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 Los Angeles. There are so many 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 today.

100 days of summer fun in Los angeles with kids

Thursday, June 1st
Musique Sur La Mer
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA, 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites the public to a musical evening of pops music and food to celebrate the ocean with the Musique Sur La Mer string orchestra under the direction of Marcy Sudock. Among the pieces performed will be Pacific Visions, an original composition for a string orchestra commissioned by Dennis and Suzanne Poulsen to celebrate the Aquarium’s expansion of the same name. For ticket prices and to make reservations, visit the website.

Friday, June 2
National Donut Day
Various locations

National Donut Day began in 1938 to honor the women who volunteered to make and serve donuts to servicemen during World War I. National Donut Day is always the first Friday in June. Krispy Kreme is giving away one free donut per customer all day on June 2nd and Dunkin Donuts is offering one free donut with the purchase of a beverage.

Saturday, June 3
Lummis Days Festival
Six Locations in Northeast Los Angeles 

The Lummis Days Festival celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles. There are activities planned from June 2-4 including A Visual History of LA’s Mural Art Tradition at the Historic Security Trust and Savings Building, A Cafe Stage with music at Avenue 50 at York Boulevard and a festival at Sycamore Park. Other activities include music, theatre, dance, food and art. See the website for times and location.

Sunday, June 4
The 17th Annual LA River Ride
The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
4300 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Join more than 2,000 riders, and enjoy a fun day of bicycling with a festival, raffle, live music, and more. All proceeds benefit the work of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, a non-profit organization working to make all communities in L.A. County healthy, safe, and fun places to ride bikes. Families can register for the First 5 LA Family 15-mile bike ride that begins and ends at The Autry. The family ride is $30 for two adults and three kids. Check out the website for information and to register.

Monday, June 5
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 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, June 6
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! To celebrate National Gardening Week, children will plant herb and flower seeds to take home. They’ll also have a chance to meet animals that help gardens grow. There will be a special performance at 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, June 7
Summer Movie Express at Regal Theatres
several locations including
Edwards Alhambra Renaissance 14 & IMAX
1 E. Main St., Alhambra, CA 91801

Regal Theatres invites families to its Summer Movie Express. All summer long, each Tuesday and Wednesday, Regal Theatres plays family-friendly movies for the bargain admission price of $1 per ticket. On Wednesday, June 7th, they’re featuring Kung Fun Panda 3 and Ice Age: Collision Course. Check the website to locate a theatre near you and for that theatre’s upcoming schedule.

Thursday, June 8
Kids Club at The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Thursday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 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.

Friday, June 9
First Fridays
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

The Natural History Museum invites families to the last night of its First Fridays program. This year’s theme is “Serving Up Science: The Dish on Food.” Learn about “how our meals tell stories of lifestyle, culture, and surprising science.” Families will enjoy tours, discussions, live music, and more. Ticket information is available online.

Saturday, June 10
2nd Saturday @ The Adobe
Reyes Adobe Historical Site
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

The second Saturday of each month, the Reyes Adobe Historical Site invites children ages 3-8 to participate in a free arts and craft activity related to that month’s theme. Families are also invited to take advantage of docent-led tours of the site. Pack a picnic lunch and make a day of it! Events are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. (Reyes Adobe is open 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm each Saturday).

Sunday, June 11
CicLAvia – Glendale Meets Atwater Village

CicLAvia invites families to participate in a brand new route! 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 at their own pace. You can enter and exit anywhere along the route. Check the website for information about the route and safety tips.

Monday, June 12
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 watching 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. (Most movies begin showing at 11:00 am).

Tuesday, June 13
Free Tuesday
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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 14
The Birds of Madrona – A Walk with Bob Shanman
Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503

Bird-watching families will enjoy learning about birds at the Madrona Marsh Preserve. Bob Shanman is a local birding expert and will guide families during this bird walk. The walk is from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. (This event is held on the second Wednesday of each month).

Thursday, June 15
Free Admission Day at the 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.  Current exhibits include New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei and Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066. The Museum is open 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm each Thursday.

Friday, June 16
Free Admission Friday
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

The Long Beach Museum of Art offers free admission all day each Friday. 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.

Saturday, June 17
Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
Venice Beach Pier
3100 Ocean Front Walk, Tower Buccaneer, South of Pier, Venice, CA 90292

Every third Saturday of the month, families can participate in “Nothin’ But Sand” Beach Cleanup. Cleanups begin at 10:00 am and generally finish up at 11:30 am. Come prepared with water. Bags, gloves, water, and snacks will be provided while supplies last. You can sign up online.

Sunday, June 18
Father’s Day Special Themed Sleepover
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

For a memorable Father’s Day experience, the Natural History Museum invites families to its Father’s Day Special Themed Sleepover. This special event will celebrate dads and parenthood. You’ll learn about the best dads within the insect world. Tickets are available online.

Monday, June 19
Story Time in the Galleries
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Monday and Friday at 2:00 pm, families are invited to story time in LACMA’S  Boone Gallery. This free event takes listeners “on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors.”

Tuesday, June 20
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 21
Make Music Day
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball is participating Make Music Day, a free festival of music held each year on June 21st in more than 120 countries around the world. Families are invited to make music and art, to sing and dance, and celebrate the first official day of summer. Make Music Day is scheduled for 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (The event is free and includes free admission to the Museum).

Thursday, June 22
Silver Lake Picture Show: Cool Runnings
Sunset Triangle Plaza
1523 Griffith Park Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

Throughout the summer, the Silver Lake Picture Show screens movies at the Sunset Triangle Plaza. (Note — not all movies are child-friendly). Cool Runnings is rated PG and is the story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team dreaming “of competing in the Winter Olympics, despite never having seen snow.” The event is free and begins at 6:30 pm.

Friday, June 23
Kids Club
Lakewood Center
500 Lakewood Center, Lakewood, CA 90712

The Lakewood Center Kids Club meets on the fourth Friday of each month at 11:00 am. National Geographic Kids helps to “create activities and games that focus on discovery through play.” Kids (ages 1-8) will enjoy music, games, and more at this free monthly event.

Saturday, June 24
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The Orpheum Theatre
842 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA

The Orpheum Theatre, a historic theatre in downtown L.A., is showing the family-friendly film E.T. the Extra Terrestrial at 2:00 pm. In the lobby, families can view props from the film, and before the film organist Mark Herman will play the well-known John Williams movie score on the Orpheum’s famous 1928 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ. After the film, there will be a question and answer session about the theatre and the organ as well as a fun trivia game about the film. Tickets available online.

Sunday, June 25
Shark Sunday
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each Sunday, from 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium hosts Shark Sunday. Families can “feast on a little knowledge while our well and horn sharks chow down.” Adults and children 13 and older are $5 each, children 12 and younger are free.

Monday, June 26
Camp Creativity
Michael’s
several locations including
11239 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA 91604

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (through July 28th) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, children can attend “Camp Creativity” at Michael’s. These hands-on activities include crafts and projects related to the week’s theme. Sessions are $5 each or $12 for 3 sessions.

Tuesday, June 27
Weekly Story Time
Pottery Barn Kids
several locations including
3200 N. Sepulveda Blvd. D6, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Pottery Barn Kids hosts a free weekly story time each Tuesday at 11:00 am. Enjoy readings, activities, and more. If you sign up as Pottery Barn Kids Club member, children earn a free surprise after attending 5 story times.

Wednesday, June 28
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 led by Heather Mendoza and is recommended for children 3-6 years of age. Parents are welcome to participate as well.

Thursday, June 29
Free Admission
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand
250 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 and
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Each Thursday evening, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, MOCA Grand and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA offer 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, June 30
Friday Night Jazz at LACMA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Friday evening at 6:00 pm, LACMA hosts “Jazz at LACMA.” These free weekly concerts feature a variety of jazz musicians. Bring sweaters, blankets, and a picnic and get ready to start the weekend off by enjoying vocalist and recording artist Angie Wells.

100 days of summer fun in Los angeles with kids

Saturday, July 1
Free Crafts for Kids
Lakeshore Learning
several locations including
17072 Devonshire St., Northridge, CA 91325

Every Saturday, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Lakeshore invites children to participate in its weekly craft activities. This free event is designed for children three and older.

Sunday, July 2
Barnsdall Art Sundays
JAC Studio 1, Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Each Sunday, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, families are invited to a free art workshop at Barnsdall Art Park. This family-friendly activity is a great way to learn about different cultures as well as different art techniques. All materials are provided.

Monday, July 3
Celebrate the 4th of July!
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Celebrate Independence Day with special events at Pretend City. From 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, children will enjoy story times, a patriotic dance party, art projects, a parade, and more. The event is included in general admission.

Tuesday, July 4
Marina del Rey 4th of July Fireworks Show
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Many families believe that the Marina del Rey is one of the best places to watch 4th of July fireworks! Make a day of it by exploring the shops, hanging out by the water, enjoying a picnic, and settling in for an amazing show in the sky.

Wednesday, July 5
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 6
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, July 7
Star Wars Night
Dodger Stadium
1000 Vin Scully Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Los Angeles Dodgers are playing against the Kansas City Royals on “Star Wars Night.” Some of the special festivities include Friday Night Fireworks set to a special Star Wars theme. Ticket information is available online.

Saturday, July 8
Eat See Hear Outdoor Movie: Singin’ In the Rain
Centennial Square at Pasadena City Hall
100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101

The classic, family-friendly film Singin’ In the Rain starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds will be shown 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 on site as well. Be sure to bring pillows, cushions, blankets, and low chairs. Tickets are available online.

Sunday, July 9
Tiny Porch Concerts at Peter Strauss Ranch
30000 Mulholland Hwy, Agoura, CA 91301

Peter Strauss Ranch hosts free summer concerts on select Sundays. On July 9th, Moonsville Collective and Feisty Heart will be performing. Concerts begin at 5:00 pm. Donations are gratefully accepted and benefit the National Park Service. Families may bring beach chairs, blankets, and refreshments.

Monday, July 10
Extreme Mammals: Odd Features. Unusual Creatures
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

Families will want to be sure to check out the Natural History Museum’s temporary exhibit, Extreme Mammals. “Get ready to marvel at the bizarre, amazing, and extraordinary world of extinct and living mammals.” Tickets are available online. This special exhibit will be at the Natural History Museum until September 10th.

Tuesday, July 11
Grunion Run
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

Families are invited to experience the grunion run. Grunion are one of a few species of fish that come to shore to lay their eggs on the beach. Learn about these interesting fish and don’t forget to dress warmly and bring a flashlight. Tickets are available online. The event begins at 8:00 pm. 

Wednesday, July 12
Let’s Play! Drop-In Family Fun
The Autry Museum
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families can participate in “Let’s Play! Drop-In Family Fun” through July 28th (on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm). Children can explore the galleries while completing scavenger hunts, enjoy story times, learn about the history of the West through interactive carts, and enjoy classic games such as hula hoops, checkers, and more. These activities are best for children 5 and older, are included with Museum admission, and are related to the Autry’s exhibit Play!

Thursday, July 13
Summer Movie Fest: Moana
California State University Northridge (CSUN)
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

As part of their Summer Movie Fest, the CSUN campus invites families to an outdoor viewing of Moana. Movies start at dusk. Families are invited to bring blankets and short lawn chairs for more comfortable seating. Movies are free; parking is $6.

Friday, July 14
Classic Car Show
Bob’s Big Boy
4211 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91505

Attending the Classic Car Show at Bob’s is like getting two special events in one. Not only is this restaurant the oldest Big Boy in the United States (it’s been declared a historical landmark), but each Friday you’ll be treated to views of classic cars! The Car Show happens each Friday from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Saturday, July 15
Weekly Children’s Storytime
Barnes and Noble
several locations including
23630 Valencia Blvd., Santa Clarita, CA

Barnes and Noble offers free weekly children’s story times. Each Saturday at 11:00 am, children and their parents are invited to enjoy a selection of children’s books. Often, related activities follow the stories.

Sunday, July 16
37th Annual Lotus Festival
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The annual Lotus Festival is happening Saturday, July 15th and Sunday, July 16th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm each day. This free event celebrates the arts and cultures of the Asian Pacific Regions. Families will enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, a food court, and more.

Monday, July 17
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 14th and continues through Sunday, August 13th. This year’s theme is “Farm Fresh Fun.” Families will enjoy live musical entertainment, shopping, exhibits, animals, rides, food, and more. Check the website for ticket information.

Tuesday, July 18
Tuesday Night Classics: Superman
Cerritos 16
600 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703

Families are invited to a showing of the film Superman. The film, starring Christopher Reeve, begins at 7:00 pm, and tickets are $5 each. The film is rated PG.

Wednesday, July 19
V.I.B. Hour
Zimmer Children’s Museum
6505 Wilshire Blvd. #100, Los Angeles, CA 90048

V.I.B. Hour is for “Very Important Babies.” The Zimmer Children’s Museum opens on Wednesdays an hour earlier than it’s usual opening time. V.I.B. is from 9:00 am to 10:00 am and is especially for children under 2. (Admission is $7.50, children under 1 are free).

Thursday, July 20
Marina del Rey Summer Concert Series
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Burton Chace Park hosts free concerts each Thursday (and Saturday) during the summer. Pack a picnic, a blanket, and low chairs and get ready to sit back, relax, and enjoy. Thursdays are “Symphonic Thursdays” which means on alternating Thursdays families will enjoy classical and opera performances. Concerts are scheduled 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Friday, July 21
Battleship IOWA – Movie Under the Guns
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

Battleship IOWA invites families to a free screening of The Avengers. The movie is shown on board, and seating is available on a first-come, first served basis. No outside food or drink is allowed, though concessions will be sold. Families may bring personal chairs and blankets.

Saturday, July 22
Children’s Workshop: Printmaking
Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 E. Union St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Families will be given a special spotlight tour of Gustave Baumann’s woodcut prints. After that, children will carve an eraser stamp and then use that to create a printed ink design. All ages are welcome to participate. The event is free with Museum admission. ($7 for adults, free for children 12 and younger).

Sunday, July 23
Family Dance Jam
The Broad Stage
1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

The Broad Stage hosts Family Dance Jam beginning at 11:00 am. This special event is described as “an inter-generational movement workshop designed for people of all ages, incorporating both open play and directed experience…” Get ready to get moving and have some fun. Tickets are $10.

Monday, July 24
JAM Session: Musical Sing-Along
Ford Theatres
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Get ready to sing your favorite Broadway tunes! A live four-piece band will accompany families as they participate in this “group karaoke-like experience.” The event is free, but reservations are recommended as space is limited. All ages are welcome. 

Tuesday, July 25
Terrific Tuesdays
Beverly Hills Library – Civic Center Plaza
444 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

The Beverly Hills Library sponsors free, weekly family-friendly live entertainment. Shows begin at 4:00 pm. On the 25th, the Kinderwise Music Company is scheduled to perform.

Wednesday, July 26
Storytime at Vroman’s
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Each Wednesday (and Saturday) at 10:00 am, families are invited to story time at Vroman’s Bookstore. Founded in 1894, Vroman’s Bookstore is the “oldest and largest independent bookstore in Southern California.”

Thursday, July 27
Kids Club
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Each Thursday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, families are invited to a free Kids Club event at The Grove. Each week, kids will enjoy live music and entertainment, lots of fun, and interactive opportunities.

Friday, July 28
Friday Night Music
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Throughout the summer, families can enjoy free live music at the Farmers Market. Performances are from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm and feature a variety of different musical genres including soul, swing, Brazilian, Latin jazz, and more.

Saturday, July 29
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.

Sunday, July 30
Roman Holidays
The Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Each Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, families are invited to celebrate Roman Holidays at The Getty Villa. This event allows families to “discover the sights and smells of ancient Rome, offer your prayers to Venus, read your future in a sheep’s liver, and enjoy live musical and comedy performances.” Free advance timed tickets to the Getty Villa are required and are available online.

Monday, July 31
Dinosaurs Unearthed
Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 91342

Get ready to get up-close and personal with dinosaurs at the Discovery Cube. The exhibit feature life-size and life-like animatronic dinosaurs. You’ll find yourself in an “immersive prehistoric environment” with many opportunities for interactive learning. This exhibit is recommended for children ages 5-13 and will be at the Discovery Cube until September 10th.

100 days of summer fun in Los Angeles with kids

Tuesday, August 1
Kids Eat Free Tuesday
IKEA Burbank
600 IKEA  Way, Burbank, CA 91502

If you’ve got some back-to-school furniture shopping to do, head to Ikea on a Tuesday and take advantage of their restaurant’s special offer. With the purchase of one adult entree, you can receive up to two kids meals for free. (Valid for kids 12 and younger).

Wednesday, August 2
Sand Crab Survey
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Each Wednesday, from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm, kids are invited to go looking for sand crabs. Kids will get the chance to be hands-on with these small creatures. Aquarium staff members will guide the searches and offer assistance.

Thursday, August 3
JAM Session: Caribbean Dance
Old Town Newhall Library
24500 Main St., Newhall, CA 91321

All ages and skill levels are welcome to participate in the Caribbean Dance Jam Session. The event begins at 7:00 pm when families will learn a combination of dance styles and learn about the cultures of the islands of Belize, Trinidad, Jamaica, and Barbados. Live musical performances are then scheduled for 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm — a perfect opportunity to practice your new moves. The event is free. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Friday, August 4
Free Admission Friday
Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

The Long Beach Museum of Art offers free admission all day each Friday. 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.

Saturday, August 5
“Make It and Take It” Kids Craft Class
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Each Saturday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, children are invited to participate in the “Make It and Take It” craft class at Dockweiler Youth Center. This free activity is recommended for children 12 and younger.

Sunday, August 6
Kids Run the Bases Day
Angels vs. Oakland Athletics
Angel Stadium
2000 E. Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806

Take the family out to the ball game and have some fun at an Angels game. After the game, children 5-14 are invited to run the bases. The game starts at 12:37 pm. Tickets are available online.

Monday, August 7
Shark Week
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium hosts Shark Week from August 6th through August 12th (from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm each day). Each day includes special events and activities including the chance to observe real shark skin and teeth, shark-related books, scavenger hunts, crafts, and more. Check the website for details.

Tuesday, August 8
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.

Wednesday, August 9
Body Worlds: Pulse
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Families will get a different view of the human body at this special exhibit. Learn about the systems within the human body as well as “the body in health and distress, its vulnerabilities and potential…” Keep in mind that this particular exhibit may not be suitable for all children. Items on display include a smoker’s black lung, hardened arteries, an obese body slice, real human bodies, and more. A family guide is available online. This exhibit will be on display through February 20th, 2018.

Thursday, August 10
Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92705

Fans of the Disney Junior Doc McStuffins will want to check out this special exhibit at the Discovery Cube Orange County. Children can give toy patients check-up in the E.R., groom pet toys in the Pet Vet, get toy babies to sleep in the Nursery, and more. These hands-on activities will help children learn how to keep themselves (and their toys) happy and healthy. The exhibit is on display until September 10th.

Friday, August 11
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 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.

Saturday, August 12
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. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the band performs at 6:30 pm, and then at 8:30 the focus will be on Monsters, Inc. Ticket information is available online.

Sunday, August 13
Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Promenade Terrace)
9390 N. Santa Monica, CA 90210

Enjoy a fun, free introduction to Hip-Hop at 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. The event is from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Monday, August 14
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 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, August 15
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, August 16
Ocean Zone Exhibit
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
301 S. Euclid St., La Habra, CA 90631

Children will learn about the ocean in this interactive exhibit. which also includes live sea creatures. Activities include a scavenger hunt, the chance to try on scuba googles, information about sea animals and their adaptations, and more. Admission is $8 each, and children under 2 are free.

Thursday, August 17
Mommy & Me and Daddies Too
The Point at Rosecrans and Sepulveda
850 S. Sepulveda Blvd., El Segundo, CA 90245

On the third Thursday of each month, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, preschool-aged kids and younger are invited to the “Mommy & Me and Daddies Too” free kids club.” These activities include live entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, and more.

Friday, August 18
Friday Fun
Madrona Marsh Preserve
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90505

Each Friday from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, children ages 3-6 are invited to participate in “Friday Fun.” This free weekly event is a hands-on program combining story time, science, and art all around one topic. Topics all emphasize respect for our planet and all living things. Pre-registration is required, because space is limited to 20 children.

Saturday, August 19
Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The annual Natsumatsuri Family Festival is happening on Saturday, August 19th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free annual summer celebration features arts and crafts, hands-on  activities, live entertainment, and more.

Sunday, August 20
Junior Explorers – Little Environmentalist
Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242

From 11:00 am to 12:30 pm, the Columbia Memorial Space Center invites children to learn about our planet Earth through its Junior Explorers program. Kids will learn about “what damages our planet, to how to clean it up.” Pre-registration is recommended; check the website for more details.

Monday, August 21
Eclipse Viewing Party
Arroyo Seco Regional Library
6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Stop by the Arroyo Seco Library to safely view the solar eclipse. Activities will be set up in front of the library from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. (Check with your local library. Many branches are hosting eclipse viewing parties).

Tuesday, August 22
Kids Club
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

Each Tuesday from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, The Americana at Brand offers its free Kids Club. This event features music, entertainment, hands-on activities, and lots of fun. (In addition, many restaurants offer a “kids eat free” promotion on Tuesdays as well).

Wednesday, August 23
The Park
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Spend some time in The Park (through September 3rd). The Park is inspired by the Skirball’s exhibit Paul Simon: Words & Music. Families can bring a picnic to enjoy, play an instrument, and contribute to a community art project. It’s an interactive space that offers something for everyone (music, games, and more).

Thursday, August 24
Summer Movie Fest: Space Jam
California State University Northridge (CSUN)
18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330

As part of their Summer Movie Fest, the CSUN campus invites families to an outdoor viewing of Space Jam, the 1996 film starring Michael Jordan. The film is rated PG.  Movies start at dusk. Families are invited to bring blankets and short lawn chairs for more comfortable seating. Movies are free; parking is $6.

Friday, August 25
Arboretum Summer Nights
Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

The L.A. Arboretum hosts live, family-friendly musical performances. Gates open at 5:00 pm, and the concert, featuring local bands, begins at 6:00 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12.

Saturday, August 26
Fiesta Ballona – A Party in the Park!
Veterans Park
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

This annual family-friendly event features live music, food trucks, carnival rides, and more. This year, the fun is all weekend long from Friday, August 25th through Sunday, August 27th.

Sunday, August 27
Gallery Games
Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Gallery Games is a special 45-minute program that the Hammer Museum recommends for children seven and older. Enjoy family-friendly tours and easy-to-play games. Gallery Games is offered at 11:00 am and 12:00 pm. Admission is free.

Monday, August 28
Butterfly Pavilion
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007

If you haven’t yet checked out the Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum, make plans to. The last day to visit the pavilion is September 4th. The new Butterfly Pavilion features more space and more opportunities for you to get a close-up look at hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Tickets are available online.

Tuesday, August 29
Kids Club
Waterside, Marina del Rey
4700 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Each Tuesday, from 11:15 am to 12:15 am, children are invited to the weekly Kids Club. These free, fun events feature dance, music, entertainment, crafts, and more.

Wednesday, August 30
Giraffe Feedings
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Summer wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the L.A. Zoo. Be sure to plan your visit so that kids can participate in Giraffe Feedings. Twice a day, at 11:00 am and 2:30 pm, children can have the chance to get an up-close look and interact with these amazing creatures. (This experience requires an additional $5 fee and is not included in general Zoo admission). Be sure to check the website for other shows and activities that happen on a daily basis at the Zoo.

Thursday, August 31
Kidcraft: Art, Craft and Engagement for the Whole Family
Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library
7140 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

Each Thursday at 4:00 pm, the Durant Library invites children and families to participate in its weekly arts and crafts activity. Get ready to be creative at this fun-filled family activity.

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Friday, September 1
John Williams: Maestro of the Movies
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

John Williams returns to the Hollywood Bowl for special nights of movie music. (Concerts are scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). In addition to John Williams, David Newman will also be conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A selection of movie clips will also be featured on the Bowl’s big screen. Tickets are available online.

Saturday, September 2
Story Time
Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

Sunday, September 3
Pay What You Can Day
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

On Sundays, the Craft and Folk Art Museum invites families to visit and “pay what you can.” Take advantage of this great deal to explore this fine museum. The Craft and Folk Art Museum (CAFAM) strives to be a place for families to see art as well as make art. Creativity is all around us, and CAFAM is consistently striving to broaden the definition of “art.”

Monday, September 4
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 5
Free Admission Day
La Brea Tar Pits 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 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.

Wednesday, September 6
Titanic Exhibit
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA 93065

The Titanic Exhibit exhibit tells the story of the British Passenger liner that sank after hitting an iceberg in the spring of 1912. The 10,000 square foot exhibition, reunites hundreds of Titanic artifacts that have not been together since the ship’s fateful night with material and artifacts from the 1984-1985 discovery of the Titanic as well as with items from the 1997 movie of the same name.

Thursday, September 7
Singin’ in the Rain 
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

What could be more fun than watching the classic film Singin’ In The Rain with the Los Angeles Philharmonic playing live music at the Hollywood Bowl? See the website for ticket prices.

Friday, September 8
LA County Fair 
1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, CA 91768

The LA County Fair, one of the largest fairs in the country, runs from September 1-24 at the fairgrounds in Pomona. There’s fun for the entire family including carnival rides, games, concerts, petting zoo, exhibits and of course food like fried butter, vegan tacos and donut cheeseburgers. Tickets for anyone 13 and up are $14 on weekdays (the fair is closed Monday/Tuesday) and $20 on weekends. Kids 6 to 12 are $8 on the weekdays and $12 on the weekends.

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Wendy Kennar (376 Posts)

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 wendykennar.com.


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