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.
photo: Scott Woods-Fehr via Flickr
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.
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
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.
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.
San Fernando Valley
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.
When does your school start? Are you happy to pack ‘em off, or sad to see summer days end? Sound off in the comments!
photo of a girl and her dog courtesy of Gordon via Flickr