The boys (in blue) are back in town, and baseball season hits LA this weekend. But if peanuts and Cracker Jacks aren’t your cup of tea, you could celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday (he’d be a spry 450 this weekend) with a trip back to the Renaissance. It’s also time to gear up for all those April holidays – Easter, Earth Day and Passover are all coming up, and bringing with them plenty of family fun…

Join us for a celebration of green consciousness with STAR Eco Station at California’s largest Children’s Earth Day! Enjoy live entertainment, eco themed games, food, crafts, prizes, vendors, face painting and more! Featuring exciting and imaginative performances by over a thousand kids from the greater Los Angeles area. Commemorate green living and join us for tours of the Eco Station, hear from celebrity guests and local leaders, and learn from environmental organizations! Be a part of STAR Eco Station’s mission of "preservation through education" at LA Times’ “Best Earth Day Pick” and LA Parent Magazine’s “Best Children’s Earth Day”!

Wilshire Blvd.

Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, or even sneakers ready for LA’s biggest block party.  All along Wilshire you’ll music, performances, food trucks galore, and just about everything else L.A. has to offer. Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown-Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


Dodgers: Kids Run the Bases
First Sunday home game of the season: and with it a reason for kids to stick around past the 7th inning stretch.  Our Los Angeles Dodgers are taking on the San Francisco Giants today, and after the game, kids can take the field and run the bases. Sun., 5 p.m. Elysian Park. $25-$225. All ages. Event details.


“Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” in 3D IMAX
Lemurs arrived in Madagascar as castaways millions of years ago and evolved into hundreds of diverse species, but are now endangered. This movie about these adorable, adaptable and amazing animals opens this weekend at the Science Center. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Exposition Park. $4.25-$7. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


Bunny Brunch at American Girl
This egg-stravagant morning brings girls together with their American Girl dolls, the Easter Bunny, and a yummy brunch. Bring your appetite and your camera, as there are photo-ops a plenty.  Sun., 9 a.m. Mid City. $22. Ages 3 and up. Event details.

Car Seat Safety Day
Bucklebear is heading to the Petersen this morning to help do free safety checks on car seats at the Petersen Museum.  Make sure your precious cargo is secure and safe, then stay for more car fun at the museum. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Derby Day 5 K
Run where the horses run! Start in the starting gate, get cheered on by the screeching peacocks in the Arboretum, and race to the track’s finish line. There are 2 kids races, so everyone who can walk, can run! Sat., 8 a.m. Arcadia. $20-$33. All ages. Event details.


Children’s Earth Day at the Eco Station
It’s California’s largest Children’s Earth Day with live entertainment, eco themed games, food, crafts, prizes, vendors, face painting and more. Kids can also tour the center and meet the exotic rescue animals that call it home. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Culver City. Free admission (tours $5). All ages. Event details.

Magic at the Fowler
Watch a magic performance by Wacko and explore your inner trickster, then learn riddles, tricks, and pranks to get your loved ones to giggle. Sun., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Passover Sing Along
Learn some Passover tunes at this Saturday morning sing along to get ready for the upcoming holiday. Sat., 10:30 a.m. West LA. Free. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Renaissance Pleasure Faire
It’s time for the days of old, when knights (and their ladies) were bold. Kids can create beautiful crafts, have great fun with games & rides, be entertained with fabulous stage shows and jousts, and even be knighted by the King. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Irwindale. $13-$26. All ages. Event details.

What spring activities are you looking forward to? We’d love to hear your weekend plans!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Gretchen Hampton via and STAR Eco Station