While summer may not be officially here for another week and a half, it’s starting to feel like it! Grab some ice cream inspired by some of our favorite kid’s books, watch the Dodgers take on the Rangers, hike through Griffith Park guided by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and treasure hunting at The Rose Bowl is back. Scroll below for the rest of our picks!

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Santa Monica Pride Walk
Now through the end of the month, you can stroll through Santa Monica from the Third Street Promenade through Santa Monica Place to the Santa Monica Pier and experience 13 one-of-a-kind art installations by LGBTIA+ artists including the rainbow-lit pathway, called “Miles of Pride.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Rose Bowl Flea Market is Back!
The world famous Rose Bowl Flea Market takes place the second Sun. of every month! Shop from over 2,500 vendors selling everything from coveted antiques, rare vintage finds, and today’s most up-to-date trends! Sun. Event details.

SoFi Stadium Tours
SoFi Stadium, home to the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, is nestled in the heart of the sports and entertainment capital of the West Coast. Here you can experience what it’s like to be a LA fan, game viewer, broadcaster, player and more, on and off the field. We invite you to explore the transformation of the 300-acre Hollywood Park in Inglewood, CA, with tours now available for purchase. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK
Ellen Reid SOUNDWALK is a free, GPS-enabled work of public art that uses music to illuminate the natural environment of L.A.’s Griffith Park. Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and sound artist Ellen Reid, the experience is guided by the listener: the path you choose dictates the music you hear, and no two visits will be exactly the same. After downloading the free app and putting on your headphones, you can explore the park, triggering musical cells that are carefully crafted to harmonize with the park’s landscape and attractions. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Motown at the Grammy Museum
Motown: The Sound Of Young America traces the evolution of the label, focusing on its major artists and musical achievements, and explores how the sound of Motown continues to influence some of pop music’s most important artists today. In addition to stage outfits from many of Motown’s top performers, such as The Temptations, the Four Tops, the Miracles, and The Supremes, the exhibition also includes exclusive interviews with many Motown legends, letting visitors get deep inside the creative process perfected at Motown 60 years ago. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Salt & Straws Rad Readers Menu
Beloved artisan ice cream company Salt & Straw has collaborated with Scholastic Inc. for its whimsical Rad Readers menu this summer. Available now, the Rad Readers menu brings “Scoops of Stories”, pulling inspiration from five books to bring the magic of reading to life with imaginative flavors. This menu hopes to encourage summer reading through the joys of ice cream, inspiring children to dive into a book while diving into a scoop. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Watch Dodger Baseball
Grab the family and watch the Dodgers play ball! Fri. night is a special night for Pride Month. Want to know how you can tour the stadium? Check out our guide to Dodger’s Stadium here. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Every Body Explores
As part of the new and exciting Every Body Explores Program, youth in LA County are encouraged to get outdoors and visit our 7 Nature Centers for free activities and workshops to discover, explore and create while learning about the natural world.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

NEW: LEGO Movie World at LEGOLAND
THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD has opened at LEGOLAND® California Resort, inviting families to step onto the streets of Bricksburg and experience the blockbuster films with six interactive attractions, including Emmet’s Flying Adventure and Unikitty’s Disco Drop. Experience new rides, attractions, restaurants, shops, and more in THE LEGO® MOVIE™ WORLD, where the immersive world of the hit movies comes to life! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Open: Battleship USS Iowa
Battleship USS Iowa served our country proudly in WWII, Korea, and the Cold War. Today, the historic U.S. Navy ship is an iconic Los Angeles landmark and considered one of the region’s best museum for families and visitors of all ages. During your visit and tour, you will follow in the footsteps of sailors and our mischievous mascot Vicky the Dog and experience first hand why she is know as the “Battleship of Presidents,” “The Grey Ghost,” and “The Big Stick.” Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Baby Steps
Join in on a special summertime Baby Steps session all about your little fishy! This event will provide activities for teaching your little one about gross motor skills, as well as water safety. Babies can dive right into water-themed art activities as they engage with bubbles, ice and water painting. There will also be a summertime story that’s sure to get your little fish ready for the water. Designed for infants age 0-18 months. Register online in advance. Sun. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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