Where to begin, on this weekend that kicks off Spring Break for LAUSD kids? There’s a powwow, a bookfest, a Shakespeare celebration and a Royal Art festival. Butterflies swoop into town, as do puppets and fish and alpacas and race cars. And just in case you need a cherry on top, literally, there’s the biggest and best bake sale in town.

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LA Times Festival of Books
This is the best book festival in town (this town or any other), and the kid stage is always the place to be. This year authors include kid favorites Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers, Levar Burton, David Shannon, kid-friendly cooks, sports stars, musicians and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Butterfly Pavilion Opens at NHM
The Butterfly Pavilion flies into town with more than 50 different winged species. Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of these spectacular animals. OPens Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exposition Park. $3-$5, free for kids under 5. All ages. Event details.


Bakers Will Bake
Is there a sweeter way to raise money than a bake sale? And this one has some of the top pastry chefs in LA pooling their prodigious talents to tempt your sweet tooth into buying some goodies, all in support of the Garden School Foundation. Good food, good cause. Sun., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Hollywood. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Shakespeare in the Garden
“All the garden’s a stage” when actors from the Independent Shakespeare Co. perform scenes from some of the Bard’s best-loved plays in locations throughout the Huntington grounds. This family-friendly event includes interactive workshops and craft activities for exploring Shakespeare and his world. Sat., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. San Marino. $8-$23. All ages. Event details.


Puppet Festival at the Skirball
See puppets soar, stomp, dance and make you laugh. With interactive puppet performances, shadow puppetry, live music, art making, spectacular strolling puppets and more, this is a day for the puppet lover in everyone – big and small. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

A Royal Family Festival at the Getty
Her royal majesty the Queen (Victoria) is issuing an invitation for your kids to visit her in the 19th-century. This Family Festival at the Getty boasts bagpipes from the Queen’s beloved Scotland, a sing along to boisterous English music hall tunes, a POP style Mikado mini performance, and plenty of create-your-own-art fun. Sat., 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.

Chumash Day Powwow
This traditional Chumash Powwow is a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day with native foods, Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Sat. & Sun, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Fishing with Uncle Larry
The Cabrillo Aquarium Programs Director meets kids for a morning of fishing where he will teach them about rigging tackle, fishing techniques, etiquette and fish identification. Sat., 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. San Pedro. Free. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Long Beach

Long Beach Grand Prix
Has your little car aficionado ever seen a real race, where the cars go almost unbelievably fast? It will thrill them beyond words – and amaze you too! So bring them to the longest running major “street” race held on the North American continent. Fri. – Sun., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Long Beach. $28 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

An Alpaca Outing
It’s Open Ranch day at Windy Hill Alpaca Ranch. Take a tour and learn all about the alpacas that call this place home. Sat., 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Somis. Free. All ages. Event details.

Where will you be this weekend? We’d love to know – meet us in the comments below.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Puppet Festival Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center | Photo by Peter Turmanand Chumash Day Pow Wow by Meghan Rose