Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Memorial Day means the start of summer, which means pools are opening, schools are closing and summertime activities are just getting started.  Get outside, sip some wine, see some muppets, race a rubber ducky, build with LEGOs or take a local journey to the Highlands.  Our spring fever cure is to take (at least) two of these and call us (or maybe facebook us) in the morning.

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Eastside

Make a Shadow Box
The sun is shining brilliantly which makes it a perfect time to create images with the sun and any objects you choose.  Sat., 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. Eagle Rock. $35. Ages 4+. Event details.

Barnsdall Wine Tasting
Normally a wine tasting doesn’t sound like a very kid-friendly event.  But this one is kid central as everyone brings blankets and picnics, grooves to the DJ, and kids participate in arts and crafts (while Mommy & Daddy sip some spectacular wines).  Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Los Feliz. $5-$25. All ages. Event details.

Westside

The Princess Bride
Your whole evening is planned, with dinner (food trucks), music (live show) and an outdoor movie (The Princess Bride). Introduce your kids to Princess Buttercup, Wesley, the Dread Pirate Roberts, the Six Fingered Man and the notion of “As you wish…” Sat., 5:30 pm. Santa Monica. $8-$20. Ages 5+. Event details.

Pre-Season Splash at the Beach House
Though it’s not open daily till mid-June, this holiday weekend you can sneak in a splash and enjoy spectacular views, the splash pad, a kids play area, the gallery, and of course, the gorgeous and historic pool. Sat. – Mon., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Santa Monica. $4-$10. All ages. Event details.

Valley

Sesame Street Live!
Everyone can tell you how to get to Sesame Street – just follow the trail of happy kids. Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all of your Sesame Street friends hit the stage in this fun show that gets kids singing along. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Thousand Oaks. $12-$45. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Pasadena

Rubber Ducky Races
First you get the duck.  Then you decorate the duck.  Finally, laugh and race along side as your new feathered friend drifts down the water toward the finish line.  We put $5 on Quacky over there.  Sat. – Mon., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Pasadena. $10. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Beaches

Fiesta Hermosa
Enjoy the art, music, food (don’t miss the Hermosa Beach Lifeguards’ famous fish tacos) and Kiddie Carnival at this three day festival by the sea. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Hermosa Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

LEGO Castle Adventure
Hear ye! Hear ye! The king and queen have issued a royal proclamation requesting the presence of all aspiring master builders, designers and architects to come construct their new LEGO Castle. Sat. – Mon., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Santa Ana. $12.95-$15.95. Ages 3+. Event details.

ScotsFest
With Highland drumming & piping, loads of Celtic bands, harps & fiddlers, kids activities like archery, slides, sack races, running races, and even a taste of the haggis, you’ll think you’ve been transported to Brigadoon. Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Costa Mesa. $3-$18. All ages. Event details.

If you’re in need of Monday adventures for your day off, don’t forget to check our events calendar. Or perhaps something off of this list of 10 super-smart/super-fun weekend things to do.

–Meghan Rose