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March 2014 Event Calendar for Los Angeles Families

Event Date

Event Description




March 1-2 and March 4

Mardi Gras at the Original Farmers Market

Mutti Gras Pet Parade, bead-throwing, arts and crafts for kids, face painting, a puppet show, live entertainment and more.

Sat. And Sun.: 11 am-4 pm, Tues.: 6:30-9:30 pm

Farmers Market

6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles


March 1

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

A fun-filled afternoon with the zany Nicole Tibbetts as “Cat in the Hat” telling her favorite Dr. Seuss stories. There will be Seussy refreshments and activities as the library celebrates Read Across America.

2 pm

Agoura Hills Library

29901 Ladyface Ct., Agoura Hills


March 1

Lantern Festival

Live music, acrobatics, lion dances, educational workshops, magicians, kite making, an abacus craft project, calligraphy, face painting, lantern making and more. Held rain or shine.

12-10 pm

Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles


March 1-2

Spring Art

& Crafts Festival

See a variety of original art and handmade treasures.

The event includes hands-on children's activities, refreshments, and more.

10 am-4 pm

Borchard Community Center

190 Reino Road, Newbury Park


March 1-2, 8-9

Dana Point Festival of Whales

Whale watching,  a carnival, a parade, live music and dancing shows, fishing and sailing lessons, crafts, a treasure beach hunt, a fun run and more.

9 am-9 pm



Dana Wharf, 34675 Golden Lantern,

Dana Point

Free admission, fee for some activities

March 2

Target Free Sunday

Be the playing piece on a huge checker board, enjoy hula hoop time, build giant outdoor structures and run through a crazy obstacle course. Free admission to the museum and all activities are also free.

11 am-4 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 S. Euclid St., La Habra


March 8

Los Angeles Environmental Education Fair

Exhibits and displays from organizations that teach and promote environmental education. Hands-on activities, workshops for families, live entertainment, live animals, hikes and more.

9 am-4 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden

310 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Free with paid admission

Adults: $9, Students and Seniors: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4, Children 5 and younger: Free

March 8

What’s Blooming

Join a ranger to identify all of the flowers on the trail, including wildflowers that haven’t bloomed in decades as a result of last year’s Springs Fire.

10-11:30 am

Rancho Sierra Vista

4121 Potrero Rd., Newbury Park


March 8-9

Kite Party

Try your hand at flying in areas outside of the main flying field, which is reserved for experienced, registered kite party participants. Visitors can also enjoy professional demonstrations performed at random times throughout the day as well as sport kite lessons.

11 am-dusk

North and South of the Huntington Beach Pier, 200 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach


March 8

Meaningful and Decorative Frames

Create your own sculptural frame as inspired by examples in the museum.

1-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Included with admission: Adults: $10, Children ages 18 and younger: Free

March 8-9

Emporer’s New Clothes

This is a fun musical for the whole family. Find out what happens when two visitors arrive at the Kingdom promising to prepare a surprise outfit for the King.

2 pm

1367 N. St. Andrews Pl., Los Angeles


March 11

A Visit with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci

Part of the History Comes Alive series. Actors will portray these historical figures in an interactive educational experience.

11 am-12 pm

Forest Lawn, 1712 South Glendale Ave.,



March 15

Irish Song and Dance

Fun dance performances, Celtic stories and sing-alongs bring St. Patrick’s Day to life. Wear green!

3 pm

Charter Oak Library  

20540 K Arrow Highway, Covina


March 15

Siro-A Techno Digital Comedy for Kids

Be amazed with this innovative performance that is often compared to the Blue Man Group.

1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Haugh Performing Arts Center

1000 West Foothill Blvd., Glendora


March 15

What Up for Kids Expo

Live music and hands-on activities. Kid-focused business will be at booths including camps, enrichment classes and schools.

