You probably already have the 4th of July figured out, but if you’re looking for some great ideas to entertain your family in the Los Angeles area for the rest of the weekend, read below. Pull a rabbit out of your hat on Friday and head to the Malibu library for a free magic show with Tony Daniels that is sure to entertain the kids. There is more enchantment to be had over the weekend with a free fairytale performance at Foxfield Park in the valley, and the interactive fairytale theater in Santa Monica. For a final bang, we could not resist mentioning the Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Spectacular, which will have sparkling performances all weekend.

Los Angeles

Fireworks Spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl (pictured)
Head to this iconic venue with your kids and a picnic in tow for a breathtaking sensory experience. From the sounds of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra (with special guests Hall & Oats) to the opulent fireworks display to finish, it will be a gorgeous night to remember. Sat. and Sun., 7:30 pm, Hollywood, $8-$88 children 12 and under, $17-$173 adults. Event details.

Family Fun at the Ford Amphitheater
The theater hosts eight summer Saturday morning performances for children and their families. This week’s installment features Ballet Folclorico do Brasil – an exciting blend of martial arts, music, dance, and authentic costumes. The morning also includes pre-show kid-friendly activities and post-show meet-&-greet opportunities with the performers. Sat., 10:00 am to 11:00 am, Los Angeles, $5 adults, children under 12 are free. Event details.

Festive 4th at the Kidspace Museum
If you are in or around Pasadena this weekend, you may want to stop by the fabulous Kidspace Museum for some fun activities to entertain your own little firecrackers. Festive activities include a patriotic parade around the gardens and museum grounds, craft-your-own parade shakers and pom-poms, holiday tattoos, create a fireworks painting, and much more. Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Pasadena, $10/person, babies under one are free. Event details.

Franklin Canyon Kids’ Hike
Celebrate America the Beautiful by learning about her purple mountains beside the sea, under spacious skies. Naturalist Lucy will guide children ages 3-8 on a stroll through Franklin Canyon, then lead them in a nature-inspired craft. Meet at the Sooky Goldman Nature Center. Sun., 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Beverly Hills, free. Event details.


Enchanted Fairytale Interactive Theater
The Santa Monica Playhouse only presents these special shows on holiday weekends, such as Independence Day. The colorful cast enacts a fairytale, myth, or legend, and magically weaves in sing-a-longs, crafts, face-painting, and theater games to encourage children to explore their imaginations through performance and self-expression. Your kids will become pint-sized players in no time and parents are welcome to join in on the merry-making. Ticket price includes refreshments and a special parting-gift. Sun. 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, Santa Monica, $15 children, adults are free. Event details.


Fairy Tales in the Park
Grab your picnic blankets and sunscreen and head to Foxfield Park for a little bit of whimsy. Gypsies in a Trunk unite with Park & Rec to put on this series of free children’s shows at Ventura County Parks. This weekend’s classic tale is the Princess and the Pea. The target audience is for three to ten year olds, but all ages are welcome and the show runs for about 45 minutes. It’s a perfect petit excursion to the park and the theater. Sat., 11:30 am, Westlake Village, free. Event details.

Beach Cities

Summer Concerts Kickoff at the Pier
This free summer concert series at the Redondo Beach Pier kicks-off this Saturday with some classic R & B. Your family can play in the ocean than stick around for a picnic dinner and some tunes. Sat., 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Redondo Beach, free. Event details.

Malibu Library Magic Show
Reading is truly magical, but so is Tony Daniels, renowned children’s magician! Combine the two for an enchanting outing to the Malibu Library. Fri., 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm, Malibu, free. Event details.

— Kameron DeWulf