I know, the Super Bowl is great. Really great. And long. Really long.
Monarch Butterfly Event Simi Valley
There is really nothing like watching your kids look at a butterfly close up, so it's a good thing you can enjoy tons of butterfly/kid encounters at the Monarch Butterfly Event!
It’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, January 31st, at 1491 Mellow Lane, in Simi Valley. Being held by “This is a Monarchy”, there will be free fun for the entire family. Kids can investigate butterflies and caterpillars close up, plus enjoy a koi pond, horse, snacks and videos. For info call 805 304 0369 or check out This is a Monarchy on Facebook.
It’s a fun way to learn more about butterflies. Did you know they come from caterpillars? NEITHER DID I!!!
Dine LA Week Various Locations
Calling all foodie families, this is your weekend to chow down! It’s Dine LA Week now through February 1st and participating restaurants will have pre-fixe menus inspiring you to try new foods and places with your family.
Find a list of participating restaurant here.
They can help you find some new amazing dishes in a cool atmosphere, and the only thing you have to worry about is keeping your kids from yelling “This is YUCKY” at the top of their lungs.
Thomas and Friends at the Discovery Cube LA Sylmar
If you say “Thomas the Train” to a 4-year old, you will see a bigger smile than if you said Elmo was waiting at the door with cookies and a bubble machine.
So take those little train lovers to the new Discovery Cube LA for the Thomas and Friends Display and let explore all the inhabitants of the mythical island of Sodor.
Click here for details on tickets and directions.
Then send Elmo, his bubbles, and his cookies over to my house. Actually, just send the cookies. Keep the rest.
Skirball Center & Others Free-For-All Various Locations
Need a good excuse to head to the Skirball Center this weekend? Well, it’s free on Saturday, January 31st. Good motivation, right?
In fact, that isn’t the only museum that’s free this weekend, most major ones in LA are participating including the Getty Center, Hammer Museum, LACMA, Paley Center, and the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits.
So make sure you take advantage of your local, kid-friendly museums and GO! You can get all the info on the Skirball Center plus a list of participants here.
Sustainability Fair And Recycling Event Oak Park
You want to think green, right? Running out of good ideas on how to stay eco-friendly? Help is available to you at the Oak Park High School Super Saturday event.
It’s being held on Saturday, January 31 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on the Oak Park High School Great Lawn for our annual celebration of the environment. The event will feature a tide pool tank, rainforest animals, birds of prey, and even goats! Plus learn how to garden organically at the 11:00 AM workshop. You can also bring your electronic waste, clothing, and medications for recycling.
Visit this website for details.
Plus you get to test drive electric cars! That’s just plain cool! (Don’t worry hybrids, you are both pretty).
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Just when you eased back into a routine involving the kids happily back at school…THEY GET ANOTHER DAY OFF! If you need a little help finding fun activities for you and your kids over the long weekend, I'm here to help.
Here are my top 5 picks for Family Activities in LA this weekend:
MLK Peace and Unity Parade Celebration Long Beach
There is a pretty good reason that your kids are off of school this week, it’s to celebrate the life and message of Martin Luther King Jr. So, why not celebrate?
If you are in the Long Beach area, check out the MLK parade and festival on Monday, January 19th. The parade that begins at 10:30 on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave and Anaheim St, then continues north to MLK Jr. park where the free festival runs from 12:30-5 pm. You can get the details here.
It's a fun way to teach your kids about one of our greatest teachers.
Beach Clean Up Malibu
We did see a little bit of rain recently, and while that is good news for our vegetation, it’s not so great for our beaches. Rain carries tons of pollution down to our beaches by our storm drain system and it’s up to us, with a little help from Heal the Bay, to clean it up.
Take the family and join Heal the Bay’s “Nothin but Sand” beach cleanup event this Saturday, January 17th, from 10-11:30 am at the Will Rogers State Beach at the end of Temescal Canyon Rd. Make sure to register and get all the info at www.healthebay.org.
The cleanup is rain or shine and will be cancelled only if there is a risk of lightning. And just a friendly tip, you should never go in the water when there is lightning. Or sharks. Or the Zombie Apocalypse.
Star Party Oak Park
The weather has been cool enough in the evenings to dust off those…what are they called again? Right, jackets. But the cool crisp weather also lends itself to some amazing stargazing.
This Saturday, January 17, you can join up with the Oak Canyon Astronomy Group’s Star Party at Oak Canyon Park. Dress warmly and visit the park from 7-10 pm to get a great view with some knowledgeable people. It’s free, and you can get more info here.
You bought that jacket thingy, might as well get some use out of it.
Lakeshore Learning Free Science Fair All Locations
Lakeshore Learning Store is always a fun place to visit with kids, and even kill and hour or two out of the rain or sun (depending on which side of the city you are on). But this Saturday, there’s ANOTHER great way to kill time with your kids and even have some – gasp – learning thrown in there too!
This Saturday, January 17th, from 11-3 all Lakeshore stores are holding a free STEM Science Fair. There are activities, experiments, and even a catapult-making craft. Visit www.lakeshorelearning.com to find the closest store to you.
A suggestion? Don’t tell your kids about the learning part. Just sneak it in there.
Family Nature Walk Topanga
If spending time outdoors is more your game, but you get overwhelmed by your kids dawdling or wandering, you may want to give this simple guided tour a try.
The Family Nature Walk is at Topanga State Park, Trippet Rance at Entrada Rd, from 10-12 on Sunday, January 18th. It’s made for kids and will have tons of cool insight into this gorgeous state park.
Plus it’s free, and you can let the rangers keep your kids attention! There is so much less wandering and dawdling when someone else is leading, right?
For more fun family activity ideas follow me on Twitter @nickerberger, catch the SCV Buzz on KHTS AM 1220, or watch CTV’s The Buzz.
Laura Nickerson, Queen of cheap and local family activities, Momblogger of 2, Host of CTV's The Buzz and KHTS AM 1220's SCV Buzz, visit #buzzLA for daily tips.