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July 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




June 12-Aug. 16; Tues.- Thurs. only

Free Family Movies at Muvico Theaters at The Oaks Mall

A different movie is shown each week so check the website for titles.

10 am

166 West Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


June 26-July 23; Tuesdays only

Family Summer Concert Series

For six Tuesday evenings, enjoy family-friendly music, theater and fairies. Bring a picnic (normally not allowed in the Gardens) and get ready for fun.

6 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Regular admission prices. Adults: $8, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children under 5: Free

June 30-Sept. 30

Saturdays and Sundays

Dorothy's Adventures in Oz

Enjoy this reworking of the beloved story, filled with music and dance, fun special effects, laughter and love, as audiences follow Dorothy and her companions along a windy road.

Sat. 3 pm and Sun. 12:30 pm

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica

Adults: $12.50; Children (12 and younger): $10.50

July 2-4

July 4 Fireworks Spectacular

Your family will love

the inspiring patriotic music, special guest Barry Manilow, and the Bowl’s famous pyrotechnic display.

7:30 pm

Hollywood Bowl

2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles

Adults: $12-$156; Children: $6-$78

July 4

AmericaFest 2011

Fireworks at the Rose Bowl with an outside Barbecue Festival Food Court. Drum Corps International Performance and Military Tribute.

11 am-9: 30 pm

Pasadena Rose Bowl

1001 Rose Bowl Drive

$13; Children under 7 and active military: Free. Parking $20 per car

July 4

Main Street 4th of July Parade

Parade starts at City Hall with decorated floats, a Grand Marshall, marching bands and more.

9:30 am

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main St., Santa Monica


July 4

Newport Harbor Independence Day Boat Parade

Come marvel at California's largest patriotic boat parade. Over 100 decorated vessels will participate.

1-5 pm

Balboa Island, Newport Beach


July 4

Sierra Madre 4th of July Celebration

Patriotic parade, followed by kids' games, free swimming, food and live music.

Parade 10 am; Games and music 11 am-4 pm

Memorial Park

222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre


July 7

Beauty and the Beast

Designed to introduce live theatre to your children in a casual setting at the right price – free!

11:30 am

Foxfield Park, 31965 Foxfield Dr., Westlake Village


July 7-Sept. 1

The Ford Amphitheatre's Big!World!Fun! Series Take part in eight Saturday morning hour-long music, dance, and theatre performances for children ages 4 to 10 and families.

Crafts at 9 am, Concert at 10


John Anson Ford Theatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Los Angeles

Adults $5, Children free, Parking $1

July 7-Sept. 1 Every Thursday and Saturday

Summer Music at the Pier

Come and enjoy the summer music concerts for all ages. Beach chairs are recommended.

6-8 pm

Redondo Beach Pier, Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach


July 7

Target Free Saturday: Just for Fun!

Parachutte play, squishy shaving cream art and silly games!

Mad Scientist Show: 11 am, 2 pm and 4 pm

10 am-4 pm

The Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra

$7; free admission for children under 2 years of age

July 8

Family Amphitheater Performances

Acclaimed puppeteer Scott Land dazzles audiences with his handcrafted marionettes.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Performance is included with admission. Adults $15, Students $12 and children $10.

July 11-Aug. 5

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Dragons"

Enjoy Kung Fu Warriors, Cossack riders, Asian elephants and much more.


STAPLES Center, Los Angeles; Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario and Honda Center, Anaheim.


Get a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to the Circus for only $60! Use MOM at Ticketmaster.

July 14

2nd Saturday at the Adobe

Bring a picnic lunch and explore the adobe through a tour and crafts for children. A jazz concert starts after dinner. The adobe will be open during that time as well for tours.

Summer Fun activities for kids: 1:30-3 pm; Jazz Concert: 5:30-7 pm

Reyes Adobe Historical Site

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills

Suggested donation for the museum: Adults $3 and Children (ages 5-12) $1; the concert and kids activities are free.

