Thank goodness Spring Break is here for lots of LA families, because you’re going to need a break after this weekend! Start with biggest street race in the west or roller skate your way into Hogwarts. Meet Junie B. Jones, hop on the Do Good Bus, swing by Derby Day, take a run on the horse track and don’t forget to pay a visit to a Powwow that takes place overlooking the ocean. Then end the weekend by getting ready for Passover at the Zimmer Museum. What was that about a break?

photo: Meghan Rose

Downtown

JANM Family Day
Beam yourself to the JANM to learn about Japanese American history and actor/activist George Takei with crafts and activities. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City

Celebrating Passover at the Zimmer Children’s Museum
It’s a frogtacular afternoon for learning about Passover and celebrating spring with froggie art in the Zimmer art studio. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Harry Potter Roller Skating Party
Attention wizards, witches and muggles, it’s time for a night full of Harry Potter music, wizard rock, costume contests and games. When you get tired of skating, roll up to the snack bar for a frothy cup of Butterbeer. Sat. Event details.

Derby Day Runs at the Race Track
Run where the horses run! Start in the starting gate, get cheered on by the screeching peacocks in the Arboretum, and finish on the track where champions have raced. There are runs for everyone in the family, even the youngest little filly. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Chumash Powwow
The Chumash people were physically and spiritually united with nature, making this traditional powwow a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day with native foods, Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Kids Krazy Kraft Day at the International Printing Museum
Get goopy creating your own paper, learn quick-sketch techniques for cartooning, screen a t-shirt and print your own designs hot off the press at this day dedicated to all things printing. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Junie B. Jones’ Essential Guide to School
From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving school in style. This all new musical adventure is based on Barbara Park’s popular books. (Also playing in La Mirada on Sunday.) Fri. Event details.

Springtime at the Leonis Adobe
This fabulous family Easter and spring festival features an egg hunt, feeding the ranch animals, fun spring-themed crafts, live music with Craig Newton and authentic blacksmith demonstrations. Sat. Event details.

Hop on the Do Good Bus
If you’re looking for a fun way to get your family involved in your community and give back, hop on the Do Good Bus. Activities range from working with kids, building new homes or creating guerrilla gardens. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Fanta-sea and Magic on the Queen Mary
See sleight of hand and mesmerizing illusions by world class magicians roaming on the decks of the Queen Mary on Saturday; Sunday you can catch spellbinding magic at the Abracadabra Brunch. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Grand Prix Long Beach
Has your little car aficionado ever seen a real race, where the cars go almost unbelievably fast?  It will thrill them beyond words—and amaze you too! The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major street race in North America. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Irvine Park’s Easter Bunny Train
It’s time for the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park, where kids (& adults) can ride the train, meet the bunny and take part in an Easter egg hunt. Plus a whole host of other Easter and spring activities right in the heart of a gorgeous park. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What’s your favorite thing about spring in Los Angeles? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose

main image credit: Irvine Park Railroad