The weekend is all about the weird & wild, and we are here for it! Celebrate the birthdays of the National Parks AND our fair city, take part in a Fiesta, hike in the light of the moon, take part in a poetry circus, catch crayfish, hit a taco fest, sail in a cardboard yacht or be a mad scientist. You can also go LEGO crazy or see Rogues in the park. Read on to see what other wacky adventures you can find for your LA family this weekend.

photo: The Poetry Circus


Celebrate the National Park Service Birthday
On Friday the National Park Service turns 101 years old and they are inviting everyone, especially kiddos, to join in a celebration by visiting any one of our national parks for free. Fri. Event details.


Taco Fest!
Every year, the LA Taco Festival brings thousands of taco loving people together to sample the very best tacos LA has to offer. (Which means the best tacos in the country.) Plus live music and family games all day. Sat. Event details.

Happy Birthday, LA!
Help honor and celebrate the origin of our city’s name, Nuestra Senora Reina de Los Angeles. Kick-off the celebration with a grand fiesta at La Placita Olvera (that includes cake!). Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

Poetry Circus
The Poetry Circus includes Merry-Go-Round rides, poetry readings, interactive poetry performances, haiku balloons, face painting, crafts and more. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Brickfest Live
This festival and celebration of all things LEGO is perfect for your little builder. Kids will be inspired, educated and entertained with huge attractions and mind-blowing creations made entirely of the timeless toy. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mad Science at Kidspace
Make slimy, fizzing creations with real lab equipment in the play laboratory; play with and program real robots at the robot petting zoo; and watch in wonder as Mad Scientists perform mind blowing chemistry and physics demonstrations. Sun. Event details.

West Hollywood & Beverly Hills

Silly Street Family Breakfast
Rise and shine with the Silly Street Family at Au Fudge with breakfast, games (with prizes), crafts, singing and dancing along with Wee One’s Music Club. Sat. Event details.

Rogue Ensemble’s Señor Plummer’s Final Fiesta
Told through a patchwork of tall-tales, large-scale puppets, masks and music, Rogue Artists Ensemble electrifies Señor Plummer’s whimsical tales of early Los Angeles including wild west duals, pirates, land-grabbing, shark-riding, epic court battles and fiestas. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Take A Family Moonlight Hike
Come howl at the moon and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night, a cool and perfect time for a hike. Fri. Event details.


Set Sail at a Cardboard Yacht Regatta
This is yachting California style, which means building your own cardboard yacht and testing the “seaworthiness” in a race across the pool. Build your yacht at home and race, or just come and cheer on your favorites. Sat. Event details.

Fiesta La Ballona
With tons of live music, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides, an aquacade and of course food trucks (and beer and wine gardens), this is an annual end-of-summer fiesta party in the park that will quickly become a family tradition. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Ferdando Valley

Catch Crayfish
Help remove invasive and non-native crayfish from the creek. Kids can help trap and remove the crayfish that prey on native species, reduce water quality and cause erosion problems. Sat. Event details.

Inland Empire

Quakes Game
This is an awfully exciting year to be a Dodger fan! But many families still can’t see them on TV, and tickets for the whole family are expensive. So see the Quakes this weekend, the Dodgers local AAA team. Tickets are way cheaper, you can sit up close and personal, and you never know when a rehabbing Dodger or future Hall of Famer will be at bat. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Mmmmm, tacos! Do you have a family favorite taco joint? We want to do a roundup of the best taco joints for kids in the city. Let us know your tots taco of choice in the comments below!

—Meghan Rose