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There is always so many things to do with kids in and around Los Angeles. Activities to do with kids this weekend include St. Patrick's Day Festivals, L.A. Nature Fest, Candytopia, Hot Wheel Garage, International Children’s Festival, Alice Live Show, and many more. Keep reading and find out what is happening this weekend in LA! For more events, on the weekends or any day of the week, check our calendar.

Santa Monica Place

395 Broadway #142

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Mar 15 - July 4th

If you ever dreamed of nibbling your way through Candyland or scoring a Golden Ticket, Candytopia is just for you. Treat yourself to Candytopia,and let your taste-buds and your imagination soar! This interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Take your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other! Cost: $23-$30.

Automotive Driving Museum

610 Lairport St.

El Segundo, CA 90245

Mar 17th

10:00am - 1:00pm

Hot Wheels Garage features displays of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels tracks and cars to race with. Besides the cars, there will be art projects, face painting, balloon artist, train rides, prizes and raffles. The ADM will also be featuring a special $2 kid’s sundae in the Ice Cream Station ice cream parlor. Cost: $10 adults, $5 ages 10-17, free for under 9.

Natural History Museum

900 W Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mar 17th - March 18th

9:30am - 5:00pm

Explore the wild side of Los Angeles at NHMLA. Meet an opossum, do lunch with a rattlesnake, and go for a walk with a desert tortoise. Museum scientists will be on hand to answer your questions about snails, bugs, birds, and all things city nature.

Festival Highlights Include: Over 30 exhibitor booths in partnership with local organizations; Access to scientists and nature experts to answer all your questions; Live animal presentations, stage performances and nature walks; Expert tips on how to attract wildlife to your garden; Nature crafts​; And early morning bird walks. Cost: $7-$15.

1007 Hermosa Avenue

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

March 17th at 11am

In what has become a popular tradition in Hermosa Beach, the parade draws about 20,000 spectators and participants who go to enjoy the family affair as well as the great dining, shopping and beautiful beach weather that Hermosa Beach has to offer.

The Irish theme of Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated by the many participants in the festivities including bagpipers from the Emerald Society, floats, horses and four legged friends from the Irish Setters Club of Southern California. Check the site for the full route. [Free]

The Original Farmer's Market

6333 W. 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

March 17 - All Day

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with authentic Irish food, green beer and live music all day long! Enjoy traditional Irish folk bands on the Market's East and West Patios and a strolling bagpiper throughout the day. Magee's Kitchen, the Market's first eatery, will be serving their world famous corned beef, cabbage and potato plate all day long! Green beer and imported Irish beers will be on tap from E.B's and Bar 326 for parents. [Free]



Pretend City Children's Museum

29 Hubble

Irvine, CA 92618

March 17th

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join Pretend City for this fun filled day as they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story time, art, and fun activities! Wear your greenest outfit for our Irish heading home parade at the end of the day! Activities include End of the Rainbow Treasure Hunt, Sensational Story Time, Leprechaun Hunt, and more.

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

March 17th - March 18th

9 am - 5 pm

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s 13th annual International Children’s Festival celebrates the amazing talents of children of many cultures. Kids of all ages can partake in a percussion circle, Japanese origami, Native American crafts, and Pacific Islander traditional children’s games. Celebrate the children in your life as you explore the wonders of the ocean. Cost: Adults $29.95, and children are free with paid adult admission.

Nine O'clock Players

1367 North St. Andrews Place

Hollywood, CA 90028

March 18th at 2pm

The multi-award winning Nine O'clock Players continue their 87th year bringing extraordinary family theater to Southern California with a magical musical look at the fantastical story of Alice with all the characters you know and love, including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Queen of Hearts. A fast-paced musical where nonsense makes quite good sense. Fun for the whole family!

19 Suffolk Ave.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024

March 18th

9:00am to 5:00pm

This Sunday Celebrate with a free street festival promising all the wonderful food, music, and craft stalls. Visit over 100 crafters and exhibits. There is a special play-land for children, and take a shuttle to the historic Wistaria Vine. Festival is free; Shuttle to vine $12 for adult, $7 for kids (7-14).

Natural History Museum LA

900 W Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Mar 18th -Sep 3rd

Butterflies are taking flight at NHMLA again! Get up close to beautiful butterflies in the new Butterfly Pavilion. This seasonal exhibit features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special. Cost: $17-$20.


This week's blog is sponsored by Woodland Hills Child Care!

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