This weekend had to come: the last weekend before school starts for LAUSD kids. So pack it full of outlandish events like Mud Mania, a wild campout, two extreme kids-only sporting events, a bubble bonanza, a Disney extravaganza, even a mustache competition for kids. Then relax at a story time where  you get a massage. That makes vacation ending a little more palatable.


Hollywood & Mid-City

Bugs Bunny at the Bowl
See and hear Bugs’ greatest animated shorts, as well as exciting surprises like the “live orchestra” premieres of Long-Haired Hare (animated in the Hollywood Bowl itself), a new 3D short plus an onstage salute to Bugs’ balletic exploits by a prima ballerina. Fri. & Sat., 8 p.m. Hollywood. $15 & up. All ages. Event details.

Mustache Competition for Kids
Have some epic hairy fun in a competition to see who has the best face hair, which includes kids and ladies categories. So get crafty and DIY your chin strap! Sat., 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Hollywood. $10-$30. All ages. Event details.

Meals and Memories with Grandparents
Send your daughter and your parent off for a special meal, games and crafts. They’ll come home with a photo keepsake, so you can see (and save forever) the fun. Fri., 5:30 p.m. Mid-City. $45. Ages 6 & up. Event details.

Griffith Park

Creature Campout at the Zoo
The adventure begins with a special guided tour of the Zoo’s animals and ends at camp where your tent awaits. Enjoy a fun-filled night of interactive family adventures complete with sweet treats and beastly bedtime stories. Sat.-Sun., 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Griffith Park. $75-$85. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


Echo Park Rising Festival
Music, art, food & fun, all centered around one of LA’s hippest and fastest rising neighborhoods. Here’s a great reason for Westsiders to venture across the 405. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Bubble Bonanza
What better way to finish the summer than with a Bubble Bonanza at your local children’s museum! Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-10. Event details.


Starchild Story Time
It’s story time at the store every Friday in August, featuring massages for mamas while the kids are being entertained. In other words, heaven. Fri., 11 a.m-noon. Malibu. Free. All ages. Event details.

See The Muppet Movie in the Park
There will be kid friendly food trucks and snacks and a band. Grab your family, friends and the dog, pack your picnic blankets, snacks and games get ready to see the OG Muppets take over the park. Sun., 1 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Culver City. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Spin-Sprint-Splash Triathalon for Kids
Young atheltes can test their mad skills in three ways: a run, a bike and a swim.  Distances vary by age group.  Sun., 9 a.m. Thousand Oaks. $30. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

South Bay

Extreme Obstacle Course
Kids take it to the extreme when they swim, run, go over, under, through and between various obstacles like mud, tires, hay, water, walls, and more. Sun., 9 a.m. Manhattan Beach. $38-$42. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Long Beach

Mud Mania!
Get muddy by making real adobe bricks, plastering a wall with mud, constructing a mini-adobe home, competing in mud relay races, throwing a clay pot, exploring archaeology, and even meeting critters that live in the soil. Sun., 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Long Beach. $5-$7. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

This is for families who just can’t get enough Disney. Meet stars from Disney Channel shows, take part in a Frozen Sing-Along, get a sneak peek at Disney Junior’s upcoming The Lion Guard and much more Mouse action. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Anaheim. $54-$74. All ages. Event details.

Bubbles or Bugs? Muppets or moppet triathalon? Facial fuzz or mud mania? What are your plans this wild weekend?

—Meghan Rose

photo credits: Muddy girl by Salvation Army USA West via flickr and mustache boys by Bloom Designs