From a little movie magic to late night entertainment, this weekend we are giving the green light on those past-bedtime shenanigans. Scroll through for our must-attend picks.

Los Angeles:

Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits
Join us after-hours at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Enjoy Free General Admission, special 3D movies, such as Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Behind-the-Scenes tours, live excavations, and more. Fri. Event details.

Movie Night: Trolls
Arrive early to show off your moves with our lively family dance party in the Garden and to explore the Fairies vs.Trolls treasure hunt located throughout our 87-acres. Pack your own picnic or enjoy a purchased dinner from our on-site concessions as you await the sunset and our main attraction — Trolls featuring the music of Justin Timberlake! Fri. Event details.

Music at the Farmers Market
The Original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax is celebrating the start of the balmy nights of summer with its annual free Friday Night Music Series. If you’ve had a long week (yes!), make the weekend start easy by grabbing dinner (that everyone likes, as they can each pick their favorite kind of food) and a drink and listen to some music! Fri. Event details.

Becoming L.A. Family Day
Join us as we celebrate the newly reimagined Becoming Los Angeles exhibition. Enjoy artist-led workshops, performances, and much more. Wander the exhibition, share your L.A. story, and celebrate the history, culture, and art that is Los Angeles. Sat. Event details.

Incredible 2 at El Capitan
The El Capitan Theatre presents Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2! The El Capitan Theatre will also host a very special Tiny Tot Tuesday for the first show every Tues. morning during the run of Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2. During these special screenings, parents and small children may enjoy the movie in a tot-friendly way—with lights dimmed rather than out and reduced sound levels. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


The Muppet Movie
Calling all puppeteers (and their puppets!) to this cinematic celebration starring Jim Henson’s most beloved characters. Make a “rainbow connection” while Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, and Rowlf hit the road to find success in Hollywood. Arrive early to view the exhibition! Before the screening, check out The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited, and enjoy cocktails, wine, beer, and light fare available for purchase. Note: Screening will be moved indoors in the event of rain. Fri. Event details.

Marina del Rey WaterBus
The Marina del Rey WaterBus is now running! Rides are just $1 each way. Bikes and strollers are allowed. Sorry, no pets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Family Acrylic Classes
Every Sun. afternoon we have family acrylic art classes. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive:

A Magical Competition at South Coast Botanic Garden
Beginning Fri., Jun. 15 and continuing through Fri., Aug. 31, garden visitors are invited to use their wits, courage, and imagination in this inspired treasure hunt throughout the 87-acre nature space. With enchanted map in hand, questers will explore rustic nature trails and manicured formal gardens in a search for hidden doors that will lead to a priceless prize — a Merry Fairy Trollstone! Along the way, visitors will experience 2,500 different species of plants from around the globe and an array of active wildlife. Fairies vs. Trolls will provide the perfect backdrop to a magical summer of fun! Elfie selfies will surely be snapped amid the blooms and a troll’s pose will be perfect in the Banyan Forest. The activity will stoke imaginations and inspire creative play. Guests may need to tip-toe quietly past a sleepy giant or challenge a fellow fairy to a dance off! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Norton Simon Museum Presents Fifth Annual Garden Party
Celebrate the start of summer with the Norton Simon Museum’s annual Garden Party. Spend an evening exploring the sights and sounds of the Sculpture Garden, inspired by Monet’s beloved garden at Giverny. Pick up drawing supplies and sketch en plein air or collaborate on creative projects with your fellow art enthusiasts, such as sculpting and printing works inspired by flora in the garden, creating a botanical bookmark or working on a collage inspired by the objects on view in Line & Color: The Nature of Ellsworth Kelly. Throughout the evening, enjoy live jazz in the Garden Café. Sat. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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