Get ready for the 4th… it’s coming up next week.  But we’ll come back to that in a minute.  Before the parades & fireworks, beaches & BBQs, we’ve gone another weekend of seriously weird fun.  Weird?  Yep.  Spending the night in the museum, Sukey jump bands, Superman’s birthday party, gross out bugs, disco dancing and even Weird Al – there’s nothing normal about the activities going on around town this weekend.  But they do have one thing in common – they’re all loads of quirky, off-beat fun.

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Downtown

Sleepover at Camp Dino
Ever wanted to spend the night in the museum?  At this action-packed overnight, your kiddo will be a Junior Paleontologist, learning all about dinos and fossils. Fri. – Sat., 6:30 pm – 9:00 am. Exposition Park. $50 – $55. Ages 5+. Event details.

Sukey Jump
Songs from around the world, with music and movement, call and response, round singing, hand clapping, and more get kids moving and yes, jumping, on a Saturday afternoon. Sat., 2:00 pm. Downtown. $Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Happy Birthday Superman
It’s the invitation of a lifetime – a superhero’s birthday party. Decorate a super hero mask, star in a comic strip, and meet the man of steel himself – Superman will be making an appearance before he takes off to save the world! Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $4-$8. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Bug Fair
Come boogie with the buggies! Kids (of all ages) love to get up close and personal with bugs, spiders, worms, insects, and other creepy crawlies and slimy wigglers. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.

LA Street Food Fest
Not just for die-hard foodies, this Food Fest features all kinds of fare sure to tempt the youngest palates, not to mention kid’s activities like face painting, and an ice cream social featuring some of the city’s best frozen treats. Sat., 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Pasadena. $50-$75. All ages. Event details.

Westside

“Weird Al” Yankovic Book Reading
If you haven’t heard “Weird Al” since 4th grade, it’s time to download his tunes and play them for the kids.   It’s also time to check out his funny new book, a back to school silly story they can enjoy all summer.  Sat., 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. West LA. Free. Ages 4+. Event details.

Valley

Party with Belle and The Beast
Believer it or not, the Beast has lovely tea manners.  Stories, dress up, face painting, crafts, and games precede tea etiquette and tasty treats with Belle and her hairy suitor.  Sat., 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Sherman Oaks. $35. Ages 3-8. Event details.

70’s Dance Disco Party
Come in bell bottoms and groovy gear man, and shake that thing with the kids at this party in the park.  And they didn’t think you could dance!  Sun., 6:00 pm. Woodland Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

Dora’s Pirate Adventure
This one is for the little mateys who just can’t get enough of Dora as she and her friends embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island. All ends happily on stage with a “yo-ho-ho!”  Sat. & Sun., Various times. Rolling Hills Estates. $18 – $25. Ages 3-6. Event details.

Weird Al has us thinking 80’s while the Disco party has us going back to the 70’s – what’s your favorite decade to travel back to with your family (with music, movies, dancing, whatever!)?

Oh, about the 4th of July… if you’re already starting to think about how to spend your 4th, think no more.  We’ve done the research for you, and found over 20 amazing ways to spend Independence Day.

–Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Kidspace Children’s Museum and the Zimmer Children’s Museum