Summer is here and there is plenty of things to to do with kids in Los Angeles. Abundant food events abound, like the delectable Food Truck Fest in NoHo, the fabulous Princess Brunch in the valley, or the Frugal Food Festival in Canoga Park. For some jambalaya and New Orleans-inspired fun, head to Long Beach for the Bayou and Blues Festival. Or for a truly enchanting experience, savor some Medieval barbecue at the Kidspace Museum’s Mystical Medieval Nights. Read on for more delicious ideas to keep your family entertained this weekend.

Los Angeles

NoHo Food Truck Fest
Whether you are a bona-fide foodie or you’d just appreciate a break from cooking, cruise on down to the NoHo Food Truck Fest for some seriously good meals on wheels. Beyond the tasty fare there will be live music, magicians, crafts for the kids, pet adoptions, and a Taco Cook-off. Sat. 11:00 am – 7:00 pm, North Hollywood, $4. Event details.

Sing-along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall
Here is a super-special opportunity to sing like the pros do at the venerable Walt Disney Concert Hall. Spend the night singing along to classic and popular tunes, to the accompaniment of live musicians. Lyrics are provided and everyone with a passion for belting out a song is welcome. Fri. 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Los Angeles, free. Event details.

Wizarding Nights and Mystical Middle Ages
Travel back to bygone eras at the Kidspace Children’s Museum and spend an evening in the Medieval times. Come dressed as knights, druids, lords, and fair ladies and participate in hands-on activities to explore the daily life of long ago. You can even savor the flavors of a Medieval BBQ, available for purchase. Fri. 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Pasadena, $5. Event details.

Westside

Story Jam at the UCLA Fowler Museum
Stop by the Lucas Gallery to hear the story Ragtime Tumpie by Allan Schroader, a jazz-infused tale about the childhood of entertainer Josephine Baker. Before and after each performance, join museum educators in the courtyard to learn how to scat and jive talk, paint a pair of rhythm sticks, or make “jazz hands on a stick” out of recycled sheet music. Sun. 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm, Los Angeles, free. Event details.

Valley

Brunch With A Princess (pictured)
Join the gang at Lollipop Dream for an enchanting morning spent as Princesses do. Learn Princess etiquette and dancing, play dress-up in their fabulous costume closet, make sparkling crafts, and nibble on a yummy continental breakfast. Be sure to reserve your throne (seat) in advance. Sat. 10:30 am, Sherman Oaks, $30 per family of 2. Event details.

Frugal Food Festival
Starved for cooking ideas that are cheap, fresh, and easy? Canoga Park High School is hosting this tasty event that has oodles of giveaways and provides great info for families on hot topics like: food preservation, coupons, $5 dinners, vegan on the cheap, and affordable organic, to name a few! Nosh on culinary creations from celebrity chefs and remember to bring canned goods to donate and receive $5 off entry. Sat. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm, Los Angeles, $5-10. Event details.

Wildlife Tracking Detective
Take your tiny trailblazer on a guided hike to learn how to analyze and identify feathers, paw prints, scat, and more, in the beautiful Open Space Reserve of Las Virgenes Canyon. The trek is about 1 1/2 miles long so bring some some water, tasty provisions, and a camera to capture your adventures and the sun setting in the hills. $3 parking fee. Sat. 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Calabasas, free. Event details.

Beach Cities

Bayou and Blues Festival
Enjoy the music, cuisine, and color of Mardi Gras in a family-friendly environment near the beach! Head to Rainbow Lagoon Park and get groovy with Zydeco, Blues, and Cajun music on two different stages, take a dance lesson or two, and see the festive New Orleans Parade. Buy tickets online for discounted prices. Sat. 11:00 am – 9:00 pm, Sun. 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, Long Beach, $30 adults, $10 kids 13-17, 12 and under are free. Event details.

 

❧Kameron DeWulf