Spring is officially in the air and with that excitement and promise of new beginnings comes more openings and things to do (in person!) this weekend than you’ll have time for! From seeing the beauty in the art of LEGO bricks, mingling with trains and dinos to helping the habitat by replanting native plants, here are the events we are excited about this weekend.

photo: California Science Center

The Art of the Brick
Featuring intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, The Art of the Brick will inspire visitors of all ages. This critically acclaimed collection includes Sawaya’s original sculptures as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s Starry Night and Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Other highlights include a 20-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton, and a seven-foot-tall Easter Island Moai statue. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Butterfly Pavilion
The Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion is no open for the season. A limited number of guests will be allowed inside the Pavilion during each reservation time slot to allow for physical distancing and ensure a safe environment for our visitors and staff. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Bike the Strand
Stretching 27 miles from Torrance to Will Rogers State Beach, this long and winding road offers a well-maintained expanse of flat surface to ride that is perfect for new bikers. With the shimmering Pacific by your side, pull over to put little toes in the sand, breathe in that salty ocean air, and let your worries melt away! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Made in L.A. 2020: a Version
Works by 30 Los Angeles–based artists are presented at both The Hammer and the Huntington—two versions that make up the whole. The exhibition features new installations, videos, films, sculptures, performances, and paintings, many commissioned specifically for the exhibition. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roundhouse Aquarium
Roundhouse Aquarium is open to the general public and guests will once again have the opportunity to visit the aquarium to explore its marine life exhibits. Advanced timed-entry reservations are required. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Outdoor Volunteer Day
Come plant with us to restore habitat and remove invasive grasses to protect habitat on the Palos Verdes Penninsula. Sat. Event details.

Sugar Rush Drive-Thru Experience
Willy Wonka-meets-Burning Man is the vibe and choosing which confection-direction to go is half the fun. Sugar Rush will feature multiple routes that are flooded with colorful installations, oversized displays, unique performances, immersive tunnels, and candy-driven interactions. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Knott’s Taste of Boysenberry Festival
Although the park is closed, folks can enjoy this outdoor event, which will serve up over 65 boysenberry-style food and drink items, from boysenberry mashed potatoes to boysenberry ICEE floats. Tasting cards must be purchased in advance to experience this event. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Art Lesson in the Wild
On Saturday mornings, kids can participate in a unique arts and outdoors experience. Organized by Dana Wharf and Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure, the morning starts with an hour-long, live video art lesson taught by the renowned environmental artist Wyland. Afterwards, they can go on a free two-hour whale-watching trip; families can join them but must buy a ticket. Space is limited; advanced reservations are required. Sat. Event details.

Dog Walking Day
South Coast Botanical Garden offers dogs and their owners a special day to spend some quality time exploring the Garden’s 87 acres together. All dogs must be leashed at all times on SCBG property. Timed-entry ticket must be purchased in advance. Sun. Event details.

Spot Spring Flowers
Each spring, the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve comes alive with the seasonal surprises of the Mojave Desert Grassland habitat.  The duration and intensity of colors and scents vary from year to year.  The wildflower season generally lasts from as early as mid-February through May, with a variety of wildflowers creating a mosaic of color that changes daily. Before making the trip out to visit, please check the park’s webcam, which gives a real-time view of the rolling hills. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Drop & Go Drive-Through Food Collection
The City of Mission Viejo is running a drop-off food drive campaign to benefit various local non-profits. Priority items include oatmeal, pasta, hearty soups, cereal, dried beans, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and jelly, and canned items like chicken, fruit, pasta and chili. Just drive to the Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center, pop your trunk and City staff members will collect the items you are donating. Sat. Event details.

Ride the PBS Dino Train
Southern California Railway Museum is excited to host the Dino Train STEAM Festival, a unique, outdoor, socially-distanced, interactive experience created in partnership with PBS. Buddy the Dinosaur has been invited to the Museum to meet with his fans and highlight his favorite topics of Paleontology, Science, Technology, Engineering,  Art, and Math. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

–Andie Huber

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