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100 Days of Summer Fun In LA With Kids

Updated for 2023

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 Friday, May 26th, 2023.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, you’ll find something for the whole family on this amazing list updated every year! Plus be sure to check out our Guide to all the Summer Fun in Los Angeles. It’s also updated every year!

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May

Friday, May 26

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

LA Fleet Week is “an annual, multi-day celebration of our nation’s Sea Services.” The event is being held over the extended Memorial Day Weekend from Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th. The free event includes tours of active duty ships, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, military displays and equipment demonstrations, and much more. Check the website for details and information regarding parking and shuttle options.

Saturday, May 27

Fiesta Hermosa
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Fiesta Hermosa, the annual special event, is happening Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th. “For over 50 years, this unique blend of art and entertainment has been a staple in the South Bay community.” The fun includes live musical performances, big rides, food, games, Makers Mercado featuring more than 200 vendors, and much more. Check the website for all the details. 

Sunday, May 28

48th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair
1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA

The 48th Annual Topanga Days Country Fair is happening Memorial Day weekend – Saturday, May 27th through Monday, May 29th from 10 am to 7 pm each day. A Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 29th. The fun includes live entertainment, a variety of vendors, food, games, and more. This special event is a fundraiser for the Topanga Community Center. Details, including information on parking and shuttles as well as ticket information, are available online. 

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day

63rd Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival
Village Green – between Euclid & Main St., Garden Grove, CA

The 63rd Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival is happening all weekend long, from Friday, May 26th through Monday, May 29th. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Kindness.” The fun includes a Parade (on Saturday, May 27th), rides, vendor booths, live musical performances, strawberries, and lots more! Details are available on the website.

Tuesday, May 30

Camping in the City
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 

Camping in the City is a special program at Pretend City Children’s Museum happening all summer long, from Friday, May 26th through Monday, September 4th. “You will be able to experience the wilderness with opportunities to hike Pretend City trails, follow and trace footprints of the critters who live in our City, and even sit around the campfire, listen to stories, and learn how to make s’mores!” Ticket information is available online. 

Wednesday, May 31

World of Barbie
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA 90401

“At World of Barbie, discover, explore, and revel in her lifestyle and many careers.” World of Barbie features multiple immersive activities including the chance to visit her Dreamhouse and check out her full-size camper van, to name a few. Special events are planned for select dates; be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information. World of Barbie will be in Santa Monica through Friday, June 30th. (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

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Things To Do in Los Angeles Every Day in June, 2023

Thursday, June 1

Sunset Series
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

This summer, spend a Thursday at South Coast Botanic Garden and enjoy their Sunset Series. This weekly series gives families a whole different way to enjoy the Garden’s 87 acres. In addition to musical performances (two 45-minute sets), the fun also includes a special Kids’ Zone and food and beverage concessions station (cash-less). On June 1st, Ronobir Lahiri, a Sitar player, is scheduled to perform. Seating is limited. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and/or folding chairs. Keep in mind — no outside food or drink is permitted. The 2023 Sunset Series Lineup, as well as tickets, are available online. (The last concert of the summer is scheduled for August 31st.) 

Friday, June 2

Jazz at LACMA: Keschia Potter Quartet
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

“Celebrate L.A.’s finest jazz musicians with Jazz at LACMA, presented Friday evenings from April to November.” On Friday, June 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Keschia Potter Quartet will perform. Ms. Potter is a saxophonist, songwriter, producer, and educator and has an L.A. connection, having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at UCLA. Jazz at LACMA is a free event. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Saturday, June 3

Hansel and Gretel – Opera for Kids
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Segerstrom invites families to a special performance, Hansel and Gretel – Opera for Kids. “This kid-friendly production features spoken narration and acting, as well as the most charming and catchy tunes from the original opera, sung by talented opera singers.” Two performances are planned – one at 10:00 am and one at 11:30 am. In addition, fun lobby activities for children, “related to the theme of the concert, including a coloring station, craft station, photo backdrop, and STEAM station,” are available at 9:00 am (for 10:00 am concertgoers) and 12:15 pm (for 11:30 am concertgoers). Tickets are available online. 

Sunday, June 4

20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites families to its 20th Annual Pacific Islander Festival happening on Saturday, June 3rd and Sunday, June 4th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. “This festival features traditional music and dance, cultural displays, and craft demonstrations, and celebrates Pacific Islander cultures, including Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan, Chamorro, Marshallese, and Maori.” The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission. Tickets are available online. 

Monday, June 5

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

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites families to Meet the Grunion on Monday, June 5th from 8:00 pm to 11:55 pm. At this special event, families will “watch silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish.” Be sure to wear warm clothing and bring a flashlight. Tickets can be purchased online ($7 for adults; $3 for seniors, students, and children). 

Tuesday, June 6

Roundhouse Aquarium
At the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier

The Roundhouse Aquarium is a fun place to explore. “More than 100 marine animals from Southern California’s waters live at the aquarium.” You’ll find sharks, moray eels, lobsters, moon jellies, octopus, and more. Touch tanks allow you to interact with sea stars, sea cucumbers, sea snails, and sea urchins. During the summer, the Roundhouse Aquarium is open Monday through Friday from 2 pm to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 7 pm. The aquarium offers free admission, though donations of $2 each, or $5 per family, are suggested.

Wednesday, June 7

Summer Juggling Show
West Valley Regional Branch Library
19036 Vanowen St., Reseda, CA 91335

Visit the West Valley Regional Branch Library on Wednesday, June 7th from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm for a Summer Juggling Show. Michael Rayner will be performing “a combination of hilarious tricks and stunts with uproarious stand-up.” Mr. Rayner’s show uses “everyday objects in a new way to create a high-energy juggling experience, such as a wheelbarrow on his chin and a cheeseburger on a parasol!”

Thursday, June 8

Concerts Under the Stars
La Mirada Regional Park
13701 S. Adelfa Ave., La Mirada, CA 90638

The City of La Mirada is hosting its Concerts Under the Stars series each Thursday night from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. In addition to a live musical performance, each Concert Under the Stars features on-site food vendors. Food is available beginning at 5:00 pm, and the performance starts at 6:30 pm. Enjoy a wide-range of musical genres throughout the summer. On the 8th, Upstream will perform Steel Drum, Caribbean/Calypso. (Concerts are scheduled each Thursday through August 24th.) 

Friday, June 9

World Ocean’s Weekend
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum is celebrating World Oceans Weekend from Friday, June 9th through Sunday, June 11th. This weekend it’s all about exploration and discovery. The fun includes themed story times, art projects, a chance to interact with marine animals through a touch tank, and more. Different activities may be planned for each day. Be sure to check the website for details. All activities are included in general museum admission. Ticket information is available online. 

Saturday, June 10

Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival
501 Deep Valley Dr., Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274

The Palos Verdes Street Fair & Music Festival is happening on Friday, June 9th (Carnival only – 5 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, June 10th (Street Fair -10 am to 10 pm and Carnival – 11 am to 10 pm), and Sunday, June 11th (Street Fair – 10 am to 9 pm and Carnival – 11 am to 9 pm). The festivities include live entertainment, carnival rides, artisans, food, and lots of fun. Parking and admission are free. Details are available online.

Sunday, June 11

Sunday Funday 
The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts 
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Sunday Funday is a free, monthly, outdoor event held at The Wallis. Performances and activities are open to all levels and all ages. On Sunday, June 11th there is an 11:00 am performance by bilingual songwriter and performer Nathalia. At 12:00 pm, enjoy African Dance instruction offered by Debbie Allen or instructors from Debbie Allen Dance Academy. Don’t forget to bring water and wear comfortable shoes and a sunhat!

Monday, June 12

Children’s Storytime
{Pages}: A Bookstore
904 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

This independent book store is a favorite of families living in or near Manhattan Beach. They offer a children’s story time each Monday at 10:30 am. And moms will love knowing that this charming book store is owned and operated by four moms! 

Tuesday, June 13

A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio
Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA)
644 N. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The 6,000 square-foot Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMLA) is an “interactive museum that documents the history and contributions of Italian Americans in Southern California and the nation.” A Real Boy: The Many Lives of Pinocchio “explores the cultural origins, interpretations, and enduring appeal of one of the most popular characters in children’s literature.” On display, families will see rare toys, costumes, a first edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio (one of only six copies in the world), and more. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. While admission is free, donations are encouraged. 

Wednesday, June 14

California State Parks Week
Multiple locations

California State Parks Week is happening Wednesday, June 14th through Sunday, June 18th. A variety of different activities are planned each day of the week, in different state parks. Additionally, each day has a different theme, with the 14th being “Explore New Experiences,” an invitation to explore one of California’s 280 state parks and try something new. Check the website for details. 

Thursday, June 15

Monthly Kids Club
The Point 
850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA

The Point is hosting its monthly Kids Club on Thursday, June 15th (and each third Thursday of the month) from 10 am until 12:00 noon. “Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, balloon twisting, strolling characters and more.” 

Friday, June 16

Los Angeles Sparks vs Minnesota Lynx
Crypto.com Arena
1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015

Our Los Angeles Sparks take on the Minnesota Lynx during a Friday night game on June 16th. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the game starts at 7:00 pm. Before the game, there are lots of things to do and places to eat all nearby at L.A. LIVE.  Tickets are available online or may be purchased at the box office. 

Saturday, June 17

Electric Dusk Drive-In: Transformers
236 N. Central ave., Glendale, CA 91203

Electric Dusk Drive-In invites families to an outdoor screening of Transformers on Saturday, June 17th. Doors open at 7:30 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Concession goodies will be available on-site. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

Sunday, June 18 – Father’s Day

Father’s Day Rides 2023
The Zimmerman Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 

Treat dad (and grandpa and uncle) to a Father’s Day Sunday Ride at The Zimmerman. From 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, museum visitors are invited to take a “chauffeured ride in a classic car.” Tickets are available online.

Monday, June 19

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd., Sylmar, CA 91342

There is so much to see and do at Discovery Cube Los Angeles. Learn about Sports Science in the Science of Hockey exhibit, explore the Eco Challenge in the Discovery Market, observe the science behind Santa Ana winds in Park Science, and more. Exhibits are interactive, encouraging kiddos to get hands-on while they explore, ask questions, and learn the answers. Tickets are available online. (Discovery Cube Los Angeles is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week.)

Tuesday, June 20

Seventh Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Solidarity
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Families are invited to view the Seventh Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Solidarity. “One definition of solidarity is ‘the mutual support within a group,’ another is ‘a fellowship stemming from shared values and goals.’” However you define it, you will find solidarity across the American West — in the past as well as the present. The exhibition is included in general museum admission and will be on view at The Autry until Friday, June 30th. 

Wednesday, June 21

Nature Walk Story Time
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
110 E. La Habra Blvd., La Habra, CA 90633

Each Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 pm, The Children’s Museum at La Habra hosts Nature Walk Story Time. Families will enjoy a nature-themed story time in the Museum’s Nature Walk Gallery. No reservations are needed. This event is included in general museum admission. (Admission is $12 per person, ages 2 to adult; $11 for La Habra residents; $10 for seniors 65+ and military with ID.) 

Thursday, June 22

Drag Queen Story Hour
Pio Pico- – Koreatown Branch Library
694 S. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005

Pio Pico- – Koreatown Branch Library is hosting Drag Queen Story Hour on Thursday, June 22nd from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. “Join us for an extra sparkly storytime with a drag performer bringing humor, play, and fantasy to read progressive children’s books to delight families and their kids of all ages. Post-storytime photos with the performer are also encouraged.”

Friday, June 23

Movie Night: Scooby-Doo the Movie
Petersen Automotive Museum
6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Families are invited to the Petersen Automotive Museum for a showing of Scooby- Doo the Movie on Friday, June 23rd. The movie starts at 8:00 pm, but before the movie there will be Scooby Doo-themed activities, including a costume contest. The movie is free; standard parking rates do apply. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG.)

Saturday, June 24

Bowers’ Books for Kids: Storytime in the Galleries with Alexus Mozell
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

On Saturday, June 24th (and the last Saturday of each month) from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm, Bowers Museum hosts Storytime in the Galleries. Storytime is then “followed by a simple, fun art project that kids will love.” On the 24th, author Alexus Mozell will be reading her book I Know I Can which “serves to empower young boys to be anything they are inspired to be.The book shares achievements of Black men who paved the way for young Black boys to excel in a variety of careers ranging from architect to pilot.” This event is included in general admission (free for children under 12; $15 general admission; $12 for students/seniors). RSVP online. The first 35 to RSVP will receive free copies of the author’s book.

Sunday, June 25

Archaeology Dig and Music Jams
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball invites families to visit on the weekends for some special only-on-the-weekend events. At the Archaeology Dig, children can imagine they are archaeologists as they “sift and sort to find replicas of ancient artifacts buried beneath the sand.” Children can then weigh and observe their discoveries and use that as clues to see what similarities we share with people who lived thousands of years ago. (Archaeology Dig is open until 4:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.) Music Jams are held each Sunday at 11:15 am in the Skirball’s amphitheater. Children will have the chance to select from a “variety of instruments – including djembe drums, Indonesian hand drums, shakers and scrapers from South and Central America – and work with others to follow basic beats.” Tickets are available online.

Monday, June 26

Lavender Festival
123 Farm
10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, CA 92223

Visit 123 Farm on select days to experience the annual Lavender Festival. “Escape the heat and enjoy the lavender fields at sunset. Over 100,000 lights illuminate the farm at night.” In addition to witnessing a beautiful sunset, families will enjoy live musical performances and have the chance to taste lavender-inspired food and drinks. Hours are 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on select days, through July 23rd. Tickets are available online.

Tuesday, June 27

Chinese American Museum
El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument
425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Chinese American Museum is “housed in the oldest and last surviving structure of Los Angeles’ original Chinatown.” The 7200-square foot museum is “dedicated to researching, preserving, and sharing the experiences and contributions of Chinese Americans in the United States.” the boba show: history, diaspora, and a third space is one of the museum’s current exhibitions, and the Sun Wing Wo General Store and Herb Shop is a recreation of an actual store from the 1890s. The Chinese American Museum is open six days a week (closed on Mondays) from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. (Suggested admission is $3 for adults; $2 for seniors 60+ and students with ID.)

Wednesday, June 28

Maya: The Exhibition
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

You won’t want to miss a chance to see Maya: The Exhibition at the California Science Center. The exhibition includes over 250 artifacts, many of which are on tour outside of Guatemala for the first time. “Through priceless artifacts and hands-on exhibits, discover how the ancient Maya built and sustained complex cities in the heart of the rainforest.” And while you’re at the Science Center, you’ll also want to get tickets for Mystery of the Maya, an IMAX movie. Tickets are required and are available online. 

Thursday, June 29

Food Truck Thursdays 
Parking Lot 11
14101 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, CA 

Each Thursday (through October 26th) from 5 pm to 9 pm, families are invited to enjoy Beach Eats, Food Truck Thursdays in Marina del Rey. This weekly food truck event is a great way to get a night off from cooking dinner. Bring a blanket and/or some beach chairs and you can have a picnic dinner on the beach! Food trucks and menus change weekly. 

Friday, June 30

The Music Center’s Dance DTLA 
Jerry Moss Plaza – The Music Center
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 

On Friday, June 30th, 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, and no previous dance experience is needed. Each week a different dance style is highlighted. June 30th is Salsa Night. You can reserve your spot online. (Dance DTLA is scheduled for every Friday night this summer, through August 18th.)

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Things To Do in Los Angeles Every Day in July, 2023

Saturday, July 1

Street Food Cinema: Back to the Future
LA State Historic Park
1245 N. Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Street Food Cinema invites you to enjoy an outdoor screening of Back to the Future on Saturday, July 1st. Doors open at 5:30 pm, the band starts performing at 7:00 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Food trucks will be on site as well. Tickets are available online. (The film is rated PG.)

Sunday, July 2

Public Train Ride Days
Southern California Live Steamers Miniature Railroad
Wilson Park
2100 Washington Ave., Torrance, CA 

Southern California Live Steamers hosts Public Train Ride Day at Wilson Park on the first Sunday (11:00 am to 3:00 pm) and third Saturday (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm) of each month. Learn about steam and diesel locomotives, and enjoy a ride on a miniature railroad. (Keep in mind – to ride the trains, children must be able to walk on their own and be at least 32” tall.)

Monday, July 3

Immersive Disney Animation
Lighthouse Artspace Los Angeles
6400 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Immersive Disney Animation “takes you inside the greatest films of Walt Disney Animation Studios, from their very earliest, groundbreaking features to the beloved hit movies of today.” Immersive Disney Animation is a way to “step into” some of your favorite scenes from your favorite Disney movies. Tickets are available online. (From June 23rd through September 3rd, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and most Mondays.)

Tuesday, July 4

Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s July 4th Extravaganza
Warner Ranch Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Councilman Bob Blumenfield’s Annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza is happening from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. Enjoy a free concert and 15-minute fireworks display. Food trucks as well as arts-and-crafts vendors will be on-site as well. The event is free, and parking fees serve as a donation to the Valley Cultural Foundation. Tickets are available online. 

Click here to read our post: Best Fourth of July Celebrations In Los Angeles

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Wednesday, July 5

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

The annual Butterfly Pavilion is at the Natural History Museum until August 13th, and you don’t want to miss it! Wander around the Pavilion, which features “hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and plenty of natural light to help you see these creatures shimmer.” Look closely and you’ll also see all stages of the butterfly life cycle including eggs, caterpillars, and chrysalises. Timed tickets are required and are available online. 

Thursday, July 6

Concerts in the Park 
Del Valle Park
5939 Henrilee St., Lakewood, CA 90713

The City of Lakewood hosts Thursday night concerts through August 3rd. From 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm, sit back and relax, and enjoy a fun musical night. On July 6th, Smith Country Band (country) will be performing. Dinner and refreshments will be sold, and/or families may bring their own picnics. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. 

Friday, July 7

Sawdust Art and Craft Festival Summer 2023
935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach 92651

The Sawdust Art Festival is an annual tradition you don’t want to miss. The Festival runs from Friday, June 30th through Sunday, September 3rd. If you’ve never been, Sawdust is described as “handcrafted art by Laguna Beach artists, three stages of live music, complimentary art classes, glassblowing art demonstrations and a variety of outdoor dining and saloon offerings,” all set “in a unique artist village in the heart of Laguna Beach.” Details are available online.

Saturday, July 8

Movie Night: The Incredibles 
Reyes Adobe Park
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr., Agoura Hills, CA 

The City of Agoura Hills is hosting an outdoor screening of the Disney Pixar film The Incredibles on Saturday, July 8th. Pack your favorite movie snacks and/or dinner and a picnic blanket, and then settle in for a fun, family night out. The movie begins at dusk. (The movie is rated PG.)

Sunday, July 9

Pirate Invasion Long Beach
Shoreline Aquatic Park
200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Grab your mateys, and get ready for a good time at Pirate Invasion Long Beach on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th. Festivities include live entertainment (including swashbuckling swordplay and a fire show at night), vendors, magical mermaids, food, lots of fun kids activities (games, face painting, inflatables), and much more. Ticket information is available online. 

Monday, July 10

Movie Mondays: The Lion King
Segerstrom Center for the Arts – Argyros Plaza
600 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is hosting Movie Mondays on Monday, July 10th through Monday, August 7th. “Catch a hit movie, try a cool activity, take a mini-docent-tour, and grab a bit to eat at George’s Café as well as select food trucks.” Families may also bring their own picnics, as well as picnic blankets, lawn chairs, and popcorn! Families may arrive beginning at 5:30 pm, and the movie starts at dusk (about 8:00 pm). Pre-movie activities are scheduled for 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. On the 10th, Disney’s The Lion King will be presented. 

Tuesday, July 11

The L.A. Zoo Goes to the Library
Granada Hills Branch Library
10640 Petit Ave., Granada Hills, CA 91344

Granada Hills Branch Library is hosting The L.A. Zoo Goes to the Library on Tuesday, July 11th at 12:30 pm. During this special event, children will “find ways to discover the local wildlife that lives in Griffith Park and learn about the unique story of your Los Angeles Zoo.”

Wednesday, July 12

Summer Concert Series
Verdugo Park
1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale, CA 91208

Throughout July and August, on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays at 7:00 pm, the City of Glendale is hosting a Summer Concert Series. On July 12th, Identity Theft the Band, an 80s Coverband, is scheduled to perform. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets, and a picnic dinner. (Information about free parking is available online.)

Thursday, July 13

Cool Crafts Roundup
Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 E. Bixby Hills Rd., Long Beach, CA 90815

From 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm, families are invited to drop in at Rancho Los Alamitos for Cool Crafts Roundup. This special activity includes a “craft project and story time connecting to water, nature, and sustainability.” All ages are welcome. This is a free activity. (The next Cool Crafts Roundup will be offered on Thursday, August 10th.)

Friday, July 14

Zoo Friday Nights 2023
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Los Angeles Zoo is hosting Zoo Friday Nights 2023 now through Friday, August 18th. From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, families are invited to experience the Zoo on a beautiful summer evening and have the “opportunity to see what your favorite animals get up to during twilight hours.” The fun also includes musical performances, family dance party and games, and interactive education stations. In addition, add-ons such as carousel rides and tasty treats will also be available. You can check the website for the Music and Food Truck Schedule as well as ticket information. ($25 for adults 18+; $20 for children ages 2-17)

Saturday, July 15

42nd Annual Lotus Festival
Echo Park Lake
751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90026

The 42nd Annual Lotus Festival is happening on Saturday, July 15th (12:00 pm to 8:00 pm)and Sunday, July 16th (12:00 pm to 7:00 pm). This free event features a special children’s area, dragon boat races, food court, handcrafted artwork, and much more. This year’s festival celebrates “Wonderful Indonesia.” 

Sunday, July 16

Concert 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 Sundays through September 3rd. Concerts are held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. On July 16th, U.S. 99 is scheduled to perform, combining “harmonious elements of Rock, Blues, Jazz, Roots Music, Rock ’N’ Roll, Old School, Folk and a smattering of Country.” Pack a picnic and get ready for an evening of good music and good times. 

Monday, July 17

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105

The Norton Simon Museum is a museum that a family can walk through, in its entirety, in one visit. Current exhibitions include Saint Sebastian: Anatomy of a Sculpture and All Consuming: Art and the Essence of Food. The Norton Simon also has a small garden cafe located outside in the beautiful sculpture garden. The sculpture garden includes a pond with water lilies, trees, and colorful flowers. It’s a tranquil spot in the middle of the city. Advance tickets are available online, as well as tips for Family Visits. Admission is free for children 17 and under. (The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)

Tuesday, July 18

Harkins Summer Movie Fun: Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Harkins Theatres Cerritos 16
600 Los Cerritos Center, Cerritos, CA 90703

For eight weeks during the summer, Harkins Theatres offers its Summer Movie Fun program for families. Eight movies over eight weeks for $8. During the week of July 17- July 21st, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (rated PG) will be shown. Check the website for a full schedule and ticket information. (Summer Movie Fun begins the week of June 5th.) 

Wednesday, 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 14th and continues through Sunday, August 13th. This year’s theme is “Happy Together.” Families will find so much to do “from piggies to pies to particularly thrilling rides.” And don’t forget — the musical entertainment, the animals, shopping, exhibits, and the food! Advance tickets are required ad are available online. (The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Thursday, July 20

Summer Music 2023
The Original Farmers Market
6333 W. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Thursday evenings from 6:00 pm to 8:00 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. On July 20th, Dionracci (Alternative R&B) is scheduled to perform. These Thursday Night Concerts continue until August 31st.

Friday, July 21

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

Arboretum Summer Nights is a Friday night concert series featuring live musical performances in a variety of genres. Live music is scheduled from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and gates open at 5:00 pm. The Peacock Café will be open as well. (No outside food or drink is permitted.) There will also be arts and crafts, storytelling, lawn games, and more. On July 21st, Island Jam Music will be performing traditional and contemporary Hawaiian Music. Tickets are available online. (Arboretum Summer Nights is also happening on July 7th, August 4th, and August 18th.) 

Saturday, July 22

Movies Under the Stars: Hook
One Colorado
41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103

On July 22nd, One Colorado invites families to enjoy an outdoor screening of the family-friendly film Hook as part of its Movie Under the Stars Series. (Movies will also be shown on July 8th and July 15th.) Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are invited to bring blankets, cushions, and lawn chairs. (The movie is rated PG.)

Sunday, July 23

Live Weekend Entertainment
The Americana at Brand
889 Americana Way, Glendale, CA 91210

The Americana at Brand is the place for live weekend entertainment all summer long. Enjoy a variety of musical genres during these weekly performances. Performances are scheduled on Saturdays (6 pm to 9 pm) and Sundays (4 pm to 7 pm). (Performances are scheduled through Sunday, August 27th.)

Monday, July 24

Make Your Own Ice Cream
Chatsworth Branch Library
21052 Devonshire St., Chatsworth, CA 91311

Chatsworth Branch Library invites kids and teens to Make Your Own Ice Cream on Monday, July 24th at 3:00 pm. “Learn the science behind making your own ice cream in a bag. Then try it yourself.”

Tuesday, July 25

2023 Summer Reading Club: Find Your Voice
Civic Center Plaza
455 N. Rexford Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 

The Beverly Hills Public Library invites families to participate in its 2023 Summer Reading Club. This summer’s theme is Find Your Voice. Each Terrific Tuesday at 4:00 pm, a special performance for children is planned. On the 25th, Christopher T. Magician Presents “There is a book for that!” Check the website for all the details about the Summer Reading Club as well as other activities including Family Summer Storytimes. 

Wednesday, July 26

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument and Olvera Street
125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90012

When was the last time your family enjoyed a leisurely stroll along Olvera Street? Take in the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes here at El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, recognized as “the birthplace of Los Angeles.” There is much to see and do including visiting the Chinese American Museum, viewing Pico House and Avila Adobe, and much more. Come hungry – you’ll find many delicious cafes and restaurants to choose from. 

Thursday, July 27

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

The City of Beverly Hills hosts “Concerts on Cañon” each Thursday evening (through August 24th) from 6 pm to 8 pm. Pack a picnic or enjoy a meal from one of the nearby restaurants and get ready to enjoy a free concert featuring musicians performing in a variety of musical styles. On the 27th, Susie Hansen Latin Band is scheduled to perform.

Friday, July 28

Friday Fun
Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503

Madrona Marsh invites families to attend Friday Fun each Friday from 10 am to 12 pm. Friday Fun is a special hands-on program for families with children ages 3-6. This free event incorporates storytime, art, science, and a tour all while emphasizing a specific topic. Participation is limited; be sure to call to pre-register. (310-782-3989)

Saturday, July 29

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2023

The Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2023 is celebrating its 20th Season! Performances of Julius Caesar begin July 5th, and performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream begin August 9th. In addition, families can expect “special guests and unique events all summer long.” Check the website for more details as they become available.

Sunday, July 30

Oxnard Salsa Festival
Plaza Park
Fifth and C Streets, Oxnard, CA 

The Oxnard Salsa Festival is happening on Saturday, July 29th and Sunday, July 30th. The festivities include food; musical performances; dancing; a Kids Zone with rides, games, and crafts; and much more! Check the website for information about the shuttle service that will make it even easier for you to get to the Festival.

Monday, July 31

GRAMMY Museum
800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015

The GRAMMY Museum is the place for music lovers. Current exhibitions include 100 Years of Peggy Lee (through August 20th), The Rolling Stones 1972: Photographs by Jim Marshall (Summer 2023), and Shakira, Shakira: The GRAMMY Museum Experience (through Winter 2024) to name a few. Ticket information is available online. (The Museum is open six days a week, closed on Tuesdays.)

100 days of summer fun in Los Angeles with kids

Things To Do in Los Angeles Every Day in August, 2023

Tuesday, August 1

California Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

The California Botanic Garden is “the largest garden dedicated exclusively to the state’s native plants.” Stroll through the Garden’s 86 acres and discover a variety of plants and flowers including those in the Sensory Loop Trail, Fan Palm Oasis, and the Tongva Village. The Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Visitors are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online. Be sure to check the website before visiting — the Garden is occasionally closed due to special events and/or inclement weather. 

Wednesday, August 2

Summer Concerts in the Park
Verdugo Park
1621 Cañada Blvd., Glendale, CA 91208

The City of Glendale invites families to enjoy Summer Concerts in the Park happening on Wednesdays and Thursdays through August 10th. On August 2nd, The Tribe Band will be performing. Performances are scheduled from 7 pm to 9 pm. Don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner and lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Thursday, August 3

International Surf Festival
Multiple Locations

Manhattan Beach is the host city for the 60th International Surf Festival which begins Wednesday, August 2nd and continues through Sunday, August 6th. “Participants range in age from 8 years old to the late 80’s.” A variety of competitions are planned including volleyball tournaments, a youth sailing event, paddle board race, surfing championships, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events.

Friday, August 4

Marina del Rey WaterBus
Multiple locations 

The Marina del Rey WaterBus is a fun and relaxing way for families to explore Marina del Rey. The WaterBus operates from eight stops in the Marina which makes it a fun way to explore the Marina and take in all the sights and sounds. The WaterBus operates Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (as well as Fourth of July and Labor Day). Tickets are available at each stop and are $1 per passenger, one way, cash only. Be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date operating hours and a map of the route taken by the WaterBus. 

Saturday, August 5 

Concerts in the Park
Central Park
27150 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91350

The City of Santa Clarita invites families to enjoy Concerts in the Park on Saturdays (from July 8th through August 26th). Concerts begin at 7:00 pm, but come early because food trucks will be on-site beginning at 5:00 pm. Families are also invited to bring their own picnics. Don’t forget lawn chairs and picnic blankets. On the 5th, Savor, a Tribute to Santana, will be performing. 

Sunday, August 6

Garden Concerts for Kids: Renee and Jeremy
Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Getty Center invites families to its Garden Concerts for Kids: Renee and Jeremy on Saturday, August 5th and Sunday, August 6th. “Renee and Jeremy are known for their hush indie-folk originals and covers that transform classic songs into quiet mantras.” Families may bring picnic blankets, but lawn chairs are not allowed. Admission is free, but a timed-entry reservation is required. 

Monday, August 7

Ventura County Fair
Ventura County Fairgrounds and Event Center
10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001

The Ventura County Fair, “a country fair with ocean air” is happening Wednesday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 13th. The fun includes concerts, food, carnival rides, special exhibits, and more. Check the website for details and ticket information. 

Tuesday, August 8

Moonlight Movies on the Beach: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Granada Beach
5000 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803

Movies on the Beach? Sounds like an only-in-L.A. fun way to spend a summer evening. On Tuesday, August 8th head to Granada Beach for a showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (rated PG). Movies begin at sunset (between 8:00 pm and 8:30 pm). Families may bring their own food or purchase from local food trucks which will be on-site. (And if you can’t make it on the 8th, movies are also scheduled for August 15th and 24th.) 

Wednesday, August 9

Discovery Cube Sea Lab and Ocean Encounter
Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main ST., Santa Ana, CA 92705

Discovery Cube Sea Lab is the newest, permanent exhibition on view at Discovery Cube Orange County. “This exhibit offers a coastal tidepool touch tank as well as a shark and ray tank giving guests an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures!” Ocean Encounter, available until September 4th, is described as an “interactive aquatic wonderland,” giving families the opportunity to “explore all the zones of the ocean and discover what makes them each so unique.” This special exhibit provides many hands-on, interactive stations and highlights important issues such as plastic pollution, threats to ocean life, conservation efforts, and more. Both Discovery Cube Sea Lab and Ocean Encounter are included in general admission. Ticket information is available online. 

Thursday, August 10

Sunset Concerts: Sona Jobarteh
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball Cultural Center hosts free Sunset Concerts, and on Thursday, August 10th families are invited to see a performance by Sona Jobarteh. “Enjoy dazzling vocals and intricate rhythms from Sona Jobarteh, who has revolutionized the kora, a traditional Gambian instrument, which — until now — has only been passed down from father to son.” Doors, galleries, and concessions are open from 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm. The concert is scheduled for 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Concerts are free to attend; however, reservations are recommended. 

Friday, August 11

Open Clay Time
Craft Contemporary 
5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Craft Contemporary invites families to Open Clay Time happening on Fridays throughout the summer from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Open Clay Time is an “airdry clay workshop in conjunction with the clay biennial exhibition, Wayfinding. Try your hand at a selection of clay projects using simple sculpting and joining techniques.” All ages are welcome. Open Clay Time operates on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Saturday, August 12

2023 Natsumatsuri Family Festival
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Japanese American National Museum (JANM) invites families to its 2023 Natsumatsuri Family Festival happening on Saturday, August 12th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. This free annual event is fun for the whole family and includes arts and crafts, cultural performances, interactive story times, a scavenger hunt, and more. In addition, visitors will receive free admission all day to see JANM’s exhibitions. (Be sure to check the website for a full schedule of events.)

Sunday, August 13

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

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo is screening the Pixar film Ratatouille on Sunday, August 13th at 2:30 pm. Refreshments and concession stand favorites are available for purchase on-site. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated G.)

Monday, August 14

Cardboard City – Pop-up Art Center
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 

Make plans to visit Cardboard City – Pop-up Art Center in Westfield Century City. “With 12’ sculptures, massive collaborative art installations, cardboard costuming, skills building classes, and community connections, Cardboard City is LA’s best free art program.” This special pop-up will be in Century City until September 4th. Check the website for more details as they become available. 

Tuesday, August 15

Living Treasures From Around the World With the Reptile Family
John Muir Branch Library
1005 W. 64th St., Los Angeles, CA 90044

John Muir Branch Library is hosting Living Treasures From Around the World With the Reptile Family on Tuesday, August 15th at 4:00 pm. Children will be treated to an “educational, entertaining, fun, and safe hands-on program with reptiles, amphibians, and arthropods.” 

Wednesday, August 16

Summer Concerts
The Point 
850 S. Pacific Coast Hwy, El Segundo, CA

The Point hosts Summer concerts each Wednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, July through August. On August 16th, Barley (described as Americana + beach country vibe) is scheduled to perform. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the free concert out on the lawn in The Plaza at The Point. 

Thursday, August 17

Summer Music Series
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens is hosting its Summer Music Series on Thursday, August 17th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Amadou Fall and Ethio Cali are scheduled to perform. The performance is free with admission, and no advance registration is required. (Note – chairs, blankets, and outside food are not permitted.) Tickets are available online.   

Friday, August 18

PCH Movies and Moonlight: Monsters, Inc.
2nd & PCH
6400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

As part of its Movies and Moonlight Series, 2nd & PCH invites families to a free outdoor screening of the Disney Pixar film Monsters, Inc. on Friday, August 18th. The movie starts at sunset, but come early for pre-show entertainment and meet-and-greets from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Families may bring their own lawn chairs and blankets.  

Saturday, August 19

Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup

Heal the Bay is planning a Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup for Saturday, August 19th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Heal the Bay guarantees supplies for the first 300 who register. Be sure to check the website for more information as it becomes available. (Registration will open soon.)

Sunday, August 20

Open House
Pasadena Model Railroad Museum (PMRRM)
5458 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

Families are invited to the Pasadena Model Railroad Museum’s Open House on Sunday, August 20th (and the third Sunday of each month) from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. PMRRM “operates one of the largest HO scale model railroads in the world.” If your kiddos are interested in trains, make a plan to visit. (Suggested donation of $7 for adults, $2 for children, children under 7 are free.)

Monday, August 21

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

How long has it been since your family explored the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum? Make it a “saber-toothed summer.” Learn about the Ice Age and marvel at the fossils that have been found in our own backyard! Watch scientists in action, smell the “tar” bubbling up outside, and much more. Ticket information is available online. (Note – The Museum is closed on the first Tuesday of each month.)

Tuesday, August 22 

Battleship USS Iowa Museum
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

As you explore the Battleship USS Iowa, you may feel as if you and your family are stepping back in time, exploring history in a very up-close-and-personal way. Battleship USS Iowa is “affectionately nicknamed the ‘Battleship of Presidents’ primarily due to her welcoming of several United States Commanders-in-Chief of the course of her long and storied service.” A variety of tour options are available including self-guided tours and guided tours, each with a different focus. Details and  ticket information are available online.  

Wednesday, August 23

POKÉMON X KOGEI: Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft
Japan House Gallery, Level 2
Ovation Hollywood
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

If your kiddos are Pokémon fans, then you’ll have to plan to see the exhibition POKÉMON X KOGEI: Playful Encounters of Pokémon and Japanese Craft. “The exhibition brings together two of Japan’s most celebrated contributions to world culture — beloved characters from one of the biggest entertainment franchises and craft that has evolved and been refined over centuries.” Families will view more than 70 works, made with a variety of materials and using different techniques, including lacquer, ceramics, textiles, and metalwork, all to “creatively channel the world of the globally popular Pokémon brand.” Admission is free. (The exhibition will be on view until January 7th, 2024.)

Thursday, August 24

Corbin Maxey, Animal Expert
2nd and PCH
6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

Visit 2nd and PCH on Thursday, August 24th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm to see Corbin Maxey, Animal Expert.This 45-minute interactive reptile show gives the audience many opportunities to get involved. Additionally, Corbin and select animals will be available for meet-and-greets after the show. Some of the “animal ambassadors” include Topaz, a Blue-tongued Skink; Bentley, a Brazilian Rainbow Boa; Levi, a 4-foot Green Iguana, and more. This is a free event, and no tickets are required. 

Friday, August 25

Fiesta La Ballona
Veterans Memorial Park
4117 Overland Ave., Culver City, CA 90230

Culver City plans to host its annual Fiesta La Ballona beginning Friday, August 25th and continuing all weekend through Sunday, August 27th. This free event features live entertainment, food trucks, carnival rides and games, artisan vendors, and much more. Check the website for more details as they become available.

Saturday, August 26

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

Griffith Observatory is hosting a Public Star Party on Saturday, August 26th from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm. The Public Star Party is a “chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets, and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.” This is a free event. 

Sunday, August 27

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

Rooftop Cinema Club El Segundo invites families to a screening of Shrek on Sunday, August 27th at 2:30 pm. (Note – this a dog-friendly “wooftop” screening.) Refreshments and concession stand favorites are available for purchase on-site. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG.)

Monday, August 28

Santa Ana Zoo
Prentice Park
1801 E. Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92701

The Zoo features “over 80 species of animals, including some of the smallest monkeys in the world, the Golden Headed Lion Tamarins. The Zoo is a place to play, a place to learn and a place to spend time with your family.” Additional fun activities include a ride on the Zoofari Express Train Ride, the Conservation Carousel, and the 50 Monkey Ferris Wheel. (These activities do require an additional fee.) The Santa Ana Zoo is open daily (10 am to 5 pm).

Tuesday, August 29

Imagined Wests
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Imagined Wests is a long-term exhibition, exploring “the ways we tell stories about the American West through pop culture, clothing, toys, art, archives, and other media.” Families will find over 250 objects from the Autry’s collections, as well as multimedia and hands-on activities. Tickets are available online. (The Autry is closed on Mondays.)

Wednesday, August 30

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108

A visit to The Huntington is really a feast for your senses, offering so much to explore, including rare manuscripts, enchanting gardens, and stunning artwork. The Library is “one of the world’s great independent research libraries in the fields of British and American history, literature, art, and the history of science” and its collection includes several first editions. The Gardens encompass about 130 acres and feature more than a dozen themed gardens. The Art Collections “focus on European art from the 15th to the early 20th century and American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century.” The collection includes 650 paintings and 440 works of sculpture. Highlights of the collection include Thomas Gainsborough’s Blue Boy looking across the room at Thomas Lawrence’s Sarah Goodin Barrett Moulton: “Pinkie.” Capacity is limited. Weekend reservations are required, and weekday reservations are strongly recommended. (The Huntington is closed on Tuesdays.)

Thursday, August 31

Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Explore “Greek and Roman antiquities housed in a re-created Roman country home.” Stroll through the gardens, marvel at the sculptures, and lose yourself in the art. Admission is free, but does require a timed-entry reservation. (The Getty Villa is closed on Tuesdays.)

100 days of summer fun in Los Angeles with kids

Friday, September 1

Free Beach Movie Night: The Lion King (1994)
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista Del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293

Enjoy a free movie screening “on the sand, by the waves, and under the stars at Dockweiler Youth Center.” On Friday, September 1st, The Lion King (1994) will be shown. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. No tickets are required; however, an RSVP is recommended so that you can be notified of any last-minute changes. 

Saturday, September 2

NoHo Summer Nights Movie: Grease
North Hollywood Recreation Center
11430 Chandler Blvd. (next to the library), North Hollywood, CA 91601

Enjoy a free, outdoor showing of Grease on Saturday, September 2nd. Go back to high school with the Pink Ladies and the T-Birds! Bring your blankets, low chairs, and pillows, and get ready for a fun evening. The movie begins at sundown. Reserve your spot online. 

Sunday, September 3

Levitt LA 2023 Season
Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles
MacArthur Park 
W. 6th Street and S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 

This is your last weekend to enjoy an outdoor performance as part of the Levitt LA 2023 Season. Performances are scheduled for Friday, September 1st (7 pm to 10 pm), Saturday, September 2nd (5 pm to 9 pm), and Sunday, September 3rd (5 pm to 8 pm). Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets, pack a picnic, and sit back and enjoy an evening of music! A full schedule is available online.

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon, Topanga, CA 

Experience Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum. This annual event infuses “Shakespeare’s beautiful language with music and song to heighten the pleasure. The most magical outdoor setting in Los Angeles is an enchanted forest inhabited by lovers both fairy and human.” The performance is scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, September 4h. Ticket information, as well as other performance dates, are available online.

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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 WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).

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Jane

Friday 2nd of June 2017

this is a wonderful list of summer fun! There is always something to do in L.A.

have fun everyone!!

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