Turn those weekend pants into fancy ones by exposing the kids to Shakespeare (for free!) or grab your Mom Squad to see “Cry It Out,” a new play that hits home in more ways than one (grab the tissues). And to really turn up the weekend a notch, hit up one of dineLA’s participating restaurants where you can get a three-course dinner for as little as $29. Of course, being a parent is all about balance so build in some time to hit the OC Fair (one of my personal faves) where you can eat your way through some new fancy foods like unicorn cotton candy and deep-fried filet mignon on a stick.

photo: OC Fair via flickr

Los Angeles:

Artists on the River: Site and Response
The LA River has long captured the imagination of artists, who have seen the landscape as fertile ground to produce public projects, performances, films, guerrilla happenings, and more. This panel explores the opportunities and challenges that artists face with this complex and mythic site, and the meaning they have found in that engagement. Sat. Event details.

Shakespeare at the Old Zoo
The Independent Shakespeare Company does shows every summer at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Here are some reasons to go: 1. Free, fabulous productions of Shakespeare! 2. One of the most beautiful, best-kept secrets of an outdoor space. 3. Players in the Park or Invertigo Dance pre-shows for the whole family. This July you can see Midsummer Night’s Dream. Bring bug spray and warm clothes, as it gets chilly when the sun goes down. Blankets and low chairs are permitted, tall chairs and dogs are not. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Fancy Restaurants, Cheaper (Parents Rejoice!)
dineLA Restaurant Week is one of the best events of the year for parents who enjoy fine dining since some of LA’s best restaurants participate in offering specially priced three-course meals for lunch or dinner. It’s a wonderful opportunity to take kids along to try some new (fabulous) foods, all without a huge price-tag. Three-course lunches from $15 and three-course dinners start at $29. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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Cry It Out With Your Mom Friends
Grab your mom friends and head to the Echo Theater to see “Cry It Out” by Molly Smith Metzler. Cooped up on maternity leave and eager for conversation, Jessie invites the funny and forthright Lina for coffee in their neighboring backyards. They become fast friends, quickly bonding over their shared “new mom” experience—and arousing the interest of a wealthy neighbor hoping for a similar connection. This insightful comedy takes an honest look at the absurdities of new motherhood, the dilemma of returning to work versus staying at home, and how class impacts parenthood and friendship. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Pasadena:

STEAM at Kidspace
STEAM through this week by counting your way through Kidspace. How many steps to the top of the Raindrop Climber, how many eggs in the ant hole, how many pulls does it take to reach the top of the pulleys exhibit? Make your own magical, Mathematical Potion-Making in Arroyo Adventure! Enjoy a Sat. music and math performance by Rumbling Rhythms. Fri.-Sat. Event details.

Westside:

Labrynith
Dress up as your favorite character! In this cult classic, starring Jennifer Connelly and David Bowie, a sixteen-year-old girl is given thirteen hours to solve a labyrinth and rescue her baby brother from the Goblin King. Arrive early to view the exhibition! Before the screening, check out The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, and enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and light fare available for purchase. Note: Screening will be moved indoors in the event of rain. Fri. Event details.

Marina del Rey WaterBus
The Marina del Rey WaterBus is now running! Rides are just $1 each way. Bikes and strollers are allowed. Sorry, no pets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Meet Rescued Wild Animals at the STAR Eco Station Tour
Meet parrots and pythons and piranhas – oh my! You can take kids from babies to teens on a tour of the Eco Station to see a host of exotic rescued wildlife. Each tour is led by an expert Eco Station staff member who explains the habits and history of hundreds of rescued exotic animals. The tour also features exhibits on innovative approaches to addressing the challenges facing the environment and offers tips on how to help save the planet through small changes at home and at school. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Take Me to the Fair: The O.C. Fair
The Orange County Fair provides loads of family entertainment with rides, exhibits, animals, free music, as well as the popular Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, the Action Sports Arena, and of course, plenty of food. Speaking of food…The O.C. Fair is the one place on earth where everything comes fried! Brownies, Oreos, Klondike ice cream bars, avocados, bacon, Kool-Aid and even butter all get the deep-fried treatment. The Fairgrounds are open Wed.—Fri. from noon to midnight (closed Mon. & Tues.); Open Sat. & Sun. from 10 a.m.—midnight. Kids under 6 are free. Check the website for the daily specials and promotions running on the day you plan to attend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Seussical
The Cat in the Hat leads the way along with Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination, into the magical world of Dr. Seuss– lovingly brought to life in this Tony Award-winning musical! When Horton the Elephant discovers the tiny town of Whoville and its citizens on a speck of dust, no one believes him! Not only must Horton protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left to his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and even a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. The powers of friendship, loyalty, family, are challenged, but the most miraculous “think” saves them all! This musical celebration of the magical world of Dr. Seuss is pure delight for the whole family! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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