You know what you need to do this weekend? Call or visit Grandma and Grandpa! It’s National Grandparent’s Day. If you happen to live close enough to celebrate with them, we’ve got a great list of things you can do together: like seeing the Muppets at the Bowl, meeting pirates at the Tall Ships Festival, visiting a chalk festival, getting new tunes at a Beat Swap Meet or even taking part in a LEGO derby. Scroll down to see what other outings LA has to offer this weekend.

photo: Courtesy of the Hollywood Bowl


A Beat Swap Meet
Record collectors from all over the world are coming to sell vinyl 12s and 45s at this family-friendly happening with B-boy and B-girl & DJ competitions for all ages, performances, live art making, a free supervised kids craft-making booth, turntable repair, a display of classic cars and food trucks. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

A LEGO Derby
Calling brick builders of all ages to build creative LEGO® vehicles and race them on a pinewood derby–style track. Sun. Event details.


The Muppets Take Over the Bowl
You won’t want to miss Miss Piggy in a show-stopping musical performance, legendary drummer Animal rocking the Bowl, debuts of all-new original chapters of Pigs in Space & Veterinarian’s Hospital and a spectacular fireworks finale.  Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Grandparents Day Celebration
Celebrate your favorite grown-ups by playing with them and creating projects about families and traditions, together. Sun. Event details.

A Piñata Party
Celebrate CAFAM’s new exhibition by joining a fun piñata making party led by the Piñata Design Studio. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Pasadena Pops Play to Peacocks
Hear the music from the Pasadena Pops played in the beautiful Arboretum.  The kids will absorb the music as they play and snack and you get something resembling a date night without the sitter. For this final show of the season, the Pops play favorites from the movies of Universal, which means everything from Bride of Frankenstein to E.T. Sat. Event details.

Ada Twist and Your Scientist
Read the fabulous book Ada Twist, Scientist and then take part in a science project. Sun. Event details.


Meet the Author of Roller Girl
Meet Victoria Jamieson, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl. She’ll be meeting kids and reading and signing her new book, All’s Faire in Middle School. Fri. Event details.

Building the Photo Ark with National Geographic
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear, creating The Photo Ark project. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving. Fri. Event details.

South Bay

Chalk Festival on the Pier
Calling all petite Picassos: help transform The Pier into an amazing concrete canvas over the water. There will be art, music, prizes and fun for the whole family. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Proud to be Me, Free Family Theatre
Proud to be Me is a multicultural collection of stories revolving around the themes of self-esteem, self-acceptance and respect for others. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Tall Ships Festival
Leave yer’ landlubber ways behind with cannon demonstrations, mermaid breakfasts, authentic privateer encampment, real sword fighting, knot tying, weapon demonstrations and sail training with real tall ship rigging. Kiddos can attend Captain Jack’s School for Scallywags, learn to swordfight with balloon swords, face paint like a pirate and more. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Looking for more things that kids and grandparents will all love? We’ve got a list of fabulous outings that please every generation!

—Meghan Rose