July is National Anti-Boredom Month, and we are all about anti-boredom activities as we hit the middle of summer. So this weekend we found the cure for any summer ennui with plate smashing & dino dreaming, music & mermaids & movies, a county fair and an all new circus.

Summer Concerts Summer Soundsphoto: SummerSounds by Shahrzad Warkentin

Downtown

An “Out of This World” Circus
Three cheers for the circus, and the first Ringling Bros. show without the elephants. Instead, you’ll catch an intergalactic space adventure filled with death defying acts of derring-do. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Pterosaur Family Day
Let imaginations soar meeting museum paleontologists, seeing rare specimens from the collections and spreading creative wings with hands-on activities. Sat. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

Ezra Jack Keats Celebration
The author of The Snowy Day & Hi, Cat! would be 100 today; celebrate all his amazing books and creations by exploring snow, cats and young imaginations. Sun. Event details.

SummerSounds at the Hollywood Bowl
Friday is the last day to hear some amazing Americana & blues when Rose’s Pawnshop plays SummerSounds at the Hollywood Bowl. But fear not; if you miss it you can get tickets for next week’s sonic trip to France with Les Zazous. Fri. Event details.

Westside

The Jungle Book on Stage
Mowgli, Shere Khan, Bagheera and Baloo all teach Mowgli the laws of the jungle. Opening this weekend, this play is a great introduction to the classic Kipling story for kids who were too young to see the new movie with big sibs. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Frog Tales
Free theater for kids in the park all summer as CCPT (Culver City Public Theatre) presents Frog Tales. Stay for a double feature with As You Like It. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Mudbug Brass Band at the Skirball
Louisiana-rooted, LA-based Mudbug Brass Band is sure to get you up and dancing. (And if you can’t make the show, come on Sunday so kids can see other kids play with the Santa Monica Youth Orchestra.) Sat. Event details.

Valley

The Little Mermaid
Get ready to go “Under the Sea” with great music you recognize and new songs written for the stage, dance, comedy and romance. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Inside Out (Outside, Not In)
Free popcorn, free movie, free fun at this outdoor screening of the movie the whole family loves. Bring blankets, sweaters and tissues. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Opa! The South Bay Greek Festival
This is a fest with plenty music, plate crashing, dancing and fun, but really, it’s all about the food, like galaktoboureko. (Say what? Say yum!) Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Love Long Beach Festival
It’s everything you love about Long Beach in one weekend festival: corn hole (!), luaus, and a whole lot of runs, swims, beach volleyball, sand soccer, yoga, dog events, kid events, music, a fire dance and food. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Orange County Fair
Nothing says summer like the County Fair, and the OC Fair opens this weekend packed with rides, exhibits, animals, free music, amazing concerts and of course food that must be tried to be believed. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What’s your go-to activity when the kids say “I’m bored?” Let us know in the comments!

—Meghan Rose

photo of cotton candy girl by Orange County Fair via Facebook