9 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
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There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, watch a Civil War reenactment, and more. (And don’t forget that the L.A. Marathon is happening on Sunday. Check the route information to see if your commute needs to be adjusted due to road closures).
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If you’re not participating in the LA Marathon yourself, make sure to get out there and cheer on Los Angeles middle and high school students who are running. These students are participating through a special program called Students Run LA and have been training for the Marathon since the beginning of the school year.
24th Annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Downtown Hermosa Beach
Head to Hermosa Beach on Saturday, March 17th for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The seven-block parade begins at 11:00 am and features over 100 local businesses, civic organizations, and school marching bands. Additionally, families will enjoy seeing horses, floats, and bagpipers. Check the website for route information.
13th Annual International Children’s Day Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual International Children’s Day Festival on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). This special festival celebrates “the amazing talents of children of many cultures.” Enjoy live performances including traditional dances and an international children’s choir; participate in interactive activities including a percussion circle and making Japanese Origami; and much more. Check the website for a schedule of events. The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission. Click here for a coupon for a free child’s admission with paid adult admission.
St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration
21622 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA 91303
Everyone is invited to celebrate at the St. Patrick’s Day Community March and Celebration on Friday, March 16th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free sidewalk parade will feature bagpipers, mariachis, storytellers, stilt walkers, and more. (Meet in front of the Madrid Theatre).
L.A. Nature Fest
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum invites families to L.A. Nature Fest happening on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th (from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day). Families can get up close and learn about the many different creatures who share our city with us (including opossums, snakes, snails, and more). Each day, the Museum’s Nature Gardens will be “filled with performances, hands-on activities, and presentations.” Check the website for a schedule of activities and to purchase tickets. (Tickets to Nature Fest also include admission to the Museum. $15 for adults; $12 for children 13-17; $7 for children 3-12; children 2 and younger are free).
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Original Farmers Market is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all day-long on Saturday, March 17th. Enjoy authentic Irish food, (green beer for the adults), and live music! Stop by Magee’s Kitchen, the first eatery at the Farmer’s Market, for their famous corned beef, cabbage, and potato plate. (Food and beverages are sold by individual merchants).
Blue & Gray Civil War Reenactment
(behind the Moorpark Post Office)
100 W. High St., Moorpark, CA
This weekend on Saturday, March 17th and Sunday, March 18th, families can witness a Civil War Reenactment. “The Blue and Gray Civil War Reenactment is the largest battle reenactment west of the Mississippi.” Families will see first-hand what a typical civil War encampment looked like, with this year’s theme being “Gettysburg.” Demonstrations include leather crafting, blacksmithing, and more. Gates open at 10:00 am, with two “battles” on each day (one at 12:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm). Check the website for a schedule and to purchase tickets.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all day long on Saturday, March 17th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The fun-filled day includes art activities, story time, a color treasure hunt, and much more. Don’t forget to wear green “for an Irish inspired heading home parade.” Check the website for a schedule of activities. The event is included in general Museum admission. ($12.50 each; children younger than 12 months are free).
Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Families are invited to a special Gold Hunt on Friday, March 16th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Get a head start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Lucky the Leprechaun and lots of fun at Malibu Bluffs Park including story time, art activities, giveaways, and more. Two gold hunts will take place (at 10:00 am and 11:15 am). Sign-up for the Gold Hunt begins at 9:45 am.
And a little something for the parents…
Westfield Century City is hosting a Beauty & Balance event all weekend long that includes medication, beauty talks, exercise classes and a “Walk with a Doc” program where you can take a walk with a UCLA Health doctor while chatting about health topics. For more information and to rsvp visit the Westfield Century City website.