Any weekend that starts with a Friday the 13th is extra good luck. It must be, because it’s pretty darn fortunate to have a weekend filled with dino digs, family photography, a fishing derby, a fiddle fest, CicLAvia and festivals celebrating the cultures of Russia and Israel. Just avoid those ladders and black cats!

dino digphoto: Amy Gizienski via flickr


Fantastic Photography Family Day
Strike a pose, take a selfie, or snap a shot at the JANM Family Day that’s all about photography. With workshops, origami camera folding, light sensitive paper experiments and a photo booth, little shutterbugs will have a blast and learn a lot. Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Combating Boredom Parent/Child Workshop
Here’s a workshop everyone needs! Combat the need for “screen time” this summer by coming up with activities now. Make plans together to interface with the world through art, literature, family time and mindfulness. Sun., Parent/daughter workshop is at 11 a.m. and the parent/son one is at 1 p.m. Atwater Village. $75. Ages 7 & up. Event details.

Museums of the Arroyo Day
Celebrate the art, architecture, and history of the Arroyo Seco area with free admission to 5 local museums (our favorite with kids is the LA Police Museum).  This year, students from the Arroyo Seco Museum Science Magnet School lead activities and tours. Sun., noon-5 p.m. Arroyo Parkway. Free. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Discover the Anza Trail History
This free family festival takes you back in time to celebrate the cultures and heritage of Early California. There’s a re-enactment of the Spanish colonial Anza Expedition’s passage through the area in 1776, plus kids’ activities, music, dance, and cultural demonstrations. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


Russian Festival
Привет!  If your knowledge of Russian culture comes from bingeing The Americans (side note: best show on TV), it’s time to hit the Russian Festival at Plummer Park, because you’ve got a lot to learn about the entertainment, music, food and goods from Russia. Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.

South LA

CicLAvia Heads South
Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, and sneakers ready for LA’s biggest block party, which moves to South LA for the first time. Get ready to explore a new part of the city, without your car. Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. SE LA Cities. Free. All ages. Event details.


A Year With Frog & Toad
This Broadway hit moves to the small stage in just the right format for young (and even first time) theatre goers. Based on the beloved books, this musical follows two great friends through the seasons. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

A Festival to Celebrate Israel
Not only can kids can do arts & crafts, see a Faery show, play in the kid zone, take part in face painting, games, a petting zoo and more. They can also learn by visiting the Torah Pavilion, The Museum of the Jewish People (Beit Hatfuzot) and eating some tasty dishes from Israel. Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Cheviot Hills. $6. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Endangered Species Day
Learn about endangered marine animals and how they are fairing today. Kids get hands on with a guided beach walk, scavenger hunt, special story time and more. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Campout and Fishing Derby
After setting up their tents, families can join in games like human hamster ball races, ice block bowling and arts and craft projects before ending the day with a movie in the park (this year: Inside Out). Wake up on Sunday morning to cast a line in the fishing derby. Sat.-Sun., 3 p.m.-noon. Manhattan Beach. Free-$33. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Fiddle Fest
Tucked in the mountains in a Western movie set you can listen to some fabulous Americana music. Bring instruments and ”sit in“ with jamming musicians, take part in crafts catch kid’s bands (like The Hollow Trees, Scottish Fiddlers and Celtic Session) as well as seeing the main stage headliners. Sun., 9 a.m-6 p.m. Agoura Hills. $10-$20, kids under 10 free. All ages. Event details.

Circus Vargas
Our favorite cruelty free circus is back, so be prepared to be wowed by death-defying stunts, flying aerialists, exhilarating acrobats, and uproarious clowns under a music filled, blue and yellow Big Top. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Burbank. $15-$70. All ages. Event details.

Dino Dig
Dino’s roamed Thousand Oaks? They must have, because you can make dinosaur crafts, play dinosaur games and even dig for dinosaur fossils at your very own dig site in this local, temporary, archaeological paradise. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousand Oaks. $10. Ages 3 & up. Event details.

Do you have any crazy superstitions? We’d love to hear about them in the comments section!

—Meghan Rose

additional photo by Umberto Brayj via flickr