Some kids are newly back in school and some are winding up summer vacation, so all LA kids this weekend need a little extra something, and a big dose of special together time. We sought out all the awesome and memorable activities the whole family will dig, like a Tiki Fest, a Hip Hop Jam, some fierce roller chicks, LEGOs galore, a picnic with a lot of pride and even Pee Wee in the cemetery!
The Big Proud Picnic
Families and kids of the LA LGBTQ community have a safe, enjoyable place where all are welcome to picnic, play at the amazing playground and enjoy games and music at the first event in a new series. Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pee Wee at the Cemetery
Movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery are an LA must-do, but they’re often chosen for the atmosphere, not the fam. Not so tonight, when Pee Wee’s Big Adventure cracks kids up with the big bike and bow tie. Sat., 9 p.m. Hollywood. $15. The film is Rated PG. Event details.
Derby Dolls Brawl
The Dolls are Southern California’s premier all-female, banked track roller derby league. Cheer on Darla Daredevil or Jackie Nimble and watch some serious girl power! Sat. at 6:30 p.m. & Sun. at 3 p.m. East LA. $10-$20. All ages. (Just remember earplugs for the littlest ones.) Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Vieux Farka Toure Free Concert
Bring blankets, chairs and snacks to catch “The Hendrix of the Sahara” play a unique mix of African, Latin & rock that the whole family will enjoy at this free concert at the gorgeous Levitt Pavilion amphitheater. Sat., 8 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
Calling all LEGO maniacs to the festival and celebration of all things little, plastic and bricky. Kids will be inspired, educated, and entertained with huge attractions and mind-blowing creations made entirely of the timeless toy. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. or 3 p.m. Pasadena. $26. All ages. Event details.
Meet the Author of The Day the Crayons Came Home
The Day the Crayons Quit is an instant kids classic. The sequel is out, you can meet the author, and we couldn’t be more excited. See you there for the celebration, cookies, posters and reading. Sat., 10:30 a.m-11:30 a.m. West LA. Free. Ages 2-9. Event details.
Cow Bop’s Sunday Concert
Put on your cowboy boots and head to the Skirball for the cowboy jazz and western be-bop of Cow Bop. To keep the afternoon musically themed, don’t miss the multiple Rock and Roll exhibits at the museum. Sun., noon & 2 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Hip Hop J.A.M., Family Style
Pick up some moves with the popular hip-hop dance crew The GR818ERS. The whole family will learn how to pop and lock with the best of them. Fri., 6:30 p.m. San Fernando. Free. All ages. Event details.
Meet the King of the Fairies
With the help of her faery court, the children embark on a musical quest to help the faeries find the rightful King of Fairyland. (Hint: he’s in Tarzana today.) Sun., 10:30 a.m. Tarzana. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Tiki Beach Festival
The highlight of the fest is the amazing Night of Fire with torch lighting, fire walks and the fire knife dance. But the daytime arts and crafts, tiki carving demonstrations, canoe rides, food and Kids’ Zone are a blast as well. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.
Summer Whale Watching
Everyone comes to the California coast for summer, even the whales! Catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures from aboard a 90-foot yacht. See how many dolphins and birds you can spot, too. Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. San Pedro. $25-$30. All ages. Event details.
Get out there, have fun, and then come back and show us how you #RockedTheWeekend!
photo credits: Lego creation by Mads Boedker via flickr and roller girl by The Derby Dolls