It’s June! School is just about to end, and summer is right around the bend.  Here’s what’s on our radar to get us in the mood for kicking back with the summer fun…  Kindie rock or kiddos who rock, comic heroes mixing with wild animals, days and ways to celebrate local neighborhoods, and plays and ballets for mini theatre goers.  Throw in a little bit of art, cooking and cars and you’ve got an activity or two to tantalize even the pickiest playmate.

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Downtown

MOCA Big Family Day
The biggest hands-on, family-friendly, modern art celebration of the year takes place this weekend at MOCA.  Dive into the playful art of Urs Fischer with studio projects and lively conversations in the galleries. Sun., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Eastside

Lummis Day
The best of home-grown Northeast LA music, dance, food and community is at this festival that takes place at the sites of two historical museums.  Each place has a bevy of kid fun and performances, so be sure to check the schedule. Sun., 10:30 am – 7:00 pm. Montecito Heights. Free. All ages. Event details.

Comic Jungle at the Zoo
Calling all Super Heroes!  Dress up as your favorite comic book character and dash over to the Zoo to enjoy fun activities & discover which animals have the power of flight, night vision, super strength, and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Griffith Park. $12-$17. All ages. Event details.

Hopi Cooking & American Indian Culture
Learn more about American Indian cultures, with storytelling, music, games, a museum scavenger hunt and even a chance to learn how Hopi meals were made. Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Griffith Park. $4-$11. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & West Hollywood

RockSTAR Battle of the Bands
Get out the hair gel and leather pants, put the earplugs in, and prepare to rock ‘n’ roll on the Sunset Strip, as over 100 kid bands perform their young hearts out to celebrate the importance of music education in schools. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. West Hollywood. $12. All ages. Event details.

Gilmore Car Show
This car show might be the perfect one for kids:  it’s casual and fun, parking is easy, and it’s at the Grove, which means food and potties are never more than a minute away. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
The hippest kindie rock band is back to play a hip little venue – McCabe’s Guitar Shop. All the cool kids will be there, with a parent, grandparent, or friend (real or imaginary), to enjoy a perfect playdate. Sun., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $18. Ages 2-10. Event details.

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Winnie the Pooh
Little attention spans wander, and the darkness and costumes of the theater can be scary.  Solution: a show specially designed for the under 5 crowd, that’s short, has little dialogue, no blackouts or bad guys, and best of all it’s about everyone favorite silly old bear. Sat. at 12:00 pm & Sun. at 1:30 pm. Santa Monica. $10-$20. Ages 2-5. Event details.

Santa Monica Festival
They had us at “flash mob Thriller Dance by kids”.  Not to mention food, fun, activities, performances and a day spent celebrating lovely seaside Santa Monica. Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet
Fairies and donkey-headed men ensure that this classic play appeals to kids; even more so when told through dance. Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm. Torrance. $22. Ages 3+. Event details.

What summer activities are you looking forward to?  Let us know!

–Meghan Rose