This weekend we’ve rounded up things that fuel the imagination. Whether it’s a virtual trip to Denmark or Thailand by visiting cool cultural festivals, star catching or comic book writing, a magically imagined tea or pretending the tiniest of tots are in the Olympics, you can visit anywhere and do anything—without ever leaving La-La Land.

Imagine Tea at The Langham - Horizontalphoto: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

Multiple Locations

California Coastal Cleanup
Bring the kids to help keep our beautiful beaches clean by visiting one of the more than 50 cleanup sites spanning 1,500 miles of LA county.  Sat. Event details.


Bigger, Better Butterflies
The Natural History Museum has re-designed and re-built the Butterfly Pavilion exhibit and now  it re-opens with more light, more space and more butterflies. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Thai Cultural Festival
Watch kickboxing, painting, dance and cultural demonstrations and take part in art projects & activities for the kiddos. There’s also Thai massage and loads of yummy food. Sun. Event details.


Franklin Haynes Marionettes Princess & Pirates Show
Pirates juggling cannon balls, trapeze tricks, and an adventure to save Princess Rachel who is held captive on Skull Island. See if the princess will be saved, or if she’ll just save herself! Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Magically Imagined Tea
Performers from the Magic Castle are on hand to entertain young tea guests, as they perform close-up magic while kids dine on a whimsical tea menu. Sun. Event details.

Wildlife in the Descanso Gardens
Los Angeles is full of wildlife; learn why urban biodiversity is important and find out how you can attract wildlife in your own garden. There are woodland walks, talks, animal & bug encounters and more. Sat. Event details.

Touch-A-Truck gives kids who love vehicles a chance to get up close and personal with large trucks, heavy machinery, recreational vehicles & emergency vehicles. Sat. Event details.


Peter and the Starcatcher
This imaginative musical play, based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, won 5 Tony Awards. It is a prequel to Peter Pan, and tells the story of how Peter came to fly, meet Tink, and live on Neverland. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Tiny Tot Olympics
Bring the Olympic spirit to life as toddlers take part in events like t-ball, soccer, gymnastics, sprints and bouncing; everyone’s a winner and receives a medal. Sun. Event details.

Kapow! A Comic Writing Workshop
Kids explore jokes, characters, and drawing through one of art’s finest and most kid-pleasing mediums, the comic strip, with an artist who does storyboards for Nickelodeon. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

We Are LA Music Festival
Dance to local faves like Ozokidz, Lisa Loeb, Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band and Rhythm Child, be mesmerized by magic, play ball with the Los Angeles Galaxy Foundation, explore with Kidspace Children’s Museum, kayak and fish with The National Park Service, meet animals, face paint and more. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Moompetam: Native American Festival
In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a weekend celebration with crafts, storytelling, demonstrations, music, and dance celebrating the indigenous California Indian cultures. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Solvang Danish Days
Eat Æbleskivers, check out the three parades, folk dancers, Danish musicians, story-telling with Hans Christian Andersen, and a Kid’s Korner in Solvang Park featuring LEGO® (yes, your favorite toy is Danish, too!). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Danish Days and the Thai Festival have us dreaming of family trips. Where’s the next international adventure you’d like to have with your brood? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose