This weekend you can choose from something old (Old Fashion Day) or something new (Rocket Fever). You can head to the beach for culture (the kid-friendly Salty Shakespeare) or clean-up (at Toe’s Beach). You can bang a drum or learn the science of sound. Or if you’re feeling peckish you can sip sodas or have the kids do the cooking. It’s summertime in Los Angeles – the possibilities are endless!

Los Angeles

J.A.M. Sessions: Drum Circle
Everyone can join in the drum circle and learn how to create music with family and the whole community; no experience or drums necessary (one comes with time, the other will be provided!).  Fri., 6:00 pm. East L.A. Free. All ages. Event details.

Summer Soda Tasting
Move over ice cream, there’s another cold, sweet treat in town – and you get to taste some inventive flavors at the family-friendly event featuring soda samples, tasty treats, live music and comedy. Sun., 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Highland Park. $12. All ages. Event details.


Old Fashion Day in the Park
Take a free ride in the harbor aboard a steam engine yacht that takes you back in time to visit vintage yachts, antique cars and classic motorcycles.  Fri. & Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Marina del Rey. Free. All ages. Event details.

Salty Shakespeare at the Beach House
Salty Shakespeare’s production of Hamlet is a great introduction to Shakespeare for kids (very, very shortened productions with irreverent touches like balloon fights), in a breathtaking location (in front of Marion Davies guest house), for an unbeatable price (free!) Fri., 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.


Parent’s Night Out at Katie’s Cooking School
Drop off kids for a fun night in that includes cooking class, dinner, movies, games, puzzles and crafts, while you enjoy a fun night outSat., 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm. Encino. $45. Ages 5+. Event details.


Beach Cleanup at Toes Beach
Since we’re all enjoying the beaches this summer it’s a perfect time to bring the kids to see the damage that littering causes and help with the cleanup. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Playa del Rey. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Science of Sound
Summer is for playing in the sound waves at this hands on class at Kidspace where kids learn about vibrations, waves and resonance …oh my! Sat., 2:00 pm. Pasadena. $7, plus museum admission. Ages 7+. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Rocket Fever
It’s a fun filled day of rocketry for budding astronauts with interactive exhibits, rocket competitions, public rocket launches, a space shuttle jumper, a rocket building class and more. Sat., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Downey. $5. All ages. Event details.

–Meghan Rose