February 11, 2016
8 Things To Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
By Wendy Kennar
Love is in the air this weekend. So is chocolate, music, and marathons! Spread the love, help others, and celebrate the Lunar New Year!
Family Art Night: Valentine Garland
Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
Love is in the air at the Norton Simon Museum. Get inspired as you stroll and look at the way love and garlands are shown in the Museum’s European and Asian art collections. Then, kids can create their own valentine garland using yarn, markers, and construction paper. The event (designed for children ages 6-10) will be held on Friday, February 12th from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Admission is $12 for adults, and free for children.
25th Annual Alhambra Lunar New Year Celebration
Valley Blvd from Almansor to Vega
The city of Alhambra invites families to celebrate the Year of the Monkey. This free, day-long celebration will be held on Saturday, February 13th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Over a course of five city blocks, families will enjoy live performances and 250 booths. The festivities include giveaways, food, children’s workshops, and more.
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, Ca 91103
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Kidspace invites families to a weekend of “Chocolate Wonders.” Kids will be busy, learning about the history of chocolate, how chocolate is made, having the opportunity to make their own chocolate play dough, and more! The festivities run all weekend from Saturday, February 13 to Monday, February 15th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $11.
U.S. Olympic Team MarathonTrials
Downtown Los Angeles (beginning and ending at Gil Lindsay Plaza in front of the L.A. Convention Center)
More than 300 hundred Olympic-hopeful athletes will be taking part in the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon on Saturday, February 13th. The course begins at 10:00 am at the Gil Lindsay Plaza in front of the L.A. Convention Center. You can sign up to volunteer or just bring the family out to cheer on these hard-working athletes as they vie for a chance to compete in the Summer Olympics being held in Rio this summer.
Family Concert: Children’s GRAMMY Nominees
Lucky Strike Live at Hollywood and Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd. Ste. 143, Hollywood, CA
All five of the nominees for the 2016 GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Album for Children will be performing at this special concert on Saturday, February 13th at 11:00 am. Ticket sales will benefit the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra’s music in the schools program. Tickets to the one-hour show are available online.
Free Family Day: Making Music
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Get ready to make some music on Saturday, February 13th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Special activities are planned throughout the day (check the schedule online). Kids will be able to construct their own instruments, make their own music, enjoy live performances and storytelling, participate in a drum circle, play music-themed video games, and more.
Big Sunday! 4th Annual Valentine-Making, Bingo-Playing Community Breakfast
6111 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Big Sunday wants to make sure it’s a Happy Valentine’s Day for as many as possible. Families are invited to stop by and help prepare cards and gift bags for those who are going through difficult times. On Sunday, February 14th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, families will enjoy a community breakfast and a fun game of bingo! All ages are welcome to participate. RSVP online, and don’t forget that Big Sunday also welcomes donations of non-perishable food items.
Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
beginning at Dodger Stadium and ending in Santa Monica
This year, the Los Angeles Marathon will be held on Sunday, February 14th. Participants will travel 26.2 miles, on a course that takes them from the “stadium to the sea.” But if you’d prefer, the LA BIG 5K will be held on Saturday, February 13th. This event begins at 8:00 am at Dodger Stadium. There is no age requirement for the LA BIG 5K, and participants can even run with a stroller. Further information about road closures, registration, and where to watch the marathon is available online.
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“To All at Big Sunday, Now, more than ever, we need the goodwill that you share and the good works that you do”
- — L.B., Los Angeles