From Kentucky to Mexico to Tatooine – the celebrations this weekend range from national to international to intergalactic! There’s the Derby being raced on the 3rd, May the Fourth(be with you) brings a galaxy far, far away a little closer to home and then Cinco de Mayo is on Monday. So whether you’re wearing a sombrero, toting your lightsaber or palling around with ponies here are plenty of activities to put you in a party mood.

Do as William Did


Train Day at Union Station
Union Station starts celebrating Train Day a week early this year because this weekend is the 75th anniversary of our beautiful depot.  There will be kids’ activities, interactive exhibits, model train displays, train car tours and a chance to learn loads about the history of one of the most beautiful train stations in the country.  Sat., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Fiesta Matsuri
Fiesta Matsuri is where Kodomo no Hi and Dia de los Ninos meet for a multi-ethnic celebration for kiddos, which include children’s arts and crafts workshops, games, food, and performances on the plaza. Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cinco de Mayo on Olvera St.
There’s music from Mariachis, dance from Folklorico groups and the museums are open.  Cafes, restaurants and food trucks stand ready to feed your family and the Kid Zone has games, activities and entertainment for the mini crowd. In short, the birthplace of our pueblo is the perfect place to celebrate Cinco! Fri. – Sun., Various times. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Shakespeare By Kids
The country’s youngest Shakespeare troupe takes on Richard III and Two Gentlemen of Verona this weekend. Entertainment and inspiration. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Mid-City. $10. Ages 7 and up. Event details.

Mustang Madness
Just in time for the Derby, it’s Mustang Madness. Oh wait, wrong kind of mustang. Well, if you love cars more than horses, this all-day car show that includes a massive bounce house obstacle course, museum scavenger hunt, racing simulators, craft projects, great food and music is for you. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Miracle Mile. $5-$15. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

The Trumpet of the Swan
E.B. White’s classic novel is now a symphonic concert experience (think Peter and the Wol”) for the whole family. From the author of Stuart Little & Charlotte’s Web comes the story of discovering the gift of music through a father’s heroic love. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Beverly Hills. $22. Ages 7 and up. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Grand Butterfly Release
It’s time for the annual Kidspace Children’s Museum Butterfly Release Festival where each day over 500 Painted Lady butterflies are simultaneously released back to nature. Bring your own butterfly, or just watch the majestic sight – either way you can take part in a plethora of painted lady activities. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

LA River Clean Up
The LA River used to be a lush and green flowing river through the heart of the city, but had become more of a concrete path.  Efforts have been underway for a while to re-green the river (and it shows!), and you can help – today’s cleanup takes place in the Glendale Narrows stretch. Sat., 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Glendale. Free. All ages. Event details.


Pet Adoption Day
Find a new four legged friend when dogs and cats from the Burbank Animal Shelter are available for adoption alongside activities for kids, giveaways, and a dog trainer to help answer your questions. Sun., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Burbank. Free. All ages. Event details.


Polo Match
It’s opening weekend for a summer full of horses and sunshine at the Polo Field at Will Rogers State Park. Lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you – players often let the kids on the field between matches to meet the horses. Sat. at 1 p.m. & Sun. at 10 a.m. Pacific Palisades. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Ojai Storytelling Festival
Fragrant orange blossoms fill the air. A canopy of majestic oaks reaches overhead: this is the setting for some serious tale telling.  For families, the highlight has to be Family Fest, which features performances by The Story Pirates and Izzi Tooinsky and a variety of activities for parents and children following the performance. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Ojai. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, we love these old historic adobes and ranchos. Or margarita spots where you can sip with the kids. We also have ways to celebrate Star Wars. And May the 4th be with you…

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Nicki Dugan Pogue via Creative Commons and Meghan Rose