Birds, bikes, art, opera, walking dinosaurs and Wild West LEGO: there are so many things to do in Los Angeles this weekend. Spring is time for animals and for getting outside so we’ve found ways you can combine the two. You can also explore the city on wheels, take a trip back in time to meet extinct creatures or see a circus with no animals. Not to mention seeing some spectacular performances or take part in making art!

photo: Annie B. via Yelp

Downtown

MOCA Sunday Studio
MOCA’s free, drop-in event features family-friendly tours of the museum, art-making explorations for all ages, music, food trucks and Toddler Town, a space with activities designed for small hands. Sun. Event details.

LA Opera Open House
The venerable LA Opera throws open the doors and teaches kids (and new-to-opera parents) all about the art with workshops for kids, interactive operas for families, live performances, backstage tours, scenic, prop & costume presentations and more. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

LEGO Autry Explorers: LEGO Adventures
With countless LEGO® and found objects this pop-up play space allows imaginations to run wild. Kids discover how nineteenth-century kids played while traversing the Oregon Trail, how Native communities have used natural materials to create toys and how artists find inspiration through everyday materials. Sun. Event details.

Mid-City & Beverly Hills

Marzo’s Variety Show
This always changing live variety show for kids turns 3 this weekend and features a whole bunch of fan favorites. Sun. Event details.

A Young Birders Walk
The world needs new birders to speak out for protection of the habitats of our feathered friends. This walk introduces kids to the wonders of bird spotting. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Holi Inspired Color Festival
Inspired by the Indian tradition of Holi, Color Festival is a colorful day of music, games, dancing, food and vibrant color throws. Come ready to get (brilliantly!) dirty. Sat. Event details.

Peacock Day at the Arboretum
Celebrate the Arboretum’s amazing peacocks (pictured above) with bird walks, costumes, storytelling, art, food and crafts.  Sat. Event details.

Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don’t Fail Me Now!
With genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance, these hoofers hit the stage with inventive rapid-fire tap numbers, funky costumes, a human beatbox and a big brass band. Sun. Event details.

Westside

CicLAvia
Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, and sneakers ready for LA’s biggest block party.  From Culver City through Mar Vista and into Venice, CicLAvia kicks off 2017 with a fan favorite route that goes straight to the sea. Sun. Event details.

Love That Dog
Theatergroep Kwatta’s Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and of course—a dog. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

The Aquarium Needs Shark Sleuths
Little ones get a chance to do some real hands-on gumshoe work about the ocean’s most misunderstood predator. Sat. Event details.

Inland Empire

Discover the Dinosaurs: Unleashed
Experience up-close encounters with a lifelike Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and the king T-Rex in this walk-through exhibit. Then get interactive with the Dino Raceway, Kids Adventure Zone, mini golf course, fossil digs and scavenger hunts. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Moorpark Zoo Spring Spectacular
Swing, slither or soar to America’s Teaching Zoo where kids can watch animal shows, get a sneak peek behind the scenes at a zoo and interact with wild animal trainers and their furry friends. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

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

—Meghan Rose