What June gloom? It’s impossible be gloomy when you can go to Lummis Festival, the Gilmore Car Show, save some puppies or Taste the Nation, hear wonderful music, see a ballet or a play, even have a magical tea or create with the story chicks. The only thing that can cause frown lines is figuring out which events you don’t have time for!
Sunday Studio at MOCA
Do you miss your hipper-than-thou, avant-gard, artsy-fartsy pre-kid days? Re-live them, kids in tow, by taking part in the Family Sunday Studio at MOCA where you can check out the galleries, see a documentary and make some art of your own. Sun., 1 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.
The best of home-grown Northeast LA music, dance, food and community are present amid the historic buildings and museums at this 3 day festival with plenty of performances and activities just for kids. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Arroyo Parkway. Free. All ages. Event details.
Super Adoption Weekend with NKLA at the Autry
At the No-Kill LA event you can meet over 1,000 dogs, cats, puppies and kittens for adoption and go home with your new best friend. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Griffith Park. Adoption fees as low as $10, free to attend. All ages. Event details.
Symphony Outside the Box
From Super Mario Brothers to John Lennon to Willy Wonka, all the music in this concert is recognizable to kids and teaches them to think of music creatively. Sun., 4 p.m. West Hollywood. $15-$20. All ages. Event details.
Gilmore Car Show
The Original Farmers Market hosts one of the best casual car shows in the West with over 100 cars, and the Grove proximity meaning you can fill up on ice cream and tram rides when kids tire of cars. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Newbery Medal-winner Paul Fleischman’s Seedfolks comes to life as 13 very different voices—old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, haunted and hopeful—tell one amazing story about a garden that transforms a neighborhood. Sat. & Sun., noon & 2:30 p.m. Beverly Hills. $15. Ages 8 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Story Chicks Day of Play
Create art and props, write your own stories and act and dance onstage. Then the Story Chicks perform a collection of their classic country childhood adventures as a finale. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Altadena. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Magic Tea
Pinkies up, little magical ones. Strolling magicians from the Magic Castle perform up close tricks while kids nibble on the most sumptuous of teas in the most spectacular of settings. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $36-$48. Ages 3 & up. Event details.
Coast the Streets of Santa Monica
Who needs cars? Celebrate the arrival of Expo with an opportunity to experience the streets without autos while you bike or walk to discover local food, music, shops, culture, dance and games along the route. Sun., 9 a.m-3 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 2-6. Event details.
Creative Playground brings interactive, in-the-round theatre for kids and families to enjoy together to the Theatricum Botanicum Sundays all summer, starting this weekend with a trio of fables. Sun., 11 a.m. Topanga. $9. Ages 2-8. Event details.
Taste of the Nation
It’s a great cause (ending childhood hunger in America), and with kids under 5 getting in for free (kids 5-12 are $25), it’s a great way to introduce even the pickiest of eaters to the latest and greatest from the hot culinary scene in LA. Taste over 40 different yummy bites from the best Chefs in town—and then meet them. Sun., 1-4 p.m. Culver City. $25-$160. All ages. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
World Music and Cultural Arts Festival
The summer Concerts on the Green series kicks off with this music and art festival featuring performers and artisans from around the world, like Chalo Aduardo, Adaawe, Tierra and Malo. Sun., 1-8 p.m. Woodland Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
After you have a great time out there, come back and show us how you #RockedTheWeekend!