Southern California in January
Celebrate Mars The Wild about Mars Weekend is timed tocoincide with NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover landing and theStardust mission’s scheduled rendezvous with the Comet Wild 2.Attendees of the two-day space-exploration expo can witness thesehistorical events live from NASA’s mission control. Meet Apollo11’s Buzz Aldrin and Bill Nye the Science Guy, visit exhibits, andoperate robotic rovers over simulated Mars terrain. Jan 3-4; $22 (one day) or $37 (two days), ages 6-16 $14 (oneday) or $24 (two days). Pasadena Conference Center, 300 E. GreenSt.; www.planetary.org or (800)969-6277.
Hike and dine The new Corral Canyon Trailhead runs through adiverse range of habitats, from the coast through the Santa MonicaMountains. The 2 1/2-mile loop climbs about 400 feet, and,depending on the day, you could look down on big sweeps of ocean orget a more moody look at fog drifting into the unspoiled canyon (goclockwise and save the views for the end). After you’re done, grablunch at Malibu Seafood Fresh Fish Market and Patio Cafe, rightnext to the trailhead. Corral Canyon Park, off Pacific Coast Hwy. about 1 1/2 mileswest of Malibu Canyon Rd.; (310) 589-3200. Malibu Seafood, 25653Pacific Coast Hwy.; www.malibuseafood.com or(310) 456-3430.
Remember tunes Listen to your favorite melodies, from JohnPhilip Sousa’s rendition of “The Stars and Stripes Forever” to theBeatles’ “All You Need is Love,” at the Museum of Making Music.Five galleries display more than 500 vintage instruments spanning acentury of American musical genres and innovations. Closed Mon; $5, $3 ages 4-17, ages 3 and under free. 5790 ArmadaDr.; www.museumofmakingmusic.orgor (760) 438-5996.
Admire surfboards Ride the waves with surfers who havechanged the course of history through their innovative surfboarddesigns at The Surfer-Shapers, a new exhibit at the California SurfMuseum. See examples of design evolution, from ancient Hawaiianversions to the solid-wood planks of the early 1900s by Hawaii’sDuke Kahanamoku to the modern foam-and-fiberglass shapes of the1950s. Begins in early Jan (will be on display for at least a year),10-4 Thu-Mon; free. 223 N. Coast Hwy.;www.surfmuseum.org or (760)721-6876.― Matthew Jaffe, Hilary Townsend