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Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Railroad, Deconstruction, and Oobleck Goo, Feb 25-26

There is no greater star in the children’s literary world than Dr. Seuss, (aka Theodor Geisel).  His March 3 birthday is honored as National Read Across America Day, and the festivities are already starting this week.  So grab your well-worn copy of Cat in the Hat and get ready for a wild weekend. Oh the places you'll go...

Like skiing perhaps? Mommy Poppins has a snowtastic review of the children's ski school at Mountain High. (I wonder if they'll take on a Mommy with two left skis?)

Next we take you off the slopes and into the kitchen, with the latest in our continuing series on summer camps. This week we whip up a list of the finest culinary camps for kids.  But you don't have to wait if you're hoping for pancakes; we can tell you where to score some for FREE!

Read on for our favorite picks for this weekend, and to find out about those free pancakes…


ALL WEEKEND

African-American Festival - Long Beach
The Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates the rich diversity of African-American and African cultures, with hip hop and break dancers, tap dancers, Mardi Gras second line dancers, jazz musicians, interactive drum circles, West African dancers, and storytellers.

Zen Shorts - Costa Mesa
Puppetry, music, video projections, and innovative prop design combine to bring to life the story of Stillwater, a giant Zen master panda.

The Twelve Dancing Princesses - San Gabriel
More than 150 characters dance in colorful regal costumes through a fairy tale land of animated sets, in this ballet based on the Grimm fairy tale.   

It’s a Dr. Seuss Weekend
- Pasadena
Kidspace Children's Museum throws a Seussical birthday with Oobleck Goo, arts & crafts, storytelling, and tree appreciation.

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration - Irvine
All aboard! The Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating its 16 year anniversary by rolling back to 1996 ticket prices.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 25

Read with the Trees, Please - Multiple Locations
Head on over to your nearest Target for a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration, with free readings of the Lorax, goody bags, and other fun activities.

Safety Safari - Griffith Park
Who better to teach families about safety than Smokey the Bear? He’s joined by other safety experts as well as vehicles from LAPD.

Tall Tales: Myths of Magical Trees - Westwood
The Geffen Playhouse comes alive with this magical retelling of timeless tales from around the world, filled with clowning, puppetry, and shadow theater.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 26

DeConstructing Appliances - Los Angeles
It sounds like a kid’s dream: take apart an appliance then either put it back together or turn it into art. Fun for engineers and artists alike!

Lucky Diaz & The Family Jam Band - Santa Monica
Get ready to dance: Lucky Diaz is coming to McCabe's Guitar Shop!

Cirque Sundays the Aquarium - Santa Monica
Last chance to enjoy a visit to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Cirque du Soleil’s nickel. Kids can get up close and personal with all manner of sea stars, crabs, sea cucumbers, and anemones in one of the Aquarium’s touch pools.

Kids in the Courtyard: Where in the World is …? - Westwood
Kids can learn all about maps and secret codes in this free program at the Fowler Museum.

Laura Veirs and the Tumble Bees in Concert - Los Feliz
Dragonfly DuLou hosts a free concert by singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and her band The Tumble Bees.

Family Concert 1: Project Trio's Appalachian Spring - Glendale
Classical music comes alive at this family concert series at the Alex Theatre. The pre-show is as exciting as the concert, as kids get to dance, craft, play with instruments, and otherwise dive head first into the wonderful world of music.

Now as to those free pancakes... where else could they be but IHOP! Next Tuesday, they're serving up free short stacks. In return, they ask you to donate to the Children's Miracle Network.

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