It’s May…  if you’ve finished skipping around the maypole (where would you even go about finding one of those?), it’s time to think sunshine, derby days and of course, Cinco de Mayo!  The Kentucky Derby is fun to watch with kids, and it’s also a great excuse to eat BBQ, drink juleps and have some derby pie (pecan pie is a fine substitute) and ride some ponies. Sunday being Cinco de Mayo means it’s also time to celebrate local Spanish History, or kick back with a margarita, chips and salsa.  Or here are some other fine ways to spend family time this weekend:

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Downtown

Saturday Explorer: Modern Reggae
Take the kids on an exotic, auditory trip to Barbados with modern roots reggae artist David Kirton. Sat., 1:00 pm. Downtown. $5-$10. Ages 3+. Event details.

MOCA Sunday Studio
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy days?  Re-live them, with the kids, as this month everyone learns to turn detritus into something different. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

REDCAT Children’s International Film Festival
And so begins 3 weekends of short-film programs from all over the world that will enchant moviegoers of all ages. Check the schedule to find the perfect program for your mini-cinephiles. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. $5. Ages 2+. Event details.

Griffith Park

Pony Rides on Derby Weekend
The Derby takes place in Kentucky this weekend.  Celebrate it LA style by putting on your fanciest hat and take them for a pony ride at Griffith Park. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Griffith Park. $3. Ages 2+. Event details.

Westside

BritWeek Spring Jubilee
Just in time to welcome the royal baby, here comes a BritWeek Spring Jubilee to celebrate the season and everything British. See Twinkle Time do a “panto” show, an English Country Dancers performance, Madame Tussauds wax figures and more.  Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Go Inside a Camera
A colossal camera comes to town and invites kids of all ages to go inside.  Learn all about optics from the inside out. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Cinco de Mayo Cultural Arts & Music Festival
There are bigger Cinco festivals, but this one is so friendly and neighborhood and easy, it’s our pick for the perfect one with kids. Celebrate at this block party with music, dance, balloon animals and hand made tortillas. Sun., 12:00 am – 8:00 pm. Monrovia. Free. All ages. Event details.

Wild West Days
Step back in time to when the West was Wild (or, more wild) with live music, an old-fashioned barn dance, calliopes, horses, stage coach rides, ropers, panning for gold, tussy mussy (we don’t know what that is either!) and a root beer saloon (mmmm, this we’re familiar with).  Sat & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Arcadia. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Renaissance Pleasure Faire
Go back even further in time to the days of knights and princesses where kids can create beautiful crafts, have fun with games & rides, see a joust, parade, dances, living history exhibits, a battle pageant, and even be knighted by the King.  Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Irwindale. $13-$25. All ages. Event details.

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–Meghan Rose

Pssst… Mother’s Day is next weekend.  Time to plan and shop, and we’ve got some really fabulous ideas mom will flip for:
A list of perfect Mother’s Day Outings
Cupcakes to order, just for Mom
Special local jewelry, just for Mom
Places to take your princess for a mommy & me mani-pedi
Plan a getaway from it all at one of these local spa destinations

Are you celebrating Cinco de Mayo?  We have some ideas for places to celebrate history, sip a margarita, or check the calendar for Cinco Celebrations all over town…

–Meghan Rose