School is just around the corner so it’s time to get in all the summertime fun, now! In between pool dates and beach time, we’ve got some great activities to make the days fly past. Dress up lovers will dig a superhero gathering at Hollywood and Highland or the great Fairy Hunt musical at Griffith Park. “Kindie” rockers Ellen & Matt are strumming at Dragonfly Dulou, creatures great and small are ready for their meet and greet at the Aquarium of the Pacific and the Skirball Center, while toddlers strut their stuff at a hip hop class. Plus, parents get in the mix at the Pasadena Jazz Fest or celebrate that floppy-haired band, the Beatles on the Santa Monica Pier. Plus, there’s festivals of fun with Fiesta La Ballona and the Hawaiian E Hula Mau.
In need of new toys at home? Then don’t miss the Edvante Expo featuring all the latest must-have educational activities and products going on all weekend at the Staples Center. Word of caution: Sunday is the Emmy Awards at the nearby Nokia Theater, so plan accordingly (red carpet arrivals typically begin around 2 p.m.). Our tip? Head to the expo Saturday or early Sunday morning to avoid the paparazzi, celebrity limos and ensuing hullabaloo. Or get a sitter and a make a day of it!
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Kindie Rock Dragonfly Dulou Concert Series featuring Ellen & Matt Think a little Ramones meets Smashing Pumpkins meets…kids. Musical duo Ellen and Matt entertain with cool, indie-flavored music for children—that parents will equally dig. Sun., 11 a.m., Silver Lake, Free. Read more.
Super Heroes Unite! Superhero Guiness Book of World Records Attempt So, it’s not your normal family event. But the cape-wearing, world-saving hero in your family will love a reason to put on his costume and join other crime fighters in reaching the goal of the largest gathering of superheroes. Fri., 12:30 p.m., Hollywood, Free. Read more.
Fairyest of Them All Lia Fail and King of the Faeries Your little princess will love playing dress up for this interactive production featuring fairies, trolls and more. Tie on some wings, add a sprinkle of fairy dust and prepare your little one for a fantastically magical and musical tale. Don’t forget snacks and sunscreen! Sat., 10:30 a.m., Griffith Park, $12. Reserve tickets via 818-324-6802 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Read more.
Animal Lovers Wildlife on Wheels Soft, furry, scaly, leathery, and feathery…oh my! Kiddos get the chance to touch, feel and experience exotic creatures from around the world at this engaging demonstration. Learn about their habitats, habits and more. Sat., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., Los Angeles, Free with $5-10 admission. Read more.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Electric Bugaloo Hip Hop Tots LA Toddlers can bust a move at this dance class taught by instructor Benjamin Allen. Aimed for dancers ages 18 months to 3 years, the little boogiers can shake it like a Polaroid camera for an energy-busting 45 minutes. Every 4th Sat., 4 p.m., Beverly Hills, $10. Read more.
Up, Up, and Away! Fiesta La Ballona Yes, Ballona means balloon so expect plenty of hot-aired filled fun at this community festival in Veterans Park. Food vendors, carnival rides, petting zoo, aquacade, beer and wine garden, and tons of live music. Take note that on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m., it’s Radio Disney time with the Road Crew taking the stage. Oh yeah, and did we mention the balloon animals? Fri., 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sat., 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun., 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Culver City, Free. Read more.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Starry Movie Furry Vengeance at CineMalibu Nothing says summer like a movie under the starry night sky. Gather up beach chairs, blankets, sweaters, snacks and head to Bluff Park to watch this tale of forest animals who work to stop an evil real estate developer from turning their home into a subdivision. Sat., 7 p.m., Malibu, Free. Read more.
Ticket to Ride Beatlesfest at the Santa Monica Pier Get your Beatlemania on during this three day festival celebrating one of the best bands. Cover bands include Abbey Road and Led Zepagain, and in addition there’s a whole Beatle inspired carnival scene with karaoke, movies, memorabilia, and a kids area dedicated to the entertaining the little Ringo, John, or Paul in your life. Thurs., 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Read more.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)
Aloha Hawaii E Hula Mau Gather up the keikis and head to this three-day Hawaiian festival celebrating the island and its culture. Food stands, craft-making, musical and dance performances round out the to-do list. The kids will love making their own leis or gourd nose flutes. Fri, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., Sat. and Sun., 8 a.m. to 12 a.m., Long Beach, Admission is free to the Island Food Court, fees apply to workshops and tickets are required for some musical and dance events. Check schedule for more info. Read more.
Otterly Good Time Magnificent Marine Mammals Get to know our local sea creatures, including otters, whales, and sea lions in this cool class geared for four to six year olds. Activities include a guided tour, craft time, touch tanks and even learning how to eat like a baleen whale. Hopefully the day won’t wreck your kid’s table manners for long! Sat., 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Long Beach, $36 per adult/child pair, $24 Aquarium member pairs. Read more.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)
Bee Bop Du Wop Red, White and Bluezz The Pasadena Jazz Fest is back in action this weekend. Rita Coolidge, Stanley Clarke, Take 6, Kevin Eubanks, Everlast, and more fill the air at the Arboretum with cool sounds on two stages. Best of all, while there are four different watering holes for the parents, there’s a fantastic kids area to keep the little jazz hands happy. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Pasadena, Kids $10, adults $50-125. Read more.
Starry, Starry Night Spontaneous Fantasia The Glendale Planetarium takes viewers on a wild ride as a planet is created, developed and inhabited in this 3D, real-time presentation. Best for kids ages 5 and up as the theater is extremely dark. Sat., 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Glendale, $6-15. Read more.