Goodbye April showers – it’s time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine!  Walk, run, dance, parade, pick blueberries, marvel at a sky full of butterflies; there is no shortage of outdoor activities this weekend.

Los Angeles

Kids 4 Kids Run/Walk & Carnival
The fun-filled day of activities includes the 5K and 10K races and the “All Star” Carnival with food, rides, celebrity/athlete-manned game booths and entertainment. Sun., 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. Downtown. $10-$25. All Ages. Event details.

Festival of Childhood
This open-air street festival fills the city block with music, laughter and color as children and families enjoy live performances (including Bob Baker’s marionettes!) and participate in tons of arts and crafts activities, rock climbing walls and more. Sat., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Grand Butterfly Release
It’s a spectacular sight as over 600 Painted Lady butterflies are simultaneously released into the air; kids can also face paint, eat like a butterfly, do arts & crafts and decorate butterfly cookies. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. All Ages. Event details.

Doo Dah Parade
How can you miss a parade recently voted “America’s Best Parade” that features both a fleet of motorized Kinetic Pastry Science Mobile Muffins and a humungous robotic spitting cat named Boo-Boo Kitty? Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Pasadena. Free. All Ages. Event details.


Santa Monica Mountains Science Festival
Something for everyone with an inquiring mind: watch owls fly at night, identify a wildflower, learn how to track mountain lions and bobcats and listen to stories from long ago. Fri. & Sat., Various times. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Baby Loves Disco: Superhero Tour
The Baby Loves Disco magic is back, and this time they invite kids to come dressed in super hero cos­tumes (or just be their own super-self) and join the party for dance and fun. (Also at the Americana.) Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Northridge. Free. Ages 1-7. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Mystery on the Rails (A Day Out With Thomas)
Take a ride on a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, then spend the rest of the day enjoying other Thomas-themed activities including stamps, temporary tattoos, hands-on arts and crafts, and a Thomas storytelling and video viewing area. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Fillmore. $18. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Crafting Community at the Ace Hotel
Shift gears this weekend from the hectic hustle of city life to a poolside getaway filled with craft, recreation and creativity for the whole family (with workshops on underwater photography, succulent gardens, customize t-shirt and sneaker making, henna tattoos, leather working, creative cookies and macramé, there is something perfect for everyone)!  Fri. – Sun., Activities all day. Palm Springs. Call Hotel for reservations. All Ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose