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Family Jam at the L.A. Zoo

July 11, 6pm Family entertainment for all ages featuring live music, dancing, food trucks, up-close encounters with some of the Zoo's smaller residents, a rare opportunity for youngsters to experience after-hours viewing of popular animal exhibits and more.    

LA Parent 35th Birthday Bash

Aug 2, 12-3 pm, Free. Celebrate LA Parent Magazine's birthday with crafts, entertainment and games for the whole family. Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax.

30th Annual Children's Festival of the Arts

Aug 9, 12 noon-4:30pm. Presented by the Hollywood Arts Council. Free continuous family arts activities and performances for all ages at Paramount Pictures (Bronson gate entrance), 5555 Melrose Ave.,

Art Works

660 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 463-2562. Art Works Studio and Classroom offers fine art classes for all ages.

Autry National Center of the American West

4000 Western Heritage Way, (323) 667-2000. Every 2nd Tue of the month Free. Pan for gold every Sat-Sun 11am. Bead Workshop February 7.  Sat Matinee Starring Gene Autry, Feb 28 & Apr 25 noon-2pm.  

Bob Baker Marionette Theater

1345 W. First St., L.A. (213) 250-9995. Sat- Sun 2:30pm, Tue-Fri 10:30am. Reservations required.  

Barnsdall Art Park (Junior Arts Center and Barnsdall Arts Center)

4800 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 644‐6275. Operated by City of L.A. Dept. of Cultural Affairs.  Register for music, visual and performing arts classes for young people at Junior Arts Center and adult classes in painting, drawing, sculpting, mosaic, stained glass, and more. Call for fees and registration schedule.

Barnsdall Art Sundays

4800 Hollywood Blvd. Free Family Arts Workshops held at Junior Art Center most Sundays 10am-noon at the Barnsdall Art Park. Free Family Arts Workshops held at Junior Art Center most Sundays 10am-noon.

Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood

850 N. Cahuenga Blvd. (323) 467-2007.  Fun with a purpose is their most important rule. Field trips, sports, music, & arts activities daily. Hours: Mon-Fri 7:30am-7pm.

Cahuenga Branch Library

4591 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 664-6418. Storytime Tue 4pm-5pm, Mon and Sat 11:30-12:30.
Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.

Chevalier's Books

126 N. Larchmont Blvd. (323) 465-1334. Book Signings, see blog. 10am-6pm every day.

ComedySportz Kidz

National Comedy Theatre, 733 N. Seward Ave. (323) 871-1193. Improv classes for kids 8 -13, and teens. Sat classes start the first of the month.

Will & Ariel Durant Public Library

7140 W. Sunset Blvd. (323) 876-2741. Make crafts with the whole family Thur 4-5pm, theme changes each week. Storytime Tue 5pm, ages 3 to 6 (all ages welcome). Adult writers groups Thur 1-3pm, also 2nd & 4th Tues 1-3pm. Open Mic 1st Tues 6-7:30 pm. Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tues/Thu 12 pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.

El Capitan Theatre

6838 Hollywood Blvd. (323) 467‐7674. Classic movie palace built in 1925 is a visual treat showing first‐run Disney family features. Hosts Tiny Tot Tues, 10am; lights dimmed, sound levels reduced. (See FILM & PLACES)

Original Farmers' Market

At Third & Fairfax, (323) 933‐9211.  Check website for family oriented activities. (See PLACES, MUSIC and SPECIAL EVENTS)

John C. Fremont Library

6121 Melrose Ave. (323) 962-3521. Storytime Wed 10:30 & 11am. Hours: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30am-5:30pm.

Frances Howard Goldwyn Public Library

1623 N. Ivar Ave., (323) 856-8260. Storytime, Fri 4pm. Family film, Wed 2pm. Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12:30pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 10am-5:30pm, Sun 1-5pm.

Griffith Observatory

2800 E. Observatory Rd. (213) 473-0800.
See new exhibitions, peek through its telescope, & tour the universe. Daily planetarium shows. Tue-Fri 12-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Public star parties July 25, Aug 22, Sept 19, 2-9:45pm. Free.

Hollywood Bowl Museum

2301 N. Highland Ave. (323) 850-2058. Located on the grounds of the Hollywood Bowl. Features photos, film footage, programs & artifacts about the history of the Bowl. Tue-Fri 10am-5pm. Free.  (See PLACES)

Hollywood Dance Center

817 N. Highland Ave. (323) 467-0825. Dance classes including ballet, jazz, belly dancing, ballroom & more. For all ages. (See DANCE)

Hollywood Farmers' Market

Ivar & Selma Ave., between Hollywood & Sunset, (323) 463-3171. Every Sun from 8am-1pm. Farmers, artisans, food vendors, & entertainment. (See PLACES)

Hollywood Recreation Center

1122 Cole Ave. (323) 467-6847. Sports, arts, ballet, piano, fitness programs. Mon-Fri 9am-10pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.

Hollywood Schoolhouse

1233 N. McCadden Pl. (323) 465-1320. Core curriculum plus dance, drama, art classes, aquatics, woodworking, gymnastics, karate and more for pre-K thru 6th grade. After school programs.

Los Angeles City College (Community Services)

855 N. Vermont Ave. (323) 953‐4000 ex. 2651. Foreign Language, art, music, computer programs, and more. See schedule for adults and children at

Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

5333 Zoo Dr. (323) 644‐4200.
World‐class zoo in Griffith Park. Reptile and amphibian exhibit LAIR as well as Sea Life Cliffs, Chimpanzees of Mahale Mountains, and Red Ape Rainforest. Indian Rhino Encounter is available every Sat, Sun, and on holidays at 1pm-$12. The Tom Mankiewicz Conservation Carousel features hand-carved & painted wooden figures representing the flora & fauna of SoCal.  Daily 10am-5pm. (See PLACES)

Los Feliz Public Library

1874 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 913-4710. Baby/toddler Storytime, Wed 10:30am. Toddler Time, Mon 11am. Teen Club, Tue 4pm. Free film screenings the 3rd Sat of month at 1pm. New Hours Oct 2: Mon/Wed 10am-8pm, Tue/Thur 12:00pm-8pm, Fri/Sat 9:30-5:30pm.

Lost Studio

130 S. La Brea Ave. (323) 933-6944. Les Enfants Magiques! An on-going children's acting workshop (ages 7-17) culminating in a performance.

Nine O'Clock Players

1367 N. St. Andrews Pl., (323) 469-1970. Performs two stage plays each year chosen from classic children's literature featuring a full complement of dancing, singing, and special effects. The productions are offered to school groups during the week and to the public on Sundays at 2pm.

Plummer Park

7377 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 845-0172. Daily programs and activities for youth and teens with monthly excursions. Youth Leadership Program in conjunction with Teen Center. Monday Farmers Market 9am-2pm. (See PLACES)

Second City Studio Theatre

6560 Hollywood Blvd., Second Floor. (323) 464-8542.  Improv and sketch comedy teen/youth program open to students 8-18. (See COMEDY)

Silverlake Children's Theatre Group

904 Mayo St. (323) 216-6363.  Original productions written by SCTG's student ensemble. Writing mentorships and directing mentorships. Ages 8-18.

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Family activities including Noah's Ark, Dig it Archeological Adventures, Last Week-ends featuring performances and activities that change monthly.

The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute

7936 Santa Monica Blvd. (323) 650-7777. Acting classes for ages 7-17. (See THEATRE)

Storybook Theatre at Theatre West

3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, (818) 761-2203. Annual children's theatre.

Travel Town

5200 Zoo Dr., Griffith Park (323) 662-5874. Over 35 locomotives, cabooses, freight and passenger cars, a trolley and streetcar, and a miniature train ride. Gift shop and docents. Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat-Sun 10-6. Free.

Universal City Walk

100 Universal City Plaza. (818) 622-1111. Open every day of the year. (See PLACES)

Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, (800) UNIVERSAL. Hollywood's #1 family attraction. Hours vary monthly. (See PLACES)

West Hollywood Library

625 N. San Vicente Blvd. (310) 652-5340. An architectural and visual delight. Family Place library. Toddler Storytime Wed 11:15.Family Storytime Wed 3:30pm. Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat

West Hollywood Park

647 N. San Vicente Blvd., (323) 848-6534. Activities for children and parents. For full schedule visit

Wizard of Art

1947 Hillhurst Ave. (323) 661-0341. Year round classes Tues-Sat. All ages. Drawing and painting.

Yucca Community Center

6671 Yucca St. (323) 957-6339. Activities for children and teens. Mon-Fri 10am-8pm. Sat 10am-5pm. After School Club ages 5-12, 2-6pm.

updated June 23, 2015 SB