Kid Stuff

Los Angeles Times - - The Guide - Com­piled by Ja­son Gelt

In­ter­na­tional Fam­ily Day Pic­nic Fam­i­lies in need of child­care and in­ter­ested in host­ing a live-in Au Pair for a year have a chance to meet cur­rent lo­cal host familes and Au Pairs and the LA Co­or­di­na­tor. In­cludes pic­nic food from around the world and a face painter. RSVP re­quested. Temescal Canyon, 15601 Sun­set Blvd., Pa­cific Pal­isades. To­day, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. (310) 591-8802.

Gold Rush Vis­i­tors may ex­pe­ri­ence ela­tion sim­i­lar to that of the min­ers of 1849 when they pan for gold at the mu­seum. Autry Na­tional Cen­ter, 4700 Western Her­itage Way, L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free with mu­seum ad­mis­sion. $3-$9; 2 and younger, free. (323) 667-2000.

Kids Ad­ven­ture Gar­den Chil­dren learn about the beauty and won­der of na­ture. Fea­tures in­clude a tree house, a di­nosaur gar­den, a zoo gar­den, and more. Do­cents are avail­able. Conejo Val­ley Botanic Gar­den, 1175 Hen­drix Ave., Thou­sand Oaks. To­day, next Sun. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. (805) 4947630.

Tinker­toy: Build Your Imag­i­na­tion This trav­el­ing ex­hibit based on the clas­sic build­ing toy adored by gen­er­a­tions of chil­dren fea­tures Tinker­toy in ed­u­ca­tional and fun ac­tiv­i­ties. Chil­dren can ex­per­i­ment with de­sign, ar­chi­tec­ture and en­gi­neer­ing, in­clud­ing the de­sign stu­dio, power plant, ma­chine shop and think tank.www.dis­cov­erycube.org. Dis­cov­ery Sci­ence Cen­ter, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. To­day, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $12.95, chil­dren $9.95. (714) 542-2823.

Shark Sun­days at Heal the Bay Learn all about the ocean’s most mis­un­der­stood preda­tor at this weekly cel­e­bra­tion of sharks, fea­tur­ing fun feed­ings, films, craft projects and more. Vis­i­tors also get a chance to see sharks in ac­tion in the Aquar­ium’s tank, in­clud­ing horns and swells. Santa Mon­ica Pier Aquar­ium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Mon­ica. To­day, next Sun. 12:30-5 p.m. $2-$5. (310) 393-6149. All Join In: A fairy­tale sing-a-long

af­ter­noon A sing-the-songs, humthe-tunes, get-on-the-stage, win-thep­rizes, good-old-fash­ioned English Mu­sic Hall mu­si­cal re­vue. Fun for all ages. Santa Mon­ica Play­house, 1211 4th St., Santa Mon­ica. To­day, 12:30

and 3 p.m. Adults $12.50, chil­dren 12 and un­der $10.50. (310) 394-9779.

Art Odyssey for Fam­i­lies Guided tours through gal­leries and art ac­tiv­i­ties for ages 5 and older. Getty Villa, 17985 Pa­cific Coast High­way, Pa­cific Pal­isades. Sat.-next Sun., 2 p.m. Free, ad­vance tick­ets re­quired. Park­ing is $15. (310) 440-7300.

Alice This mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Lewis Car­roll’s clas­sic book presents catchy orig­i­nal songs through such beloved char­ac­ters as Alice, The White Rab­bit, The Cheshire Cat, The Mad Hat­ter and more. Lyceum The­atre, Van­guard Uni­ver­sity, 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. To­day, 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. Adults $17, se­niors and chil­dren 6-12 $14. (714) 668-6145.

Es­cape Re­al­ity Steve Spill and Bozena Spar­row per­form clas­sic il­lu­sions — float­ing, van­ish­ing, saw­ing, mind read­ing and a dan­ger­ous es­cape — with sketch com­edy, drama, ro­mance and au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion. Suit­able for the whole fam­ily. Magi­copo­lis, 1418 4th St., Santa Mon­ica. To­day, 2 p.m.; Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; next Sun., 2 p.m. $22-$27. (310) 451-2241.

Gig­gle Gag­gle and De­ten­tion Span Stand-up, im­prov and sketch com­edy by young per­form­ers. Pre­sented by Joy The­atre. Raven Play­house, 5233 N. Lanker­shim Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat.-next Sun., 2 and 5 p.m. $8. (818) 505-9355.

