Summer is around the corner and we can almost taste it. Our roundup this weekend includes some beloved, childhood summertime-pastimes like bike rides, theater in the park, and long days at the beach. Read on to find out exactly where they will be dancing the hula and where you can wheel out your (red) tricycles for some family fun.
Los Angeles River Ride
Grab your tykes, bikes, and trikes and pedal to Griffith Park for the 11th Annual Los Angeles River Ride – the pinnacle bicycle-event of the year. Thousands of riders take part in six different loops to choose from. The Family Ride is 15 miles long, and is appropriate for older children. We like the free and festive Kids Ride meant for children under 6; it introduces them to important bike safety lessons through fun, interactive activities. Stick around afterwards for the fair. Be sure to register for the event in advance online. Sun, 10:00 am, free to $65. Event details.
Green City Fair
Like the L.A. air, your conservational consciousness may need some freshening up. Join environmental guru, Ed Begley, Jr. and the TreePeople for a fair fit for the whole family, aimed at celebrating our beautiful planet via practical environmental education. Learn how to harvest rainwater, green your home, conserve water and energy (and lower your bills), reduce waste, and even how to cook eco-friendly cuisine. There will be hiking, Father’s Day crafts for the kids, local green vendors and sustainability experts, and organic food. Free parking and shuttles to the event will be located at Harvard-Westlake School and Franklin Canyon Park – see listing for details. Sat, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Beverly Hills, free. Event details.
Splendid (Little) Ella Moss Warehouse Sale
For all you fashionistas out there, here’s an opportunity to shop ‘till you drop for the whole family, at discount prices. Designer labels are gearing up to host their bi-annual warehouse sale at the 11th Floor of the Cooper Building downtown, with new merchandise delivered daily from Splendid, Ella Moss, Splendid Mills, Splendid Girl, Ella Moss Girl, Little Ella, and Splendid Littles. It’s an opportunity for some new, luxe threads, without the threat of breaking the bank. Fri and Sat, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, free. Event details.
Family Festival at the Getty Features Cambodia
Let’s face it – gone are your carefree days of strolling through a beautiful museum at your leisure. Take advantage of these Family Festivals to tote along your (often noisy) offspring to otherwise subdued places with the confidence that they are most welcome. This Saturday the Getty Center’s Family Festival features Cambodia, with a glittering schedule of entertainment that includes traditional storytelling, music, dance, and even a fashion show. Take part in Gallery Talks designed especially for families, on topics like the Gods of Angkor. Create portraits inspired by ancient art and sparkling headdresses at the art-making workshops that will occur throughout the day. Sat, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, free. Event details.
Theatricum Botanicum Family FunDays
This fanciful and inspiring summer series kicks off on Sunday with The Legends of King Arthur. Summon your little lords and ladies and join in the revelries designed to introduce them to classic tales and enrich their ever-expanding minds and creativity. The theatre is nestled close to the ocean within a nook of Topanga Canyon and houses an outdoor theater under the trees. The interactive shows run through the end of October, so if you miss this one, catch another like, Ferdinand the Bull and Three Tales By Hans Christian Andersen. Huzzah! Sun, 11:00 am, Topanga Canyon, $9, children under 2 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 Sleeping Beauty. The target audience is for 3 to 10 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.
World Ocean Day
Officially celebrated on June 8th, this year’s World Ocean Day theme is “Youth, A Wave For Change.” A great way to get your kids on board is to stop by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s celebration, which intends to highlight just how important the ocean is in our lives through a boat-load of family-oriented activities. Scavenger hunts, crafts, animal stories, and visits with some special baby animals from the Aquarium, will keep your scallywags entertained and interested. It’s just a small hop from the shore, so plan to get your toes in the sand to check out the tide-pools or do some fishing. Sat, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, San Pedro, free with Aquarium Admission ($5 adults, $1 children). Event details.
Pacific Islander Festival
Oh, sigh…if a trip to Hawaii is just a pipe-dream, you can join the fun at the Pacific Islander Festival at the fantastic Aquarium of the Pacific. Families can dive into an ocean of entertainment, reflecting the diverse cultures of the islands. Sample ethnic cuisine, watch elegant hula dancing, hear Tahitian drums, and play traditional Hawaiian games. Be sure to visit the Aquarium’s website to download their $5 off adult-admission coupon. Oh, we’re going to a hukilau… Sat and Sun, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Long Beach, free with Aquarium Admission ($24.95 adults, $12.95 kids 3-11, 2 and under are free). Event details.