Happy Earth Day! We rounded up some spectacular ways to celebrate our planet and all the creatures who share it with us this weekend. From clean ups along the beach and at the LA River to a run through the gardens and a wild(life) celebration at the zoo, there are a million ways to take care of the earth. You can also celebrate local treasures (like Bob Baker) and international gems (at a fab film fest for kids).
photo: REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
This is the film festival you’ve been waiting for, because every member of the family will adore these quirky and clever films from around the globe. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. $5. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
Camp Butterfly Sleepover
Flutter over for this sweet, nectar filled sleepover that will inspire a mini-entomologist’s love of moths and butterflies. Fri.-Sat., 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m. Exposition Park. $75. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Hooray LA, A Brand New Bob Baker Marionette Show
The beloved theater is still in operation and this new show is part thank you and part love letter to Los Angeles. Not only will you kids dig the show, you’ll be supporting a local treasure. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Echo Park. $10-$15. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
FOLAR LA River Clean Up
The Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) invites families to come out for a work-party down by the river. Kids too young to participate can still check how amazing our urban river is at one of the many cool activities you can find along the river. Sat., 9 a.m.-noon. Multiple locations. Free. Ages 9 & up. Event details.
Wild for the Planet at the Zoo
For the next 5 weekends, the Zoo is going wild for the planet with activities (like special animal feedings, talks and puppet shows) and information that spotlight the importance of protecting the environment and our planet’s creatures. Sat & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
5K and Earth Day at Descanso
The Earth Day Festival, with garden walks and wildflowers is all weekend long, but on Sunday you can also have the chance to get up early (6 a.m.) and take a private run through the gorgeous gardens. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. La Canada. $4-$9. (The fun run has a $45 registration fee.) All ages. Event details.
Indulge your truck lovers fondest wishes. When they climb on, around and over more trucks than they can imagine you can feel doubly good, because this event benefits the Make-A-Wish® Foundation. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arcadia. $15. Ages 2-12. Event details.
Sailing in the Courtyard
Sailing comes to the city with an art exhibit, boat making, sailing in the fountain and a land faring “boat” to test out at the Fowler Museum. Sun., 10-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All Ages. Event details.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
This clever film, based on the Roald Dahl book, is beloved by kids and parents alike. It’s on the big screen this weekend and it’s the perfect break from all the outdoor fun. Sun., 3 p.m. Santa Monica. $9-$11. Rated PG. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
The Amazing Acro-Cats
The show features the talents of several amazing rescue cats who can do all sorts of tricks, including jam in a rock band with a tambourine playing chicken. A must for littles who love furry felines! Fri.-Sun., Various times. North Hollywood. $27-$36. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Earth Day Cleanup
The Tree Musketeers is organizing a cleanup of trees all the way to the sea in honor of our breathing buddies and all they do for our earth and atmosphere. Join the clean up and then plant some new trees, too. Sat., 9:30-11:30 a.m. El Segundo. Free. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Santa Clarita Valley
New location this year, same old cowboy fun: dutch oven peach cobbler, trick ropers, authentic gear, a show stopping musical talent lineup, living history exhibits and leather-working for kids. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Newhall. $7-$10. All ages. Event details.
We’d love to hear how you plan to honor our earth this weekend!