Fun Things To Do With Kids in LA on Labor Day Weekend 2018!

Updated: Nov 2, 2019


If you are in town this Labor Day weekend, we've got your back. There are so many activities in and around Los Angeles this weekend that are sure to entertain both you and your kiddos. Activities to do with kids this weekend include LA Fleet Week, Pixar Fest, Greek Festival, LA County Fair, Fiesta Hermosa, Movies under Stars, Free Concerts, and more.


LA Fleet Week

250 S Harbor Blvd.

San Pedro, CA 90731

Aug 31st - Sep 3rd

Various Times

LA Fleet Week is a free public event celebrating our U.S. armed forces at the Port of Los Angeles. A Labor Day tradition in Los Angeles, the event welcomes active military ships and personnel to the LA Waterfront and features public ship tours, military equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, educational activities and more.


Pixar Fest

Disneyland Park & Disney California Adventure Park

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802

Aug 31st - Sept 3rd

This weekend is your last chance to see the Pixar-themed event at the Disneyland Resort. Pixar Fest features the debut of an all-new nighttime spectacular and the return of 2 fan-favorite parades—in addition to new Pixar experiences, Characters, décor, atmospheric entertainment, limited-edition merchandise, and themed food & beverage options.


Free Late Night Fridays at the Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Aug 31st

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. This Friday is the last Free Late Night at the Tar Pits. (Free Admission)

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14th Annual Dance DTLA

Downtown LA

South Grand Avenue

Los Angeles, CA

Aug 31st

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. This Friday is DJ Night curated by Nosaj Thing. (Free)


Fiesta Hermosa

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

Sept 1st – Sept 3rd

10:00am - 6:00pm

With the ocean as a backdrop, Hermosa Beach is an ideal place for your labor day weekend. Over 300 artists and crafters are featured, and there are two stages featuring live music. The Food Court offers 18 different kinds of ethnic food choices. Handmade guacamole, crepes, and shaved ice creations are popular with the crowd. The Kiddie Carnival features a 30 foot slide, mechanical rides, rock climbing wall and bungee jump, and games for kids from 3 to 10 years old. Pony rides, a Petting Zoo, and face painters are sure to delight the little ones. (Free)


Eat See Hear Outdoor Movie

The Autry Museum

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sept 1st

5:00 pm -11:00 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's movie is "Selena", which is the story of the life of Mexican “Tejano” style singer Selena Quintanilla-Perez and the progress of her career resulting in her No. 1 US album. Doors open at 5:00 pm, and music performances begin at 7:00 pm. The movie starts at 8:00 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.


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

26300 Crenshaw Blvd.

Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90274

Aug 31st

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 31st - 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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See the Stars at the Planetarium

Samuel Oschin Planetarium Theater

2800 E Observatory Rd.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd

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)


Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival

Griffith Park, the Old Zoo

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Aug 31st - Sept 2nd

7 pm - 10 pm

The Independent Shakespeare Company presents TITUS ANDRONICUS, and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM for free. The performance site is at the Old Zoo in Griffith Park. Ample free parking is available. Look for the hot pink signs directing you to the parking lots near the Merry-Go-Round. Parking lot 2 is the closest to the performance site, but be prepared for a bit of a walk up a hill. See the schedule here. (Ages 6+, Free)


Street Food Cinema

Crystal Springs Park, Griffith Park

4730 Crystal Springs Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 90027

Sept 1st

5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

This Saturday, enjoy outdoor family evenings with food trucks, music, and a movie (The Wizard of Oz). Take your our own blankets or low chairs. This movie is rated PG. Doors open at 5:30 pm and movie starts at 8:00 pm. (Cost: Advance: Reserved: $19, General Seating: $14; Child Reserved: $11, Child General: $6, Children Under 5: Free. Adult tickets cost more at the door.)


Levitt LA 2018 Free Summer Concert Series

2230 W 6th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90057

Aug 30 - Aug 31st

7:00 pm

This Thursday and Friday, Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles presents their last free concerts of summer in MacArthur Park. Please check the calendar for schedule of performances. Take low chairs or blankets. (Free)


L.A. County Fair

1101 W McKinley Ave.

Pomona, CA 91768

Aug 31st - Sep 23rd

The Annual L.A. County Fair features so many attractions, rides, animals, performances, food, and much much more. Check the website for schedule of all performances and attractions.


Magic Mondays at Santa Monica Playhouse

Santa Monica Playhouse

1211 4th St.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sept 3rd - Oct 1st

7:30 pm - 10:00pm

Every Monday starting September 3rd through October 1st is filled with magic, as host Albie Selznick brings a new and different lineup of world-class, award-winning magicians and outstanding variety acts to the Santa Monica Playhouse. Get ready for unforgettable magic shows and mind-blowing illusions. (Tickets are $40 per person)


Long Beach Greek Festival By the Sea

5761 E Colorado St.

Long Beach, CA 90814

Sept 1st – Sept 3rd

Join Long Beach Greek Festival on Labor Day weekend and enjoy a taste of Greece! From authentic Greek food, cooking demonstrations, shopping and live dancing, you’ll be surrounded by the sites and sounds of a culture with a deep history and beautiful traditions. (Free)


Apple Picking

Various Farms

Aug 31st - Nov

Starting this weekend, many farms near Los Angeles are open for apple picking and farm activities. Click here for the list of the farms that are about an hour drive from Los Angeles, where you can pick your own apples with the kiddos this labor day weekend!


Pacific Park

Santa Monica Pier

380 Santa Monica Pier,

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Aug 31st – Sept 3rd

Get unlimited rides and fun at the famous Pacific Park, right on the Santa Monica Pier over the Pacific Ocean. Take a spin on the solar-powered Ferris wheel, take a ride on the West Coaster, step onto one exciting ride after another, play a game, and grab a treat then look around…it’s the beach with sun, surf and more!


Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza

Universal City, CA 91608

Aug 31st – Sep 3rd

Experience entertainment for kids and kids at heart at Universal Studios Hollywood. Laugh out loud with some mischievous characters. Climb, jump and slide through a play zone where silly fun is required. Spiral and dive on a family-friendly coaster. Join Master Po and more from DreamWorks’ blockbuster franchise on a thrilling journey of awesomeness destined to stimulate your senses, exercise your wit and unlock the hero within through the power of kung fu. There’s lots to explore for all ages throughout the Park.



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