Looking for a twist on Family Game Night? Two events on Friday can help by bringing the fun and games outdoors. Orange County Great Park invites families to take part in Friday Night Lawn Games, where croquet, bocce ball, ladder ball, and other favorites are set up on the Balloon Lawn for all to enjoy. Also that evening, the City of Santa Monica's Pop Up Park Night offers cornhole, disc golf, tug of war, and other games at Clover Park.
Thursday marks the start of two action hero-packed events: Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego and the last Southern California run of Marvel Universe Live in Anaheim. Of course, Comic-Con doesn't just feature action heroes; it's a four-day celebration of comic books, movies, TV, video games, anime, and other pop-culture phenomena. Many revelers come decked out in wildly imaginative costumes that give Halloween some serious competition, making for an extravagant show within a show. As for the Marvel event, families can watch Spider-Man and the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight evil.
Once you check out our picks for the week, head over to the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and monthly GoList to help plan some more fun for the family.
Finally, sungazing that won't hurt your eyes. Don't try this at home, kids! Photo via Bigstock
Monday, July 17
See Sunspots Through Solar Telescopes with the Sidewalk Astronomers – Sylmar
The Sidewalk Astronomers set up special telescopes outside the Sylmar Library to safely view sunspots on the surface of the sun.
Kids' Week – Pasadena
SoCal's oldest and largest independent bookstore, Vroman's celebrates Kids' Week with arts, crafts, classes, and games. The theme for Monday's kickoff is Brain Quest Day.
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Tuesday, July 18
Moonlight Movies on the Beach, Granada Beach – Long Beach
Families are invited to enjoy free movies under the stars at Granada Beach in the Belmont Shore area; Tuesday's offering is The Breakfast Club.
Movies on the Green – Glendale
The Americana at Brand screens Movies on the Green, Tuesdays through August 1. This week's feature is the 2017 live-action Beauty and the Beast, and the admission price includes food. Check out these other free summer movie series.
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Plain White T’s performed at the Grove's 2016 Summer Concert Series. Photo by Tiffany Rose for Caruso
Wednesday, July 19
Summer Concert Series – Fairfax District
Gin Blossoms and Letters to Cleo perform as part of The Grove's (free!) Summer Concert Series.
Animal Soul Art Installation – Downtown Los Angeles
The unique art installation Animal Soul, a collection of 25-foot, internally-lit, inflatable sculptures based on artist Jason Hackenwerth’s otherworldly balloon designs, continues on the Plaza Level of FIGat7th through Saturday, July 22.
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Superheroes of all stripes show up at Comic Con. Photo by Kevin Green courtesy of San Diego Comic Con
Thursday, July 20
Comic Con 2017 – San Diego
The famous, wildly popular event brings fans together with stars and creators of comic books, shows, anime, and other pop cultural phenomena for panel discussions, autograph sessions, presentations, and shared enthusiasm for the genre.
Marvel Universe Live – Anaheim
Honda Center is the last Southland stop of Marvel Universe Live's Age of Heroes, featuring iconic heroes and villains. The Orange County run is Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23.
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Chill out at Pop Up Park Night in Clover Park. Photo by Kristina Sado courtesy of City of Santa Monica
Friday, July 21
Friday Night Lawn Games – Irvine
Orange County Great Park adds favorite and classic lawn games to the summer fun. All games are set up and played on the Balloon Lawn.
City of Santa Monica Pop Up Park Night – Santa Monica
As part of its Park and Recreation Month, Santa Monica offers a Pop Up Park Night at Clover Park, where families can enjoy playing disc golf, tug of war, and other games.
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Top photo courtesy of Orange County Great Park