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The Story Pirates will be creating comic havoc on the Wallis’ Promenade Terrace this afternoon. They will perform a musical sketch comedy based on stories written by children. This free performance is geared particularly for toddlers.

Long Beach Animal Care Services has partnered with Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team to host a card contest for students in the surrounding area. The cards, which will get displayed on the cages of all the dogs and cats awaiting new homes, will judged during this Yappy Hour. Card contest winner gets a pizza party! There will also be live music (love songs, of course) and refreshments for humans. It’s a great time to look for a new pet to adopt too.

Stargazers of all ages can try out a variety of telescopes and see what they can discover in the skies! Volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society will offer assistance on matters of astronomy.

This popular event centers around a 5 city block street festival happening on Valley Blvd. from Almansor to Garfield. Activities include:

  • dragon boat rowing station
  • auto square
  • children’s workshops
  • health fair and cultural demonstrations
  • giveaways
  • games
  • diverse ethnic foods.

The day-long entertainment features lion dances, kung fu demonstrations, and other ethnic performances. And then there’s the God of Fortune, who will be giving away traditional Chinese red envelopes that will bring you good luck!

This class involves a story time, a craft and some science followed by a tour of the Preserve. Pre-registration is required as the class is limited to 20 children with no waiting list. Pre-registration begins at 10:30 a.m. the Tuesday before the Friday class. Ages 3-6.

In honor of the Lunar New Year, families can enjoy a performance with fabrics at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. involving traditional Chinese ribbon and fan dance in the Central Courtyard. This evening they can also learn how textiles are made, create art using textiles, and explore the history of textiles with hands-on activities at Kidspace.

Bring the kids to see the largest meteorite collection on the West Coast, containing over 2500 samples from about 1500 different meteorites. About 100 of these are exhibited in the Meteorite Gallery. Come visit and and become a little space scientist! Follow “Freddie Fireball” and learn fun and interesting facts about meteorites and the solar system. Each Sunday, there is a docent present who you can ask as many questions as you want.


Come celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig by the sea. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be the site for an afternoon of Taiko drummers, lion dancers, face painting, arts and crafts (such as calligraphy and brush artistry), a petting zoo, and – weather permitting – a surprise grand finale!

The Farmers Market and the Grove have teamed up again to celebrate the Lunar New Year. The festivities commence with an unveiling of the handmade pig statue in honor of it being the Year of the Pig. An authentic Kung Fu demonstration, a magic show, acrobatics performances, traditional lion and dragon dances, and themed craft making stations are among the activities that families can “pig out” on this afternoon.

Hosted by comedian Paul “PK” Kim, this holiday event presents a Chinese lion dance, Korean fan dance, traditional dough artist, New Year’s Wishing Trees as well as live performances from the popular K-pop dance group and classical Chinese folk music. The festive afternoon also holds stilt walkers, a balloon twister, and family-friendly arts & crafts.