April Fools’ weekend is the perfect opportunity to embrace a spirit of levity and have some fun with your wee ones. There are plenty of outdoor adventures available like the vibrant Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo or a historical and exciting game of Stick Ball at the Autry. If April showers do arrive, you can head indoors to the Bowers Kidseum for some art and cultural exploration or see the Wizard of Oz at Malibu’s Children’s Theater. Whether your family rocks out at a free concert or pets piggies at the farmers’ market, we hope your first weekend this month is positively full of giggles.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Japan is on all of our minds, so go show your support at the exciting and beautiful Cherry Blossom Festival in Little Tokyo. The annual event is bursting with entertainment like martial arts demonstrations, a kimono fashion show, and a Photogenic Dog contest. There will be kids’ fun areas, a cultural pavilion, vendors, delicious cuisine, and for the adults, a beer and sake garden. Experience the traditional art of paper-folding at the Origami Tree. Working in conjunction with the Red Cross, the festival will send their handcrafted birds, plus your small donation, to the citizens of Japan for earthquake relief. Sat. 10:30 am – 6:30 pm and Sun. 10:30 am – 5:00 pm, Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
Rock Show for Families at Dragonfly DuLou
You’ve got to be kidding – this is kids’ music? Yes, it is! Refreshingly, family rockers Ellen and Matt will have you fooled into thinking that you are at an indie-rock show. The entire family will enjoy the tunes and can get the wiggles out. Even better, the gig is at one of L.A.’s little treasure boxes: children’s boutique store, Dragonfly DuLou. Sun. 11:00 am, Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
American Indian Culture Day and Stick Ball
Exercise their bodies, exercise their minds. The Autry (pictured above) celebrates American Indian culture the first Sunday of every month with storytelling, special docent-led family tours, live music, and traditional arts demonstrations. The hands-on history lessons don’t stop there. Your children can learn and play the traditional tribal game of stick ball! Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, adults $11, children 3-12, $5. Event Details.
Tip Toe Through the Herb Garden
Expand your children’s palates with this herbaceous adventure that will have them munching on chives, tarragon, and more. As this guided tour at the Arboretum occurs rain or shine, it is a sure-bet for your family. It’s “thyme” to get out in the garden and explore! Sat. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Arcadia, Free with Admission. Event Details.
Free Admission to Bowers Kidseum
The Kideseum is a self-proclaimed “safe haven” where children can “develop their imaginations and, explore arts and cultures from around the world.” The museum is primarily dedicated to pre-school and early elementary school ages, and provides a hands-on experience of discovery, learning, and creativity. Kids can dress up in the giant “multi-cultural closet,” create art, and play musical instruments from around the globe. It doesn’t get much better than this. Oh wait, yes, it does – it’s free! Sun. 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Santa Ana, Free. Event Details.
Brentwood Spring Art Show
Beyond the beautiful artwork, crafts vendors, food, and music, this art show has a couple of other items going for it. First, they promise “plenty of available parking,” which is a real boon in la-la land. Second, there will be a fun-zone for children of all ages. And last, the show is offering free child fingerprinting, child ID kits, and car-seat safety checks. Sun. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Brentwood, Free. Event Details.
Petting Farm at the Farmers’ Market
Spend a lazy Sunday morning amid the gorgeous colors and tender flavors of spring. Sample the local produce and visit the Petting Farm – your lil’ chicks will enjoy the company of sheep, ducks, and the newest addition to the barnyard collection – three baby pygmy goats. Sun. 9:30 am – 1:00 pm, Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Magical Magnolia Bicycle Tour
Want to hit the road and feel the wind in your hair but gas prices have got you down? Then hop on your bike and do something both economical and environmental by joining the Magical Bike Tour through Magnolia Park. Register for your passport and receive some tasty treats before cruising down the avenue of local boutiques and restaurants. Don’t forget to bedazzle and bedeck, as the day’s activities include a bike and helmet decorating contest, arts and crafts, family activities, and free tune-ups. Sat. 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Burbank, Free. Event Details.
The Wizard of Oz
Follow the yellow brick road to the Once Upon a Time Children’s Theater’s opening weekend of this beloved play. Malibu’s own company of pint-sized players make up the emerald cast, directed by DeeDee Davidson-Porter and Julia Holland, who have a passion for bringing the magic of theater to children. Let your own little ones be transported somewhere over the rainbow. Fri. 7:00 pm, Malibu, $20. Event Details.