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Event Date

Event Description




April 28-May 2

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, community organizations, games and food

April 28-29: 5-9 pm

April 30: 5-11 pm

Sat., May 1: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 2: 12-6 pm

Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Rd. and the 23 Freeway

Kids under 5: Free, Kids ages 5-12: $5, Adults: $7

Bring a canned food item on Wednesday, April 28 and get $2 off admission. Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30.

April 30-May 2

St. Francis de Sales School Annual Fair Fireworks, traditional carnival games, rides, attractions and live entertainment

Friday: 6-11 pm; Sat.: 12-11 pm; Sun.: 12-7:30 pm

13368 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks


May 1

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Open House

Learn more about the services that this organization offers to children with special needs. Entertainment for children includes stick horse crafts, jolly jump, pony petting, face and hair painting and a horseshoe hunt.

10 am – 2 pm

401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park


May 1, 15 and 22

Bureau of Sanitation Open House

Truck demonstrations and tours, free food and refreshments, games, prizes and tree adoptions

9 am-3 pm

Three locations in May and 3 in June, check the website for addresses.


May 1

Topanga Children’s Festival

All-day, family friendly event which features non-stop music and theatre on 2 stages, children's crafts, face painting, delicious food & drink, local vendors, storytelling and much more!

11 am-4 pm

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn Blvd., Topanga

Adults: $12, Children: $6; Family four pack: $30. Free parking at Froggy’s and Topanga General Store and free shuttle.

May 1

Carnival in the Park

Pony rides, arts and crafts, digging for buried treasure and lots of carnival games. Food and drinks will be available.

10 am- 4 pm

701 Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


May 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23

Renaissance Faire

Live jousting tournament, comedy shows, music, medieval food, over 1,000 performers and more than 200 artisans. There are also rides and parades.

Sat.-Sun.: 10 am -7 pm

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park

Adults $25; Children (5-12) $15; (Under 5) Free

Discounts are available on the website for advance ticket purchase.

May 2

Viva El Cinco!

Traditional festivities mariachis, ballet folklorico, skillful charros, and a teacher-led activity for children.

11 am- 5pm

The Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Free with admission

May 2-8

The Knack Mothers' Day Crafts

Decorate gifts for Mother’s Day at Michael’s stores across the Southland.


Locations across Los Angeles

Some gifts require a purchase, the gifts on 5/4 and 5/8 are free

May 2

Big Family Day at MOCA

Student led exhibition tours, hands-on activities,

behind the scenes tours, and live music and performance by local students.

1-4 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


May 4-8

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, arts and crafts, community organizations, games and food

May 4-5: 5-9 pm

May 60: 5-11 pm

Sat., May 7: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 8: 12-6 pm

Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Rd. and the 23 Freeway

Kids under 5: Free, Kids ages 5-12: $5, Adults: $7

Bring a canned food item on Wednesday, May 4 and get $2 off admission. Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30.

May 8

Target Free Family Day:

Calling All Kids!

Fun crafts, readings, performances and food tastings for the whole family!  Make fruit kebobs, a Japanese beckoning cat and watch a shadow puppet show.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 8

The Fern Dell Faeries

Faery Trail Theater

Search for faeries and the queen with two guides.

 10:30 am

Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.,

Los Angeles

$10, reservations are recommended

May 8

Renaissance May Faire

Visit a mock Queen Elizabeth's court, watch a maypole dance, shoot a catapult, make potions, and more at the school's annual Renaissance May Faire.

10 am-3 pm

Valley Waldorf City School, 17424 Sherman Way, Van Nuys

Free admission; cash required for food and activities

May 8

National Train Day

Live entertainment, Amtrakids Depot with activities and entertainment, exhibits, art, trains to tour, and model train sets

11 am-4 pm

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


May 8

LA Fire Dept. Fire Service Recognition Day

Personal tours at each Neighborhood Fire Station, and at certain locations there will be special displays of Los Angeles Fire Department equipment, apparatus and procedures

10 am-4 pm

All neighborhood stations, see website for locations


May 8

Santa Monica Festival

The annual arts and environmental fair includes traditional and contemporary music and dance, crafts, workshops, food and more.

11 am-6 pm

Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica


May 8

Colonial America Day

The American Revolutionary era comes alive with an 18th Century encampment in one of the most authentic living history events on the West Coast. Hands-on demonstrations, storytelling and rag doll demonstrations. Discover daily life at Military Camp while wandering through and interacting with soldiers in an authentic military encampment. Watch as an 18th Century meal is prepared and play 18th century games.

10 am-5 pm

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

All events related to the reenactments are free; regular admission applies to enter the Museum.

Adults: $12, Seniors: $9, Students: $6, Children 11 and younger: Free.

May 9

Sunday Family Program

Create handmade potpourri with your little loved ones.

2-4 pm

Zimmer Children’s Museum

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

$3 with admission but free for all mothers and grandmothers. Adults: $8 and Children 3 and older are $5.

May 15-16

Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House

Exhibits and demonstrations that showcase the Laboratory's ongoing research and space exploration.

9 am-5 pm

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

4800 Oak Grove Dr., Pasadena


May 15-16

California Strawberry Festival

Music, games, food, arts & crafts, and more all related to strawberries. Parking information is on the festival website.

Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-6:30 pm



College Park, 3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard

Adults $12; Seniors: $8; Children (ages 5-12) $5; (Under 5) free

May 15

World City: Kuniko and On Ensemble

Charming Japanese folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, magical masks, origami and mime to create storytelling.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Music Center Plaza, 135 N/ Grand Ave., Los Angeles


May 15

All Things Frogs!

Fun family day to celebrate the newest exhibit featuring 100 live frogs. Frog crafts, face painting zookeeper presentation and games.

11 am-4 pm


241 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim

Adults: $13, Children 12 and younger: $9. However, for this special event, one adult admission is free with each paid child admission.

May 16

WorldFest: LA's Green, Compassionate Music Festival

Live music, celebrities, environmental speakers, a health hut, educational booths, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, a poetry festival, and a vegan, earth-friendly food court.

10:30 am- 7 pm

Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Encino


$7, Seniors $5, Kids under 12 are free. Parkinf is $5.

May 16

Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

More than 100 singing and instrumental contestants compete. Families can enjoy the music and folk art booths throughout the festival, as well as crafts and music for kids all day at the Eucalyptus Grove.

9 am-6 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

Adults $12; Children (10-17) $7; (Under 10) free

May 22

Family Festival: The Aztec Pantheon

Folktales, live music, a dance performance and art making workshops

10 am-5 pm

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway,

Pacific Palisades

Free admission but a ticket is required and there is a $15 parking fee

May 22

Celebrate Science Day 2010 with California Science Center Hands-On Science Activities

2-4 pm

Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles


May 22

Battle of the Mariachis

Live musical entertainment, food, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and folkloric dance workshops.

11 am-4 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31414 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Adults: $10.50, Seniors: $9.50, Children: $6.50

May 23

Bird Walk Watch for Young Kids

The Santa Monica Bay Audubon Society guides a special bird-watching walk for young children and their parents at Malibu Lagoon State Beach.

10 am

Adamson House and Malibu Lagoon Museum and Beach

23200 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


May 23

Spring Festival: A Victorian Affair

Period music, entertainment, fashion shows, tortilla-making, butter-churning, crafts and living history skits

12:30-4:30 pm

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach

Adults: $5, Children: $3

May 27-30

1-2-3 Imagine with Elmo and Friends

Thurs.: 7 pm, Fri.: 7 pm, Sat.: 10:30 am, 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Sun.: 1 and 4:30 pm

Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks


May 28-31

Fiesta Days

Community breakfast, car show, family movie, family music, bbq and fireworks show, food court, games, bounce houses, 5 K/10 K run and parade.

Fri: 8 pm, Sat.: 8 am-6 pm, Sun.: 1-9 pm, Mon.: 7:30 am-6 pm

La Canada Flintridge Memorial Park

Foothill Blvd. and La Cañada Blvd., La Canada

Some events are free, BBQ and fireworks show: 2 adults and 2 children: $20

May 29

Asian Pacific Islander & Native American Heritage Festival

Film screenings, live entertainment, Ruthies Origami Corner, Lei making activity, food samples by Aloha Cafe from 12pm to 2pm, and at 2pm in the Tateuchi Forum: Korean War Veterans Panel.

11 am

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles

Free with museum admission: Adults: $9, Seniors and students: $5, children under 5 years old: Free

May 29

Grunion Fishtival

Includes a variety of fun, grunion-related arts and crafts, demonstrations, and opportunities to learn about the elusive, beach-hopping fish. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.

7 pm-12 am

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr.,

San Pedro

Adults $5; Children $1

May 31

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

Children’s entertainment and live music with a parade of floats

11 am-1:30 pm

Along Sherman Way in Canoga Park


May 2010 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles