Grab & Go Kids Planner: Trains and Festivals

This week's planner also brings you a lively puppet show.

Hi there, folks! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to read this week’s Grab and Go Kids Planner, where we at Santa Monica Patch scour the city to bring you the latest top five family-friendly activities. All you have to do is grab your kid (or kids, as the case may be) and have fun!

Do you know of a great event coming up? Heard of one going on right this very second? Please, don’t keep it to yourself! Let us know all the details in the comment box below!

Geez, did we suggest an activity that reduced everyone to tears (of boredom, rage, etc.)? Well, let us know of our mistake in the comment box! We at Patch always want to hear from you!

Family Best Bets of the Week


Where/When: ; May 3, 3:30 to 4:10 p.m.

Why Go: Welcome the delightful month of May with Mr. Jesse and his lively puppet show, which is sure to induce bouts of silliness in pretty much everyone under 9.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why Go: Take a break from perusing the fresh produce at the Saturday farmers market to enjoy the arts and games at the Kidz Zone! Just remember to go back to the market to pick up something for dinner!

Pricing: Free


Where/When: Union Station; May 7, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Why Go: Got lots of trains littered over the house? Is Thomas the Train on your DVR? Then head over to Union Station’s celebration of the locomotive! There will be live entertainment, model-train sets, equipment displays, and exhibits of anything and everything train-related. Your train-lover will be in train heaven!

Pricing: Free ($6 parking)


Where/When: ; May 7, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Why Go: Celebrate your love for our wonderful city at this year’s 20th annual festival. Delight in live music and dance performances; booths featuring art, crafts and food from local vendors; fitness workshops including yoga; information from the organizations that help keep the city running; and lots of crafts!

Pricing: Free


Where/When: ; May 5, 3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Why Go: It’s Children’s Book Week! Kids in grades K-4 will get a kick out of this year's theme, “Stories from the Old Country,” as they watch books brought to life.

Pricing: Free


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