Friday the 13th must be lucky when it takes place in November. How else can you explain the good fortune we have to find all these unique events in one weekend? Whether you choose a sleepover in a museum, a celebration for the turkeys, a Diwali celebration, a family opera day, a chance to see stunt dogs or a crazy cool concert, you’ll be wishing the 13th fell on a Friday every month.
Family Opera Day
Today’s matinee performance of Moby Dick is for the family—yes, even the younger members! Before the matinee, there will be themed activities for the whole family to enjoy while learning more about the opera and its fascinating history. Sun., Pre-show activities begin at 12:30 p.m. Downtown. $17 & up. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Pop Mania at JANM Family Day
There’s a full day of pop culture-themed activities in honor of Giant Robot Biennale 4. See the new exhibit, complete a scavenger hunt, take a workshop with a Giant Robot artist, fold origami, decorate fashionably funky glasses and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.
Beauty and the Beast at the Pantages
Come see this classic tale of love not-at-first-sight. Can Belle break the spell and change her Beast back into a handsome prince? See this lavish production in a grand old theater in the heart of Hollywood. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $49-$150. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Diwali Celebration of Lights and Family
Diwali celebrates the story of King Rama defeating the demon Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps. See some art inspired by this holiday at the Norton Simon and create paper lanterns to celebrate Diwali. Fri., 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pasadena. $12 adults, kids free. Ages 4-10. Event details.
Meet Sid the Science Kid as Kidspace
Have you ever wanted to meet Sid the Science Kid? Come meet and take your picture with this beloved PBS character. Then do some science, like launching an Alka-Seltzer rocket or experimenting with circuitry and plasma balls. Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.
A Sukey Jump Concert at McCabe’s
Sing, dance, play and have fun at this Sukey Jump. A Sukey Jump is all about making your own fun, and that’s what Heidi Swedberg and her band will help you do. This one of our favorite local concert venues. Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.
A Feast-ive Sleepover at the Skirball
Pack up your pajamas and prepare for a memorable overnight where the family will tour the new food-centric exhibit Petit Takett, prepare Tunisian-inspired food, and sit down to a huge meal together. Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.-9 a.m. West LA. $55. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
A Princess Feast and Ball
Join your favorite Princesses and their Princes at a dinner with ballroom dance lesson afterward. There’s a three course feast, live music, activities and an entourage of beloved fairytale characters; best of all, the evening benefits Make-A-Wish. Fri., 6-9 p.m. Woodland Hills. $20-$60. Ages 2-10. Event details.
Okee Dokee Brotherss in Concert
With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of this Americana folk music. Kids can dance, parents share stories and everyone gains more respect for nature, each other, and the world. Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Northridge. $18. All ages. Event details.
See the Stunt Dogs
These former rescue dog daredevils return to thrill the entire family with doggone amazing tricks like world-class Frisbee catching, famous high-jumping acts and the stellar stunt dog triathlon. Sun., 1 & 4 p.m. Long Beach. $20. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
A Celebration for the Turkeys
Are your kiddos getting to the age where they’ve read Charlotte’s Web, and they question where dinner is coming from? They might enjoy this pre-Thanksgiving celebration where turkeys are the guests of honor rather than part of the menu. Sun., 1:30-4:30 p.m. Acton. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.
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photo credits: Meghan Rose and courtesy of the Skirball Cultural Center