Sometimes everything seems to converge at once… this is one of those times.  For LAUSD parents and kids, Spring Break starts this weekend, and you’ve got 10 days of fun to program (luckily, we’ve got loads of ideas and even some spring break camps that might have last minute openings).  So channel that inner cruise director, and get started.  Kick off your cruise with a Passover event, as that begins early next week, and then it’s time to start gearing up for Easter as well (that’s next weekend, and we’ve got plenty of family fun on tap for you). So get your motor running, and head out on the highway (or you know, local sidestreets!).

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Downtown

Sustainable Sunday
Every kiddo knows that both our bodies and our planets are mostly water, so it’s easy to explain why we need to learn some easy-to-adapt ways to use water and land wisely. Sun., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

Walking the Tightrope
This play magical play, full of moments of remembered childhood,  celebrates the special bond shared by grandparents and grandchildren. It’s getting rave reviews from parents and kids alike. Sat., 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Downtown. $12-$15. Ages 6+. Event details.

Westside

A Wacky Passover Adventure
Shalom Institute’s Wacky Passover Adventure and open house invites kids to enter Egypt, work as a slave, cross over the Red Sea and more.  A fun way to learn more about the holiday. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

Madeline and the Gypsies
Everyone loves the twelve little girls in two straight lines – especially the smallest one, named Madeline.  This new musical bursts with daring circus acts, song and sweet silliness. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $7-$10. Ages 3+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Cherry Blossom Festival
Descanso Gardens celebrates the arrival of spring with the annual Cherry Blossom Festival; cherry blossom walks, Japanese story time, food and more fun await.  Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

West Valley

Breakfast with the Bunny
Bring the Family to the historic Reyes Adobe and make spring time crafts, participate in a spring egg hunt, and enjoy light breakfast refreshments. B.Y.O.B. (Baskets, people!  This is a family event…). Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Agoura Hills. $2. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Beaches

The Gruffalo
Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in this magical, musical adaptation of the multi award-winning picture book. Sat., 2:00 pm. Torrance. $19.50. Ages 4+. Event details.

Worth the Drive

It’s Magic!
Who can resist live magic tricks?  This show, perfect for even little magic fans, leaves audiences speechless and spellbound with sleight-of-hand illusions, stage tricks, and comedy and variety acts. Sun., 3:00 pm. Cerritos. $35-$65. Ages 4+. Event details.

Railfest
Look who’s ridin’ the rails!  Take a ride on a vintage train, enjoy some BBQ, see some frontier gun fights, model train displays and more.  Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Fillmore. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

What are your plans for this festive weekend and week beyond?  Let us know if we’ve missed some fantastic family events.

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–Meghan Rose