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Best Things to Do This Weekend With Kids In Los Angeles Aug 19-21

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Every Weekend there are amazing Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids! We’ve curated a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting family events in Los Angeles this weekend – so you can have the best time together!

We’ll update this page every week so be sure to come back and see what great kids events we have coming up for the weekend in Los Angeles and Southern California. We are your source for the Best Things to do in LA with Kids!

Whether you have Toddlers or Teens (or any kids in between), this list will give you great ideas for family fun this weekend! We work hard to add things to do we think you’ll enjoy.

This Weekend (and Every Weekend) in Los Angeles, you’ll find so many options on our list:

  • Things to do all over SoCal – not just in one part of LA
  • Things to do that are free, low-cost, and some that are pricey
  • Things to do for babies, toddlers, and families with Tweens and Teens
  • Things to do for the Whole Family!
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Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids August 19-21, 2022

There are lots of fun things to do with your kids this weekend, August 19th – August 21st. Go on a Family Night Hike at The Arboretum, attend the 2022 BBQ Music Fest in Fountain Valley, enjoy an outdoor movie at the beach, participate in CicLAvia – Meet the Hollywoods, and much more. 

Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898–1971
The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, 6067 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles 90036

Opening this Sunday, August 21st and on view through April 9, 2023, this amazing and ambitious explores the achievements and challenges of Black filmmakers in the US in both independent production and the studio system—in front of the camera and behind it—from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s to the early 1970s. The exhibition’s opening day will feature a dance workshop and performances by Nicholas Dance Studio, art-making activities, a curator conversation, and photo opportunities on the black carpet! (All workshops are free to attend.)

Regeneration will also feature contemporary artworks referencing the impact of the legacy of Black filmmaking and AR elements designed for the exhibition. The exhibition will be accompanied by a range of film screenings, including world premieres of films newly restored by the Academy Film Archive, an interactive microsite with supplemental content, a robust curriculum to engage high school students and teachers, and a fully illustrated catalogue featuring the writing of leading filmmakers, scholars and the co-curators. It’s a must-see exhibit and we highly recommend it.

818 Day: A San Fernando Valley Celebration
Westfield Topanga & The Village
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park, CA 91303

818 Day: A San Fernando Valley Celebration begins Thursday, August 18th (8/18) and continues through Sunday, August 21st. This special event highlights the “San Fernando Valley community from its amazing business to its historic and one-of-a-kind locations.” In partnership with My Valley Pass and the Valley Relics Museum celebrations include a Family Fun Arcade, a Pop Culture Mini Museum, live music, and more! Check the website for a schedule of events and be sure to register online for this free event. 

Roadium Presents: Gone in 60 Seconds
The Roadium Drive-In
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance, CA

On Friday,August 19th enjoy an outdoor screening of Gone in 60 Seconds. Gates open at 7:00 pm, and the movie starts after sunset (around 8:15 pm). An on-site snack bar offers a variety of concession items. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

Dance DTLA 2022: Disco  
Jerry Moss Plaza – The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 

On Friday,August 19th, from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, you’re invited to dance under the stars and city lights of downtown LA! All ages are invited to enjoy free dance lessons as part of Dance DTLA. On August 19th, the series focuses on Disco with instructor Andy Vaca and music provided by DJ Dirty Dave. You can reserve your spot online.

Beach Movie Night: The Boss Baby 2: Family Business
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Enjoy a free, family-friendly movie at the beach on Friday, August 19th. Bring blankets and then sit back and enjoy an outdoor showing of The Boss Baby 2: Family Business “on the sand, by the waves, and under the stars at the Dockweiler Youth Center.” The movie starts at 8 pm. No tickets are required, but families are encouraged to RSVP online. (The movie is rated PG.)

Movies in the Park: Spider-Man: No Way Home
El Centro Park
320 E. Erna St., La Habra, CA

The City of La Habra is hosting Movies in the Park: Spider-Man: No Way Home on Friday, August 19th. Movies begin at dusk, but come early for fun pre-movie activities and the chance to win some giveaways. A snack bar will be available. Don’t forget to bring your blankets and chairs. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

PCH Movies and Moonlight: The Boss Baby 2: Family Business
2nd and PCH
6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

On Friday, August 19th, families are invited to 2nd and PCH to enjoy an outdoor screening of the animated film The Boss Baby 2: Family Business. Pre-show entertainment as well as meet-and-greets with the Boss Baby are planned for 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The movie begins at sunset. This is a free event; self-seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. (The movie is rated PG.)

Summer Concerts
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
northwest corner of Macarthur Park 
W. 6th Street and S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 

Free Summer Concerts are planned all weekend long at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles. Concerts are scheduled for Friday, August 19th (7 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, August 20th (7 pm to 10 pm), and Sunday, August 21st (4 pm to 7 pm). Different musical genres will be performing. Concerts will also be held on weekends throughout the summer. Details are available online. 

2022 BBQ Music Fest
Fountain Valley Sports Park
16400 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708

The 2022 BBQ Music Fest is happening this weekend, Friday, August 19th (5 pm to 11 pm), Saturday, August 20th (12 pm to 11 pm), and Sunday, August 21st (12 pm to 8 pm). This three-day BBQ Extravaganza features live entertainment, dance lessons, local artisans, carnival rides and games, a children’s area with magic shows and balloon twisting, delicious barbecue, and more. Details and ticket information are available online. 

Electric Dusk Drive-In
236 N. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91203

Electric Dusk Drive-In is showing Superhero movies all weekend long. On Friday, August 19th there is an 8:30 pm showing of Morbius (rated PG-13). On Saturday, August 20th there is an 8:30 pm showing of Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness (rated PG-13). And on Sunday, August 21st there is an 8:30 pm showing of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (rated PG). Concession stand favorites will be available on-site. Tickets are available online. 

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
El Capitan Theatre
6838 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028

This weekend, families are invited to the El Capitan Theatre for special screenings of the animated classic Beauty and the Beast. Before the movie, families will have the chance to see Belle live on stage! Multiple showtimes are offered for Friday, August 19th, Saturday, August 20th, and Sunday, August 21st. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated G.)

41st Annual Wings Over Camarillo
Camarillo Airport
555 Airport Way, Camarillo, CA 

Wings Over Camarillo, “the premier air show on the central coast of California,” is happening on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st. The festivities include an air show, a classic car show, a WWII reenactment camp, a STEM Pavilion, and much more. Gates open at 9 am each day. A schedule of events as well as ticket information are available online. 

Nisei Week Japanese Festival
Little Tokyo District of Downtown LA

Nisei Week Japanese Festival concludes this weekend, and there is still a lot happening. On Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st the festivities include cultural exhibits, Taiko drum performances, food, a closing ceremony, and more. Check the website for a schedule of the Festival’s events. 

DOGust Birthday Celebration
Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90094

“Celebrate DOGust, the universal birthday for shelter dogs,” at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace on Saturday, August 20th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. “Bring your pups to a birthday bash, where every dog is the guest of honor.” The “pawty” includes lots of fun activities, as well as vendors, food trucks, and more. Additionally, guests are encouraged to help make the day extra special by donating supplies for “the pups still waiting for their forever homes in our partner shelters.” Registration for this free event, as well as details about the donation wishlist, are available online. 

Making Scents of the Ancient World: Perfumes of Persia
Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

On Saturday, August 20th from 11 am to 3 pm, families are invited to participate in Making Scents of the Ancient World: Perfumes of Persia. “Learn more about the history of perfume making, then use your nose (and imagination) to create your own scent inspired by the aromatics of ancient Persia in this free, drop-in workshop.” Free tickets are available online. 

Drop-In Workshops for Families 
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is hosting a Drop-In Workshop for Families on Saturday, August 20th from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The workshop will focus on film stars and themes from the Museum’s newest exhibition, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898-1971, which opens to the public on Sunday, August 21st. Families will have the chance to create your own button designs and postcards. Details and reservation information are available online. 

Family Matinee: The Aristocats
New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Enjoy a special family matinee showing of the 1970 Disney film The Aristocats on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at 2:00 pm each day. “Meet the cats who know where it’s at … for fun, music and adventure in a purr-fectly wonderful cartoon extravaganza screening in vibrant I.B. Technicolor 35 mm!” Families will also be treated to a “bonus I.B. Technicolor short The Whale Who Wanted to Sing at the Met (1946).” Tickets are available online.

Garden Concerts for Kids: Jazzy Ash & Red Yarn
Getty Center – Central Garden
1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Come to the Getty Garden Concerts for Kids: Jazzy Ash and Red Yarn happening on Saturday, August 20th and Sunday, August 21st at 4 pm each day. “Acclaimed family jazz performer Jazzy Ash and folksinger and puppeteer Red Yarn team up to celebrate the release of their lively new EP, Sing Together. Their new songs blend jazz, folk, soul, country, and early rock into a playful, varied sound.” Free tickets are available online.

Phineas Banning Birthday Celebration
Banning Museum
401 E. M Street, Wilmington, CA 90744

Visit the Banning Museum on Saturday, August 20th from 5 pm to 8 pm for the Phineas Banning Birthday Celebration. “Celebrate the ‘Father of Los Angeles Harbor’ with live country and classic rock music,” line dance lessons, delicious barbecue, and more. Ticket information is available online. (Kids under 12 are free.)

Indigenous Dance Demonstration 
Rancho Sierra Vista – Satwiwa
Potrero Rd and Via Goleta, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320

Go for a drive to the Satwiwa Native American Indian Culture Center on Saturday, August 20th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. This special program features Kathy Willcuts and Steven Garcia performing “various Native American dances, including Northern Traditional and shawl dancing. They will discuss certain items that are part of their regalia and give personal insight to their tribal history and connections.” No reservations are required for this free event.  

