Happy Father’s Day! To honor all the dads, grandpas and father figures in your child’s life, we’ve put together a roundup of all of the fabulous thing to do this weekend to help you celebrate with him and play together. Dad-o-riffic things on our radar include a sleepover with dinosaurs, the US Sumo championships, a chance to hand make a gift for your pops, a family scavenger hunt through a sculpture garden, a foodie fest and a couple of outdoor movies everyone will adore.

photo: The Norton Simon Museum


Father’s Day Sleepover at the NHM
Insects have families, too. At this special Father’s Day Sleepover, join an environmental educator to learn the inside buzz on the insect world’s best fathers. Sun. Event details.


Make Something for Dad
Three’s nothing Dad wants as much as something made by their kids with love. Purple Twig helps your young artists make a unique little world inside a box, so you an give Dad the world. Sat. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Ktown’s Night Market
Hey foodie pops, this is for you! Experience traditional Korean street food (and the Coachella and instagram fave of sugar waffles on a stick) along with the latest kpop trends at this amazing Korean street food fest. Sat. Event details.

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
Moody Blues, fireworks and the LA Youth Orchestra makes for an evening at the Bowl that everyone will love.  It’s the perfect way to kick off the summer season and celebrate Father’s Day eve. Sat. Event details.

Beverly Hills

A Dad’s Day Car Show
The 2017 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance is an amazing display of rare automobiles; this year they’re highlighting classic alternative energy vehicles including steam, electric and hybrid models. It’s our favorite car event of the year. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

A Garden Party at the Norton Simon
The whole family can spend an evening exploring the sights and sounds of the Sculpture Garden, inspired by Monet’s Giverny.  Enjoy live music, sketch together, make sweet smelling satchels and take part in the Family Scavenger Hunt taking place all evening. Sat. Event details.


Chalk It up to Dad
It’s the 25th anniversary of the Pasadena Chalk Festival, so it’s an extra big dust up. In addition to the extraordinary opportunity to watch artists at work, there’s live music, activities in Children’s Chalkland and the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Hey, Mr, DJ
This month at the Santa Monica History Museum learn about the local radio station, KCRW, and then lil’ DJs are invited to create and perform their own radio broadcast. Sat. Event details.

Willy Wonka on the Bluffs
There will be special guest appearances, giveaways, kid crafts and an art activity before this sweet movie is show on the stunning Malibu bluffs. (If dad is more of an Indiana Jones guy and the kids are old enough, there’s an outdoor showing of that classic in Eagle Rock, as well.) Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Visit a Peace Factory in the Woods
The Peace Factory is an architectural installation that incorporates elements of a labyrinth, an amphitheater, and an altar. The Peace Factory is activated for the first time today as a place for people to come together and manufacture peace. Inject a little oooooommmm into your weekend. Sat. Event details.

Valley Obon Festival
Celebrate Japanese culture with exhibitions in Judo, Karate, Kendo, tea ceremonies and Minyo Odori, plus festival-type games, exhibits of calligraphy, Taiko drumming shows and Bon Odori dances. Not to mention amazing Japanese food! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

US Sumo Championships
Watch as 50 elite sumo wrestlers from around the planet compete in a real showdown—men, women, heavyweights & lightweights—Sumo is for everyone, and kids love learning about this fascinating sport. Sat. Event details.

Meet the Blacksmith
At the forge at the Rancho Los Alamitos, kids can meet a master blacksmith and learn about tools created by the blacksmith that helped farmers and ranchers to thrive. Then create a take-home craft using materials from the Rancho while sampling ranch style grub. Sat. Event details.

Looking for more fun things to do with the Dad in your life this weekend? We found fabulous activities for every kind of dad. We also have gifts that will please even picks papas.

—Meghan Rose