If you want to see Alice in Wonderland bellydance, become a real mermaid, be put in a human sized bubble or meet comic book heroes, this is the weekend to do it all—and we’re not even April foolin’! You can also check out amazing Artisanal LA treats, brunch with the bunny, sing some Seeger, stare at stars and more.

photo: Sheroes Entertainment

Downtown

Artisanal LA
Welcome to the most kid friendly craft show in town with activities and crafts in the Kid’s Craft Area and loads of new and cool things to taste and try. The spring show will have over 150 local makers, which means you can sample locally made chocolates and gluten free rolls while learning about aquaponics and playing with baby lambs. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World in IMAX
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Jeff Bridges, this movie will transform how you think about engineering. From the Great Wall of China to underwater robots, the movie celebrates human ingenuity and inspires young engineers. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Public Star Party
Los Angeles is the place for star gazing, and we don’t mean celebrities!  Actual celestial bodies are ready for their close-up at the observatory where kids can try out tons of telescopes and to talk to astronomers. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City

Bunny Brunch at American Girl
This weekend (and next) kids can hop over to celebrate spring, have a tasty brunch and meet the Easter Bunny. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Pet Faire at the Library
The Lifeline for Pets and the Pasadena Humane Society will have loads of cats and dogs available for adoption, and even if adopting a new playmate isn’t in this weekends plans, bring your little animal lovers to meet these furry friends. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Pete Seeger Tribute & Sing Along
Raise your voice and sing along at the annual tribute to the man and his peaceful protest music at the beautiful Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

The Step Crew
Ottawa Valley step dance, Irish step dance and tap all come together with world-class fiddlers and a Celtic music ensemble that will get everyone’s toes tapping. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Alice in Wonderland Bellydances!
The Cheshire Cat, Caterpillar and Alice tell the story of Alice’s journey through Wonderland in spectacular (and unexpected!) style. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Peter Rabbit Tales
From the tales of Beatrix Potter comes a live stage show where Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy and his cousin Benjamin are all grown up and have a whole new adventure. Sat. Event details.

Simi Valley

Go to Mermaid School
Kids can to learn to be a mermaid (or merman) at a class taught by mermaids who show off and teach their incredible tricks and techniques in the pool. Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

International Children’s Festival
Celebrating the amazing talents of kids of all cultures, the festival has performances by a children’s choir and martial arts demonstrations, then kids can take part in an international percussion circle, face painting, crafts and games. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Bubble Fest
Bubblefest is bursting with hands-on family fun: see tricks and stunts with smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles and a laser light show. Then, learn the science behind the bubbles with hands-on activities. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Calling All Comic Fans: WonderCon
Visit WonderCon to check out some of your kids’ (or your) favorite comics, cartoons, video games and more. Meet authors, illustrators and actors and check out game demos and tournaments (like Pokemon Go and Magic!) and see screenings at the Children’s Film Festival. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Have you got a great April Fool joke that you’ve played on your kids (or parents, or significant other)? We’d love to hear about it in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose