Need a change from a day at the beach? Put away the SPF and shake things up with at dance class at Hip Hop Tots or a disco party sing-a-long. There are animals to be greeted at the Skirball Center’s Wildlife on Wheels,  bugs to be inspected on a nature hike and even a fishy sleepover at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Your little cowpokes will love getting duded up for the Autry Museum’s National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl while theater and music buffs can choose between Beethoven’s Wig, Super Sidekick: The Musical. Plus, there’s feasts of fun to be had at Venice Beach’s Summer Fest and the Malibu Arts Festival. If only we had time to do it all!

Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)

Electric Bugaloo Hip Hop Tots LA Does your toddler think he can dance? This is the place to bust a move along with instructor Benjamin Allen and his alligator mascot .Sat., 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Beverly Hills. $10. Read More

A Bug’s Life Insect’s Magic Act Hike at Temescal Gateway Park This mellow two-hour hike is perfect for the bug-lovin’ tot. Stationed along the trail, hikers learn about all the different creepy crawlers and their attributes. Sat., 7 p.m. Pacific Palisades, Free. Read More

Downtown (Silverlake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown LA)

Friday Night Fever Friday Night Sing-A-Longs at the Walt Disney Concert Hall You don’t have to be disco savvy to belt out Stayin’ Alive. Lyric sheets are passed out but half the fun for the kiddos is just dancing to the music. Fri., 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Downtown LA, Free. Read More

Did Someone say Ice Cream? James Apollo at Origami Vinyl Soulful crooner James Apollo’s free concert at Origami Vinyl is a great way to introduce tykes to a few remnants from our past: vinyl records. But let’s face it, of real interest to the kiddos is the free ice cream from Lake Street Creamery. Mmmm…donut ice cream! Sat., 4 p.m. Echo Park, Free. Read More

Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood)

Lions and tigers and bears! Skirball Family Amphitheater Performance: Wildlife on Wheels Get up close and personal with exotic critters from all over the world. Animal gurus lead a discussion on these cool creatures and teach the kiddos all about their natural habitats. Sun., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. Los Angeles. Free with museum admission, $10 general, $5 2-12, Read More

Giddy up! National Day of the Cowboy and Cowgirl Strap on your spurs and get ready to ride as the Autry Museum hosts a daylong event celebrating the heroes of the old west. Activities include panning for gold, learning to rope, braiding leather, a watermelon spitting contest and scavenger hunt. Don’t miss the goods in the marketplace or entertainment from gunslingers, ropers and cowboy crooners. Don’t forget to wear your best Western duds. Sat., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Hollywood,  Free with paid museum admission. Read More

Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)

Beach Bums Summer Fest in Venice Beach Food, fun and plenty of sun is the goal of this two-day celebration in Venice Beach. All the usual festival line-ups are included; great performers, musical acts, arts and crafts vendors and a dedicated family courtyard with activities geared towards kids like rock-climbing and more. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Venice Beach, Free. Read More

Culture Club Malibu Arts Festival There’s something for every member of the family at this weekend long festival outside the Malibu Civic Center. Mom and dad can check out art exhibits and indulge in wine tasting while the tots go to town with arts and crafts in the Kids Village. Plus, there’s plenty of old-fashioned, carnival-style eats, from kettle korn and hot dogs to milkshakes and shaved ice. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Malibu. Free. Read More

Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)

Sleep with the Fish Family Sleepover at the Aquarium of Pacific Grab the sleeping bags and submerge the whole family into the underwater world for this overnight adventure.  Activities include pizza dinner, touch tanks, art projects, a scavenger hunt and then bedtime next to the sea exhibits. In the morning, enjoy breakfast with the sea lions and otters.  Fri., 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., Long Beach, $50-60 per guest. Read More

Get Cookin’ Mommy, Daddy & Me Cooking Class Geared for kids from age 3 to 5, this hands on class teaches little ones some fun recipes they can serve up themselves. Led by former Montessori teacher and private chef, Chef Cheryl shows even the littlest of cooks how to make a healthy meal. Sun., 1 p.m. Redondo Beach, $50. Read More

Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)

When Ninjas Attack…Super Sidekick: The Musical Written by LA playwright Gregory Crafts, this original musical is a ninja-filled blast. The creative cast of characters include Sorcerer Slurm, bumbling Blackjack, Inky and ninja koala bears. Load up your superfriends for some rollicking entertainment. Sun., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., North Hollywood. $7 12 and under, $10 Adult. Read More

Class Act Beethoven’s Wig at Will Greer Botanicum Beethoven’s Fifth gets a whole new treatment as singer Richard Perlmutter adds wacky lyrics to the famous musical score. Good for a few laughs and the kids will just get a kick out of the whole event. Sun., 11 a.m., Topanga Canyon, $8. Read More

-Lara Burnap