most of the children come in costume, so come looking your faery best! There is something in the show for the whole family—beautiful faeries for the girls, action scenes for the boys and topical humor for the parents. Groups and parties are welcome.  Sat., 10:15 am, Granada Hills, $12.50. Please call ahead for reservations Event Details.

Los Encinos Living History Day
Los Encinos Living History Day gives you and the family a view into the 1800’s, before there were iPods, microwaves, and The Lady Bug Game. Spend an afternoon with traditional 19th century children’s games, traditional music, and working blacksmith shop from the 1870’s. Docents are dressed in authentic historical costume and offer tours of the historic buildings. Sun., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, Encino, free. Event Details.

Hands on History Day
Ever wonder what it was like to work on a ranch in the 1880’s? If so, head on over to the Leonis Adobe Museum in Calabasas. With “Hands on History Day,” children can try tortilla making, butter churning, roping, doing laundry without a washing machine and dryer, and enjoy craft activities. Families can watch demonstrations of cooking in a horno oven, weaving, spinning, quilting, how to make clothes and dye wool.  Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Calabasas, adults $3, kids $2. Event Details.

Beach Cities

Star Wars Musical
Grab your lightsabers and beam down to the Newport Mesa Church. The Arts and Learning Conservatory presents Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (Musical Edition) Benefit Production. Sat., 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Costa Mesa, $12. Event Details

—Adrienne Schimmel