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8 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

There are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend. Get outside and enjoy a movie or a concert, stay inside and make some art, and more. Learn about sharks at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, attend a story time at the Fowler Museum, enjoy a concert at the Getty Center, and much more!

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Story Time: Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Fowler Museum hosts a special story time on the first and third Friday of each month. Story time begins at 11:30 am, and on Friday, August 3rd, families will enjoy a reading of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. After the reading, children will “learn which artworks come from the same countries as tigers before creating your own Mr. Tiger during a guided art-making workshop.” (Parking is $3/hour; $12 maximum per day).

Hot Wheels Garage
Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245

Enjoy the Hot Wheels Garage event at the Automobile Driving Museum on Saturday, August 4th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. See life-size Hot Wheels cars, participate in races, get your face painted, make some arts and crafts, enjoy carnival rides, and more. Ice cream sundaes will be available for $2 in the Museum’s 1950’s themed ice cream parlor. Admission is free for children 10 and younger. Adult admission is $10, seniors are $8, and children ages 11-17 are $5. (This month’s charity is spcaLA — families are encouraged to bring dog/cat food in exchange for a raffle ticket).

Kids’ Classics Summer Movie Series: Toy Story
The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010

Families can watch the always enjoyable Toy Story at the legendary Wiltern on Sunday, August 5th. The movie starts at 3:00 pm, and doors open at 2:30 pm.  Get there early to take advantage of photo ops, face painting, and coloring stations. Refreshments will be available for sale as well. Tickets are $12 for ages 10 and up; $7 for ages 3-9, and children under 3 are free. Tickets are available online.

Garden Concerts for Kids: Jazzy Ash
The Getty Center
N. Sepulveda Blvd. and Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Getty Center invites families to one of its “Garden Concerts for Kids” happening on Saturday, August 4th and Sunday, August 5th at 4:00 pm each day. This free event features Jazzy Ash and her band the Leaping Lizards. Enjoy songs that “celebrate the magic of movement, with a lot of sugar and sass thrown in, New Orleans-style.”

20th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival and Parade
Placita Olvera
425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Enjoy the 20th Annual Taste of Ecuador Food Festival and Parade happening on Sunday, August 5th from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This free, family-friendly event features dance groups, Ecuadorian crafts, folklore customs, carnival games, and more. The parade starts at 11:00 am.

La Habra Corn Festival
El Centro Lions Park
Cypress and Erna Streets, La Habra, CA

The La Habra Corn Festival is happening all weekend long from Friday, August 3rd through Sunday, August 5th. This free event features food, music, games, rides, live entertainment, a market place, and more. A parade is scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 am.

Shark Week 2018
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

Shark Week 2018 begins on Sunday, August 5th and continues through Saturday, August 11th (from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day) at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. (There are no activities on Monday, August 6th because the Aquarium is closed). Each day children will enjoy a variety of shark-themed crafts and activities including scavenger hunts, shark stories, and the chance to get up close with shark specimens such as shark skin, shark teeth, and shark egg cases. Check the website for a schedule of each day’s events. Suggested donation is $5 for each adult and $1 for children and seniors.

The Robot Show
Museum of Art History (MOAH)
665 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, CA 93534

The Robot Show opens at the Museum of Art History on Saturday, August 4th with a special opening reception from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm and will be on exhibit until September 30th. This special exhibition is made up of “eight exhibitions exploring the place robots, and other forms of artificial intelligence, have in a contemporary social landscape – from popular culture to nature to spirituality.” In the main gallery, families will view the work of Dave Pressler, considered to be one of the most “prolific robot artists in the world.”



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