Meet a minion, sleep with the fishes, belt out a tune or rock out at kiddie Coachella (the Wee Rock Festival).  And that’s just a tiny sampling of the activities on offer this weekend.  Check out Chinatown for a midsummer night’s party filled with food, dancing, music, activities and food – it’s worth mentioning the food twice when you’re talking about Chinatown.  Sing along with Seuss, explore a salt marsh, celebrate Mandela or party with a princess (and knights, too).  Still stumped?  See what summer outdoor movies and concerts are in your hood this weekend and go seize the summer!

aquarium sleepover


Pop Divas and (Divos) Sing-Along
Got a tiny-Adele?  A mini Bruno Mars?  Get your little crooner out and singing along with the pop hits of the last few decades at this Downtown sing-along. Fri., 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Chinatown Summer Nights
Grease had it right – Oh, those summer nights.  Especially when you’re in Chinatown, Jake.  Where you have food, dancing, food, music, food and hands-on Chinese cultural activities for kids.  And delicious food. Sat., 5:00 pm – 12:00 am. Chinatown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Wee Rock Festival
It’s Coachella for the 3 ft. crowd – minus the heat, plus more potties. Loads of live musical performances are augmented by dancing and activities for kiddos including crafting, face painting, glitter tattoos, a photo booth and more. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Glendale. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.


Mandela Day
Celebrate the South African hero who stands for freedom and equality by hearing the story of Mandela; then kids can celebrate their own heroes by making a banner for them. Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Princess and Knight Day (with Cinderella!)
Four whole hours of drop off magical play for your petite princess or kid knight.  They’ll be delighted by the magic, stories and face painting by a gorgeous Cinderella. You’ll be delighted by your child-free afternoon. Fri., 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Westwood. $20-$50. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Despicable Me in 3D (for Free)
So, you’ve definitely seen Despicable Me 2 by now. If you’re now yearning for the first flick in the series you can catch it for free, in 3D, out under the stars – and even meet a real live mini-minion. Fri., 7:30 pm. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 4+. Event details.

South Bay

Salt Marsh Open House
Learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at from the experts, then explore and get up close to the flora and fauna with binoculars and microscopes. Sat., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.


It’s all your favorite Dr. Seuss characters in one story and on one stage.   Travel from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, all without leaving your seat. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Rancho Cucamonga. $16-$20. Ages 3+. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Summer Family Sleepover at the Aquarium
We think you should sleep with the fishes this weekend.  Not Luca Brasi style, LBC style, at the Aquarium of the Pacific.  Take part in a watery scavenger hunt, meet some marine animals like sharks and sea jellies, snack on some pizza, and then yes, sleep with (near) the fishes.  Fri. – Sat., 5:00 pm – 7:00 am. Long Beach. $70. Ages 5+. Event details.

-Meghan Rose

What are you up to this weekend?  If you are still looking for more ideas, don’t forget to check our daily calendar or work your way through these 50 fabulous summer adventures.

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