A staff member peers into a replica of the White House at the Reagan Library and Museum (credit: reaganfoundation.org)

This an eventful week starting with President’s Day and ending with The Academy Awards. It’s hard to believe anyone could need much more, but here are a few more fun events to fill out the week. So make sure you’re well rested and ready for all the fun.

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Monday, Feb 21

Annual President’s Day Celebration

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

40 Presidential Drive
Simi Valley, CA
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President’s Day — also known as Washington’s birthday — is celebrated with children’s discovery areas, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and presidential and first lady look-a-likes. Hot dogs, cherry pie, and other all-American food are available for purchase (I’m guessing that means jelly beans).

Time: 10:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.

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Tuesday, Feb. 22

Gnomeo and Juliet

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA
(800) 347-6396
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Disney’s spin on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, complete with garden gnomes and set to Elton John’s music. A tiny tot show starts at 10am, when parents and young children can see the movie with dimmed lights and the sound turned down.

Time: 10:00 A.M.

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Wednesday, Feb 23

Aqua Tot

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way,
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
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Explore not only your five senses but those of the fish and animals at the aquarium. Find out how starfish see, take a tour, play games and touch the animals in the private classroom touch tanks. This class is specifically designed for 2-3 year-olds and their parents.

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 P.M.

Thursday, Feb 24

Sister Wendy

Norton Simon Museum

411 West Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, CA
(626) 449-6840
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Video of the fifteen time author and presenter of art programs on the BBC and her own series on PBS, British nun Sister Wendy Beckett brings the museum’s collection to life with her amusing style of storytelling, sense of humor, and broad knowledge of the arts. Old and new fans of this cult heroine, as well as budding art enthusiasts, may appreciate a unique presentation of the museum’s exhibits.

Time: 1:15, 3:15, and 5:15 P.M.

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Friday, Feb 25

Whale Watching Cruises

Redondo Sport Fishing

233 North Harbor Drive
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(310) 372-2111
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Seeing whales is a spectacular experience.  Redondo Sport Fishing does daily whale watching tours between mid-December and mid-April.  Staffed by Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to help educate passengers about the migrating mammals during the journey, the tours are only $15 for adults during the week. Reservations are recommended. Schedules can be affected by weather.

Time: 10:00 A.M. and 1:30 P.M.

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Saturday, Feb 26

Imagination Movers “In A Big Warehouse” Tour

Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE

777 Chick Hearn Ct.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6020
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All fans of this Disney Channel show will love to see the guys live in person playing all their favorite songs, not to mention getting up to all their hijinks. Something your child will talk about for weeks to come.

Time: 2:00 and 5:00 P.M.

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Sunday, Feb 27

In Mother Words

Geffen Playhouse

10886 Le Conte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 208-5454
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This one’s just for Mom. Okay, and Dad, too. Weaving together works about motherhood from over a dozen celebrated playwrights, “In Mother Words” has a cast of four performers, including Jane Kaczmarek from Malcolm in the Middle, who sit in front of the audience with script in hand. This show focuses on the storytelling, utilizing multimedia and thought-provoking, humorous, and poignant tales.

Time: 2:00 and 7:00 P.M.

Elise Crane Derby blogs at Elise’s Ramblings and Moms LA.