For LAUSD kids, this is the last weekend before school starts, so you really need to live it up. You can hear a kindie concert at the Getty, dance in Union Station, go biking in the streets at CicLAvia, learn to love the valley (if you don’t already), hit a block party in the ‘bu, do some urban hiking, celebrate with our giant pachyderm friends or boogie with the music of NOLA. Read on to see our picks for an end of vacation blowout of a weekend!

photo: Jamie Pham for the Los Angeles Zoo or One Down Dog Yoga


Summer Nights at Union Station
KCRW’s “Summer Nights” series heads to Union Station for the first time. Come for dancing, games, food and music in one of downtown’s most iconic landmarks. Fri. Event details.

Urban Hiking
Join a ranger for an urban hike through downtown LA and discover the hidden history & nature Los Angeles has to offer. Sat. Event details.

Jazzy Ash in the Levitt Pavilion
Jazzy Ash invites the whole family to a Crescent City inspired, jazzy music adventure with her band the Leaping Lizards at the outdoor free concert where you can bring a picnic to the park. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

World Elephant Day at the Zoo
Explore and learn about elephants, especially the challenges they face in the wild. Take tours of the elephant barn; a “medical clinic” invites young conservationists to bring their toy elephants for an exam; there are conservation craft and enrichment stations, photo ops and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Kids Yoga, Destress Before School Starts
Join One Down Dog for major fun with yoga games and activities for your little yogis before the school year.  Kids come home with a mala necklace and a vision board for a zen year ahead. Sat. Event details.


Big World Fun Wraps Up with Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
Discover the grace and beauty of traditional Chamoru music and dance at the last kids’ Saturday morning show at the Ford. Pre-show activities include using vintage postage stamps to create a cool magnet and meeting Los Angeles’ native wild animals along the Ford’s entryway gardens. Sat. Event details.


Getty Garden Concerts: Dan Zanes & Friends
This free outdoor music series for kids is in the Getty Center’s Central Garden and features some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation—like Dan Zanes, who is joined this weekend by Haitian-American jazz vocalists Claudia Eliaza and Pauline Jean. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Malibu Block Party
To celebrate the end of summer, the Country Mart transforms into a colorful street fair, come say farewell to summer with face painting, a hair braiding station, a petting zoo, caricature portraits, Henna tattoos, spin art, a mobile photo booth, a Calypso band and free treats. Sat. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

I Love the Valley Film Fest
Take your kids to experience a drive-in and celebrate the Valley’s ’80s cinema heritage; each film in the series has a connection to the SFV and features live music themed to the films.  This weekend’s screening: The Karate Kid. Wax on, wax off. Fri. Event details.

Tree People’s Once Upon a Canyon Night
Join The Wildlife Learning Center and some favorite critters (like a two-toed sloth, armadillo, macaw, large python, alligator, prehensile-tailed skink, Madagascar hissing cockroach and a rainbow boa constrictor. Also see Michael Rayner, a multi-talented comic/juggler/magician. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

CREATE Lines in Space at ESMoA
At this art workshop for the whole family, construct wire line drawings that interconnect in order to create a hanging mobile, based on the latest exhibits at the museum. Sun. Event details.

CicLAvia: San Pedro to Wilmington
Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, and sneakers ready for LA’s biggest block party.  For summer beach days, this is a brand new South Bay route. Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

MOLAA’s Free Sunday: A Day in Oaxaca
Explore the various regions of Oaxaca at MOLAA’s Guelaguetza, a cultural showcase of traditional dance, costumes, and music.  See demonstrations, experience tastings, art workshops, a live performance and face painting. Sun. Event details.

What is left on your summer bucket list? Let us know in the comment section below!

—Meghan Rose