It’s an insect-y spring weekend with the butterflies back in town and a sweet bee train.  You can help honor our planet with an earth festival and a powwow, or take a mountain hike for (and with!) heroes. Or if you want to sit back and be entertained, there’s a puppet festival, 4D Comedy, some Mostly Kosher music, and plenty of pink princess action, too.

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Downtown

Give and Take with DakhaBrakha
DakhaBrakha (the name means “give/take” in the old Ukranian language) is a quartet from Kiev that plays a concert for kids today, alongside arts & crafts. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mostly Kosher at the 24th St. Theatre
Celebrate the last day of Passover with this 8-piece Jewish culture revival band that offers upbeat klezmer, plaintive Yiddish melodies and other Jewish heritage folk genres spun with a modern twist. Sat., 1p.m. Downtown. $.24-$5. All ages. Event details.

NHM Butterfly Pavilion Opens
More than 53 butterfly types are ready to be admired in NHM’s beautiful Butterfly Pavilion, open for the summer starting Sunday. Sun., 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Exposition Park. $14-$19. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

4D Comedy and Juggling
Put on your special 3D glasses and enjoy laser beams being juggled at 1000 rpms, ping pong balls projected 20 feet in the air by mouth and seeing a burning propane tank, a running electric carving knife and a 16-pound bowling ball all being juggled. Fri., 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Pasadena. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Princess April Flowers Tea Party
You are cordially invited to High Tea, hosted by four favorite princesses. The lovely ladies lead a tasty tea time, sing-a-longs, stories, and a special farewell ceremony. Sun., noon. & 3 p.m. Santa Monica. $45/adult & child pair. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

The Skirball Puppet Festival
The celebration of the art of puppetry features live music, art making, and new and classic tales told through marionettes, shadow and full-body puppets, and more pageant puppets than ever before. Sun., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Chumash Day Powwow
The Chumash people (the first settlers of this area, thousands of years ago) were physically and spiritually united with nature, making this a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day with native foods, Native American arts & crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Calabasas Earth Day
Learn to save the earth and go green through kid’s activities that teach about the environment, all while having fun.  Sat., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Calabasas. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pinkalicious, The Musical
Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkitis. Hear how she recovers from this dreadful disease, in a delightful musical that really appeals to kids with a pink problem. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. North Hollywood. $20-$30. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hop on the Honey Train
Take a train ride to Bennett’s Honey Farm to get an up-close and personal tour to learn about bees and see how honey is made. Live music, demonstrations, crafts and food fill out the weekend activities. Sat. & Sun., noon. Fillmore. $10-$25. All ages. Event details.

Take A Hike and Climb for Heroes
This is a family friendly hiking day up Mount Baldy for all ages and fitness levels. 7 heroes will be at the Climb for Heroes, each one of them an amputee who has climbed the world’s highest mountains, for kids to meet and hike alongside. Sun., 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mt. Baldy. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite April activity? We’d love to hear your spring plans in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Wendy Harman via Creative Commons