Labor Day is a holiday to honor hard working people, and no one works harder than parents! So we’re taking the work out of the long weekend with a list of adventures the whole family will love. You can play farmer or pick a peck of tomatoes, tour ships for Fleet Week, enjoy music, Shakespeare, Dora & Diego, chow chili, watch baseball, meet bunnies and of course, visit the LA County Fair, which kicks off this weekend!

skirball-amphitheaterphoto: Skirball Cultural Center


Ska Time
It’s Ska Night at the Levitt Pavilion in Macarthur Park, so pack a picnic, pull up a blanket and get your funk on as this free & family friendly summer concert series comes to a close. Sat. Event details.

Dodgers Take on the Padres
Catch some Friday night fireworks or let the kids run the bases on Sunday when the Padres are in town. Go blue! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Newsies! on Stage
This Broadway show is a blast for kids (you can go home and see the movie starring Christian Bale, after!) and it’s only in town this weekend. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Farmer Days at Kidspace
Celebrate the harvest and all the animals on the farm at Kidspace when you make a harmonica to play the barnyard boogie, explore how worms help food grow and meet farm animal friends at the petting zoo. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore
This super interactive exhibit for the youngest of adventurers comes to an end in September, so use this weekend’s extra day off to uncover pirate treasure, help baby animals, fly to the moon and other amazing explorations. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Spend Labor Day at the Bunny Museum
A visit to this unique little museum will make your long weekend memorable. Hop over to see the largest bunny collection in the world, and you can even feed the real bunnies. Mon. Event details.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This magical play that appeals to the young and young at heart is the Theatricum Botanicum’s signature production. Find out why, and instill in your kids a love of Shakespeare. Mon. Event details.

On Ensemble at the Skirball
The Family Amphitheater productions come to a close this weekend with one of our favorite performers, the On Ensemble, who rock the giant taiko drums like no other. (The series ends for good this summer on Sunday with El Haru Kuroi’s world music set, which is also awesome!) Sat. Event details.

Malibu Chili Cook-Off & Carnival
Besides loads of chili—and other foods—to taste, there are games and rides, music and plenty of live entertainment. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

South Bay

Fleet Week Fun
Tour of one of the ships and take part in all the fun at the harbor as we honor U.S. armed forces at the country’s #1 port. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

Inland Empire

LA County Fair
The biggest fair in the country is packed with horse racing, monster trucks, big name concerts, animals, rides, ice skating & sledding, prehistoric creatures and so much more. Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Pick a Peck of Tomatoes
It’s time for PYO Romas this weekend at Underwood. Get out there in the sunshine to pick and visit the animals, and then spend the weekend eating them on burgers, in salads and more… Sat. & Sun. Event details.

If you’re looking for more that an afternoon outing, we’ve also rounded up the easiest getaways for Labor Day weekend. What are you up to, this long weekend?

—Meghan Rose