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With summer quickly approaching events around town are featuring outdoor fun for the kids, ice cream and, of course, bicycles. This is also a great time to explore space with NASA’s annual open house. Or for the grown-ups, venture to Los Feliz for a entertaining evening of broadway quality performances in a cabaret setting with great food and wine.

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Wednesday June 6

12:00 PM
Dreyers Slow Churned Light Ice Cream with Brooke Burke to Celebrate Operation Smile

Join Brooke Burke at The Grove for a scoop of ice cream as Dreyer’s kicks-off their “Reason to Smile” campaign. For every “ice cream smile” picture captured and uploaded to Dreyer’s/ Edy’s Facebook page $5.00 http://www.facebook.com/EdysIceCream will be donated to Operation Smile. Dreyer wants to capture 25,000 photos before the end of the summer so that Operation Smile will be able to provide more than 500 reconstructive surgeries for children around the globe suffering from cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities.

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Thursday June 7

7:30 PM

If you are a biking enthusiast this event is for you. Join other bicyclists and biking afficianados for evening of all things bicycles. Pose for a free portrait with your bike; race in the Gold Balloon Sprints, make reflector crafts, strut your stuff down the bicycle runway, check out Bespoke Spokes, and watch bike messenger thriller Quicksilver. While you are at the museum take a moment to check out the Hammer’s Made in L.A. 2012 biennial exhibition. Entrance to the exhibit is free for all event attendees. The event is guest hosted by artist Lisa Anne Auerbach.

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9:00 PM

The hip little Los Feliz hideaway Barre features daily performances in a cabaret setting. This is your chance to see Broadway stars, up and comers and ensemble acts up close. One of the featured performances they host regularly is something they call For the Record, where they bring a director’s soundtrack to life in a theatrical performance. There are multiple dates for the Boogie Nights performances, so check their online schedule for tickets. Songs performed include “Sister Christian,” “Afternoon Delight,” “Brand New Key,” “Jesse’s Girl,” “Wise Up,” “One,” “Boogie Shoes,” “God Only Knows,” “Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now” and more. The performers move about the room, bringing the show to you table side. Dinner is also served. If you are wondeing about the food you should know they are part of Vermont Kitchen & Bar. Sounds like a perfect night out!

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Sunday June 10

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Join the Children’s Nature Institute, the Page Museum and the Natural History Museum at Hancock Park for an afternoon of fun for the family. Featuring music by the Verve Pipe, Randy Kaplan, Rhythm Child and more. The Children’s Nature Institute provides nature education programs for young children eight years of age and younger with an experiential learning environment.

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9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Take the kids for a truly unique space exploration experience as NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs open the doors for the day. The event entitled “Great Journeys” takes visitors, kids and adults, through a hands-on experience including a life-size model of Mars Science Laboratory, the NASA/JPL spacecraft currently bound for Mars and demonstrations from numerous space missions. Visitors will have a chance to explore JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration. The most recent addition to JPL, The Earth Science Center, will show 3-D videos of our home planet and JPL’s Earth science missions.

Laura Gerson loves to discover things about Los Angeles and share them with your family. She blogs about kids’ activities and resources for moms at Mom Angeles.

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