Easter, Spring, Earth Day – they’re all about the living things that surround us. Luckily, those are just the things (bugs, animals, mud, plants, etc.) that fascinate kids, and this weekend is filled with wild animals, nature fests, butterflies, plants, bears, cats, bunnies and more. So seek the wildlife, wild times and wild music that speaks to you on this lovely Easter weekend.

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Big Bunny’s Spring Fling
Where else can you pet a fuzzy bunny, have your face painted (like a bunny), make a be-a-bunny craft, have your photo taken with Big Bunny all while seeing the wild animals (including the new lion couple who would normally devour bunnies – but not this weekend!). Fri. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Griffith Park. $13-$18. All ages. Event details.


World City Music: Mongolian Music
Khukh Tenger and Huun-Huur-Tu will present an amazing morning of Mongolian dance, music, art and culture for kids to enjoy. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Critter Club & Junior Scientists at NHM
Ladybugs & butterflies or seeds & saplings – what will your mini-scientist be studying this weekend? It all depends on age, as Critter Club (ages 3-5) takes on the bugs, while Jr. Scientists (6-9) tackle the plants. Sat., Various times. Exposition Park. $5-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.


“Bears” at the El Capitan
Disneynature’s new true life adventure “Bears” opens this weekend, showing a year in the life of a bear family with two cutie young cubs. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $10-$22. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Friday Jazz at LACMA
Don’t forget blankets, sweaters, chairs and a picnic to while you lounge on the grass and listen to the jazz… starting this Friday the concerts are back at LACMA and it’s our favorite places to picnic and play and wind down the week (or jump start the weekend!). Fri., 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bunny Brunch at American Girl
It’s an egg-stravagant morning with The Grove’s Easter Bunny. Bring your appetite and your camera, as there are photo-ops a plenty. Sat., 9 a.m. Mid-City. $22. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

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Circus Vargas
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls and spend the evening at the circus – an old fashioned new show full of music, magic, excitement and fun. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Arcadia. $22-$57. All ages. Event details.

An Egg-ceptional Celebration
In honor of Easter, it’s an egg-ceptional celebration (the puns keep coming for a few more day) where kids can eat egg scrambles and take egg-speditions throughout the gardens. Sat., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Arcadia. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.


Enchanted Fairytale Easter
A special edition of Fairy Tale Theatre returns, where costumed actors invite little ones and their grown-ups to partake in story-telling, sing-a-longs, crafts, face-painting, theater games, refreshments, and re-enactments of fairytales, myths, and legends. Sat. & Sun., 12:30 p.m. Santa Monica. $15 kids, one adult per kid is free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

Earth Day Topanga
This is an Earth Day with something for all ages and from all cultures.  For the kids there will be a Prayer for Peace flag painting workshop, musical instruments making, tree planting, storytelling, face painting, loom and hand spinning, cooking on a parabolic dish, an Alice in Wonderland tea party and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Topanga. $12. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The naming of cats is a difficult matter, it isn’t just one of your holiday games…  If that rings a bell, you were probably born in the 80′s!  And now it’s time to take your kids to see the musical inspired by Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Fri. – Sun., Various times. La Mirada. $20-$70. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

Looking for more Easter events? We’ve got a score- and more. There are also Earth Day activities popping up all over town. What are you up to this weekend?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Irvine Park Railroad and Pakou Thao via flickr.