Starting this weekend, school is out for a lot of LA kids. So we searched high and low, from the Valley to the beaches, for a whole range of things that will keep every kid entertained. You can hop on the honey train, follow the yellow brick road to the cemetery, celebrate World Ocean Day, go cray-fishing, crafting, become an activist or watch wiener races—it’s all in a summer’s weekend.

photo: Hammer Museum


Grand Park’s Summer Sessions
Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions kick off this weekend, with a fabulous line-up of DJs to provide the soundtrack to your summer day in the park where you can dance, play, get food from food trucks or cocktails at the bar and splash in the fountain in the heart of the city. Sun. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

See The Wizard of Oz at the Cemetery
See the magic of Hollywood in the Hollywood Cemetery!  Bring the kids for a movie under the stars: tonight’s movie is the classic The Wizard of Oz. Come early to dance to the music, see the ducks, swans and peacocks and wander the gorgeous grounds. Sat. Event details.

CraftLab: Create Abstract Felt Sculptures
Take a workshop with an exhibiting artist where you’ll learn to knot, cut, glue, and experiment with industrial felt to create a sculpture of your own to take home. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

CicLAvia Goes Hipster
Get ready for a brand new CicLAvia route that goes right through Glendale and Atwater Village, where the streets close for an all day party on wheels of any kind (or feet!). Sun. Event details.


Zen Shorts
Based on the Caldecott-winning book, this story of school, friendship and the struggles of growing up is told through puppets, magical video projections and original songs. Don’t miss the free post-show puppetry workshop in the courtyard. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Hollywood

Whole World Sing
The Hollywood Master Chorale celebrates the world’s cultures with works by composers ranging from classic to modern in a musical afternoon for the whole family. Sun. Event details.


Wear Your Activism
Design wearable art with slogans and symbols to support any cause. Then you can wear your beliefs and your art on your sleeve—or wherever you want. Sun. Event details.

A Skirball Playdate
At this workshop for toddlers, visit ‘The Park,’ which is the Skirball’s new outdoor family hangout space, specially designed for music making and playing.  And that’s exactly what you’ll be doing together! Sun. Event details.

South Bay

World Ocean Day
Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium to celebrate the ocean and how important it is in our lives. Family activities include arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a guided beach walk, a close-up look at baby animals and more. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Go Crayfishin’
Be a scientist for the day as you grab some mudbugs out of the creek to give native fish and tadpoles a chance to thrive. Help the rangers empty traps and measure the crayfish they’ve caught. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hop Aboard the Honey Train
Take a train ride to Bennett’s Honey Farm for an up-close and personal tour to learn about bees and see how honey is made. Live music, demonstrations, crafts and food round out the day’s activities. Sat. Event details.

Wiener Races
Sit back in the summer sun in Huntington Beach with a beer and snacks to watch wiener dogs race to the finish line. Sun. Event details.

No more school, no more books… what are your top plans for this fancy free summer?

—Meghan Rose