Family seasonal programs

Mom hugging her son

Lakewood's Recreation & Community Services Department puts on a variety of family events throughout the year, including those listed below. 

Check the events calendar or recreation catalog for details.


College Fair

Lakewood's College Fair is held each October at The Centre, 5000 Clark Avenue. 

At the Fair, parents and students (ages 15-22) can speak to representatives from colleges and universities, and get the information needed on admission, testing, transcripts, transfers, enrollment registration, fees and deadlines.

Daddy/Daughter Date Night

This spectacular semi-formal affair is a treasured Lakewood tradition for fathers and daughters (or grandfathers and granddaughters) to enjoy, often returning year after year as the little girls become young ladies.

The evening features a fabulous dinner followed by a night of dance and fun contests, culminating with the coronation of the King and Princess as they take the last dance of the night surrounded by a crowd of emotional cheers and warm smiles.

All guests receive a keepsake Daddy/Daughter photo. 

FUN-Tastic Family Night

FUN-Tastic Family Nights are held on Friday evenings throughout the year at The Centre, 5000 Clark Avenue, Lakewood.

A small fee covers a kid-friendly meal and a fun show featuring a variety of entertainment, including music, puppetry, magic, animals and more.

Check the current flyer.

Mother/Son Date Night

Mothers and sons, grandmothers and grandsons, aunts and nephews are invited out for a fancy dinner spread followed by music from a popular DJ, inviting everyone to hit the dance floor.

Next, families can enjoy fun competitive games all leading up to the coronation of Queen and Prince as they take the spotlight in the final dance of the night.

Each guest receives a keepsake Mother/Son photo.

Mother/Son Mayhem

This active event brings competition and fun to a whole other level for mothers and sons. Before the games begin, guests power up with a yummy meal that fills their tummy and feeds their muscles for the adventure ahead.

Teams are formulated where various mother/son teams face physical and mental challenges in an effort to accrue as many points as possible.

The evening culminates with various prizes and the crowning of the Mother/Son duo! Each guest receives a keepsake Mother/Son photo.

Movie Nights: Under the Stars / Drive-In

Enjoy an evening of free family fun and movie entertainment under the stars.

Movie Nights Under the Stars are held at Monte Verde Park. Guests can bring chairs and a picnic. Check-in begins at 7 p.m. with the movie starting at 8 p.m. Sorry, no pets or alcohol allowed. All current L.A. County Public Health protocols will be followed.

Drive-In Movies at Lakewood Center are held in the parking lot at Lakewood Center. Pack the kids in the car, bring some snacks and blankets, and enjoy a family movie at the drive-in. 

Movie nights are seasonal; check the current catalog for dates and offerings.  

Play at Palms

Play at Palms is a series of monthly family events hosted by the City of Lakewood every second Friday of the month at Palms Park, located at 12305 207th St., Lakewood.

Activities include movies, car shows, live music and other fun activities for the whole family.

Check the current flyer.