So many amazing activities, so little time! All our favorite family outings this weekend are totally unique: a crayfish festival, a campfire night with a ranger, one of the hippest downtown galleries is hosting a family art day, a party with the fairies, visit Rome (via Malibu), dance, rock or hit a poetry slam for kids. You can also attend a Peter and the Wolf performance or help feed the city. Read on to get the scoop on this weekend’s coolest outings.

photo: Hauser & Wirth


Campfire Stories
It’s not summer without campfire stories; join a National Park Ranger in learning about the LA area through activities and story telling around the flames. Fri. Event details.

Peter and Wolf: The Classic Version
Instruments play the roles of Peter, his animal friends, his grandfather, the hunters and the wolf, in a classic chamber telling of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphony. Come back later in the summer for a jazzy, Lucky or Latin take on the tale. Sat. Event details.


Family Art Workshop at a Hip Gallery
Working with pipe-cleaners, un-fired clay and building models, families will ‘sample’ source material from everyday architecture to create objects inspired by Polish modernist architecture. The Hauser & Wirth Gallery is a treasure to discover (and brunch at their restaurant, Manuela, is a delightful way to start any Sunday). Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

The Faery Hunt’s Show and Fairy Birthday Party
Join the faery folke on a quest to find the Fairy Royalty. Then a there’s a birthday party (filled with fun, dancing, games, fairy unicorn readings, fairy face painting and more) for one of the fairies and you’re invited. Sat. Event details.

Star Party and Comet Making
Los Angeles is the place for star gazing, and today actual celestial bodies are ready for their close-up. Check out tons of telescopes & talk to astronomers and definitely come early for the Make a Comet science show. Sat. Event details.


LA Family Kitchen’s Family Prep Day
At the new Family Friendly Kitchen Prep Days, families are invited to spend the afternoon at a prep volunteer session. Kids can have fun, learn about local fruits and veggies and help fellow Angelenos. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

National Dance Day at Kidspace
Embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health. Learn and perform (or just watch!) the official routine of the day. Sat. Event details.


A Poetry Slam for Kids
It’s a poetry jam where every young poet has a voice. Each poet has three minutes to recite or rap a poem or lyric they’ve written. Sat. Event details.

Mister G Rocks McCabe’s
Latin GRAMMY Award winner Mister G will rock your kids at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, one of our favorite places to see a kid’s show. Sun. Event details.

Take a Roman Holiday to the Getty Villa
Discover the sights (and smells!) of ancient Rome, offer your prayers to Venus, read your future in a sheep’s liver, and enjoy live musical and comedy performances by the historically hysterical Troubadour Theater Company. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

See Moana in the Garden
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Polynesia at this family movie night. Before the sun sets and the movie starts, enjoy live dance performances, a Moana-themed scavenger hunt and other fun family activities in the Botanical Garden. Fri. Event details.

Long Beach

Crawfish Festival
Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style, a giant food court, a children’s area and dance floor make up the biggest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Crawfish, crayfish or crawdaddies—what do you call them? Let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose