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Fun Things To Do With Kids in LA This Weekend, Aug 24-26


Summer is not over yet, and there are so many cool things to do with kids in this beautiful city that you would definitely enjoy too. Activities to do with kids this weekend include Fiesta La Ballona, Free Late Night at the Tar Pits, Book Fair, Food and Wine Festival, Dance DTLA, Outdoor Movie, City Birthday Celebration, Fee Concerts, and more.


Fiesta La Ballona

Veterans Park

4117 Overland Ave.

Culver City, CA

Aug 24th-Aug 26th

This popular Culver City event features live entertainment, carnival rides and games, food trucks and a food court, and a Beer and Wine Garden (for parents only), as well as booths spotlighting local organizations and featuring artisan wares. Fiesta La Ballona is bicycle-friendly and strives to be a zero-waste event. Hours are 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday; 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday; and 11:00 am to 9:00 pm on Sunday. Admission and parking for Fiesta La Ballona are free.


Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival

111 S. Grand Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Aug 22nd - Aug 26th

The Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival (food for the kids, wine for you) is a five-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles and culinary personalities from throughout the country. Based amid one of the country's foremost cultural destinations along Grand Avenue, the event spans the city and offers guests the chance to sample the cuisines and products from some of the most prominent epicurean influencers, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the entertainment industry's brightest talents.


Leimert Park Village Book Fair

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza

3650 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90008

Aug 25th

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enjoy a day of fun including live performances, author discussions, a special children’s reading area, workshops, special exhibitions, vendors, storytimes, and more. This event is Free.


Free Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Aug 24th

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join after-hours at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and enjoy Free General Admission, special 3D movies, such as Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams, Behind-the-Scenes tours, live excavations, and more for a minimal fee. (Free Admission)

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14th Annual Dance DTLA

Downtown LA

South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA

Aug 24th

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Head downtown on Friday night and move to the sounds of summer. Featuring Dance Downtown, open-air dancing in the park with beginner dance lessons alongside a live band or DJ, and alternating DJ Nights, curated by influential artists who give voice to a dynamic, vibrant, socially conscious L.A. culture. (Free)


Eat See Hear Outdoor Movie

The Autry Museum

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Aug 25th

5:30 pm -10:30 pm

Eat See Hear is the LA’s original traveling outdoor movie series which rotates around the city, featuring a wide mix of outdoor movies, live music and yummy food trucks. And this weekend they are bringing you the all time favorite movie "Back To The Future". Doors open at 5:30 pm, and music performances begin at 7:00 pm. The movie starts at 8:30 pm. Food trucks will be on site as well. Take blankets and cushions and enjoy the movie under the stars. Ticket information is available online. The film is rated PG-13.


Fairies v. Trolls: A Magical Competition at South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Aug 24th

9:00 am

This Friday, you are invited to use your wit, courage, and imagination in this inspired treasure hunt throughout the 87-acre nature space. With enchanted map in hand, questers will explore rustic nature trails and manicured formal gardens in a search for hidden doors that will lead to a priceless prize — a Merry Fairy Trollstone! Along the way, visitors will experience 2,500 different species of plants from around the globe and an array of active wildlife. (Cost: $9 adults; $4 children $6 students, toddlers Free)


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N Topanga Canyon Blvd.

Topanga, CA 90290

Aug 24th - Sep 3rd

The natural beauty of our Topanga wilderness transforms once again into an enchanted forest, peopled by lovers and fairies. Comic misadventures, mistaken identities and unrequited love come together to create the Bard’s most magical romp. The perfect experience to introduce your family to the world of Shakespeare. For a truly memorable evening, tickets may be purchased for a garden buffet dinner held prior to select performances of Midsummer Night’s Dream. (Age: 5+, Cost: $10-$38.50)

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Cardboard Yacht Regatta

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Highway

Santa Monica, CA 90402

Aug 25th

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Have you ever dreamed of setting sail across the waters in your very own yacht? Now you can build your own cardboard yacht and test its seaworthiness in a race across the Beach House pool. Build a yacht from only corrugated cardboard and duct tape, decorate it, cross your fingers and hope you can make it to the other side. Spectators are free and welcome!


See the Stars at the Planetarium

Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater

2800 E Observatory Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Aug 24th - Aug 26th

10:00 am - 10:00 pm

With its spectacular Zeiss star projector, laser digital projection system, state-of-the-art aluminum dome, comfy seats, sound system, and theatrical lighting, the Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater is the finest planetarium in the world. Every show is presented by a live, engaging storyteller. There are 3 rotating shows with the first show at 10:45 a.m. and the last show at 8:45 p.m. Children under 5 are admitted ONLY to the first show each day (10:45 a.m. on weekends). (Cost: $3-$7)


BOLD: Dance the Afternoon Away

241 N Canon Dr.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Aug 24th - Aug 25th

5 pm - 8 pm

Kids Dance Society transforms Beverly Cañon Gardens into a family-friendly late afternoon dance party where children and adults can listen and dance to EDM music, current club mixes, and music provided by known and respected DJs. This late afternoon event is part of Beverly Hills’ second annual BOLD Summer, which livens up the streets of Beverly Hills this Friday, and Saturday Night. (Free)


City Birthday Celebration

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument

125 Paseo De La Plaza

Los Angeles, CA

Aug 25th

6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Celebrate the 237th anniversary of the founding of Los Angeles with Los Pobladores historic re-enactments, a civic ceremony, artisan demonstrations, live entertainment, and free birthday cake! Bike or walk to El Pueblo from the beautiful San Gabriel Mission following the historic nine-mile route of our first settlers. El Pueblo Historical Monument is also proud to present a classic collection of vintage automobiles, low riders, and first-rate motorcycles on display in and around the historic plaza.


Hermosa Beach Summer Concerts

1601 Manhattan Beach Blvd.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Aug 26th

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Summertime and live music go hand in hand in the South Bay, and this weekend Hermosa Beach have an independent concert of their own: Pier Pressure (Pop and Rock); Blue Breeze Band (Motown, R&B, Jazz, Blues). This Concert is Free and open to the public, but we don't recommend it for younger kids.