It’s going to a be a beautiful weekend and you’ll find so many fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids! Families can listen to music, visit a museum (or a few!), learn about bugs, attend a street festival, and much more!
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A Place for Us – A Symphonic and Choral Performance
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball Cultural Center invites families to A Place for Us – A Symphonic and Choral Performance on Sunday, May 20th at 2:00 pm. This special performance features the Harmony Project and Urban Voices Project: A Skid Row Choir. You’ll hear a special arrangement of the West Side Story classic “Somewhere” as well as several other compositions by artists such as Tito Puente and Richard Meyer, as well as a rendition of “It’s Quiet Uptown” from the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton. The Harmony Project orchestra “showcases the talents of students from underserved areas in L.A.” The Urban Voices Project “brings the joy of music to disenfranchised and homeless communities throughout L.A. County.” Tickets are available online and are $12 for adults; $9 for seniors, full-time students, and children over 12; $7 for children 2-12; and free for children under 2.
32nd Annual Bug Fair
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
The Natural History Museum hosts its annual Bug Fair on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm each day. Families will visit a variety of exhibitors displaying insect collections, bug-related products (such as honey and silk), and bug-inspired jewelry. Go on bug hunts, have close-up encounters with bugs, make related arts and crafts, and more. The Bug Fair is included with general Museum admission and also includes admission to the Butterfly Pavilion($20 for adults, $17 for students, $10 for children 3-12, and free for children 2 and younger). Tickets are available online.
Pico Block Party: Empowering Youth Voices!
18th Street Arts Center
1639 18th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404
The Pico Block Party: Empowering Youth Voices! is happening on Saturday, May 19th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The Pico Block Party series grew out of the18th Street Arts Center’s community outreach programs. This free event will feature live performances, open studios, youth-led-art-making workshops, food trucks, exhibitions, and more. The Festival celebrates “the many Santa Monica high school and college-age youth deeply invested in political activism and organizing, and young artists throughout our community and beyond.” RSVP online.
Hawthorne School District STEAM Carnival
13600 Prairie Ave., Hawthorne, CA
The Hawthorne School District STEAM Carnival is happening on Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) Carnival will provide “playful, meaningful, immersive experiences” for all ages. Take a look at exhibits (including student projects), enjoy live performances, and more. There will also be food for sale on-site.
Endangered Species Day and Robotics By the Sea
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731
On Saturday, May 19th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting two special events. Celebrate Endangered Species Day by learning about marine animals that have been designated as endangered; see live, endangered white abalone; join a scavenger hunt; listen to a special story time; and more. Robotics By the Sea allows families to watch demonstrations from local robotics clubs, learn about land and underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), and more.
PBS SoCal KOCE Open House and Studio Tour
3080 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
To thank the community for their continued support, PBS SoCal invites the public to experience first-hand how some of their favorite PBS shows come to life. On Saturday, May 19th 11 am – 2 pm, visitors will tour the studio and editing facilities, and meet the people who work behind the scenes to create the PBS SoCal viewing experience they enjoy. Guests will learn about several of their favorite PBS SoCal shows, and participate in themed activities, photo opportunities with PBS KIDS characters Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and have a chance to win PBS SoCal branded merchandise. Free parking is available in adjacent parking structure.
Pick Pico 2018 Street Fair
Pico and Overland, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Sunday, May 20th from 11 am to 3 pm is the 5th Annual Pick Pico Street Fair at Pico and Overland in West LA. There will be music and entertainment on the main stage and more than 100 booths featuring food & drink, local businesses, nonprofits and local government. Kids can hang out in the kids zone, bounce in the bounce house or have their photo taken with a firefighter. Check the website for more details.
Museums of the Arroyo Day
six museums in Pasadena and Los Angeles
Sunday, May 20th is Museums of the Arroyo Day. For one day a year, six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena will open their doors free of charge. From 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm, families can explore the Gamble House, Heritage Square, L.A. Police Museum, Lummis Home, Pasadena Museum of History, and The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum. To make it even more convenient, a free shuttle service will operate between the museums. Check the website for details and parking information.
17th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Month
7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
The City of West Hollywood is hosting the 17th Annual Russian Arts and Culture Festival on Sunday, May 20th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. This free, family-friendly festival will include live musical performances, food vendors, Russian crafts and jewelry, local exhibitors, and more. A special children’s concert is scheduled rom 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm.