Trees, trucks, trains and time-travel: this weekend is brought to you by the letter “T.” But wait, there’s more! It’s also time for our very favorite film fest for kids, things are getting wild at the Zoo, it’s a Fiesta on Broadway and puppets take over the Skirball. In other words, this weekend has a little something for everyone.

photo: BeBe Jacobs courtesy of the Skirball Cultural Center


REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
Magical, exhilarating works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming auteurs from around the globe inspire the whole family in live action and animated shorts.  This is a Red Tricycle favorite event every year, so be sure to check the schedule for programs appropriate for your kiddos and make it a family date. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Radio Disney Awards
It’s like the Grammys, except you’ve never heard of the performers—but your kids have and you’ll win parent of the year if you bring them to the concert where Radio Disney takes over Nokia Theatre for performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Jordan Fisher, Sofia Carson, Alex Aiono, Jenna Ortega and more. Sat. Event details.

Fiesta Broadway
Fiesta Broadway is the largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the country. The streets downtown open up with performances by well-known Latin American artists, carnival-style games & rides and loads of tasty foods. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Wild About Clay at the Autry
See like an artist, think like an animal, and make a ball of clay come to life at this event that is an introduction to artistic observation and 3-D sketching while live animals roam the Autry Lawn. Sun. Event details.

Wild at the Zoo
All between Earth Day and Endangered Species Day the spotlight is on conservation at the Zoo with activities, shows, and presentations that will inspire as well as entertain. Learn about wildlife conservation and animal care, see a puppets for the planet show and ZooLAbration: an all-new, spectacular acrobatic show. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Santa Cecilia Orchestra Trio
In time for Cinco de Mayo, Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra brings a show of family-friendly classics, including works by Latino composers, to the beautiful Wallis Theatre. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Touch-A-Truck Adventures
Benefiting Make A Wish, kids can get in the driver’s seat and meet the people who drive their favorite vehicles. They’ll run out of energy before they run out of trucks to “drive.” Sat. Event details.

Renaissance Faire
It’s time for the days of old, when knights (and their ladies) were bold. In addition to soaking up the atmosphere and seeing shows, like Green Eggs & Hamlet and jousting, kids can even be knighted by the King at the children’s knighting ceremony. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Puppet Festival at the Skirball
Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of stories at the Skirball’s amazing annual Puppet Festival, featuring new and classic tales told with an array of puppets (everything from shadow puppets to giant pageant puppets), live music and art. Sun. Event details.

Making Imaginary Family Portraits
If you could add a member to your family, who or what would it be? Work alongside an artist to make portraits of new family members, drawing inspiration from the new exhibit at the Hammer Museum. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Travel Back in Time at the Victorian Fair
Travel in time to participate in a lively Victorian Fair with live music, period dance demonstrations & lessons, historic house tours, fashion shows and much more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Santa Clarity Valley

Earth Arbor Day Celebration
Join in the festivities at this eco-friendly event to renew your family commitment to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Plant trees, do arts & crafts and learn loads at the weekend long celebration in the park. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Celebrate all things that go choo-choo! Hop aboard one of the vintage steam trains for a ride and see frontier gunfights, model trains and hear the history of riding the rails from costumed docents. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

What’s your favorite family outing that starts with the letter “T”? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose