Every Weekend there are amazing Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids! We’ve curated a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting and hopefully will result in LA parents and kids having the best time together as a family.
We’ll update this page every Monday so be sure to come back and see what we have coming up for the weekend in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
Final Fridays Food Truck Festival
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103
Enjoy Final Fridays Food Truck Festival at the Rose Bowl on Friday, April 26th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm (and the final Friday of each month through August 30th). In addition to the food trucks, enjoy outdoor games, photo opportunities, tours of the Rose Bowl, and more. Admission and parking are free.
Healthy Kids Day
Multiple YMCA Branches including
1127 N. Avalon Blvd., Wilmington, CA 90744
Healthy Kids Day is happening on Saturday, April 27th at multiple YMCA branches around L.A. This free event will encourage kids to “keep their minds and bodies active all summer long.” Healthy Kids Day includes games, cooking demonstrations, live performances, arts and crafts, and more. Families can also get a sneak peek at the Y’s Summer Camp and Day Camp offerings. Times vary from branch-to-branch, so check the website for details.
Cherry Blossom Festival
350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
The City of Monterey Park hosts its Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, April 27th (11:00 am to 7:00 pm) and Sunday, April 28th (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). This free festival provides families the chance to “see, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture.” Enjoy live musical and dance performances, food and craft vendors, games, arts and crafts, special exhibits, and much more.
Celebration of the Young Child
California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840
The Celebration of the Young Child is happening at CSULB on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. A variety of activities are planned for this free event including music, hands-on learning activities for children, exhibits, and resources from 70 local partners and businesses. Check the website for details about parking and the free shuttles that are available.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 27th is Independent Bookstore Day! Independent bookstores feature different events including refreshments, author signings, story times, art activities, and much more. Click here to read our post about independent bookstores and then check with the bookstore most convenient to you for information on their specific plans for the 27th.
Steam Railfest 2019
Fillmore & Western Railway
364 Main St., Fillmore, CA 93015
The Steam Railfest, on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day), is described as the “Renaissance of Railroading.” Celebrate the “steam engine, railroading, antique tractors, vehicles and engines, vintage wares and oddities, unique performances, early transportation and culture” and more. Enjoy games, exhibits, live entertainment, food, and fun. Check the website for details on the festival’s schedule of events.
California Poppy Festival
Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park
43063 N. 10th St. W, Lancaster, CA 93534
The California Poppy Festival celebrates our state flower on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day. This colorful event is spread out over 55 acres and features live musical entertainment, art, food, fun, and much more. Parking is free; tickets are on sale now. ($10 for ages 13-61; $5 for children 6-12 and seniors 62+; free for children 5 and younger).
19th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). Celebrate Earth Day while learning simple, daily tips to help protect the environment. There will be exhibitions and booths from Earth-Friendly organizations as well as hands-on learning demonstrations for visitors of all ages. The event is included in general Aquarium admission ($29.95 for adults; $26.95 for seniors 62+; $17.95 for children 3-11). (If you bring in an eWaste item, such as a cell phone, television, or small household appliance, you’ll receive a coupon good for $10 off adult admission valid this weekend).
Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices – a Pop-Up Arts + Culture Fest
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Grand Park’s Our L.A. Voices – a Pop-Up Arts + Culture Fest is happening this weekend on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. This free event features the “diverse and powerful artistic talent in Los Angeles County.” Enjoy a variety of artistic performances including dance, music, spoken word, theatre, as well as visual art. Additionally, the Jardin del Arte, is a public marketplace featuring more than 50 artists who will be selling their work. Check the website for a schedule of each day’s events.
Skirball Puppet Festival: Fantastic Creatures
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball Cultural Center hosts its annual Puppet Festival on Sunday, April 28th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. This year’s theme is “Fantastic Creatures.” This special event celebrates “the art of puppetry and the magic of storytelling.” Enjoy live music, art making opportunities, and a variety of puppets telling new and classic stories. Advance tickets are recommended. ($15 for general admission; $12 for seniors and full-time students; $10 for children 2-12; and free for children under 2).
826LA @ Hammer: Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Children ages 8-14 are invited to participate in “826LA @ Hammer: Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop” on Sunday, April 28th at 11:00 am. “Become a resident botanist for one day at the Hammer, observing, charting, and writing imagined histories of a few bizarre, beautiful, and rare plants.” This program will be led by Michael A. Reyes, a poet, children’s picture book writer, and magazine editor. This workshop is limited to 20 students; reservations are encouraged.
CicLAvia’s 30th route on the streets of Wilmington is happening on Sunday, April 28th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The 2.25 mile-route is a great way for families to get outside and explore a neighborhood on foot! If you’re not familiar with CicLAvia, it’s a non-car event where streets are only open for cyclists, pedestrians, and runners. It’s not a race, so families can explore at their own pace. You can enter and exit anywhere along the route. Check the website for information about the route and safety tips.
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