A Greek fest, lotus blossoms and a faery Christmas in July are all popping up across the city this weekend. If you’ve got a little a cartoon fan, you can find Minions taking over downtown, Pokémon commandeering the Greek and a retro cartoon screening in a museum. Plus, E.T. phones it in from the drive-in, the Cat in the Hat hits the stage and Alice turns 150.



The Minions Take Over
Everyone’s favorite little yellow guys take over downtown LA for fun activities, games and entertainment featuring the Minions. Sat., noon.-6 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

E.T. at an Electric Drive-In
Trust LA to have a hip downtown drive-in, complete with a 24 ft. screen and snacks delivered to your car by a carhop.  This week’s screening is E.T, so don’t forget to bring the Reese’s Pieces. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Downtown. $9-$13. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


Chicken Little Shop of Horrors
The critically acclaimed Occidental Children’s Theater celebrates 20 years with the brand new goofy and hilarious, Chicken Little Shop of Horrors for a summer outdoor run. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. Eagle Rock. $7-$10. All ages. Event details.

Lotus Festival at the Lake
It’s time for the annual festival Echo Park Lake Lotus Festival featuring live music, dance and entertainment from performers representing many countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Sat. & Sun., noon-8 p.m. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Pokémon Goes to the Symphony
If you thought you couldn’t drag your kids to the symphony, try this one!  Kids can catch, battle and trade Pokémon from favorite games and hear all-new orchestral arrangements and visuals that draw from recent and classic Pokémon video games. Sat., 8 p.m. Griffith Park. $53.40 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Family Jam at the Zoo
Don’t miss your chance to experience the Zoo after hours with the kids. The nighttime event features live music, kids’ karaoke, dancing and food trucks, along with up-close animal encounters, keeper talks and more. Sat., 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Griffith Park. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.


UPA Jolly Frolics Cartoons
Go retro when you bring the kids to see the bold color and playful music of the Jolly Frolics cartoon shorts. This selection highlights childhood icons like Madeline, Robin Hood, and Dr. Seuss. Sun., 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

A Faery Christmas in July
Santa is on vacation and is going to visit the Faeries from a Faery Hunt today on his trip to his Faeryland summer home. Make sure to stay after the show to meet and greet and photo op with Santa Claus and the faeries. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Brentwood. $12.50. Ages 2-8. Event details.

The Cat in the Hat
Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss’s classic, so anyone who’s read the story will find themselves transported into the world they’ve always imagined. This is a great first show for little theatre-goers. Sat., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

South Bay

South Bay Greek Festival
Opa! There’s music, dancing and games for kids, but it’s really all about the food: from spanikopita and salad to baklava, crescent cookies and the king of custards, galaktoboureko. Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Redondo Beach. $2, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Lil’ Explorers Walk in Space
Kids at this weekend Explorers Academy at the Columbia Space Center learn what astronauts and cosmonauts do as part of the ISS crew, like how eating, personal hygiene, and exercising are done in zero gravity.  Sat., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Downey. $12/adult & child. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Long Beach

It’s a Wonder, Alice Turns 150
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with a staged reading with music and dancing by the Long Beach Shakespeare Company. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $10. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

This is a good weekend to search out your favorite croissant and get ready to celebrate Bastille Day next Wednesday, or search for the perfect picnic spot for your Teddy Bear in honor of Teddy Bear’s Picnic Day this Friday!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Channone Arif via Creative Commons and the LA Zoo.