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100 days of summer fun in Los Angeles with kids
100 days of summer fun in Los Angeles with kids

Summer is the best time to be in LA. There are so many things to do in Los Angeles with kids including festivals, shows, concerts and free events that you could do something different every day. We want to help you have the best summer ever so we’ve compiled a list with 100 Days of Things to do with Kids in LA this Summer starting on June 1st, 2019.

100 days of summer fun in Los angeles with kids

Saturday, June 1

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

The Automobile Driving Museum is hosting its monthly Hot Wheels Garage on Saturday, June 1st from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Children will see life-size Hot Wheels cars, participate in art projects, enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, racing, games, and more. Admission is free for children 10 and under. Adults are $10 each, children 11-17 are $5. $3 ice cream sundaes, in a 1950’s-themed ice cream parlor, will also be on sale. 

Sunday, June 2

Great Big Family Play Day
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Great Big Family Play Day is considered to be the “ultimate family festival and expo.” Enjoy live entertainment, interactive experiences for children of all ages, food, local businesses, vendors, raffles, and much more. This year’s event is happening on Sunday, June 2nd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket information is available online.

Monday, June 3

LAPD Read Along
Eagle Rock Branch Library
5027 Caspar Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90041

On Monday, June 3rd from 3:00 to 3:30 pm families are invited to bring their children to the Eagle Rock Branch Library for its LAPD Read Along. “The LAPD Read Along is designed to promote literacy and create a positive environment for children to interact with police officers.” 

Tuesday, June 4

Free Family Night
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

The first Tuesday of each month, from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, families are invited to visit Kidspace Children’s Museum for free! On Tuesday, June 4th, families will “explore and experience the natural world through art.” Children will create art and at 6:00 pm, enjoy a performance by percussionist Diana Wallace who “will demonstrate the music and rhythm in instruments made from natural materials.”

Wednesday, June 5

Grunion Run
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites families to a Grunion Run on Wednesday, June 5th from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am. Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of these unique fish. Be sure to wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight. Tickets can be purchased online ($5 for adults; $1 for seniors, students, and children). 

Thursday, June 6

Free Admission Day
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Families are invited to take advantage of Free Admission Day each Thursday at the Skirball Cultural Center. Free Admission Days are a great time to explore the many exhibits at the Skirball. On Thursdays, the Skirball is open from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Click here to read our Guide to the Skirball Cultural Center.

Friday, June 7

Story Time: A Bucket of Blessings
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, June 7th, families will enjoy a reading of A Bucket of Blessings. After the reading, a Museum Educator will lead families on an exploration of the exhibitionIndia’s Subterranean Stepwells while learning how stepwells are used to store water in India. 

Saturday, June 8

World Oceans Day
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Saturday, June 8th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. A variety of family-oriented activities are planned at this free event including arts and crafts, a guided beach walk, scavenger hunts, animal stories, a close-up look at baby animals, and more. 

Sunday, June 9

Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends: Salsa Sunday
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Promenade Terrace)
9390 N. Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Enjoy a fun, free Salsa dance class as part of  Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends on Sunday, June 9th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Join Debbie Allen and choreographer Lyric Cruz at this dance session that is sure to get your heart rate up and is guaranteed to bring some smiles and laughs. All ages and dance levels are welcome to participate.

Monday, June 10

Pacific Theatres Monday Morning Mommy Movies
several locations including
Pacific Theatres Glendale 18 at The Americana at Brand
322 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Pacific Theatres wants to make sure that parents with infants can still get out and watch movies on a big screen. No need to worry about a crying baby during this showing, because you won’t be the only one (though some babies may be crawling, and some may sleep through the whole film). Volume is kept lower and the screening room isn’t as dark. Check with each theatre location to verify the time and movie being shown. On June 10th, The Secret Life of Pets 2 is scheduled. (Most movies begin showing at 11:00 am).

Tuesday, June 11

Free Tuesday
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

On the second Tuesday of each month, The Autry Museum invites families to explore its galleries for free. The Autry celebrates the history, art, and culture of the American West. Families will walk through a number of exhibits that help us get a sense of how things have changed (and remained the same) over the years.The Autry is considered to be the only museum of its kind that combines Western history and cultures with Native American perspectives. You’ll find a number of family-friendly activities, including guided scavenger hunts throughout the museum, panning for “gold,” and sitting on top of a mock-up of a horse and pretending to ride along in a western film! The Museum is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 12

Harkins Theatres Summer Movie Fun
Harkins Theatres Cerritos 16
600 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703

Take advantage of Harkins Theatres Summer Movie Fun; see a family favorite on the big screen at a great price. For ten weeks during the summer, ten different movies will be shown. During the week of June 10-14, families can enjoy the PG-rated film Happy Feet. Movies begin at 9:45 am. Tickets are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the website for a listing for the rest of their summer movie offerings and for ticket information.

Thursday, June 13

Free Admission Afternoon
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

The Long Beach Museum of Art offers free admission each Thursday afternoon after 3:00 pm. (The Museum is open until 8:00 pm on Thursdays). The Long Beach Museum of Art is described as a “community-based organization” that includes a permanent collection as well as changing exhibits. The permanent exhibit includes “more than 3,200 works encompassing 300 years of American and European art in all media.” It’s a relatively small museum which makes it just the right size for kids. 

Friday, June 14

Movies in the Park: Hotel Transylvania 3
Oeste Park
2300 W. Lambert Rd., La Habra, CA

The city of La Habra invites families to enjoy an outdoor screening of the film Hotel Transylvania 3 on Friday, June 14th. Activities begin at 6:00 pm, and the movie begins at dusk. Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs and get ready for a fun family movie night. A snack bar will be available as well.

Saturday, June 15

Street Food Cinema: Shrek
Griffith Park
4670 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families can enjoy an outdoor showing of Shrek on Saturday, June 15th.Doors open at 5:30 pm, live musical performances start at 6:30 pm, and then at 8:30 pm the movie begins. Food trucks will also be on-site. No tickets are available at the door; all tickets should be purchased in advance online. Only a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Ticket information is available online. (The film is rated PG). 

Sunday, June 16

Pasadena Chalk Festival
Paseo Colorado
300 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA

For one weekend each June, the city of Pasadena hosts its annual Chalk Festival. This free, fun-filled event features live music and entertainment, a special Kids Chalkland, the “chalk of fame,” and much more. This year’s event is scheduled for June 15th and 16th.

Monday, June 17

Free LACMA Art Class
Junipero Serra Branch Library
4607 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90037

The whole family is invited to attend a free LACMA Art Class at the Junipero Serra Branch Library on Monday, June 17th at 4:00 pm. Participants will “learn about art and create your very own masterpieces with an artist from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.” 

Tuesday, June 18

Free Admission Day
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

The South Coast Botanic Garden offers free admission on the third Tuesday of each month. Families will stroll through 87 acres, viewing “a wide variety of blooming trees, shrubs, and flowers.” You’ll find a section with California Native Plants, a Desert Garden, a Garden for the Senses, a Children’s Garden and Children’s Discovery Garden, a Mediterranean Garden, and much more. The Garden is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

Wednesday, June 19

Storytime at Vroman’s
Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Each Wednesday (and Saturday) at 10:00 am, Vroman’s Bookstore hosts a special children’s story time. The very popular Mr. Steve hosts story time at “Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore.” 

Thursday, June 20

Free Admission Day
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

On the third Thursday of each month, the Japanese American National Museum invites visitors to explore its galleries and exhibits for free.The mission of the Museum is “to promote understanding and appreciation of American’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.” It is in fact the largest museum in the United States that is dedicated to sharing the experience of those with Japanese ancestry.  The Museum is open 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm each Thursday. 

Friday, June 21

Odd Nights at The Autry
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families are invited to Odd Nights at The Autry on Friday, June 21st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. This fun event features live music, food trucks, vendors, and a special kids area. Certain Museum galleries will also be open. Admission is $5 at the door; kids 12 and under are free. Autry Members are free as well. Tickets may be purchased online in advance.

Saturday, June 22

Story Time
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each Saturday, from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm, kids are invited to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for an ocean-themed story time. Following the reading, there will be a live animal presentation. 

Sunday, June 23

Summer SOULstice
Main Street (from Pico Blvd. to Marine St.), Santa Monica, CA

Summer SOULstice is happening on June 23rd from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm! Celebrate the summer season in Santa Monica with an open-street festival that is closing down Main Street. Enjoy live music on multiple stages; more than 100 vendors; a special “Kids Korner” featuring a petting zoo and rock climbing wall; and much more.  

Monday, June 24

JAM Session: Celtic Dance
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Learn traditional Irish social dances at the JAM Session happening on Monday, June 24th at 7:00 pm. All JAM Sessions are “free participatory events centered around movement and music.” All ages and skill levels are welcome. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. 

