Animals to cuddle, family nature walks, mini golf and an immersive art installation featuring everyone’s favorite dessert could, quite possibly, make this weekend the most fun yet in 2021. Scroll below for our weekend picks that the whole family can enjoy!

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Paws & Pages at Annenberg PetSpace
Visit Annenberg PetSpace for a socially-distanced story time, Pet Encounter, and take-home craft. Help your young reader build communication skills and self-confidence by reading with adoptable pets or listening to a story. This in-space experience includes a book reading, opportunity to meet an adoptable pet or critter ambassador, and craft demonstration with materials to take home and complete. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Cuddle Malibu Goats
Had a rough week? Come bottle feed our newborn babies. We can promise you that it will put a smile on your face. Need a covid-friendly date or a friendly meet-up? Connect during a goat-petting picnic. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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

Open: Wende Museum
The mission of the Wende Museum in Culver City is to preserve Cold War art, culture, and history from the Soviet Bloc countries, inspire a broad understanding of the period, and explore its enduring legacy. The Wende Museum will be open Fri., Sat., and Sun. with reservations available through May 31. Free, advance reservations are required. We are unable to accommodate walk-ins at this time and those without confirmed reservations will be turned away. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Experience Cakeland
“The Beauty War” is a light-and-dark themed immersive art installation: part hall of mirrors, part dark ride, part cake infinity wonderland. Since its inception in 2005, Cakeland has been widely known for producing wild and delicious looking cake-themed, kaleidoscopic art experiences. Cakeland LA is located in LA’s historic Chinatown just off of the Central Plaza, surrounded by an abundance of shops and restaurants. The surrounding area offers ample street parking and is in very close proximity to the 110 freeway and public transportation routes. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Open: Sherman Oaks Castle Park
Sherman Oaks Castle Miniature Golf and Batting Cages are now open to 50% capacity. Social Distancing and face covering required. No Reservations needed. For more family-friendly mini-golf courses around LA, click 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. Check the website for various participating locations. Fri. Event details.

Disney’s “Cruella” at the El Capitan
See Hollywood’s legendary El Capitan Theatre presents Disney’s “Cruella”starting May 28, 2021, at various showtimes. El Capitan guests can enjoy a “Cruella”themed photo op and see iconic costumes from the movie. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Family Nature Walk
Join us outdoors for a guided walk in Eaton Canyon Natural Area. This walk is geared to families, including small children, and everyone is welcome. Walking shoes, sunscreen, water, and a hat are recommended. The walk is free to the public. Meet in front of the building. Sat. Event details.

Los Feliz Flea
Organized by The Odd Market (the same group that hosts Odd Nights at the Autry), the Los Feliz Flea is a curated market with over 100 vendors selling antiques, collectibles, and more. Boasting plenty of shady areas and socially-distanced tables for kids to sit and eat at, this free-to-park and free-to-enter is by far the best value for treasure hunting. Sat. Event details.

Visit free for a limited time! Advance reservation required. We are excited for your return to our galleries! Please see our new museum policies, including required advance tickets only, no walk-in visitors. Want to explore Little Tokyo more? We’ve got everything you need to know about Little Tokyo: From Fun Activities to Culture & Cuisine Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

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.” The self-guided tour includes free use or our award-winning mobile app and the Vicky the Dog scavenger hunt. Note: We adhere to Los Angeles County guidelines for indoor museum safety protocols. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Donut Life Museum
Orange County’s newest donut experience captures moments in life through the creative world of donuts. Each vibrant room in the exhibit will bring inspiration and creativity to all our guests. This is a unique and creative space where you can have fun, immerse yourself and take beautiful photos that will also spark your sweet tooth. Through our doors people can connect, spend quality time and make memories together. This is a limited-time experience you DONUT want to miss out on! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Open: Valley Relics Museum
The Valley Relics Museum boasts its vast collection of historical artifacts pertaining to The San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas. The collection includes rare documents, photographs, vintage neon signs, post cards, yearbooks, negatives, clothing, books, art, automobiles and BMX bikes from The Valley’s past. Purchase advance tickets via the link. Sat. Event details.

—Andie Huber

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