Los Angeles Kids Weekend Events: May 17-19

This weekend is all about imaginative fun thanks to super cool events like Hammer KAMP, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that brings together artists and kids, an improv show that relies on audience participation and a class that will teach you how to swim like a mermaid. You know, just a normal weekend in LA. Check out the rest of our must-do picks below.

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Los Angeles

Get ready for the Los Angeles premiere of The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane from 24th Street Theatre, renowned for presenting sophisticated, emotionally rich and provocative theater that can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. Presenting Dwayne Hartford’s stage adaptation of the novel by Kate DiCamillo, this powerful and highly stylized story, about Edward Tulane, a porcelain rabbit, who must learn the meaning of love: What it is to love, what it is to lose that love and how to find the courage to love again. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Public Star Parties
Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment. Please be aware that the astronomers and telescope demonstrators must cut off the line for each telescope to enable all viewing to be completed by 9:45 p.m. Sat. Event details.

This fast-paced and high energy improv comedy show plays at The Second City in Hollywood. It’s a fun for all ages improv show! RAIS features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, very “Whose Line is it Anyway,” but 100% family-friendly, and voted “Best Kids’ Comedy Show” by LA Magazine. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see different faces and games each week. Sat.-Sun. Event details.


The Hammer Museum will celebrate the tenth anniversary of K.A.M.P. (Kids Art Museum Project), a one-of-a-kind fundraising event imagined by artists for kids and their families. Artists of all kinds lead inventive hands-on workshops for children, held outdoors throughout the museum courtyard and terraces. This year’s participating artists include: Math Bass, Alex Beccera, Louise Bonnet, Carolina Caycedo, Sam Falls, Haas Brothers, John Houck, Alex Israel, Patrick Jackson, Patrick Martinez, Lara Schnitger, Alake Shilling, Samantha Thomas, and Daniel Winter. These artists will translate their practices into projects specially designed for kids, and K.A.M.P. guests will take home artworks ranging from ceramic creatures to paper plane sculptures. This year’s celebrity readers include Shiri Appleby, Elizabeth Chambers, Armie Hammer, Ki Hong Lee, John Stamos, and Sofía Vergara. Tiffany & Co. returns for the second year as presenting sponsor. Sun. Event details.

Delectable dessert baking for kids. Rachel and the kids get messy and tasty in this super fun dessert creation class. They’ll supply the ingredients and the apron. The kids just need to bring their imagination! Parents can drop off or have fun and stay and cook. Sat. Event details.

West Hollywood

The 18th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival is a day of family-friendly fun. This year the festival will take place at Plummer Park and is free and open to the public. It includes a day of entertainment, music, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, and numerous local exhibitors. The Annual Gala Concert, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature special guests from Russia. Sun. Event details.


Baby & Me Tour
Join other moms, dads, and caregivers for an engaging docent-led tour of the museum. Learn about the arts and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands in a comfortable, family-friendly environment. Tours start before public hours and fussy babies (0-2 years) are welcome! Stay afterward to enjoy conversations with new friends and visit our selection of children’s gifts in the shop. Parking is provided for larger strollers. Free with purchase of admission. Sat. Event details.

Grab your shoes, bikes, scooters, strollers, and skates and head on out to the San Gabriel Valley’s biggest Open Streets event. Walk, bike, skate, scoot, dance, explore, and play on car-free streets linking the cities of South Pasadena, Alhambra, and San Gabriel. Enjoy play zones for all ages (inflatable obstacle courses, carnival games, climbing wall), Lantern-making, water-colors, photo booths, and chalk artists, Storm Troopers, Jedis, and other members of the 501st Legion, Eco-exhibitors, vendors, and food trucks and live music and performers, including the award-winning Matador Marching Band. The route connects directly to the South Pasadena Gold Line Station; kids 5 and under ride Metro free any day. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

This LA Mermaid School beginning level class is taught by the very same finstructors who make a splash in Hollywood with their incredible tricks, techniques, and mesmerizing personalities. In this fun-filled fin-tasy guests will have the opportunity to learn what it takes to be a real Hollywood mermaid (or merman) and try out some of the beginning techniques that our world-famous professional mermaids use in TV commercials! At the end of class, each student who successfully passes all of their drills and learning exercises will receive a completion card for “Mermaid 101: Introduction to Mermaiding” which signifies that they have achieved an understanding of how to safely swim in a fabric-level tail in shallow water. Ages: 8 & up. Sat. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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