For many LA kids spring break kicks off now, so in addition to weekend outings, we found some excursions you can take all week long, like an amazing Bubblefest or a visit to an Easter Farm. You can also see stars, hit a family or book fest, visit the tide pools, sing for Seeger, hear Fantasia live or catch one of the many Cinderellas who are bibbity bobbity boo-ing around town!
A Grand Bookfest
See, hear and read books, books and more books. Events for kids include storytelling & performances, a bilingual sing-along, readings from Matilda, bookmaking using recycled materials, a kid’s book swap and more. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Celestial bodies are ready for their close-up at this cool opportunity for the whole family to look at the sun, moon and stars, try out tons of telescopes, and talk to astronomers. Sat., 2 p.m.-9:45 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mid-City & Hollywood
Discover the Art of Ancient Columbia
See works of art, instruments—such as ocarina and flutes and clay vessels—and objects that reflect life from an ancient culture. Then make your own instruments in art workshops. Sun., 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free with free NexGen Membership. All ages. Event details.
Cinderella On Stage, For Tots
There are a lot, like a whole lot, of Cinderellas around town right now. She’s on the big stage downtown, the big screen, and several smaller stages, too. Our pick for kids is this Storybook Theatre production: not too scary, not too expensive this show is just right. (Oops; wrong show!) Sat., 1 p.m. Universal City. $10-$12. Ages 3-9. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Play Time at the Getty Family Festival
Get your game face on, as the Getty Center is turned into a gigantic playground for this daylong festival celebrating play. Storytelling and music mix with circus acts, board games, hopscotch, pick-up sticks, and the first Getty ping-pong party. Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peter Seeger Tribute Concert
Raise a little activist as you raise your voice (“If I Had A Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn” and his version of “We Shall Overcome”) at this tribute to the man and his music at the beautiful Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. Sat., 1 p.m. Topanga. $10-$25, kids under 5 are free. All ages. Event details.
What Lives in a Tidepool?
Take the kids for a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat, poking in the tide pools of the Point Fermin State Marine Park. Sat. at 11 a.m. & Sun. at noon. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Fantasia with Live Orchestra
A live orchestra accompanies scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia and Fantasia 2000. Big screen + live music + wizard Mickey makes for one magical afternoon. Sun., 1 p.m. Northridge. $35-$50. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
This is good clean fun at an event bursting with hands-on family activities. There’s plenty to explore, with the outdoor bubble zone and exhibits on the science behind bubbles. But the main attraction is the amazing Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Ana. $7, plus museum admission. All ages. Event details.
Easter on the Farm
Celebrate Easter at Underwood Family Farms with visits with the Easter Bunny (bring your camera!), baby animals, a chicken show, Easter Story Labyrinth, and tractor-drawn wagon rides. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. Moorpark. $6. All ages. Event details.
Photo credits: Underwood Family Farms and © 2014 J. Paul Getty Trust