We’re not foolin’ around this weekend, even if it is April Fools Day on Friday. There’s just too much to do. The Dodgers are back with exhibition games at home, or you can hop on board a train, adopt a ‘pillar, discover a mania for tomatoes, a reason to wake up with the waves (think ukulele!), zoom some Hot Wheels, see stage shows for tiny tots and bilingual big kids, play Native American games and discover a penchant for poetry (it is National Poetry Month, after all).
photo: Hot Wheels Garage at the ADM
Dodgers Pre-Season Action
The Dodgers take on the Angels for the first exhibition games at home this year. The boys in blue are back! Th. & Fri., 7:10 p.m. Elysian Park. $14 & up. All ages. Event details.
Man Covets Bird
Discover the songs of birds and humans in this Spanish and English play that mixes storytelling, live music and animation that enchants kids and deeply touches adults. Sun., 3-5 p.m. Downtown. $10-$24. Ages 7 & up. Event details.
Run/Walk to Celebrate the Earth!
Celebrate Earth Day early with a 1K for kiddos, a 4 mile run or walk for bigger people and then an Earth Day Celebration, t-shirts, medals, a beer garden and food for all (well, beer isn’t for all!). Sat., 8:30 a.m. Highland Park. $40 registration. All ages. Event details.
Check out how Japanese printmakers added poems to their scenes of life and landscape in 18th- and 19th- century Japan, then write poetry, make music, and learn printmaking in art workshops at this LACMA Andell Family Sunday afternoon. Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celebrate Book Day and Poetry Month
Explore rhythm and rhymes, sounds and syllables, and words, words, words at the Zimmer Childrens Museum by making a mini poetry book. Sun., 2-4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $7. Ages 2-8. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
It’s spring, which means time to start gardening. Kids love planting seeds and watching them grow, so get them started on an edible adventure, beginning with the terrific tomato at this garden festival. Sat. & Sun., 9a.m.-5 p.m. La Cañada. $4-$9. All ages. Event details.
Adopt a Caterpillar
This is the first weekend you can start adopting your caterpillars to raise for the annual butterfly release at Kidspace. That spectacular sight it something you won’t want to miss, so make sure you can participate by getting your pre-pupae, starting Sunday. Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11 admission, separate caterpillar kit fee. All ages. Event details.
Wake Up with the Waves
Heidi Swedberg and her ukulele are the music to wake up with on the pier this weekend. Then spend the rest of the day on playing on the pier or ralaxing at the beach. Sat., 10:30 a.m.-noon. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 1-8. Event details.
Mulan, A Mini Musical
Help Mulan find her strength through song and dance in this original adaptation of the Chinese poem “Ballad of Mulan.” This hour long mini-musical is a great theater introduction for young thesps. Sat. & Sun., 2-3 p.m. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Vroom to the Hot Wheels Garage
Young hot rodders can’t get enough of life-size cars and loads of Hot Wheels® tracks and cars to race. There’s also a face painter, balloon artist and ice cream parlor, to make a wheelie fun Saturday morning. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. El Segundo. Free-$10. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Weekend Excursion Train Rides
All aboard! Take a ride on a real working train that stops in the historic downtown business district of Santa Paula. Visit museums, have lunch and end the day at a garden center filled with upside-down gardens and koi ponds. Sat., noon. Fillmore. 10-$25. All ages. Event details.