You’ve been to the beach already, you have seen the movies, and you have watched endless hours of TV shows that seem to have been written by someone even younger than the kids eagerly watching it. Need to get out?
Here are some activities for you to try in the Valley this weekend:
1) Summer tends to bring out two kinds of people: Campers and Non Campers. But, there’s an event that can reach across the aisle and join the two…convenient, low pressure camping with the GREAT AMERICAN BACKYARD CAMPOUT! On June 28th thousands of people across the country will camp in their backyards or parks while helping the National Wildlife Federation promote their mission: “Get Kids Outside”. Visit www.nwf.org for info on how to take part in this nationwide event and to sign the “Pledge to Campout for Wildlife”. Make sure you sign, because the NWF Board will donate $2 to support the organization’s wildlife work for each person who participates. Backyard camping is the best way to introduce kids and non campers to the joys of sleeping outside-clean bathrooms, easy packing, and you can’t beat the commute.
2) There’s always a great family evening out when you include the Bard. That’s Shakespeare, my friends. The Independent Shakespeare Company starts its summer runs of 12th Night and Taming of the Shrew at the Griffith Park Old Zoo. The shows are offered Thursday through Sunday evenings and there are added specialty shows added in there to keep the kids happy too. It’s a great location and picnic ready, which helps to keep the kids interested when the language gets…Shakespeary… Visit www.iscla.org for the schedule and keep in mind, it’s FREE. Just the way William himself would have wanted it.
3) Needing to feel a little peace, love, and rock and roll? Bet you will feel so groovy, man, at the PEACE, EARTH, AND ROCK N‘ ROLL FESTIVAL this Saturday the 28th at the Malibu Vital Zuman Organic Farm. Art, music, and veggies all for a very peaceful price of absolutely free admission and parking! Featuring music by: Freaks of a Feather, Jr. Lightspace, with special appearances by Bob Waters, Silke Berlinn, and the Addictions, Karma Dealers, and Lenny Goldsmith The New and Old. The festival runs from 11-6 and is full of fun for all ages. It’s at 29127 PCH in Malibu which I know isn’t the Valley…but a free event in a cool farm atmosphere? I feel the love for that…man…
4) Friday nights don’t have to be just collapsing on the couch after a long week of juggling kids/work/spouse/fitness/healthyeating/tweeting/onlyhavingdowntimewhileyouarestuckintraffic. If you are in the Westlake Village Area you can take the whole family for some Art Projects that will give you a quiet activity together that might even start your weekend off right. It’s from 4-5 at the Westlake Village Library, and you can call (818) 865-9230 for details. Who knows, you might even check out a book and do quiet reading too! That will help with the decompression, I promise.
5) Something that can fill a ton of summer hours with kids? Make your own movie! Sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. Most of you have iPhones, right? So record a movie with your kids, let them create the plot, costumes, and characters and even do the filming. Then teach your kids (and yourself) how to do basic editing on a simple program like iMovie. Add music, and voila-a summer project that you will all get excited about! My 5 year old and his friends made a superhero movie that I SWEAR will be hitting the festival circuit soon.
You can always get more LA Kids Activities by following me on Twitter @nickerberger and checking out the hashtag #buzzLA. Also check out my show “The Buzz” at www.cityofcalabasas.com or on Channel 3 in the West Valley. I’ll be back next week with more fun family activities!