Summer Solstice means that summer is now official! All your summer favorites are back, like music and picnics in the park, the Hollywood Bowl’s opening night, camp outs and park festivals and concert series kick off – you can even catch the Beach Boys at the Arboretum. So feel the “Good Vibrations” and go have “Fun, Fun, Fun.”



Funky Punks
This high-energy, interactive, circus arts, clown extravaganza uses puppetry, stilt-walkers, trampoline tricksters, and super slippery table sliders in the show. Picnic on the grassy lawn before the fun-ky show gets started. Sun., 6:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Creature Campout
Find out what happens at the zoo after you go home… Enjoy a late night tour and then a night of interactive family adventures complete with beastly bedtime stories. Sat.-Sun., 6:30 p.m. – 9 a.m. Griffith Park. $60. Ages 5 and up. Event details.


Make a New Friend with Sesame Street
Meet Elmo, Grover and Abby Cadabby’s new friend Chamki from India. Kids learn that we all share lots of cultural similarities from singing and dancing to a love of cookies. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $31-$58. Ages 2-6. Event details.

2 From the Fringe
Hollywood Fringe Fest hits town, and there are two family friendly shows to catch. One is Chroma, a musical adventure, the other is a silly play called Magickal Monsters – so are you feeling silly or musical this weekend? Various times and dates. Hollywood. $10. Ages 5 and up. Event details.

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
Celebrate summer at the glamorous, season-opening event that honors music legends and concludes with spectacular fireworks. Kristin Chenoweth, The Go-Go’s & Pink Martini are all on hand to kick off the season. Sat., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $18-$180. All ages. Event details.


LACMA Free Concerts
Nothing says summer like a picnic, some music and sun that lasts late into the evening. Fridays at LACMA there’s jazz and Saturdays there’s Latin sounds.   The kids run and play, you relax and listen – Happy Longest Day of the Year!  Fri. at 6 p.m. & Sat. at 5 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Beach Boys at the Arboretum
If you’ve ever wanted to go on a Surfing Safari, you can’t miss introducing your kids to a seminal band of summer – The Beach Boys. Catch them at the Arboretum, where you can bring blankets, chairs and a picnic and party with the peacocks. Sun., 5:30 p.m. Pasadena. $30 adults; kids free. All ages. Event details.

Family Art Day at PMCA
Discover a new museum today, when you take part in Family Art Day at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.  Art activities for the whole family include painting, printmaking, tapestry weaving, and creating cyanotypes. (Yes, you’ll learn what those are!) Sat., 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Pasadena. $7 adults, kids free. All ages. Event details.


Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights
Sing along with performers, dance to music from around the world, and meet live exotic animals at the Skirball’s summer amphitheater series that kicks off Saturday with the rocking sounds of New York’s hottest kindie-rock artist. Sat., 12 p.m. & 2 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. Ages 2-8. Event details.


Victorian Day in the Park
Put on your Victorian finery, pack your picnic and join in the civilized fun.  Kids will get a kick out of the bustles and handlebar mustaches, and everyone will have a lovely trip back in time. Sun., 12 p.m. Encino. Free. All ages. Event details.

Long Beach

Bit ‘o the Bayou
Son of a gun we’re havin’ some fun on the Bayou with Cajun, Zydeco and Blues music, dance lessons, food (crawfish and watermelon eating contests) and family activities (making costumes & masks, storytelling, magic and sing-a-longs ) all weekend long. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Long Beach. $20-$30 adults; kids are free. All ages. Event details.

Need more summer suggestions? We’ve got 50 things things for your summer bucket list and our staff’s picks for can’t miss summer fun!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: PMCA and Skirball Cultural Center