What’s on your agenda this weekend? How about skipping the grocery store and heading to the Beverly Hills Farmer’s market for fresh produce and pony rides or make your little princess smile at a garden party. Check out a Taiwanese puppet show, the Cirque du Soleil meets clown act that is Jamie Adkins, or mellow out and create at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. And parents won’t want to miss the California Baby and Kidz Expo—overflowing with activities for the little ones and info for mom and dad.
World City: Chen Kuai Le Puppet Theater
Taiwan’s leading puppeteer directs this magical journey set to traditional Taiwanese music. Sat. 12 p.m., Downtown L.A., Free. Event Details.
4th Annual Zimmerpalooza Benefit Concert
Jam the morning away with children’s performer Lisa Loeb and Rhythm Child, be wowed by magician Justin Kredible, grab a light brunch and get some hands-on time with art projects—all for the good cause of raising money for this fantastic children’s space on Wilshire Blvd. Sun. 10 a.m., Los Angeles, $50-100. Event Details.
Jamie Adkins Circus Incognitus
One-man circus act Jamie Adkins enthralls audiences with feats of infinitesimal wonder on the tightrope while juggling, or walking on stilts while clowning. This Cirque de Soleil alum is the ringmaster that amuses and amazes. Sat. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m., Culver City, $20. Event Details.
Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market Kid Zone
Stock up on farm fresh fruit and veggies and then head over to the petting zoo to give your kids a truly organic experience. Pony rides and music round out the morning. Sun. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Beverly Hills, Minimal Fee for zoo and rides. Event Details.
Disney Princess Garden Party
Your pretty princess will adore this event at Santa Monica Place. Merry little maidens will partake in art projects, royal games, and more. Sat. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Free Family Day: Drawing in Space
Head to the Santa Monica Museum of Art and take in the works and then gather as a family to create your own project. Taking inspiration from artist Al Taylor, the gang can turn scavenged items into the family’s latest wall hanging or sculpture. Sat. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
California Baby and Kidz Expo
Parents can discover the latest developmental toys, summer camps and birthday splurges, but the real draw is the kid’s area. Brimming with events like the Diaper Derby–a crawling race for babies–magic shows, face painting, clowns, sing-a-longs, and tons more entertainment. Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Pasadena, Adults $9, 12 and Under Free. Event Details.
Boopity Boop! Writes Her First Poem
Children’s author Masiela Lusha weaves a creative tale of a six-year old girl who puts her pen to paper and creates. The book encourages kids to live out their dreams, a great message to teach at any age. Sat. 10:30 a.m., Pasadena, Free. Event Details.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The classic tale of friendship comes to life with the Go-Fame Theatre Company. Be whisked away as a young boy and his rabbit grow up together, learn life lessons and discover what it means to be real. Sat. 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sun 2 p.m., Long Beach, $15 , Event Details.
Shark Lagoon Nights
Put those Jaws fears to rest once and for all by getting up close with the toothy sea dwellers. Touch bamboo sharks and sting rays while admiring sand tigers and white tips. There will be snacks. Fridays through May. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Event Details.