Fun & Free Activities with LA Kids this weekend: Monster Jam, Dinofaire, and Tu B'Shvat: Jan 12 - 13

Things to do for families in Los Angeles, Anaheim, Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, Westwood, Malibu, & Orange County

So how you likin’ 2013 so far? Cold enough for you? Not meaning to scare anyone, but the temperature might actually drop so low that water will turn into a solid. All by itself! (In case it doesn’t there’s still time to find rinks with ice that’s only slightly less organic in origin).

But overall, I would say the forecast is looking pretty sunny.  This weekend alone, our thoroughly modern kids can revisit classic stories, or take a trip to the Mesozoic era. They can tinker like Bob the Builder, or watch the rough-and-tumble sport of Monster Jam.  There are events for parents looking to grow their families, feed their families, and find resources to help with the daily tasks of raising their families.

And if you weren’t quite ready say goodbye to the holidays, guess what? There’s another one coming up next week! We’re here with guides for MLK Day volunteering and MLK Day camps.

Keep reading for some of our favorite picks to make your weekend bright…


STAR Eco Station DINOFAIRE - Culver City
Dino-obsessed kids will be in pre-historic paradise at this popular annual event at the STAR Eco Station.

Bob the Builder Breakfast - Santa Ana
Can we fix breakfast? Yes we can! Little builders can join Bob the Builder himself for breakfast and crafts at the Discovery Science Center.

Cinderella: The Musical - Santa Monica
Back by popular demand, this fun spin on the classic fairy tale introduces a Cinderella who would rather leave princes and the ball to her silly stepsisters.

Peter Pan (G) - Hollywood
The Boy Who Never Grew Up is at it again! Peter Pan and his Neverland pals entertain audiences of all ages at El Capitan Theatre. Jake (of the Neverland Pirates) appears live on stage.


Monster Jam - Anaheim
Big cars go boom; the crowd goes wild at Angel Stadium.

Haugh Saturday Series for Kids: Stunt Dog Experience - Glendora
These daredevils are dogs! Kids can witness feats of canine courage as the stunt dogs take to the stage at the Haugh Performing Arts Center.

California Baby & Kids Expo - Pasadena
There’s plenty to amuse the kids while moms and dads explore parenting resources at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Club MomMe Presents Weelicious: An Afternoon with Catherine McCord - Los Angeles
Want to get your kids eating healthy? Join Celebrity Chef Catherine McCord for an informative (and tasty!) time at the Whole Foods Market on 3rd Street.

The Santa Clarita Mommie Fair - Santa Clarita
Mommies and mommies-to-be can connect and learn about local resources at this free fair. (Did we mention the free on-site childcare?)

What Does It Take to Become a Family? - Pasadena
The Crawford Family Forum presents a conversation about what it means to be adopted.

BabyGap presents Peter Rabbit - The Grove
Beatrix Potter’s most famous creation takes center stage at The Gap Store at The Grove. Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam band perform.

Dawn Mission to the Asteroid Belt - La Canada Flintridge
The Dawn Mission investigates the earliest days of our solar system; project System Engineer Mark Rayman shares the excitement of this deep space mission.

Santa Monica Family YMCA Open House - Santa Monica
Families can explore all the Santa Monica Family YMCA has to offer in this free Open House. Visitors get a free one-week pass!


Saige’s Celebration - The Grove
The newest American Girl of the Year makes her debut at the American Girl Store.

Sugar Free Allstars - Santa Monica
McCabe's biweekly kids' concerts are back!

16th Annual Tu B'Shvat Nature Fest at The Shalom Institute in Malibu - Malibu
Kids can plant a tree, make a nature craft, pet a goat, and much more at this eco-friendly annual festival.

Family Flicks: Mary Poppins - Westwood
Super Nanny? Ha! Try Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Nanny! The Hammer Museum screens the 1964 classic.

Miniature Frescos: A CraftLab Workshop - Los Angeles
Your kid can follow in the footsteps of ancient artists and dabble in the art of fresco painting at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Mad Hatter High Tea in the Great Hall - Mid-Wilshire
You’d be mad as a hatter to miss this elegant tea at the Hogwarts-themed Whimsic Alley.

As always, there are more activities listed on our daily events calendar. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have a heart-warming time!