What You’re Doing This Week: March 11

March 11, 2013 6:00 AM

(credit: Newport Landing)

(credit: Newport Landing)

The spring weather is perfect for getting out and exploring all that Southern California has to offer. Here are a few suggestions of things to check out this week.

March 11

(credit: Old Pasadena)

(credit: Old Pasadena)

Old Pasadena Happy Hour Week

Participating Restaurants

It’s not too late to toast Happy Hour in Old Pasadena. Enjoy discounted drinks and appetizers at restaurants like Barney’s Beanery, Café Santorino, Dog Haus Biergarten, Haven Gastropub, Pita Jungle and more until March 15. Several venues will also feature live music. Visit the website for the Happy Hour and live music schedule

(credit: California African American Museum)

(credit: California African American Museum)

“Sampling the Microscopic Artwork of Willard Wigan”

California African American Museum
600 State Drive Exposition Park
Los Angeles. CA 90037
(213) 744-7432

There are just a few days left to see the highly unusual exhibition of unique sculptures that are so small they can fit in the eye of a needle, on a pinhead or on the tip of an eyelash. Seen through a microscope and created by Willard Wigan under a highly meditative state and using the hair of a fly as a paintbrush, these extraordinary micro-sculptures will be on display until March 17.

March 12

(credit: California Museum Of Photography)

(credit: California Museum Of Photography)

Astronauts, Rockets & Robots – California Museum of Photography

3824 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 827-4787

This exhibit features spacetoys from the collection of David Whitmire Hearst Jr. Foundation and will be on view until May 18. The exhibition displays a varied selection of spacetoys from the early 1960s to the present.

March 13

(credit: Newport Landing)

(credit: Newport Landing)

Whale Watching

Newport Landing
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach, California 92661
(949) 675-0551

The migration of the Pacific Gray Whale off the California coast is a remarkable sight! The migration generally runs from Christmas until mid-April. Newport Landing offers daily 2.5-hour whale watching trips. Call now for reservations.

March 14

(credit: DesireeEaglin.net)

(credit: DesireeEaglin.net)

Easter Eggstravaganza

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-3968

Load up the kiddies and take a trip to the hoppiest place in town! The Irvine Park Railroad throws a fantastic Easter Eggstravaganza complete with pictures with the Easter Bunny, carnival games, train rides and more.

March 15

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(credit: DesireeEaglin.net)

Kids Only Club “Jellybean Science”

Pennypickle’s Workshop
42081 Main Street
Temecula, CA 92590
(951) 308-6376

This fun-filled “lock in” event for kids only (ages 5-10 years old) will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and includes dinner. The evening will be spent in good Pennypickles hands as the children learn candy experiments and discover the museum’s inventions. Tickets are $12 per child and children must be pre-registered to attend, so reserve your tickets now.

March 16

(credit: VCA Hospitals)

(credit: VCA Hospitals)

Open House at VCA West Los Angeles

1900 South Sepulveda Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 473-2951

VCA West LA will be hosting a family-friendly open house to celebrate the newly constructed animal hospital. The open house will feature tours, talks, demonstrations and the opportunity to meet the hospital’s expert staff of veterinarians and specialists, refreshments and kid activities too.

March 17

(credit: Concordia University)

(credit: Concordia University)

Concordia University St. Patrick’s Day 5K Dash

1530 Concordia
Irvine, CA 92612

Wear green and have a shamrock of a time running through the Concordia University campus. Pre-Registration is $30 per person and includes a T-shirt and swag. Late registration is $35 per person. Hurry up and get your green on – the race starts at 9 a.m.

(credit: Auntie Em's Kitchen)

(credit: Auntie Em’s Kitchen)

Cupcake Decorating Class For Kids

Auntie Em’s Kitchen
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Chef Terri Wahl will teach kids how to decorate cupcakes while parents get a chance to sip on mimosas and sample Auntie Em’s appetizers. The class is from 1 to 3 p.m. and make sure to RSVP because the original class on March 24 is already sold out. The class is $30 for one adult and one child at least 4 years old, and the price includes cupcake materials, snacks and mimosas for the parent.

Desiree Eaglin loves going and doing and exploring all that Southern California has to offer. She blogs at Sarcastic, Funny and Brutally Honest. You can find her on Twitter and Facebook too.

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