Nothing kills your pop culture fluency faster than having a kid. One more round of “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and you’re going to go an itsy bit insane.
Pick up the beat with Mar Vista’s songbird for small-fry, DidiPop. Long before she was a musician-slash-mother, Deborah Poppink took her music degree on the road, teaching and performing in 28 countries, from Bali to Morocco.
These days she’s a musical tour guide, leading families on melodic journeys through her CDs, local concerts, and private performances.
Though her latest album, DidiPop Goes to Hawaii, takes kids on a tuneful vacation (“We’ll eat shave ice under the banyan tree”) with a dash of summer school (Humu humu nuku nuku apu aa, anyone?), lyrics like “catch a wave/we’ve got it made in the shade” feel like home sweet home — without the mortgage.
For more information, go to didipop.com. Private performances start at $250.
Wizard of Oz Sing-along
What: A splashy night of interactive fun as families warble along to the fully restored musical on the big screen.
Why: We could all use a little more brains, heart, and courage.
When: Sat., 2 & 8 p.m.
Where: Alex Theatre, 216 N. Brand Blvd., b/t E. Wilson & E. California Aves., Glendale (818-243-2539). Tickets online at alextheatre.org. Adults, $13.50; children, $9.50.
What: Hands-on activities demonstrate science and math principles (surface tension, elasticity, air pressure, and molecular properties) while the BubbleBusters stage show is super, soapy fun.
Why: Pop to it.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., off the Santa Ana Fwy., Santa Ana (714-542-2823). Adults, $13; kids 3-17, $10; 2 and under, free.
What: Go back 65 million years with exploding volcanoes, a bouncy obstacle course, and an all-new reptile experience exhibit.
Why: Proceeds provide scholarships for students in need.
When: Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: The Growing Place, 401 Ashland Ave., at Fourth St., Santa Monica (310-399-7769). Free admission; activity tickets, $1.
Photo: Courtesy of DidiPop