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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.

Andrew, who is a film composer, and Polly, who creates music and sound design for commercials, together write and perform friendly, engaging music for children of all ages. Their folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments delight kids and parents alike.

Locally based, national, and international representatives will all be sharing information on academic and cultural enrichment programs; outdoor adventure, sports, and travel camps; day and boarding camps, along with community service and volunteer programs, and programs for children with special needs. New this year will be college opportunities for high school students.

Bring the kids, big and small! 

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.

Friday February 1st, 2019 | 10:00AM - 11:00AM

Madrona Marsh Nature Center and Preserve
3201 Plaza Del Amo
Torrance, California, 90503

Free

Discover the elaborately carved doors featured in the exhibition “World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean” before illustrating your own door using paper and a variety of mark-making materials. You will also find inspiration as a Fowler Educator reads David Weale’s story “Doors in the Air,” in which a young boy marvels at how stepping through a doorway transports him from one world to another. Where will your door lead you?

Readings will take place in the Lucas Gallery at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Parking available in UCLA Lot 4 (398 Westwood Plaza), directly off Sunset Blvd at $12 a day.

Bring the kids to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium as they salute the start of Pacific gray whales’ yearly migration – and the beginning of whale-watching season – with this annual family-friendly festival that holds a whale-sized amount of entertainment. Activities will include:

  • Games
  • Arts and crafts
  • Puppet shows
  • Marine awareness organizations
  • Expert guest lecturers,
  • Festive music.

One highlight is the always popular, and typically competitive, “Great Duct Tape Whale Contest!”

The zany team of Lorrie Oshatz and Theresa Amy puts a fresh spin on folktales, fables and rhymes from around the world. Many of your favorite stories will spring to life using a variety of engaging props, costumes and masks. The Flights of Fantasy Story Theatre’s unique interactive storytelling experience will be sure to captivate any audience, so bring the family! Join the fun and enjoy literature in a new way.

LA-based “kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar returns with his unique urban-island-folky-rock-&-roll sounds. Regularly featured on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live!, his music oozes positivity and love. Mista Cookie Jar will serenade the crowd on his “stars and moon” steel guitar, mixing a rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. Bubbles, of course, will end the show.

Go “hog wild” at this popular Lunar New Year festival, which will honor the coming of “The Year of the Pig.” Covering five city blocks, this weekend-long celebration includes entertainment, food, family activities, a carnival fun zone, and vendors. The traditional New Year’s parade, featuring lion and dragon dancers, along with firecrackers, kicks off the festivities on Saturday morning.

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