Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Scientific Exploration, Planets, and Safe Smarts, May 18-22

5/18/15 - By Jacqueline Stansbury

Having just concluded the fourth grade science fair, I have a hypothesis that kids really enjoy science… especially if it involves a rubber hand and a hammer. This week, children can pursue scientific investigation with LEGO at the library in Studio City. Junior marine biologists will want to know that the grunion continue to run at a fishy festival on Tuesday, and young physicists can peruse the planets at both the Garvey Observatory and Vista Hermosa Park.

For parents, Patty Fitzgerald of Safely Ever After brings Safe Smarts to the Westchester Public Library. I’ve seen Patty speak several times on the topic of keeping our children safe and informed, and have always been impressed by her practical and down-to-earth approach. But wait; there's more! Read on for our top picks this week.


1. Science Explorers Club – Monday
The Explorers Club is a bi-weekly summer program at the library in Studio City. This week kids can make moving vehicles out of LEGOs. Coming up: stomp rockets and earthquake-proof construction.
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2. An Ounce of Prevention…Safe Smarts – Tuesday
Child safety expert Patty Fitzgerald shares strategies for teaching our children the skills of awareness, with an approach that emphasizes education, not fear.
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3. Garvey Nights – Wednesday
A free evening of astronomy at the Garvey Ranch Observatory in Monterey Park takes families on a tour of the night sky.
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4. Annie – Thursday
A musical that never gets old: this particular production of the classic is directed by the show’s original lyricist, Martin Charnin.
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5. Put a Ring on It – Friday
A free night of star gazing at Vista Hermosa Park checks out Saturn to find out where those rings come from. Of course, if you'd rather sneak a peek at Pluto, then you could instead head for the 60th anniversary 24-hour blast at Disneyland, where fireworks, parades, and a chance to win Cinderella's crystal slipper keep the park partying all night long.
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There are always plenty more activities on our daily events calendar and in our monthly GoList. And if you don’t receive our newsletters full of suggestions for family fun, you really should subscribe…it’s free!