CineMalibu: Sing 2
Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 

You’re invited to an outdoor screening of Sing 2 on Saturday, August 20th. While the movie starts at sunset, pre-movie activities — such as arts and crafts, giveaways, and special guests — begin one hour before. Don’t forget to bring chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on-site as well. (The movie is rated PG.)

Chinatown Summer Nights
943-951 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 

Chinatown Summer Nights is happening on Saturday, August 20th from 5:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. At this special event — “part food event, part summer party” — families will “taste the many culinary offerings of Chinatown and LA’s gourmet food trucks; sample the neighborhood’s wares; watch Chinese chefs perform cooking demonstrations; experience large-scale, outdoor video projections; take part in hands-on Chinese cultural activities,” and much more. 

Family Night Hike: Bumpy, Fuzzy, Smelly
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA

The Arboretum invites families to its Family Night Hike happening on Saturday, August 20th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. During this family-friendly event, participants will learn about the different adaptations plants have and, “we are going to take a look at some of the strangest, the bumpiest, fuzziest, and smelliest plants in the collection and find out how these fancy adornments help them survive.” Registration information is available online. 

Outdoor Movie: Cruella
Warner Ranch Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney’s Cruella on Saturday, August 20th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. Don’t forget to bring chairs and/or blankets and, of course, some movie snacks! Tickets for this free event are available online. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

Movies in the Park: Encanto
Recreation Park
620 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia, CA

The City of Monrovia is hosting a Movie in the Park on Saturday, August 20th. Pack a picnic, your chairs and a picnic blanket, and settle in for a fun outdoor showing of the animated film Encanto. The movie starts at dusk. (The movie is rated PG.)

Street Food Cinema: Guardians of the Galaxy
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Street Food Cinema is screening Guardians of the Galaxy on Saturday, August 20th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the band begins performing at 6:45 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Food trucks will also be on-site. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

Street Food Cinema: Grease: Olivia Newton-John Charity Tribute
LA State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Street Food Cinema is also hosting a very special screening of Grease: Olivia Newton-John Charity Tribute on Saturday, August 20th. “Celebrate Olivia Newton-John, her music and most iconic role as ‘Sandy’ in Grease to benefit the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund. This special outdoor screening of Grease will include an Olivia Dance Party featuring her greatest hits.” Doors open at 5:30 pm, music starts at 7:00 pm, and the movie begins at 8:30 pm. Tickets are available online.

The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves: A Night With Chiquis
Music Center – Jerry Moss Plaza
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 

The Music Center’s Summer SoundWaves “reflects the diversity of Latin music, from Mexican folk music and Afro Latin Jazz to Cuban rap, spoken work and Latin Pop hits.” On Saturday, August 20th at 8:00 pm enjoy a performance featuring Chiquis, “one of the top female Regional Mexican recording artists.”  Tickets are available online. (Up to 4 free child tickets – under the age of 12 – with the purchase of one adult ticket.)

Rooftop Cinema Club
1310 E. Franklin Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Rooftop Cinema’s El Segundo location is screening a few family-friendly films this weekend. On Saturday, August 20th, Sing 2 (rated PG) will be shown at 1:00 pm. And on Sunday, August 21st there is a 12:30 pm showing of Disney’s Encanto (rated PG). Cinema snacks are available for purchase on-site. Tickets are available online.

CicLAvia – Meet the Hollywoods

On Sunday, August 21st from 9 am to 4 pm, CicLAvia comes to Hollywood and West Hollywood. If you’re not familiar with CicLAvia, it’s a non-car event where streets are only open for participants to walk, jog, ride, bike, run, skate, and skateboard. All ages and all abilities are invited to participate. There is no starting point and no finishing line — you can enter and exit anywhere along the route. Check the website for information about the route and safety tips.

Sunday Sessions 2022
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Grand Park is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and families are invited to Sunday Sessions 2022, a ““free outdoor summer dance party” happening on Sunday, August 21st from 3 pm to 8 pm. “Grand Park brings the best House music artists to L.A.’s central gathering place to relive the memories, praise the art makers and connect members of the community with dance and music as a centerpiece.” Check the website for details.

Music in the Park Summer Series
Memorial Park
1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 

The City of La Cañada Flintridge invites families to enjoy a concert on Sunday, August 21st from 6 pm to 8 pm as part of its Music in the Park Summer Series. (Concerts will be held each Sunday through September 4th). Pack a picnic, bring some lawn chairs, and sit back and relax while you enjoy a concert under the stars! On the 21st, Wheelhouse will be performing current pop tunes. 

Concerts in the Park
Polliwog Park Amphitheater
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The City of Manhattan Beach will be hosting Concerts in the Park on Sunday, August 21st and continuing each Sunday until September 4th. Concerts are held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. On the 21st, Psychedelic Summer “creates the vibe and music that epitomized the late 60s to late 70s music scene.” Pack a picnic and get ready for an evening of good music and good times. Seating is first come, first served.

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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).