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.
photo: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!