It’s still early enough in the year to make plans for 2016. This month offers a couple of family-friendly Los Angeles events that could help you figure out what exciting things you could make happen this year.
Looking for an interesting place to visit? The Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show on Feb. 27-28 (10 a.m.-5 p.m. Long Beach Convention Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach; www.travelshows.com/shows/los-angeles, $11-$16; free for children 16 and younger) could provide you with some answers. You can discover vacation destinations all around the globe from the 3,000-plus travel experts such as Rick Steve, Samantha Brown and Peter Greenberg. There will be three stages for informational travel seminars (Travel Channel Theater, Destination Theater, Savvy Traveler Theater) along with stages for culinary demos and live performances – plus you can also enjoy fun activities like climbing a rock wall, riding a Segway and rolling around in an inflatable Bubble Land Orb.
If you are hearing the siren song of the open seas, then you should chart a course to the Progressive Insurance Los Angeles Boat Show, which will docked at two locations – the L.A. Convention Center (1201 S. Figueroa St., L.A.) and Burton Chace Park (14650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey) – from Feb. 25-28. You can explore a vast selection of vessels on display and learn about the newest marine and outdoor accessories, while youngsters will find some entertaining activities at the Kids Zone. Chace Park, meanwhile, will offer in-water attractions like the SailFest, the Float-In Theater and hands-on lessons. A complimentary round trip shuttle will ferry you between the two venues. Complete show information, including the hours for each location, can be found at www.losangelesboatshow.com.
A different type of adventure can be experienced at Air + Style, a hipster-ish hybrid entertainment event staged by Olympic gold medalist Shaun White at Exposition Park (noon-11 p.m. Feb. 20-21, 700 Exposition Park Dr., L.A.; www.air-style.com, $75 per day). This action-packed all-ages expo offers snowboarding competition, live music performances, a fashion show, gaming, art, food and even an interactive area for youngsters (children ages 9 and younger are free with a ticketed adult). All told, Art + Style shapes up to be quite a wild weekend.