The week before Valentine’s Day has plenty to offer families who are looking for eclectic entertainment. From a dance performance that honors Black History Month to a heaping helping of snow, there’s a lot going on to delight SoCal kids and their parents.
Monday, Feb. 7
Sesame Street Presents: The Body
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
If anyone can make blowing your nose fun, it’s the “Sesame Street” gang. This lively and interactive exhibit, which spotlights the wonders of the human body, invites kids to get up close and personal with their insides, outsides and everything in between. An added bonus: Elmo will be on hand for a “meet and greet” every Saturday and Sunday throughout February.
Date: Through May 1
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Monday-Saturday); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (Sunday)
Admission: $12.95 (adults); $9.95 (children ages 3-17)
Tuesday, Feb. 8
Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263
In honor of Black History Month, the 10-member Lula Washington Dance Theatre will perform a contemporary dance program that will include the “Little Rock Nine” suite, a tribute to the students who helped integrate Little Rock Central High. The company was formed in South Los Angeles by Washington, who also choreographed movements of the blue Na’vi tribe in James Cameron’s film “Avatar.”
Date: Tuesday, Feb. 8
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 9
Tykes on Trails
The Children’s Nature Institute
Franklin Canyon Park
2600 Franklin Canyon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
In an effort to teach very young children about the joys of the outdoors, the Children’s Nature Institute organizes weekly walks that cater to kids ages 2-4 and their parents. This week’s journey into Franklin Canyon Park will offer an avian theme. For the first part of the session, children will be able to craft their own beaks, wings and feathers before wearing them on the trail to story time and snack.
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 9
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Admission: $25 (first child); $10 (each additional child)
Thursday, Feb. 10
19th Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design
FIDM Museum & Galleries
919 S. Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 623-5821 x3367
If you’ve ever wanted to see costumes from contemporary movies up close, here’s your chance. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising hosts its annual free exhibit (just in time for Oscars!), which will showcase costumes from more than 20 movies from 2010.
Date: Through April 30
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (Tuesday-Saturday; closed April 22-25)
Friday, Feb. 11
Melissa Green: Family Music Performance
200 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302
Family-friendly musician Melissa Green will be encouraging little ones to get up and sing at the Calabasas Library on Friday. In between story time, kids can dance to the music of Green’s guitar as she encourages all sorts of music appreciation.
Date: Friday, Feb. 11
Time: 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12
1601 W. Mountain St.
Glendale, CA 91207
Even Southern California kids can get in on the snow action at Glendale’s annual Winter Wonderland event in Brand Park. With more than 60 tons of the (man-made) white stuff being trucked in, kids of all ages will be able to make their own snowmen and snow angels. Plastic discs will be provided for four downhill snow slides.
Date: Saturday, Feb. 12
Time: 10 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13
Hip-Hop Peter and the Wolf Family Concert
216 N. Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is offering families a modern, hip-hop twist on Prokofiev’s classic “Peter and the Wolf” score. The concert will also feature PROJECT Trio, with Greg Pattillo on flute, Eric Stephenson on cello and Peter Seymour on bass. Families can get in on the fun before the show starts by checking out LACO’s instrument petting zoo.
Date: Sunday, Feb. 13
Time: 2 p.m. (Pre-concert at 1 p.m.)
Admission: $16, $10
Laura Clark is the founder and editor of L.A. Story.