LA is growing up so fast! The city turns 234 this year, looks fabulous and has the most amazing things to do. So hit the birthday party downtown, or celebrate by exploring: you can catch a variety show for kids, a cardboard regatta, a hike for mini biologists, Shakespeare for kids, flamenco for families or so much more.

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Downtown

Happy Birthday LA!
What do you get for the city that has everything?  Come to the birthday party on Olvera Street (the oldest street in town) with historic re-enactments, artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake. Sat., 6 a.m.-1 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & Beverly Hills

Marzo’s Variety Show for Kids
This throwback to the classic vaudeville format is an hour-long variety show for kids featuring a rotating cast of talented magicians, comedians, musicians, puppeteers, games and prizes. Sun., 11 a.m. Hollywood. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Be A Wildlife Biologist
Kids can learn about mountain lions, one of our neighbors who are rarely seen.  Take part in a simulation of handling and tracking one of these elusive carnivores. Sat., 6 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. Ages 5-12. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

See Robin Hood at the Huntington
Turns out Robin Hood and his merry men are hanging out in Huntington Gardens, not Sherwood Forest! Catch the Disney classic cartoon at a family outdoor screening with pre-show activities and picnicking in a spectacular setting. Sat., 7 p.m. San Marino. $20. All ages. Event details.

Westside

Harry Potter Hamlet
This is the last weekend to catch our pick for production of the summer, which crosses two beloved stories to create a magical and suspenseful journey of family, friendship, justice and coming of age. Never has the bard been so contemporary–or so concise!  Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Culver City. Free. Ages 3-10. Event details.

Flamenco for Families
Stomp, clap, strike a pose and learn the basics of Flamenco, then create festive taps for your shoes. When you’re all tired out, sit back and enjoy a performance by the Rangoli Dance Company. Sun., 2 p.m-4 p.m. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cardboard Regatta
Try some yachting California style, which means building a cardboard yacht and testing the seaworthiness of your crafted craft in a race across the pool. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Santa Monica. $15 per yacht; free to watch. All ages. Event details.

Fiesta La Ballona
With tons of live music, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo, pony rides and food trucks (plus beer and wine gardens) you’ve got a party in the park that sends off summer with a bang. Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Culver City. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Native American Dance Performance
See a demonstration and performance of Native American dance, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. Sat., 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Newbury Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Woodies in the Park
This picnic and car show has BBQ (for purchase) and the rockin’ sounds of The Surf Band to make you feel like you are back in the golden age of Woodies. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. El Segundo. $20-$25/2 people. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Celebrate Raksha Bandan
This special Hindu occasion celebrates the special bond between brother and sister, so all the activities at Pretend City today reflect and explore sibling and family love. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Irvine. $12.50. Ages 2-7. Event details.

What was the very best thing you did this summer? Let us know in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Harry Potter Hamlet by Meghan Rose and cardboard yacht by Nick Steers