Learning about Black history is essential no matter what month of the year, but during Black History Month there are many family-friendly events that make it easier than ever to teach kids about Black history, art, historical figures, and more. It is also an excellent opportunity to discuss and learn about social justice, diversity, and empathy. Check out our list of family-friendly events and activities to celebrate Black History Month in Los Angeles and the South Bay below.
On February 18, 2023 the City of Pasadena is hosting its 41st annual celebration of Black History. Southern California’s longest running Black History parade starts at 10 a.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Figueroa Drive and ends at Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The festival follows until 4pm, featuring live music, dance performances, food vendors, and more.
The Annual African-American Festival is back on February 25 and 26 for another year of exciting festivities. Family-friendly activities include live music, dance performances, storytelling, historical displays, and the Aquarium’s Heritage Award ceremony. Festival admission is included in your Aquarium ticket.
On February 25 the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park is hosting a special pop-up market from 11am – 3pm. The market will feature Black farmers, chefs, and entrepreneurs. The event will include cooking demonstrations, a kid’s corner, and more. While you’re there, pay a visit to the CAAM and explore African American history and arts with over 5,000 unique items on display.
The Los Angeles Public Library is always a great place for things to do with kids. Throughout Black History Month, branches across the city offer all kinds of programming, from storytimes, and online offerings, to a take home craft focused on making a Black History zine. Check out our list of the best children’s books about Black History and take one home from the library!
The City of Santa Monica has special events planned throughout the month of February including displays at the Santa Monica Public Library branches, an exhibit at City Hall, movie screenings, and a culminating festival at Virginia Avenue Park on February 25 from 10 am to 2pm.
All month long Pretend City will offer different exploration options that will help young visitors learn about black historical figures who changed the United States for the better. Activities will include science and art projects as well as story time.
The Museum of the SFV is hosting a festival to celebrate the lives and history of African Americans in the San Fernando Valley. The celebration hosted on February 19, 11am – 4pm will include love music, food vendors, and more. Newly elected Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass is among the scheduled guest speakers.
Payge Means Hopper, the author of Healing the Wounds of American Slavery, discusses her book and the impact of slavery on modern generations with hopeful insights. This special event is a good one for older teens and parents.