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LA Gets Its Own Cat Cafe—Where Kids Can Play and Cuddle with Kitties

If the internet really is just a vehicle for cat videos, then LA gets the ultimate internet cafe this weekend. Cat cafes have been a thing in New York for a while, but Angelenos have had to wait for someone to jump through the hoops required to open a haven of kitties and caffeine in here LA. The wait is over, and this weekend CatCafe Lounge opens its doors in West LA, inviting cats and cat-lovers to curl up together over a tasty drink and a toy mouse.

Neon Retro Arcade Brings Old School Video Games to Northridge

When I heard Pasadena's popular Neon Retro Arcade was opening a second location in Northridge, I was psyched. I figured it would be a big hit with CSUN students as well as grown-ups of a certain age (ahem) who fondly remember joysticks and token play. What I wasn't sure about was whether little kids who are used to playing console games on living room wide-screen TVs would be as interested in their parents' pixelated playthings. 

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Lunar New Year, Snow White, and the Otter Bowl

Oh, February. You may be our shortest month, but you are also the sweetest. You are jam packed with holidays galore—and are a holiday unto yourself.

So, what good things will we find in the small package that is this weekend? Festivals, parties (birthday and tea), Pokemon, and pirates. Opera and improv, acrobats and Mummenshanz. Your kiddo can learn all kinds of kitchen skills. Want to get the kids out in nature? We've got just the things for that. Want them out of your hair the house this summer? We've got just the things for that, too!

Of course, this weekend is the Big Game (if you can stand to watch a bunch of animals tackling each other). This weekend also sees some early Lunar New Year celebrations (it's a dog of a holiday). And, of course, the sweetest small things this weekend are our own precious little ones. (Can you tell this Momma's angling for some sweet things for Valentine's Day, a mere two weeks away?)

Keep reading for our small list of sweet picks for this weekend.

February GoList: Best Things To Do with LA Kids

February is a time to appreciate where we live perhaps more than any other—not simply because of the opportunity to celebrate the valentinespresidentsparades, and whales below, but also because we live in a place where we can ski if we want to without ever having to move our cars out of the way of snowplows. Our hearts go out to our friends and family in other states, of course; they really should come to visit. We'll use our weekend event roundups, our 100 Things List, and this February GoList to show them a good time, while they escape that winter thing they're all wound up about.

All of the cooler-than-cool activities below are on our daily events calendar, but a little extra notice helps to make sure your kids don't miss out. Click through to the full listings so that you can automatically add them to your calendar. Happy February!

37 Family Shows You'll Want To Plan Ahead To Catch in 2018

We live in the world capital of the entertainment industry, so when it comes to any kind of shows, especially the ones the whole family can enjoy, there's really no shortage of options. From musicals, concerts, and plays to high energy sports shows and performances, there is something exciting to see every month this year. The key is to know when.

Currently playing at Pantages is the hit Broadway musical Disney's Aladdin told through songs from the movie and new music — Genie-us! Other classic fairytales are sure to delight audiences this summer: The Sleeping Beauty comes to life through a ballet; the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Cinderella features beloved songs and new twists, and a much-anticipated musical production is presenting Beauty and The Beast through a new retelling. 

The ultimate live music experience arrives with Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour, and cartoon character favorites Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger, and Paw Patrol are also touring through with interactive shows. Speaking of superstars, Dancing With the Stars' Light Up the Night Tour brings many of the professional dancers from ABC's eponymous hit show, while fresh off the Winter Olympics, the champions of the US figure skating team give a golden performance in Stars on Ice.

All this, and Cirque du Soleil's Luzia is still in the Southland until March. There are many more incredible shows not to be missed. Make sure to check our calendar, and add them directly to your own! 

15 Ideas for a Fun Winter Olympics Party with Kids

In addition to being incredibly cool and thrilling—flips off the halfpipe! football-field-length ski jumps! a sport actually named skeleton!—the Winter Olympics are a time to come together with family and friends and feel pride in our country's athletes. Most importantly, in the Olympic spirit, the Games are a time to connect with the other cultures of our small world. I say that calls for a celebration of Olympic proportions! Here are 15 ideas for a kid-centered Winter Olympics party, whether it’s with just your immediate family or 50 of your closest friends. We’ve chosen simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to get together and celebrate the excitement of the Olympics, cultural understanding, wintertime, and family time.

LA's Newest Preschools: 9 Schools To Check Out Before Everyone Else Finds Them

Choosing a preschool is no small feat, especially in LA where there are so many options. From Montessori to Reggio and from nature-based to play-based, each preschool offers educational methods as varied as the colors of the rainbow. Of course, another thing most schools offer is waiting lists, so it's great to get in ahead of the curve on new preschools, before everyone else in town figures out how great they are. The nine schools below are all new to the scene, and all worth checking out!

Beauty and the Beast Aboard the Disney Dream: Cruising the Caribbean with Belle

Following last year's announcement of a Beauty and the Beast themed European river cruise, Disney Cruise Lines has opened a spectacular new stage production of Beauty and the Beast exclusively on the Disney Dream. I can’t recommend this show enough—it’s sure to be a highlight of anyone's vacation (maybe even more than the all-you-can-eat-soft-serve)—and who knew you could improve on a trip to the Bahamas?

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Free Dodger FanFest, Free Museums, Free Night on Broadway, & Monster Trucks

This weekend you can celebrate all that is great about Los Angeles, and you can do it for free. Guaranteed fun or your money back! (Which in this case would be nothing, since you didn't pay anything.)

Your Los Angeles Dodgers want to remind you that baseball season is just around the corner. They want you to come say hi and do it for free. Score one for the home team!

Los Angeles, home to like a quadrillion museums, wants to remind you that art is where you find it, but particularly in museums. And they want you to find it for free. I spy with my little eye: beauty! And it is free.

Downtown LA wants you to remember that LA does in fact have a Downtown, and it's brimming with culture (and apparently a Ferris Wheel). DTLA wants you to get super cultured, and do it for free. You can forget all your troubles, forget all your cares, and go Downtown, because it's free.  (But not the Ferris Wheel.)

So let your freedom flag fly and enjoy the free out of this weekend. Freedom isn't free, except when it is. And this weekend it is. Get your free on!

Feel free to keep reading for some of our free-vorite picks for this weekend.


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