As Los Angeles slowly (and safely) resumes in-person events, we are excited to interact with butterflies, whales, museum exhibits, take a gastronomic tour and more. Scroll through to see our weekend picks.

photo via Chattahoochee Nature Center

La Brea Tarpits
It’s probably been awhile since you visited the bubbling tarpits. Before the crowds swell back to pre-pandemic size, reserve and grab your timed tickets for you and your family and revisit one of LA’s favorite hotspots. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Nothing but B.L.K. Flea
Join NBB Flea at Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Outdoor Promenade, next to the Farmers Market for a chance to interact with local Black-owned business and vendors. Sat. Event details.

Wee Jammin’ With Little Play Society
While Little Play Society was unfortunately forced to close its indoor brick-and-mortar space, the beloved kids gym now offers socially distanced, outdoor classes. Little Play’s Wee Jammin’ 2 (for ages 2-5) launched on Sept. 2 at Little Play Park (aka Los Angeles High Memorial Park). Sat. Event details.

CAAM Exhibition
Los Angeles-based artist Sula Bermúdez-Silverman investigates and critiques social structures through a conceptual and multidisciplinary practice that examines economic, racial, religious, and gendered systems of power. In her first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles, titled “Neither Fish, Flesh, nor Fowl” —the artist unites several bodies of work created since 2014, including a new series of sculptures made exclusively for CAAM. Reservations required. Free entry. Fri-Sun. Event details.

Eat Your Way through Universal Studios
You can’t quite ride with Harry on the Forbidden Journey or tag along with the Simpsons on their virtual roller coaster ride—but Universal is opening its doors this month with a culinary experience that lets you taste your way through the park. The “Taste of Universal” event will offer a day of shopping and outdoor dining throughout the Upper Lot, including treats and bites from Springfield, U.S.A., the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the all-new Minion Cafe, and Hollywood & Dine. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mingle with Butterflies at the South Coast Botanic Garden
Nothing says spring like the flutter of butterflies, and if you want to be immersed in the quiet magic of these colorful winged creatures, head to the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes for its first-ever butterfly exhibit. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Annenberg Community Beach House
The beach and playground are open—including Back on the Beach Cafe—giving you, and your little ones, a spot to run around and play the day away. Call ahead to confirm the cafe is operating. Before the summer season starts, parking is first-come first-served so plan accordingly to avoid disappointment. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Springtime on the Farm
Enjoy all the signs of spring at Underwood Farms where you can see the newest baby animals, pick seasonal produce and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Flying Miz Daisy Outdoor Market
Shop Orange County’s premier outdoor vintage market with over 150 vendors. You’ll find vintage, antique, repurposed, European, farmhouse, industrial and hand-crafted artisan goods. Admission is free, but there is a $10 parking fee (credit card only). Sat. Event details.

Enjoy a Starlite Outdoor Movie Night
Enjoy the onscreen action on southern California’s largest outdoor inflatable screen. Movies are subject to change but the upcoming line-up includes: Goonies, Frozen II, Jurassic Park: The Lost World and other family-favorites. Sun. Event details.

Spot Migrating Whales
The month of Apr. is the height of whale-watching season for those seeking to spot the Pacific gray whales. The behemoth mammals are right now making their 12,000-mile annual migration from Baja, California to their Arctic feeding grounds, so if you are hoping to spot one this year, it’s time to get out on the water. Fri.-Sun. Event details.