We love themes, so the theme for this weekend is discover. Learn how to discover facts from the master at a new Sherlockian exhibit, discover treasures at an awesome flea market, or discover things about yourself at a YOU festival. Discover LA by watching a sports team you’ve never seen or finding out how our city’s garbage trucks work. Or discover the awesomeness of pie, rock and roll, Shakespeare and outer space!
A Family Day All About You
JANM’s day of family fun will celebrate everything that’s special about every single one of us. Kids can look in a mirror that they decorated to see who they see, make a puppet that reflects them, take part in crafts, story time, origami and see a show. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.
See the Sparks
The Clippers and the Lakers might be done for the season, but the Sparks are just getting started. See these amazing women open the season at home and play some serious ball at the Staples Center. Sat., 2 p.m. Downtown. $18 & up. All ages. Event details.
Let’s Make A Comet
Watch as common household ingredients mix with dry ice to make a small comet that’s just like the real thing. The Observatory program explores the nature of water in all its forms and discusses why water is so important to life on Earth. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Griffith Park. Free. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
A sword fight with masked kings, prophesying puppets, and singing clowns are just a taste of what you’ll see in this hyper-fun, hyper-family-friendly performance that is a perfect prelude to a summer of Shakespeare in the Park. Sat., 12:30 p.m. Hollywood. $15/one ticket or $25/two. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Pie Bake and Pie-sta
Everyone loves pie! Check out the ribbon winning pies, compete in the pie-athlon and pie eating contest and enjoy some of the scrumptious pies. Kids can make their own edible pies or make play dough pies and sift for treasure in flour. There will be a petting zoo and pony rides, too. Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Rose Bowl Flea Market
Take the kids on a treasure hunt at one of the biggest, best flea markets in the world. Put your sharp eyed savvy shopper to work; everyone knows kids are the best hagglers in the world. Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Pasadena. $8/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.
A Rock N’ Roll Sleepover
Does your family want to rock & roll all night and party every day? Hit this musical sleepover at the Skirball with an interactive tour of the exhibit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, and a slumber party inside Noah’s Ark. Before bedtime, families make their own instruments for a family jam. Sat.-Sun., 6 p.m.-9 a.m. West LA. $55. Ages 6 & up. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
Balboa Strawberry Festival
Celebrate summer and the sweetest summer fruit with rides, music, every kind of strawberry food and fun for the whole family. Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Encino. Free admission. All ages. Event details.
Sanitation Day: Meet the Garbage Trucks
The Bureau of Sanitation hosts open houses where kids can learn all about recycling and hop in the seat of a garbage truck. Join the dynamic duo “Mr. Recycle” and sidekick “Robo Blue” for family fun, food, tree giveaways and prizes for kids. Sat., 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.
Huck Finn Jubilee Festival
Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers are headlining this festival of Bluegrass music, but the highlight for kids are all the workshops, jams and games. Plus, exposing them to all that awesome music. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Ontario. $50/adult, kids free. All ages. Event details.
Worth The Drive
It’s Elementary (School), For Young Sherlocks
At this new exhibit, kids can visit Dr. Doyle’s study and see original manuscripts, visit Sherlock Holmes’ and Dr. Watson’s sitting-room at 21B Baker St. and turn detective to help solve a mysterious case. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Ana. $12.95-$16.95. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
What’s your favorite discovery you’ve made in LA with your kids? We’d love to know!
Photo credits: Huck Finn Jubilee