This weekend, kids can cool off at a “dive-in” movie screening, decorate a cake with a Food Network TV star, master some classic hip-hop moves and more. Read on for all the details!

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Los Angeles

Summer Nights in the Garden
Pack a picnic and find a spot in the garden of the Natural History Museum. Little ones can explore the paths and plants while you partake in a botanical-inspired cocktail—all to help you get back to nature. Fri. Event details.

Hip Hop Fundamentals at Skirball
Get down with Hip Hop Fundamentals, an award-winning team of professional breakdancers dedicated to hip-hop education. The group will present its Principles of Hip Hop show and teach kids a few classic moves along the way. (Pop and lock, anyone?) Sat. Event details.

Lucas Museum at Leimert: Family Art Day
Join the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art for a day of art and creativity in Leimert Park. A Star Wars concept artist and a Walt Disney Animation Studio artist will be on hand to inspire kids as they create their own fantastical creatures.
Sat. Event details.

39th Annual Lotus Festival
Stop by Echo Park Lake for an array of fun activities for the entire family including live music, dance performances, a children’s activity zone, children’s stage, food court, handcrafted marketplace and boutique area and dragon boat races. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Big World Fun at Ford Theatres
Celebrate Samba with Viver Brasil and let the colorful costumes and exuberant movements transport you and your family to Brazil! Bring your sense of adventure and your curiosity to this one-hour music and dance event. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park Shakespeare Festival: Family Day
Give kids their intro to Shakespeare with crafts and activities, plus a special Drag Queen Story Time featuring a children’s version of Twelfth Night. Sun. Event details. 

Charlie & Chocolate Factory Screening + Kid Party
The Wiltern will be showing a special daytime screening of Tim Burton’s take on the beloved Roald Dahl tale. Come early for themed photo opps, face painting, coloring stations and more! Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Kids Club at Sherman Oaks Galleria
Head to the Center Plaza at this SFV outdoor mall for a STEAM-inspired event with kids entertainer Captain Leslie. Little ones can participate in fun experiments—some smoky, some gooey, all a ton of fun! Sat. Event details.

Apollo’s 50th Anniversary at Discovery Cube
Join the Cube and discover the dynamics of energy, pressure and motion as you blast rockets. Then come play with Newton’s 3rd law of Motion. Learn how high you can jump on the moon and uncover what your mass would be on Earth’s natural satellite. Sat. Event details.


Beach Movie Nights: Smallfoot
Enjoy free family-friendly movies on the sand, by the waves and under the stars at the Dockweiler Youth Center. Be sure to bring blankets and bundle up for this flick about a friendly Yeti. Fri. Event details.

Glendale & Pasadena

Dive-In Movie: Moana
Make a splash with this swim-friendly movie screening. Bring your inner tube or floaties and spend the evening watching Moana from the pool or deck at Glendale’s Pacific Park Pool. Sat. Event details.

Kids Cake Decorating Competition
Join Food Network star Duff Goldman for a cake decorating competition just for kids. At $100, the entrance fee is steep but Duff’s Cakemix provides everything you need to participate and three winners will score cake parties of their own. Sun. Event details.

–Shannan Rouss


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