This might just be the best weekend of the summer! What other weekend can you find all these amazing things happening in one city? The Avengers are in town (live) and Harry Potter is at the Hollywood Bowl. You can see new shows like Dracula and the Beanstalk, or something more traditional, like Mary Poppins. There are rubber ducky races, drag queens telling stories, camp outs at the zoo and mud fests (yes, plural). And that’s not all…

photo: RADAR Productions for Drag Queen Story Hour


Marvel Universe Live!
The Avengers and friends are stopping by the Staples Center to take on Loki & Green Goblin. With special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and video projections, it’s like the circus with super heroes. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

CAAM Kids Maker Fest
Take part in this all-day, all-ages affair, featuring maker stations by local artists. This festival is a great way to discover one of LA’s coolest, often-overlooked museums. Sat. Event details.


Dracula and the Beanstalk
The annual story mash up at Occidental Children’s Theater is back with an all new (hilarious) show. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Girl Group Workshop: Bannish Worries
In this workshop, girls explore the idea that worry and confidence or comfort can exist at the same time. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

A Family Sleepover at the LA Zoo
What happens at the zoo when you go home? Find out! The adventure begins with a special guided tour of the Zoo’s hundreds of animals leading you to base camp. There are beastly bedtime stories at night and you wake up to the roar of the lions and the hoot of the chimps. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


Harry Potter at the Bowl
The Prisoner of Azkaban is on the big screen while the orchestra plays a live accompaniment. Kids will love the movie and music and you’ll love introducing them to an LA summer staple. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Rubber Ducky Races
Rubber ducky, you’re the one! (As Ernie says.) Race your rubber duck down the the Interpretive Arroyo stream at Kidspace this weekend. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Drag Queen Story Hour
The most glittering and magical drag queens of LA read quirky and progressive kid’s books, followed by a simple craft. Sun. Event details.


A Hip-Hop Family Jam
Pick up some moves with The GR818ERS. This popular hip-hop dance crew show the whole family how to pop and lock with the best of them. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Go Crayfishin’
Give native fish and tadpoles a chance by removing the invasive crayfish from the creek. It’s a fun outing where you do good while helping out local scientists. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Gnomes & Fairies in the Garden
Take little magical thinkers to a land of magical creatures. Visit mission stations to find “evidence” of a gnome village, seek hidden fairies in the woodland habitat, stir up some magic soup and make a gnome home. Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Mud Mania
What does every child love?  Making a mess!  Mud-tastic activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more. (There’s also a muddy obstacle challenge in El Monte on Saturday.) Sun. Event details.


Mary Poppins, the Musical
Maybe because they just finished filming the sequel (with Lin Manuel-Miranda and Emily Blunt) but we’ve got this perfect nanny on the brain. The Broadway musical is now playing through July 23. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Those activities are on our weekend radar; what’s on yours? Let us know in the comment section!

-Meghan Rose