Where do we begin with all the fun to be had this weekend in our fair City of Angels? There are flea markets and art shows geared for kids, bike races, music concerts and even an oceanside movie viewing. The whole family can take part in foodie fun at the Taste of Marina Del Rey (always a winner in our book) or Long Beach’s Crawfish Fest. In for a full day? We suggest taking advantage of this unseasonably cool summer (80 in August!) and head to the Naval Air Show at Point Mugu. What are you waiting for? Get up and go!
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Westwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Shake a Tailfeather Garden Concert for Kids The Getty Center’s Central Garden is a rockin’ with this weekend with the children’s band Milkshake. Led by indie music vets Lisa Mathews and Mikel Gehl the music is upbeat with catchy lyrics (you’ll be singing Shake It Up all day) and great for everyone in the family. Don’t forget the sunscreen. Sat. and Sun., 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Read More.
Two Wheelin’ Helen’s Cycle’s Kids Bicycle Race Calling all speed racers ages 5-12, this race is for you. Separated into two heats (ages 5-8 and 9-12), the riders will peddle down San Vicente Boulevard at noon. Helmets required. Sun., Registration begins 8 a.m., race at 12:10 p.m, Free, Brentwood. Read More.
Downtown (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
We Be Jammin’ Music in the Zoo It’s local scene night at the Los Angeles Zoo with lively bands that include The Happy Hollows, Useless Keys and Walking Sheep. Note these aren’t children’s bands, but the setting is cool for kids as they can spy on the animals as dusk falls. Each band plays at a different area in the zoo, so wander around and find one to your family’s liking. Fri., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Los Feliz, $7.50-16.50, children under 5 free. Read More.
South of the Equator 12th Annual Ecuadorian Parade and Festival This independence celebration kicks off with a morning parade, and then the fest heads into full gear at La Plaza Olvera. Sample Ecuadorian food, play carnival games, enjoy musicians and gain a little insight into one of the many Latin cultures that make Los Angeles unique. Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Downtown L.A., Free. Read More.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood)
Pint-sized Painters The 25th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts Even the littlest of hands can find something fun to create at this art inspired event on the Paramount Lot. Kids can build their own puppets from recycled materials, create a windsock, paint their own masterpiece or make their face the canvas. Dancers, musicians, Tweety Bird and Daffy Duck add to the fun. Sun., 12:00 to 4:30 p.m., Free. Hollywood. Read More.
Girl Power Save the Girl, Save the World! Jim Henson’s Studios transforms into a carnival of entertainment with treasure hunts, African drumming and dancing, a “Hoopathon” and plenty of games and crafts. While the theme may be geared towards the chickas, the event is sure to be fun for little dudes, too. All proceeds benefit women and girls in Africa. Sat., 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., $15 donation, Hollywood. Read More.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Food Fight! Taste of Marina Del Rey Head to the Waterfront Concert Theater Grounds for this two day celebration of local food and music. Indulge in bites from more than 40 local restaurants while catching the sounds of music acts from Ester Himbaugh, Sleeping Sea Kings, Damian Brell and more. Or if you need a parent’s night out, take note that the evening performances include Gin Blossoms and Corey Stevens. Sat. and Sun., 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., $35, children under 10 free. Marina Del Rey. Read More.
Beach Bash Summer Block Party Head to the Plaza in El Segundo for music, activities, shopping and food galore. All the stores are participating with special offers and sales, plus a children’s area guarantees fun and games geared for the tykes. Don’t miss the unveiling of the Sand Castle competition, with all the sandy creations ready for viewing. Sat., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Free. El Segundo. Read More.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)
Turn on your Heartlight Movies on the Beach: E.T. Introduce the kids to the original illegal alien, E.T. Pack up blankets, beach chairs and plenty of movie snacks for this heartwarming story of a 10-year old boy and his extra-terrestrial pal. Sat., 7 p.m., Free. Manhattan Beach. Read More.
Ragin’ Cajun The Long Beach Crawfish Festival Whether you call them crawdads or crawfish, the taste is the same. Dig into Louisiana-style grub while grooving to Cajun and Zydeco music. Kids not feeling the New Orleans food? Head to the giant food court or the children’s area where there’s plenty to their liking—from games to corn dogs. Mom and Dad will want to hit the beach bar, too! Sat., Noon to 11 p.m., Sun., Noon to 10 p.m., Long Beach, $13 to 41.50, Read More.
The Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)
Worker Bees Kidspace Flea Market Forget the lemonade stand, entrepreneurs from ages 4-12 set up shop and hawk homemade wares and gently used toy to kids of all ages. Shoppers will have a blast spending their allowance. Sat., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pasadena. Free. Read More.
It’s a Bird…It’s a plane! 43rd Annual Naval Base Ventura County Air Show This event is more than just a hike to the Valley, it’s a journey through the valley to Pt. Mugu, but we think it’s well worth the drive. Toddlers and tykes love watching planes roar high above, and the USAF Thunderbirds never disappoint with their sky high acrobatics. In addition to the air show, there are planes to be toured, aviation simulators, and plenty of food and beverage stands. It’s a full day, so be prepared for tired out kiddos! Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Point Mugu, Free.Read More.