Mayday might be a call for help, but our handy guide is all the help you’ll need finding the best things to do with kids this packed May Day weekend. It’s Bird Day in LA, Cinco de Mayo is coming, there are a few horse outings in honor of Derby Day, storytelling in Shangri-La, superheroes from across the galaxy and free comic books for everyone!

Do as William Did


Bird Day LA
Saturday is an all-day celebration of birds all over LA County with dozens of events taking place from the Valley to the South Bay and all points in between. Find the one perfect for your family or just step outside anywhere and see something with feathers and wings flying by. Sat., Various times and locations. Free. All ages. Event details.


REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival
This is our favorite kids film fest in the world! This weekend kicks off three weeks of a global tour of charming, funny and poignant films for the whole family. A different program shows at each screening, so check the schedule for one that’s age and interest appropriate. Sat. & Sun., noon, 1:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. Downtown. $5. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Cinco de Mayo
The oldest part of the city is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Visit Olvera Street for a fiesta with popular and traditional music, dancing, and food. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

South LA

Marvel Universe Live!
Marvel fans, assemble! See your favorite Super Heroes, including Spider-Man, The Avengers plus loads of villains come to life in an action-packed arena show. With cool special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more, it’s a show your little hero will love. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Inglewood. $20-$135. Ages 4 & up. Event details.


Cinco de Mayo Festival for Kids
This celebration of Cinco de Mayo is all about kids with loads of tasty Mexican food, games, Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi performances, a dance party, arts and crafts, a puzzle room for the whole family, face painting, a salsa competition and the Bob Baker Marionettes performing at 5 p.m.  Sat., 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Silverlake. Free admission, $5 tickets to marionette show. All ages. Event details.

Champagne & Croquet
It’s the favorite game of the Queen of Hearts and you can swing into the game or take a lesson on the lush west lawn of Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Hollyhock House, which just re-opened to the public. No experience needed, just grab your mallet and enjoy a 3-flight sparkling wine tasting. Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Los Feliz. $5/kid, $40/adult. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Grand Butterfly Release
It’s time for the annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Butterfly Release Festival. Over 500 Painted Lady butterflies are simultaneously released daily. You can also take part in butterfly activities like face painting, live shows, butterfly-themed art, story and music time and more. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Family Fun at the Racetrack
It’s Kentucky Derby weekend, the perfect time to hit our lovely local horse track. There’s a field full of activities for your little jockeys to enjoy, including pony rides. Plus an exciting day of racing. Sat., noon-4 p.m. Arcadia. $30/family of 4. All ages. Event details.

West Hollywood

Russian Festival in the Park
Привет!  If your idea of Russian culture is fur hats and caviar, it’s time to hit the Russian Festival at Plummer Park to enjoy authentic Russian entertainment, music, food, art & crafts. Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.


See A Polo Match
See the “Game of Kings” played live while you lounge on a blanket with a picnic and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you. After the match, hike the park or tour Will Rogers house. Sat. at 2 p.m. & Sun. at 10 a.m. Pacific Palisades. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Blastoff Comicsfest
In honor of Free Comic Book Day, comics creators will sign comics, do sketches and meet with comic-book fans young and old. This first annual fest boasts a beer garden, food stations, live DJ, costumed hero photo ops, and of course, plenty of free comics. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. North Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Ojai Storytelling Festival
Take a road trip to beautiful Ojai for the Storytelling Festival. There are captivating story telling performances for all ages all weekend, as well as music and picnics in the land of sunshine and orange blossoms. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Ojai. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

If Derby Day inspires you to take the kids out horseback riding, we’ve got the spots. Or if you’d rather indulge in a Cinco de Mayo margarita, we know where you can get one where kids are welcome!

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits:  Cees Hek via flickr and Meghan Rose