Believe it or not, school is about to begin for some Los Angeles kids! GAH! That means this is the last weekend to take that last gasp of summer before schedules and weekend obligations take over your schedule. Don’t fret though—this weekend’s picks are all about living it up and include dance parties, block parties, garden parties and a reminder to head to the OC Fair before it closes on Sun.
photo: The OC Fair
Mommy Brain Playdate
Author and founder of “I Am Unique!” will be doing a special reading and Q&A at Snooknuk Cafe in Larchmont. The event centers around loving yourself for who you are and preparing kids to enter the new school year feeling confident and empowered to be their best selves. Parents and kids are invited to come to this free storytime and discussion. There will be some light treats and a complimentary gift bag for each family! There is also a play space for smaller kids who might need to get some wiggles out! Note: there is metered parking in front of Snooknuk, as well as free parking in side streets. Fri. Event details.
A Global Perspective: Art in the Landscape
Looking beyond the California precincts and examples, moderator Raymond Ryan will lead a panel discussion of artists working in a paradigm that models a ‘new art landscape’ fusing architecture, the reuse of found structures, environmentalism, and artistic experimentation. Moderated by Raymond Ryan, Curator at the Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA. Sat. Event details.
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. Fri.-Sat. Event details.
Mista Cookie Jar Mini-Concert
LA-based “kindie rocker” Mista Cookie Jar, brings his urban-island-folky-rock-&-roll sounds to Children’s Book World. Blending a background in creative writing, poetry & hip-hop production, his music, regularly featured on Sirius XM’s Kids Place Live!, oozes positivity & love. Settle in as Mista Cookie Jar serenades the crowd with his “stars and moon” steel guitar, mixing a rock star excitement with the warmth of family music. Bubbles will end the show. Sat. Event details.
Dance the Night Away
Kids Dance Society transforms Beverly Cañon Gardens into a family-friendly late afternoon dance party where children and adults can listen and dance to EDM music, current club mixes and music provided by known and respected DJs. This late afternoon event is part of Beverly Hills’ second annual BOLD (Beverly Hills Open Later Days) Summer, which livens up the streets of Beverly Hills every Thurs., Fri. and Sat. night. In addition to the Kids Dance Society event, visitors and locals are invited to join the city as it energizes its nightlife with shopping and events until 8 p.m. with special dining offers, a BOLD Photo Opportunity, a Lyft promotion and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Getty Garden Concerts
This free outdoor music series for kids and their families takes place in the Getty Center’s Central Garden and features some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation—like Jazzy Ash, Moona Luna and three-time Grammy nominee Justin Roberts whose band Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players close out the season. Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Much Ado About Avengers
There are plenty of fabulous Shakespeare shows happening all over town this summer. But if you’re a kid, there is only one you absolutely won’t want to miss. It’s this one: Much Ado About Avengers, brought to you by The Actors’ Gang. Never has the bard been so contemporary! Shows run every Sat. and Sun. at 11 a.m. for the month of August. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, sunscreen (plenty of it, as shade is sparse) and blankets! Sat.-Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive:
Take Me To the OC Fair
The Orange County Fair provides loads of family entertainment with rides, exhibits, animals, free music, as well as the popular Pacific Amphitheatre Summer Concert Series, the Action Sports Arena, and of course, plenty of food. Speaking of food…The O.C. Fair is the one place on earth where everything comes fried! Brownies, Oreos, Klondike ice cream bars, avocados, bacon, Kool-Aid and even butter all get the deep-fried treatment.The Fairgrounds are open Wed.—Fri. from noon to midnight (closed Mon. & Tues.); Open Sat. & Sun. from 10 a.m.—midnight. Kids under 6 are free. Check the website for the daily specials and promotions running on the day you plan to attend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Summer Block Party in Malibu
To celebrate the end of summer, the Country Mart transforms into a colorful street fair, and you’re invited to bid farewell to summer with face painting, a hair braiding station, a petting zoo, Tarot card readings and more. A mobile photo booth will be available to capture favorite moments to take home as a fun keepsake. A live steel drum band will provide music throughout the event to keep the party hopping. Sat. Event details.
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