It’s a weekend of firsts and festivals. First tooth, smile, step – those are emblazoned in your memory. Now give them some firsts to enjoy: first fashion show, first trip to the Butterfly Pavilion (opens this weekend), first time visiting the Sports Museum LA (we bet this is a first for you, too!) first Sock Hop… There are also family festivals at the Getty, the Haramokngna Center, on the beach for kite flying and more. Slather on the SPF, get ready for a triple play or pinkies up for tea and culture – this weekend has it all!



Jackie Robinson Triple Play Day
The Sports Museum of LA is open by invitation only – so chances are, you’ve never been!  And today you’re invited to see an exhibit of Jackie Robinson and Negro League memorabilia: sports fans of all ages can’t miss this. Sat., 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Downtown. $35-$50. All ages. Event details.

Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
So, this year you’re not sitting front row with Posh, Katie, and their little girls in Paris. Next best thing: a vintage fashion show and fancy tea at the Heritage Museum. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Downtown. $7.50-$30. Ages 5+. Event details.

Butterfly Pavilion Opens
It’s warm, which means the butterflies are back in town… See these beautiful winged creatures flutter by in their natural environment at the Natural History Museum. Opens Sun., 10:00 pm – 5:00 am. Exposition Park. $1-$3. All ages. Event details.


Chumash Day Powwow
The Chumash people hold a beautiful Powwow to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day. Kids can enjoy native foods, arts and crafts, storytelling, activities and more. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

Kite Festival on the Beach
Come create and fly kites with world-renowned kite makers and designers – then stay and play on the beach and build sand castles, have faces painted or caricatures drawn. Sun., 10:30 am – 4:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Getty Family Festival
This family festival explores Korean culture with art, world-class dance companies and interactive workshops. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:30 pm. West LA. Free admission, parking $15. All ages. Event details.

Burbank Area

Art Festival
The highlight for most kiddos (okay, parents, too) is watching street painters produce supersized artwork on asphalt and concrete. Have chalk ready and waiting at home. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Burbank. Free. All ages. Event details.


Sock Hop and Car Show
You’ll think you’ve gone back in time when you hit the Sock Hop and Classic Car show, where you’ll find yummy food, cool music, dance lessons, classic cars and only in LA, Made in LA crafts. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Haramokngna Spring Opening
Come celebrate the spring opening of the Haramokngna American Indian Cultural Center to learn about their history, their heritage, and their dreams in this beautiful setting. Sat., 11:00 am & 4:00 pm. Palmdale. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your favorite firsts?  And what things do you look forward to doing again for the first time each year when Springtime arrives?

–Meghan Rose

Images courtesy of Malibu Chumash Powwow via facebook and The Heritage Square Museum via facebook