Happy March, KG families! This month marks the first day of spring so shed those
winter clothes and hit the town because we’ve got 34 FREE things for you
to enjoy—yes, you heard us right, 34! 🙂
Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach
March 3: Kids can drop in for an afternoon of fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging rancho-themed activities. Today’s theme is Lovely Lavendar. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
Community Health Fair in Mission Viejo
March 3: Families explore healthy options and services from companies and organization. Saturday, 7:30-11 a.m. Free to attend. Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center.
Family Arts Festival at Pepperdine University
March 3: Enjoy a family-friendly day of art, food, and fun, featuring face-painting, museum tours, backstage tours, dance lessons and a free public performance by L.A.-based Versa-Style Dance Companya dynamic troupe of some of the hippest street dancers in L.A. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Performance at noon. Free admission with online registration.
Growing Strawberries Familiy Workshop in Orange
March 3: The Coastkeeper Garden will share the secrets of successful strawberry growing. Orange County’s Strawberry Expert Julie Bawden-Davis will demonstrate how to choose, plant and care for this delicious crop. Southern California’s mild climate is ideal for strawberry growing, and they are perfect for pots and small spaces such as balconies or porches. Learn the secrets to organic mouth-watering strawberries from the woman who literally wrote the book Julie Bawden-Davis, the author of, “The Strawberry Story: How to Grow Great Berries Year-Round in Southern California.” Strawberry plants will be available for purchase along with Julie’s own special fertilizer. Saturday, 10 a.m. Free.
Lantern Festival in Los Angeles
March 3: Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in Downtown L.A. for the 17th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event marks the closing of the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Saturday, noon – 7 p.m. Free. Chinese American Museum.
HAMILTUNES: An American Sing-Along in Costa Mesa
March 3: Rise up all you revolutionaries! Segerstrom Center for the Arts invites fans of Broadway’s blockbuster Hamilton to let their collective voices ring out. Everyone is a star in this free community sing-along. Costumes are encouraged. Free. Saturday, 4 p.m. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.
Kids in the Kitchen Healthy Eating and Exercise Fair
March 3: Junior League of Long Beach and the LB Department of Health and Human Services Healthy Active Long Beach Project invite you to its annual Kids in the Kitchen Healthy Eating and Exercise Fair. This free event encourages youth and families to make healthy food and lifestyle choices, offers tasty snacks and recipes by profesional chefs, bike repairs and safety, health education and screenings, games, prizes, music and more. Free. Saturday. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. MLK Jr. Park.
Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums
March 3-4: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institutions. Not to be combined with other offers. Museums include Autry National Center, DiscoveryCube OC, LACMA, The Living Desert, Museum of Latin American Art, Orange County Museum of Art, The Living Desert, and Skirball Cultural Center. Check museums for hours of operation.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops
March 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31: Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.
Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 3-4 and 10-11: Join the 47th annual seaside event that celebrates the migration of the California Gray Whale. Festival highlights include an opening day parade and street fair geared for families, a cardboard classic dingy dash, art exhibits and lessons, vintage cars, BBQ, live music, sand sculpting contests, a mobile marine mammal museum, sailing and stand-up paddling clinics, a rubber duck derby, kids’ fishing clinics, a clam chowder cook-off, and town center walking tours. Saturday and Sunday, activities and events all day, visit the website for daily schedules.
Dog-a-Palooza Pet Expo in Lake Forest
March 10: Dog-a-Palooza is a unique and family oriented event centered around family pets. Please feel free to bring your well socialized, dog/people-friendly dog. This one day event offers a variety of informative groups, retailers, groomers, veterinarians and pet organizations everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet! There will be a Pack Walk around the Sports Park, informative booths, kids’ activities and a K-9 demonstration. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; A Dog’s Purpose presentation, 10:30 a.m.; and Blessing of the Animals at 1 p.m. Free to attend.
