9 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
It’s the last weekend before Los Angeles Unified Schools resume on Tuesday. And there are lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids. Get outside and enjoy some live music or a family-friendly film, learn about sharks, celebrate our planet’s largest land animal, the elephants, and more!
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Friday Night Music
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Farmers Market invites families to enjoy live musical performances on Friday, August 11th (and every Friday through September 1st) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Each week, a different musical genre is featured including soul, swing, Brazilian, Latin jazz, and more. This Friday, the Bill Watrous Quartet and Robe Stoneback are scheduled to perform.
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates Shark Week all week long through Saturday, August 12th (from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm). A variety of daily activities are planned including the chance to get up close with shark specimens (including shark teeth and real shark skin), arts and crafts, scavenger hunts, and more. Certain activities are planned for certain days so be sure to check the website for a schedule of events.
SMPL at the Beach
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402
On Friday, August 11th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Santa Monica Public Library hosts its seaside pop-up location at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Special activities include birdwatching with the Santa Monica Audubon Society, story time, a nautical craft, and a steel drumming performance at 12:00 pm.
Movies in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets
Washington Middle School
716 E. LaHabra Blvd., La Habra, CA
The city of La Habra hosts “Movies in the Park” at various La Habra locations. On Friday, August 11th, Washington Middle School is the place for families to enjoy The Secret Life of Pets. Movies begin at dusk, and refreshments will be available for sale. Families are encouraged to bring their own blankets and/or low chairs.
World Elephant Day Celebration
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Los Angeles Zoo is celebrating World Elephant Day all weekend long, on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Families will learn incredible facts about the largest land animals on our planet including ways in which people around the world are working to help keep our planet’s elephants safe! In addition, there will be a “Health Check-Up Station” where Zoo volunteers will “examine” a child’s stuffed elephant (or any stuffed animal) and issue certificates of health. (So don’t forget to bring a favorite cuddly friend to the Zoo). A variety of special events are planned including crafts, barn tours, the chance to learn about the differences between African and Asian elephants, and more. Check the website for more information. General Zoo admission is $21 for those ages 13-61 and $16 for children 2-12. Children under two are free.
Street Food Cinema – Monsters, Inc.
Syd Kronenthal Park
3459 McManus Ave., Culver City, CA 90232
Enjoy a fun, family movie at the Syd Kronenthal Park in Culver City on Saturday, August 12th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the band performs at 6:30 pm, and then at 8:30 sit back and enjoy an outdoor viewing of Monsters, Inc. Ticket information is available online.
Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Promenade Terrace)
9390 N. Santa Monica, CA 90210
On Sunday, August 13th from5:00 pm to 6:45 pm, families can participate in a fun, free introduction to Hip-Hop as part of Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends. This free event will get your heart rate up and is guaranteed to bring some smiles and laughs.
Independent Shakespeare Co. Griffith Park Festival
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Old Zoo in Griffith Park
(for GPS Purposes you can use this address — 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027) be sure to check the website for detailed directions
Families are invited to a production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona now through September 3rd. All performances begin at 7:00 pm. The production is described as “one of Shakespeare’s brightest plays, this coming-of-age comedy features rockabilly music, swing dancing, and a dog named Crab.” All performances are free, though donations are gratefully accepted. No reservations are necessary. Families are asked to only use low-seat beach chairs, dress in layers for maximum comfort, enjoy picnics, and remember to bring bug spray and sunscreen. A concessions tent will be on-site as well.
San Pedro Meets Wilmington
On Sunday, August 13th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, families are invited to participate in the latest CicLAvia route — San Pedro Meets Wilmington. If you’re not familiar with CicLAvia, it’s a non-car event where streets are only open for cyclists, pedestrians, and runners. It’s not a race, so families can explore the community at their own pace. You can enter and exit anywhere along the route. Check the website for information about the route and safety tips.