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Fun & Free Things to Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Underwater Parks, Noises, and Betty White: Jan 21 - 22

The weather’s looking a little cloudy this weekend, so why are hordes of locals heading to the beach? For the opening weekend of Cirque du Soleil’s Ovo, of course! As we told you last week, we’re giving away a four-pack of tickets to the show, and you’re in luck: you have until Tuesday, January 24 to get your entry in.  

Without a doubt, Mommy Poppins is your number one source of the coolest, most enriching, and just plain awesome things to do with Southern California kids.  However, if there’s ever a day that our calendar of weekly events fails to provide you with the perfect activity to do with your kids (unlikely, true, but it could happen) no worries, we’ve still got you covered. Our latest post reveals our list of 100 Things to Do in LA with Kids Before They Grow Up. I for one can't wait to go skydiving at Universal Citywalk.

Keep reading for our favorite choices for this weekend, and to find out how a rainy day could be a winning proposition for you.

SATURDAY JANUARY 21

Underwater Parks Day - Long Beach, San Pedro & Santa Monica
Some of Southern California's greatest parks are underwater! Three of our local aquariums hold celebrations to honor and spread the news about our Marine Protected Areas.

TSFY: Mahler’s World with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela - Downtown
The popular Toyota Symphonies for Youth series returns with an all-Mahler program designed for young audiences.

Imago Zoo-Zoo - Glendora
ZooZoo is just your typical day at the theater - if typical means penguins playing musical chairs, a cat trapped in a giant paper bag, hippos with insomnia, and anteaters as waiters.

California Baby & Kids Expo - Pasadena
The kids can enjoy entertainment from puppets to reptiles to Sid the Science Kid, while Momma peruses parenting vendors

National Geographic Little Explorers - (Multiple Venues)
Pottery Barn Kids' National Geographic Little Explorers program returns with sessions all about bugs.

Noisy Tales with The Noise Guy - Santa Monica
What kid doesn’t appreciate a good sound effect? The Noise Guy puts an acoustic spin on storytelling at the Santa Monica Public Library.

The Los Angeles Zoo Celebrates Betty White's Birthday - Griffith Park
The LA Zoo celebrates Sue Anne Nivens’ 90th with cake and Betty White-inspired activities.

SUNDAY JANUARY 22

Auntie Angelica Root's Fairy Garden -  Studio City
The hunt for faeries ventures indoors for a new interactive musical stage show.

Hammer Kids: Tabletop Moviemaking - Westwood
If your kid is already telling you “but what I really want to do is direct,” take ‘em down to this free workshop at the Hammer Museum where kids learn to make short films using dioramas.

LMU Concerts of Music for Children - Los Angeles
Tickets are free but reservations are required for this free concert for kids which features such pieces as Poulenc’s Babar the Elephant.

Pasadena Symphony Musical Circus - Glendale
No spectators here: kids can join in the musical fun at this free concert at the Americana at Brand.

Family Jam: Shake, Rattle, and Roll with African Rhythm - Westwood
Kids can build their own drums and shakers and join in on a rhythmic jam session at this free program at the Fowler Museum

Gettin' Spiffy with Miffy  -    Mid-Wilshire
Say good bye to  the Year of the Rabbit with this celebration at the Zimmer that includes a visit from Miffy.

Now as to how you can turn a soggy day into another win:  Both the Grove and the Americana at Brand are featuring a Rainy Day Special.  Any rainy day between now and the end of February they are offering free parking and a free hot cocoa -  plus a free parking pass to use in February. (Oh how I love the word free!) I guess that rain cloud has a silver lining after all.

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