Ah, Leap Day. That weird quadrennial oddity that never looks quite right on the calendar. Sure, it’s a necessary evil – if we didn’t throw in an extra day into the mix every four years, we’d eventually be skiing in July – but that still doesn’t save it from being an odd duck. We can’t imagine what it would be like if you were actually born on Leap Day, but we’re guessing it’s really strange if you were born on, say, 2/29/72, since you’d technically be turning just 10 this year.
Anyway, as odd as Leap Day is, it does bring with it an extra day to do some fun stuff. As the following list shows, some of the things you can do on February 29th focus on the rarity of the day, while other activities merely happen because it’s another day on the calendar. Either way, they are excuses to get out of your house and explore Southern California in all its glory.
24 Hours of Disneyland
Do you really love Disneyland? Really, really love it? So much so, you’d love to spend a whole day cruising through its lands? Well, now’s your chance to prove it, bucko. For the first time ever, The Magic Kingdom is celebrating Leap Day by being open for 24 straight hours. The gates open at 6:00 AM on February 29, and don’t close until 6:00 AM March 1. Of course, if you come down to the park, just know that the theme from “It’s a Small World” will be stuck in your head long after the park finally closes.
February 29 6:00 AM – March 1 6:00 AM
$99; Free to Children under 3
Leap Year Celebration and 1st Anniversary Party at a/k/a An American Bistro
We know what you might be thinking: If this hip Pasadena restaurant is celebrating their first anniversary on Leap Day, does that mean they’ve been around for four years? If so, we humbly suggest that you stop over-analyzing the semantics of the date and come on down for some handcrafted cocktails and the chance to dig into a host of delicious grub ranging from PEI mussels to roasted leg of Australian lamb.
The Word: Ink and Blood
One of the reasons The Bible is counted amongst the world’s most fascinating books is its surrounding history. This exhibit at The MUZEO in Anaheim tells the story of this spiritual document that spans thousands of years, from ancient Hebrew texts to the Dead Sea Scrolls found less than a century ago. Over 100 artifacts documenting the book’s legacy will be on display, as will a life-size reproduction of what is inarguably the most significant invention of the last millennium; Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press with moveable type.
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
$13 for adults, $9 for children
HARD Leap Year at The Roxy
Get your groove on at this legendary West Hollywood music venue, as a host of performers headlined by DJ Mr. Oizo will be celebrating the odd bump in the calendar by spinning the fresh and the funky all through the night. For the record, we don’t know what makes this event hard, but we assume it’s something hip (don’t make fun of us – at least we know who Bon Iver is).
Digital Darkroom Exhibit
Art and technology collide in this fascinating exhibit, where 17 artists utilize photography, layered imagery, and various means of technical manipulation to create works of art that are equal parts surreal, haunting, and soul-stirring. A must see for anyone who enjoys having their minds bent ever so slightly.
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
They’re circus performers! They’re street performers! Wait, we’re both right! Thrill to the sights of this super-cool performance put together by the French-Canadian troupe 7 Fingers of the Hand, as they meld traditional acrobatics with elements of skateboarding, basketball, and parkour (think extreme sports trickery without bikes and boards). It’s the perfect show for the person in your life that digs Cirque du Soleil and Tony Hawk.
$15 – $65
Rich Manning is a blogger in Orange County, who also writes at OC Executive.