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Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Imaginology, Pow Wow, and March for Science

This weekend, we're asking you to harness the power of your mind. Using the infinite possibilities of the imagination, you can accomplish anything, whether it be mastering interspecies communication or fiddling with a little string theory.

It may seem a little overwhelming, but don't worry: we have a plan... and it can fly! (Or float.) Brick by brickblock by block, you can put the pieces together. It's not rocket science, except when it is. And if at first you don't succeed, not a problem: you can try again another weekend when the weather is nicer.

PS it may be spring, but it's never too early to think about summer.

Keep reading for our most mindful picks for this weekend.

10 Best Next-Level Soft Serve Ice Cream Spots in Los Angeles

No matter if you’re 5 or 85, everybody loves ice cream—especially soft-serve. Los Angeles has a new crop of soft-serve shops combining the familiar with some exciting, new flavors and textures, not to mention some very snazzy looks. We decided to take a soft-serve tour of Los Angeles to compare old classics to what's new and trendy. Check out what a long way soft serve has come since we were kids.

If Cute Panda Videos Make Your Day, the Science Center Has Something for You

Few things are more universal than cute panda videos. Even people who can resist the internet's most infectious silly cat videos melt in the face of an insanely cute panda bear rolling around hugging himself in a Facebook share. The California Science Center embraces this inescapable truth with a full-on bear hug. This past weekend the museum's IMAX theater debuted the movie Pandas, a nature documentary for the whole family. Imagine the cutest collection of baby panda clips ever made. Now imagine them in 3D on a screen seven stories tall. It's a level of cute few people can handle, but we all should try.

11 Food Trucks Los Angeles Kids and Parents Love

The City of Angels is all about highbrow food in casual, comfortable settings, and nowhere is that more evident than the food truck scene. LA's food trucks offer up every cuisine mash-up imaginable, and between the trucks' websites, Twitter, and Instagram, it's easy to track down your favorites. A truck at a festival can be a little culinary surprise, but there's also a thriving, family-friendly, deliciously casual scene that pops up at regular local gatherings like the Santa Monica Food truck lotAbbot Kinney’s First Fridays, Natural History Museum First Fridays, and others. A bonus for us with food trucks is no worrying about the inevitable mess left behind by my little whirlwind, or trying to keep her butt in a high chair.

Here are the LA trucks I most enjoy tracking down with my tiny food critic.

Beyond the Goody Bag: 10 Great Birthday Party Favor Ideas for Kids

Whether you love them or hate them, party favors are still a huge part of any child’s birthday celebration. I happen to love figuring out favors for these festive occasions, because it’s creative and challenging—something I can happily pat myself on the back for, if done successfully. For that to happen, it needs to be equal parts pleasing for the kids and their parents, and either edible, memorable, practical, shareable, or charitable.

Do yourself a favor and read on for 10 ultra unique ideas to take your little guy or girl’s goody bag from basic to brag-worthy.

For more unique ways to fete your youngsters, check out our list of free ways to celebrate and 10 sweet alternatives to birthday cake, or learn how to create a DIY photo booth for the big event. Planning to celebrate your little one's first birthday soon? We've got ideas for your soon-to-be-turning-one babes, too. Whatever you're looking for, we’ve got birthday hints in the bag.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Renaissance Faire, Astronauts, Shakespeare, Japan Day

This weekend is not defined by any one thing. Unlike some weekends, when a single theme dominates (like, I dunno, Easter, for instance), this weekend is unfettered and free. It can be whatever you want it to be.

Want to laugh? Covered. Want to hear the music? We've got kindie rock and classical. Favorite characters come to life on stage, little creatures come to life under your care. Feel like you were born in the wrong century? Time for a redo. Do you see your future in the stars? We've got your ticket (and one for the train you rode in on). Spring break is mostly done, but we can help you usher it out with a berry cosmic burst.

Open your eyes to different culturesexplore the world in our own backyard, and dance like no one's watching. We're all just little creatures trying to protect our world: watch the little birdieshelp protect their habitat, and even build them a new oneWhy is this weekend different from all other weekends? Because it's about meeting your needsfinding your super powers, and getting you ready (and lookin' sharp) for the months ahead. Now go out there and do you!

Keep reading for our weekend picks that are uniquely suited to you.

32 Indoor Play Spaces: for Rainy Days or Other Odd Weather in LA & OC

It never rains in LA—except when it does. It's common knowledge that the roads around here become insane when water falls from the sky, but it's special mom knowledge that the living rooms become insane, too. And speaking of insane, ever try planning a birthday party outdoors in January? Sure, you might have one of those gorgeous days Manhattan moms covet, or you might end up calling 25 kids and rescheduling. Either way—rainy day or birthday—you need to know where the indoor playgrounds are in LA and Orange County.

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