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Let's Make a Downtown Play Date

By Susana Benavidez
Published: Friday, March 06, 2009, at 09:29AM

Who says Downtown's no place for kids? This week's list of Kid-Friendly events is a big one. Before I get into the list, I want to invite parents to join me on Saturday, March 14th, for the FREE World City Marionette Theatre performance at 12:30 pm. Tickets will be distributed beginning at 11:00 am.

This is the perfect chance for parents to meet without any stressful awkward silences, fear of not knowing anyone, not fitting in and all the feelings that make us feel like nervous little girls and boys. Email me at if you’re interested.

I would also like to remind you that the next neighborhood council Education Committee meeting is on Wednesday March 11th. Look for more information at

Onward with the list:

Storytime, The Doctor is In- Dr Seuss stories and puppet show

When: March 7th 2:00 pm-3:00 pm

@ Central Library KLOS Theatre FREE

Art al Fresco: Meditative Mandalas

Learn about geometry and symmetry and study the history of mandalas across many cultures AGES 6-9, 9-12, 12 and up.

When: Saturday, March 7th, 2:30 pm @ Kidspace Children’s Museum in Pasadena

Price: $9 for admission

REDCAT’s International Children’s Festival

I recommend the “Rise and Shine!”

Saturday March 7th

  • 12:00 PM Rise and Shine!
  • 1:30 PM Living Large: Folktales to Remember
  • 3:00 PM Gutsy Guinea Pigs
  • 4:30 PM The Red Jacket

_ Sunday March 8th_

  • 12:00 PM Gentle Planet
  • 1:30 PM Game Changers: Films About Growing Up
  • 3:00 PM Animated Genius: The Films of John and Faith Hubley

@ Roy and Edna Disney/ CALARTS Theatre 2nd/Hope Disney Center

Price: $5 per show

Read to Me LA

Parents- learn the six important skills that will help your child get ready for reading. Storytime and crafts.

When: March 09 4:00 pm @ Chinatown Library FREE

World City featuring Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre and Elefta Hungarian Folk Ensemble.

When: Saturday March 14th 11 am and 12:30 pm. @ W.M. Keck Foundation Children’s Amphitheatre Walt Disney Concert Hall FREE

Target Free Family Saturday: Say Cheese- picture taking workshop and craft activities

When: Saturday March 14th 11 am @ Japanese American National Museum FREE

Preschool Storytime

When: Mondays 4:00 pm @ Chinatown Library FREE

When: Tuesdays 11:00-11:30 am @ Central Library Children’s Literature FREE

LACMA Art Class

Create your own artwork and learn different techniques with a real artist from LACMA.

When: Tuesdays 3:00 pm @ Chinatown Library FREE

Sundays at Central Children’s Author Series

Deborah Nourse Lattimore, winner of the FOCAL Award for “Frida Maria: A Story of the Old Southwest”

When: Sunday March 15th 2:00-3:00 pm @ Central Library Children’s Literature FREE


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