It’s Earth Day this Sunday, and there are plenty of planet friendly family celebrations all over town, from the Zoo to the Natural History Museum to the STAR Eco Station. Also this weekend are two annual can’t miss events: the L.A. Times Festival of Books and the Cowboy Festival. The only problem this weekend is figuring out which things to do!

Los Angeles

Minimalist Jukebox
Experience the musical style of minimalism and learn how it uses patterns to create an energetic and vibrant sound with the Los Angeles Phil and guest dancers. Sat., 11:00 am. Downtown. $28. Ages 5-11. Event details.

L.A. 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 with readings and book signings with favorite authors and cool music acts in between. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Exposition Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Outward Bound at NHM
When you live in this sprawling concrete jungle, it’s easy to forget Los Angeles has beautiful accessible green spaces, and Earth Day is a perfect time to (re)discover them and reconnect with the outdoors! Sun., 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

L.A. Zoo Earth Day Weekend
The Los Angeles Zoo is hosting two days of festivities where the theme is celebrating the special California wildlife all around us—maybe even in your own backyard… Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Griffith Park. $11-$16. All ages. Event details.


Children’s Earth Day at STAR Eco Station
With activity everywhere you look (live entertainment, environmental-themed games, food, crafts, prizes, vendors, face painting, children’s art exhibits), this is the place to celebrate Earth Day and learn about the wonders of the environment and the importance of protecting our planet. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Culver City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Twelfth Night (For Kids!)
Over-the-top theatrics, live footnotes and all-out comedy accompany the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company as they bring this classic story (abbreviated and in modern language) to youngsters. Sat., 11:00 am. Westwood. $10-$15. Ages 5-11. Event details.

Fancy Nancy and Other Storybooks
Enjoy watching six favorite stories (including Fancy Nancy) come to life in this all-new revue featuring mini-musicals based on best-selling children’s books. Sat., 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Malibu. $10-$15. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Cowboy Festival
Saddle up and step back to a simpler time of chaps, saddles and old-time saloons as the whole family can taste some cowboy cobbler, see trick ropers, wear authentic gear, hear some cowboy (and cowgirl!) crooners and watch living history exhibits. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Sierra Madre. $10-$30. All ages. Event details.

KidFest 2012
Get out and enjoy the sunshine for a fun-filled day of train rides, arts and crafts, live music, rock walls, and more! Sun., 11:00am – 4:00pm. Thousand Oaks. Free. All ages. Event details.