Musicals and movies rule this weekend’s picks from The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins and The Incredibles 2. Looking for some good, clean and free fun? The YMCA is offering free memberships to teens age 12-17 and SwimLA is offering affordable swim lessons age 4-17 at all city pools. How cool is that? Scroll through for the rest of our weekend picks!


The Little Mermaid
Come join us for the classic story of the classic Hans Christian Anderson story of The Little Mermaid! Curious about land and always going to the surface against her fathers’ orders, the Little Mermaid saves a handsome prince and decides it’s time for her to become human. Against the advice of her friends, she strikes a deal with the evil sea-witch and trades her mermaid tail for legs, but she only has three days to get the handsome prince to fall in love or will she will be doomed to the sea-witch forever! Come help Ariel in this fun, one-hour, immersive, interactive, mini-musical adventure that will have everyone singing along. Sun. Event details.

Amazon’s Treasure Truck Summer Movie Night Series
Amazon’s Treasure Truck is rolling out the red carpet in Los Angeles this Jul. with a free outdoor movie screening event. Moviegoers of all ages can enjoy Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s Hotel Transylvania. Gather your friends and family and spend an evening under the stars celebrating all things fun and summer! Gates open at 6 p.m. to grab a popcorn snack and partake in entertainment, activities, games, giveaways, and fun provided by the Treasure Truck, available on a first-come, first-served basis. Movies will begin at 8 p.m. (light permitting). Sat. Event details.

Los Angeles:

YMCA Offers Free Summer Membership To Teens
This Jul., YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles (LA Y) will offer free membership to teens ages 12-17 at all 26 of its branch locations. Teen membership privileges will include access to swimming pools, gyms, fitness centers, and group exercise classes as well as programs and activities designed exclusively for them. From college and employment readiness to leadership development opportunities to Teen Nights and more, families can count on the LA Y as a safe and engaging place for teens to spend their summer. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Learn to Swim! LA City Expands Affordable SwimLA Program for Kids
Splash into a fun and healthy sport this summer with SwimLA! As a City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks program, SwimLA offers affordable swim lessons for kids ages 4-17 at all city pools, all summer long. Swimming not only beats the summer heat – it teaches kids a lifesaving skill. Spaces are limited. Sign up your child today! Find your neighborhood pool and register at or call (323) 906-7953. Scholarships are available. Cost is not a barrier. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Big World Fun: Impro Theatre’s Fairytales UnScripted
Presenting a theatrical experience unlike any other, Impro Theatre starts with audience suggestions to create a completely improvised play that no one has ever seen, and will never see again. In Fairytales UnScripted, Impro Theatre’s talented company will delve into the world of childhood fairytales, creating a tale full of wondrous magic, adventure, true love, and a lesson or two along the way. These hour-long music and dance performances are for children ages 4 to 12 and their families with pre-show activities at 9 a.m. Sat. Event details. 

Mary Poppins the Musical
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins” delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

Little Explorers Take Over Descanso
Bring youngsters ages 2-5 to explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up. On the first Saturday of the month, Little Explorers will use their senses to discover the natural world of the garden through hands-on activities and crafts. Sat. Event details.

Hotel Irvine’s Fourth Annual Movie Nights in The Backyard
Movie Nights in The Backyard at Hotel Irvine provides popular newly released, must-see over and over flicks; great food and drinks; and a great outdoor movie-viewing setting. Avid moviegoers just need to bring their own fun company. Everyone is invited to see The Greatest Showman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther, respectively. Delicious burgers, sandwiches and salads are on the menu, along with favorite movie snacks, wine, beer and cocktails. A pre-film DJ will be there, and all night happy hour at Red Bar and Lounge is offered to moviegoers. There’s also a special Movie Night Retreat package available for guests who want to extend their fun and pampering by staying overnight at leading SoCal lifestyle Hotel Irvine. Fri. Event details.

Coastal Cleanup Day at the Aquarium
The gorgeous California beaches gave us loads of fun this summer.  It’s time to give back to the beaches by helping keep them clean.  Spend Saturday morning enjoying the coast while helping the environment. Note: All participants must bring a signed waiver, for children under the age of 18 the waiver needs to be signed by a parent or guardian. Sat. Event details.

Get Squishy With It: Mud Mania
What does every child love? Making a mess! And this is the place to do it with impunity. Kids (and grownups) can squish a little history between their toes at this delightfully muddy festival where you’re not supposed to stay clean. Mud-tastic activities include adobe brick-making, mud relay races, clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more. De-mudding station available; bring old shoes (required), a change of clothes and a towel. Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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