Every Weekend there are amazing Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids! We’ve curated a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting family events in Los Angeles this weekend – and hopefully will result in LA parents and kids having the best time together as a family!
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Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
You’ll find lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend May 17th- 19th. Many festivals are happening around Los Angeles including the annual Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum, the Russian Arts and Cultural Festival in West Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley Fun Fest. Also, enjoy story time at the Fowler Museum, a movie on the Redondo Pier, and so much more!
Story Time: Abuela’s Weave
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Fowler Museum hosts a special story time on the first and third Friday of each month. Story time begins at 11:30 am, and on Friday, May 17th, families will enjoy an interactive reading of Abuela’s Weave. After the reading, a Museum Educator will lead families on an exploration of the exhibition Guatemalan Masks: Selections From the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection.
Odd Nights at The Autry
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Families are invited to Odd Nights at The Autry on Friday, May 17th from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This fun event features live music, food trucks, vendors, and a special kids area. Certain Museum galleries will also be open. Admission is $5 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Autry Members are free as well. Tickets may be purchased online in advance.
Free Family Movie Night: Incredibles 2
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277?
On Friday, May 17th families are invited to a free screening of Incredibles 2 on the Redondo Pier. Enjoy a family-friendly movie while enjoying the picturesque setting. The movie begins at 7:30 pm and is rated PG. (Different movies will also be shown on May 24th and May 31st).
Wake Up With the Waves
Santa Monica Pier Playground
1600-1622 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA
Start the weekend at the Santa Monica Pier with “Wake Up With the Waves” on Saturday, May 18th. From 9:00 am to 11:00 am, families will enjoy an interactive story time by Story Pirates including music, dancing, and more. This free event is recommended for children ages 2-10. (This event will also be offered on May 25th and June 1st).
Endangered Species Day
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731
Endangered Species Day is being celebrated at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. “Learn about marine animals that have been designated by the United States as endangered and how they are fairing today.” This event is free.
STEM Funshop at the Port of Los Angeles
Banning’s Landing Community Center
100 E. Water St., Wilmington, CA
Head to the Port of Los Angeles on Saturday, May 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm for STEM Funshop. This free event includes a variety of fun hands-on activities. “Experience STEM-related Port activities demonstrated by Port of Los Angeles engineers, environmental specialists, police officers, and pilots.”
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA)
1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704
The Orange County Museum of Art is hosting a Family Day on Saturday, May 18th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event features many special activities including hands-on art-making workshops, a family-focused tour to the Museum’s exhibitions, music, and more.
33rd Annual Bug Fair
Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, cA 90007
The Natural History Museum’s annual Bug Fair is happening this weekend on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th. This popular two-day event celebrates “our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends.” Visit exhibitors, learn about bug-related products (like honey and silk), enjoy bug-inspired artwork and jewelry, and more. There will also be bug hunts, arts and crafts, bug chef cooking presentations, and much more. Bug Fair is included with regular Museum admission. Tickets are available online.
Marina “Mother’s” Beach
4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Enjoy ARTSea this weekend on Saturday, May 18th (11:00 am to 10:00 pm) and Sunday, May 19th (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). This free special event will feature pop-up galleries and art installations, family-friendly interactive workshops, food trucks, live music, a marketplace, and more. Register online.
Museums of the Arroyo Day (MOTA)
Museums of the Arroyo Day (MOTA) happens once a year, and this year it’s on Sunday, May 19th. Six museums in Los Angeles and Pasadena participate, opening their doors free of charge from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This is a great opportunity for families to visit such sites as the L.A. Police Museum, The Lummis Home, The Autry’s Historic Southwest Museum, Heritage Square, The Gamble House, and the Pasadena Museum of History. Take a look at these special museums and their exhibits which reflect early Los Angeles life. Shuttles will be available to take visitors from one site to the other. Check the website for a map of the route.
Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Pico Pico is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. This year’s street fair includes over 100 booths featuring local businesses, non-profits, local government, and food and drink vendors. Enjoy live entertainment and a huge kids zone including arts and crafts. Check the website for details and a map.
18th Annual Russian Arts and Cultural Festival
7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA
The 18th Annual Russian Arts and Cultural Festival is happening on Sunday, May 19th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. This fun event includes a retro car show, authentic Russian food, live performances, games for kids, an art show, and more.
San Fernando Valley Fun Fest
Tarzana Cultural Center
19130 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana, CA 91356
Visit the San Fernando Valley Fun Fest on Sunday, May 19th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event features lots of fun activities for families including live entertainment, face painting, hands-on activities, a superhero meet-and-greet, and much more. Food trucks will be on site as well. Admission is $5 per child; adults are free. Tickets are available online.
626 Golden Streets: Mission-to-Mission
South Pasadena-Alhambra-San Gabriel
On Sunday, May 19th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, families can participate in 626 Golden Streets: Mission-to-Mission. This special event closes the streets to cars and allows families to explore neighborhoods by walking, jogging, running, skating, scooting, or biking. Families can start and finish at any point along the 5K route. Family-friendly zones will be along the route as well offering live entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors and exhibitors, and much more. Check the website for a map and to register.