If the little voice in your head sounds suspiciously like Alice Cooper this week, it’s because school’s out for summer! That means you have 9 glorious (long) weeks to keep the kids entertained, playing and happy. Starting now. These activities – Egyptian mummies, a classic car show, World Ocean Day, a Pie-sta, fun runs and family sleepovers – are just what the parents ordered to kick off a fabulous summer.
World Ocean Day
World Oceans Day celebrates the ocean’s wonders and resources and is a great day to consider ways that each of us can help with ocean conservation. Celebrate at an aquarium like the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium or the Ocean Institute – or you can just go take a walk by the ocean!
50 Bucking Years of Mustangs
The Original Farmers Market hosts one of the most entertaining casual car shows in the West – and this year the focus is on the Mustang, which is turning 50. Sat., 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mid-City. Free. All ages. Event details.
Dig It: Egyptian Family Art Day
Check out LACMA’s collection of Egyptian art—then after exploring, make your own Egypt-inspired pieces in family workshops. Sun., 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Miracle Mile. Free. All ages. Event details.
West Hollywood & Beverly Hills
Grab your blanket and come ready for an afternoon celebrating all kinds of families. Hamburgers and hot-dogs, crafts, family games, and more will all be on hand. Sun., 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.
Pie Bake a’la Beverly Hills and Pie-sta
At the Farmer’s Market you can compete in the pie-athlon and pie eating contest, kids can make their own edible pies or play dough pies and sift for treasure in flour. And since it’s a market, you can go home with the goods to bake your own pie! Sun., 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Bevelry Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.
Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival
Hang ten with surf, paddleboard and lifeguard history, hear live bands, Hawaiian-style slack-key guitar, Southern California’s top hula dance troupes and more. There are plenty of youth events for mini surfers and swimmers, as well as games and activities on the sand. Sat., 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Snowy Sleepover at the Skirball
Pack up your sleeping bag for this one-time-only snowy sleepover at the Skirball. Take an after-hours tour of “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats,” before camping out in Noah’s Ark. Fri., 6 p.m. West LA. $55. Ages 6 and up. Event details.
D-Day was 70 years ago. The U.S. Merchant Marine Veterans are hosting the LA commemoration event for the Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944. There will be boat tours and other activities. Sat., 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.
Peter Pan, On Pointe
See the ballet about everyone’s favorite boy who wouldn’t grow up. Just think happy thoughts and fly with Peter, Wendy and Tinker Bell to Neverland. Sat. & Sun, Various times. Redondo Beach. $22. Ages 4 and up. Event details.
Worth the Drive
This high-energy family friendly fun run/walk features lots of light and music; decorate your baby joggers and bring the little ones for exercise, face painting, music and plenty of glowing fun. Sat., 7:45 p.m. Pomona. $60, kids 8 and under free. All ages. Event details.
Have you started your summer bucket list? We can help, with 50 things you simply must do in the sunshine months.
Photo credits: InSapphoWeTrust via flickr and Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Races.