July 14

Target Free Family Day: Faces and Places

Fun family crafts and kid-friendly Japanese lessons. Make a travel bag, decorate a journal to capture travel memories

and create an origami jet plane.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


July 14-Aug. 25

Movies on the Green

Outdoor, family-friendly movies have become a tradition at Warner Park. Bring a blanket, chairs and a picnic!

Movies begin one half-hour after sunset.

Warner Park

Topanga Canyon and Califa, Woodland Hills

Free; parking is $8 in designated lots

July 14

Rockin’ Truck Grub

Variety of gourmet food trucks and performances by a juggler a steel drummer and a DJ.

11:30 am-5 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free admission and free parking

July 15

Bastille Day L.A. Festival

L.A. Street performers, Parisian Waiters Race, a Provencal Petanque Tournament and French food.

12-9 pm

Kenneth Hahn State Recreational Area

4100 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles

$5; Children ages 12 and younger: Free

July 15

Family Fundays

Storyteller and songwriter Mark Lewis plays with the families while he plays music for the kids.

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga


July 21-22

Tropical Daze Summer Music Festival

Bring your lawn chairs, and enjoy Surf, Caribbean and Reggae bands, special shows, tropical foods, kids' games, Earth School Science activities, booths and displays.

11 am-6 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Park, 2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

$5; Children ages 5 and younger: Free

July 22

Summer Family Fun

Performance by Melissa Green and Friends, flower planting fun and a pot decorating workshop.

12-3 pm

Farmer’s Market, 3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles


July 22

Family Flicks Film Series: My Friend Flicka

Recommended for ages 6 and older. Considered immature and irresponsible by his rancher father, young Ken dreams of having his own a horse. He is ultimately entrusted with a chestnut filly he names Flicka, but his new duties put Ken to the test, especially when Flicka is gravely injured.

11 am

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.,

Los Angeles

Free; Parking is available for $3 for three hours.

July 23

Kids in the Courtyard: From Hippos to Choo-Choos

Get busy with a scavenger hunt to discover the critters in artist Alighiero Boetti’s Tuttos. Italian for “everything,” Tuttos are filled not just with shapes of creatures, but EVERYTHING—people, letters, animals, cars, planes, trains, and more. Hands-on fun with an embroidery creation.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Free; use parking lot 4

July 24


A fun program all about bubbles! See rainbow bubbles, square bubbles, bubbles inside of other bubbles, and even children inside of bubbles!

4-5 pm

Encino-Tarzana Library

18231 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana


July 27-28

Citrus Classic Balloon Festival

Flotilla of floating balloons, rides are offered on tethered balloons, car and motorcycle show, blimp air show and youth rodeo roping demo.

6:30 am-11:30 pm

18249 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula


July 28

Community Movies in the Park

Dolphin Tale

Bring a blanket, picnic and a jacket to this free summer family activity.

7:00 pm

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Free admission, free parking.

July 28

Disney Junior Story Magic The Story Pirates will weave ideas from kids in the audience into a fun interactive story. Kids will receive "Jake and the Never Land Pirates" bandanas.

11 am and 1 pm

Westminster Mall

Macy’s Court

1025 Westminster Mall, Westminster


July 28-29

Oxnard Salsa Festival

Tasting tent, recipe contest, live Salsa and Latin jazz bands, kids corner activities and food vendors.

11 am-7 pm

Plaza Park

545 South A St., Oxnard

Free admission

July 28-29

Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Cajun chefs, a giant food court, a crawfish feast, magicians and storytellers, jumpers, a dance floor, and live music.

Sat: 12 pm-11 pm, Sun.: 12 pm-10 pm

Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive

Long Beach

Adults: $15, Children under 13: Free. Save on tickets through a presale on the festival’s website.

July 28-29

Malibu Arts Festival

See award-winning painters, sculptors, photographers, jewelers, and other unique artisans.

10 am-6 pm

County Lot

23555 Stuart Ranch Rd.,



July 28

Family Amphitheater Performances

Kinetic Theory: Watch as circus theater arts troupe Kinetic Theory dazzles you with a one-of-a-kind performance.

12 pm and 2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with admission: Adults $15, Students $12, Children $10