It’s Earth Day this weekend, and that means it’s time to celebrate the natural beauties of Los Angeles— and the world! You can take a sunset sail, a moonlight hike, have a fairy fun earth party, seek out some spectacular poppies, see hundreds of butterflies released into the wild or gentle pandas larger than life. If you need a break from all that activity, head inside for incredible shows that range from all kid Shakespeare to Cat in the Hat and Elephant & Piggie!

photo: Terrenea Resort

Mid-City

Shakespeare By and For Kids
See The Merchant of Venice or Titus Andronicus (The Musical) done by kids, for kids in these precocious productions. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

The Reluctant Dragon Puppet Show
Presented by Luce Puppet Co., The Reluctant Dragon tells the story of a boy, a knight and a dragon. Then stay and play at the museum for the day! Sun. Event details.

Born in China on the Big Screen
Take a journey into the wilds of China to meet the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard in these intimate family moments captured on film for the first time. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

A Fairy Party for the Earth
First, join the faery folke on a quest for the fairy royalty. Then attend a birthday party for one of the fairies with dancing, games, snacks, fairy card readings & face painting and one-on-one time with Fairy Mother Earth. Sat. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Elephant & Piggie are in a Play
Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved children’s books that will leave your kids doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

A Moonlight Hike with Tree People
Come howl at the moon and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night on a family-friendly hike that starts with music in the woods. Fri. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Butterfly Release Party
It’s time for the annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Butterfly Release Festival, where each day over 700 Painted Lady butterflies are simultaneously released back to nature. If you’ve never been, this is a beautiful spectacle, not to be missed. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Westside

Cat in the Hat
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. The fun is truly never done in this stage show that delights the youngest theatre lovers. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

The 4-D Show
Ever seen someone juggle laser beams at 1000 rpms, play piano with interactive 3D backgrounds or jump into a video virtual world in a robot suit? See this unusual blend of juggling, comedy and hi-tech hi-jinks. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Earth Day Chalk Festival
The whole family can create earth friendly biodegradable art. There will also be free trees given away to take home and plant for Earth Day. Sat. Event details.

Family Sunset Sail
Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches with the crew. Sat. Event details.

Santa Clarity Valley

Cowboy Festival
It’s like Westworld without the robots! Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons as you take part in trick roping, knife throwing, archery, gold panning, leather working, living history exhibits and a show stopping musical talent lineup. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Poppy Festival
This weekend long festival that celebrates our beautiful state flower. Winter rains mean that the desert flowers are spectacular this year, so this is a perfect reason to go see them all. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

If you’re looking for more ways to celebrate Earth Day, look no further! We found the greenest fun in town, right here.

—Meghan Rose