One of the coolest LA summer venues reopens this weekend, there’s a Lotus Festival, a sneak peek at the Olympics, Family Day at the Zoo, Bob Baker’s marionettes perform again and pterosaurs return to earth. All that plus Hula, movies, Minecraft and even a flash mob (of readers!) means that LA littles will be busy and happy all weekend long.

EchoPark7photo: Jessica Ritz


Bob Baker at the Levitt LA
The iconic marionettes aren’t in their own theater this summer, but you can see them, for free, in MacArthur Park. Sun., 6:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pterosaurs Fly at NHM
Immerse yourself in this exhibition and take off with these prehistoric kings of the air; the new exhibit is now open with interactive apps, life-size models and a Virtual Flight Lab. Fri.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition Park. $10-$22. All ages. Event details.

Super Mamás Social
The Super Mamás Social is a gathering of strong mothers and their families to support each other and have fun with food, shopping and activities for kids like arts & crafts, pump & splash water play, bilingual reading corner, gardening workshop and much more. Sat., 1-5 p.m. Downtown. $15 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

The Ford Re-Opens
Taikoproject and Quetzal open the newly renovated space by mixing taiko drumming with son jarocho to create a new sound that is quintessentially LA. Fri., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $25-$50. All ages. Event details.

Hula, Feathers & Royalty at LACMA
Royalty in Hawaii wore spectacular cloaks, capes, and leis made from brightly colored feathers. See examples of this featherwork at LACMA then in artist-led workshops, make featherwork creation, listen to stories, and dance the hula. Sun., 12:30-3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Family Night at the Zoo
This unique family-friendly evening at the Zoo includes kids’ karaoke, a DJ dance party, crafts, animal encounters, a Pete’s Dragon treasure hunt, the new dino exhibit, a paint party, pop-up keeper talks, food trucks and more. Sat., 6-9 p.m. Griffith Park. $20-$25. All ages. Event details.


The Lotus Festival at the Lake
The beautiful Lotus flowers are back in Echo Park Lake and so is the annual festival, featuring live music, dance and entertainment. Sat. & Sun., noon-8 p.m. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Little Red Frankenhood
The critically acclaimed Occidental Children’s Theater is back with their annual adventurous adaptation of traditional folktales with Little Red Frankenhood. Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m. Eagle Rock. $9-$12. Ages 2-12. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Trio Before Rio
Get a taste of the Olympics (in person) this summer without flying to Brazil. See some US Olympians doing what they do best: synchronized swimming, diving and swimming while you enjoy Brazilian cuisine, hot samba dance and cool Caipirinhas. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Pasadena. $50 & up. All ages. Event details.

Flash Reading Mob
It’s the best kind of flash mob—a literary one, where a loud noise signals everyone to drops to the floor and read any book they’re holding. Get the kids excited about picking some new summer reading! Sun., 1 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.


Get Goonies Outside
Join Street Food Cinema for a family movie night screening of The Goonies, the movie you forgot all about, but your kids will love as much as you did. Food trucks, snacks and a band make this a dinner and a movie outing. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Culver City. $-$20. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Parents Night Out: Minecraft Edition
You get a night out, they get an evening that mixes the Olympics with Minecraft as kids spend an evening in a relay of Minecraft trials. Fri., 10 a.m-3 p.m. Santa Monica. $25. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

The Reading Flash Mob has us wondering: what’s on your list for family summer read-alouds? Meet you in the comment section for a book club discussion!

—Meghan Rose