Fun Things To Do With Kids in Los Angeles This Weekend, April 20-22


There is always so much to do with kids in Los Angeles, and at Fun With Kids in LA, we are dedicated to bring you the best of them. Activities to do with kids this weekend include Earth Day Celebrations, Pirate Show, Festival of Book, Bird Watching, and other fun Festivals.

For more events to do with your kids on the weekends, or any day of the week, see our Event Calendar.


Dreaming of Pirates at Circus Vargas

Galpin Ford Lot

777 N. Front Street

Burbank, CA

Thu Apr 19th - Mon May 7th

“Dreaming of Pirates” is a Fantastic Voyage of nonstop action and adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant Children of all Ages. Get entertained by Flying Trapeze Artists, Clowns, Daredevils, Death-Defying Acrobats, Jugglers, Contortionists, Comedians, Motorcycles and much, much, more. Arrive 45 minutes before the show for an interactive pre-show celebration, where kids can create their own magic under the big top, learning circus skills such as juggling, balancing, and more. There is also the opportunity to meet and mingle with the entire cast after each performance. [Cost: $15-$72] You can also find discounted tickets on Groupon.


Save the Pier

Santa Monica Pier

Fri Apr 20 - Sun Apr 22

8:00 pm

"Save the Pier" is a free one-hour play that recounts the fight to save the Santa Monica Pier that took place in the 1970's. Two groups of passionate citizens rallied the community and stopped the City Council's plan to tear down the pier. [Free]


Earth Day Celebration

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sat Apr 21st

11:00am - 5:00pm

Join hundreds of volunteers to protect our beaches and ocean. Have a day of fun at the beach with the family, and then get free admission to the nearby Aquarium. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids to care about earth and our beaches. [Free]

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Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

Exposition Blvd & S Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90089

Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22

10:00am to 5:00pm

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is a vibrant celebration of arts, and of our dynamic, innovative and unique metropolis. Experience a gathering of writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and musicians like no other. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is the largest festival of its kind in the United States and is The Times’ annual gift to our city.

The Reading by 9 Children's Stage features performances throughout both days geared for kids. Older kids can check out the author appearances at the YA Stage. All outdoor entertainment is free and requires no ticket. [Free]


Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Various Locations

Sat Apr 21st

This weekend, experience the national parks for free! All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone this weekend. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. [Free]


The inflatable Run

88 Fair Dr.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Sat Apr 21st

8:00am - 4:00pm

Are you looking for the greatest family event near Orange County that offers non-stop entertainment for the whole family? Then let us introduce you to The Inflatable Run & Festival. A fun family event featuring a kid-friendly 1 mile / 5k inflatable obstacle course, free family activities, live entertainment, thrilling inflatable attractions, delicious food truck vendors, and many more fun surprises. The Inflatable Run promises to be one of the coolest kids event near Orange County all year. Run, don’t walk to sign up and see for yourself all the fun you and your family will have. [Cost: $15-$65] (Wort the drive)


Meet Me at Reed

Reed Park

1130 Lincoln Blvd

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Sat Apr 21 - Sat Sep 15

3:30pm to 7:30pm

The City of Santa Monica announces eight free Saturday concerts between April 21 and September 15, 2018 along with planned pre-concert family activities encouraging you to spend a day relaxing and playing in the beautifully re-landscaped park. Take a picnic blankets, lawn chairs, food and (non-alcoholic) beverages and enjoy the free entertainment and activities. [Free]

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Scandinavian Festival

California Lutheran University

60 W Olsen Rd.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Sat Apr 21st -Sun Apr 22nd

10:00am - 5:00pm

Scandinavian Festival filled with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstration, vendors and activities for young and old alike. The Viking Encampment and Sami Village will once again be present.

Family Activities include: Head wreaths: Make a head wreath with real flowers and ribbon; Maypole: Raise the Maypole and dance around it while singing traditional songs; Kubb: Learn the ancient game of the Vikings. It’s a bit like horseshoes, but without horseshoes or the stake; Croquet: Try your hand at hitting the balls through our Dala Horse hoops.

