Photo courtesy of California Strawberry Festival
Photo courtesy of California Strawberry Festival

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Strawberries, JPL, Museums of the Arroyo, and Bugs

One of the things I have learned as a parent is not to give too many options when presenting a choice. It's "do you want waffles or French toast?" not "choose from any potential foodstuff consumed by man or beast." Well, this weekend is a full-menu, free-for-all-at-the-mega-mart, you-name-it-you-can-have-it kind of weekend. This weekend, your options are all the things.

First up is the open house at JPL, doorway to the stars and window on the origins of the universe (though if you don't already have tickets you're probably not getting in). For your number one choice this weekend, go under the sea to Hollywood, for a Gleeful live-to-screen performance of a Disney classic. Also first up is the Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Fest, the pickingest pick there is (that's a pick pun). Your other first choice is the Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum, because if there is one truism about moms, it is that we love bugs. (And trash, we love that too!)

You can edumacate your offspring on scienceliterature, and history, then learn 'em about art and opera and long ago things. You can tour the Southland by landby sea, or by Cozy Coupe.

And, like all first choice weekends, your best pick is anything that involves play, fun, frivolity, and festivity. (And because we're moms: cleaning up after yourselves.)

Wondering what your other first choices are? Keep reading for our choicest picks for the weekend, all tied up in a bow...

Multiple Locations near the Playhouse District, including Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
4800 Oak Grove Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91109

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 South 'A' Street
Perris, CA

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007

College Park
3250 Rose Avenue Strawberry Meadows
Oxnard, CA 93033

Marina Beach (aka Mother's Beach)
4101 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA

Downtown Burbank
San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia and Olive
Burbank, CA 91505

Library Park Memorial Fountain
321 S. Myrtle Ave
Monrovia, CA 91016

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area
15501 E. Arrow Highway
Irwindale, CA 91706

West Valley District Yard
8840 Vanalden Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Banning's Landing Community Center
100 E Water St
Wilmington, CA 90744

Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068

Central Park
275 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105

Woodley Park (corner of Woodley & Victory)
6100 Woodley Ave
Van Nuys, CA

Rotating Locations
Will Rogers State Beach - 15800 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA

Cypress Civic Center
5275 Orange Ave
Cypress, CA 90630

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Banning's Landing Community Center
100 E Water St
Wilmington, CA 90744

Buena Park City Hall
6650 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, CA 90621

1661 West Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Labs and the Lenart Auditorium
308 Charles E Young Dr N Fowler Museum
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Carter Sexton Fine Art Supplies
5308 Laurel Cyn Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91607

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 E Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA

Descano Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr,
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Rotating Locations, including Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Opening Ceremony: South Pasadena Hub
Mission Street (between Meridian Avenue and Fremont Ave)
South Pasadena, CA 91030

Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

The Gamble House
4 Westmoreland Place
Pasadena, CA 91103

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

10701 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Plummer Park
7377 Santa Monica Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90046

Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Microsoft Theater
777 Chick Hearn Court
Los Angeles, CA 90015
16th Annual KidsFilmFest
Online - various times Pick
Night Skies in the Observatory at Home
The Franklin Institute - various times Pick
Alastair Moock Family FB Concert
Facebook - various times Pick
Goodnight with Dolly
- various times Pick
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