Tuesday, June 25

Kids Club
Waterside at Marina del Rey
4700 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Waterside at Marina del Rey hosts a weekly Kids Club each Tuesday from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm. Enjoy lots of fun including music, entertainment, and more. These free Kids Club performances are offered each Tuesday March through October.

Wednesday, June 26

Meet a Live Animal
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

From 3:00 pm to 3:30pm, visitors at the Natural History Museum can get an up-close and personal look at a living animal. Museum educators will introduce and discuss different animals (from snakes to tortoises to bugs). And while you’re at the Museum, be sure to make plans to check out the Butterfly Pavilion.

And click here to read our post Exploring the Natural History Museum.

Thursday, June 27

Kids Club at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Thursday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Grove invites children and families to participate in its Kids Club. These free weekly presentations feature lots of fun, music, and interactive activities. (Kids Club is offered February through the end of October).
Click hereto read our Guide to the Original Farmers Market and The Grove.

Friday, June 28

Final Fridays Food Truck Festival
Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA 91103

Enjoy Final Fridays Food Truck Festival at the Rose Bowl on Friday, June 28th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. In addition to the food trucks, enjoy outdoor games, photo opportunities, tours of the Rose Bowl, and more. Admission and parking are free.

Saturday, June 29

Movies in the Park: Small Foot
Rancho Simi Community Park
1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley, CA 

Enjoy the movie Small Foot on a 30-foot inflatable screen at an outdoor viewing on Saturday, June 29th. The movie begins at dusk, with free pre-movie games and crafts beginning at 6:30 pm. A snack and refreshment vendor will be on site as well. (The movie is rated PG). 

Sunday, June 30

Free Admission Day
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

The Museum of Latin American Art offers free admission each Sunday. It’s a great time to explore the “only museum in the U.S. dedicated to modern and contemporary Latin American and Latino Art.” 

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Monday, July 1  

Half-Price Mondays
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Head to the Annenberg Community Beach House each Monday this summer to take advantage of “Half-Price Mondays” (excluding holidays). If you’ve never been, the Annenberg Community Beach House offers a variety of amenities including a swimming pool, beach volleyball, a playground, a splash pad, beach access, and much more. Regular admission is $10 for adults, $4 for children ages 1-17. 

Tuesday, July 2

Weekly Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids 
several locations including
3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. D6, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Each Tuesday at 11:00 am, Pottery Barn Kids hosts a weekly children’s story time. Enjoy a read-aloud, activities, and more. Participants can become a Pottery Barn Kids Book Club member (for free) and then receive a special surprise after attending five story time events.

Wednesday, July 3

Celebrate the 4th of July!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Celebrate Independence Day on Wednesday, July 3rd with special events at Pretend City. From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, children will enjoy a parade, a star-spangled science lesson, arts and crafts, and more. All activities are included in general admission ($13.75 each).

Thursday, July 4

Marina del Rey’s 4th of July Fireworks
“Mother’s Beach”
4101 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Celebrate the 4th of July in the Marina del Rey. Enjoy a spectacular fireworks show starting at 9:00 pm. But get there before then and you can take advantage of “Food Truck Thursdays,” featuring a variety of Los Angeles food trucks each Thursday from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

And if Marina del Rey isn’t convenient for your family, click here to read our post: Best Fourth of July Celebrations In Los Angeles

Queen Mary 4th of July

Friday, July 5

Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Abbot Kinney Blvd. (between Venice Blvd. and San Juan), Venice, CA 90291

On the first Friday of the month, families will enjoy a selection of food trucks on Abbot Kinney. Select shops will remain open late, select restaurants will have special promotions, and be on the lookout for special events in pop-up locations. The fun is scheduled from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm each Friday night (though some venues may stay open later).

Saturday, July 6

Big World Fun: El Santo Golpe
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

As part of its Big World Fun Series, families can visit the Ford Theatres on Saturday, July 6th at 10:00 am for a performance of El Santo Golpe. “Experience the joy of music and dance inspired by the many regions of Latin America” at this special performance. Performances are one-hour long and are designed for children ages 4 to 12 and their families. Pre-show craft activities begin at 9:00 am. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. Advanced reservations recommended. 

Sunday, July 7

Sensory Sensitive Sundays
Chuck E. Cheese’s
several locations including
8375 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Sun Valley, CA 91352

On the first Sunday of each month, families who have children with autism and special needs are invited to visit Chuck E. Cheese’s for a special experience. On these days, Chuck E. Cheese’s opens two hours early so families will find less noise, less crowds, and dimmed lighting. But children and families will still enjoy food and games and appreciate the trained staff on hand. 

Monday, July 8

Magic Monday
Santa Monica Playhouse
1211 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each Monday, the Santa Monica Playhouse hosts “Magic Monday.” The show starts at 8:00 pm, with a pre-show in the lobby at 7:30 pm. Shows are approximately 75 minutes in length and feature “the very best magicians and variety acts from The Magic Castle, America’s Got Talent, Penn & Teller: Fool Us” and more. Shows are recommended for ages 8 and up. Ticket information is available online.

Tuesday, July 9

Free Admission Day
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

LACMA offers free general admission to all visitors on the second Tuesday of each month. And remember, NexGen members (free for children 17 and younger) always receive free general admission for themselves and one accompanying adult.

Click here to read our Guide to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Wednesday, July 10

Sunset Walk and Talk
Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Each month, the Observatory offers a “sunset hike led by a Park Ranger and a Museum Guide.” Families will hike about half a mile over an hour’s time at a moderate pace. Families will learn about the history of Griffith Park as well as learn about the objects visible in the evening sky. The hike is scheduled from 7:55 pm to 8:55 pm. 

Thursday, July 11

Dogs! A Science Tail
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

“Dogs! A Science Tail” is the newest exhibit at the California Science Center. Children of all ages will enjoy this special exhibition. “Through engaging and fun hands-on exhibits, explore the science behind the bond between humans and dogs.” Additionally, families can view Dog Tales, “an exhibition featuring original artworks by Norman Rockwell, Charles Schulz and other artists.” Ticket information is available online.

Click here to read our Guide to the California Science Center.

Friday, July 12

Movie Night: Incredibles 2
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

The South Coast Botanic Garden invites families to an outdoor screening of Incredibles 2 on Friday, July 12. Enjoy the continuing adventures of the Parr Family in this Pixar film from 2018. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:45 pm, and the movie begins at dusk (about 8:15 pm). Bring your own picnics or purchase food and drink on-site. Advance tickets are required and are $11 each for non-members, $6 for members. 

Saturday, July 13

Street Food Cinema: The Sandlot
Brand Library Park
1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, CA 91205

Enjoy the family-favorite film, The Sandlot, at Brand Library Park on Saturday, July 13th. Several food trucks will be on-site as well. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the band performs at 6:30 pm, and then at 8:30 pm the movie begins. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Tickets can be purchased in advance online. The film is rated PG.

Sunday, July 14

Lotus Festival
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The annual Lotus Festival is happening on Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm each day. This free event celebrates the people, arts, and cultures of Asia and the Pacific Islands. Families will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, a food court, kid-friendly activities, and much more. 

Monday, July 15

The World of da Vinci
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is the site of a special exhibition, The World of da Vinci (on display until September 8th). The exhibition features “over three-dozen reconstructions of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines, including over a dozen that are built life size.” You’ll also view digitally restored, life-size reproductions of such famous pieces as The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa. Ticket information is available online.

Click here to read our guide to Exploring the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. 

Tuesday, July 16

Free Admission Tuesday
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

On the third Tuesday of each month, Descanso Gardens offers free admission to visitors. Take advantage of this great deal to explore the beautiful grounds including the Japanese Garden, the colorful Rose Garden, the California Natives, and more. The Gardens are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  

Wednesday, July 17

Kids Yoga on The Green
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Each Wednesday from 11:00 am to 11:45 am, children are invited to Kids Yoga on The Green at The Americana. This free, weekly class is recommended for children 3-6 years of age. Parents are welcome to participate as well.

Thursday, July 18

Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime 
GRAMMY Museum
L.A. LIVE
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Baseball fans and music lovers will want to check out The GRAMMY Museum’s exhibition Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime. The exhibit offers “insight and historical reference for the history of music in baseball.” Some of the exhibit highlights include limited edition posters, photographs, and vinyl records; sheet music from “Take Me Out to the Ball Game;” special edition Fender Guitars; and more. Ticket information is available online.

Click here to read our Guide to the GRAMMY Museum.

Friday, July 19

Orange County Fair
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Orange County Fair is a yearly tradition for many families. The Fair begins Friday,  July 12th and continues through Sunday, August 11th. (The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Families will enjoy live musical entertainment, shopping, exhibits, animals, rides, food, and more. Check the website for ticket information.

Saturday, July 20

Nothing’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
Venice Beach Pier
3100 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90292

“Beach cleanups are a great experience for you and your family, friends and co-workers to get involved in the community and environment.” The cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, July 20th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Supplies will be be provided; RSVP online. 

Sunday, July 21

Sunday Concerts
Richard Nixon Library and Museum
18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886

The Richard Nixon Library and Museum hosts free Sunday Concerts throughout the year. Doors open at 1:30 pm, and concerts begin at 2:00 pm. On the 21st, Xiao Chen, a concert pianist, is scheduled to perform. Concerts represent a range of musical genres. Check the website for a full listing of upcoming performances.

Monday, July 22

Flamingo Mingle
Los Angles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

There is so much to see and do at the L.A. Zoo! One of their newest activities is “Flamingo Mingle;” a close-up experience that allows families the chance to feed these enchanting birds and learn about their care. The Zoo also offers Giraffe Feedings twice a day as well. Be sure to check the website for details and ticket information. 

Tuesday, July 23

$9 Tuesdays at LA LIVE: A Barco Innovation Center
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

Each Tuesday, families can enjoy a movie for just $9 per ticket. Seating is first-come, first-served. It’s a great opportunity to see a new film without paying the usual high prices at most theaters. Tickets are available online. Check the website for details.

Wednesday, July 24

Sand Crab Science
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each Wednesday, from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium hosts Sand Crab Science. Children will help count sand crabs and collect “data on sand crab quantities and sizes on the beach using scientific procedures and equipment.” This activity is included in Aquarium admission (adults and children 13 and older are $5 each, children 12 and younger are free).

Thursday, July 25

Concerts on Canon
Beverly Canon Gardens
241 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The City of Beverly Hills hosts “Concerts on Canon” each Thursday evening (from June 6th through August 29th). Pack a picnic or enjoy a meal from one of the nearby restaurants and get ready to enjoy a free concert featuring local musicians in a variety of genres. 

Friday, July 26

Friday Night Music at The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Friday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, families can enjoy live musical performances at The Original Farmers Market. These free events are fun for the whole family, and while you’re there you can sample one of the many eateries at The Market. Performances span a variety of musical genres including swing, Brazilian, Latin jazz, and more. These Friday Night Concerts continue until August 30th.

Saturday, July 27

Eat Seat Hear Outdoor Movie: Home Alone
Centennial Square in front of Pasadena City Hall
(entrance on Marengo Ave.), Pasadena, CA

The popular family-film Home Alone will be shown on Saturday, July 27th as part of the Eat See Hear Outdoor Movie series. Doors open at 5:30 pm, music begins at 7:00 pm, and the film starts at 8:30 pm. Food trucks will be on site as well. Be sure to bring pillows, cushions, blankets, and low chairs. Tickets are available online. The film is rated PG.

Sunday, July 28

Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival
Marine Stadium
5255 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Annual Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival is happening on Saturday, July 27th and  Sunday, July 28th. Enjoy watching one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California! Additionally, there will be traditional art demonstrations, music, martial arts demonstrations, traditional dance, food, and more. 

Monday, July 29

Family Autism Night
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

On the last Monday of each month from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Pretend City Children’s Museum hosts Family Autism Night. “This is a fun opportunity for families and children to play and interact in an autism-friendly environment.” Additionally, many community partners who “specialize in supporting children on the autism spectrum will be on-hand to enrich your family’s play experience with welcoming smiles and practical support.” The Museum will be closed to the general public during this time. Check the website for details about this month’s special activities. RSVP online; there is a maximum of 300 guests. 

Tuesday, July 30

Storytime at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch
3729 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107

Each Tuesday (and Sunday) at 10:30 am, families are invited to story time at Vroman’s Hastings Ranch location. Founded in 1894, Vroman’s Bookstore is the “oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California.”

Wednesday, July 31

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday on Wednesday, July 31st with special events at Pretend City from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and receive $1 off a general admission ticket. (Admission is $13.75 each). 

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Thursday, August 1

Tyke Hike
Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90505

The Tyke Hike is designed for young visitors (3 months to 6 years) and their caregivers. Go for a walk while listening for birds, looking out for frogs, and learning about nature. The event is free though a $5 donation is highly appreciated. (Tyke Hike is offered the first Thursday of each month and is from 10:00 am to 11:30 am)

Friday, August 2

Family Film + Picnic
Chinese American Museum (CAM)
425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Families are invited to a special evening at the Chinese American Museum on Friday, August 2nd from 7:00 pm to 8:45 pm. Enjoy an evening at the CAM Courtyard. Pack a picnic, a blanket, sit outside and relax and enjoy a family-friendly film. There will also be booths providing interactive activities. RSVP online for this free event. 

Saturday, August 3

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

The Automobile Driving Museum is hosting its monthly Hot Wheels Garage on Saturday, August 3rd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Children will see life-size Hot Wheels cars, participate in art projects, enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, racing, games, and more. Admission is free for children 10 and under. Adults are $10 each, children 11-17 are $5. $3 ice cream sundaes, in a 1950’s-themed ice cream parlor, will also be on sale.  

Sunday, August 4

Ecuador Independence Day Parade and Festival
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual Ecuador Independence Day Parade and Festival is being held on Sunday, August 4th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. This annual event celebrates the independence of Ecuador with traditional music, dancing, a parade, food, and more. 

Monday, August 5

JAM Session: Caribbean Dance
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Instructor Betty Rox will lead families on a “cultural journey of the islands of Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and Barbados” in the Caribbean Dance JAM Session happening at 7:00 pm on Monday, August 5th. All JAM Sessions are “free participatory events centered around movement and music.” All ages and skill levels are welcome. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Reservations are recommended as space is limited. 

Tuesday, August 6

Kids Club at The Americana
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Each Tuesday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, The Americana invites children and families to participate in its Kids Club. These free weekly presentations feature lots of fun, music and interactive activities.

Wednesday, August 7

Music in the Chinese Garden
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

Each Wednesday afternoon, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, families can enjoy traditional Chinese music in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance one of the “largest Chinese-style gardens outside China.” This special event is included in general admission. On weekdays, adult admission is $25; seniors 65+ and full-time students with ID are $21; youth 4-11 are $13; and children younger than 4 are free.

Click here to read our Guide to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Thursday, August 8

Free Admission Day
Santa Monica History Museum
1350 7th St., Santa Monica, Ca 90401

Exhibits at the Santa Monica History Museum are designed to give visitors a sense of Santa Monica’s history.  There are interactive exhibits, rare artifacts on display, and more. On the second Thursday of each month, the Museum offers free admission to all visitors. On Thursdays, the Museum is open 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Friday, August 9

Fun Art Fridays
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
110 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90633

Each Friday, The Children’s Museum at La Habra hosts “Fun Art Fridays.” It’s a great day to explore this very child-friendly, highly-interactive museum while also creating some memorable take-home art. All art materials will be provided. This activity is included in general admission. The Museum is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is $10 per person (ages 2 to adult) and $9 for La Habra Residents. 

Saturday, August 10

The Natsumatsuri Family Festival is one of the fun things to in Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend. #losangeles #thingstodoinla

Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Natsumatsuri Family Festival is happening on Saturday, August 10th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free annual celebration features Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, games, and many hands-on activities. Check the website for details.

Sunday, August 11

Free Admission Day
USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

On the second Sunday of each month, the USC Pacific Asia Museum offers free admission to all guests. It’s a great opportunity to take a day and explore this special museum. It is one of the few museums entirely dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s collection includes more than 15,000 objects. They also offer a wide-range of hands-on art making activities, story times, and more. Check the website for details. 

Monday, August 12

Go on a Read Along with the LAPD
Platt Branch Library
23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

On the second Monday of each month at 10:30 am, families are invited to bring their children to the Platt Branch Library for its LAPD Read Along. Children are encouraged to “come and share the joy of reading with LAPD officers!”

Tuesday, August 13

Kids Club at The Commons at Calabasas
4799 Commons Way, Calabasas, CA 91302

Each Tuesday evening , from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, The Commons at Calabasas invites children and families to participate in its Kids Club. These free weekly presentations feature lots of fun, music and interactive activities.

Wednesday, August 14

Garvey Nights at the Garvey Ranch Observatory
Garvey Ranch Park
731 S. Orange Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755

Each Wednesday night, members of the Los Angeles Astronomical Society (LAAS) host Garvey Nights at the Garvey Ranch Observatory. At this free event, enjoy star9making activities and participate in telescope-making workshops.

Thursday, August 15

Kid’s  Club at The Point
The Point
850 S. Pacific Coast Highway, El Segundo, CA 90245

On the third Thursday of each month (April though December) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, The Point hosts a free kid’s club. The fun activities include live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. 

Friday, August 16

Jurassic Park in Concert
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

The Hollywood Bowl hosts Jurassic Park in Concert on Friday, August 16th and Saturday, August 17th. Families will enjoy the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing the John Williams score as the movie is projected in HD. Tickets are available online.
And click here to read our Guide to the Hollywood Bowl.

Saturday, August 17

L.A. Taco Festival
Grand Park
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual L.A. Taco Festival is happening on Saturday, August 17th in Grand Park. The Festival combines a popular food, tacos, with a worthy cause – helping homeless youth (ages 18-25) succeed. The Festival benefits Jovenes Inc. which provides everything from “emergency shelter to permanent housing, helping youth get off the streets and into an apartment of their own.”  The Festival features delicious food, live musical entertainment, vendors, and fun. Admission is free though donations are greatly appreciated to help this worthy cause.

Sunday, August 18

Concerts on the Green: The Purple Xperience: Prince Tribute
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Fans of Prince will enjoy The Purple Xperience: Prince Tribute as part of the Concerts on the Green series. The Purple  Xperience featuring Marshall Charloff hails from Prince’s birthplace of Minneapolis, Minnesota and has toured since 2011. The free outdoor concert begins at 5:30 pm with a performance from the Emerging Artist Program, and then at 6:30 pm, The Purple Xperience will take the stage. Families may bring blankets, low chairs, tarps, and pillows for their comfort.  

Monday, August 19

Roundhouse Aquarium
(at the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier)

The Roundhouse Aquarium is newly renovated and ready to welcome families. You’ll find both viewing and touch tanks “each displaying a brilliant selection of marine fish and invertebrates.” You’ll also find a special kids area complete with puzzles and books. The aquarium offers free admission (although donations of $2 each, or $5 per family are suggested). Monday through Friday it’s open 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm; weekend hours are 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 20

Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Car enthusiasts must plan a visit to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Stroll along the three levels of the museum, observing cars of the past and cars of the future. Children especially will enjoy spending time in the Cars Mechanical Institute and having fun with the Carspad Experience.
Click here to read our Guide to the Petersen Automotive Museum.

Wednesday, August 21

Pajama Party Storytime
Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

On the third Wednesday of each month, the Will and Ariel Durant Branch Library hosts a very special story time. From 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, children are encouraged to come to the library in their pajamas and with their favorite stuffed animal. Your own food is permitted as well.

Thursday, August 22

Summer Concert Series
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Burton Chace Park is the site of the Marina del Rey’s Free Summer Concert Series. Symphonic Thursdays feature Maestro Frank Fetta conducting the Marina del Rey Symphony. On the 22nd, they will be performing the hit Broadway musical by Cole Porter, Kiss Me, Kate. Don’t forget to bring a picnic. Performances start at 7:00 pm. RSVP online; however, RSVP does not guarantee entrance which is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Friday, August 23

Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Park
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 

Culver City hosts its annual Fiesta La Ballona beginning this Friday, August 23rd and continuing all weekend long through Sunday, August 25th. This free event features live entertainment, food trucks, carnival rides and games, artisan vendors, and much more. Admission is free, though certain attractions do require tickets. Check the website for details.

Saturday, August 24

Los Angeles City Birthday
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Celebrate our city’s birthday on Saturday, August 24th from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. Enjoy a historic re-enactment , a civic ceremony, demonstrations, live entertainment, and free birthday cake at this special event!

Sunday, August 25

Children and Parent Birdwatching
Malibu Lagoon
PCH and Cross Creek Rd., Malibu, CA 

On the first Sunday of each month, families are invited to a special birdwatching activity at Malibu Lagoon State Beach. The walk begins at 10:00 am and lasts an hour. Binoculars are provided. 

Monday, August 26

Master Builder Mondays
Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Each Monday at 4:00 pm, the Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library invites children of all ages to participate in some LEGO fun. All building blocks and figures are provided at the library. This fun activity is recommended for children 4 and older.

Tuesday, August 27

Little Owls Reading Nest
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

From 10:30 am to 11:00 am on Tuesdays, children ages 2 and older are invited for a special nature-themed story time in beautiful Descanso Gardens. Story time is free with admission. 

Wednesday, August 28

Giddy Up: Children Take Reins
Pasadena Museum of History
470 W. Walnut St., Pasadena, CA 91103

If your family enjoys carousels, you’ll want to be sure to visit Giddy Up: Children Take Reins, a special exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of History. “Explore the world of carousel animals and childhood toys that rock, bounce, and roll.” Enjoy this “touchable” exhibit which also features a special photo booth as well as a wide variety of carousel-themed toys. The exhibition will be on view through September 15th. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (Admission is $9 per person; children 12 and younger are free). 

Thursday, August 29

2019 Summer of Music – Free Concerts on the Pier
Redondo Pier
100 Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

The Redondo Beach Pier hosts free concerts on Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (from July 4-August 31). On August 29th, families will enjoy a performance of 4 Alarm performing pop/dance tunes.

Friday, August 30

Nitro Kettle Corn is one of the fun food items to be found at the LA County Fair. #lacountyfair #fairfood
photo by Yvonne Condes

L.A. County Fair
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768

This year’s L.A. County Fair starts on Friday, August 30th and continues through September 22nd. This year the “LA County Fair Goes POP!” with a spotlight on pop culture. Families won’t run out of things to see, do, hear and eat at the Fair. Enjoy food, rides, animals, performances, and much, much more. Check the website for more information about tickets and schedule of events.

Saturday, August 31

LA Fleet Week
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA

LA Fleet Week, described as “Southern California’s end of summer tradition” begins on Friday, August 30th and continues through September 2nd. This free event features “active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, STEM Expo for kids,” and much, much more. Check the website for details.

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Sunday, September 1

Pay What You Can Day
Craft Contemporary (formerly known as Craft & Folk Art Museum)
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Sunday, Craft Contemporary invites families to visit and accepts a donation-basis admission fee. It’s a great opportunity for families to pay what they can while still visiting and exploring this unique museum. The Museum “reveals the potential of craft to educate, captivate, provoke, and empower.” (General adult admission is $9, seniors 65+ are $7; and children under 10 are free).

Monday, September 2

Fiesta Hermosa
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa happens twice a year — Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm each day on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. It is considered the “largest arts and crafts fair in Southern California.” Families can see the works of over 300 artists and crafters, enjoy live musical entertainment, partake of the Food Court, and spend some time at the Kiddie Carnival (featuring rides, a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painters, and more). 

Tuesday, September 3

Free First Tuesdays
La Brea Tar Pits and Museum
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

On the first Tuesday of each month (except in July and August) and every Tuesday during September, the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum offers free admission. Wander through the Museum and feel like you’re walking back in time. On display you’ll find thousands of different fossils from 650 different species, including dire wolves, ancient horses, the Columbian mammoth, coyotes, and more. Be sure to reserve tickets in advance, because these free admission days are extremely popular.
Click here to read our Guide to the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum.

Wednesday, September 4

STEAM Building Bricks Playtime
Sylmar Branch Library
14561 Polk St., Sylmar, CA 91342

Each Wednesday, from 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm, children of all ages are invited to participate in STEAM Building Bricks Playtime. Children can use their ingenuity and creativity to make their own creation at this fun activity.

Thursday, September 5

Free Admission
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand
250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 and

Each Thursday evening, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, MOCA Grand offers free admission to all visitors. It’s a great way to introduce children to contemporary art and begin the conversation about what defines something as art. 

Friday, September 6

Abbot Kinney First Fridays
Abbot Kinney Blvd. (between Venice Blvd. and San Juan), Venice, CA 90291

On the first Friday of the month, families will enjoy a selection of food trucks on Abbot Kinney. Select shops will remain open late, select restaurants will have special promotions, and be on the lookout for special events in pop-up locations. The fun is scheduled from 4:00 pm to 10:30 pm each Friday night (though some venues may stay open later).

Saturday, September 7

Public Star Party
Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

One Saturday a month, the Griffith Observatory hosts public star parties from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm. Families will have the chance to use telescopes to view the Sun, Moon, planets, and more. Astronomers will be on hand to answer any questions.
Click here to read our Guide to the Griffith Observatory.

Sunday, September 8

Kids Run the Bases
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

On Sunday, September 8th, our L.A. Dodgers take on the San Francisco Giants in a 1:10 pm game. Not only is attending a baseball game a great way to end 100 days of summer fun, but at this game kids 14 and under can run the bases after the game! Ticket information is available online. 

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