Spring is here! Nothing says spring like finding bugs and birds, taking part in the Persian spring festival of Norooz, celebrating the equinox, and even pickling the delights of spring veggies to savor all year. You can bike through the Valley, see an intergalactic nemesis (to tide you until the new Star Wars hits) and even build with LEGOs, find Cowboy Fairies and play with puppets.

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Norooz Festival
Norooz is the festival of renewal and rebirth.  Celebrate at Grand Park where it’s all about spring, new life and kids and there will be loads of entertainment, food and fun.  Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Wild West LEGO Day at the Autry
From stagecoach stations to the jail cell, find inspiration within the museum galleries and then join other LEGO lovers to build a fanciful Western town of the past, present, or future. Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Let There Be Bugs!
Bug Fair is the place for getting up close and personal with bugs, spiders, worms, insects, and other creepy crawlies and slimy wigglers. Kids can participate in a variety of bug related activities and can adopt their caterpillars for the upcoming Butterfly Release. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. All ages. Event details.

Pucker Up for Pickle Making
What makes a pickle a pickle? Explore this ancient art of pickling and preserving foods together. Sat., 10 a.m.-noon. Arcadia. $10/child. All ages. Event details.


Birdwatching for Kids
This is a special short walk for kids and their families—just bring sunscreen, water, walking shoes and sharp eyes, the binoculars will be provided. Sun., 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Malibu. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.

A World of Puppets at the Skirball
Through movement, music, art making, and storytelling, young puppeteers explore a variety of forms of puppetry and performance. Get inspired by interacting with the amazing puppets in Noah’s Ark, then create puppets to take home. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-noon. West LA. $15/one child and one adult. Ages 3 ½-5. Event details.

South Bay

When Cowboys Meet Faeries
Jumping out of Faeryland and into Ranch, A Faery Hunt is taking families on a rootin’-tootin’ musical adventure as Deputies of Storytelling. Meet a guitar–playing sheriff, his quirky cook, the ranch baron, and the amazing Cowgirl Jane. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Redondo Beach. $15. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Santa Clarita Valley

A Cowboy Pirate Ship?
What was a cowboy doing with a pirate ship?  Well, it was a model one, and it’s on display inside his (he being Bill Hart) hilltop mansion.  So come check it out and then make a model pirate ship.  Fri., 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Newhall. Free. Ages 5-10. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

CicLAvia Goes to the Valley
CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets and fills them all things with wheels that aren’t cars. The very first Valley route runs 5.5 miles along Lankershim Boulevard and explores some of the coolest spots of the Valley. Sun., 9 a.m-4 p.m. Los Angeles. Free. All ages. Event details.

Celebrate the Spring Equinox
Enjoy storytelling and singing songs from the Chumash and Tataviam.  Learn why the Chumash and other natives celebrated the Spring Equinox. Sat., noon- 1 p.m. Newbury. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Intergalactic Nemesis
This live-action graphic novel is a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience that mashes up radio drama with comic books, making it a perfect performance experience for kids and kids-at-heart. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $20-$39. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

What says springtime in Los Angeles to you? We’d love to know what spring activities you’ve got planned.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Meghan Rose and Peter Turman/Courtesy of Skirball Cultural Center