After a long a grueling winter (ha!) spring has spring in every corner of the city. Butterflies are emerging, there’s science in the hills, bugs at the museum, a sea fair and boat tours along the coast, strawberries for miles and crayfish in streams. Once you’ve soaked up a little spring-y nature, you can head indoors to sit back and be entertained by a light princess, some heavy athletes and out of this world singers.

girl butterfly flickrphoto: Kevin Krejci via flickr


La Boheme with Dudamel and the Fam
Today’s matinee performance of La Boheme is for the family—yes, even the little members! Before the matinee, there will be themed activities for the whole family to enjoy while learning more about the opera and after the performance you can meet the cast. Sun., 12:30 p.m. Downtown. $17 & up. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

NHM’s Bug Fair
Meet exotic insects, pet tarantulas, millipedes and centipedes and anything else buggy you can think of. Take part in bug hunts, see performances, have up-close encounters with crawly creatures and chow down as Bug Chefs whip up protein-filled snacks. (Ewwww.) Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition Park. $5-12. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Grand Butterfly Release
Take part or just watch in awe when over 500 Painted Lady butterflies are simultaneously released back to nature. Butterfly activities take place all day, like face painting, drinking nectar like a butterfly, amphitheater shows, butterfly-themed story and music time, butterfly art, as well as a special musical guest. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $13. Ages 1-10. Event details.


A Once in a Blue Moon Hike
There’s a blue moon this month, and you can enjoy the mountains, meadow and an ocean view as this rare moon lights the way. Bring a flashlight! Sat., 7:30 p.m. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Science Festival in the Mountains
Something for all citizen scientists with an inquiring mind: get your hands dirty (literally) and learn what it takes to be a national park scientist with demonstrations, live animals, hikes, movies, junior ranger activities, and food trucks. Fri. & Sat., Various times. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Crayfish Trapping
Give native fish and tadpoles a chance by helping to remove the non-native invasive crayfish from Malibu Creek. It’s a fun, muddy and environmentally sound experience that kids love. Free event, but you must register. Sat., 9-11 a.m. Calabasas. Free. All ages. Event details.

Hands on History at Leonis Adobe
It’s the Museum’s 50th birthday and you can celebrate with photos in a real old stagecoach, live demonstrations at the blacksmith, make adobe bricks & corn husk dolls, feed the ranch animals, churn butter, spin wool and all kinds of authentic way back when activities. Sat., 1-4 p.m. Calabasas. $4. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Boat Tours at the Port
Take a free public boat tour at the busiest container port in the nation. Our port is 3 times the size of Disneyland and seeing it from a small boat tour is just the way to appreciate the grand size. Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Super Family Sea Fair
Sailors and pirates alike will enjoy the free sailboat and outrigger rides, two kid fun zones, a family sandcastle contest, stand up paddle boarding and tours of the tall ship “Irving Johnson.” Sun., noon-5 p.m. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

US Sumo Championship
See 50 elite sumo wrestlers from around the planet, competing in a real showdown of men, women, heavyweights and lightweights. Kids quickly find favorites to cheer for and get into the action, even if they’re never seen a match before. Sat., 10 a.m-3 p.m. Long Beach. $30-$70. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Light Princess
She can fly! But she can’t land because the Princess has no gravity—and no gravitas. Free from sadness, she also doesn’t know how to love. See if the Princess can learn to love in this modern adaptation of George McDonald’s classic book. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $21-$31. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

A Berry-licious Strawberry Festival
It’s a berry bash of iconic portions, with entertainment, rides, a Strawberryland for kids and loads of outlandish eats like strawberry pizza and strawberry beer and everything in between. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Camarillo. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

Bugs, butterflies, sumos or science: where are you heading this weekend? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose