Fun & Free Events This Weekend for LA Kids: Purim, The Planets, & a Very Clean Giveaway! Mar 3 - 4

Well, that was over quick. Even with an extra day, February has gone all "been there, done that" on us. Makes you think Spring is just around the corner, despite any predictions a certain groundhog (or the weatherman) might have made. Luckily Mommy Poppins is on the ball with our list of 10 Spring Break Camps that LA Kids Love!

Spring Break might put you in a mindset for Spring Cleaning, and we're here to help with that, too. Anyone can talk about tidying closets, but you know you're a Mommy when it's your car seat that needs cleaning. This week we take a look at CleanBeeBaby unique car seat cleaning service, and there might even be something in it for you. (SPOILER ALERT: it's a giveaway!)

But before you kiss Winter good-bye, you might want to take in one of the many Purim festivals going on around town. Purim is a Jewish festival that celebrates the salvation of the Jewish people, complete with an evil villain, valiant heroes, crazy costumes, and all manner of revelry, and it goes without saying that Mommy Poppins has the lowdown on the best Purim celebrations for your family.

Read on for our favorite picks for this weekend, and to find out more about that giveaway...


Dana Point Festival of Whales - Dana Point
For two weekends, Dana Point celebrates whales. Highlights include whale watching, ocean learning labs, live music, a street fair, and a rubber ducky race. A grand parade gets things started Saturday morning.

Read Across America and Dr. Seuss Celebration - Multiple Locations
Throughout the weekend, Pottery Barn Kids hosts storytimes and activities in honor of Dr. Seuss's spirit and imagination.


Lantern Festival 2012  - Downtown
The Chinese American Museum marks the closing of Chinese New Year festivities with a traditional village street fair; entertainment includes lantern displays, music, acrobatic and lion dance performances, and a spirited glow-in-the-dark silver dragon stage performance.

TSFY: Holst’s The Planets - Downtown
Kids can discover the inspiring parallels between music and science, in this month’s edition of Toyota Symphonies for Youth, a free concert series at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Platypus Day - Griffith Park
Radio Disney celebrates Perry the Platypus at the L.A. Zoo.

Stars on Ice - Anaheim
Skating fans are sure to be swept away by this one-night-only performance at the Honda Center featuring some of figure skating’s greatest stars, including Olympic medalists Sasha Cohen, Ekatarena Gordeeva, and Ilia Kulik.

Super Seuss-a-Bration - Santa Monica
Santa Monica Library celebrates Dr. Seuss and Read Across America with a morning filled with juggling, crafts, and other fun activities.


SteveSongs - West Los Angeles
Mornings on PBS KIDS co-host “Mr. Steve”  (aka singer/songwriter Steve Roslonek) takes the stage at the Skirball to perform some of his signature, award-winning songs for young listeners.

Andell Family Sundays - Stitch It - Mid-Wilshire
For March, Andell Family Sundays at LACMA looks at the art of embroidery.

Parenting Seminar - Teenagers: Wonder Years or Worry Years?  - West Los Angeles
This dynamic, half-day seminar helps parents improve their understanding of the teenage brain and sheds light on the challenges of parenting a teen.

Family Jam: Listen, Learn, Jam: A Bow to Japanese Music - Westwood
The Fowler invites families to discover the string, wind, and percussive instruments of Japan.

From Servitude to Independence: The Successes of Our Matriarchs   - Exposition Park
Actors, singers, spoken-word artists, and musicians bring to life the accomplishments and empowerment of African American women over the past decades, in a free day at the California African American Museum.

So here's the deal on that giveaway. One reader will receive TWO CleanBeeBaby cleaning services of his or her choice. To enter the contest you must email us  with the subject line "CleanBeeBaby" by 9pm on Friday night, March 9, 2012. By participating in this give-away, you will be automatically signed up to receive the free weekly Mommy Poppins family events e-mail newsletter. A winner will be drawn at random and notified before midnight on March 9, 2012. Please include your full name and email address in the email. If the winner does not respond to our email notification within 24 hours, another winner will be drawn. Email addresses of entrants will not be collected, sold, or otherwise abused.

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


Goodr Pop Up Grocery Store
Porsche Experience Center - various times Pick
Underwood Family Farms' Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark - 9:00 AM
Virtual Fairytale Story-Book Art Class for Kids
Creatively Wild Art Studio - 3:30 PM
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Patch
Live Oak Canyon Pumpkin Farm - 4:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides