We’re feeling bookish this weekend. Harry Potter is now in town, and in case you’re not ready to visit Hogwarts yet (it’s crowded!) we found a sweet party where you can decorate some Gryffindor or Slytherin cupcakes. Or see Curious George at the Zoo, Percy Jackson on stage or watch Peter Pan fly over downtown; all before visiting the best book fest in the world. If you want to get outdoors, there’s also a Powwow on the Malibu cliffs, baseball and more.
photo: Jeremy Daniel
LA Times Festival of Books
This year authors include Henry Winkler, Taye Diggs, Buzz Aldrin, Jane Smiley, William Joyce and more. And in between readings and book signings with these authors, cool music acts for kids will take the stage. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peter Pan Flies
Take flight with Peter and Wendy in the 1,500-seat luxurious theater structure built downtown just for this production. The show is performed up in the air, “in the round” and all around with over 15,000 square feet of projection that immerses the audience in a virtual Neverland. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. $35 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Symphonies for Youth: Spirit of the Cello
The Los Angeles Phil and a virtuoso cellist lead kids on a humorous exploration of the role of the cello through music by Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn. Sat., 11 a.m. Downtown. $27.50-$31.50. Ages 5-11. Event details.
Artisanal LA Spring Fest
While parents meet and learn from over 200 local makers, little ones poke around the spring garden, meet the animals (like goats!) at the Pop-Up Urban Farm and take part in crafts and other experiences. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown. $10 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.
Curious George at the Zoo
Curious George and Buddy the Dinosaur are both stopping by the LA Zoo today for book readings, themed crafts, activities and a kids’ dance party, plus photo ops with these wild guys. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Griffith Park. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.
Mid-City & Hollywood
Harry Potter Cupcake Making
If you couldn’t brave the crowds at Hogsmeade this weekend, hop on the Knight Bus and head to Duff’s for a magical night of Harry Potter cupcake decorating. Gryffindors, Hufflepuffs, Ravenclaws and Slytherins are all welcome. Fri., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mid-City. $36.50. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Nerdmelt’s Puppet Town
Give your funny bones a workout with puppets, music, sketch comedy and fun. The cast of comedians from iO, Second City, Groundlings, and UCB, along with puppeteers from Broadway’s Avenue Q really bring the LOLs. Sat., 3-4 p.m. Mid-City. $8-$10, kids under 12 free. Ages 1-12. Event details.
The Lightning Thief
Based on the bestselling books, this is the story of Percy Jackson, a 12-year-old boy who journeys into a world of mythological monsters and Greek myths. This musical adaptation features songs reminding kids that “normal is a myth. Everyone has issues that they’re dealing with.” Fri. & Sat., Various times. Beverly Hills. $25-$35. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
It’s a live comic book! See a live-action graphic novel in a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic books, making it a perfect performance experience for kids and kids-at-heart. Sat., 8 p.m. Pasadena. $10-$42. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
April is Autism awareness month, and this active day is filled with adapted physical activities that kids with special needs can enjoy along with their families and friends. Every kiddo gets a Move-a-thon passport book to collect a sticker for each activity they complete, including an obstacle course, running clinic, dance, soccer, yoga, martial arts, bounce houses, Taiko drumming and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
A traditional Powwow is a time to meet together to dance, sing, visit, renewing old friendships and make new ones. This Chumash powwow celebrates the upcoming Earth Day with native foods, Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.
Family Music Workshop
Bring the whole family to a hands-on workshop where everyone can sing songs, build masterpiece puppets, tell stories, and more. Sun., 10 a.m. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 4-7. Event details.
It’s baseball season; time to take your family to the Quakes, our local minor league team. Tickets are way cheaper, you can sit up close and personal, meet the mascots and take part in the same fun giveaways and theme nights that they have at Dodger Stadium! Fri.-Sun., Various times. Rancho Cucamonga. $9-$13. All ages. Event details.
Potter or Percy? Powwow or Peter Pan? We’d love to hear what you choose to explore this weekend, and what you thought of it!