Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids

6 Things To Do This Weekend in Los Angeles

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This weekend, it’s all about museums.  Choose from an outdoor event held at the Autry or special family events held at museums throughout the southland.

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Hammer Projects: Joseph Holtzman, June 6-Sept 20, 2015. Installation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Hammer Projects: Joseph Holtzman, June 6-Sept 20, 2015. Installation at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Close Encounters: Design Collective
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Bring the family to the Hammer Museum on Sunday, August 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm to participate in “Close Encounters.” This free event is geared for kids 5 and up. When it comes to art, there’s a lot to consider, including how the art is made and how it is exhibited. Families are invited to examine the art and then create their own together while they interact with artist Joel Otterson.


Summer Nights in the Garden
Natural History Museum – Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Friday, August 21st from 5 to 9 p.m. is the last installment of Summer Nights in the Garden. Awaken your senses with great music, garden-inspired cocktails, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks, and more. Admission is free. It’s too late to rsvp, but additional tickets will be available at the door.
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Odd Nights at the Autry
Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Dr., Los Angeles, CA  90027
Friday night, August 21st, the Autry hosts “Odd Nights,” a free family-friendly event. The event features live music, shopping, food, arts and crafts, as well as a special kids area. More than 200 vendor booths are expected. The festivities start at 6:00 pm and continue until 11:00 pm.


Saturday Science at the Columbia Memorial Science Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
On Saturday, August 22nd, the Columbia Memorial Science Center invites families to its Saturday Science activities! Special activities are scheduled for 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm and are suitable for children ages 7 and up. 1:00 pm presentations are suitable for all ages. Kids will be exposed to different science presentations and activities which are all included in the Center’s $5 admission price (children 3 and younger are free).


Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103
On Sunday, August 23rd, it’s Art Day at Kidspace Children’s Museum! Let your budding artists explore art in various forms at this daylong event. Children can channel their inner Michelangelo by painting an improvised ceiling. They can also explore weaving, sculpture, dance, and help contribute to a large collaborative nature collage. The museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Cow Bop
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049
The Skirball Cultural Center invites families to enjoy special performances on Sunday, August 23rd at 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.  Cow Bop will be performing as part of the Skirball’s Family Amphitheater Performances. Cow Bop is described as a mix between “cowboy jazz and western be-bop.” The musicians are Southern California locals and are sure to provide a good time with their “swinging grooves, thrilling riffs, sweet and hot vocals, and western sensibilities.” The performance is included with the price of admission ($5 for children ages 2-12, $7 for students and children over 12, $10 for general admission).

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Wendy is a freelance writer who finds inspiration in her nine-year-old son and from her experiences from her twelve-year teaching career. Her writing has appeared in several publications and anthologies, both in print and online. She prefers sunflowers to roses and thinks chocolate is okay at any meal. You can find her at

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