There is something so good, happening in every part of LA, that it will be totally worth braving traffic for—especially so if the weather cooperates and gives us a rain-free weekend. From hunting for gold in Malibu to watching extreme ice skating by Cirque du Soleil’s finest in Ontario, check out our weekend picks below.

photo: Temple Akiba

Los Angeles

Butterflies are taking flight at NHM! Get up close to beautiful butterflies in our new Butterfly Pavilion. This seasonal exhibit — located outside on the south side of the Museum — features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and our awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special. All ages welcome! Sun. Event details.

Malibu

Gold Hunt
Join the Community Services Department and the Malibu Library to help find Lucky’s pot of gold at Malibu Bluffs Park. Fri. Event details.

Pasadena

Color Festival
Based on the springtime Holi festivals in India, SPEF’s Color Festival brings people together to celebrate the arrival of spring with music, dancing, and an explosion of color. In addition to enjoying carnival-style games, food truck fare, live music, and other attractions, attendees gather for color tosses that fill the air with (non-toxic) powder in rainbow colors. This family-friendly event promises plenty of amusement for kids (little and big) and adults. Sat. Event details.

Get into the St. Paddy’s spirit by making your own lucky Leprechaun puppet! You can suit up your paper bag pal with an orange beard, golden buttons and a tip-top hat. And if you do a good job, he just might grant you three wishes. Good crafting fun for the whole family (RSVPs encouraged to ensure they have enough yarn and googly eyes). One Colorado has more festive (and free) Irish gigs and jigs going on in the Courtyard on St. Paddy’s Day. Sun. Event details.

Westside

Join the Purim celebration in your favorite costume!! The carnival is open to all ages with exciting games this year including a jumbo slide, laser tag, game truck, cake walk, bouncer, face painting, and a Henna station. Grab a nosh with us of delicious falafel, hamburgers, and pizza or enjoy a special treat of snow cones or Hamentashen (traditional triangle shaped cookies) at our annual bake sale. There will also be an extensive silent auction! Tickets can be purchased at the event and ample street parking is available. Happy Purim! Sun. Event details.

Story Time at the Fowler Museum
Join The Fowler for an interactive storytelling experience as they look, listen, and learn in their new exhibition Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. Children of all ages are invited to discover how a little girl helps her far-away grandmother learn English with the help of an unexpected pet—a colorful parrot—in Mango, Abuela, and Me by acclaimed author Meg Medina (2017). After the reading, explore the Fowler’s own artworks featuring birds before the museum opens to the general public at noon. Fri. Event details.

Sherman Oaks

Join Club l.a. KIDS (ages 5-12) and club l.a. TEENS (ages 13–18) for their own Luck of the Irish Party, featuring holiday-themed activities, games, Irish music, dancing, food, prizes, and more! Another great club day to have fun with peers. Don’t forget to dress your child in green! Sat. Event details.

El Segundo

Play, sketch, design, build, tinker and tune-up your own inventions using recycled tinkering materials. You’ll start with sketching exercises and then explore different challenges inspired by EAT. For participants 10 and up. Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Cirque Du Soleil CRYSTAL
Cirque du Soleil is thrilled to return to Ontario with its coolest arena show yet—CRYSTAL. This unique arena production—Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever experience on ice— showcases synchronized, freestyle and extreme skating alongside circus disciplines such as swinging trapeze, aerial straps and hand-to-hand. CRYSTAL will perform at Ontario’s Citizens Business Bank Arena and is suitable for all ages. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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