Summer vacation, here we come! You can kick it off with a night at the museum (literally), or get ready for water activities with a boat safety day in the marina or a paddleboard fest at the beach, starring the one and only Dick Dale. It’s also time to visit the garbage trucks, see sock Cinderella, indulge in pies, make music, celebrate art and learn Yiddish. And this is just the first weekend of summer…

Sanitation Yard Open Housephoto: Meghan Rose


Cinderella, Sock Puppet
Dress in your favorite fairy tale garb and join the magically and musically re-imagined telling of Cinderella in the style of a television situation comedy…with sock puppets. Sun., 3 & 4:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

So, You Want to Learn Yiddish?
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Yiddish But Forgot to Ask Your Bubbie–A Friendly Gentile’s Guide is an entertaining and educational program that uses song, comedy, and even serious truths to teach Yiddish literature and song. Sun., 2 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

A Butterfly Sleepover
Flutter over for this sweet, nectar filled sleepover that will inspire your junior entomologist to be a lepidoterist. (Gotta keep learning vocab words over summer!) Spend the night in the NHM and enter the word of fairies and butterflies. Fri.-Sat., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Exposition Park. $75. For girls ages 5 & up. Event details.

Griffith Park

Home Sweet Home Family Class at the Zoo
From dens to nests, hollows to treetops, find out how and why animals make their humble homes. These classes were new this year at the Zoo, and this is the final one until fall. Sun., 9:30 -11 a.m. Griffith Park. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

It’s Time to Party, Pie-sta!
Everyone loves pie! Take part in a pie eating contest or just get a slice. Kids can make their own pies or sift flour for treasure. Petting zoo, pony rides and bringing home fresh fruits to make your own pies make this a perfect (pie-fect?) day. Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Make Music Pasadena
Over 150 acts perform for free all over the city—on sidewalks, in parks, courtyards, alleys, museums and other spaces. Check the schedule to see what shows will appeal to your family. Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.


Silk Road Explorations at the Getty Family Festival
Families can make their own books, learn how to write Chinese characters, see the beauty of calligraphy from the Middle Kingdom, hear stories of Buddha in animal forms and be entertained by music and dance from China to Iran. Sat., 10 a.m.-6p.m. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.

Paddleboard Race & Festival
Watch (or participate in) paddleboard, junior swim or kid sand races, then relax and enjoy live entertainment including Dick Dale himself, hula dance troupes and more. Don’t forget to swing by the lounge for free ice cream and backyard games. Sat. & Sun., 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Malibu Movies Outdoors
After a day at one of our favorite beaches, grab dinner at the Country Mart and stay for a movie outdoors. This week the movie is Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Sat., 7:45 p.m. Malibu. Free. Rated PG. Event details.

South Bay

Say Hello to the Garbage Trucks
The Bureau of Sanitation is holding an open house where you can meet “Mr. Recycle” & “Robo Blue” and learn all about trash collection & recycling and pretend to drive city garbage trucks. Sat., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Boat Safety Day
Knot tying, boating safety classes and water safety demonstrations are all on “deck” and for kids & families spending time on the water this summer in boats, there’s a lot of fun and really useful information to be had. Sat., 9 a.m-noon. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Ranch Brands
SoCal was cattle country before it was the land of burgers & surf. Learn the history and importance of Rancho Sierra Vista’s ranch brand then “brand” and decorate leather wristbands. Sat., 10 a.m. Newbury Park. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hop on the Honey Train
Take a train ride to Bennett’s Honey Farm.  There you’ll get an up-close and personal, one of a kind tour to learn about bees and see how the sweet stuff is made at the annual honey festival. Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fillmore. $10-$22. All ages. Event details.

What are you looking forward to this summer? If you need more ideas, check out our Summer Bucket List. Then share your plans in the comments.

—Meghan Rose