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On-Going Through-out the Year…

See the stars (at the Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory)
Tuesday-Sunday
Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, 2800 East Observatory Rd., Los Angeles
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.  It’s also right in our backyard.  And every day Wednesday-Friday, you can take advantage of the less crowded weekdays to take kiddos to a show.  There are 4 rotating shows, and kiddos under 5 are only allowed in the first show daily (weekdays, that’s at 12:45 p.m.).
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/programs/publictelescopes.html

 

Evening campfire with marshmallow toasting
Wednesdays in summer
Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca
Loosen your marshmallow-roasting arm, pack up the family and head out for an evening around the campfire. Meet at the campfire amphitheater.
http://www.lamountains.com/planning_franklin.html
Play pac man & frogger – for free!

Every Saturday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royce’s Arcade, 21819 Plummer St., Chatsworth
The Arcade Warehouse is a discount arcade shop that opens its doors to the public one day a week to encourage families to get reacquainted with classic games they haven’t seen in years. All for free. No quarter, no cover charge.

Introduce your kiddos to your favorite Arcade Classics with over 60 free to play games.

https//www.facebook.com/RoycesArcade

 

A dog day afternoon at the cathedral
Downtown , The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels Plaza, 555 West Temple St., Los Angeles, Ca For dog loving kids and their 4 footed friends! The 9th Annual Dog Day Afternoon at The Cathedral is back to celebrate the four-legged companions who help to create the Downtown L.A. community. Meet residents and their dogs for a fun-filled evening of mingling, music, local pet vendors and pet adoptions. (All dogs must be on a leash and well socialized.)
http://www.downtownla.com/dog-day-2015-rsvp.asp

 

Family art stops at the Getty
Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, Ca
You want to enjoy the museum, and introduce the kids to the art.  But you’re not quite sure where to start and what to do.  Ta da!  Family Art Stops has a plan for you:
A gallery teacher will greet you in the Museum Entrance Hall and lead you to a family-friendly work of art. You might meet a Renaissance oil painting, a 45-foot-tall steel sculpture, or an opulent tapestry adorned with scampering exotic animals. You and your family will look and learn together as you participate in fun activities such as puzzles, drawing, role-playing, and even an artistic version of Mad Libs. Activities and works of art change frequently, making each visit a new experience.
The tours are free, but you need to sign up at the Information Desk beginning at 11 a.m. for the 11:30 a.m. program on the day you’d like to participate.
http://www.getty.edu/visit/cal/events/ev_521.html

 

Free bilingual music class in the park and more this summer…

Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Park, 14201 Huston St., Sherman Oaks, Ca
Music With Sara offers bilingual music classes in English and Spanish for kids and their special grown ups. Today, Sara will be bringing rhythm instruments and props for a free and fun music class. Bring a blanket and some water, and of course your little ones and be ready to make some “Music With Sara.”
http://www.musicwithsara.com/

 

Evening campfire with marshmallow toasting
Wednesdays in summer
Franklin Canyon Park, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca
Loosen your marshmallow-roasting arm, pack up the family and head out for an evening around the campfire. Meet at the campfire amphitheater.
http://www.lamountains.com/planning_franklin.html

 

Free ladybug music demo class
The Pump Station, 1248 Vine St., Hollywood, Ca
This award-winning class offers a unique intro to music thru original, handcrafted, soulful songs. Come sing, dance, learn the fundamentals of music and start creating memories with your kiddos that will last a lifetime. Ladybug classes are mixed age (infant–4 years) and multi-generational.
Free Demo Classes available at selected locations: Studio City, Hollywood, Santa Monica & Tarzana.
http://www.ladybugmusic.com/

 

Music in the park with concerts on canon
every Thursday at 6 p.m. & 7:15 p.m.
Beverly Cañon Gardens, 241 N. Cañon Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca
The free Cañon Summer Concert Series features all kinds of upbeat music from jazz and classic standards to Big Band. Seating is available on a first-come basis. Bring a meal to enjoy. (Or pick up a tasty picnic on the grounds at Bouchon Bakery!) Plentiful seating provided on a first-come basis with open grass area for picnic blankets, tables and chairs.
There’s a different concert every Thursday night from June 4-September 3.
http://beverlyhills.org/exploring/eventsandactivities/concertsoncaon/?NFR=1

 

Go for a walk and see the art downtown
Second Thursday of the month
Downtown, Spring and Main Streets, Los Angeles, Ca
Introduce your kids to both art anddowntown Los Angeles at the Downtown Art Walk.
The free, self-guided, public art gathering brings together art lovers and community friends to the ever evolving downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, downtown celebrates the arts each and every month on the 2nd Thursday.
You can involve the kids even before you leave the house by letting them help you create a customized Art Walk Map online that you can then print out and follow!
http://downtownartwalk.org/tours/kinderwalk/

 

Peek-a-boo music-free demo class
Every Thursday at 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.
Silverlake, One Down Dog Yoga , 4343 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca Peek-A-Boo Music is offering a free demo Kindermusik class for babies and toddlers every Thursday in July. The times are 9:30 a.m. for the toddler classes (Wiggle & Grow) and 11a.m. for the baby classes (Cuddle & Bounce).
Inquiries, please contact: lauren@peekaboomusic.la to RSVP
http://peekaboomusic.la/

 

Twilight concerts on the pier
Every Thursday at 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, Ca
The incomparable setting of the Santa Monica Pier hosts these free concerts where you can watch the sun set over the water (or from the Ferris wheel) while you listen to the music. The lineup this summer includes music from New Orleans, classic Rock (Jefferson Starship!), indie pop and reggae dance hall. Check the website to see who is playing when!  It’s a great way to end a summer day at the beach (and miss beach traffic heading home)!
http://santamonicapier.org/twilightconcerts/

 

Artspark: art “around the globe”
Every Thursday at 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
West LA, Cheviot Hills Rec Center, 2551 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, Ca
Experience art and learn about world cultures from every continent. Through drawing, painting , sculpture, collage, printing, we will explore different media while experimenting with a variety of visual techniques to build basic skills and to expand creative expression. Taught by Barnsdall Arts and funded by The Diller -von Furstenberg Family Foundation, these free after school art workshops are hosted every Tuesday & Thursday.
http://barnsdallarts.org/

 

Discover “truly me” and other summer reading lists…
Mid-City, American Girl, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, Ca
Bring your girl to this American Girl Truly Me event, where she can celebrate her unique self by making a bookmark, signing an inspirational poster, and exploring the books that top her summer reading list, too! All participants will receive a doll-sized Truly Me tee (while supplies last).
http://www.americangirl.com/retailinfo/events

 

Lucky diaz and the family jam band, jam and more this summer…
Pasadena Area, Levitt Pavilion , 30 N Raymond Ave., Pasadena, Ca
Come and enjoy the artist behind People magazine’s #1 Cool Kid Album of 2013! Praised by USA Today, CBS (and Red Tricycle) as one of the best kids’ bands in Los Angeles, the husband-and-wife duo serve up catchy pop and cleverly crafted lyrics amusing to audiences of all ages.
Be sure to come early to enjoy the KidZone before the show, featuring kid and family-focused vendors and nonprofit community partners presenting interactive fun and games. Festival starts at 5:30 p.m., music begins at 7 p.m.
http://www.levittpavilionpasadena.org/events/july/lucky-diaz-the-family-jam-band/

 

Play dates for kids at the mall
Every Thursday at 11 a.m. to noon
Westfield Century City, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Century City, Ca
Play dates are at a new time near Giggles ‘N Hugs.  Bring the kids for weekly, free loads of fun with balloon animals, face painting, arts and crafts and so much more.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1603705553194381/

 

On-going Free ladybug music demo class
The Pump Station, 2415 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, Ca
This award-winning class offers a unique intro to music thru original, handcrafted, soulful songs. Come sing, dance, learn the fundamentals of music and start creating memories with your kiddos that will last a lifetime. Ladybug classes are mixed age (infant–4 years) and multi-generational.
Free Demo Classes available at selected locations: Studio City, Hollywood, Santa Monica & Tarzana.
http://www.ladybugmusic.com/

 

Minions invade universal citywalk and other
Universal Citywalk, 1000 Universal Studios Blvd., Universal City, Ca
Universal CityWalk celebrates the opening of Minions with a dance party featuring the mischievous Minions.  See advance screenings of Minions at AMC Theatres on Thursday, then both nights take part in the DJ party at the “5 Towers” stage with Minions spinning and dancing to their favorite songs, meet the Minions and grab free Minion-themed giveaways.
http://www.citywalkhollywood.com/calendar.html#

 

See a comet formed before your eyes
Tues-Sun through Sep 6
Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, Ca
Every year the Griffith Observatory breaks out this special program for school holidays, and now it’s back for Summer Vacation, and you don’t want to miss it! Let’s Make a Comet is a 25-minute demonstration program that mixes common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that’s just like the real thing. The program explores the nature of water in all its forms – solid, liquid, and gas – and discusses why water is so important to life on Earth. Recent images and discoveries from NASA missions reveal where we might find water – and possibly life – on other worlds in our solar system. It’s fascinating science, and it’s also lots of fun!
Shows are Tuesday-Friday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. and weekends at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/programs/programs.html#comet

 

Evening campfire in temescal canyon
Every Thursday at 7 p.m.
Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, Ca
Bring some good cheer and your friendly local Park Rangers will provide the rest including a nature program, campfire, and marshmallows!
http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=58

 

Shakespeare at the old zoo
Thursday-Sunday through August
Griffith Park, Old Zoo, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, Ca
The Independent Shakespeare Company does shows every summer at the Old Zoo.  Here are some reasons to go:
1.  Free, fabulous productions of Shakespeare!
2.  One of the most beautiful, best kept secrets of an outdoor space: the Old Zoo in Griffith Park.
3.  Bring a picnic and catch one of the special shows throughout the summer where there are fantastic Players in the Park or Invertigo Dance pre-shows for the whole family.
4. Explore and play before the show.
This summer you can see As You Like Itor Romeo and Juliet. Check the website to see which is playing tonight. Bring bug spray and warm clothes, as it gets chilly when the sun goes down.  Blankets and low chairs are permitted, tall chairs and dogs are not.  Shows run all summer Thursday-Sunday at 7 p.m.
http://www.iscla.org/

 

Hey, little roadrunner, meet the coyote
Satwiwa Cultural Center, 4126 W Potrero Rd., Newbury Park, Ca
Join a ranger for a hike through grassy hills while learning about the wiley coyote—a savvy and opportunistic creature.  Meet in the main parking lot and wear/bring layered clothing.
http://www.nps.gov/samo/planyourvisit/satwiwa-native-american-indian-culture-center.htm

 

Picnic on the promenade
Every Friday at noon to 3 p.m.
1300 Block, 1300 Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, Ca
Stuck for what to do for lunch?  Bring the kids to the Promenade for food and entertainment! This annual summer series takes place every Friday afternoon with live music, classic board games, interactive challenges, and special performances like a street performer showcase, bike clinic, a performance by the Santa Monica Symphony Orchestra and more.
http://www.downtownsm.com/events/2015-07/picnic-promenade

 

As you like it, by the sea early July and other summer events…
Point Fermin Park, 807 W Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, Ca
A girl pretending to be a boy.  A man that talks to skulls.  A wrestler, a shepherd, a duke and romance – even kids will love a journey to the forest of Arden.
Shakespeare by the Sea is performing “As You Like It” this summer at locations across the city in free, outdoor performances perfect to bring a picnic and the kids to!
http://www.shakespearebythesea.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015sbts/SBTS15-LocationInfoRV032815.pdf

 

Friday night jazz at lacma
Fridays through Sep 25
Miracle Mile, LACMA, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca
Don’t forget blankets, sweaters, chairs and a picnic to while you lounge on the grass and listen to the jazz…  Every Friday from April 18th through the end of October, you can hear a free jazz concert at LACMA in the grand entrance. Bring the kids early to snag great seats and let them run around Hancock Park, rolling down the hill and exploring the tar pits before the concert starts.  And remember that the museum is free to all Los Angeles County residents after 5 p.m. on Fridays (Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays too!), so be sure to check out the latest exhibits.
http://www.lacma.org/programs/music/jazz-at-lacma

 

See a comet formed before your eyes
Tues-Sun through Sep 6
Griffith Park, Griffith Observatory, 2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CaEvery year the Griffith Observatory breaks out this special program for school holidays, and now it’s back for Summer Vacation, and you don’t want to miss it! Let’s Make a Comet is a 25-minute demonstration program that mixes common household ingredients with dry ice to make a small comet that’s just like the real thing. The program explores the nature of water in all its forms – solid, liquid, and gas – and discusses why water is so important to life on Earth. Recent images and discoveries from NASA missions reveal where we might find water – and possibly life – on other worlds in our solar system. It’s fascinating science, and it’s also lots of fun!
Shows are Tuesday-Friday at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. and weekends at 1 p.m. & 3 p.m
http://www.griffithobservatory.org/programs/programs.html#comet

 

Meet the alpacas
Second Saturday of the Month
Alpacas at Windy Hill, 7660 Bradley Rd., Somis, Ca
It’s “Open Ranch” day at Windy Hill Alpaca Ranch in Somis today.  Take a tour and learn about the alpaca ranch. This is a free event and all ages are welcome, as are strollers and wheelchairs (but no pets, please as they startle the alpacas).
http://www.alpacalink.com/openranchday.html

 

Get your hands on art at the adobe
Second Sat every month.
Reyes Adobe Historical Site, 5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills, Ca
On the second Saturday of every month at the Reyes Adobe Historical Site kiddos can participate in hands-on activities and make art projects. Before your visit, have lunch in the park, enjoy the playground, or bring a soccer ball to kick around. Activities are geared towards children ages 3-8 and are free (with donations cheerfully accepted).
Docent-led tours of the historic adobe and museum are also available for all ages, if you feel a fact-finding mania come over you!
http://ci.agoura-hills.ca.us/government/departments/community-services-parks-recreation/events-activities/2nd-saturday-the-adobe

 

Polo match at will rogers
Jul 11 at Various times
Will Rogers State Park, 1501 Will Rogers State Park Rd., Pacific Palisades, Ca
Have your kids ever seen the “Game of Kings” played live?  It’s majestic and relaxing to lounge on a blanket with a picnic brunch or lunch and watch horses pound up and down the field right before you.  (Players often let the kids on the field between matches to meet the horses.) Learn a little bit about polo, watch a match and then hike the park or tour Will Rogers old house (he was a huge horse and polo fan).
Matches are free and open to the public all summer.  There are matches most Saturdays from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
http://www.willrogerspolo.org/schedule

 

Concerts in the marina: ruben studdard & freddie jackson
Every Sat through the summer…
Westside, Burton Chace Park, 13650 Mindanao Ave., Marina del Rey, Ca
Four pop music concerts are held at the lovely waterfront setting of Burton W. Chace Park each summer. Bring a picnic, low beach chairs and blankets for first-come, first-served seating. Come early for best seating, and bring along a jacket or sweater to stay comfortable at night near the water.
http://www.visitmarinadelrey.com/files/docs/2015-concert-series-flyer-3-27-15.pdf

 

Storytime & music fun with barbara bottner & hillary george
Saturday mornings through-out the summer…
West LA, Children’s Book World, 10580 1/2 W. Pico Blvd. , Los Angeles, Ca
Join popular picture book author Barbara Bottner and super-librarian Hillary George (with her ukulele) for a celebration of Barbara Bottner’s charming new book, Feet Go to Sleep, a gentle bedtime book that includes a proven relaxation technique parents can use to help their little ones go to sleep after an exciting day.
http://www.childrensbookworld.com/Calendar/calendar.htm#bottner

 

Hola! spanish language story time
Book readings through-out the summer…
Barnes & Noble Bookstar , 12136 Ventura Blvd. , Studio City, Ca
Listen to Señora Jackie read a children’s story in Spanish. Kids ages as young as 2 who don’t even speak Spanish fall in love with the story and connect with the language and Hispanic culture. This activity is followed by a craft.
http://www.cultural-bytes.org/

 

Summer concert at the pier
Thursdays & Saturdays through Sep. 5
Redondo Beach Pier, Redondo Beach, Ca
Redondo Beach has another free summer concert at the pier this Thursday. Concerts are every Thursday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend.  It’s a great way to end a day at the beach.  And miss traffic.  And a fabulous excuse to eat some crab. From a Beach Boys cover band to classic rockabilly, salsa or reggae, there’s something for everyone: check the website to see what band is playing each night.
http://www.redondopier.com/event/free-yoga-on-the-redondo-beach-pier-every-3rd-saturday-every-month-2/2015-06-20/

 

A little latin music at lacma
Every Saturday at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
LACMA, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca
Latin Sounds brings world-renowned artists playing the latest sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day to LACMA. Check the website to see who is playing each week.  Get ready to dance!
Don’t forget blankets, chairs and a picnic to enjoy the music on the grass. Bring the kids early to snag great seats at the outdoor amphitheatre and let them run around Hancock Park, rolling down the hill and exploring the tar pits before the concert.
http://www.lacma.org/programs/music/latin-sounds

 

Take a walk into the chumash world
Check-in for summer hours…
King Gillette Ranch, 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, Ca
Discover how the Chumash  used the natural resources of the environment for thousands of years to create a sustainable way of life.  Take an easy 1 mile walk through the woods and learn from a Ranger!
http://www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=670

 

Kids learn about cookin’ at the market
Second Sunday of the Month
Beverly Hills Farmers Market, 3330 Civic Center Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca
Not only can you get your fresh fruits and veggies for the week at a gorgeous Farmers Market, but this Sunday, your kiddo can take part in Cookin’ Kids at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market.  There’s a petting zoo and pony rides for kiddos, too.
Cookin’ Kids introduces kids to fresh fruits and vegetables based on what’s in season. They can taste the featured item of the month, learn about its health benefits, meet the farmer and get recipes that they can easily prepare at home. (With or for you!)
http://www.beverlyhills.org/exploring/farmersmarket/

 

Reel ‘em in – kids learn to fish
Every Sunday at noon to 12:30 p.m.
Dana Wharf , 34675 Golden Lantern , Dana Point, Ca
Every Sunday the folks at Dana Wharf offer a free kids’ fishing clinic, providing dockside experience for young anglers. No reservations are needed.  After the free clinic, kids can participate in a half-day fishing trip – kids get a free fishing trip per (paying) adult.
http://danawharf.com/kids-free-fishing-clinic/

 

Free Sunday at the pacific asia museum
Second Sunday
Pacific Asia Musuem, 46 North Los Robles Ave., Pasadena, Ca
Here’s a museum you may not have been to – and a few reasons you want to fix that now.  One – today it’s free (second Sunday of every month).  Two – the museum is one of few U.S. institutions dedicated to the arts and culture of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  Three – it’s a beautiful building, and a gorgeous and peaceful courtyard, complete with the kid-favorite koi pond.  And four – the Silk Road journey upstairs will delight little imaginations (and fuel your own, too).  There you have it, now go visit!
http://pacificasiamuseum.org/_visit/index.aspx

 

What is a salt marsh?
Check-in for summer dates…
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, Ca
You may have heard the term, but if your kid asks, can you answer?  Today you can all learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals. See the birds of the marsh, learn about native plants and observe the changes in the tides.  And come away able to answer at least one of your child’s questions!

 

The lotus festival at the lake
Echo Park, Echo Park, 751 Echo Park Ave., Los Angeles , Ca
The beautiful Lotus flowers are back in Echo Park Lake and so is the annual festival, featuring live music, dance and entertainment from a variety of performers representing many of the diverse countries of Asia and the Pacific Islands.  Enjoy arts and crafts booths, artist demos, community booths, shopping boutiques, and the international food booth.
http://https//www.facebook.com/lalotusfestival/photos/a.10150144878871277.282260.323724881276/10152589942286277/?type=1&theater

 

Sit in a real plane and meet a real pilot
Ongoing…
Santa Monica Airport Observation Deck, 3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica, Ca Bring your kids on the ultimate field trip to the Santa Monica Airport observation deck to sit inside a real airplane and take a photo with a pilot.  It’s an amazing experience for little fans of “Planes” and they can meet real pilots and have their flying questions answered. (Plus a darn cute photo op for you!)
http://santamonicaairport.com/field-trip/

 

The golden bird and the dancing princesses

Weekends through August 23

Westside, Carlson Park, Motor Ave. at Braddock Dr., Culver City, CA

Free theater for kids in the park!  This summer CCPT (Culver City Public Theatre) presents “The Golden Bird and The Dancing Princesses.”  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

http://www.ccpt.org/

 

Play pac man & frogger – for free!

Every Saturday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Royce’s Arcade, 21819 Plummer St., Chatsworth

The Arcade Warehouse is a discount arcade shop that opens its doors to the public one day a week to encourage families to get reacquainted with classic games they haven’t seen in years. All for free. No quarter, no cover charge.

Introduce your kiddos to your favorite Arcade Classics with over 60 free to play games.

http://https//www.facebook.com/RoycesArcade

 

Flashback as tribute bands rock the green

Sundays in the Summer

Valley, Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, Ca

Led Zeplin, Bee Gees, Journey, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, The BEatles, Neil Diamond, Queen and more – our kids missed seeing these great bands live.  But Sunday nights this summer, they can catch bands that play tribute to these legends in fun concerts that will have you on your feet and singing along.  Check the schedule to see which HYPERLINK “http://www.valleycultural.org/concerts-programs/concert-schedule-2015/”trib HYPERLINK “http://www.valleycultural.org/concerts-programs/concert-schedule-2015/” band is taking the stage tonight!

The Valley Cultural Center has presented free concerts every summer since 1975, and are a cornerstone of Sunday afternoons in the Valley.  Bring a picnic and a blanket and have a perfect end to the weekend.

http://www.valleycultural.org/concerts-programs/concert-schedule-2015/

 

TV costume design exhibit

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

FIDM, 919 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Ca

The annual exhibit of costumes from favorite TV shows is here!  It’s a fantastic exhibit for everyone, whether it’s because you love TV (superhero costumes from Marvel’s Agent Carterare on display), fashion (oh, the beautiful clothes!), or history (it’s a great opportunity to show and talk with kids about the various things that have been worn throughout history with displays from Mad Men to Wolf Hall).

The FIDM Museum presents the 77th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design exhibit which is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., through September 26.

http://fidmmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcoming/#entry-9th-annual-outstanding-art-of-television-costume-design

 

Movie night at the beach

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Long Beach, Granada Beach, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Ca

Come see a moonlight movie on the beach!  Bring a beach blanket (and other blankets, too – it gets chilly).  Movies are free and there is plenty of parking.  Dinner, popcorn and drinks are available to purchase. 

http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-movie.html

 

Toy story in the park

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

CSUN, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, Ca

Catch Andy, Woody, Buzz and the gang at an outside screening of this classic film that started  our love affair with Pixar.

