While we’re always full of ideas for things to do each and every day of the month, sometimes it’s good to take a look at the month coming up and see if there’s anything worth scheduling your weekend around. Not to mention, back-to-school is hot on our heels, so this Aug. we pulled together 27 marvelous must-do activities for kids that you need to do before the end of the month, making it the best end-of-summer ever!
photo: The Getty Center via Yelp
Getty Center Concerts
The Getty Garden Concerts always feature some of the best kindie music around. The series kicks off with Jazzy Ash on Aug. 4 and 5. Then Moona Luna takes the stage on Aug. 11 and 12, and three-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts ends the series with Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players on Aug. 18 and 19. Bring a blanket to the Central Garden—the music starts at 4 p.m. and there are several restaurants and snack carts on the premises, so you don’t have to bring any food. Before you go, check out our ultimate guide to the Getty Center.
The OC Fair
Nothing says summer like a county fair, and the Orange County Fair celebrates with family entertainment like rides, exhibits, animals, free music, as well as the popular concert series, the Action Sports Arena, and of course, plenty of fried fair food. The fair is open Wed.-Sun. through Aug. 12.
KCRW presents their outdoor concert summer series that takes place all over the city and are free to all ages. It’s a great way to hear music, get some culture, maybe explore a different part of the city and get some family bonding time in—all in one shot.
photo: Peijean T. via Yelp
Catch One or All of These Plays for Kids
See Shakespeare from the Actor’s Gang at Media Park (a free version of Much Ado About Avengers will pack ’em in this summer), a mash-up of tales in Doctor Scooby-Doolittle at the Occidental Children’s Theater Hillside Amphitheatre show or The Hysterical History of the Trojan War at Carlson Park from Culver City Public Theatre. All shows run on weekends throughout Aug.
You can also catch Shakespeare by the Sea (for free) in a variety of locations (they’re doing The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Winter’s Tale), or see A Midsummer’s Night Dream performed by both the Independent Shakespeare LA (for free) at the Old Zoo in Griffith and at the Theatricum Botanicum (free for kids 6 and under, $10 for big kids and $27-$38.50 for adults, but well worth it.)
photo: Hollywood Bowl via Facebook
Take advantage of LA’s best-kept secret—checking out the world-class sounds at the Hollywood Bowl, for free! Check out all the details of the Hollywood Bowl rehearsals but in a nutshell, they are open to the public on Tues. and Thurs. (the LA Philharmonic usually performs that night) and run from 9 a.m. – noon. Call on Fri. or Sat. the week before you’re thinking of attending to confirm open rehearsal schedules as you may be able to snag an additional rehearsal performance for Star Wars: A New Hope!
Levitt Kids Concerts
Every summer The Levitt Pavilion hosts free kid’s concerts every Wed. and the last of the season is coming up. Catch Tim Kubart & The Space Cadets on Aug. 1, Stacie Morgain Lewis & Friends on Aug. 8, The Not-Its! on Aug. 15 and Michael & The Rockness Monsters on Aug. 22. On-site activities begin one hour before the show and free face- painting is available from 6 p.m. on a first-come basis.
photo: Michael H. via Yelp
Nisei Week is a celebration of Japanese and Japanese American heritage throughout Southern California. LA’s festival takes place in Little Tokyo from Aug 11-19 with food, colorful displays in a variety of artistic mediums, traditional and contemporary music and dance, martial arts demonstrations and the Grand Parade on Aug. 12.
Long Beach Treats
Have your kids try their hand at fishing (for free) at the 65th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo Sat. Aug. 4th or if tiki carving, torch lighting, fire knife dancing, fire walking, island music, a taste of the islands and Keiki (kids) games, are more your speed, don’t miss the Tiki Beach Festival—the last of the summer on Aug. 18 and 19.
Chinatown Summer Nights
Aug. 25 is the last chance to take part in the Chinatown Summer Nights, a series of evenings where the streets of Chinatown are filled with a party atmosphere and plenty of great food, art, and music. There is dancing on Chinatown’s large outdoor dance floor and curated large-scale outdoor video projections. Finally, for kids there are plenty of hands-on Chinese cultural activities.
Everything is Awesome
Brick Fest Live LEGO Fan Experience is a festival and celebration of all things LEGO is perfect for your little builder and comes to Pasadena on Aug. 25 and 26. Kids will get inspired, educated, and entertained with huge attractions and mind-blowing creations made entirely of the timeless toy.
The Annenberg Community Beach House Regatta is yachting California style, which means building your own cardboard yacht and testing its “seaworthiness” in a race across the pool. Kids build their crafts at home from only corrugated cardboard and duct tape, decorate, then bring ’em to the Beach House for the Cardboard Yacht Regatta on Aug. 25 for the regatta.
Celebrate LA’s Birthday
Celebrate the 237th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles on Aug. 25, with a birthday party on Olvera Street (the oldest street in town) with historic re-enactments, artisan demonstrations, exhibits, food, entertainment and plenty of birthday cake.
Drop By the Most Beautiful Garden in the City
The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens host a family drop-in program on Sat. and Sun. through Aug. 26. Enjoy artist demonstrations, hands-on activities such as leaf rubbings and imprints, and botanical sketching and line drawing, inspired by the exhibition “Out of the Wood.”
photo: Fiesta La Ballona via Facebook
Celebrate the last of Aug. in style! Start with free admission and free parking. Throw in tons of live music, carnival rides and games, a petting zoo and pony rides (priced individually or buy a wristband for unlimited, all-day fun) and of course food trucks (and beer and wine gardens) and you get Fiesta La Ballona.
Farm to Table
U-pick season is here! Whether you want a bushel of strawberries or blueberries, these are our berry favorite spots. And apple picking season is starting mid-Aug. To make the most of this treasured town just 90 miles east of LA, check out our insider guide to Oak Glen.
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—Meghan Rose & Andie Huber