Music is where it’s at this weekend, whether you’re down for drumming with Rhythm Child at the Grammy Museum, making whoopin’ sounds with Birdie’s Playhouse or jammin’ at the Culver City Musical festival. For high-flying, animal-tastic fun head to Barney’s Funundrum or zip down to Orange County for either the Ocean Festival or opening weekend of the Orange County Fair. Need a mellower moment? Get inspired at the Getty Center and make your own art or join the Faery Hunt at Griffith Park. For a few belly laughs, you won’t want to miss the musical The Stinky Cheese Man while the whole family will enjoy the Pasadena Ice Cream Social.

Plus, keep in mind that this weekend is the Target Arts & Wonder Free Family Event which means free admission to museums in the Los Angeles and neighboring areas, including LACMA, Japanese Natural Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Shakespeare by the Sea, and more . And if you’re up for the drive, also worth checking out is the 43rd Annual Citrus Festival in Santa Paula. Now get out there and have some fun!


Flower Power Family Art Lab at the Getty Center This drop-in class is perfect for getting kids of any age to tap into their creativity. After exploring the Central Garden children are provided tools to create their own piece of art. Sat., and Sun.,  through July 25, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Los Angeles. Free with admission. Read More

Shake Your Booty Culver City Music Festival Happening every Thursday night in Downtown Culver City, gather the family for a some music and booty shaking. This week features Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps, who holds special appeal to kids as a few of her songs are geared just for them. Thurs., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Culver City, Free. Read More


The Greatest Show on Earth Barney’s Funundrum at Staples Center The circus is in town and no one does it better than the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey. Featuring 130 of the bendiest, high-flyingest, somersaulting performers around plus elephants, lions and tigers. Oh my! Fri., 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m.,  Sat. and Sun., 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m., Downtown L.A., $15-100. Read More

Get into the Groove Rhythm Child at the Grammy Museum Boogie down to the sounds of Norm Jones and his band, an eclectic and fun mix of reggae, rock and percussion. A perfect way to kick off the weekend.  Sat., 10 a.m., Downtown L.A., $10. Reservations required. Read More


Do You Believe? A Faery Hunt Your little Tinkerbell will adore this interactive show that takes the hunters on a trek through Griffith Park in search of the Queen. Along the way, the group encounters a cast of characters including trolls, a half-man bird and more. Don’t forget to adorn your pixie in wings and a healthy sprinkle of fairy dust. The hour-long adventure ends near the picnic area, so bring along lunch or snacks for a perfect ending. Sat., pre-show begins at 10 a.m., Hollywood. $10. Reservation required. Read More

The Monster Mash Kiddle Karoo’s Monster House Party at Levitt Pavilion One of Los Angeles’s most fun kid bands, Kiddle Karoo has something for kids of all ages. Best of all, it’s big, furry creatures jammin’ on guitar and drums. Nothing rocks like a monster! Sun., 3:30 p.m. Los Angeles, Free. Read More


Shake Your Booty Birdie’s Playhouse Tiny Tots Concert Gather at Malibu Bluffs Park and get ready to shake a tail feather. Songwriter Birdie Mendoza’s infections tunes about wildlife, from crabs to wombats, are set to latin-jazz beats. The toe-tapping choruses will have you humming long after the concert ends. Sat., Noon, Malibu, Free. Read More

In The Spotlight The Stinky Cheese Man Muscial Santa Monica’s Morgan-Wixson Theater weaves a new, wacky tale adapted from four favorites stories. Settle in for giggle-inducing performances of Cinderumplestiltskin, or the Girl Who Really Blew It, The Other Frog Prince, The REALLY Ugly Duckling, and The Stinky Cheese Man. Sat., Sun., 10 a.m., Santa Monica, $6-8. Read More


Tiny Tales StoryTime at BookStar Author Gerry Renert reads from his book Nathan Saves Summer, a cute tale about a hippo who wants more than anything to be a lifeguard. But the pond is much too small.  Sat., 10:30 a.m., Studio City, Free. Read More

Ye Old Summer Social Summertime Ice Cream Social Step back into time with this free family event at the Pasadena Museum of History. Pack up the picnic basket and enjoy lunch to the sounds of live music from Ian Whitcomb and the Bungalow Boys. Try your hand at some old-time games, including croquet or play dress up in vintage clothing. Cap off the day with dessert from the best ice cream in SoCal, the delicious Fosselman’s. Sun., 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Pasadena, Free. Read More


All’s Fair Orange County Fair It’s funnel cakes and corn dog time as one of SoCal’s biggest fairs opens for summer. Carnival rides, hypnotists, acrobats, pig racing, food stands, petting zoo, music and more.  Check the website for information on upcoming entertainment and shows. Opening day Fri., Noon to Midnight, Sat and Sun., 10 a.m. to Midnight, Costa Mesa, $5-10, children under 6 free. Read More

Oceans of Fun San Clemente Ocean Festival Known as the Greatest Show on Surf, this weekend sand fest celebrates the SoCal’s beloved big blue water.  There’s plenty of fun for the kiddos including face painting, carnival games, the Dolphin Dash, a sandcastle competition, and the even a rubber ducky race. Plus, there’s space for learning with stops at the Discovery Science Center and Ocean Institute booths. Sat. 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sun. 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., San Clemente,  Free. Read More

–Lara Burnap