This is the weekend to try something completely different. Not just something that you’ve never done before, but something you’ve never even thought of…like roller skating at a Potter party, seeing drag racing on the streets, going lizard hunting, seeing brothers in boxes, a vintage fashion show, a mermaid who dances, story characters come to life or a giant puppet fest. Read on to see what other unique options abound this weekend.

The Skirball/Noah’s Arkphoto: Peter Turman/Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center


Milk & Bookies
Loads of great books read by cool celebrities, tons of storybook characters come to life, arts & crafts that celebrate books & giving alongside a big helping of milk & cookies. No wonder it’s our favorite fundraiser of the year. Sun., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Downtown. $100. All ages. Event details.


The Jungle Book
Opening this weekend is this new Disney live-action epic adventure about Mowgli, a man-cub who’s been raised by a family of wolves. See the movie at the El Capitan, where the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band (the guys you see at Disneyland®), perform classic Sherman Brothers music live on stage before the show. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $15-$28. Rated PG. Event details.


Parent-Daughter Love Notes Workshop
Bring in a baby photo of yourself and your child and brainstorm ways of cultivating tenderness how you can nurture each other (and yourselves) the way you would care for a baby. Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Silverlake. $50/parent & child. Ages 7 & up. Event details.

Vintage Fashion Show and Tea
Get a glance at some beautiful historic and period costumes and vintage gowns at Heritage Square Museum’s annual fashion show and tea. Pinkies up! Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Montecito Heights. $15-$30. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Harry Potter Roller Skating Party
Attention wizards, witches, squibs and muggles: enjoy a night full wizard rock, costume contests, games and raffle prizes and skating before you roll up to the snack bar for a frothy cup of Butterbeer. Sat., 8-11 p.m. Glendale. $9.75-$14.75. All ages. Event details.

Shakespeare Day at the Huntington
For the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Huntington hosts a day-long celebration featuring many takes on the Bard throughout the garden, that will please kids and parents (and grandparents) alike. Sat., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. San Marino. $10-$25. All ages. Event details.


Skirball Puppet Festival
The Skirball’s annual celebration of the art of puppetry features live music, art making, and new and classic tales told through marionettes, shadow and full-body puppets with more giant puppets than ever before. Sat., 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. West LA. $7-$12. All Ages. Event details.

A Lizarding We Go
Explore the Malibu Creek State Park and look for lil’ lizard friends with herpetologists who lead a trek in the hills searching for our scaly neighbors. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Malibu. $25. All ages. Event details.

The Box Brothers
Oldest, Middlemost, Youngest, and Simpleton are the Box Brothers, who use found objects and wooden boxes to turn Japanese percussion, African rhythms, jazz, and funk music into a hand-clapping, toe-tapping comic adventure for all ages. Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $20-$30. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Bunka Sai Festival
This annual event features demonstrations of taiko, koto and shakuhachi music, kamishibai, dance, martial arts, a tea ceremony, bonsai, and ikebana (flower arranging), plus yummy food and free admission & parking. Sat. & Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Torrance. Free. All ages. Event details.

Earth Day Festival for the Birds
Kids help preserve the planet by starting the day with a coastal park clean-up. Afterward, head to the Cabrillo Aquarium to meet with environmental groups, dive into arts and crafts and hatch grunion eggs. Sat., 8 a.m.-3 p.m. San Pedro. $5 adults, $1 kids, suggested donation. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Long Beach Grand Prix
The Long Beach Grand Prix is the longest running major “street” race held on the North American continent. It will knock the socks (or maybe hat) off your little car lover. Fri.-Sun., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Long Beach. $30 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Little Mermaid Ballet
A live shipwreck, ornate costumes, aerial (not Ariel) technology, undersea creatures and a collage of great composers help the Little Mermaid dance to life onstage. Sat., 2 & 7:30 p.m. Riverside. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

What unique outing do you have in store this weekend? Let us know!

—Meghan Rose