We’ve hit the halfway mark of 2016 and summer is sizzling like always here in Los Angeles.  Here are a few ideas to take your summer to the next level of fun!

Fri Jul 15th

  • Northridge – The 59th Annual Teenage Drama Workshop presents Around the World in 80 Days, a new musical by Ronnie Sperling and Christopher Halsted. The new adaptation is family friendly and promises stampeding elephants, raging typhoons, runaway trains, and unabashed slapstick.
  • Northridge – See the amazingly entertaining Blue Man Group at The Charles Playhouse.
  • Pasadena – Kids and parents alike can explore how art has been used throughout time to communicate our stories.  See how the Chumash lived and produced cave paintings.  Crush rock and make your own story.
  • Pasadena –Seussical The Musical is a magical show that brings to live the characters of Dr. Seuss.  Enjoy this presentation of this Broadway hit.
  • Santa Monica – The is holding their summer music festival series.  This weekend they present From Vivaldi to Hollywood and is conductede by Eduard Schmeider.
  • Sherman Oaks – Take the family out to Westfield Fashion Square’s Summertime Cinemas event.  This weekend is the kick-off weekend with their presentation of Zootopia!
  • Wilshire Dist. Miracle Mile- Los Angles – Wizards Open Market Craft Fair is a Harry Potter-centric event that hosts wizard –themed crafts and events.  Raffles are held every hour and admission is free!

Sat Jul 16th

  • Beverly Hills – Head out to the Gagosian Gallery for Carsten Holler’s Zoology.  Tis Holler’s first exhibition in Geneva.  Trained as a scientist, his work echoes the procedure of science blended with the organic flow of nature.  This interactive and mix media collection is sure to get you thinking.
  • Chatsworth – The Arcade Warehouse opens up their doors every Saturday to the public to enjoy over 60 of your favorite games to play…for free!  Mom and Dad, whisk yourself back to your childhood or show your kids your favorite games from back in the day!
  • DTWN – Chinatown Summer Nights is a fun and exciting hot spot for Angelenos to enjoy yummy food, great music and culinary demonstrations and Chinese cultural activities.
  • Glendale – The kids will go crazy for the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck at the Glendale Galleria.
    Miracle Mile Ajacent – The New Beverly Cinema has a family friendly matinees every Saturday and Sunday.  This weekend, enjoy the timeless classic, Grease!
  • Glendale – The Glendale Center Theatre presents: The Wizard of Oz. Rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the entire family. A premiere for the GCT, they promise a magical, amazing production that you’ll want to see again and again!
  • North Hollywood – The North Hollywood International Film Festival is offering a series of free outdoor movies all summer long in and around NoHo.  The films are free, with fresh popcorn and plenty of space to have a little family picnic.  Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.
  • Pasadena – Kidspace Stone Hollow Amphitheatre presents YouTube superstar, Patty Shukla perform some of her award-winning children’s music.
  • Santa Monica –  United fOrlando is a LGBT Center presentation at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.  This evening benefit of musical performance was created to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the tragedy in Orlando Florida.

Sun Jul 17th

  • Calabasas – Calabasas Lake Concert Series is a summer concert series out in the fresh mountain air.  This weekend enjoy the Best of Broadway – Andrew Lloyd Weber!  Families are encouraged to set up picnics and let the night take you away!
  • Museum Row – Check out LACMA Sundays Live ! LACMA’s weekly chamber music series, Sundays Live, features the best of national, international, Los Angeles and emerging artists. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public at 6 pm each Sunday in the Leo S. Bing Theater.
  • Woodland Hills – Head out to the Warner Center Concerts on The Green to see Glenn Leonard’s Temptation review.  Bring your own picnic or enjoy some yummy eats from local food trucks!

Fri Jul 22nd

  • DWTN – Experience UNION STATION 360°   Open and free to guests July 15 – July 24 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight

An Immersive, Starlit, Floating Sky Screen, Cinematic Experience.

