Best Things To Do This Weekend with LA Kids: SpongeBob, Children's Grammy, & Chocolate Feb 7 - 8

2/5/15 - By Toby B

Okay, Mamas, this is the weekend you've got to get your kids started. If they're going to give you an awesome Valentine's (that is how it's supposed to go, right?), they'd better get a move on. Luckily, there are plenty of heart-warming workshops to get creative juices flowing.

Of course, you may need to remind them of just what a wonderful mama you are. You know, the kind that takes them to see The Spongebob Movie on opening weekend. (Not their cup of tea? There's also Tinker Bell, and Big Hero 6, and even The Phantom Tollbooth...) You can send them on a train ride to the Mesozoic, or to a Monster Jam mashup, or to a birthday party for a lion. And you can give your kid the greatest gift of all: license to talk about the gas giant Uranus without getting in trouble.

Keep reading for some of our most loving picks for this weekend...



The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water Opening Weekend Multiple Locations
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Normally I’d say Spongebob, but starting this weekend he’s going to be in theaters nationwide!

Monterey Park Chinese New Year Festival - Monterey Park
This annual festival’s opening ceremony features firecrackers, a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, and a Dragon Dance. Entertainment continues throughout the weekend, along with  a large carnival fun zone.

Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The Neverbeast (2D) - Hollywood
The Neverbeast threatens the fairies of Pixie Hollow…or is he trying to save them? Find out with Tinker Bell at El Capitan Theatre.

Alice in Wonderland - In the Round - Santa Monica
Alice goes down the rabbit hole and into the round for a musical adventure in Wonderland.

Junie B. Jones - the Musical - Santa Monica
The heroine of Barbara Park’s books shares her experiences in first grade in “the bestest musical ever.”


Children's GRAMMY Nominees Family Concert - Hollywood
Talk about a lineup: all five of this year's Children's GRAMMY award nominees perform a benefit concert for Little Kids Rock at the Musicians Institute Concert Hall.
BIG HERO 6 / "Feast" -  Santa Monica
The Oscar-nominated animated flick plays at a free screening at the Aero Theatre.
The Adventures of Flat Stanley - Glendora
Flat Stanley loses a dimension but gains a whole lot of depth in this musical at the Haugh Performing Arts Center at Citrus College.

Home Depot Kids Workshops - Multiple Locations
Kids can build a heart box to store all the Valentines that will be coming their way, at this month’s free Home Depot workshop.
Open House at the Recycle Center - Burbank
What happens to all that stuff you recycle? Find out at the Burbank Recycle Center!
Saturday Morning Concerts - Santa Monica
Kids can dance, play musical instruments, sing in foreign languages, and have a good old-fashioned romp with Moo Moo Musica at Books and Cookies.
Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert - West LA
Film composer Andrew and commercial sound designer Polly bring the Saturday morning fun to Children's Book World.
TSFY: Bolero: Ravel's Dance For Orchestra - Downtown
The rhythm of Ravel’s Bolero sets the stage for a magical concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Little Explorers - La Canada-Flintridge
Little Explorers can use their senses to discover the natural world of the Descanso Gardens through hands-on activities and crafts.
Summer Opportunities Fair - Pasadena
Parents and children can learn about summer programs, with representatives from more than 100 camp programs that range from day camps to culturally immersive travel.
Junior Chef Classes  - Multiple Locations
Your 'tween can learn the basics of making Asian dumplings at Williams-Sonoma.
African American Arts Festival - Culver City
Local artists and students honor African American history through art and history exhibits, poetry, dance, singing, and drumming.

Young Explorers Academy: Gas Giants - Downey
This month at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, kids can learn about the four gas giants: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
Made with Love: Valentine's Craft Event - Multiple Locations
Lakeshore Learning helps kids prep for Valentine’s with heartfelt craft projects.
Family Day at the Movies - Downtown
Regal Cinema at LA Live gives the Family Day treatment to The SpongeBob Movie.
Festival of Friendship - Cerritos
The rich diversity of Los Cerritos is celebrated through a variety of cultural acts performed on several stages throughout Los Cerritos Center.

Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train Live: Buddy's Big Adventure - Northridge
Buddy and friends lead a fun-filled trip back in time when dinosaurs roamed the earth... and rode in trains! 
Creation Station Winter Wonderland - Long Beach
February’s drop-in craft program at Rancho Los Cerritos is themed Heart Crazy.

Norton Simon Family Day - Pasadena
Visitors to the Norton Simon Museum can feel the love in the collection's rococo paintings, then make their own rococo inspired valentines.
Tinkering Studio - Mar Vista
Kids are given free reign to develop construction skills, using hand and power tools.

Harlem Globetrotters - USC
The world famous Clown Princes of Basketball dribble, dunk, and trick shot their way through USC’s Galen Center.
Monster Jam - Anaheim
Monster trucks smash, crash, and battle their way through Angel Stadium.

Electric Dusk Drive-In - Downtown
Kate and Bogie take on a German warship in the classic The African Queen.

Kids in the Courtyard: Chocolate Sunday/e - Westwood
Nom nom chocolate at the Fowler Museum.  (It’s educational!)
Family Art Workshop - Hollywood
Kids can make Mardi Gras inspired hats and masks at the free workshop at Barnsdall Park.
Free Day at PAM - Pasadena
The Pacific Asia Museum offers free admission on Second Sunday; in February enjoy Silk Road Story Time  with a Lunar New Year theme.
Target Sundays at CAAM: Celebrating Black History Month - Exposition Park
The California African American Museum kicks off the celebration of Black History month with a full day of programming, including live performances, spoken word, and art workshops.
Happy First Birthday, Ira - Moorpark
Moorpark Teaching Zoo’s lion is turning 1: time for a party!
Victorian Valentine's Day Tour - Downtown
Visitors can celebrate the holiday with a tour of the Victorian house at the Grier Musser Museum, all decked out for Valentine's Day.

Family Flicks: Phantom Tollbooth - Westwood
A mysterious tollbooth and a toy car transport a young boy to a magical, topsy-turvy world where letters are at war with numbers.

American Youth Symphony: Family Music Adventure - Westwood
Children of all ages can enjoy a live orchestra at a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall.

Target Free Sunday at MOLAA: Afro-Latino Festival - Long Beach
MOLAA celebrates African Heritage in Latin America during a free day filled with storytelling, movement, and music.
Westside Jewish Community Center's Annual Tu B'Shevat Festival - Miracle Mile
Westside Jewish Community Center’s Annual Tu B’Shevat Festival has games, tree planting, family art, entertainment, moon bounce, plus (weather permitting) a petting zoo and pony rides.

Metropolitan Opera Performance - Downtown
Artists from the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera Company perform at the Central Library.
Second Sunday Concert Series - Mid-Wilshire
Miss Melodee shares a magical musical experience at the Zimmer Children's Museum.
Big Sunday’s 3rd Annual Valentine-Making, Bingo-Playing Community Dinner -  Hollywood
Families can share the love as they make Valentines to bring to seniors, shut-ins, people in shelters, and military families. The event also features Bingo and a community dinner.

As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar, and if you didn't receive this info as a newsletter, you should sign up for our weekly events updates. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a terrific time!