This weekend features an extra dose fun for all ages, with a pair of shows that will take you downtown (one for big kids, one for small), favorite friends at the zoo, a family play day, an eating adventure at night, reading parties, biking fests and opportunities to learn about caring for both animals and our city.

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Downtown

Sesame Street Live Let’s Dance
Here’s a show for the youngest members of the family, who will want to wear their dancing shoes to this up-close, interactive dance party with Elmo, Cookie, Abby and Ernie. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Downtown. $15-$100. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Matilda, The Musical
It’s finally here, the musical of the year that big kids all over town have been waiting for! Matilda is a Tony winning show based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl. Take the kids on an adventure of an extraordinary girl who dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Downtown. $25-$200. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Eastside

Taste of the Eastside
The LA River is a breathtaking backdrop for foodies big and small to sample amazing bites from the east(side). Parents can chill with food, wine, beer, KCRW DJs and live music while kids have a blast eating and playing in the My Gym Children’s Zone. Sun., 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Cypress Park. $8-$100. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Curious George & The Cat in the Hat at the Zoo
Of course you’d find Curious George at the zoo, but the Cat in the Hat? They’re both at the LA Zoo for a day of wild stories, crafts, pictures and a dance party. Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $14-$19. All ages. Event details.

Great Big Family Play Day
This fest has it all: live entertainment, family fun zones, stage show, carnival rides, food trucks, product and snack sampling, family photos, unique experiences from party entertainers, princess meet & greet and a sports center. Meet other families or just spend the day having fun with your own. Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

Mid-City

See Son of Flubber
As an Angeleno, movies are in your blood. Take your kids to see a classic that’s appropriate for the whole family, loads of fun and rarely seen on the big screen. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m. Mid-City. $6 (includes popcorn). Ages 4 & up. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

CicLAvia in Old Town
This is the most walkable CicLAvia yet.  With just 3.5 miles it’s easy to peruse and explore Pasadena’s treasures, and spurs off the main route lead to local parks. Plus a cool Cirque du Soliel partnership means there will be some crazy surprises along the way. Sun., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Pasadena. Free. All ages. Event details.

How to Care for Animal Friends
Every month at Kidspace a nature specialist will lead a workshop on caring for pets. This month is all about our scorpion and tarantula friends, which you may not own, but your kids will love to meet and learn about. Fri., 3 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Summer Reading Kick Off Party
One of our favorite things about summer is lazy days for summer reading. Kick off a summer of books at the library with the world’s first just-for-kids New Orleans jazz band. Sun., 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. Ages 2-10. Event details.

Westside

Aladdin JR.
Every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail in this musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides. You’ll recognize all your friends from the Disney film, scaled down for a perfect first theatre outing. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $8-$10. Ages 3-8. Event details.

South Bay

Stroll N’ Run 5K
From babies on up the whole family can move and get healthy together and you can carry, push or run along side your kids. Favorite local music acts Baila Baila, Snooknuk and Love Bug and Me hit the stage and there’s an activity course for kids and a stroller obstacle course for parents. Sun., 9 a.m. Palos Verdes. $15 & up. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Save Our Water!  A Drought Plant Festival
Brown is the new green! Teach kids how important it is to help out in all aspects of saving water, by replacing a few of your H2O guzzlers with native plants. At this festival kids can learn, play, do arts & crafts, pot some plants and more. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Encino. Free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Catch the Quakes
Dodgers aren’t on TV, and you can only go to so many live games.  Take your family to the Quakes—our local minor league team.  Tickets are way cheaper, you can sit up close and personal, meet the mascots and take part in giveaways and theme days (like the bobble heads giveaway, fireworks or free kids clinic they’re having at the games this weekend). Fri.- Sun., Various times. Rancho Cucamonga. $9-$13. All ages. Event details.

Where will your family be this weekend?

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Matilda, The Musical and Melissa Wall via Creative Commons.