May GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Family Events and Activities Los Angeles & Orange County April 2013

The weekends of May are packed with activity; there's Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and that one weekend without a holiday. There are parades, festivals, shows, and people eating bugs. With so much going on, it's easy to miss something. To help you keep track, here's a list of the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening this month. We'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily, and it's a good idea to make sure our weekly recommendations arrive in your inbox, but we figured you'd appreciate some advance notice on these May favorites.

Free Comic Book Day - Everywhere
May 5, 2018
You walk into a comic book store, they give you a free comic book. What's not to love?

Venice Cinco de Mayo Parade and Festival - Venice
May 5, 2018
A parade down Lincoln Boulevard is not something you see every day of the week. Follow it along, and you can spend the rest of the afternoon at the festival in Oakwood Park—or duck out and celebrate on the patio at La Cabaña with margarita in hand. We won't tell!

Mommy Poppins Day at Giggles 'n' Hugs - Glendale & Canoga Park
May 7, 2018
We are teaming up with LA's top playspace and family restaurant to offer free playdates at both Giggles 'n' Hugs locations as an early Mother's Day gift. Not only is playing free for our guests—we're also treating you to a coffee, cupcake, or (wait for it) mimosa as well! Space is limited, so plan ahead.

Stars on Ice - Anaheim
May 12, 2018
Some of the biggest names in figure skating (including most of the 2018 bronze medal Olympic team) play the Southland for just one night of solid gold skating. Never seen the show? Our review from previous years explains why it's so much fun.

Stars on Ice performers Madison Chock & Evan Bates. Photo by Sharon Sipple

Rocket Launch - Huntington Beach
May 12, 2018
Once a year the Boeing Campus turns into a launch pad for hundreds of kid-created rockets. Families are encouraged to experiment with design, and Discovery Cube volunteers will keep launching them, offering a prize for the longest flight.

Grunion Fish-tival San Pedro
May 17, 2018
If you haven't done a late night grunion adventure before (or even if you have), this annual event is a great introduction to the SoCal tradition. The Cabrillo Aquarium offers even more activities than usual to prep kids during the wait, and the guided walk to the beach is the most reliable grunion-spotting mission around.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire - Irwindale
Through May 20, 2018
Hear ye, hear ye! The Renaissance Faire wraps up another season of jousting, juggling, and good old fashioned fun.

Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Festival - Agoura Hills
May 20, 2018
We dare you to keep your toes from tapping when Paramount Ranch plays host to the annual old-time, blue grass, folk song, folk dancing, and crafts festival.

Learn all about those creepy crawly bugs. Photo by Mario de Lopez courtesy of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Bug Fair Downtown
May 19-20, 2018
There are bugs are everywhere! No need to call the exterminator; it's Bug Fair, the Natural History Museum's annual celebration of things winged and creepy-crawly - and the biggest bug festival in North America.

Museums of the Arroyo Day - Pasadena -> Downtown
May 20, 2018
Museums of the Arroyo Day treats LA families to free admission at five local museums: Heritage Square, Pasadena Museum of History, Gamble House, the Lummis Home, and the Los Angeles Police Museum.

Scottish Fair & Highland Games - Costa Mesa
May 26-27, 2018
Also known as Scotsfest, the annual festival of Celtic entertainment, food, and Highland games is a two-day event showcasing the best of the Scottish and Celtic heritage. Bagpipes are a given.

Photo courtesy of the Valley Greek Festival

Valley Greek Festival - Northridge
May 26-28, 2018
It's all Greek to them, and that inspires this annual cultural event replete with live music, dancing, epic amounts of food, cooking demonstrations, children's activities, and a Greek market.

Fiesta Hermosa - Hermosa Beach
May 26-28, 2018
Ah, summer is hermosa (that's beautiful, in case you never knew), so it's fitting that every year Hermosa Beach rings the summer in and out with a long weekend of family fun all over town.

La Cañada Fiesta Days - La Cañada
May 25-28, 2018
La Canada's Memorial Day weekend celebration includes a community breakfast, live music, a BBQ, a family film, and fireworks - followed by a grand parade down Foothill Boulevard.


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