From dancing in DTLA and sandcastle building at the beach to taking in the ultimate family movie, the Lion King, in a historical theater, this weekend is the World Cup of things to do in our lovely city. Check out the rest of the can’t-miss list below.

photo: Margaret River via flickr

Los Angeles:

Bring Your Tiny Dancer to Dance Downtown
The Music Center hosts free dance parties all summer long because the world needs more spontaneous dancing. Dance Downtown takes place every Fri., and each week features a different style of dance, from Salsa to Tango, line dancing to Bollywood. Beginner lessons take place throughout the evening. The event is free and no tickets or RSVP’s are required and music will be provided by DJ and/or live band. Fri. Event details.

Movies at the Wiltern
This summer, legendary concert and event venue The Wiltern will be screening three Disney animated classics: Lion King, Toy Story, and Lady and the Tramp. Come early and take advantage of their themed photo ops, face painting, coloring stations. Kids under three come in for free. Yummy food, as well as soft and adult drinks available for purchase. Sun. Event details.

Luciana’s Adventure Craft and Cupcake Decorating Event
Your girl can enjoy a galaxy adventure with American Girl, complete with crafts and cupcakes, inspired by Luciana! They’ll enjoy a phases of the moon craft and decorate delicious constellation-themed cupcakes. The Cafe will provide each girl with two cupcakes—one regular-sized and one doll-sized—along with tasty decorating materials including galactic color icing and candy pearls. Fri. Event details.

Author Talk & Book Signing with Diane Guerrero
Diane Guerrero presents her personal story of the real plight of undocumented immigrants in her new book for middle-grade readers, My Family Divided: One Girl’s Journey of Home, Loss, and Hope. Before landing a spot on the megahit Netflix show Orange is the New Black; before wowing audiences as Lina on Jane the Virgin; and before her incredible activism and work on immigration reform, Diane Guerrero was a young girl living in Boston. One day, while Guerrero was at school, her undocumented immigrant parents were taken from their home, detained, and deported. Guerrero’s life, which had been full of the support of a loving family, was turned upside down. Reflective of the experiences of millions of undocumented immigrant families in the United States, Guerrero’s story is at once heartbreaking and hopeful. They will also have Ms. Guerrero’s adult book, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, available for signing. Sat. Event details.


Splish, Splash Storytime
Enjoy storytime with the Malibu Library at our Community Pool! Lifeguards are on the premises, but each child must be accompanied by an adult in the pool. All children ages 3 and under must wear a swim diaper. Fri. Event details.

Go Crayfish Trapping
Give native fish and tadpoles a chance by removing the non-native invasive crayfish from spawning pools in Malibu Creek. Great fun for kids, families, and scouts. Volunteers 18 years or younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Music in the Arboretum with the Pasadena POPS
Hear the music from the Pasadena Pops played in the beautiful Arboretum. The kids will absorb the music as they play and snack and you get something resembling a date night without the sitter…The Pops plays a series of concerts ranging from Broadway tunes to swing to classic favorites. Check the website to see what tonight’s concert is! Food and drinks will be available for purchase or you can bring a picnic. Picnicking starts at 5:30 p.m., the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sat. Event details.

Dino Summer at the Cube
This summer enter a lost world of prehistoric creatures from land and sea as Discovery Cube presents a DINO SUMMER! Walk among huge animatronic dinosaurs, become a paleontologist and excavate fossils, join in on the “Discovering Dinosaurs” stage show or experience one of our Dinosaur themed summer camps. All of this and more this summer at Discovery Cube. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Family Sandcastle Building Day
Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto. Your very own sandcastle. Bring your best building tools: a shovel, a bucket and other goodies and come on down for some sand creativity. The beach will be wet down to create the perfect beach building conditions—the rest is up to you! Sun. Event details.

Community Flea Market
The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will hold its Community Flea Market featuring clothing, jewelry, antiques, crafts, toys, vintage accessories, and much more! Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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