We’re really started to get excited about the Olympics, as another athlete showcase comes to town. There’s also a slew of unique events in LA, with everything from a return of Big World Fun, shark sleuthing, muppets in the cemetery, sandcastles at the beach, mansion tours for kids, King Arthur tales and a celebration of Amelia Earhart Day. Or as little Angelenos think of it, a typical amazing summer weekend!

Downtown

Olympics Basketball Showcase
It’s a slam dunk to take the kids to see these Oympians dribble and shoot before they head to Rio.  There’s also an event by the beach this weekend featuring meet & greets and more with members of Team USA. Sat. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

Big World Fun is Back
It’s no exaggeration to say we’ve literally been counting the days down until the Ford re-opened so this Saturday morning concert series for kids could return. Now it’s finally back with Minyo Japanese folk music, art activities and animal encounters. Sat. Event details.

The Muppet Movie at the Cemetery
Seeing a movie at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery is a must-do for summer, and tonight’s flick features everyone’s favorite frog. Bring the kids in their jammies, it’s a late night that’s totally worth staying up for. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Amelia Earhart Day
Sunday is the national day to celebrate the first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In her honor, make paper airplanes to take flight in the Zimmer’s wind tunnel. Sun. Event details.

Marzo’s Variety Show
We have SNL, our kids have Marzo. This month you can catch a talented batch of Marzo’s fan favorites, including music, puppets, comedy and more. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Mansion Tours for Tots
For the first time, the Pasadena Museum of History is hosting an interactive tour experience for kids, where they can meet the family that lived in the historic 1906 Beaux Arts-style mansion and explore their lifestyle. Sat. Event details.

Westside

The Legend of King Arthur
Forget Camelot, this is the magic of Topanga, as Merlin, Arthur and Guinevere take the stage to tell tales for even the tiniest of tots in a gorgeous setting. Sat. Event details.

Family Drawing Hour at the Getty
Fans of heroes and monsters alike will love touring the galleries and then making their own artistic creations. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Sandcastle Building Day
Sand and water are all you need to create something magnificent together. (But sunscreen, shovels and imaginations don’t hurt!) Sat. Event details.

Manhattan Beach 75th Anniversary Party
Celebrate 75 years of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation centers with a full day of fitness, sports, arts, aquatics, music, entertainment and food. Sun. Event details.

Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival

The tasty crustaceans are flown in fresh so you can teach the kids to eat roe and suck on the legs like their East Coast cousins. Come for the rolls, stay for the dancing, street artists and musical performances. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Shark Sleuths at the Aquarium
Do some gumshoe work about the ocean’s most misunderstood predator at this family class that includes time with the touch tanks and the Shark Lagoon. Sat. Event details.

Inland Empire

The Music Man
We got trouble, right here in Rancho Cucomonga, when Harold Hill and his 76 trombones take the stage. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Have you been sandcastle building at the beach yet this summer? How about an outdoor movie screening? We’d love to hear about what must-do summer activities are still on your summer bucket list.

—Meghan Rose

sandcastle photo by Steve Jurvetson via flickr