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8 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend. Celebrate “Seal Day,” go to the Zoo, attend a cultural festival, and much more!

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Kids Club
Lakewood Center
500 Lakewood Center, Lakewood, CA 90712

The Lakewood Center Kids Club meets this Friday, June 23rd (the fourth Friday of each month) at 11:00 am. National Geographic Kids helps to “create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.” Kids (ages 1-8) will celebrate pets through stories, activities, and crafts.

Roaring Nights at the L.A. Zoo: ‘60s Summer Safari
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families are invited to a ‘60s Summer Safari on Friday, June 23rd (from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) as part of the L. A. Zoo’s Roaring Nights. Festivities include live musical entertainment, food trucks, zoo keeper talks, meet-and-greet opportunities with the Minions from Despicable Me 3, and more. Tickets are available online ($20 for adults and $15 for children).

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

The Orpheum Theatre, a historic theatre in downtown L.A., is showing the family-friendly film E.T. the Extra Terrestrial at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 24th. In the lobby, families can view props from the film, and before the film organist Mark Herman will play the well-known John Williams movie score on the Orpheum’s famous 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. After the film, there will be a question and answer session about the theatre and the organ as well as a fun trivia game about the film. Tickets are available online. 

PBS SoCal 3rd Annual Summer Learning Day – “Be My Neighbor”
Dollarhide Community Center
301 N. Tamarind Ave., Compton, CA 90220

Saturday, June 24th is the 3rd Annual Summer Learning Day with this year’s theme being “Be My Neighbor.” Activities are scheduled from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and are inspired by the PBS show Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. This free event includes photo opportunities with Daniel Tiger and Katerina Kittycat, live entertainment, snacks, and more.

Big Sing L.A.
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Los Angeles Master Chorale invites everyone to participate in the first Big Sing L.A. event happening on Saturday, June 24th at 1:00 pm. This free event includes performances by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. In addition, everyone is a singer at this fun event which encourages everyone to experience the joy and fun in a large-scale sing-along. Some of the songs on the schedule include favorites such as Lean On Me, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and Be Our Guest (Beauty and the Beast). Beginning at 12:00 pm, food trucks will also be on hand.

Shark Sunday
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium hosts Shark Sunday on Sunday, June 25th (and each Sunday) from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Families can “feast on a little knowledge while our swell and horn sharks chow down.” Adults and children 13 and older are $5 each, children 12 and younger are free.

Annual Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival
Venice Japanese Community Center (VJCC)
12448 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90066

Families are invited to learn about Japanese and Japanese-American culture at the Annual Natsu Matsuri Summer Festival on Saturday, June 24th (12:00 pm to 9:00 pm) and Sunday, June 25th (11:00 am to 8:00 pm). This free event features food, games, cultural exhibits, live entertainment, demonstrations, and more.

Seal Day 2017
Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles (MMCC)
3601 S. Gaffey St., San Pedro, Ca 90731

Sunday, June 25th is Seal Day. Celebrate at the MMCC from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with a day that will give families the chance to see the valuable marine mammal rehabilitation work the MMCC does on a regular basis. Activities at this free event include guest speakers, live music, crafts, educational booths, games, food, and more.

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at wendykennar.com.


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