August may be the dog days, but we’ve got nothing but puppy love for all the awesome activities you can take part in this weekend. From watching the Special Olympics World Games to building in the Wild West to art, music, marionettes, surfing, New Orleans Jazz for tots, polo matches and even puppy grooming there’s something to tickle every fancy.
Special Olympics World Games & Closing Ceremonies
This weekend is your last chance to catch these inspiring athletes competing from around the globe at locations all over the city, leading up to the (free) closing ceremonies on Sunday. Check the schedule to pick where you want to see some of the 7,000 athletes from 177 countries compete in biking, swimming, gymnastics, beach volleyball and more. Fri.-Sun., Various times and locations. Free. All ages. Event details.
Wild West With LEGO and Lincoln Logs
Your little builder will love to use LEGOs and Lincoln Logs to build cabins, farmhouses, and other sites inspired by nineteenth-century photographs and paintings. Sun., 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $4-$10. Ages 3-12. Event details.
Bob Baker’s It’s A Musical World
The country’s oldest ongoing puppet theater is performing their classic musical variety hour this summer with over 100 amazing hand made puppets. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Echo Park. $15. Ages 2 & up. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Ganesha and (Secret) Gardens
The Norton Simon Museum has a couple of great events this weekend: you can take part in an art adventure that’s all about Ganesha’s sweet tooth or see a movie about a Secret Garden after exploring the museum’s garden. Sun., 2 p.m. Pasadena. $12 adults, kids free. Ages 4-8. Event details.
Getty Garden Concerts: Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards
This free outdoor music series for kids and their families takes place in the Getty Center’s Central Garden and the first concert of the year features Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, who play toe tapping original music inspired by traditional New Orleans jazz. Sat. & Sun., 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. West LA. Free. All ages. Event details.
A Family Funday Sukey Jump Concert
Heidi Swedberg plays “Sukey Jump Music,” a term that originated in the early 19th century for parties in slave quarters, and came to mean any song and dance party. The forested amphitheater at the Theatricum Botanicum is a gorgeous place to spend a Sunday morning together, making music. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Topanga Canyon. $10. Ages 1-10. Event details.
Catch a Polo Match
This is the perfect time of year to bring a blanket and a picnic and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you. Learn a little bit about polo, watch a match and then hike the park or tour Will Rogers’ house. Sat. at 2 pm. and Sun. at 10 a.m. Pacific Palisades. Free. All ages. Event details.
International Surf Festival
Even little ones too small to hang ten enjoy watching some of the best surfers in the world. There are competitions in body surfing, surfing, sand soccer, volleyball, paddleboard, lifeguard championships and even youth swims and paddles. Sat. & Sun., 7 a.m.-7 p.m. South Bay Beaches. Free. All ages. Event details.
Puppy Grooming, For Kids
This workshop is a great intro to pet responsibility! Kids use toy puppies to practice basic dog grooming and care, including daily feeding and poop cleaning. Sun., 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Torrance. Free. Ages 4-9. Event details.
Butterfly Release at the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
Hundreds of butterflies have lived here all summer and today you can take part in the grand release. This beautiful garden is worth the drive and today is the perfect day to visit for the first time! Sun., 1 p.m. Claremont. $4-$8. All ages. Event details.
La Habra Children’s Museum Critter Day
Learn all about local critters at this free day at this off-the-beaten-path children’s museum in an historic 1923 Train Depot. Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. La Habra. Free. All ages. Event details.
How are you keeping cool (both literally and metaphorically—because we know what hip and cool parents you are!) this weekend? Let us know in the comment section.
Photo credits: Jazzy Ash and Aloha Surf Camp