Did you know Sunday is Parent’s Day? That means this weekend is all about things YOU want to do!   Don’t worry—the kids will love these outings, too. Like a morning visit to the Ford, an Odd Night at the Autry, learning about the night sky, a family sandcastle building adventure, flute making, an evening of epic dance, finding monsters at the beach and a hootenany in the park. Read on to see what else is on our radar this weekend.

photo: The Odd Market

Downtown

The Hollow Trees Hootenany
The Hollow Trees combine the musical styles of bluegrass, country, folk, blues and jazz with their funny original sing along songs and favorite traditional folk songs. Picnic on the grassy lawn before the hootenany. Sun. Event details.

A “Grand” Dance Adventure
Sixty performers set off from several distinct locations through LA and end up together at Grand Park for an epic performance. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

Odd Nights at the Autry
The Odd Market gathers in Griffith Park for music, picnic, a kids area, a full bar and gourmet food trucks plus late night entry to the Autry (with our favorite new exhibit, Play). Fri. Event details.

Hollywood

Big World Fun: Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company
These vibrant dancers present a magical journey of fast footwork and colorful costuming. Before the show get creative with a hands-on healing herbs workshops and meet some of LA’s native wild animals. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

PMCA’s Family Printmaking Workshop
Carve an eraser stamp and use it to create a printed ink design at a workshop that begins with a family-friendly tour of woodcut prints. Sat. Event details.

Arboretum Summer Nights
The Arboretum on a summer evening is one of LA’s hidden pleasures. Bring a picnic (or get food at the Peacock Cafe), stroll the grounds, meet the wild birds that roam the land and then pull up a blanket or lawn chair for the concert. Fri. Event details.

Westside

Meet Monsters at the Beach
It’s an alien invasion/vacation with the artists Beck + Col at the Annenberg Beach House. Seek out the colorful monsters cavorting on the grounds and see what’s in store as they suddenly engage kids in colorful fruit giveaways, monster life drawing and mask making. Fri. Event details.

Annie Oakley and the Princess Cafe
This rhythm and boos musical comedy offers great audience interaction where kids can boo the villain and cheer the heroine. Annie Oakley comes back to life to help a single mom and her daughters find a balance between modern living and tradition. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Night Sky Festival
Experience the night sky with astronomers and discover the vast expanse beyond Earth. Telescopes will be directed at other planets and objects in the Milky Way and plenty of activities for kids are on offer. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Family Sandcastle Building Day
The beach will be wet down to create the perfect beach building conditions, the rest is up to your family’s creativity and imagination. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Shark Sleuths at the Aquarium
Little ones get a chance to do some real gumshoe work about the ocean’s most misunderstood predator with some hands-on learning at a touch-pool and guided tour of Shark Lagoon. Sat. Event details.

Orange County

Flutes Across the World
Create, sand, decorate and play your very own West African flute, and see some rare and exotic flutes from around the world. Sat. Event details.

Monsters and sandcastles are at the beach, Annie Oakley and Hollow Trees hit the stage and science takes the form of stars or sharks. What are you looking forward to this weekend?

—Meghan Rose

Additional image of sandcastle building kids by Mark Peters via Creative Commons.