Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fest, Butterfly Release, Earth Day, April 22-23

Things To Do with Kids for Los Angeles Families this Weekend

It's all good this weekend. First, there's good for the environment: Earth Day recognizes the importance of looking after the number one mother (Earth) with a flurry of good festivals celebrating the planet we call home. You can show Momma E some love at the zoo, the aquarium, gardens, or the beach, and on bikes, at the movies, with crafts, concerts, kites, and cleanups.

Then there's a good book. You can find plenty of those at the LA Times Festival of Books, one of the goodliest events of the year. 

And since one good turn deserves another, why not join a whole bunch of science types gathering at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, showing all the good science can do? More science lovers are getting together in Pershing Square; a whole lot of good could come of it.

Keep reading for our most goodly finds this weekend...


Learning the ropes at the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival. Photo by Tom Cruze/Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books - Exposition Park
The USC Campus hosts two days of performances, readings, panel discussions, and booths from booksellers, authors, and publishers—all for the love of books. Highlights on the kids stage include appearances by David Shannon, Claire Keane, Salina Yoon, Danica McKellar, Drew Daywalt, and Laurie Berkner.

Wild for the Planet - Griffith Park
The LA Zoo begins five weekends of Earth Day celebrations with animal feedings, zookeeper presentations, and puppet shows. Opening weekend also includes photo ops, worm composting demos, and creative crafts.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival - Santa Clarita
Santa Clarita’s rich Western heritage takes center stage each year at the Cowboy Festival.

Earth Day Celebration - Long Beach
The Aquarium of the Pacific reminds us that celebrating the Earth means celebrating her oceans as well.

Elephant & Piggie's We Are In A Play! - Beverly Hills
Mo Willem’s lovable friends come to life in a fun production at the Wallis. Sunday’s afternoon show is sensory-friendly!

The Cat in the Hat - Santa Monica
It is fun to have fun, but you have to know how.

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey - Costa Mesa
Marvin Mouse wants to be popular, but the cool rats think he’s a geek…

OC Fair Imaginology - Costa Mesa
Imaginology is three days of competitions, exhibits, and activities all designed to explore the fun of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math).

California Poppy Festival - Lancaster
Can you say super bloom? The fields are alive with the color orange!

Grand Butterfly Release - Pasadena
Did you raise a little larvae/pupae/cocoon? Time to let it go!

Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque - Burbank
The animal-free circus goes steampunk for its latest bigtop extravaganza. 

Disney on Ice Presents Dream Big - Long Beach
Favorite Disney princesses (and a whole lotta other character faves) skate across the ice and into our hearts at the Long Beach Arena.

Cherry Blossom Festival - Montery Park
The 20th annual Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival in Barnes Park celebrates Japanese culture.

Bunka Sai Japanese Cultural Festival - Torrance
It’s a weekend filled with Japanese culture and arts, with storytelling, a tea ceremony, dance, taiko, folk singing, ikebana, bonsai, an anime contest, and games for kids.

Disneynature's Born in China - Hollywood
The El Capitan has all kinds of goodness going this weekend. First, in the mornings the El Cap continues its Earth Day tradition of premiering the latest Disneynature film. Born in China, this year’s entry, follows three native animal families: pandas, snow leopards, and golden monkeys. Later in the day Beauty and the Beast (PG) continues its run, in your choice of regular or singalong versions.

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks - Multiple Locations
Earth Day, national parks. Seems a fitting combination.


It's the best bike ride on Earth (Day). Photo courtesy of Kidical Mass Santa Monica

March for Science - Los Angeles - Downtown
Science knows no political affiliation. Angelenos gather in Pershing Square to march in recognition of the crucial role scientific inquiry and evidence-based policies play in all our lives.

Big Science Fest - Downey
Science is the word of the day at the Columbia Memorial Space Center as well, with folks from SpaceX, the Natural History Museum, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and the LA Zoo bringing on the STEM.

Kidical Mass - Santa Monica
Get on your bikes and ride! The current family ride has an Earth Day theme.

Councilmember Blumenfield's 4th Annual Community Bike Ride - Reseda
Perhaps we could interest you in a ride with a councilmember?

AMC Theatres Sensory Friendly Films - Multiple Locations
Smurfs: The Lost Village smurfs in a sensory-smurfy screening at participating AMC Theatres.

Grand Opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park - Chinatown
Los Angeles State Historic Park opens with a day-long celebration of music, performance, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.
Earth Day Los Angeles 2017 - Exposition Park
A hop skip and a jump away from the Festival of Books, LA Sanitation holds its annual Earth Day event. Kids can explore city vehicles, meet mascots like Mr. Recy-cle and Tommy TV, and play games while learning to protect the environment.

Earth Day Chalkfest - Wilmington
Break out your (environmentally friendly) chalk and draw your mother (Earth) some love.

Glendora Earth Day Festival - Glendora
There’s tons of fun at Glendora’s annual fest, including a community bike ride, an animal magic show, hands-on gardening, a narrated Eco-tour of Glendora, plus kid-centric extras like face painting and a bounce house.

Say NO Bullying Festival - Griffith Park
Celebrities, anti-bullying influencers, and folks like you and me gather in Griffith Park to say no to bullying.

Earth Day Celebration and Concert - Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach celebrates with music, games, and kids activities at Polliwog Park.

Earth Day at the Bay - Newport Beach
Newport Bay Conservancy celebrates Earth Day at the Bay with arts and craft, science discovery, face painting, a Scavenger hunt, and  live music from Danny Maika.

A Faery Hunt Show and Fairy Mother Earth’s Birthday Party - Griffith Park
After a successful faery hunt, you know what I like? A big, fairy birthday party!

FIGat7th Kids Club - Downtown
Celebrate Earth Day with an earth friendly craft. Kids can construct a Garden Fairy or Mouse House using organic materials such as rocks, stones, sticks, and moss.

MOCA Teen Night - Downtown
MOCA Grand Avenue’s annual night for teens by teens looks at the work of painter Kerry James Marshall and our nation’s evolving ideas and attitudes towards race.

Wings (1927) - El Segundo
Old Town Music Hall screens the silent classic Wings, first ever winner of the Academy Award for best picture.


Danica McKellar meets and greets at the Festival of Books. Photo by Cathryn Farnsworth courtesy of LA Times Festival of Books

Earth Day Kite Flying Festival at Ascot Hills - El Sereno
Celebrate Earth Day with free arts & crafts and kite flying at Ascot Hills Park.

Justin Roberts - Santa Monica
Two-time GRAMMY nominee Justin Roberts plays McCabe's kids concert series.

Marina Cleanup - Redondo Beach
Clean Mother Earth, one beach at a time. The Shade Hotel provides the supplies; you provide the muscle. 

Family Flicks at the Hammer - Westwood
The Hammer offers a free screening of Studio Ghibli’s animated classic Spirited Away.

Blatantly Disney: Free Concert for Individuals with Autism and Their Families - Sherman Oaks
Who doesn’t love a good Disney song? 

Garifuna Festival - Long Beach
Museum of Latin American Art celebrate the arts, music, and language of the Black-Carib Garifuna people of Central America.

Kids in the Courtyard: Flippin’ 4 Lyf - Westwood
Kids can make a flip book at the Fowler.

Zimmer Sunday Family Programs - Mid-Wilshire
Luce Puppet Co. visits the Zimmer to tell the tale of The Reluctant Dragon.

As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar (and if you don't already receive this post as a weekly email, you really should subscribe). Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have marvelous time!  

Top photo courtesy of Kidspace Children’s Museum.