Bonjour!  This Sunday is Bastille Day, which means it’s a great time to indulge in French fries, macarons, crepes and other Gallic delicacies.  You could also celebrate by storming the city (in lieu of the Bastille) and making it to as many of these crazy cool family events as possible: feting the physics forest, celebrating Christmas in July, checking out a show for kids (or bringing them to see a show for you!), see the circus, walk for wishes, see Sleeping Beauty rock out or carve some soap. Amusez-vous ce week-end!

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Built To Amaze!
Artists and athletes and animals – oh my! This show of amazing acts will delight kiddos, like the trampoline tower tumblers;  basketball playing unicyclists; electrifying  high-wire  acrobats; daredevil stunts; a Human Cannonball; the always hilarious Clown Alley and a fun-filled Asian elephant dance party. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Downtown. $26 – $120. All ages. Event details.

Psychedelic Furs Concert
Come on, how nostalgic do you feel when someone mentions the songs “Pretty in Pink” or “Love My Way”?  We don’t normally recommend a show like this as family fare, but this one being free and outdoors means you can bring the kids and set up a blanket and relax while still hearing the music you love. Sat., 8:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Carve and Chisel
Everyone in the family can learn to (safely!) carve soap and clay into fanciful creatures and forms in this unusual workshop. Sun., 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Happy Birthday, Physics Forest!
Who can resist a party? Kids can help celebrate and explore physics in art, nature, and heroic action. Of course there will be “Happy Birthday” singing and cake time, too. Fri. – Sun., 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Christmas in July with Elf
Why wait for Christmas?  Come to Christmas in July with holiday decorations, a Christmas tree, presents, and of course a Tropical Santa Claus.  Then there’s a band, food trucks and a screening of Elf. Sat., 5:30 pm. Brentwood. $8-$20. Ages 5+. Event details.

Sleeping Beauty Rock Opera
Take one beautiful, somnambulant Princess and add a whole lot classic rock songs from the 60’s and 70’s and you get a mini musical that will have kiddos and their parents dancing and singing. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

Bastille Day LA
Ooo-la-la!  Put on your beret, and get ready to feast on macarons and croissant! Celebrate with Frenchified fun like a Pétanque tournament, a Parisian waiters’ race, street performers, comedians, singers, artists, food and more. Sun., 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. West LA. $5 adults, kids are free. All ages. Event details.

Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang
Join the band that rocks kids’ socks off with fun songs at the beautiful Theatricum Botanicum. Bring a picnic and romp through the Shakespeare garden before or after the show. Sun., 11:00 am. Topanga. $10. Ages 2-9. Event details.


Walk for Wishes
You and your kids can help another child’s wish come true.  Just take part in Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Walk. It winds through Hollywood history for a unique behind-the-scenes look at the backlot, and ends with a fun family carnival. Sat., 7:30 am – 12:00 pm. Universal City. $30 donation. All ages. Event details.

-Meghan Rose

There are almost too many amazing things to do this weekend – we don’t quite know where to start.  What are your plans?

Photo credits: Maggie Storm, Taken by Storm Photography and  Eric Hersman via Creative Commons