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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Event Date

Event Description




May 1-3 and May 8-9


May 1-2 and 8-9 at 7:30 pm; May 3rd at 3:30 pm

Venice High School, 13000 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles

$10 in advance; $15 at the door

May 1-3

St. Francis de Sales School Annual Fair Fireworks, traditional carnival games, rides, attractions and live entertainment

Friday: 6-11 pm; Sat.: 12-11 pm; Sun.: 12-7:30 pm

13368 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks


May 2

Ride On Therapeutic Horsemanship Open House

Learn more about the services that this organization offers to children with special needs. Entertainment for children includes stick horse crafts, jolly jump, pony petting, face and hair painting and a horseshoe hunt.

10 am – 2 pm

401 Ronel Court, Newbury Park


May 2

Carnival in the Park

Pony rides, arts and crafts, digging for buried treasure and lots of carnival games. Food and drinks will be available.

10 am- 4 pm

701 Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


May 2-3

2009 Art & Jazz Festival on the Redondo Beach Pier

10 am- 6 pm

Redondo Beach Pier, 100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach


May 3

Viva El Cinco!

Traditional festivities mariachis, ballet folklorico, skillful charros, puppet performances featuring a puppet-making activity and a live art demonstration.

11 am- 5pm

The Autry National Center of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Free with admission

May 2

Music Unwrapped Free Family Concert

The Southwest Chamber Music presents an opportunity for families to learn about a wide variety of music.

2 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 2-3, May 9-10, May 16-17

Renaissance Faire

Live jousting tournament, comedy shows, music, medieval food, over 1,000 performers and more than 200 artisans. There are also rides and parades.

10 am -7 pm

Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area, 15501 E. Arrow Highway, Baldwin Park

Adults $25; Children (5-12) $15; (Under 5) Free

Discounts are available on the website for advance ticket purchase.

May 2-10

The Knack Mothers' Day Crafts

Decorate gifts for Mother’s Day at Michael’s stores across the Southland. Each day is a different craft and the final event on May 10th is cookie decorating with mom.


Locations across Los Angeles


May 2

The Fern Dell Faeries

Faery Trail Theater

Search for faeries and the queen with two guides.

 10:15 am

Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr.,

Los Angeles

$10, reservations are recommended

May 3

Big Family Day at MOCA

Student led exhibition tours, hands-on activities,

behind the scenes tours, and live music and performance by local students.

1-4 pm

Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


May 9

Debi Derryberry's Mother's Day CD Party: Celebrate the release of the new CD with a concert and snacks from Piccolo Chef.

10 am-12 pm

Westside Children's Center, 4600 Lindblade Dr., Culver City

Free; Reservations are requested by April 30.

May 9

Renaissance May Faire

Visit a mock Queen Elizabeth's court, watch a maypole dance, shoot a catapult, make potions, and more at the school's annual Renaissance May Faire.

10 am-2:30 pm

Valley Waldorf City School, 17424 Sherman Way, Van Nuys

Free admission; cash required for food and activities

May 9

National Train Day

Live entertainment, Amtrakids Depot with activities and entertainment, exhibits, art, trains to tour, and model train sets

10 am-3 pm

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


May 9

LA Fire Dept. Fire Service Recognition Day

Personal tours at each Neighborhood Fire Station, and at certain locations there will be special displays of Los Angeles Fire Department equipment, apparatus and procedures

10 am-4 pm

All neighborhood stations, see website for locations


May 9

Santa Monica Festival

The annual arts and environmental fair  includes traditional and contemporary music and dance, crafts, workshops, food and more.

11 am-6 pm

Clover Park, 2600 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica


May 9-10

Mother's Day Weekend

Angels of Venice and Zhiming Han will be performing at the garden and children can create a gift for mom at the Kids' Mother's Day Craft Table from 12-3 pm.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Free with paid admission

May 9-10

Mother's Day KidSpa

Kids can mix all-natural facial scrubs and soaps just for Mom and make personalized photo frames and Mother's Day cards.

10 am-4:30 pm

Kidspace Children's Museum, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free with paid admission

May 9-10

Cinderella - Mother's Day Weekend Special

The Playhouse celebrates the 25th anniversary of its musical production Cinderella by inviting moms and grandmas to see the show for free on Mother's Day weekend.

12:30 pm and 3 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St.,

Santa Monica

Moms and Grandmas free; Other adults $12.50; Children (under 13) $10.50

Tickets should be reserved in advance.

May 9

Grunion Fishtival

Includes a variety of fun, grunion-related arts and crafts, demonstrations, and opportunities to learn about the elusive, beach-hopping fish. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.

7 pm-12 am

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr.,

San Pedro

Adults $5; Children $1

May 9

Black Stallion:

Movie screening and apperance by star Mickey Rooney and producer Fred Roos.

4 pm

American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre,

1328 Montana Ave., Santa Monica

Adult: $10, Student: $8

May 10

Green Acres Spring Fair:

Live musical performances, games, food, book fair and magic

11 am-5 pm

LA Family School, 2646 Griffith Park Blvd., Silver Lake

$10 per family

May 10

Mother's Day Blues and Jazz Extravaganza

This concert features some of LA's best blues, soul, and gospel musicians.

