Kids can party Mardi Gras-style Saturday with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards.

Enjoy sounds from the Crescent City with this New Orleans jazz band. The musicians' high-energy show, blending different sounds, ranging from zydeco to bebop to swing will keep youngsters and their caretakers dancing. Jazzy Ash infuses some of her Trinidadian background in her grooves, so get ready to boogie.

WXPN's Kids Corner, the Fids and Kamily Awards, and Metro Kids magazine all honored Jazzy Ash's 2014 album, Home, in year-end lists.

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, 11:30 a.m. Saturday

at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Doors open at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10

for kids and adults. Information: 215-222-1400

or www.worldcafelive.com.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Start the weekend with laughter Friday night at the world-famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at West Chester University's Asplundh Concert Hall, where juggler and comedian Gregory Popovich will show off his skills and talents alongside his performing pets.

The show features 15 cats and 10 dogs rescued from animal shelters that combine forces with human performers to demonstrate their entertainment chops. Balancing acts and clowns will also amuse.

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Chester University's Asplundh Concert Hall at the Philips Memorial Building. Orchestra seats: $20, $15 for seniors and students. Balcony seating is $17, $13 for seniors and students. 610-436-1000 or www.wcupa.edu/visitingartists

Play-a-Palooza at Smith Playground

Celebrate the seasonal grand opening of Smith Memorial Playground from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday with the Play-a-Palooza party.

Families can explore Smith's 61/2 acres of play space while enjoying such activities as Philly Art Center's crafts, hands-on science from the Hacktory, soccer fun from Soccer Shots, and honeybee demonstrations from Manayunk Farm. Whole Foods' Callowhill store will provide healthy snacks.

The event is designed for children 10 and younger.

Play-a-Palooza, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 33d Avenue and Oxford Street in East Fairmount Park, just above Kelly Drive. Playground is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Playhouse hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday through March 31. Starting April 1: Playhouse will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The playground is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Playground is for ages 10 and younger, playhouse for ages 5 and younger. Tickets are $10 and free for Smith members. 215-765-4325 or www.smithkidsplayplace.org.

Contact Monica Peters at mpeters@phillynews.com.