Spring has officially sprung!  While we may not have had much of a winter, the officialness of Spring means we get to celebrate some of the best things of the year – from spring flowers (Cherry Blossoms) to baseball season to new spring movies (Hi, Kermit).  If your tot’s got a thing for transportation, there are horses, trucks and trains galore this weekend.  Whatever you do, get out there and seize spring.

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The Muppets Take Over The El Capitan
The kids will love it, you’ll adore it and the El Capitan is the place to see it, because before every show they’ve got Miss Piggy & Kermit singing live on stage, as well as costumes and props from the movie. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $12-$35. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


Sew Your Own Friend
Kids can create their own soft creatures as they first make a pattern from a drawing of their own, then cut out, decorate and finally hand-sew the creature. (And learning to sew buttons is a great life skill that will lessen your own load!) Sat., 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. Eagle Rock. $30. Ages 5-9. Event details.

Native American Culture with American Girl ®
Kaya’s American Girl stories explore what it was like to grow up as a Nez Perce girl. This afternoon at the Autry kids can learn more about Native American culture by basket-weaving, Parfleche Bag making and Native American dancing.  Sat., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Cherry Blossom Festival
Don’t miss it!  These gorgeous blossoms are in bloom for a fleeting moment, and Descanso is spectacular this weekend with drifts of pink and white cherry blossoms. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. La Canada. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

Catch A Movie in the Outfield
Bring your picnic blanket and spread out on the grass for an outdoor movie night on the baseball field. The show for the evening is, of course, a kid baseball classic: “The Sandlot.”  Fri., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pasadena. $5. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

For Little Truckers Who Love Big Trucks
‘Truck Adventures’ is a cool chance for your little wheeler to get up close and personal with over 50 trucks and other vehicles that they usually see only on the road from fire trucks, police cars, construction vehicles and more. Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Arcadia. $15. All ages. Event details.


Willy Wonka
You’ve seen the movie, but you haven’t seen it on stage.  Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life featuring the songs from the classic family film “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 4 and up. Event details.


Mini Riders Love Horse Tales
Bring the kids for an afternoon at the Rancho to see the ranch buildings and restored carriages.   Take a nature hike and then see the rangers show off for the kids in a horse riding demo. Sat., 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Scenic Train Ride
Bring your little conductor for a ride on an old fashioned train.  It’s the perfect time of year to chug through century old citrus and avocado groves in the beautiful Heritage Valley. Sat., 12:30 p.m. Fillmore. $10-$25. All ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite thing about Spring in Los Angeles?  We want to know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: The Autry Museum of Western Heritage‘s facebook page  and Meghan Rose