2-8 pm

John Anson Ford Theatres/Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles

Adults $25-35; Children (3-12) $10. Advances reservations are encouraged.

May 10

Mother’s Day show at Puppetolio

2 pm

Santa Monica Puppetry Center, 1014 Broadway, Santa Monica


May 10

Mother's Day Hike & Tea

Families take a short hike out to the herb garden to learn about the many plants there used to make teas. Advance registration is required, by 5 pm the evening before.

9 am-12pm


Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 310 North Baldwin Ave.,


$20/family; $15/family (members)

May 10

Mothers' Day Brunch at the Reagan Library

Families can enjoy a savory meal followed by a tour of the museum, including the Magna Carta Exhibit and Air Force One. Reservations must be made in advance. Brunch tickets include museum admission fee.

10 am-2 pm


, CA 93065

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, 40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

Adults $42.95; Children (10 & under) $22.95

May 16

WorldFest: LA's Green, Compassionate Music Festival

Live music, celebrities, environmental speakers, a health hut, educational booths, kids’ activities, animal adoptions, a poetry festival, and a vegan, earth-friendly food court.

10:30 am- 7 pm

Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Encino


$7, Seniors $5, Kids under 12 are free,

May 16

Spring Fling Carnival

Games, DJs, food, and an auction.

11 am-3 pm


The CHIME Institute Charter Middle School, 22280 Devonshire St., Chatsworth

Free admission

May 16

California Strawberry Festival: Music, games, food, arts & crafts, and more all related to strawberries. Parking information is on the festival website.

Sat. 10 am-7 pm; Sun. 10 am-6:30 pm



College Park, 3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard

Adults $12; Children (ages 5-12) $5; (Under 5) free

May 16

Bureau of Sanitation Open House

Truck demonstrations and tours, free food and refreshments, games, prizes and tree adoptions

9 am-3 pm

West Valley District Yard, 8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge


May 17

Kids ROCK: Music and Nature Festival

Outdoor family concert, picnic dinner, and nature fair with a hands-on eco-activity at the historic Old Zoo picnic area at Griffith Park.

3 pm-7 pm

Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles

$16/ticket, Family of four: $50

May 17

Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

More than 100 singing and instrumental contestants compete. Families can enjoy the music and folk art booths throughout the festival, as well as crafts and music for kids all day at the Eucalyptus Grove.

9 am-6 pm

Paramount Ranch, 2813 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills

Adults $12; Children (10-17) $7; (Under 10) free

May 17

Bugs, Lizards, & More

A naturalist leads a hike through the meadow and oak groves in search of small creatures that live in the park, followed by a tour of the Nature Center.

12 pm

Charmlee Wilderness Park, 2577 S. Encinal Canyon Rd.,


Free; Parking $5

May 19-21

Greg & Steve: Musical performance for the whole family

9:30-11:30 am

Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Redondo Beach


May 21-24

Elmo’s Green Thumb

Thurs.: 7 pm, Fri.: 10:30 am and 7 pm, Sat.: 10:30 am, 2 pm and 5:30 pm, Sun.: 1 and 4:30 pm

Thousand Oaks Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks


May 22-25

Disney’s A Christmas Carol Train Tour

Sneak peak of the upcoming Disney movie, four custom-designed vintage rail cars full of behind-the-scenes

attractions, entertaining demonstrations, and fun activities.


Union Station, 800 N. Alameda St., Los Angeles


May 23

World City: Sidi Goma. Performance featuring the music and dance of the Sidi African-Indians

11 am and 12:30 pm

Music Center Plaza, 135 N/ Grand Ave., Los Angeles


May 23

African Doll Wrap Workshop

1-3 pm

California African American Museum, 600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles


May 23

The American Red Cross Disaster Safety Puppet Show

2 pm

Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles


May 23

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Story Time: Come in costume for storytime and crafts

10 am

Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasasdena


May 25

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

11 am-1:30 pm

Along Sherman Way in Canoga Park


May 29-31

Elmo’s Green Thumb

Fri.: 10:30 am and 7 pm, Sat.: 10:30 am and 2 and 5:30 pm, Sun.: 4:30 pm

Nokia Theatre LA Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles


May 30

Family Dance Jam and Potluck: dance, kids activities and food

5-7 pm

ReDiscover Center, 12958 W. Washington Blvd., West Los Angeles

Suggestion donation of $15-25 per family

May 30

Bugs, Birds and Animal Activity Time: Live interactive performance with acting, singing and dancing.

11 am

Madorna Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

Adults: $7.50, Children: $5, $15 for a family of three

Registration is required

May 31

Spring Festival: A Victorian Affair

Period music, entertainment, fashion shows, ice cream-making, butter-churning, crafts and magic

12:30-4:30 pm

Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Rd., Long Beach

Adults: $5, Children: $3

May 31

Family Storytelling: The Three Gifts of Fortune

11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

Free, $10 parking

May 31

Getty Villa Family Festival

Explore the ancient world through music, storytelling, and art-making inspired by the current exhibitions.

10 am-5 pm

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy,


Free, $10 parking, reservation required

May 31

Family Fun Day-Mixing It Up: Art project using oil, wax and water

2 pm

Zimmer Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

The activity is $3. Admission fee is $8 for adults and $5 for children.

May 2009 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles