Keep the fun going after your Fourth of July celebrations with a beach movie screening, zoo sleepover and stellar live show (literally) that you don’t want to miss. Ready for the weekend in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1… blast off!

photo: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani via flickr

Los Angeles

Creature Campout at Los Angeles Zoo
Grab your sleeping bag and prepare to experience the Zoo like never before. Sleep in a tent under the stars and listen to the nighttime sounds of the zoo, plus take a guided night tour, see live animal presentations and more. Fri. Event details.

Big World Fun at Ford Theatres
Experience the joy of music and dance inspired by the many regions of Latin America with a kid-friendly performance by El Santo Golpe. The group’s original music is influenced by West-African percussion and dance; Colombian, Son Jarocho, and Garifuna music; and the folklore from many regions around the world. Sat. Event details.

BODYTRAFFIC at Skirball Cultural Center
Be inspired by this internationally recognized contemporary dance troupe during their daytime shows at Skirball’s Family Amphitheater. BODYTRAFFIC prides itself on bringing the joy of dance to the audience, with talent, heart and humor. Sat. Event details.

Westside & South Bay

Trashmageddon Beach Cleanup
Post-Fourth of July, head to the beach to help clean up after the festivities. Experts from the at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will be on hand to help guide little trash collectors. Fri. Event details.

Beach Movie Nights: The Lego Batman Movie
Head to Dockweiler Youth Center (right by the beach!) for a free, family-friendly movie on the sand, plus plenty of food trucks for pre-show grub. Fri. Event details.

Family Fun + Art in the Parks at Reed Park 
See the mad-cap, hilarious Troubadour Theater Company present their interactive version of Homer’s The Odyssey. Pre-concert activities for all ages begin at 3 p.m. Sat. Event details.


APOLLO 11: The Immersive Live Show at The Rose Bowl
Learn about the first moon landing with this innovative new theater show, performed by a full cast and presented in a spectacular, one-of-a-kind lunar dome. Fri-Sun. Event details.

40 Days of Fun! at Kidspace Museum
This beloved Pasadena museum is celebrating 40 years with 40 Days of FUN!, starting this weekend. Enjoy all the festive themes from slime to bubbles and be on the lookout for random acts of fun. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Family First Fridays at the Village at Westfield Topanga
Get down with The BeatBuds from 10a.m.-11a.m., plus score 2-hour free parking at The Village, as well as at Westfield Topanga. Fri. Event details.

Orange Fruit Pick at Orcutt Ranch
This historic West Hills ranch opens its orchards to the public once a year in July, when ripe Valencia Oranges and White Grapefruit can be picked by hand. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Mardi Gras Day at Sawdust Summer Art Festival
Looking for something different and don’t mind a little road trip? It’s Mardi Gras day at Laguna Beach’s annual Summer Sawdust Art Festival. Hear live, Louisiana-inspired swamp music, try out a few art classes (for ages 4 and up), meet the Balloon Diva and more. Sat. Event details.

—Shannan Rouss


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