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Fun Things To Do in LA With Kids This Weekend, March 1-3


There is always so much to do with kids in Los Angeles, and at Fun With Kids in LA, we are we are dedicated to bring you the best of them. Our list of fun things to do in Los Angeles this weekend includes Los Angeles Lantern Festival, Dr. Suess's Birthday, Mardi Gras Celebration, Festival of Whales, and more.


Los Angeles Lantern Festival Chinese American Museum 425 N. Los Angeles St.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

March 2, 2019

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join the Chinese American Museum for the 18th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. This free signature event culminates the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, museum tours, live entertainment, music, and arts & crafts. Register online to get your free tickets.


Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Target Stores Various Locations

March 2, 2019

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Target Stores are celebrating Dr. Seuss's Birthday on March 2nd from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday with reading one of his all time favorites "What Pet Should I Get?" at the top of every half hour. Enjoy giveaways, fun activities, and more. (Free)

James and the Giant Peach

Nine O'Clock Players

1367 North Saint Andrews Place

Los Angeles, CA 90028

March 3, 2019

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Roald Dahl's fantastical tale of a boy, his insect friends and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant piece of fruit. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score by the Tony Award-nominated team of Pasek and Paul and a delightfully quirky book by Timothy Allen McDonald (Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka), critics rave: James and the Giant Peach is a "master peach! A magical production for the whole family to enjoy.

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Dana Point Festival of Whales Dana Wharf 34675 Golden Lantern

Dana Point, CA 92629

March 2 & 3, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Festival of Whales, a yearly event in Dana Point, is a celebration of the annual migration of the California Gray Whales. Festival highlights include an opening day parade, street fair, art and craft shows and sales, classic car exhibits, stand-up paddling and sailing opportunities, sand sculpting and chowder cook-off competitions, concerts on land and water, environmental activities, educational opportunities, interpretive crafts, kids activities, culinary delights, spirits/beer gardens, and whale watching excursions aboard a variety of vessels. (Free)


30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration

The Original Farmer's Market

6333 W 3rd St.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

March 2 & 3, 2019

Party in true New Orleans style at the Market’s 30th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration. The weekend will feature bead throwing, Dixie beer, face painting, Cajun gumbo and jambalaya from The Gumbo Pot, along with performances by Eddie Baytos and The Nervis Brothers. The Dog Bakery will also host its annual Mutti Gras Pet Parade and Costume Contest for our furry four-legged friends. (Free)

Reach Across America & Dr. Suess' Birthday Pretend City Children’s Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

March 2 & 3, 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join the Pretend City Children's Museum in celebration of Dr. Suess's Birthday. Read, learn, play, and shout “hip-hip-hooray!” Pretend City is celebrating all weekend long with classic stories, whacky activities, and special appearances by some of your favorite characters. Purpose Behind the Play: Number concepts through counting, patterning, and arranging. STEAM concepts including inquiry through observation and prediction and trial and error.

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Digital Nature - Immersive Art Experience

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

301 N Baldwin Ave.

Arcadia, California 91007

March 1 - March 3, 2019

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Step into a collaboration between nature and human innovation. The L.A. Arboretum transforms into an outdoor gallery where you can wander to view the unique, site-specific works of art. Some are interactive, a few with music, others silent. All are illuminated. Inspired by the natural world and technology, the artists explore themes as diverse as butterfly wings, bird songs, heavy metal, and inter-active digital wildflowers. Feb 27 - March 3.


Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Drive,

Los Angeles, CA 90027

March 2 & 3, 2019

Meet the PJ Masks characters and Peppa Pig at LA Zoo this weekend. Take a photo with Catboy, Owlette, and Gekko from PJ Masks. The weekend includes special activities and giveaways while supplies last. This event is rain or shine. In the event of rain, it will be held indoors. Meet and greets are free with a Zoo membership or General Zoo Admission, but require a reservation. For a limited time, enjoy $3 off Daytime General Admission tickets when you use code RAIN2019A at checkout.

Matthew Bourne's Cinderella

Ahmanson Theatre

135 North Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

March 1st - March 10th

Various times

Matthew Bourne transforms the classic fairy tale into a wartime romance with a twist of Hollywood glamour. A chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her dashing young RAF pilot, together just long enough to fall in love before being parted by the Blitz. Performed to Prokofiev’s magnificent score, this new production comes alive with heart-stopping choreography, vivid theatrical storytelling, and sumptuous award-winning scenic and costume designs that will transport audiences to the heart of war-torn London for a timeless story of the power of love. Tickets are $25 - $130.


Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90007

March 1, 2019

5:00 pm

Natural History Museum offers dinosaurs and DJs on the first Friday of each month through June. Enjoy an evening of music, and stay late for a night at the museum, guided museum tours, and scientist-led talks. There are also lineup of bands, DJs, discussions, food trucks, and delicious cocktails (for adults). Check out the museum’s website for advance tickets and updates.

Obvious Plants' Museum of Toys

2272 Venice Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90006

March 1 - March 17, 2019

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This Friday is the opening night of Museum of Toys, and you can travel into a bizarro world of your favorite for free. In this alternate reality, real toys are recontextualized and placed alongside Obvious Plant's original toys to create a darker, more bizarre version of the past. The museum features 100+ toys and games, each one unique and altered in a humorous way. Multiple interactive exhibits can also be found throughout the exhibit. You must reserve your tickets online for the free night, and if you can't get in, you can buy tickets only for $10 for Saturday and Sunday.


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Also happening this weekend is the First Round On Us at the new Tocaya Organica Westwood! Happening all day on Saturday, March 2nd, guests’ first two tacos are free with any purchase of a beverage, side, or entrée (up-charges apply for premium proteins).

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