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.