Say goodbye to July and get ready to welcome August, with the heat and back to school fever that comes with those dog days.  So, if we have to think about back to school soon (even if your kiddos aren’t school age, the end of summer is in sight) this is a superb weekend to do every summery thing you can think of.  Check out some classic cars, say “Yee-haw” to cowboys & cowgirls, and hear some Hank Williams under the stars.  If you want to road trip it and you’ve never tasted garlic ice cream, we’re got a way to do both.  You can sleep in a museum or sculpt in the sand.  And finally, get ready to wish everyone’s favorite wizard a Happy Birthday.  (Harry Potter would be 33 this year – how old does that make you feel?!)

sand castle kids


E.T. at the Electric Dusk Drive-In
Put the kids in their jammies and curl up in the trunk of the SUV, or get an “astroturf ticket” and bring chairs and sleeping bags to catch E.T.  Don’t forget the Reeses. Fri., 8:30 pm. Downtown. $10. Ages 6+. Event details.


National Day of the Cowboy & Cowgirl
Don your hats and boots, hitch your wagon, and scoot on over to The Autry to celebrate the American cowboy and cowgirl. Enjoy trick ropers, gun-slingers, cowboy poetry, square dancing, kid’s activities, horseshoe-pitching contests, and hit the chuck wagon for BBQ. Sat., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Griffith Park. $4-10. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party
Raise your glass of butter beer and toast the “Boy Who Lived”. Start with a sorting (please, not Slytherin), then compete in games and contests for house points and prizes. Sun., 2:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $45. Ages 6+. Event details.

This whimsical, family-friendly performance recreates a collection of Shakespeare’s most famous scenes through clowning, masks, puppets and music.  You’re never too young for the Bard! Sat. & Sun., 4:00 pm. West Hollywood. Free. All ages. Event details.


Classic Car Show
There are two ways to see the cars: you can check out the preview the night before when you grab a burger at Bob’s Big Boy, or hit the main show on Saturday afternoon.  Or both! Fri. night preview from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm; Sat. show from 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Burbank. Free. All ages. Event details.


Hank Williams Night
Everyone loves Hank.  Introduce the kiddos to “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)”, “Hey Good Lookin’” and more Williams hits performed by special guests. Fri., 8:00 pm. Topanga. $20. All ages. Event details.

Skirball Family Sleepover
This great sleepover for kids who aren’t ready to miss Mom at bedtime is influenced by the new Gary Baseman exhibition.  Tonight the whole fam can take an after-hours tour, make your own art and then sleep in the museum.  Sat. – Sun., 6:00 pm – 9:00 am. West LA. $55. Ages 6+. Event details.

Beach Cities

Family Sand Castle Building Day
Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto. What can you create together? Sat., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Gilroy Garlic Festival
Road trip! Take 2 tons of garlic and mix in a garlic cook-off contest, live entertainment, the Miss Gilroy Garlic pageant, a kids area and loads of interesting, er tasty, treats and you get one very fun (and stinky) weekend. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Gilroy. $8 – $17. All ages. Event details.

With August approaching, what is still on your summer to do list?  Let us know!  Or get inspired by more ideas, here.

-Meghan Rose
Photo credit: sneakerdog via Creative Commons and a4gpa via Creative Commons.