Get hands on this weekend with things you can touch: touch-a-truck, touch some reptiles, touch the life of a puppy, touch the fate of the planet and touch the life of someone you’ve never even met! You can also see some heroes and friends from your own childhood (Gumby! She-Ra!) as well as classic tales come to life.

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Coastal Cleanup Day
All over the world today people will help keep our oceans clean. Heal the Bay is hosting over 50 cleanup sites from Malibu to Pasadena, so it’s easy to participate even if you don’t live near the beach.  Find the site near you, sign up and clean up! Sat., Various times. Multiple locations. Free. All ages. Event details.


He-Man & She-Ra Day
It’s a full day of “Masters of the Universe” that culminates in a 30th anniversary screening of the movie The Secret of the Sword. If the phrase “I have the power” gives you Saturday morning flashbacks, this is the perfect event. Sat., 5 p.m. Hollywood. $15. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Calling all truck lovers! This is a hands-on learning experience for kids to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreational vehicles, emergency vehicles, and more. Sat., 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Arcadia. $5. All ages. Event details.

Gumby Fest
With Gumby Through the Years, get a behind-the-scenes look at Art Clokey’s groundbreaking stop-motion work. His son will give a behind-the-scenes talk and answer all your Gumby questions. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Glendora. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.


With mermaids, pirates and fairies, this pint-sized play is a great theater introduction for the youngest audiences. A treasure hunt, sword fights, mermaid magic and of course lots of fairy dust keep even the squirmiest mesmerized. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m-noon. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Doggie Street Festival
For kids who love their four legged friend, this celebration of companion animals with food, vet tips, a kids area and a dog & cat adopt-a-thon is a fabulous animal outing. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hop On The Do-Good Bus
Do Good Bus promises altruistic adventurism for all ages—you just show up and hop on the bus. Your destination is a surprise, but you know you’ll spend the day having fun and doing good. Sat., 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Culver City. $45. All ages. Event details.

Rhythm Child Rocks the Forest
Join the family drum circle that introduces kids and parents to the joys of music-making together.  The Theatricum Botanicum is a gorgeous spot for a family morning concert. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Topanga. $10. Ages 2-8. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Reptile Show in the Mountains
Get up close and personal with over 100 live reptiles and amphibians from the local mountains, and also meet some critters from other lands. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Calabasas. Free. All ages. Event details.

Santa Clarita Valley

River Rally & A Day for Kids
Come help clean a portion of the longest free flowing river in SoCal, and then reward the kids by popping in down the street to the “Day for Kids” Carnival. Sat., 8-11 a.m. River Clean Up, then the festival is noon-5 p.m. Santa Clarita. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Three Classic Fairy Tales from Disney Live!
Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy bring the adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life with the music kids love, stunning costumes and glittering special effects. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Long Beach. $25 & up. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Solvang Danish Days
Celebrate Solvang’s heritage with authentic food, music, dancing, parades, live entertainment and family activities.  This is an awesome weekend getaway from LA anytime, and the festival gives you a perfect reason to eat Æbleskivers to your hearts content. Fri-Sun., Various times. Solvang. Various prices. All ages. Event details.

What was your favorite Saturday Morning Cartoon? We’d love to reminisce with you in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose

photos: Christina Ramey via flickr