It’s a watery weekend here in the Southland – everything seems to have an H20 theme to it.  Which suits us just fine: water is the stuff of life, the best way to stay cool on a hot summer day, and is lots of splashy fun.  So play (and learn) at Water Day, get a splashy surprise downtown, take a trip to the Pacific Islands at the Ford, or to the Pacific Ocean at Cabrillo Aquarium or the Annenberg Beach House.  Get chalky with it on the Redondo Pier or even go deep under the sea on a Yellow Submarine.  How do you like your water?

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Grand Park Splash and Surprise
Kids and their parents adore Grand Park’s big splashable fountain.  This weekend it’s even better with kid-friendly activities and special – it’s a great reason to come explore downtown! Sat., 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Yellow Submarine at Pershing Square
What kiddo, or grownup, can resist the silly antics of the animated Beatles?  Or their music.  Or the big blue meanies. Perfect family entertainment under the stars… Fri., 8:00 pm. Downtown. $10. Ages 4+. Event details.


Kutturan Chamoru Big!World!Fun!
Chamoru music and dance comes from the Pacific Islands, and today at the Ford Amphitheatre kids can learn the history and experience the art live – along with a pre-show craft project and post-show meet and greet with the performers. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Hollywood. $5 adults, kids free. Ages 2+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Illustrating Music
Sound impossible?  Not at all. Ragamala paintings illustrate melodies – today to the Norton Simon Museum kids and parents can spend an afternoon creating their own watercolors illustrating the melodies and stories of their lives.  Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.  Pasadena. $10 adults, kids free. Ages 4-10. Event details.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Join Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher in the greatest summer adventure for kids or anyone who has been a kid (that covers pretty much everyone!). Share the thrill of mischief-making, the fickleness of first love, and the joy of discovering real buried treasure. Fri. – Sun., Various times. Sierra Madre. $12-$25. Ages 6+. Event details.


Water Day
Celebrate water in every way at the Skirball today: Cool off with creative water play, enjoy water-themed music by José-Luis Orozco, take part in water activities, and learn about water-related environmental issues. Sun., 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta
Get out Miffy’s topsiders, and Buddy’s polo shirts, it’s time for the regatta, darling.  No, this is yachting California style, which means building your own cardboard yacht and testing its “seaworthiness” in a race across the pool. Or just come and cheer on those crazy enough to try it themselves. Sat., 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Santa Monica. $15 per yacht. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

Robotics by the Sea
Robots take over the ocean!  It’s not SciFi, it’s SciReal: learn all about underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles), drive one through an obstacle course and discover how scientists use them to explore the ocean. Sat., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Redondo Beach Chalk Festival
Calling all petite Picassos: help transform The Pier into an amazing canvas over the water. There will be art, music and fun for the entire family. Sat., 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Redondo Beach. Free. All ages. Event details.

With only a few weeks more in August, what do you still want to cross off your summer bucket list?  Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Annenberg Beach House and Sarah Bowles