Some­thing to Crow About! Mama and Papa Goat and 100 more of the world fa­mous Bob Baker Mar­i­onettes en­act an un­for­get­table mu­si­cal “Day on the Farm.” Fea­tur­ing ev­ery­thing from danc­ing scare­crows to tap danc­ing bull­frogs war­bling “Shine On Har­vest Moon.” Bob Baker Mar­i­onette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. To­day, 2:30 p.m. Adults and chil­dren $20, se­niors $15, chil­dren un­der 2 Free. (213) 250-9995.

Com­edy Im­prov for Kids by Kids Per­form­ers ages 5 to 13. L.A. Con­nec­tion Com­edy The­atre, 13442 Ven­tura Blvd., Sher­man Oaks. To­day, next Sun. 3:30 p.m. $7. (818) 784-1868.

Sleep­ing Beauty Two good fairies watch over Beatrice, the princess en­vied by the evil fairy, Griselda in this fun-filled, au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion fairy tale for all ages. Canyon The­atre Guild, 24242 N. San Fer­nando Road, Ne­whall. To­day, 6:30 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 2 p.m. $10-$15. (661) 799-2702.

Messy Art Paint sticks to pretty much ev­ery­thing, but it can also cre­ate a great bond be­tween par­ent and child. At these weekly art ses­sion, par­ents and tod­dlers have a chance to ex­plore the joy of cre­at­ing art to­gether, with­out wor­ry­ing about drip­ping

on the car­pet. Play, 5814 W. 3rd St., L.A. Mon.-Tue., 10 a.m., noon; Wed., 2 and 4 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m., noon; Sat., 10 a.m., noon. $8 per ses­sion. Ad­mis­sion in­cludes free use of play area. (323) 988-1189.

Dis­cov­ery Labs Learn about ma­rine sci­ence through art, sto­ries and hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties. Cabrillo Ma­rine Aquar­ium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pe­dro. Wed., 3-5 p.m. $1-$5. (310) 548-7562.

Puppy Tales Story Time The li­brary of­fers fun and en­gag­ing sto­ries, songs, and fin­ger plays for kids ages 18 months to three years in the Chil­dren’s Room. Glen­dale Pub­lic Li­brary, 222 E. Har­vard St., Glen­dale. Sat., 10:30-11 a.m. Free. (818) 548-2020.

Kids’ Drum Cir­cle Chil­dren and par­ents can beat on pro­vided drums. Remo Per­cus­sion Cen­ter, 7308 Cold­wa­ter Canyon Blvd., North Hollywood. Sat., 11-11:45 a.m. Free. (818) 9820461.

Two Milk Min­i­mum This weekly fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment show­case fea­tures a va­ri­ety of ro­tat­ing com­edy ma­gi­cians, jug­glers, mu­si­cians, im­prov artists, and pup­peteers that have been fea­tured on Nick­elodeon TV, Dis­ney Chan­nel and oth­ers. www.Flap­per­sCom­edy.com. Flap­pers Com­edy Club, 102 E Mag­no­lia Blvd., Los An­ge­les. Sat., 11:30 a.m. $12.

Lilly’s Pur­ple Plas­tic Purse Based on Kevin Henke’s pop­u­lar chil­dren’s book, this pro­duc­tion tells the tale of Lilly, an ex­u­ber­ant mouse who loves her red boots, her best friends and her new purse. For ages 5 and older. The Lewis Fam­ily Play­house, 12505 Cul­tural Cen­ter Drive, Ran­cho Cu­ca­monga. Sat., 1 p.m.; next Sun., 4 p.m. Adults $17, se­niors $15, chil­dren 12 and younger $12.

South Coast Sto­ry­tellers World leg­ends and myths. Bow­ers Kid­seum, 1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Sat., 1:30 p.m. Free with $5 mu­seum ad­mis­sion; 16 and younger, free. (714) 480-1520. Bob Baker’s Hal­loween Hoop-Dee

Do Cel­e­brate fall with a cast of more than 100 Hal­loween themed pup­pets, in­clud­ing the Pur­ple Peo­ple Eater, the In­vis­i­ble Man, and a gag­gle of Roar­ing 20s skele­tons danc­ing the night away in Her­nando’s Hide­away. www.bob­bak­er­mar­i­onettes.com. Bob Baker Mar­i­onette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. Sat.-next Sun., 2:30 p.m. $20. (213) 250-9995.

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