Earth Walk in Lakewood
March 10: The event will be held at rustic Monte Verde Park, which is the trailhead to over three miles of landscaped walking trails and the San Gabriel River Parkway. Participants learn what they can do to help keep the earth beautiful and protected. Adults and children are invited to take a nature walk, plant seeds, create nature-themed crafts, make smores and learn about recycling. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free to attend.
CSULB Puvungna Pow Wow & Outreach
March 10-11: Celebrate Native American culture with the 48th annual CSULB Pow Wow, with dancing, arts and crafts and traditional foods, such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission.
Kite Party in Huntington Beach
March 10-11: The annual kite event produced by owner of the Kite Connection on Huntington Beach Pier is a by-invitation-only party for skilled kite flyers. The public is invited to observe the festivities, and can purchase kits to fly kites in a special area. Held at the base of the Huntington Beach Pier, usually on the north side, the action begins in the morning and ends in the afternoon. There’s no fee to watch the kite action on the beaches of Huntington City Beach. Saturday and Sunday. Huntington Beach Pier.
Annual Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach
March 11: Join the 44th annual Festival of the Kite, one of the longest-running kite festival in Southern California. This all-ages free event is open to the public and prizes are awarded for the best hand-made kite, best ground display, highest-flying kite, and the youngest and youngest at heart kite flyers. Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Free to attend. Redondo Beach Pier.
Artastic Community Art Competition and Scholarship Program in Norwalk
March 16: Celebrate the arts and enjoy free art activities and projects, multiple art exhibits, entertainment, a fundraising dinner, and more. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free to attend.
Weekend of Art in Los Alamitos
March 16-17: This art exhibition offers the community an opportunity to view and honor demonstrations in various performing and visual art genres for children and adults including music, photography, painting, drawing, dance, and more. Free to enter, register by March 5. Free. Friday, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Los Alamitos Community Center.
St. Patrick’s Day at Farmers Market
March 17: Wear your green and stop by Farmers Market LA for traditional Irish fare, music and fun! Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Saturday. Free.
Irish Fest on the Green in Mission Viejo
March 17: Mission Viejo is celebrating St. Patrick’s day! Entertainment will feature OC’s renowned Irish band Cillian’s Bridge, a lively sheep herding demonstration by SoCal Herding, and bungee jumping for the bravest among us, along with crafts and games for the kids. Delicious Irish (and not so Irish) food, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Village Green at Oso Viejo Park.
Hammer Kids Art Without Walls Sounds of Freedom in LA
March 17-18: Art can transcend barriers of all kinds. Families create art inspired by social justice issues, children’s literature, and Hammer exhibitions. The same activities are offered at each site. The program at the Hammer includes storytelling in the galleries. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library; 2820 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Free; parking fees may apply.
LA County Science and Engineering Fair
March 22-24: The Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair provides a yearly setting for middle and high school students to show off their investigative skills and creativity to compete for medals, special awards and scholarships. Students not only receive recognition for their projects but the Science Fair nurtures student interest in various scientific and engineering fields. Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday, awards ceremony, 6 p.m. Free for spectators.
Spring Festival in Westminster
March 24: Bring the family for a community fair and festival, with craft vendors, kids’ activities, food, games, an Easter Bunny meet and greet, pancake breakfast, fire, police & public works displays and more! Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission.
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
March 24: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae. The observatory’s Zeiss 12-inch refractor and computer controlled 11-inch lawn telescopes are set up throughout the event. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.
Rube Goldberg Machine Contest in Long Beach
March 24: Ready to build something fun? The master of crazy inventions, The Rube Goldberg contest comes to Long Beach. RGMCs (Rube Goldberg Machine Contests) present the perfect methodology to inspire young minds in STEM and STEAM curriculum. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are foundational components of any chain-reaction machine. Now add Rube Goldberg’s screwball humor and Artistry to the mix and watch the fun begin. Register online. $395. Free to spectate. Saturday, 11 a.m. Long Beach Sea Base.
