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100 Days of Summer Fun In LA With Kids

Updated for 2021

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 Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

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

Things To Do in Los Angeles Every Day in June, 2021

Tuesday, June 1

Storytime Online
LAPL – Online

The Los Angeles Public Library system hosts an online story time each Tuesday through Friday at 10:00 am. “Listen, move, play, and sing along with librarians from all over Los Angeles!” The event streams live on LAPL’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 

Related: 10 Things you can do at the Los Angeles Public Library System

Related: Free Summer Reading Programs

Wednesday, June 2

Underwood Family Farms
3370 Sunset Valley Rd., Moorpark, CA 

Take the kids out to a farm for a change of pace. A visit to Underwood Family Farms also includes the chance to take a wagon ride as you wander around and pick out some yummies to bring home. Be sure to check the website before visiting, for information on their “pick your own” offerings.

Thursday, June 3

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

Make plans to visit the Natural History Museum to view their annual Butterfly Pavilion (on exhibit until September 6th). Advanced, timed tickets are required and are available online. (The Butterfly Pavilion is free for members.)

Friday, June 4

Drive-In At the Park
Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course
4100 S. LaCienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90056

Enjoy a drive-in movie at Kenneth Hahn Disc Golf Course. On Friday, June 4th there’s an 8:15 pm showing of the Pixar film Inside Out (rated PG) and a 10:30 pm screening of Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse (rated PG).Tickets are available online.

Saturday, June 5

Virtual Pacific Islander Festival

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites families to its Virtual Pacific Islander Festival happening from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm. “This virtual festival will feature traditional Pacific Island music and dance, cultural displays, and craft demonstrations.” The Festival will be live streamed on the Aquarium’s website. 

Sunday, June 6

Ai Weiwei: Trace
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

Make reservations to visit the Skirball and view their newest exhibition, Ai Weiwei: Trace. The exhibition is a “moving depiction of courage in the face of authoritarianism” and features eighty-three portraits, “each one hand-assembled from thousands of LEGO bricks.” The portraits “pay tribute to ‘heroes of our time,’ many of them ordinary citizens who have stood up against injustice in their communities.” Advanced, timed-ticket reservations are required and are available online. 

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

Monday, June 7

The Art of the Brick
California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

You won’t want to miss a chance to see The Art of the Brick at the California Science Center. The exhibition is the “world’s largest display of LEGO art. Discover over one million LEGO bricks transformed into more than 100 sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya.” Advanced timed tickets are required and are available online. 

Tuesday, June 8

Madrona Marsh
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503

While the Nature Center remains closed, families can still visit Madrona Marsh for up to two-hours. Controlled access limits the number of visitors. This is a great way for families to get out of the house and spend some time in nature. 

Wednesday, June 9

Olvera Street
845 N. Alameda St., 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 on the oldest street in Los Angeles. Come hungry – you’ll find many cafes and restaurants to choose from. 

Thursday, June 10

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

It most likely has been a while since you’ve been to the Discovery Cube Los Angeles. It’s a fun place for kids to get hands-on and learn about science and engineering. Tickets are available online. (Currently, the Museum is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.)

Friday, June 11

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

The GRAMMY Museum is open and ready to welcome your family. New exhibits include Dave Matthews Band: Inside and Out as well as Motown: The Sound of Young America. Reserve timed tickets are available online. (Currently, the Museum is only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.)

Saturday, June 12

SOAR Tropical Butterflies
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

SOAR features tropical butterflies in the South Coast Botanic Garden’s “newly built pavilion.” You’ll see butterflies in every stage of their life cycle. And, of course, there are the 87 acres of the Garden to explore! Advance tickets are required and are available online. 

Sunday, June 13

Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

“The mission of the Japanese American National Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Japanese American experience.” Free, reserved tickets are available online. (Currently the Museum is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.)

Monday, June 14

Roadhouse Aquarium
At the end of the Manhattan Beach Pier

The Roadhouse Aquarium educates and inspires visitors, connecting families to the “oceans through hands-on interactive experiences with marine life and habitats of southern California.” More than 100 marine animals live at the Aquarium. The Aquarium is open seven days a week. Advanced timed-entry reservations are required and are available online. 

Tuesday, June 15

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit Los Angeles

Experience Van Gogh like you never have before, as if you’re inside his famous paintings. “Lose yourself in 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating Vincent van Gogh’s oeuvre.” Tickets are available online. (This special exhibition will be in L.A. for the rest of the year.)

Wednesday, June 16

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

As you explore the Battleship IOWA, you may feel as if you and your family are stepping back into time, exploring history in a very up-close-and-personal way. Explore and learn why the ship is regarded as the “Battleship of Presidents.” Families may purchase tickets online.  

Thursday, June 17

A Walk Through the Lavender Fields
10600 Highland Springs Ave., Cherry Valley, CA 92223

“Each summer, 123 Farm at Highland Springs Ranch & Inn celebrates the beginning of lavender harvest season by hosting the annual Lavender Festival.” Among 20 acres of organic lavender fields you’ll find more than 90 varieties of lavender. And while you’re there, be sure to try “lavender-inspired favorites such as lavender lemonade and lavender ice cream.” Tickets are available online. This special event runs through August 1st. 

Friday, June 18

Outdoor Screening: Tron
Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney’s Tron (rated PG) on Friday, June 18th. This popular movie is regarded as an “original and visually stunning piece of science fiction that represents a landmark work in the history of computer animation.” Tickets are available online. Families may arrive before the movie (it starts at 8:00 pm) to enjoy access to the special exhibition Inside the Walt Disney Archives: 50 Years of Preserving the Magic. Tickets are available online.

Saturday, June 19

Nothing But B.L.K. Flea Market
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

On Saturday, June 19th from 10 am to 5 pm (and select Saturdays each month), families are invited to check out Nothing But B.L.K. Flea Market. This special marketplace features Black-owned businesses and products. And in case you were wondering, B.L.K. stands for “Black Business, Black Love, and Black Kulture.” Additionally, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Certified Farmers Market will also be open on Saturday, from 10 am to 3 pm. 

Sunday, June 20

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

The Automobile Driving Museum is hosting Father’s Day Rides as a special way to celebrate the dads in your life. From 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, families can have the chance to treat dad to a ride in one of the Museum’s classic cars. Details are available online.

Monday, June 21

Science at Home 
Online – Wilmington Branch Library

“Join Ms. Denise for a cool, easy science project you can do at home! Join our pre-recorded session on Facebook and discover all the fun of science you can do at home in your pajamas.” This is a recurring event happening on Mondays (except holidays) at 9:30 am. 

Tuesday, June 22

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

The Autry Museum has re-opened and welcomes guests Tuesdays through Sundays. Current exhibitions include When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives, and Art of the West. Advance reservations are not required at this time, but may be purchased online if you so desire.

Wednesday, June 23

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

The Santa Ana Zoo is open (10 am to 4 pm) and ready to welcome your family. (They are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.) While you stroll through the Zoo, be on the lookout for 50 monkeys. Back when the Zoo was first founded, Mr. Prentice (the founder) required that 50 monkeys be on the grounds at all times. The Zoo is also home to more than 80 species! Reservations are not required; tickets may be purchased upon arrival.

Thursday, June 24

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? Explore 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. Advanced, timed-tickets are required and are available online. (Currently, the Museum is closed Monday-Wednesday.)

Friday, June 25

Jazz at LACMA – Otmaro Ruiz – Virtual Event and
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
 
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

“This year marks Jazz at LACMA’S 30th season of celebrating L.A.’s finest jazz musicians.” While the in-person concerts are currently on hold, families can enjoy a virtual concert experience at 6:00 pm. And, during the day, families can visit the Museum’s BCAM (Broad Contemporary Art Museum) and the Resnick Exhibition Pavilion which feature “a rotation of artworks from the museum’s permanent collection.” Advance tickets are required and are available online. 

Saturday, June 26

Let’s Make Snickerdoodles – Online Class
BLVD Kitchen

BLVD Kitchen is hosting a Zoom class on Saturday, June 26th at 10:00 am. This 30-minute class (recommended for children 5 and older) will teach aspiring chefs how to make what may be the most fun cookie to say – snickerdoodles! Registration information is available online. 

Sunday, June 27

Knott’s 100th Anniversary: A Knott’s Family Reunion
Knott’s Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, CA 90620

Now through September 6th, families are invited to help celebrate Knott’s 100th Anniversary. “Guests will be immersed in a once-in-a-lifetime anniversary celebration featuring festive park décor, themed food items, unique entertainment, exclusive merchandise, and special surprises along the way, all paying homage to the nostalgia that surrounds the historic theme park.”

Monday, June 28

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

14 gardens at The Huntington are open and ready for families to enjoy (the high-touch Children’s Garden remain closed). Additionally, select galleries have reopened as well, including the first floor of the Huntington Art Gallery where The Blue Boy is on view. Advance tickets are required and are available online. 

Tuesday, June 29

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

Pack some snacks and water, don’t forget the sunscreen, and head to the L.A. Zoo. How many of the more than 270 different species will you see during your day at the Zoo? And remember – the Zoo is also a botanical garden, with plants from all over the globe. Advance reservations are required and may be made online.

Wednesday, June 30

Pacific Park – Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA

Who’s ready for a day at the beach? Ride operation at Pacific Park has resumed and the Santa Monica Pier is open. Be sure to check the website for the most up-to-date information. There are periodic closures.

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Thursday, July 1  

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

Rooftop Cinema’s El Segundo location is the site of three different movie screenings on Thursday, July 1st. Enjoy The Emperor’s New Groove (rated G) at 5:00 pm. At 7:45 pm, watch Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby (rated PG-13). And at 11:00 pm there is a screening of Selena (rated PG). Tickets are available online. 

Friday, July 2

Rooftop Cinema Club: Santa Monica Airport
3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, CA 90405

On Friday, July 2nd at 8:30 pm enjoy an outdoor screening of the family-favorite The Sandlot (rated PG).Classic movie concessions and snacks will be available on-site with contactless order and pickup. Families are also welcome to bring their own favorite snacks and refreshments. Tickets are available online. 

Saturday, July 3

Street Food Cinema: Grease
Victory Park
2575 Paloma St., Pasadena, CA 91107

Street Food Cinema invites families to a screening of Grease on Saturday, July 3rd. Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Enjoy tasty food, a fun movie, and live music. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online.

Sunday, July 4

Huntington Beach 4th of July 2021

Celebrate the 4th of July in “Surf City” a.k.a. Huntington Beach! The festivities are described as “the largest Independence Day celebration west of the Mississippi!”. While a modified celebration is planned this year, festivities still include a neighborhood parade, the Pier Plaza Festival, and fireworks over the ocean. Check the website for details. 

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

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Monday, July 5

YMCA Run in the Parks – Virtual Event

Families can participate in the annual YMCA Run in the Parks event, which this year is happening virtually. There are different options available, including a half-marathon, a 10K, a 5K, and a Kids Race. Families can run when and where it’s convenient for you. Details are available online. (This event is being held through July 11th.) 

Tuesday, July 6

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Descanso Gardens is open seven days a week, making it really convenient for families to plan an outing to this beautiful spot. Explore the beautiful grounds including the Japanese Garden, the colorful Rose Garden, the California Natives, and more. The Gardens are open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are required and are available online. 

Wednesday, July 7

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

Now is a great time to plan a family outing to the Petersen Automotive Museum. Featured exhibitions include Supercars: A Century of Spectacle and Speed as well as Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Advance tickets are required and are available online. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. 

Thursday, July 8

Beach Eats To-Go
Lot #11 – 14101 Panay Way, Marina del Rey, 90292

Take the night off from cooking dinner and head to Marina del Rey for Beach eats To-Go. This special event happens each Thursday (through September 30th) from 5 pm to 9 pm. Orders must be placed online. Details are available online. 

Friday, July 9

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

Families are invited to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. While the Museum is currently under construction (four buildings have been removed), the BCAM and Resnick Pavilion are open and feature a “rotation of artwork from the museum’s permanent collection.” Kids will particularly enjoy viewing Metropolis II (BCAM – Level 1). Advance tickets are required and are available online. The Museum is closed on Wednesdays. 

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

Saturday, July 10

Historic Southwest Museum Mt. Washington Campus
234 Museum Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90065

The Southwest Museum is open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The building itself is a wonder, having been constructed between 1912 and 1914. The Museum is home of the “second largest collection of Native American objects in the United States” and is considered to be “one of the finest collections in the world.” Artifacts range in age from prehistoric to the presents documenting Native history and culture in the Americas.” The Museum offers free admission. Check the website before visiting for the latest visitor information. 

Sunday, July 11

Movies in the Park: The Secret Life of Pets 2
Loma Norte Park
1200 N. Palm St., La Habra, CA 

Enjoy an outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets 2. Pack a picnic, bring some blankets, and get ready for a fun night. Snacks will be available for purchase. Limited space; be sure to reserve your spot online. 

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

Monday, July 12

Summer Family Events – Online

The Los Angeles Public Library System hosts a series of online Summer Family Events happening each Monday at 2 pm. “Events include arts and crafts, book shares and performances that relate to sustainability, our Summer Reading theme for 2021.” July 12th’s theme is “Recycled Paper Origami” – “join guest teacher Emmy Lam to fold and upcycle unused and unwanted papers into lovely works of art.” Register online for this Zoom event.

Tuesday, July 13

California African American Museum
Exposition Park
600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

The California African American Museum welcomes families to its galleries Tuesdays through Sundays. “The Museum’s permanent collection houses 4,000 objects that span landscape painting and portraiture, modern and contemporary art, historical objects and print materials, and mixed-media works.” The Museum offers free admission, though advance tickets are required and are available online. 

Wednesday, July 14

The Ultimate Recycling Machine
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Make plans to check out The Ultimate Recycling Machine exhibit at Pretend City Children’s Museum. This special exhibit “is an immersive hands-on experience that combines engineering, collaboration, imagination, and creativity. Using a variety of materials, work together to innovate new solutions to the City’s recycling needs.” Tickets are available online. 

Thursday, July 15

Pageant of the Masters 
650 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

The Pageant of the Masters returns this year! This special event where “art comes to life,” is a must-see for many families each summer. This year’s theme is Made in America: Trailblazing Artists and Their Stories. Details and tickets are available online.

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

Friday, July 16

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Mark your calendars. Space Jam: A New Legacy is in theaters starting today! This new adventure features LeBron James in this animated/live-action film as “Toons” versus “Goons” compete in a basketball game unlike any other. The film will also be available on HBO Max. 

Saturday, July 17

Street Food Cinema: The Lion King (1994)
Westdrift Golf Course
1400 Park View Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Enjoy an outdoor screening of the The Lion King (1994). Doors open at 5:30 pm, and the movie starts at 8:30 pm. Get ready for food, fun, and an enjoyable family time as you sit back and relax and watch this always-popular Disney film. Tickets are available in two formats – for socially distanced pods and fully-vaccinated sections. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. 

Sunday, July 18

Valley Cultural Foundation: Outdoor Concerts: The Como La Flor Band – Tribute to Selena
Warner Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Enjoy a concert under the stars on Sunday, July 18th when The Como La Flor Band – Tribute to Selena performs. The band has become the “most respected Selena tribute band in the nation.” Pack a picnic, sit back, sing along, and enjoy. Concerts begin at 5:30 pm and end at 8:00 pm. Admission is free, but advance tickets are needed and are available online. 

Click here to read our Guide to the GRAMMY Museum.

Monday, July 19

Gardening for Kids with Cottonwood Urban Farms – Online Event

The Los Angeles Public Library System invites families to participate in a special event, Gardening for Kids with Cottonwood Urban Farms, on Monday, July 19th at 2:00 pm. This online event features Elliott Kuhn, urban farmer and educator, who will “share with kids how to grow their own food from seed to table.” 

Tuesday, July 20

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

The Museum of Contemporary Art is open (Monday through Thursday) and ready to welcome visitors. Children under 12 are free. Advance reservations are required and are available online. 

Wednesday, July 21

Orange County Fair
OC Fair and Event Center
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Orange County fair is back this year (it starts July 16th and continues through August 15th). Get ready for the food, the music, and the fun! Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. The Fair will have limited capacity each day. (The Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.) 

Thursday, July 22

The Broad
221 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Broad is offering free admission to all visitors; however, visitors must reserve timed tickets in advance. “See stunning new installations and a special collection exhibition with many works on view for the first time.” Tickets are available online. (The Broad is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Friday, July 23

Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Pretend City Children’s Museum invites families to its Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 23rd. “Calling all aspiring Olympians to join us for the torch lighting parade during Pretend City’s Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony!” This special event features lots of fun activities such as the chance to create an Olympic Medal or Olympic Flag, a parade, a “Pass the Torch” activity, and more. All activities are included in museum admission. Tickets are available online.

Saturday, July 24

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Families can enjoy [email protected] from July 23rd through July 25th. This Special Edition Comic-Con is a “must” for fans of all things Comic-Con. Check the website for more details as they become available. 

Sunday, July 25

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

“Enjoy a stroll in the gardens at twilight” at The Huntington. “The Huntington’s gardens will be open 4:30 – 8 pm Friday through Sunday evenings June through August.” Advance reservations are required. 

Monday, July 26

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. 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. Admission is free for children 17 and under. (The Museum is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.)

Tuesday, July 27

Learn the Art of Yarnbombing with Danielle Davis! – Online Event

The Los Angeles Public Library System invites kids to “Learn the Art of Yarnbombing with Danielle Davis!” On Tuesday, July 27th at 10:00 am. “Participants will learn fun stuff about the book Zinnia and the Bees including facts about bees and the unique art form of yarnbombing.” The event will be streaming live on LAPL’s Facebook and YouTube pages. 

Wednesday, July 28

Weekly Kids Club
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks
2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Each Wednesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am, The Lakes at Thousand Oaks hosts a free Kids Club. Enjoy a “weekly dose of fun, featuring live music, storytelling, puppet shows and so much more.” RSVP online. 

Thursday, July 29

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

Families should make plans to visit the USC Pacific Asia Museum. It is one of the few museums entirely dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands. The museum’s collection includes more than 15,000 objects. Advance tickets are required and are available online. (The Museum is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.)

Friday, July 30

Live Weekend Entertainment
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Grove invites families to enjoy live musical performances each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the rest of the year. Performances are scheduled for 4 pm to 7 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and from 3 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. 

Saturday, July 31

Baby Shark Watch: Instagram Live

“Baby Shark Watch is a series that follows one egg at Heal the Bay Aquarium over the course of a year to show how sharks develop month by month.” Families can watch on the last Saturday of each month on Instagram live (@healthebayaquarium) to “watch a swell shark develop from egg to pup.” 

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Sunday, August 1

Marine Mammal Care Center
3601 S. Gaffey St. #8, San Pedro, CA 90731

On Saturdays and Sundays, families can visit the Marine Mammal Care Center (MMCC) for guided tours. Docents will lead 15-minute tours on the weekend (between 10 am and 2 pm) showcasing the center, providing information about the site’s animals, and answer any questions. Reservations are required and may be made online. (Tours are free, though a $5 donation per visitor is recommended.) 

Monday, August 2

RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito
Japan House Los Angeles – 2nd Floor
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Make plans to visit Japan House Los Angeles to view a special exhibition RECONNECTING: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito. Japanese artist Kengo Kito is using “hula hoops to explore ideas of connection and re-connection. By opening up the hoops and linking them to each other end-to-end, he creates one expansive, interconnected whole that fills the space with color, line and light.” Admission is free. Japan House Gallery is open seven days a week, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. The exhibition is available until September 6th.  

Tuesday, August 3

The DiscOasis
South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

The DiscOasis comes to the South Coast Botanic Garden from July 16th through Labor Day Weekend. “The DiscOasis is a music-driven interactive fantasy that invites audiences into a glittering disco paradise for the soul. The main attraction of the event will be roller skating in the middle of the Garden’s 87 acres.” Legendary Grammy Award-winning musician Nile Rodgers will “curate the soundscape to this theatrical fantasy as The DiscOasis Groovemaster.” Tickets are available online. 

Wednesday, August 4

How to Draw Superheroes – Online Event

The Los Angeles Public Library invites kids and teens to learn How to Draw Superheroes through a special online event beginning at 3:00 pm on August 4th. “Join animation professional Evan Burse as he teaches you how to draw your favorite superheroes. Email [email protected] for the Zoom information. 

Thursday, August 5

Sunset Concerts at the Skirball 
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

On Thursday, August 5th (as well as August 12th, 19th, and 26th) families can enjoy live music at the Skirball Cultural Center. “Sing and dance to a world-class lineup of local musicians whose work amplifies the Skirball’s values to pursue justice, build community, show kindness, and honor memory.” Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. All concerts begin at 8:00 pm. Concerts are free, though parking is not. Advance reservations are required and are available online. 

Friday, August 6

Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90068

Nothing says summer quite like an evening at the Hollywood Bowl. On Friday, August 6th and Saturday, August 7th at 8:00 pm, families can enjoy Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks. Tickets are available online. 

Saturday, August 7

Street Food Cinema: Selena
Victory Park
2575 Paloma St., Pasadena, CA 91107

Enjoy an outdoor screening of Selena starring Jennifer Lopez as part of Street Food Cinema’s outdoor movie program. Enjoy the movie from socially-distanced pods, good food, and lots of fun. The movie begins at 8:30 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. (The film is rated PG.)

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

Sunday, August 8

Marina del Rey WaterBus

The Marina del Rey WaterBus is a fun and relaxing way for families to explore the Marina del Rey. The WaterBus operates from eight stops in the Marina. The WaterBus operates Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. 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 schedule.

Monday, August 9

Donut Life Museum
2036A Westminster Mall, Westminster, CA 92683

Take the family to an entirely new experience – the Donut Life Museum. This “immersive, interactive experience” features “donut-themed rooms for a whole lot of selfie moments that you donut want to miss. Prepare to enter a world filled with smiles, inspiration, one-of-a-kind donut art installations, and multi-sensory rooms.” Donut Life Museum is open Monday through Friday 12:30 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm. Tickets and details are available online.

Tuesday, August 10

Noah’s Outdoor Explorers
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

The Skirball Cultural Center hosts Noah’s Outdoor Explorers offered Tuesdays through Sundays. “Spend time enjoying the Skirball’s outdoor spaces, celebrating the natural world, and discovering connections between the past and present.” And don’t forget to “keep an eye out for Noah’s Ark puppets scurrying past or flying overhead.” Children will receive a complimentary “Explorer Kit” to use during the visit and future outings. Reserve your two-hour time slot online. (Offered weekdays at 12:00 pm and 2:30 pm and weekends at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.)  

Wednesday, August 11

Concerts in the Park 2021
Hart Park
701 S. Glassell St., Orange, CA

Hart Park, in the city of Orange, invites families to enjoy a free concert in the park on Wednesday, August 11th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. “Pack your picnic baskets, bring your blankets, and get ready to enjoy free entertainment for all ages under the summer sky.” On the 11th, Soto will be performing a mix of Latin, Funk, and R& B.

Thursday, August 12

Concert and Movie in the Park
City Hall West Lawn
240 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA

The City of Arcadia invites families to enjoy a free Concert and Movie in the Park on Wednesday, August 12th. The concert begins at 6:30 pm with “The Answer” performing. And then at dusk, enjoy a screening of Raya and the Last Dragon. A food truck will be on site as well.

Friday, August 13

Sawdust Art Festival
935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Head down to Laguna Beach and enjoy the Annual Sawdust Art Festival. This year’s event features more than 160 artists. “Shop handcrafted art in a variety of media, and enjoy live music on three stages, glassblowing and more art demonstrations daily. A wide selection of food and drink offerings are available at six onsite concessions.” Tickets are available online. (The Festival runs between July 2nd and September 5th. Hours are 11 am to 7 pm Sunday through Thursday and 11 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday.)

Saturday, August 14

Salt Marsh Open House
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731

Families are invited to Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Salt Marsh Open House happening on Saturday, August 14th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. “Learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals.” This event is free and open to all ages.  

Sunday, August 15

Concerts in the Park 2021
Polliwog Park Amphitheater
1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The City of Manhattan Beach will be hosting Concerts in the Park on four Sundays in August (8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th). Concerts are held from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Pack a picnic and get ready for an evening of good music and good times. 

Monday, August 16

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.)

Tuesday, August 17

Hamilton 
Pantages Theatre
6233 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

Mark your calendars. Hamilton returns to the Pantages Theatre. Performances begin August 17th and continue through Sunday, January 2nd, 2022. Tickets are available online. 

Wednesday, August 18

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley, CA 93065

A visit to The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is one way to let history come alive for our kids. Learn about our country’s 40th President through personal artifacts, photographs, documents, and more. Visit the full-size replica of the Oval Office, step aboard Air Force One (the same one that President Reagan – and six other Presidents –  flew in). Families are able to step aboard, have a fun photo opportunity, view the cockpit, and walk the length of this extraordinary plane! The Air Force One Pavilion also houses Marine One which families are welcome to step aboard as well (but watch your head!) The Reagan Library is open daily from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tickets are available online. 

Thursday, August 19

State Fair Santa Anita Park
285 W. Huntington Dr., Arcadia, CA 91007

State Fair Santa Anita Park is a “new state fair for Los Angeles.” The fun includes something for the whole family including “fair rides and games, local and national entertainment, a social media stage, adult beverage sampling, vendor booths, and a designated kids area.” Tickets and details are available online. The Fair runs from July 29th through August 22nd, Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm.

Friday, August 20

Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

If it’s been a while since your family has explored Griffith Observatory, be sure to plan a visit this summer. The Observatory is open Fridays (12:00 noon to 10:00 pm) and Saturdays and Sundays (from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm). “Look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.” 

Saturday, August 21

Live Weekend Entertainment
Palisades Village
15225 Palisades Village Lane, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Enjoy live musical performances at Palisades Village each Saturday (from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and Sunday (from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm) now through December 31st. 

Sunday, August 22

Marina Drum Circle
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Every Sunday through September 26th, head down to Burton Chace Park to participate in Marina Drum Circle. There are two 90-minute sessions offered, one beginning at 11:30 am and one at 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome to join in and “discover the joy of interactive group drumming.” This event is free, but advance registration is required as capacity is limited. Register online. 

Monday, August 23

Landmarks of the World
Citadel Outlets
100 Citadel Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90040

 Stop by Citadel Outlets now through Labor Day and you may feel as if you’re traveling around the world. Families will see “13 iconic landmarks featured in a brand new sand sculpture.” Marvel at the sight of the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, and the Colosseum – all made from sand! This incredible sculpture stands 20 feet tall and 36 feet wide and weighs 350 tons! Families can also participate in a center-wide scavenger hunt to win a free treat.

Tuesday, August 24

Cardboard City – Pop-Up Art Center
1231 Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

Families are invited to check out Cardboard City – Pop-Up Art Center. Cardboard City is a free public art gallery and activity center now through August 29th. You’ll find “12’ sculptures, massive collaborative art installations, cardboard costuming, skills building classes, and community connections.” Cardboard City is free and open to all. Begin withe the exhibit and then get in on the fun and make something yourself. Details are available online. 

Wednesday, August 25

Free Entrance Day
National Park System

August 25th is the 105th birthday of the National Park Service. To celebrate, families can enjoy a visit to a National Park without admission fees. In addition, many parks will be hosting in-park programs as well as special virtual experiences. Check the website for details.  

Thursday, August 26

Sing for Hope Pianos
Various Beverly Hills locations

Be on the lookout for the Sing for Hope Pianos located in Beverly Hills Parks and Public Spaces (from August 5th through September 6th). These artist-designed, upright, special pianos are works of art themselves and are placed outdoors so everyone can enjoy them. After their public installation, these special pianos are then given new homes in underserved local schools, hospitals, and community centers. Check the website for details about where you can see, and play, these special pianos.

Friday, August 27

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival
Old Zoo
4801 Griffith Park Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Independent Shakespeare Co. brings its annual Free Shakespeare Festival featuring “The Tempest” to Griffith Park from August 7th through September 5th. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday. Seating is limited; reservations are required. Reservations will be open 7 days in advance of performance date. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Saturday, August 28

Valley Cultural Foundation: Toy Story 4
Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Enjoy an outdoor showing of Toy Story 4 featuring all the old friends and a few new ones – including Forky, Bunny, Duckie, and Duke Caboom. Families may bring their favorite snacks or purchase some on-site. Bring your blankets, low chairs, pillows, and get ready for a fun evening. The movie begins at 7:45 pm. 

Sunday, August 29

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition
Palmdale

Maybe a trip to Europe isn’t going to happen this summer, but that doesn’t mean your family can’t view some of Michelangelo’s masterpieces. “This unique exhibition in Palmdale invites you to step into the universe of the greatest masterpieces of Michelangelo, seen from a totally new perspective.” The specific location in Palmdale has yet to be announced. Check the website for details as they become available. The exhibition begins August 23rd and continues through October 3rd. Tickets are available online. 

Monday, August 30

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

Baby & Toddler Storytime 
Online – Edendale Branch Library

The Los Angeles Public Library System invites children ages 4 and under to join “Children’s Librarian Allison for an interactive storytime to support early literacy.” Visit www.tinyurl.com/EdendaleStorytime to register and receive the Zoom link.

Tuesday, August 31

Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art From the Yuz Foundation
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art From the Yuz Foundation brings together works of Chinese contemporary art created in response to international trade, political conflict, and global artistic exchange.” The exhibition will be at LACMA until March 13th, 2022. Advance, timed-entry tickets are required and are available online. LACMA is open six days a week; closed on Wednesdays.

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Wednesday, September 1

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

The Point invites families to enjoy a free live musical performance as part of its Sounds of Summer program. Each Wednesday (through September 29th) at 6:00 pm, bring the family to The Point to “shop, stroll, and dine” and enjoy some live music. On September 1st, Feed The Kitty will be performing Country Rock. 

Thursday, September 2

Bubble Planet
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Get ready to have some bubble fun at Kidspace Children’s Museum’s Bubble Planet. “Bubble Planet is an all-new, all-outdoor experience with bubble-themed activities and sudsy, spacey versions of some of your favorite Kidspace exhibits.” Kidspace is currently open six days a week, closed on Mondays. Advance online reservations are required and are available online. 

Friday, September 3

Movie Nights at the Mart
Brentwood Country Mart
225 26th St., Santa Monica, CA 90402

Friday, September 3rd is the last Friday to enjoy “Movie Nights at the Mart.” At 6:00 pm, Brentwood Country Mart is showing the Pixar short film For the Birds, and then following that, a screening of the popular family film Monsters, Inc. “Grab dinner, nibbles and sips to go for the show from your Mart favorites.” 

Saturday, September 4

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

John Williams and David Newman conduct the LA Phil in the Bowl’s “annual celebration of film music.” Enjoy a “thrilling performance of cinematic hits, including some selections presented with film clips.” Performances are scheduled for Friday, September 3rd and Saturday September 4th at 8:00 pm each night, and Sunday, September 5th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available online. 

Sunday, September 5

Marina Drum Circle
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA

Every Sunday through September 26th, head down to Burton Chace Park to participate in Marina Drum Circle. There are two 90-minute sessions offered, one beginning at 11:30 am and one at 1:30 pm. All ages are welcome to join in and “discover the joy interactive group drumming.” This event is free, but advance registration is required as capacity is limited. Register online. 

Monday, September 6

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

LA Fleet Week, described as “Southern California’s end of summer tradition” begins on Friday, September 3rd and continues through Monday, September 6th (10 am to 6 pm each day). This free event celebrates “our U.S. armed forces at our nations #1 port, the Port of Los Angeles.” Festivities include public ship tours, military equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, educational activities, and more. Check the website for details.

Tuesday, September 7

Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90505

Head over to the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center for a hands-on science lesson. “Madrona Marsh is known as an “urban oasis, providing valuable habitat in this urban area for birds, insects, spiders, frogs, reptiles, and small mammals.” Different guided activities are planned for different days. On the first Tuesday of each month, from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, enjoy “Tour de’ Torrance” – looking at birds of the South Bay. Madrona Marsh Preserve is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Check the website for details. 

Wednesday, September 8

Free Yoga on the Pier
Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach Pier

Enjoy Free Yoga on the Pier from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm each Wednesday in September (through September 29th). All levels are welcome to participate in this socially-distanced, outdoor yoga class. Bring a yoga mat, towel, and water. 

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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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