Spring has sprung and we couldn’t be happier to indulge in the longer days filled with sunshine (finally!). This weekend, celebrate an ancient Japanese festival, hang out with the Story Pirates, watch some bandits try to steal some root beer or fall down down the rabbit hole along with Alice and gang. Scroll through for the rest of our must-do picks, below.
photo: Shorty Yoga
Springtime Fun in DTLA’s Little Tokyo
One of the largest events in Japanese culture is the observance of Hanamatsuri, also known as the “Flower Festival,” celebrated every year on Apr. 8 and commemorating Buddha’s birthday. Symbolic of Buddha’s teachings, pay homage to this traditional holiday in LA’s Little Tokyo by giving a home to your very own Buddha-figure from Bunkado or Rafu Bussan. Or, join the Nishi Hongwanji Buddhist Temple for a rich traditional celebration of Buddha’s life with a free service and live entertainment open to the public. Sun. Event details.
Nickelodeon named A Faery Hunt “Best Children’s Theater in Los Angeles.” Join the magical musical adventure with Auntie Angelica who takes the audience on a musical adventure filled with fun, laughs, and surprises to help the faery royalty. Come in costume! Sun. Event details.
Join the LA cast of the Story Pirates for their biggest show of the year and a family-friendly Pirate Party featuring food, drinks, photo ops, silent auction, tricky tray raffle, kids activities and more! This unforgettable event will help bring quality arts and education programs to underserved schools and free performances for children in the foster care and homeless communities. All tickets include admission to an all-ages reception following the performance. The reception will feature a silent auction, open bar, family activities, and more. Sun. Event details.
Yoga for Little Travelers
Join families of all skill levels as Alex Reed leads participants in a 45-minute imaginative yoga session featuring mindful play, breathing exercises, and relaxing stretches. Little yogis (ages 4+) and their families are invited to pack their bags and join Alex on a whimsical journey to Guatemala during this new monthly yoga series. Then, at 2 p.m., join Fowler Educators for a family-friendly guided tour highlighting artwork from the session’s destination in their special exhibition Guatemalan Masks. Yoga mats will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! Space is limited to 15 participants, and is first-come, first served. Sun. Event details.
The Root Beer Bandits
Garry Marshall Theatre and the marshallARTS Family Series present “The Root Beer Bandits: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale.” This musical adventure is for the whole family and is the story of Polly Peppercorn, the only female to ride for the Pony Express in 1860. But as often is the case, that is her predicament, not her goal. She has big dreams to become an American songwriter. When Polly delivers a letter to Sheriff Bailey of Sarsaparilla City, they discover that the infamous outlaw duo of Copper Penny and Zeke are scheming to steal the city’s famous Gold Rush root beer supply. With Sally Sue Tucker, a trailblazing female entrepreneur helping her, Polly sets things right and makes it clear that everyone is capable of greatness, no matter what the circumstance. Laughs are sure to be a-plenty in this popular family show including a Ho’ down, a sing-off at high noon, and a surprise ending. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
The Help Group will be hosting its 9th Annual Special Needs Resources Fair. This is an opportunity for parents and professionals to discover the wonderful resources that Los Angeles has to offer its special needs community. Plus there will be children’s activities, food, and family fun! Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Day Out With Thomas: The Steam Team Tour is a fun-filled event that provides kids of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas and Percy as well as participate in tons of Thomas & Friends activities. Advance tickets are recommended. There are several timed departures each day of the event. Sat. Event details.
Alice in Wonderland The Musical is a modern take on Lewis Carroll’s timeless story. Alice falls down the rabbit hole and meets a multitude of familiar characters including the Cheshire Cat, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Mad Hatter and of course the infamous Red Queen! This Musical Comedy Spectacular is filled to the brim with beautiful music, amazing dancing, and pure magic that will wow the entire family! Join Alice as she navigates her way through Wonderland! Fri.-Sun. Event details
Rally up the troops and join Pretend City for their extended Kidstock Music & Arts Festival! Enjoy live musical performances throughout the ten days and explore different musical stylings, instruments, and sounds! Stay tuned for the release of our line-up! Fri.-Sun. Event details.