They say we have no seasons in Los Angeles.  Not true, we say!  We have hiking season, when it’s green and lush and not too hot (winter, in other parts of the world).  We have park season, when it’s warm enough to have all day long park play dates in just t-shirts (aka spring).  And we have outdoor entertainment season (movies, concerts and plays) – which starts now!



Street Food Cinema Escape From Planet Earth
Family movie night comes complete with kid-friendly food trucks, family-friendly audience games & a kid-tastic band. Don’t forget blankets and sweaters, it does get chilly when the sun finally sets. Sat., Doors open at 5:30 pm, movie begins at 8:00 pm. Downtown. $5-$10. Ages 4+. Event details.

Sanitation Yard Open House
Meet “Mr. Recycle” and “Robo Blue” as they teach kids the importance of recycling.  Kids can also snack, plant veggies, ride in a giant garbage truck and practice picking up and dumping garbage cans.  Sat., 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. South LA. Free. All ages. Event details.


Travel Town Tours
It’s one of those LA secrets – those trains at Travel Town that you can’t go in?  You can go in them when you take a guided on the second Saturday of the month.  All aboard!  Sat., 10:30 am – 3:00 pm. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Super Saturday Story Time
The Language Garden hosts a special hour of bilingual stories, coloring & crafts with the theme  “Magic by the Sea”. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Mid-City. $5 donation per family. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Pie Bake Off
Kids can make their own edible pies, play-dough pies and sift for treasure in flour.  Parents can take part in the pie-athlon, pie eating contest or scrumptious pie tasting.  Everyone will go home full and happy. Sun., 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.


First Friday Parents Night Out
It’s what we call a win-win-win situation.  You get a night out.  They get night of feeling like big kids on their own with a whole bunch of activities and games.  And after your alone time, a weekend of family time is that much sweeter. Fri., 5:00 am – 9:00 pm. Santa Monica. $25. Ages 4-12. Event details.

Paddle Board Races and Festival
It’s an all-day celebration of decades of surf & paddle board SoCal fun with live bands, Hawaiian-style slack-key guitar, Southern California’s top hula dance troupes and of course – the races!  Sat., 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.

Aesop’s Fables
Enjoy interactive, in-the-round theatre at the beautiful outdoor Theatricum Botanicum with a series of tales from Aesop. Sun., 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Topanga. $9. Ages 2-8. Event details.


Movies by Moonlight
The hilarious W. C. Fields comedy It’s a Gift was shot on location at Paramount Ranch – tonight you can see the movie out under the stars in that very spot.  Sat., 8:00 pm. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

What’s your favorite outdoor summer activity?  Concerts, movies, beaches, pools, hiking, theater – let us know, in the comments below.

— Meghan Rose