The last month of summer starts this weekend and that means it’s time to start squeezing in every last drop of fun!  Get loud (drum circle time), get crazy (it’s the last X Games in LA), get ready for back to school (with Miffy), or get down (with the Okee Dokee Boys).  Perhaps you’re not ready for school days or feeling country enough for some folksy music – in that case you may prefer to hang ten or see some superheroes tangle with iambic pentameter. Whatever you are in the mood for, we’ve got just the activity for you…



Summer X Games
Take your little daredevils to see some action! Do they prefer Street Skate, Big Air, Moto X, BMX Freestyle, or Skateboard Vert? Fri. – Sun., Times, locations and prices of events vary. All ages. Event details.

Drum Downtown: Pulse and Pitch
They like to make noise, you like to keep that noise out of the house.  This group drumming circle is perfect for petite percussionists. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Back to School with Miffy
It’s time to grab your notebooks and lunch boxes and get ready to head back to school with every tot’s favorite bunny.  There will be short films, arts & crafts, and a very special special meet & greet. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-8. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Twelfth Night: Superhero Edition
Never has the bard been so contemporary – or so concise! The Actors’ Gang presents Twelfth Night, done with all Superheroes.   Sat. & Sun., 11:00 am. Culver City. Free. Ages 3+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

The Frog and the Princess
Kids learn that beauty is only skin deep, but goodness goes all the way through in this fun show that starts out with a amphibian transformation but ends with a happy ever after. Sat., 11:00 am. Glendale. $11.50-$13. Ages 4+. Event details.


Getty Garden Concerts: Okee Dokee Brothers
Gorgeous location?  Check.  Great music?   Check.  Free?  Yup.  This is definitely our pick for concert of the week. And you’ve even got two chances to see the show.  Sat. & Sun., 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm. West LA. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.


Fishing Frenzy
Hundreds of magnetic fish float down the creek for little fishers to try and catch.  There will also be fishy arts and crafts and a tide pool to explore. Sat., 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $5. Ages 3-8. Event details.

Puss in Boots by Puppet Theater on Wheels
Have boots, will travel.  This world-class puppet show is rolling into town and will delight kids with a show in English and Russian. Sun., 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. Sherman Oaks. $5-$15. All ages. Event details.

Beach Cities

International Surf Festival
Even if your little ones are too small to hang ten on their own, the whole family can enjoy watching some of the best surfers in the world.  Check out competitions in body surfing, surfing, sand soccer, volleyball, paddleboard, lifeguard championships, dory racing and more. Sat. & Sun., 6:45 am – 7:00 pm. Various Beaches in the South Bay. Free. All ages. Event details.

Have you checked out our list of ways to beat the heat?  What are your favorite things to do in the dog days to keep cool? 

-Meghan Rose

Photo credit: Tim Griffin via flickr and Fifth World Art via Creative Commons