Go for a spin at a retro-inspired pop-up roller rink in Union Station, sample the best ice cream in town at this trendy open-air food market, and ride the ferris wheel at Culver City’s annual end-of-summer fiesta! Intrigued? Scroll down for the details on these can’t-miss events, plus more of our picks for the best things to do with kids this weekend.

Photo: Lydia Brewer Photography


Skate, Rattle & Roll
Introduce kids to old-school roller skating as Union Station transforms the Historic Ticket Course into a Retro Roller Rink. All levels and ages are welcome and skating phenoms the L.A. Roller Girls will be performing throughout the event, plus offering tips to even the most novice skaters. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

City of LA Birthday Celebration
Happy 238th anniversary, LA! Celebrate the city’s founding with a party on Downtown’s Olvera Street—the oldest street in town. There will be historic re-enactments, artisan demonstrations, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake. Sat. Event details.

Ice Cream Alley at Smorgasborg LA
Cool off this weekend with LA’s best ice cream and sweet treat purveyors, all in one place. Local faves including Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Sweet Rose Creamery and McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams will be at the food and artisan market every Sunday until Sept. 5. Sunday. Event details.


Fiesta La Ballona
You had us at free admission and free parking. The annual Culver City festival features lots of live music, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides, and of course food trucks galore (and beer and wine gardens). The result? An end-of-summer party you don’t want to miss. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beach Movie Nights
Don’t worry about making dinner this Friday. Instead, bring the fam to this kid-friendly outdoor movies series for gourmet food truck followed be a screening on the sand. This week’s feature: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Fri. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

BrickFest Live
Calling all LEGO lovers: This ultimate LEGO Fan Experience at the Pasadena Convention Center will be filled with with hands-on attractions and activities designed to inspire, educate, and entertain. Custom-build a LEGO derby car to zoom on a 35-foot track, create your own LEGO mosaic, shop unique and vintage LEGO goods and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Miniature Fairy Gardens
Kids can create their own magical little world thanks to this workshop at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden. The Arboretum will provide pint-sized pots, whimsical trimmings and natural materials; little ones just need to bring their imaginations. Sat. Event details.

Summer Soiree: An Interactive Kids Event
Join Cottonwood Home at this pop-up event showcasing the kid lifestyle brand’s favorite vendors, along with interactive craft workshops for kids, sensory play, a hair bar and more! Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Community Day at Lomita Railroad Museum
Head to one of our favorite train destinations for kids for the museum’s annual free open house. There will be games, arts and crafts for the kids, live music and museum tours. PLUS food trucks, local artisan and business vendors, raffle prizes and railroad memorabilia and model railroad swap meet. Sat. Event details.

Looking for more weekend events around town? Check out the entire Red Tricycle Calendar.

–Shannan Rouss


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