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Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Stargazing, poetry, and root beer

Explore the relationship between colors and emotions this Friday, 9/18, from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. During Family Art Night, you can explore all the blues used by 18th- and 19th-century French artists, then use those pieces to start a dialogue with your child about how various shades of blue can make them feel certain ways. Children then create a work of art using colors to express their feelings. This exhibition is designed for families with children aged 4 - 10. No reservation needed, and the activity is free with admission.

Dive into the science of soda as you and your family beat the heat with a nice cold beverage. The Los Angeles Arboretum is hosting a root beer making workshop this Saturday, 9/18, from 10:00am to 12:00pm. For $8 a participant, kids will dip their toes into food science, and take home a yummy batch of root beer of their own creation. Pre-registration for this event is strongly recommended.

Run away and join the circus - the Poetry Circus, that is! This Saturday, 9/19, LA's own Griffith Park will transform into a wonderland of music, dance, performance, carousel rides, and - you guessed it - poetry. All ages are welcome, and there's even a children's area where your young ones can experiment with music and dance as a part of poetry. Admission is free. 5:30pm - 9:30pm.

Pack a blanket and head to Griffith Observatory the evening of Sunday 9/19 to catch a glimpse of the stars - and we're not talking about the folks in Hollywood. Griffith Park's stargazing night gives your family an excellent chance to peer through telescopes at celestial bodies, ask questions of expert astronmoer docents, and get involved in the science of space. The viewing runs from 2:00pm - 9:45pm, and admission is free of charge.