It’s the smack dab middle of summer – time to assess how your summer is going! If you haven’t been yet, it’s time to go to the beach, hear some new music, catch a movie outside, visit the Hollywood Bowl, take a sail on the ocean blue and take advantage of all that LA has to offer. Here’s our recipe for summer fun this weekend.

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Lunar Taiko Jam
This concert showcases diverse expressions of Taiko drummers from across North America.  Kids love to see and hear these amazing big drums. Fri., 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bob Baker’s “Fiesta”
Bob Baker’s famous marionettes are back with a revival of the popular Latin themed revue Fiesta. Don’t miss this LA institution. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Downtown. $15. Ages 2 and up. Event details.


Dreamworks Goes to the Bowl
This summer the Bowl is introducing the perfect way to get kids to love classical music – by adding their favorite cartoon characters! With “Shrek”, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Kung Fu Panda”, DreamWorks Animation’s characters fill the Bowl’s big screen, while the memorable scores are performed live. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $18-$148. All ages. Event details.

Planes: Fire & Rescue Flies into the El Capitan
A dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircrafts devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire is the name of the game in this sequel to “Planes.” Mini firefighters and petite aviators alike will all adore this flick. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $13-$18. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


See “Animal Crackers”
See a movie outdoors and under the stars: tonight’s feature at the Pasadena Film Festival is a Marx Brothers classic that will have the kids roaring out loud. Hooray for Captain Spaulding, indeed.  Sat., 8:30 p.m. Pasadena. Free. Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Jack and the Giant
Based on the fairy tale classic, this exciting adventure comes to life with a little modern twist courtesy of Jack’s best friend, the cow. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. West LA. $10. Ages 3-10. Event details.


Archaeology in Action
Got a little Indiana Jones at home?  (“We named the dog Indiana!”)  Bring them to try their hand at real archaeology. Fri., 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Newhall. Free. Ages -10. Event details.

South Bay

Family Sail
Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and batten the hatches from the amazing crew. Sat., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. San Pedro. $25-$50. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
We use the beach all summer long – shouldn’t we teach our kids to help take care of it? Join Heal the Bay’s monthly beach cleanup, then explore this beautiful beach town. Sat.,10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Manhattan Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Aqua Tots Hear Sounds of the Sea
Yes, you can hear the crash of the waves on the shore, but there is a lot more going on “under the sea”.  Just ask Sebastian. Visit the Aquarium to introduce your little one to all the sounds the sea can make.  Sat., 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Long Beach. $40/adult and child. Ages 2-3. Event details.

What’s still on your summer to-do list? Let us know! Or, if you’re in need of inspiration, let us lend a hand.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Port of San Diego via flickr and Ralph Hogaboom via flickr