Oh no! For many LA schools, this is the last weekend of summer vacation. (Or are you doing a secret happy dance?) Either way, it’s time to squeeze out more summer fun, aided and abetted by this fantastic line up that includes pachyderms, faeries, puppy hikes, a dragon (and more normal sized reptiles), bikes, kids in the mud, watermelon spitting and tie dying.

watermelon baby scott woods-fehr via flickrphoto: Scott Woods-Fehr via Flickr


CicLAvia on Historic Wilshire
Get your bike, trike, skates, strollers, and sneakers ready to go from K-Town to Downtown for an end of summer block party in the heart of the city. Sun. Event details.

Nisei Week Japanese Festival
The fest is filled with food, art, traditional and contemporary music & dance, martial arts demonstrations, a grand parade and the Natsumatsuri Family Festival at the JANM. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

World Elephant Day at the LA Zoo
Explore and learn about elephants and the challenges they face in the wild when you meet the zoo’s elephants and get tours of their home, learn all about them in workshops, do crafts, be in packy selfies and more. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Caped Crusader Read!
Come dressed up for a costume party with photos, snacks and raffles all in the name of super summer reading and getting ready to go back to school. Sat. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

Tie Dye with Markers at CAFAM
The whole family can take part in the ultimate summer camp activity together, and create awesome color explosions by experimenting with using markers to create tie-dyed designs. Sun. Event details.

Pete’s Dragon Opens at the El Capitan
See the new re-imagining of the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon, plus check out the history of dragons exhibit after the film. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Doggie Hike with TreePeople
Take your pup to the park for an hour-long pack hike with amazing canyon views, native flora and fauna and even see towering redwood trees. Sat. Event details.


Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band Rock the Skirball
One of our favorite local bands hits the beautifully shaded amphitheatre for a family show. Don’t forget to book your Noah’s Ark tickets in advance for before or after the show! Sun. Event details.

Princess of the Pacific Seas
Something about summer lends itself to tropical adventures, so catch this musical adventure for young theatergoers about how Princess Peke and her friends help save the Pacific from the evil pirates. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

South Bay

An Extreme Obstacle Course for Kids
Kids get down and dirty when they swim, run, go over, under, through and between various obstacles, like mud, tires, hay, water and walls. Sun. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Watermelon Festival
Where else can you have a (seed) spitting contest at the “Spitway,” carve up some giganto-melons or go for the gold in the watermelon relay? There’s never-ending watermelon to eat plus carnival rides and midway games, rock wall climbing, a zip line, laser tag, a bouncy pit, face painting, Melon-Dramatic Puppet Theater and crafts. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Find Faeries in the Park
Los Encinos Historical Park is the latest place in town where you can find faery royalty in this imaginative and interactive show. Sat. Event details.

Inland Empire

Giant Reptile Show
The show is giant, not the reptiles, who range from rare and exotic to your everyday pond and woodland faves. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

When does your school start? Are you happy to pack ‘em off, or sad to see summer days end? Sound off in the comments!

—Meghan Rose

photo of a girl and her dog courtesy of Gordon via Flickr