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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Event Date

Event Description




April 5-May 18

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.

Sat.-Sun.: 10 am -7 pm

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

Adults $28; Children (5-12) $15; (Under 5) Free

Discounts are available on the website for advance ticket purchase.

April 26-27, May 3-4 and 10-11

REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival

Both animated and live action shorts from around the globe are featured in three weekends of family fun.


Walt Disney Concert Hall

631 West 2nd St., Los Angeles


May 3-4


Celebrate the new wildflower meadow at the arboretum with live entertainment, a mosaic art demonstration, hands-on activities for kids including a botanical drawing station and a peacock discovery station and an interactive bug show.

10 am-4 pm

LA County Arboretum

301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia

Included with admission. Adults: $9, Seniors and students: $6, Children ages 5-12: $4

May 4

Stories in the Afternoon

Learn more about the Hindu god Vishnu, who assumed the form of a boar, a man-lion, a fish, a tortoise and more in his quest to save the earth. Then, create your own composite superhero.

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $10, Children 18 and younger: Free

May 4

American Indian Games

Play a traditional American Indian game with American Indian Families Partnership cultural educator John Bradley

1-4 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $10, Students and seniors: $6, Children ages 3-12: $4. AAA members receive a 10% discount.

May 4

Free Family Festival: The Garden in Asia

Explore Japan and the art of printmaking with traditional performances, hands-on printmaking, demonstrations and open galleries.

12-4 pm

Pacific Asia Museum

46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena


May 4

Scandanavian Spring Picnic

Food, entertainment and family activities. Rock wall, 274 ft. waterslide, paddle boats, alpine tube slide and log rolling contests.

10 am-4 pm

Vasa Park

2854 Triunfo Cyn., Agoura Hills

No admission fee or cost for activities. Parking is $5.

May 8-11

Conejo Valley Days

Carnival rides, live entertainment, motocross, arts and crafts, kids dance performances, dog trick shows, santa claus beard contests, games and food

May 8: 5-10 pm

May 9: 5 pm-12 am

Sat., May 10: 12 pm-12 am

Sun., May 11: 12-8 pm

Conejo Creek Park South, Janss Rd. and the 23 Freeway

Kids under 6: Free, Kids ages 6-12: $5, Adults: $10

Rides: $2-5 each, wristbands available for $30. Parking is $5.

May 10

National Train Day

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

10 am-4 pm

Union Station, 800 N. Alameda, Los Angeles


May 10

Target Free Family Day:

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Take part in special activities that celebrate the opening of the new Dodgers: Brotherhood of the Game exhibition. Try your arm at baseball carnival games, make a baseball paper puppet, and watch a screening of the Jackie Robinson story.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


May 10

Battle of the Mariachis

Live musical entertainment, food, cultural merchandise, children’s art workshops, mariachi vocals and folkloric dance workshops.

11 am-4 pm

Mission San Juan Capistrano, 31414 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano

Adults: $15, Seniors: $9, Children: $6

May 10

Youth Festival of Arts

Watch performances by local youth compete for prizes. There will be artwork and photography on display, along with live vocalists, dancers and youth bands.

11 am-5 pm

Janss Marketplace

275 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks


May 17

Bureau of Sanitation Open House

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

9 am-2:30 pm

8840 Vanalden Ave., Northridge


May 17

Fire Service and Public Safety Day

Special displays of Los Angeles Fire Department equipment, apparatus and procedures. Canine search team, shaky quakey house, open ambulance, sidewalk CPR, helicopter floyer and more.

10 am-2 pm

Fire Station 89

29575 Canwood St., Agoura Hills


May 17-18

California Strawberry Festival

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

Sat. 10 am-6:30 pm



College Park, 3250 Rose Ave., Oxnard

Adults $12; Seniors: $8; Children (ages 5-12) $5; (Under 5) free

May 17

Endangered Species Day

Learn about endangered marine animals through special activities designed for families. Visit the Aquatic Nursery to see how the staff is working to increase the population of  endangered white abalone, join in a scavenger hunt, listen to a special story time in our library, take a guided beach walk and more!

11 am-5 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro


May 18

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 $20; Children (10-17) $10; (Under 10) free

Discounted tickets available on the website.

May 18

Live Reptile and Amphibian Show

See 100 live reptiles and amphibians, view photos by 12 yr old herpetologist Nicholas Hess and hear experts discuss re-introduction of California red-legged frogs and more.

10 am-3 pm

Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, King Gillette Ranch

26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas


May 18


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


$12, Seniors $5, Kids under 12 are free. Parking is $5. Discounted tickets available online.

May 23-26

Fiesta Days

Community breakfast, car show, family movie, family music, bbq and fireworks show, food court, games, bounce houses, 5 K/10 K run and parade.

Fri: 8 pm, Sat.: 8 am-6 pm, Sun.: 1-9 pm,

La Canada Flintridge Memorial Park

Foothill Blvd. and La Cañada Blvd., La Cañada

Some events are free. BBQ and fireworks show: 2 adults and 2 children: $40

May 17-18, May 24-25 and May 31-June 1

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Learn to love the skin you’re in with this adaptation of the popular book by Judy Blume.

11 am

The Morgan-Wixson Theatre

2627 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica

Adults: $10

Children: $8

May 24-26

Topanga Days Fair

Live music, kids zone, vendors and sack races, egg toss and contests.

10 am-7 pm

Topanga Community Club Grounds,

1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.


Adults: $25, Seniors and Children ages 6-12: $15, Children ages 5 and younger: Free

May 24-25

St. Elmo Village Anniversary Celebration

Be creative for the day and learn more about this creativity center with art, live music, spoken word, photography exhibits, crafts and food.

12-7 pm

St. Elmo Village

4830 St. Elmo Dr., Los Angeles



Fiesta at Hermosa

Arts and Crafts Fair with painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewelers, sculptors and more. There is a Kiddie Carnival with a 30-foot slide, rides, games, pony rides, a petting zoo and bungee jumping.

10 am-6 pm

Pier Plaza and Strand, Hermosa Beach

Free admission; cost for activities.

May 26

Canoga Park Memorial Day Parade

Children’s entertainment and live music with a parade of floats

11 am-1:30 pm

Along Sherman Way in Canoga Park


May 31

Music in the Garden

The Shooflies will perform folk and bluegrass music, followed by a drum circle with Sandra Sandia.

10:15 am

Ecole Claire Fontaine

1047 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice


May 31

Kids Biking and Walking Festival

Safety demos, helmet fittings, bike safety checks, bike skills courses and activity stations. There will also be an on-street group bike ride and a group walk around the perimeter of the school.

10 am-2 pm

Fair Oaks Ranch Community School

26933 Silverbell Lane, Santa Clarita


May 31

Super Duper Lil Chefs

Learn about healthy cooking and have fun with food. Enjoy demos and craft making classes. Also, there will be Kidgits pizza plate and pizza cutter giveaways.

10 am-12 pm

Del Amo Fashion Center

3525 W. Carson St.,



May 2014 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles