The fireworks may have ended, but the festivities haven’t! Hopefully your family is in the middle of a gloriously long weekend full of sunshine, picnics, swimming and just enjoying a glorious summer. If you didn’t get your family fill of patriotism on the 4th, you can take a trip to the Americana Fest at La Habra Children’s Museum or jaunt up to a presidential library to see an exhibit on one of our greatest leaders. There is also a plethora of music, art, puppetry, science and even a little Bugs Bunny. So hop to it!
Bob Baker Marionettes at MacArthur Park
An LA tradition, Bob Baker and his marionettes come to MacArthur Park for a free family show. Picnic, play and introduce your family to the master of puppetry. Sun., 4:00 pm. MacArthur Park. Free. All ages. Event details.
Bugs Bunny at the Bowl
When you have kids you don’t have to leave behind the summer nights of a bottle of wine and music under the stars. This summer the Bowl brings back the perfect way to get kids to love classical music – by adding a little Bugs Bunny. Fri. & Sat., 8:00. Hollywood. $12 – $167. All ages. Event details.
Big! World! Fun! Returns to the Ford
The Big!World!Fun! family series kicks off this summer with Las Cafeteras – an interactive and bilingual show for the whole family. Take in a little Afro-Mexican rhythms, traditional sounds, spoken word, hip-hop and folk. Sat., 10:00 am. Hollywood. Free for kids, $5 for adults. Ages 3-10. Event details.
Family Sunday Art at LACMA
Modern artist Hans Richter experimented with different ways of making art and influenced many other artists. Get inspired by his spirit then get expressive with movement and painting together. Sun., 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.
Eureka! at the Getty Villa
Drop in to explore the mind of Archimedes, an ancient science genius, with demonstrations and experiments to satisfy your little scientists soul. Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Malibu. Free. Ages 5+. Event details.
Jam with the BeatBuds
The BeatBuds will exercise your kiddo’s creative mind at this fun and engaging musical experience. And then, because you’re at Books & Cookies, you can get some goodies to refuel both body and mind. Sat., 10:00 am – 10:30 am. Santa Monica. $5. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew
Come watch them perform songs like Piñata, Piñata, Potty in the Pot! and AEIOU and you won’t know whether to call the band silly, folksy or funny. Sun., 11:00 am. Topanga. $9. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Americana Fest at the Children’s Museum
Embrace the spirit of the old West with toe tapping music and storytelling traditions of the past. Play the spoons alongside banjo players and washboard musicians in a fun family sing along. Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. La Habra. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Lincoln at the Reagan Library
Fourth of July weekend is the perfect time to take a day trip to learn a bit more about one of our greatest Presidents. See Abraham Lincoln’s famous stovepipe hat, earliest childhood writings, a signed Emancipation Proclamation, and more. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Simi Valley. $6 – $16. Ages 5+. Event details.
What are you up to this long holiday weekend? We’ve got tons more ideas on our calendar of things to do.
Photo credits: La Habra Children’s Museum and Bob Baker Marionettes