Get outdoors this weekend with a garden party at the Natural History Museum, Final Fridays (with footgolf and bounce houses!) at the Rose Bowl, Ciclavia in mid-city, and one can’t-miss, two-day watermelon festival in the valley. Scroll down for the details on those events, plus more of our kid-friendly favorites happening around town.

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Summer Nights in the Garden
Pack a picnic and find a spot in the garden of the Natural History Museum. Little ones can explore the paths and plants while you partake in a botanical-inspired cocktail—all to help you get back to nature. Fri. Event details.

My PlayClub at Shane’s Inspiration
Children of all abilities are invited to this free event at the recently re-opened playground in Griffith Park. Try the new ZipKrooz, We-Go-Round and Sway Fun, plus take part in activities and giveaways from Disney. Sat. Event details.

CicLAvia: Mid City Meets Pico Union
Everyone’s invited to bike, stroll, scoot, skip and smile along this 4-mile stretch just north of the 10 Freeway. Looks for booths along the route offering free kids helmets (while supplies last), arts and crafts, a kids bike safety skills course and more. Sun. Event details.

Day of Ancestors: Festival of Masks
This multicultural, multigenerational and multimedia arts event honors the vast identities of the African diaspora. The festival features a libation ceremony, procession and a captivating lineup of dance and musical performances. Sun. Event details.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater at the Miracle Mile Toy Hall
This month’s puppet show is a space-themed extravaganza! The Bob Baker Marionettes are bringing astronauts and rocket ships to the Toy Hall to mark the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

California Watermelon Festival
Celebrate everyone’s favorite summertime fruit with 60,000 pounds of fresh-from-the-farm watermelon, which you can enjoy in tacos, BBQ sauce, smoothies and more. For kiddos, there will be a petting zoo, pony rides, magic show, crafts, balloons and even a butterfly feeding. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Glendale Street Food Cinema: “A League of Their Own” 
Take kids to see this PG-rated classic inspired by the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. There will be food trucks and live music to start the night off. Sat. Event details. 


Final Fridays at the Rose Bowl
Bring a blanket, ball and the family to enjoy food and live music. Additional activities include footgolf, moon bounces, photo opportunities and tours of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Fri. Event details.

Norton Simon Museum’s Annual Garden Party
Celebrate the start of summer with this annual Garden Party for visitors of all ages. Spend the evening exploring the sights and sounds of the Sculpture Garden, pick up drawing supplies, participate in sculpting and watercolor activities and more! Sat. Event details. 


LA Sanitation & Environment Open House
If your kids gets excited for trash day, they’ll love this chance to check out garbage trucks up close. They can also tour the facilities and play recycling games. Sat. Event details.

Kidical Mass: Rainbow Ride
Celebrate Pride Month and learn about bike safety with this rainbow-themed ride for kids. Before they go for a spin, little ones can have fun decorating their bikes and helmets. Sat. Event details.

—Shannan Rouss

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