Masterpieces reimagined in LEGOs, one-of-a-kind shopping and a private date with a penguin? Sounds like the making of a fantastical movie but is in fact, the making of an fantastic weekend in LA. Scroll below for the rest of our weekend picks.

photo: Madeline Barger / Aquarium of the Pacific

Unique Markets
Spring Markets are back! This long-standing tradition in LA is a special (and unique) thing to do with the family. See event details for online ticketing, seller showcases, and our safety guidelines. Get ready to support small, local businesses this year! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Main Street Farmer’s Market
We are open again for business. Please join us each Sunday for farmers and pre-packaged foods. The community events components of the Sunday Main Street Farmers Market like bands and children’s activities will return once social distancing is no longer required and the City and County have approved these activities. Sun. Event details.

The Art of the Brick
Experience The Art of the Brick, the world’s largest display of LEGO® art! Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya. This critically acclaimed collection includes 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, a seven-foot tall Easter Island Moai statue and an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West. 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.

Book a Private Encounter with a Penguin
Sit next to a penguin as it waddles outside its habitat before the Aquarium opens! Learn all about our penguin colony and how this species differs from their cold weather cousins. Join an Aquarium educator and animal care staff for this private animal encounter. 48 hour required advance booking. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Roundhouse Aquarium
The 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.

Drive-In Movies in Culver City
Drive-In at the Park returns for its second season in LA County Parks. New features this season include curated cuisines & beverages from your favorite food trucks, themed nights for the family, SoCal’s largest screen and state-of-the-art laser projection. May 14: Toy Story Saturday, May 15: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Reopening in LA: Dreamscape Immersive
Dreamscape Immersive is once again transporting guests to faraway worlds—without leaving Century City. Tickets are now available for presale for the location based fully immersive virtual reality experience, featuring four epic adventures: The Blu: Deep Rescue, Alien Zoo, The Curse of the Lost Pearl: A Magic Projector Adventure, and Dragons: Flight Academy. Guests ages 10+ can become the hero of their own story, have mind-bending, heart-pumping adventures, and travel to an intergalactic location, all in one place! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Pretend City Is Open
Pretend City Children’s Museum is designed for children to learn how the world works while engaging their curiosities and imaginations. The Museum is a child-size interconnected city that balances rich educational learning experiences with boundless fun, and where children can try on real-world roles and let their creativity rule. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

See the Wildflowers
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. Eight miles of trails through the gentle rolling hills, including a paved section for wheelchair access, make the park a wonderful place to hike and explore. Fri.-Sun. Event details

Pick Your Own Produce
It’s a short-ish (and so worth it) drive to Moorpark’s Underwood Farms, where the pick-you-own fields are open daily, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check the website to see what is in season. 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.

Spring at Descanso Gardens
Descanso Gardens celebrates all nature has to offer in the late winter and early springColorful flowers are a sure sign of spring, but not the only one. The birds of Descanso mark spring by making their homes in the garden. As you explore Descanso, look for special areas from the Promenade to the Oak Woodland marked with the Signs of Spring logo. There you will find displays both educational and artistic, including works by artist David Lovejoy. Fri.-Sun. 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.

Take Home Butterfly Gardens
Explore a unique agricultural outdoor classroom and learn inspiring ways to create, grow, and interact in the Farm + Food Lab. This month, kids will have the chance to learn about butterflies and create a take-home garden. Online registration is required. Sun. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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