March has arrived, bringing a special madness with it that makes us want to twist things up in madcap way. Like a circus with hip hop, Legos in the Wild West and tea with a soupçon of magic. And if that’s not enough there are festivals galore: lanterns, whales, Easter, puppies, trees, art and bikes. Can you find a method to our madness?
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LA Lantern Festival
Wander beneath Chinese lanterns and celebrate with hands-on arts & crafts, traditional as well as contemporary live entertainment, martial artists, acrobats, magicians, music, food trucks, and more. Sat., noon-7 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Sunday Art Studio at MOCA
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy pre-kid days? Re-live them, kids in tow, by taking part in the Family Sunday Studio at MOCA where you can tour the collections, take part in conversations about the current exhibitions and make art together. Sun., 1 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Build a LEGO® Western Town
Inspired by the Masters of the American West exhibition, join LEGO lovers of all ages and build your own Western scene to add to imaginative Western towns of the past, present and future. Sun., 1-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Wag to Woofstock
Let your puppy loving tots play with tons of them at Woofstock. The day includes pet adoptions, a pet parade, pet goodies marketplace, pet entertainment and food trucks (for humans). Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Imagine a Magical Tea
The Imagine Tea at the Langham is designed just for kids and has a special touch of magic. Performers from the Junior Program from the Magic Castle entertain young tea guests, performing close-up magic while kids dine on a specialty tea menu of magically-decorated cookies, sandwiches and whimsical desserts. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. Pasadena. $36-$48. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Meet Buddy from Dinosaur Train
Calling all dinosaur lovers! Buddy is waiting at a special meet and greet in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. Plus, plenty of paleontology fun. Sat., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-6. Event details.
This joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting dance has hoofers hitting the stage with inventive rapid-fire tap numbers, funky costumes, a human beatbox, and a big brass band. (They’re also in Long Beach on Saturday.) Sun., 2 p.m. Malibu. $20-$45. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
CicLAvia Goes Valley
This is the most walkable CicLAvia yet. CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets and the streets fill up with smiles, wheels of all kinds (bikes, trikes, scooters and strollers) and people. Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Panorama City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Hooray for trees and Arbor Day! Spend the day tree planting and learning to care for the small saplings followed by prizes, an event program and as a treat, lunch & dessert are provided. Sat., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. El Segundo. Free. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
Vroom to the Hot Wheels Garage
For young car fanatics, there are cars big and small with a Hot Wheels display of life-size cars and loads of tracks and cars to race with at the Automobile Driving Museum. Sat., 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. El Segundo. $5-$10, kids free. Event details.
Festival of Whales
During this peak season, 40–50 whales pass by Dana Point each day, making it the perfect place for a whale of a festival. There are whale watching excursions for all, a Dolphin Safari, Clam Chowder Cook-off, BBQ, Diamond Dig, Movie in the Park, Carnival, Rubber Duck Derby and more. Sat., & Sun. All day. Dana Point. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.
Irvine Park Railroad Easter Train
This weekend kicks off the annual Easter Eggstravaganza at Irvine Park, where children & adults can ride the train, meet the bunny and take pictures, get Easter bunny faces painted on, take a hay ride and take part in an Easter egg hunt. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Irvine. Tickets are $5. All ages. Event details.