12 Free Things to do This Weekend

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

Ready to get out and have some fun with the kids – but not ready to pony up a lot of cash? No worries! Here are a dozen things you can do without spending a dollar.

  1. Hit the beach. Oh, and help keep it clean! Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro hosts its monthly cleanup from 8-10 a.m. Saturday. Treat the kids to some beach time, followed by a visit to this free aquarium.
  2. Stay for crafts. Right after the cleanup, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts Cabrillo Craft Corner, a craft time where families can make art from recycled household items.
  3. Take a tidepool walk. These folks at Cabrillo really want you to hang around! After the crafts, from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, a naturalist will be there to conduct a free tour of the Point Fermin Tidepools.
  4. Come back for an open house. If you miss the fun on Saturday, don’t fret. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium offers Salt Marsh Open House from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, when you can explore the wetlands habitat with aquarium staff.
  5. Barnes and Noble at The Grove

    Celebrate the Year of the Dog. If you’re more of a dog family, you’ve got the whole weekend to celebrate the Lunar New Year in downtown Monterey Park. From 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday you can enjoy lion and dragon dancers, food, entertainment and a carnival fun zone.

  6. Celebrate Black History Month. February is also Black History Month, and Children’s Book World in West L.A. celebrates from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday by hosting storyteller Michael D. McCarty for a program of stories showcasing African American history and culture.
  7. Learn about Harriet Tubman. Barnes and Noble at The Grove joins the celebration during its 11 a.m.-noon storytime featuring “I Am Harriet Tubman,” with fun activities following the reading.
  8. Read about pigs and yoga. The L.A. Public Library branch in Westwood offers more storytime fun (from 10:30-11 a.m. Saturday), when author Stacey Alysson reads her picture book “Parker Pig Goes to Yoga,” and teaches some yoga basics.
  9. “Bugsy Malone”

    Do you haiku? PMCA’s Big Read event from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Pasadena Central Library features The Haiku Guys + Gals providing improvised haiku on their typewriters, “When The Emperor Was Divine” by Julie Otsuka and Japanese art activities.

  10. Get your dance on. Visit Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook for more than just the view from noon-7 p.m. Saturday. The Ebb & Flow festival will be there with dance performances, dance workshops for all ages and abilities, local artists and environmental information.
  11. Catch a free family flick. The 1976 film “Bugsy Malone” is a stylish musical about Chicago gangsters, starring kids (including Jodie Foster and Scott Baio). It’s one of the oddest gangster films of all time, and the Hammer Museum in Westwood is screening it at 11 a.m. Sunday.
  12. Make art at LACMA. From 12:30-3:30 p.m. Sunday, families can visit the L.A. County Museum of Art and enjoy the “Painted in Mexico 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici” exhibit, then make art based on their inspiration.

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