Call it the Kidchella weekend: there are so many festivals for families and wee ones that you’ll be partying ‘til you’re pooped. Whatever it is your family loves, you can find a fest. There’s one for strawberries, bugs, museums, fiddles, roses, Russia and a weekend-long campout with fishing and a movie! For those that need a more simple outing, you can also find boats, bodies and baseball.

photo: California Strawberry Festival


NHM Bug Festival
It’s time to celebrate our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends. See exotic insects & pet tarantulas, go on bug hunts, catch performances, up-close encounters and more. One highlight is watching (and tasting) as Bug Chefs as they whip up protein-filled snacks. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Body World Opens at the Science Center
It’s the West Coast debut of the amazing show about the intricacies of the human body. These 200 plastinated works will fascinate young scientists, but may be a bit much for sensitive souls, so be sure to check the online family guide before going. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


It’s Time for Dodger Baseball
This weekend series has the Dodgers taking on the Marlins. It’s a perfect spring baseball weekend with Friday Fireworks, a Dodgers pullover and kid sunglasses as special giveaways. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

West Hollywood

Russian Festival
Привет!  If your idea of Russian culture is fur hats and caviar, it’s time to hit the Russian Festival at Plummer Park for a day filled with entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry and more. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Museums of the Arroyo Day
Six museums along the Arroyo are offering free admission along with cultural events, kids activities and family fun. Free shuttles connect all museums: The Gamble House, Heritage Square, Los Angeles Police Museum (a Red Tri favorite!), Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History and the Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum. Sun. Event details.

The Rose Festival
Celebrate the beautiful flower at Descanso’s blooming-est festival! With Rose Talks and Rose Walks and a human Rose Vase and festival fare and rare blooms, a cello performance and rose inspired snacks, you’ll enjoy a beautiful and fragrant day. (Timed tickets required.) Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Topanga’s Fiddle Fest
The festival takes place at Paramount Ranch on three stages plus the dance barn and kid’s area, right in the middle of an old Western town where movie and TV shows are filmed (like most recently, Westworld). At the children’s area there are crafts and kid’s bands (like The Hollow Trees, Scottish Fiddlers and Old Time Slow Jam) as well as fiddle and banjo workshops.  Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Boat Tours at the Port of LA
Take a free public boat tour at the Port of Los Angeles, the busiest container port in the nation. Tours leave from two locations and take place hourly all day. Sat. Event details.

Family Campout and Fishing Derby
Easiest city camping adventure you’ll ever take! After setting up tents, families can join in games, human hamster ball races, ice block bowling, arts and craft projects and a movie in the park (this year: Moana). And on Sunday morning, join in on the Annual Fishing Derby. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Noah’s Ark, A Ballet
See Noah and his family as they journey to a new world bringing with them animals, two by two in Pacific Festival Ballet’s original mixed media theatrical. Sat. Event details.

The Encino Carnival
It’s time for the Encino Spring Carnival with old-fashioned fun and plenty of rides, a chili cook off, food trucks, carnival games and performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The California Strawberry Festival
Ever had strawberry pizza with a strawberry beer? Ever thrown a strawberry tart at family, or assembled your own towering strawberry shortcake? With food of every kind, concerts on two stages, gooey contests, celebrity chef demonstrations and Strawberryland with loads of rides, the California Strawberry Festival is one of our favorite local fests. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun as it is in South Coast Rep’s enchanting production. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Where will you spend your weekend? We’d love to hear about your favorite Los Angeles area family festivals in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose