Visit Walt Disney’s barn, try charcoal soft-serve, watch the Lion King at sunrise and more with our roundup of the best family-friendly events happening around LA this weekend. Take that, FOMO!

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Downtown & South Los Angeles

Delicious Little Tokyo
Stop by this popular foodie festival for a chance to try BAE’s Instagram-worthy soft-serve ice cream (pictured), a donut-decorating lesson with Cafe Dulce, an appearance by Hello Kitty, free karaoke and more! Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Apollo 11 Celebration
Celebrate the first steps on the moon at the California Science Center. The free all-day event will feature hands-on activities (like a chance for kids to land their own lunar module) and screenings of the film Apollo 11: First Steps Edition. Sat. Event details.

Art & Jazz in the Rose Garden
Once you’re done at the Science Center, stroll through the nearby Exposition Park Rose Garden (just behind the Natural History Museum), where there will be live music, painting demos and (of course) roses galore. Sat. Event details.

Hollywood & Griffith Park

Sunrise Screening: The Lion King
Got early risers? Then take them to El Capitan Theatre for breakfast and a 6a.m. screening the live-action remake of this Disney favorite. Fri. Event details.

Odd Nights at the Autry
Looking for something for everyone that’s centrally located, fun-filled and free? Check out the gourmet food trucks, full bar, massive inflatables and more at this “odd” but awesome (so odd-some?) event. Fri. Event details.

Walt’s Carolwood Barn 20th Anniversary
Visit the little red barn that used to belong to Walt, as in Disney. In addition to Mickey memorabilia and special guests, kids can hop aboard the 7½” gauge model trains for a ride. Sat. Event details.

Westwood & Bel Air

Family Amphitheater Performance: Las Colibri
After exploring Noah’s Ark, kids can dance along to a performance by this all-female mariachi-inspired band known for its contemporary and colorful take on the traditional Mexican music style. Sun. Event details.

Yoga for Little Travelers
Families of all skill levels and little yogis (ages 4+) can participate in this 45-minute imaginative yoga session featuring mindful play, breathing exercises and relaxing stretches. Sun. Event details.


Montana Ave. Art Walk
Head west to beat the heat and enjoy this laid-back event featuring local artists and live music. While you’re there, peruse the offerings at the strip’s kids boutiques. Sat. Event details.

Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
BYOB (bring your own bucket) and join Heal the Bay in Venice for a coastline cleanup. Afterwards, Heal the Bay members can hang ten with a free surf lesson as a thank you. Sat. Event details.

Westside Food & Wine Festival
Kids are welcome at this one-day event featuring more than food and drink from more than 40 local purveyors, plus live music, a strolling magician, family-friendly games, a photo booth and more. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Movies on the Green
Find your spot on the lawn in Woodland Hill’s Warner Park for a screening of Ralph Breaks the Internet—the movie starts at dusk, when it will finally be cool enough to relax outdoors. Sat. Event details.

Creative Playground: Family Funday
Check out Theatricum Botanicum’s performance of three stories by Hans Christian Andersen: The Princess and the Pea, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Swineherd. Sat. Event details.

Pasadena & Arcadia

Old Pasadena Summer Cinema
There’s no shortage of outdoor movies to see this summer, but at this charming courtyard venue, you and your kids will receive Silent Disco headsets for up-close-and-personal audio. There’ll also be free popcorn and sweet treats courtesy of Sugarfina. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Arboretum Summer Nights
End your work week and start your weekend right: with live music, crafts and lawn games in LA’s sprawling botanical garden. Food trucks will be on hand, so just bring your blankets, lawn chairs and vino for a picnic-style dinner. Fri. Event details.

–Shannan Rouss


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