12 things to do with kids in May 2017

Phillip Dane

Beach weather is here, but the school year hasn’t ended quite yet. If you’re looking for fun, kid-friendly ideas this month and a simple trip to the playground won’t do, keep your tot occupied with these 22 things to do with kids in April.

May 7
Mad Science Sundays; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Get messy in the slime kitchen, take part in dry ice experiments and catch a mad scientist presentation during this kid-science series.

May 7
SoCal Moms Great Big Family Play Day; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

Partake in games, face painting, character meet-and-greets, crafts and music from Lisa Loeb as the SoCal Moms festival returns to the Autry.

May 12
National Public Gardens Day at the Getty; Gety Center and Villa

Stroll through the spectacular gardens at both Getty locations with guided tours of their flowery grounds.

May 14–Sept 10
Extreme Mammals; Natural History Museum

Brush up on 200 million years of mammalian evolution at this touring exhibition of unusual and odd fossilized creatures.

Through May 14
Into the Woods; Ahmanson Theatre

Take a journey into the woods with classic fairytale characters, and new ones, and find out what happens when wishes do come true. Note: Recommended for ages 10 and up.

May 20
East L.A. Comic-Con; El Gallo Plaza

Attend a homegrown celebration of comic books at this inaugural East L.A. pop-culture gathering.

Through May 21
Renaissance Pleasure Faire; Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area

Prepareth thy schedules and costumes for the final weeks of the oldest Ren Faire in the country, with plenty of performances and jousting.

Through May 19
Wild for the Planet; Los Angeles Zoo

Learn how to make a positive impact on the environment during an interactive puppet show and listen to special conservation-themed zookeeper talks and animal feedings.

May 27–29
Fiesta Hermosa; Downtown Hermosa Beach

Bring your beach gear, and roam the 400 vendor stalls plus carnival rides and petting zoo at this Memorial Day weekend block party.

May 27–29
Wild Art Weekend; Kidspace Children’s Museum

Paint a landscape, make an animal mask and discover vibrant patterns within nature during this artsy exploration of the great outdoors.

Through Sept 4
Butterfly Pavilion; Natural History Museum

Wander around the Natural History Museum’s seasonal pavilion as hundreds of free-flying moths and butterflies flutter overhead.

Free museum days; Various locations

Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.

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