21 Things to Do Over the 3-Day Weekend

Posted Thursday, February 15th, 2018

It’s almost President’s Day and you know what that means…it’s 3-day weekend time!
And you might want to start your planning ahead because we’ve got
over 20 events* for you to choose from. Happy 3-day!
(*Events are in alphabetical order)



12 Dancing Princesses in Santa Ana
February 17 – March 3: The King has a little problem and he doesn’t know what to do! His 12 beautiful daughters seem to be disappearing in the night, returning in the morning with their shoes danced through and no memory of where they’ve been. Can a young hero and his trusty sidekick solve the mystery? $10-15. Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Ebell Theater.


All Day Skate in Fountain Valley
February 19: Spend Lunar New year and Presidents Day holiday skating all day! Monday, noon-6 p.m. $15, includes skate rental. Three hours (noon-3 p.m. or 3-6 p.m.) is $8.50.


Anatomy of the Piano in Costa Mesa
February 17-18: Will asks Father Christmas for a space ship, but he gets a piano instead. As he tries to work out how he might use it to reach the moon, Will is drawn into a fantastic pianistic adventure that sees him finding Bach in a cave, meeting a bad-tempered Beethoven and jamming with Fats’ Waller. Will discovers that through music you can go anywhere you want. $20+. Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Samueli Theater.


Andell Family Sundays with Rodin Mash Up at LACMA
February 18: This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.  At Andell Family Sundays, make your own Diego- and Pablo-inspired art. Sunday, drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Included with admission.


Annual War Dog Rememberance Day at March Field Air Museum
February 17: Join guest speakers and a K9 Unit demonstration. Saturday, 10 a.m. Free museum admission until noon.


Black History Parade and Festival in Pasadena
February 17: Celebrate black history, culture and achievements at Pasadena’s 35th annual Black History Parade and Festival. Food for purchase, fun activities for kids, displays, music and other free fun. Saturday, parade at 10 a.m.; festival, noon – 4 p.m. Free; free parking available at Calvary Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 135 Glorieta St.


Celebrate Presidents’ Day with Pretend City in Irvine
February 19: This year, turn the holiday into a fun and educational experience for the whole family with a patriotic adventure at Pretend City Children’s Museum to honor presidents for their contributions while at the same time learning a thing or two about the job of president. Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Activities throughout the day. Included in admission.


Civil War Reenactment at Calico Ghost Town in Yermo
February 17-18: Calico Ghost Town, in partnership with the American Civil War Society, invites you to come and witness the Civil War come alive with historic presentations, troop inspections, artillery demonstrations, military battles and much more! Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (4-11), $6, kids (3 and under) free.


Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long in La Mirada
February 17: Let it go and sing-along to your heart’s content with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf in this interactive experience! The host begins by leading a raucous vocal warm-up before you learn how to use the props in your free Fun Pack. You’ll even learn choreography from the movie so you can channel your inner Elsa by conjuring an actual snowstorm. $15. Saturday, 1 p.m.


Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park
February 17-18: Winter is a wonderful time to learn about local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park follow the signs to the Campground/Moro day use.) $15 day-use fee.


James and the Giant Peach in Anaheim
February 16 – March 4: James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags – his odious aunts – and he’s a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects, all waiting to take James on a magical adventure of enormous proportions. Friday – Sunday, times vary. Visit website for cost and details. Bette Aitken Theater Arts Center


Kids’ Pet Parade in San Juan Capistrano
February 17: Kids (5-12) bring their pets in costume for a contest to compete for titles including cutest, most original, best team costume, best domestic pet, best exotic pet, best barnyard pet, and best bird. Rain date, February 24. Sunday, noon – 2 p.m.; registration begins at noon. $3 entry fee, you can find the entry form on their website.


Mardi Gras Celebration in Long Beach
February 17: Shoreline Village hosts a great day of live music, delicious food and wonderful entertainment. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Parade at 2 p.m. Free admission. Shoreline Village.


MatheMagic in La Mirada
February 18: World-class magic, comedy and theatre mix together in a super-fun experience as audiences learn about magicians throughout the ages whose secret was really MATH! An exciting, interactive show for kids 6+. $9+. Sunday, 1 and 3:30 p.m.


Ooey Gooey Weekend
February 17-19: Create play dough poop sculptures and learn how scat helps us know what animals eat. Make squishy worm, snail and slug tracks with gooey finger paint trails and make your own green algae slime. Saturday-Monday, 10.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.


President’s Day Baking Mini Camp
February 19: While kids are off send them to Lil’ Chefs President’s Day Baking Mini Camp. Bake cupcakes and cakes, chocolate, vanilla and strawberry buttercream frosting too. Come learn how to work with fondant and make roses out of buttercream frosting with pastry bags and tips. Register online. Kids (5 and up) $69. Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival
February 16-25: The 72nd annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is focused on providing amazing entertainment and affordable family fun, with exciting shows, delicious fair food, concerts, a demolition derby and monster trucks, plus the traditional camel and ostrich races. Daily, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Adults, $10; kids (6-12), $8. Parking $10-$15. Riverside County Fairgrounds.


Scots Festival Aboard the Queen Mary
February 17-18: The Queen Mary’s annual ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXV is back to celebrate the Scottish culture. Attendees can experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine all in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy. Visit queenmary.com for schedule and ticket information.


Skatedogs President’s Day Extravaganza in Long Beach
February 19: Kids (5-13) can join Skatedogs for free skate, lessons, prizes and pizza lunch. Participants should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $65. Bethany Lutheran School. RSVP required, register at skatedogs.com.


Skatefest at Paramount Iceland
February 18: Join California Gold for their annual fundraiser, Skatefest! Watch a skating show, then jump on the ice for a public skating intermission, silent auction, raffles, and bake sale. Adults, $10. Kids (10 and under), $5. Plus, skate rental, $3. Sunday, 4-7 p.m. Paramount Iceland.


Target Free Holiday Mondays at LACMA
February 19: Visitors of all ages are invited to a free day at the museum, with bilingual tours, free programs, art-making activities, and live music with the California Feetwarmers at 12:30 and 2:45 pm. Monday, 11 a.m. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art.





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