Summer is officially here (as of the Solstice on June 20th), so it’s time for all the summer fun to begin! That means the Hollywood Bowl is opening, as is the newest Pixar movie. It also means summer shows for kids are getting started at venues all over town, like at the Skirball Center and the Theatricum Botanicum. Not to mention an array of art, animal, ballet and diva fun for the whole family…

Los Angeles

Brave at the El Capitan
The wait is over for the new Pixar insta-classic; see it and an all new live stage show at the historic El Capitan Theatre. Opens Fri., Various showtimes. Hollywood. $13-$26. Ages 4+. Event details.

Hollywood Bowl Opening Night
Celebrate summer at the glamorous, season-opening event; it’s a star-studded benefit for the LA Phil and its education programs complete with spectacular fireworks. Fri., 8:00 pm. Hollywood. $12-$160.  All ages. Event details.

Family Sunday at LACMA
Explore how the feasts and celebrations of ancient southern Mexico were inspired by the Plumed Serpent god, Quetzalcoatl, then dance and make music and your own celebratory art. Sun., 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.


Wildlife on Wheels
Visit the Skirball to rub wings, scales, and claws with animals from around the world and discuss the roles that animals play in their natural habitats. Sat., 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm. West L.A. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Rhythm Child at the Geer
Join the band to play drums and beat wonderful rhythms in a family drum circle that introduces kids and parents alike to participatory, music-making fun. Sun., 11:00 am. Topanga. $9. All ages. Event details.


Sparkling Divas!
Give your little Diva an evening of pizza and pampering with (age appropriate!) hair, nails, dress-up and fashion face painting, all in preparation for a fabulous fashion show. Sat., 5:30 pm. Sherman Oaks. $20. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Alice and Wonderland Ballet
The Agoura Hills Youth Ballet Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, a light, whimsical, classical ballet that is performed by kids, for kids. Sun., 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $26-$30. Ages 3+. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Totally Turtles Family Fun
Reptiles rule in this class where kids can learn about the beautiful and endangered sea turtle by playing games, creating cool crafts, and even meeting some live turtles. Sat., 10:00 am. Long Beach. $24-$36. Ages 4-6. Event details.

— Meghan Rose