Music, singing and dancing will change hourly. On Saturday at 10:30 the Festival will open with a colorful parade of flags, along with dignitaries from the Scandinavian countries. Many will be in Old World costumes. In the food court, you will find a variety of Scandinavian foods such as Swedish Meatballs, Aebleskivers, Swedish Pancakes, Lefse, Danish Pastries, and more. [Cost: Adults: $10 Teens: $5 Kids: Free]


Earth Day Celebration

Aquarium of the Pacific

100 Aquarium Way

Long Beach, CA 90802

Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22

9:00 am - 5:0 pm

Join the Aquarium for a weekend of family fun celebrating Earth Day while learning simple, everyday tips to protect our environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. The Aquarium will also debut new climate change programming and exhibits during Earth Day weekend.

Families who recycle e-waste (cell phones, televisions, small household appliances, computers, etc) can earn a coupon good for $10 off one adult Aquarium admission ticket. [Cost: Included with general admission]


Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

15501 E Arrow Hwy

Covina, CA 91722

Sat Apr 21st -Apr 22nd

10:00am - 7:00pm

Join Renaissance Fair to create beautiful crafts, have great fun with games & rides, be entertained with fabulous stage shows, and be knighted by the King at the children’s knighting ceremony!

Admission to the original Renaissance Fair includes all entertainment: the Joust, 4 parades, over 2,000 performers, music, dance, interactive living history exhibits, craft demonstrations and the battle pageant. Select lessons, activities, and pageants for children are also included. [Cost: $15-$25, Kids under 4 are free]


Wild for the Planet

Los Angeles Zoo

Sat Apr 21 - Sun May 13

10:00am to 4:00pm

Join LA Zoo in the celebration of our precious planet and in honor of the 100th anniversary of the International Migratory Bird Treaty. Get new insight into the Zoo’s efforts to protect endangered and threatened species – including local birds – with the Wild Activity Guide distributed daily, and special animal enrichment and keeper presentations on weekends. [Free with Admission]


Cherry Blossom Festival

Barnes Park

350 S. McPherrin Avenue

Monterey Park, CA

Sat Apr 21 - Sun Apr 22

11:00am - 6:00pm

See, hear, and taste a bit of the Japanese and Japanese American culture through a first-hand experience of watching traditional Japanese dancing, hearing the resounding beats of the taiko drums, observing the mastery and various skills of martial arts, participating in the ancient art of the tea ceremony, or buying hand-made crafts or food with an Asian flair.

Other highlights of the festival include games and crafts for children, and numerous cultural displays. For a sense of this year's activities, performers, exhibitors and more, download the 2018 Cherry Blossom Program.

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STEM Festival

Santa Monica College

1900 Pico Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90405

Sat April 21st

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the STEM Festival for children of all ages at Santa Monica College. The festival will feature hands-on experiments, live demos, and interactive workshops for children of all ages.

Live demos and experiments will include learning about iron composition in iron-fortified cereals—and extracting iron using strong, rare earth magnets; extracting genomic DNA from strawberries; performing chromatography to separate the colored pigments in a permanent parker; learning principles of gravity and physics by launching water-soaked foam balls using a gigantic slingshot; and much more.

You will meet in the college cafeteria at 10 a.m. Parking on any college lot is free on the day of the STEM Festival. [Free]


Children's Earth Day

Star Eco Station

10101 Jefferson Blvd

Culver City, CA 90232

Sun Apr 22nd

10:00am - 4:00pm

Join Echo Station on April 22nd for Children's Earth Day. There are Eco-Friendly games and rides, toddler town, exotic wildlife encounter, discounted tours of the star echo station. [Free Admission]


Bird Watching

Malibu Lagoon State Beach

23200 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA 90265

Sun April 22

10:00am to 11:00pm

Start at 10:00 am for a short one hour walk with your family and enjoy the nature. There are ample supply of binoculars for adults and kids for bird watching. The leaders are experienced with kids so don't hesitate to take your kids for this wonderful experience. For more information you may call 310-457-2240. [Free]

For more events on the weekends and on every other day of the week, check our event calendar. Also check out our Best of LA for all the fun things that you can find to do with your family.


We strive to bring you the best of LA for kids and families. If you know of any event that is family friendly, and you want to share with us, please submit it on our event calendar for free.