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What You're Doing This Week: Feb. 3

LA Travel & Adventure Show
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Welcome to February, Los Angeles. You've got a busy week ahead of you, but there is still time for fun. Consider grabbing German brews or strolling through the beautiful grounds of the Los Angeles Arboretum or the Griffith Observatory to take the mundane out of your day. Ready to go on an adventure? Start planning your travel and leisure for the year at both the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show or the L.A. Boat Show. Even if you stay in town, you can enjoy the amazing and diverse cultural activities in LA's backyard at one of the numerous "Firsts" for the beginning of the month.

Mohawk Bend beer
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Monday, February 3

Out of State Brewery Kick-Off Night
Mohawk Bend
2141 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(213) 483-2337

Who says you can't travel to a far off land on a week night? Start your week by heading to Mahawk Bend for their new featured Out of State Brewery: Schneider Weisse. Haling from Kelheim, Germany, Schneider Weisse is the oldest wheat brewery in Bavaria. Rockenwagner Bakery will be on hand for the festivities serving up loaded cheddar and bacon fresh-baked pretzels (as well as the typical sea salt variety) that pair perfectly with one of your Schneider selections including the Original Weisse, a traditional Weizenbock; Organic Edel-Weisse; Avenitus, a wheat Doppelbock; and Avenitus Eisbock, a traditional Eisbock. Both Individual beer selections and flights that allow you to sample a variety of tastes are available.

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
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Tuesday, February 4

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6300

One of the world's most famous fossil locations, and the only consistently active urban Ice Age excavation site in the world, the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits proudly displays a portion of their 3 million Ice Age fossils, including dire wolves, mammoths, and saber-toothed cats, some up to 40,000 years old. Visitors to the museum can watch paleontology in action as scientists prepare, excavate, and study current fossils known as Project 23. Explore Hancock Park's Pleistocene Garden as well with life-size replicas of what life once looked like in the LA area. Best of all, if you visit today, your admission is free as part of the Page Museum's First Tuesdays program.

Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden
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Wednesday, February 5

Barnstorming and Tours at the Arboretum
301 N Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3222

If you've been meaning to get in touch more with nature, take the day off and head to the L.A. Arboretum for a morning full of flora. Your kids will love the free (with admission) Bookworms! Program that includes plant and nature stories plus a take home craft. Wednesday's topic, Barnstorming! is recommended for ages 3-8. If you have an older crowd, consider taking a docent led tour, also available, to match some knowledge up with your plant life curiosity.

Los Angeles LA boat show
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Thursday, February 6

Los Angeles Boat Show
Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 741-1151

In-Water at Pier 44
4637 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(714) 633-7581

If you are itching to get out on the water, head to the Los Angeles Boat Show, running for four consecutive days at two L.A. locations. Browse through boats available for purchase, from family cruisers to million dollar, dream worthy yachts. At Try-it Cove, located in the Convention Center, you can get on the water to try stand up paddleboarding and kayaking or visit the Kids' Zone, where your little ones can steer RC sailboats, build toy boats, or even try surfing. Try your hand at boating as you get behind the helm during on-water workshops. Still think you'll be bored? Don't miss the Swampmaster Gator Show where a 200 lb alligator will go head to head with the Swampmaster. A complimentary shuttle runs between both locations throughout the convention.

First Fridays long beach one love
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Friday, February 7

First Fridays
Long Beach
Atlantic Ave. from Bixby Rd. to San Antonio Dr.
Long Beach, CA 90807

Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90291

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

It's the first Friday of the month, Los Angeles, so that means there is plenty of cultural fun to be found in and around the city. From walking through restaurants and art galleries in Long Beach's Bixby Knolls district to meandering through the always interesting Venice neighborhoods at Abbot Kinney First Fridays, there is something for everyone. Watch artists paint live, sample artisan treats, and be inspired by local art. Take part in two tours and lecture series at the Natural History Museum, followed by a hip DJ Lounge where you can get your groove on.

Griffith Observatory
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Saturday, February 8

Public Star Party
Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(213) 473-0800

With assistance from volunteers of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society, you are invited to a free public star party at the Griffith Observatory. You and your family can take a look at the Sun, Moon, numerous visible planets, and other space objects through numerous telescopes as you chat with amateur astronomers who will help guide you navigate the expanses of the universe. While you are there, visit the Observatory's Zeiss star projector and laser projection shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater, and explore the onsite exhibits including the Wilder Hall of the Eye, Ahmanson Hall of the Sky, W.M. Keck Foundation Central Rotunda, Cosmic Connection, Gunther Depths of Space, and Edge of Space Mezzanine, as well as numerous outdoor exhibits.

bubble roller LA Travel & Adventure Show
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Sunday, February 9

Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
(203) 878-2577

Head to Long Beach to enjoy California's biggest travel show taking place both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Over 450 destinations will be on hand to inspire your travel pursuits. Hear from celebrity speakers like Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, Pauline Frommer, and Peter Greenberg and get your Travel information from the source. After getting your travel fix, get hands on as you climb a rock wall, ride on a zip line across the show floor, meet Robert the digital Zebra from the San Diego Zoo (live animals on stage Saturday!), race in an inflatable bubble, sample amazing cuisine, and enjoy live cultural performances. Tickets are $15 for adults; kids 16 and under are free.

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Katie Bodell is the Blog Editor for Trekaroo, the largest family travel website in the U.S. She is also a freelance writer, a happy wife to her best friend, and a mom to three sweet California girls. See more on: Trekaroo | CheapOair | Google+ | Twitter.

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