Salt Marsh Open House in San Pedro
March 24: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers and learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. View the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides. Saturday and Sunday, times vary, visit their website for times. Free. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.
Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
March 24: Explore open studios, watch art and ceramic demonstrations, participate in art and theater workshops, and enjoy live music and food trucks in the airports converted airplane hangars. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Free.
Free Easter Egg Hunt at Golf N’ Stuff Family Fun Park
March 24: Kids (10 and under) can participate in a free Easter Egg Hunt and free activities, including face painting and balloon art. Plus, free Mini Chocolate Bunny* with the purchase of the 2-Hour Unlimited Use Wristband at regular price (*cannot be combined with any other offer or discount). Saturday. Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30-3 p.m.; free activities, noon – 4 p.m. Golf N’ Stuff attractions are an additional cost.
Family Game Day at OC Great Park
March 24: Saturdays are for family and fun. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park. Lawn games, board games, crafts and other activities will be provided to kick-start your weekend. Activities will be held next to the Visitors Center. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Balloon Lawn.
Kids in the Courtyard Presents Prints and Patterns at UCLA
March 26: What does our clothing communicate? Be inspired by the dazzling and colorful prints in “African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style “and create your own textile design. Take a selfie of your design creations in front of an African-print cloth backdrop. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free. Fowler Museum. Parking available in UCLA Lot 4, 221 Westwood Plaza at Sunset Blvd. Enter Lot 4, turn left into the Pay-By-Space area. Parking is $3 per hour; automated pay stations accept $1 or $5 bills and credit/debit cards.
Free Dance Class at Burgess Cotillion in Long Beach
March 27: Try out Burgess Cotillion at their Dancing Around the World-themed event this month, with a free class for anyone new to the program. Participants enjoy dancing, refreshments, games, prizes and manners. Your kids will have so much fun, they’ll want to join for an entire season. Tuesday, grades 2-5, 4:30-6 p.m.; grades 6-8, 6:15-7:45 p.m.; and grades 9-12, 8-9:30 p.m. Party Dress Code for Dancing Around the World – boys: hard-soled shoes, no athletic shoes; girls: no bare midriffs, or strapless, please. The Grand – Catalina Room.
Wee-Reads at Pasadena Museum for CA Art
March 28 – May 30: Taking place the fourth Wednesday of each month, Wee-Reads are a story time, art-making, and gallery-viewing hour for children ages 2-5 and their families and caregivers. They integrate themes of children’s literature, basic elements of art, and artwork in the PMCA galleries to inspire and invigorate all parts of the imagination. Free. Wednesday’s, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Spring Carnival in Los Alamitos
March 31: Welcome in the spring season with the city of Los Alamitos annual Spring Carnival. A free event for children ages 1-14 years and their families. There will be three egg hunt areas (age groups 1-3, 4-7, 8-14) with the first egg hunt starting at 9:30 a.m. Come out and enjoy fun activities, carnival games, prizes, food trucks, and take a photo with Peter Rabbit! Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m. Free. Little Cottonwood Park.
Bunny Days in Mission Viejo
March 31: This family-oriented event includes game booths, crafts, inflatables, an egg hunt and a visit by the Bunny. Plus, photos with Party Karacters including Blue Princess, Latina Princess, Jedi Knight, and the Easter Bunny. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; minimal charge for some activities.
Easter Egg Hunt Pancake Breakfast and Resource Fair in Stanton
March 31: Help celebrate the arrival of spring, with the annual Easter Egg Hunt in Stanton. Activities will include a candy walk, Easter egg hunts, resource fair, Easter bunny visits and pancake breakfast ($3.50 per person). Easter Egg Hunts begin at 10 a.m. and are for the following age ranges: 0-2, 3-4, 5-7, 8-10, and 11-13. Candy will be hidden throughout the egg hunt area. Registration is not necessary. Remember to bring each child a container/ basket for egg hunt goodies. Free. Saturday, 9-11 a.m. Stanton Park.