Activities For Families in Long Beach this Weekend

If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Long Beach this weekend, you’ve come to the right spot. Each week we update this page with what’s going on for this weekend in Long Beach, Lakewood, Signal Hill, and beyond.

March 15th–17th, 2019

Remember in your days before kids, you’d stay up until the wee hours celebrating St. Paddy’s Day by making your liver work overtime? Well, times have changed. You’re a parent now, and St. Paddy’s Day consists of finding leprechauns and chocolate coins. Cheers!


This weekend not only marks St. Patrick’s Day, but also celebrations for the Jewish holiday of Purim. Alpert JCC will be hosting a carnival with rides, games, stilt walkers, and lots more at their Purim Festival this Sunday.


 Read on for a few of our top picks for LB family events this weekend.

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GIGIL's Grand Opening + Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (Saturday)

Join GIGIL as they celebrate their Grand Opening!

From 10am–2pm on Saturday, March 16th, you’ll have the chance to sample our top classes, take part in our ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy small bites, treats, and a chance to win a birthday party package.

The day will be filled with play, art, sensory activities, face painting by Karen and lots of yummy food- catering by Chaski’s and SusieCakes!
$14 per kid

Orange County Cherry Blossom Festival (All Weekend)

Not immediately in Long Beach, but worth the short drive is the OC Cherry Blossom Festival, an annual spring celebration of Japanese and Japanese American culture in Southern California.

A fun-filled weekend of music, dancing, contests, live entertainment, 50+ vendors, 25+ performances and much more. Free!

Parents' Night Out (Saturday)

We always wish there were more of these events around Long Beach. At The Little Gym's Parents' Night Out, you drop your kids off for an evening of fun from 6:30-9:30pm, while you head out for some much-needed grown-up time.

$30 for members, $40 for non-members. For kids age 3-12.

International Children’s Festival (All Weekend)

The Aquarium of the Pacific’s fourteenth annual International Children’s Festival is a special festival for kids. Celebrating the amazing talents of children of many cultures, this festival features West African, Mexican, Pacific Islander, Cambodian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Persian, Irish, Slovak, and Czech dance performances. Festival included with Aquarium admission/membership.

Ride the Water Taxi

Always a fun stop for kids - the Water Taxi from Alamitos Bay to the aquarium and everywhere in between.

LBT water taxi service is back, and it's not seasonal anymore - it'll be in service year-round. AquaLink and AquaBus are the most unique ways to travel in Long Beach.

Ride all weekend for $15 (mobile app only) AquaLink $5/each way AquaBus $1/each way

Vocab Pirate Voyage Puppet Show (Saturday)

A crew of swashbuckling pirates is plundering dictionaries from the library and they won't stop until they've captured every word. So hoist yer anchors and set sail on a Vocab Voyage!

Performance by Bob Baker Marionette Theater at 1:30 pm. Free!

Purim Carnival 2019 (Sunday)

Featuring circus entertainment from the Aerial Butterflies, rides (Ferris wheel, train, pony rides, mechanical bull), an inflatable obstacle course, carnival games, vendors, prizes, a costume contest, food, and hamantashen.

Unlimited attraction wristbands available for $25,

Visit Deforest Park Wetlands

All part of an effort to restore the area around the LA River, this project opens 34 acres of land for public use and contributes to the greater Los Angeles River Greenway, a citywide project aimed to add 52-miles of wetlands along the LA River.

If you’re looking for a short hike with kids in the Long Beach area, this is the place to be.

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