What could be luckier than Father’s Day weekend? Banish any thoughts of triskaidekaphobia this weekend with our list of 13 fantastic ways to spend Friday the 13th, Sunday with Dad and a special Saturday sandwiched in between.



Buster Keaton in Sherlock Jr.
Sherlock Jr., the brilliant Buster Keaton classic, will be shown with a live improvised soundtrack. The kids will be rolling in the aisles (blankets?) at the physical humor and crazy daring stunts. Fri., 8:15 p.m. Downtown. Free. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

A Day of Imagination and Stories
It’s a day of storybook reading and storytelling, book activities & crafts, a book swap and more. Kids can come as favorite storybook character to get a prize, and they can meet their favorite characters come to life. Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Bob Baker Marionettes Free Show
An L.A. tradition, Bob Baker and his marionettes return to MacArthur Park. This is a wonderful way to acquaint your family with the master of puppetry at a free outdoor show after a picnic in the park. Sun., 6:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Take Dad Out to the Ball Game
Our Los Angeles Dodgers are taking on the Diamondbacks today, and for Father’s Day, all dads (and non-dads, too) attending the game are given a Dad’s Day Sports Bag. Sun., 1:15 p.m. Elysian Park. $20 and up. All ages. Event details.


Date With Daddy at American Girl
Just in time for Father’s Day, daddies can spend a special date with their little girl. Or, all weekend long you can drop in – for free – to make a card for Dad (from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.). Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mid-City. $45. Ages 8 and up. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Father’s Day Car Show on Rodeo
The Rodeo Drive Concours d´Elegance is a local Father’s Day tradition featuring vintage and racing cars and motorcycles. The 2014 theme is “100 Years of Horse Power” with vehicles from the horse-drawn Wells Fargo Wagon to the cars of today. Sun., 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Moonlight Hike With Tree People
Come howl at the moon and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night on this Friday the 13th full moon family friendly hike. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Beverly Hills. $5. All ages. Event details.


Celebrate Santa Monica!
The Santa Monica Festival has plenty of free, family-friendly activities and performances. There’s also a pop-up playground, where kids can create their own worlds out of everyday items. And the Family Bike Hub will offer bike safety checks, maintenance tips, prizes, and much more. Sat., 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

“Pirates of Treasure Island”
When young Jim Hawkins sets out to find Long John Silver he finds himself on a grand pirate adventure, just perfect for the littlest mateys. Sat. & Sun., 1 p.m. Santa Monica. $12-$20. Ages 3 and up. Event details.


Kung Fu Papa
This Father’s Day parents can join their children and participate in a Kung Fu class with exciting Kung Fu drills, important life lessons and kicking fun. Sun., Various times. Burbank. $10. Ages 3-13. Event details.


Today your little trucker can kick the tires, honk the horns, and climb up into the drivers seats of their favorite trucks and construction vehicles. Sat., 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thousand Oaks. Free. Ages 1-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

BBQ Train with Dad
Make Dad King of the Rails! Treat him to a relaxing vintage train ride while traveling through the scenic “Heritage Valley” and feasting on country-cooked BBQ. Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Fillmore. $22-$47. All ages. Event details.

Daddy’s Day Sail
Dads and kids (moms are welcome, of course) join the crew to handle lines and raise sails. Then enjoy a delicious meal prepared on-board by the ship’s cook, help steer the ship, listen to stories of legend and lore, or just sit back and enjoy being out on the open ocean. Sun., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Dana Point. $35-$45. Ages 4 and up. Event details.

-Meghan Rose

Looking for some simple, yet splendid, outings with Dad? We’ve got some Dad approved ideas. And if you need the perfectly outrageous last minute gift, we have a few suggestions…

Photo credits: Zach Rosenberg and Meghan Rose