The station’s South Patio will be transformed into an evocative multi-media environment with the innovative cinematic experience Union Station 360.

The state-of-the-art, multi-sensory “360” experience will transport guests on an extraordinary interactive journey through the unique cultural fabric of L.A.Hollywood Bowl – Hollywood Bowl – Weird Al Yankovic.If you have never been to a Weird Al Concert, you have to make it your summer mission! When the hilariously irreverent “Weird Al” Yankovic takes over the Bowl, with the backing of a full orchestra, all bets are off. Fasten your seatbelts and get ready for his Mandatory World Tour, a wild ride through 30 years of pop culture parodies and original satire by the four-time Grammy-winning artist who turns mockery into witty modern art.Santa Monica – Marilyn at 90 Tribute – Art Show is a beautiful exhibition.  Andrew Weiss Gallery is honored to present, in its Los Angeles premier, a photographic retrospective in commemoration of Marilyn Monroe’s 90th birthday anniversary. This newly curated collection features Australian Artist David Bromley’s canvases, and the world’s most famous photographs of Monroe by Milton Greene, Andre de Dienes, William Carroll, Kashio Aoki , Bert Stern, George Barris and Laszlo Willinger.

Sat Jul 23rd

  • Calabasas – Malibu Creek’s Campfire Program is a free informative one-hour event at the campground amphitheater on Saturday evenings.  This weekends presentation is Awesome Animals with The Nature of WildWorks!
  • Hollywood – The Ford Amphitheatre presents Big! World! Fun!  This family series is an hour-long music, dance and theatre performance that showcases cultures from all across the world.  This weekend enjoy Minyo Station.  This blend of traditional Japanese Folk Music with Western Music.  Kids are free, adults $5.
  • Museum Row – Miracle Mile – La Brea Tar Pits Sleepover. Families can spend a night in a world-famous Museum and explore the collections with the help of educators. At Camp Tar Pit, participants learn about the La Brea Tar Pits and the titans that lived during the last Ice Age by experiencing the new Titans of the Ice Age 3D film. Though light snacks are served, dinner is not provided, so campers should eat before they arrive.  Minimum age is 5; adult supervision is required so parent(s) must spend the night as well.
  • Pasadena  – Levitt Pavilion Summer Music Festival is still rocking on in Pasadena.  This weekend enjoy: Friday, July 15:  Darlingside Saturday, July 16:  Sam Llanas Sunday July 17:  Double G NineNet
    Sherman Oaks – Sherman Oaks Galleria Kids Club presents free shows for children and their parents. Each week, a different professional kids’ entertainer and Kids Club MC bring an hour of sing-along, magic or comic fun.  This weekend they present the magician Robert Baxt!
  • Various LA Locations – Lowe’s stores is holding their Lowe’s Build and Grow event. This free event offers craft projects for kids.  Kids learn to use tools and infuse their creativity into fun projects.  This weekend’s theme is Marvel Comic’s Thor!
  • Woodland Hills – Warner Park – Movies on the Green Families can enjoy free outdoor movies on Saturdays throughout the summer in Warner Center Park. Films are presented on a 30-foot theatrical screen with digital projection, surround-sound and high resolution digital picture.  Saturday night’s show is 2015’s Cinderella.

Sun Jul 24th

  • Griffith Park – Check out Griffith Park’s Shakespeare Festival. The Independent Shakespeare Company presents free Shakespeare in Griffith Park.  Two plays are performed this summer:

Richard III – opened June 25 and will continue until the 3rd week of July. There is no seating at the venue; bring your own blanket or low-backed lawn chair. It can get pretty chilly in the evenings so you’ll want a jacket. Concessions are available for purchase or you can bring your own picnic.West Hollywood – Marzo’s Variety Show is a fun time for  kids  that features a rotating lineup of talented family-friendly magicians, comedians, musicians, puppeteers, and jugglers, plus games and prizes.

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