L.A. rocks and so do our kids, so here are a few ideas to help you get out and have some fun with them this weekend. Make your own historically inspired musical instruments and play them like the Romans did at the Getty Villa by the sea or celebrate our city’s colorful graffiti at the Street Art Festival and get unconventionally creative. Speaking of rocks, your little archaeologists can make their own fossils at Kidspace’s Dinosaur Days or get stuck (in a good way) at the La Brea Tar Pits for the Kids Rock! Festival and Concert. Read below for details and other great family events.

Los Angeles

Kids Rock! Concert and Festival
Kids do rock. So if you’re looking for something fun, different, and special to do to celebrate their awesomeness, join the festivities at the Kids Rock! Concert and Festival, brought to you by the Children’s Nature Institute at the La Brea Tar Pits. There is oodles of children’s entertainment to see like Ozokids, Lucky Diaz, and more, and plenty of creative and inspiring things to do like sculpting and costume-making, live reptiles and insects to see, and a live community art installation to participate in. The event is meant to get kids outdoors and to care for our earth, so activities include interactive and educational booths about the environment and organic food for purchase to fill little tummies with healthy yummies. Sat., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, Los Angeles, free. Event details.

Street Art Festival
This is where it’s cool to color outside the lines. Celebrate the exciting world of street art with fun activities and workshops for the whole family at the Japanese American National Museum. Hands-on arts and crafts include sticker designing, poster drawing, and origami. From noon to 3:00 pm you can watch a live spray-painting demonstration and take drawing and sketching workshops. At 1:00 pm, Kidding Around the Kitchen will demonstrate food art recipes for children, and at 2:00 pm there will be a slideshow about the history of graffiti art in Los Angeles by ICU Art. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm, Los Angeles, free. Event details.

Dinosaur Days
You ask: Another event at the Kidspace? We reply: Why, yes, it is just that fabulous! If you haven’t been to this kid-centric museum, which provides a plethora of interactive and fun educational experiences for blossoming minds, Dinosaur Days is the perfect reason to stomp on over. Your little archaeologist will get to make their own fossils, get a “dino” tattoo, design their own dinosaur mask, and even go on a dinosaur hunt. Tip: if the weather is hot, bring a change of clothes and a towel for the outdoors Kids’ Basin and Arroyo, where children can experience wading in a river of clean, cool, water and splash ‘till their heart’s content (and they’re worn out). It promises to be a roaring good time! Sat. and Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Pasadena, free with museum admission ($10 per person, babies under 1 are free). Event details.



ArtQuest! Begins at the Getty Villa
Always wanted your own Italian villa overlooking the ocean? Spend a relaxing day wandering the gardens and exhibits from ancient Greece and Rome at the Getty Villa. The mansion is a historical replica and is much smaller in size than the larger Getty Museum, so it feels intimate and accessible for families, and often has smaller crowds. This weekend, ArtQuest! kicks off for the summer – a drop-in program where you and your children can discover ancient poetry and make, decorate, and play your own musical instruments based on classical designs. Tip: the Cafe offers a “bambino” menu with local, organic food items for the kids, and even a beer and wine list for parents (served in real glasses, not plastic) and has a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Be sure to get your tickets to the Villa in advance online. Sat. and Sun., 11:00 am – 3:30 pm, Pacific Palisades, free admission, parking is $15. Event details.


Creek Critters Hike
Head back to the ranch (Paramount Ranch, that is) for a ranger-led hike up the creek that bubbles through the hills. Your own little critters will get to roll up their pant-legs and wade in the stream in an exciting and educational search for insects and animals. Afterwards, you may want to take advantage of the hiking trails or open space that is perfect for a family picnic, so bring a blanket and provisions. Reservations are recommended: 805-370-2348 x 204. Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Agoura Hills, free. Event details.

Madagascar 2 in the Park
Spread out your picnic blankets as dusk descends upon the historic Reyes Adobe for a free screening of Madagascar Escape 2 Africa. The Adobe is also open for tours, with crafts and activities provided for children. Sat., sunset, Agoura Hills, free. Event details.

Beach Cities

Malibu Navy Days
All hands on board! The USS John Paul Jones will anchor in full view off the Malibu Pier this weekend for Navy Days, so cruise on down to the waterfront to support the troops and welcome our boys in blue. Take a guided tour of this guided missile destroyer for an opportunity that is a sure-fire treat. Fri. – Sun., Malibu, free. Event details.

Palos Verdes Street Fair
This is a street fair on steroids, with a full carnival, two live music stages, over 200 arts and crafts booths, festival food, and even a Top Dog show on Saturday that donates 100% of the proceeds to animal rescue and adoption. The petting zoo and pony rides are free for children, and on Friday night, the carnival hosts a special night for teenagers. Fri. (5:00 pm – 10:00 pm), Sat. (10:00 am – 10:00 pm), and Sun. (10:00 am – 9:00 pm), Palos Verdes, free. Event details.


-Kameron DeWulf