Got a little theater lover? This weekend has a whole variety of stage shows kids will adore, from seeing other mini-thespians tread the boards to watching Belle and the Beast leap and plié to a 80‘s throwback that will have you singing along. Or if your kids prefer wheels there both mini choo-choos and giant touchable trucks. Plus monkeys and a few more tree hugging events, too.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Shakespeare By and For Kids
Perfect for kids, Much Ado mixes lots of hilarious antics with some scenery-chewing near-tragedy.  This adaptation was written for young players, so your kids can see other kids performing and loving Shakespeare. Sat. & Sun., 12:30 p.m. Mid-City. $10. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Monkeys Take Over Hollywood
Disneynature’s Monkey Kingdom follows monkey Maya and her son and their jungle neighbors the mongooses, langur monkeys, leopards and monitor lizards.  Before the movie, see live animals from around the world on stage. Fri.-Sun., Times vary. Hollywood. $10-$ 22. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Griffith Park

Autry Explorers Go Green
Celebrate Earth Day and delve into the dirt with a local agronomist for hands-on outdoor fun, learning about plants that become our food, and planting seedlings to take home. Sat., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 5-12. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena Model Railroad
This rare open house is a must for all little conductors, giving them a chance to see in action one of the largest HO scale-operating model railroads in the world covering almost 5,000 square feet. Detailed scenery and theatrical lighting combine to make this model railroad one kids (and parents) dream about.  Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Los Angeles. $1-5 donation, kids under 7 free. All ages. Event details.

Truck Adventures for Kids
Calling all kids that love cars and trucks and things that go: the Truck Adventures for Kids lets kiddos climb on, over and every which way imaginable through a maze of dozens and dozens of trucks and other one of a kind vehicles. The outing benefits Make A Wish LA. Sat., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Arcadia. $15. All ages. Event details.


Frottage! Excuse me? It’s Art.
Kids can explore the art technique known as frottage by creating a life-size portrait using found objects such as coins, wood, or leaves. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


This Production of Mary Poppins is Practically Perfect
Mary Poppins comes to Thousand Oaks with all the hits, like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cheree,” “Feed the Birds,” and all the rest, plus brand-new songs written for the stage. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $34-$74. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Cats The Musical
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 award winning musical that was created by Andrew LLoyd Webber, and inspired by Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Palos Verdes. $25-$55. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Bunka Sai Festival
This annual event features demonstrations of taiko, koto and shakuhachi music, kamishibai, dance, martial arts, tea ceremony, calligraphy, bonsai, and ikebana (flower arranging) alongside tasty BBQ, curry and mochi. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Torrance. Free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Beauty and the Beast Ballet
Beauty and the Beast is an original ballet about Beauty and her mysterious Beast. With beautiful sets and costumes and magnificent music, Beauty and the Beast is a visual feast that delights tiny dancers. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Claremont. $34-$42. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Long Beach

Green Prize Festival
This festival highlights urban farmers, green chefs, artists, green technology, sustainable transportation, and all things green. With the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Garden for parents and activities galore for the kids, everyone has a happy, earth friendly day. Sat., 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are your wild weekend plans? Let us know how you #RocktheWeekend, and show us your pictures!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Los Angeles Drama Club and Truck Adventures for Kids