10 am-3 pm

Torrance Cultural Arts Center

3330 Civic Center Dr., Torrance

Free parking and free admission

March 16

Weekend Tidepool Walk

The first part of the day will be an informative slide show to help visitors to become more familiar with the local marine life. Then next part is a naturalist-led walk among the Point Fermin tidepools to see animals in their natural habitat. Outdoor clothing and sneakers are recommended.

2:30-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


March 16

Living History Day

Learn all about living without technology or the conveniences of modern life! The interactive demonstrations include a working blacksmith shop, 19th Century children's games, traditional music and volunteers in authentic historical costume.

1-3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St., Encino


March 16

Fridamania: Women’s Day Festival 2014

Join the community to celebrate the contributions of women to art, movement, and music. Storytime, live performances, tours of the museum and a Frida-Lookalike contest.

12-4 pm

Museum of Latin American Art

628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach


March 17

Leprechan’s Lucky Gold Hunt

Search for gold coins hidden around the park, then turn your pot o' gold in for fun prizes.  Activities start at 12 noon, hunt begins at 1 pm.

Registration is required.

4-6 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 North Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks


March 22

Arbor Day

Tree planting and a compost workshop highlight a community event that helps kids appreciate Earth’s natural resources.

9:30 am-12 pm

Gates Canyon Park

25801 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Calabasas


March 22-23 and 29-30 and April 5-6

Spring Spectacular

Celebrate animals and learning at this annual event. Different animals are featured in the live shows at 10:15, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00. Children can also enjoy arts and crafts, live animals, games and more.

10 am-5 pm

Moorpark Zoo

7075 Campus Rd., Moorpark

Adults: $10, Children/Seniors: $7

March 22-23

Cherry Blossom Festival

Celebrate Japanese culture and admire the flowering blooms throughout the garden. A hands-on origami workshop, walking tours and two live music concerts.

9 am-4 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge

Included with admission. Adults: $9, Students/Seniors: $6, Children: $4.

March 22-23

Bug Fair

Calling all nature lovers! This annual event includes a presentation with a bug specialist, hunting for bugs, cricket brownies to taste, caterpillar adoptions and many more activities. Dr. Nicole Norwood from Banfield Pet Hospital will also be teaching children about the insects and pets and at 2:30 there will be a Ladybug release in the gardens.

10 am-5 pm

Kidspace Children’s Museum

480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


March 22

Truck Adventures

Climb on, over and around dozens and dozens of trucks and other vehicles. This includes fire trucks, tractors, big rigs, construction vehicles and more.

9 am-3 pm

Santa Anita Park

285 W Huntington Dr., Arcadia

$15 (benefits Make a Wish Foundation)

March 23

Nowruz Celebration

Celebrate the arrival of spring with live performances, music, storytelling and calligraphy for children, and a traditional Nowruz display known as Haft Sîn. There will also be a traditional Iranian costumes parade, and individuals of all ages are invited to participate starting at 3 pm.

11:30 am


5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


March 29

Downtown Bookfest

See, hear and read from a huge collection of Los Angeles-based authors and publishers. Add a line to the World’s Longest Story, draw in characters in a monster massive comic book, receive a poem-on-demand, discover books at a pop-up shop and more.

12-5 pm

Grand Park

200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles


March 29

A Taste of Dance: Movie Moves

Learn steps from your favorite movies including She’s All That, Slumdog Millionaire and Singin’ in the Rain. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome.

11 am-4 pm

Music Center Plaza

135 N Grand Ave.

Los Angeles

Free admission: $1 for each dance lesson

March 30

Free Family Festival

Explore calligraphy and the art of words. Hands-on crafts, demonstrations, storytelling, art gallery scavenger hunts and more.

12-4 pm

Pacific Asia Museum

46 North Los Robles, Pasadena


March 30

Kids in the Courtyard: Let Your Light Shine Candle Making

Mark the opening day of the new exhibit Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas by making a candle to brighten your day.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

North Campus, Sunset Blvd. And Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles

Free, parking is $12