Calling all future archeologists, veterinarians, artists, and architects oh my! Get your little treasure hunters ready to explore King Tut’s debut at the Science Center, your future chefs can eat their heart out at the Latin Food Fest on the Santa Monica pier, adopt some caterpillars and raise them to be butterflies and so much more. Scroll through to check out this weekend’s top picks!

photo: Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo, Italy

Los Angeles

King Tut in LA?!?!
Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb with the brand-new exhibit KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharoah. Little historians will marvel at golden jewelry and elaborate carvings making up the largest assembly of artifacts and gold from Tutankhamun’s tomb ever on public display outside of Egypt. It’s a rare opportunity to see these storied treasures; forty percent of these artifacts will be leaving Egypt for the first and last time before returning home following the tour for permanent display at the new Grand Egyptian Museum currently under construction. Sun. Event details. 

Easter Brunch at American Girl
Hop in and celebrate spring’s arrival by sharing a sunny brunch with your girl and the Easter Bunny! Plus, your little one can meet and pose with the Easter Bunny, and take a 5×7 photo home. Reservations are required: 877.247.5223. Sun. Event details. 

Mommy & Me Yoga with Yogaworks
From newborns to tweens, everyone can get in on the Zen action at this Mommy & Me yoga class that’s a great way for the family to start a spiritual Sunday together. Engaging the whole family in learning poses, stretching and gaining flexibility, all while spending time together. Ashley Corlis leads this outdoor class at The Village at Westfield Topanga. Ashley is an instructor at YogaWorks, is certified in Kids Yoga, and enjoys yoga playtime with her own baby girl. Learn more about Ashley and her classes at RSVP today to reserve your spot. Please wear appropriate work out attire, and bring your yoga mat! Rejuvenate with complimentary smoothie samples from The Village Protini Bar after class. Sun. Event details.

LEGO® and Lincoln Logs®
Use LEGO® and Lincoln Logs® to build cabins, farmhouses, and other sites inspired by nineteenth-century photographs and paintings. Duplo® bricks are also available. This program is fun for all ages. Sun. Event details.


Pop-Up Studio: Junior Oral Historians
Join Stories of “Almost Everyone” artist Fiona Connor in telling the untold story of an object from your own life. Record your story in a mini sound studio and add it to the first-ever Hammer Kids Oral History Archive. Sun. Event details. 

¡Latin Food Fest! Celebrates its 6th Annual Culinary Classic
California’s largest annual Hispanic culinary celebration, ¡Latin Food Fest!, takes place on the Santa Monica Pier Beach. The sixth annual action-packed line-up features a festival kick-off party “Mexico In 32 Flavors,” high energy multi-sensory street food experience “Mercado,” and the festival signature event “Gran Tasting,” which is the epitome of culinary festivals with cooking demos, live music, michelada contest, spirits expo, wine workshop, and tasting tents serving food, wine, spirits and beer. Sat. Event details.

12th Annual Santa Monica Airport ArtWalk
The 12th Annual Airport ArtWalk showcases the artist studios and multiple creative venues that occupy the airport’s converted airplane hangars. Featuring art and ceramic demonstrations, theater and art workshops, live music and food trucks, the ArtWalk offers a fun-filled day of artistic exploration. Sat. Event details. 

Sherman Oaks

Say Hello to Spring (And Get a Free Tree!)
Say “Hello to Spring” with a free tree and kid activities. There will be a DJ, food, and music. Bring the family and enjoy the day at the park! Sat. Event details.


Caterpillar Adoption Days
On your mark, get set, pupate! It is time again to witness the magic of metamorphosis at Kidspace. Adopt your own live caterpillar and get a caterpillar care kit for only $5.49. Then watch as your adoptee grows, changes into a chrysalis and then emerges as an adult Painted Lady Butterfly in the habitat you design. You can learn more about the life cycle of a butterfly and bring a shoebox to build your caterpillar habitat in the Nature Exchange during the adoption days. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

A Night in Focus
Visit the Norton Simon Museum for an evening exploring the work of celebrated 19th-century French artist Edgar Degas. Interact with the Museum’s staff to learn about Degas’s technique as a sculptor, painter and printmaker through the works on view in Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor as well as in the Museum’s galleries. Sketch real dancers like Degas did, or work alongside fellow artists to create your own sculptures. Throughout the evening, enjoy pop-up musical performances in the galleries. Sat. Event details. 

San Gabriel Valley

Flower Power
Celebrate Cherry Blossom Month at Descanso Gardens. Different than their usual annual Cherry Blossom Festival, they’ll be hosting individual events that families can enjoy all month long. Skip your morning treadmill and take the kids on a spring bloom walk where you can learn about cherry blossoms, flowering trees, and other seasonal favorites. Budding artists will be delighted to take in one of the origami hands-on demonstrations where they can even try their hand at it with the help of seasoned pros. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Which springtime activities are you checking out this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!

—Andie Huber


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