You know how there’s no business like show business? Well, there’s also no city like the city of LA. Where else can you find elves in the forest, pirates at the pier and then sing along as the hills come alive with music? Take a trail run, see Star Wars under the stars, catch a baseball game on the cheap, play with pups and visit a kids museum for free. It doesn’t get any better than a typical summer weekend in Los Angeles!

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Nature in the City
Explore LA’s wild side with this special event that includes hands on art activities, roaming performances, live animal presentations, behind-the-scenes tours and more at the NHM. Sat. & Sun., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

José-Luis Orozco’s ¡Come Bien!
Beloved children’s entertainer José-Luis Orozco leads an interactive musical feast of rhythm, rhyme and culture blended with a bilingual message to eat right and live life to the fullest at this free show. Sun., 3-6 p.m. Downtown. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

The Hollywood Hills Are Alive with a Sing Along
Time to Dirndl up! What’s better than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens? A screening of “The Sound of Music” where you’re encouraged to sing along in one of the best outdoor amphitheaters in the country. Sat., 6:30 p.m. Hollywood. $10 & up. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

Free Admission to the Children’s Museum
Get in free all day today at the Zimmer Children’s Museum, a wonderful spot mid-city for babies on up to big kids. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. Ages 0-8. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Wag Over to Woofstock
It’s a pretty universal truth that kids LOVE dogs.  So let them play with tons of them at Woofstock. The day includes pet adoptions, a pet parade, pet goodies, pet entertainment and food trucks (for humans). Sun., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

6-26 in the (626)
Walk, run, skate, bike and explore the (626) on 6-26 with over 18 miles of open streets linking 6 Foothill Gold Line stations. Sun., 8 a.m.-2 p.m. South Pasadena-Asuza. Free. All ages. Event details.

See Star Wars: The Force Awakens Under the Stars
See the epic space blockbuster as close to space as you can get: on the rooftop under the stars.Come early for a DJ set, ping pong, hula hooping, a Star Wars themed costume contest with prizes and guest appearances from the Jedi Academy. Sat., 6 p.m. Pasadena. Free. Rated PG-13. Event details.


A Hootenany with the Hollow Trees
Hit the hootenanny at McCabe’s Guitar Shop for a morning of acoustic Americana music where everyone sings, plays and has fun making music together. Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $10. Ages 1-8. Event details.

Skirball Family Amphitheater Concerts
The Skirball family concert season kicks off this weekend with Buyepongo on Saturday and  Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando on Sunday.  These amazing world concerts take place outside in the sunshine, making a perfect family mid-day outing. Sat. & Sun., noon & 2 p.m. West LA. $7-$12. All ages. Event details.

Visit the Elfin Forest
Join a Topanga Ranch naturalist in this hike for kids and families where you’ll hear stories and songs of the Elfin forest as you explore. Sun., 10 a.m.-noon. Topanga. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Wildwood Trail Run
This is the only race allowed in Wildwood Regional Park, where you can run past 250 plant species and a variety of birds, reptiles and animals. There are 5 & 10 K races for grown ups, as well as a 1 mile fun run for kids. Sat., 8 a.m. Thousand Oaks. Entry fee varies. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Long Beach

A Festival of Pirates and Mermaids
There are sword fights, treasure hunts, a kid’s costume contest, pirate ships, a live production of Treasure Island and live music. Plus over 50 mermaids in the mermaid village, for those that prefer beauty to bucaneering. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Long Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Catch Quakes Baseball
If the Dodgers are getting to pricey (or the ongoing blackout on TV and loss of favorite players is bumming you out), it’s time to some minor league action with the Quakes. Family fun this weekend includes fireworks, $1 hotdogs day and kids eat free day. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Rancho Cucamonga. $9-$13. All ages. Event details.

It’s time to start planning your summer calendar! Check out our summer in LA bucket list and the coolest outdoor concerts for kids.

—Meghan Rose