Friday the 13th might just be lucky this month with all this fun!  Some early Earth Day activities arrive this weekend (like CicLAvia and a celebration at the Autry), there is free music at the Getty, fast cars in Long Beach, monsters downtown and cultural celebrations from Malibu to Thousand Oaks.

Los Angeles

Monster Mash Family Day
Enjoy a day of monster related fun and crafts (make monster feet, monster puppets, monster origami and even monster snacks) for the whole family at the Japanese American National Museum. Sat., 11:00 am. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

CicLAvia turns the L.A. streets into a giant park for 5 hours – it’s the one time of the year you can tell the kids it’s OK to go play (and ride their bikes) in the street! Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Earth Day at the Autry
There are loads of fun family activities all day long, like panning for gold, a western family jam, story time, museum tours and Native American basket making sessions. Sun., 11:00am – 5:00 pm. Griffith Park. $4-$10. All ages. Event details.


Sounds of LA: Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer
The “little coalminers from hell” have been raising roofs and wooing audiences with their music for the last ten years, and the beautiful Getty theater is the perfect place to see them. Sun., 3:30 pm. West Los Angeles. Free. Ages 3+. Event details.

Chumash Day Powwow
The Chumash people were physically and spiritually united with nature, making this a beautiful way to celebrate the upcoming Earth Day with native foods, arts and crafts, storytelling, children’s activities and more. Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am – 7:30 pm. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.


Scandinavian Family Festival
Activities for kids include crafts (making head wreaths), dancing the Maypole, playing kubb or croquet, hearing music, seeing dances and tasting a smorgasbord of Nordic delicacies! Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $7 (Kids are free). All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Long Beach Grand Prix
Take your little car aficionado to see a real race – this one happens to be the longest running major “street” race held in North America. Fri.-Sun., 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Long Beach. $26-$70 (Kids are free). All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose