Obstacle courses for kids, fire dancing on the beach, rocket fever, a peek at how millionaires lived a hundred years ago, a sunset sail and more: it can only be a typical summer weekend in Los Angeles. You can also see Olympic stars (only a decade before the Olympics arrive in LA!), learn about an eclipse of the sun and hit a hipster ‘hood block party. To find out what else is happening this weekend, simply scroll down.


photo: The Actor’s Gang

Downtown

Eclipse Story Time at the Central Library
Get ready for the Solar Eclipse on Monday with stories, information and hands-on activities. Sat. Event details.

Natsumatsuri Family Festival
It’s the annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities. There will be face painting, origami folding, souvenir photos at the happi coat photo booth, karaoke, bon odori, samples of saataa andaagii (Okinawan deep-fried pastries, mmmmmm), Taiko drumming and loads more. Sat. Event details.

Eastside

Echo Park Rising
It’s a whole weekend filled with music, art, food & fun, all centered around one of LA’s hippest and fastest rising neighborhoods. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Millionaire’s Row Tours for Kids
Step back in time to see what it was like as a child in 1910 on Pasadena’s famed “Millionaire’s Row.” Pasadena Museum of History hosts an interactive tour where kids can meet the family that lived in the historic Beaux Arts-style mansion and explore their lifestyle. Sat. Event details.

Westside

Mighty Morphin Midsummer Nights Dream
The Power Rangers and the Actor’s Gang are bringing Shakespeare for kids to Media Park this August. This is a perfect introduction to the Bard for even the youngest tots, and the costumes and music ensure that everyone has a wonderful time. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Family Day: Art for Good
Art is a powerful tool for social change. Speak up for yourself and others in an afternoon of artist workshops, music and more at the Hammer Museum. Sat. Event details.

Malibu Bluffs Concert
Players from the LA Phil and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra play Rhapsody in Blue, as guest artists from the New York City Ballet dance against a stunning seaside backdrop. Proceeds benefit public schools and local senior centers. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Rocket Fever
Enjoy interactive exhibits, see rockets soar towards the clouds or build your own. Activities include rocket competitions, public rocket launches, a Space Shuttle jumper, a rocket building class and more. Sat. Event details.

An Extreme Obstacle Course for Kids
Kids can take it to the extreme when they swim, run, go over, under, through and between various obstacles, like mud, tires, hay, water and walls. Sun. Event details.

Tiki Beach Festival
With tiki carving, torch lighting, fire knife dancing, fire walking, island music, a taste of the islands and even keiki (kids) games, everyone can have a joyous time saying “Aloha” to summer… Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Sunset Family Sail
Take a family sail from the LA Harbor and watch the sun set from the deck of a tall ship.  Sit back and relax or learn to hoist the sails and tighten the hatches from the amazing crew. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Rockin’ Reptile Campfire Program
After a lively campfire program with rangers and reptiles, marshmallow will be roasted and stories told. Sat. Event details.

Orange County

US Gymnastics Championships
The national championships for men’s and women’s gymnastics are being held in Anaheim for the first time, so your little gymnast can see the country’s best gymnasts here (before the Olympics comes to LA in a few years!). Fri.-Sun. Event details.

On Monday, August 21, there will be a total eclipse of the sun! While LA isn’t in the direct path, we still have ways to see some of the eclipse and share it with our kids. Learn more here.

—Meghan Rose