Dance your way through a weekend filled with festivities, and we mean literally! That’s right, Saturday is National Dance Day and there are plenty of toe-tapping events to get you moving, from the Boogie Walk in Venice to the Dance Bash in Sherman Oaks. Keep things moving by hitting Downtown’s music celebration, Make It Funky Fest or chill out at Santa Monica’s Jazz on the Lawn. Other family adventures to choose from include the Indonesian Festival, Shark Sleuths at the Aquarium of the Pacific, a nature hike through Franklin Canyon, or a fishing rodeo in Long Beach. Star strutters will love Grow Kid Grow’s The Show Off, an interactive evening of improv or the raucous Jokes 4 Kids in Universal City. For whimsical fun, head to The Wind in the Willows, a modernized musical version of the beloved tale. Also worth noting and worth a drive to Whittier is the Swiss Fair, happening this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., check out all the details here. Now get out there and go!
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
In Toad Hall The Wind in the Willows The adventures of Miss Mole are set to music in this modernized version of the classic children’s novel. Introduce your kiddos to all the gang, Ratty, Otter, Badger and even the mean Weasel girls. Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m., Pacific Palisades, $12. Read More.
A Bug’s Life Kids Hands at Franklin Canyon Naturalist Lucy leads kids ages 3-8 on a leisurely walk through the canyon during which they learn about the different plants and animals they see along the way. The hike ends with a nature-inspired art project. Don’t forget to pack some snacks, or better still, a picnic to enjoy after all that hard work. Sun., Aug 1, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Beverly Hills, Free. Read More.
Downtown (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown LA)
Feast and Fest Indonesian Festival 2010 Introduce the kids to a new culture at this day long festival celebrating Indonesia. Test out new flavors, check out the musicians, and catch some cool dance performances. Plus, there are plenty of vendors selling wares and some games for the kids. Sat., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Downtown LA, Free. Read More.
Bring on the Funk Make It Funky Fest Chinatown is the backdrop to this music-driven, community event packed with local food (namely L.A.’s beloved food trucks), artists, craft makers, and musicians. Check out the six different sound stages and cruise through the vendor village. The sights, sounds, and food will keep the kids busy and parents happy. Sat., 2 p.m. to 12 a.m. $5 before 6 p.m., $10 after, kids under 10 free. Read More.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood)
Belly Laughs Jokes 4 Kids Tickle the little funny bones with this comedy show created for kiddos at Universal City’s Jon Lovitz Comedy Club. Hosted by Happy the Hyena, the show includes cartoons, sketches, jugglers, musicians, and knock-knock jokes galore. Characters like Professor Giggles, Zucchini the Great, Bob the Dog entertain with their bags of tricks (literally, in some cases). Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m., Universal City, $12, Read More.
Energy Buster The Show Off at Grow Kid Grow Imagination takes center stage at this monthly program geared toward children aged 4-8 and their parents. Games, activities, and music encourage the kids to explore, inspire, create and just have fun. It’s great outlet for the dreamer in the family. Fri., 7 p.m., Los Angeles, Free. Read More
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Rhythm Nation Boogie Up the Boardwalk Saturday is National Dance Day and Your Neighborhood Dance Studio is celebrating with a dance parade along Ocean Front Walk. The beat starts at Venice Pier and then groovy crew will electric slide their way to the Santa Monica Pier. Sat., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Venice, Free. Read More.
Feelin’ Groovy Jazz on the Lawn For a perfect ending to the weekend, pack a picnic basket (or hit Bay Cities for tasty sandwiches and snacks) and head to the Santa Monica Civic Center for their free concert series, which starts this Sunday. This weekend, it’s the high energy sounds of Pinot. Sun., 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Santa Monica, Free. Read More.
Beach Cities (Santa Monica, Venice, Malibu, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Jaws in the House Saturday Family Fun Day: Shark Sleuths The Aquarium of the Pacific introduces the family to these long-feared underwater creatures. This fun-packed hour and half experience includes the chance to touch real shark teeth, see how they hatch, a fun art project, and more. Put those Jaws fears to rest once and for all! Sat., 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Long Beach, $36 per adult/child pair, $24 for Aquarium members pairs, $10 per additional guest. Read More.
Hook, Line and Sinker 57th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo You supply the fishing rod and tackle, the sea provides the catch. Join the competition to see who can snag the biggest fish or just come to learn the basics of fishing. Fri., 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Read More.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Movie on the Green Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Pack up blankets, movies snacks and a light jacket for a night of movie watching under the stars. Warner Center Park hosts movies every Saturday night and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is perfect for the whole family. Sat., 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Woodland Hills, Free. Read More.
We Got the Beat National Dance Day Dancers Billy Blanks, Jr. and Sharon Catherine Blank invade Sherman Oaks Galleria with a huge dance party. They’ll be teaching moves from everything from hula to hip-hop. Magicians, face painters and plenty of refreshments round out the good times. Sat., 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sherman Oaks, Free. Read More.