Movie starts at sundown, food trucks are here at 5:30 p.m. and there will be some games and activities available for kids.

http://www.csun.edu/as/summer-movie-fest

 

Saturday night music in the courtyard

Every Saturday at 7 p.m. – Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Old Town, One Colorado Old Pasadena, 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, Ca

This free outdoor concert series features local (and some not so local) up-and-coming bands of varying genres. Grab a drink or a nosh, hang out under the stars and enjoy the good music and vibe. Concerts are all-ages with open seating. It’s a great way to get out on a Saturday night when you don’t feel like splurging on a sitter!

http://onecolorado.com/events-at-one-colorado/

 

Getty garden concerts for kids: jazzy ash & the leaping lizards

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Westside, The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles, Ca

This free outdoor music series for kids and their families takes place in the Getty Center’s Central Garden and features some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation—like Jazzy Ash!

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards enchant children and grown-ups across the country with joyful, original music inspired by traditional New Orleans jazz culture. Influenced by her father’s Trinidadian culture and her mother’s Louisiana roots, Jazzy Ash leads a six-piece band of ukulele, guitar, banjo, accordion, fiddle, bass, trombone, washboard and more, to craft the sounds of early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop, and swing for young ears.

http://www.getty.edu/education/kids_families/programs/garden_concerts.html

 

Garden workday & beach clean up

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

South Bay, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, Cabrillo, Ca

Dig in the dirt for a good cause by pitching in to help maintain the Cabrillo Native Garden. Kids will learn about native plants and pick up some gardening techniques. Also, help keep our oceans clean by participating in clearing the beach of marine debris.

http://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/events-news/events-details.asp?id=1418

 

Make a chalkboard door hanger

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Home Depot, Various Locations, Los Angeles

So, maybe you’re not the handiest parent on the planet.  But your kiddo has a definite aptitude for working with hammers and nails.  Bring them to Home Depot this Saturday for a workshop that teaches kids do-it-yourself skills, tool safety and instill a sense of pride and accomplishment.  This month kids can make a chalkboard door hanger.

Kids get to keep their craft and get a free Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/kids-workshops

 

About face at lacma

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

LACMA, 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca

A portrait can be of anyone—the president, a favorite pet, family members, friends, and even yourself! Kids explore paintings, sculpture, and photographs in the exhibition Faces of America: LACMA Collects, then make their own portraits in artist-led workshops.

http://www.lacma.org/event/andell-family-sundays-53

 

Tierra blanca dancing

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Levitt Pavilion MacArthur Park, 2230 W. 6th St., Los Angeles, Ca

Since 1996 Tierra Blanca Dance Company has establish its own identity creating unique dances based on the culture, traditions and history from Mexico and our Latino Heritage here in Los Angeles. See them perform for kids at the Levitt Pavilion LA.

http://levittla.org/events/august/tierra-blanca/

 

Critter quests at the la habra children’s museum

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

The Children’s Museum at La Habra, 301 S. Euclid St., La Habra , Ca

Learn all about local critters at this free day at the La Habra Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum at La Habra is located in a historic 1923 Train Depot. It features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and an historic 1942 caboose.

http://www.lhcm.org/360/Target-Free-Days

 

Jazz on the lawn in Santa Monica

Every Sunday at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Stewart Street Park, Stewart St. & Exposition Blvd., Santa Monica, Ca

Bring a picnic, blanket and beach chair, and enjoy a sampling of jazz music. Kids can run and play while parents relax… and everyone can enjoy the end of summer with hot jazz while enjoying the cool ocean breeze.  There will be a different food and dessert truck weekly.  Check the lineup online to see who is playing this week.

http://www.smgov.net/portals/culture/events/jazz_on_the_lawn.aspx

 

Twinkle time’s bilingual-pop concert

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Koreatown, Memorial Branch Library, 4625 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, Ga

Bilingual Pop Artist for kids Twinkle, brings you her colorful, high energy pop concert Twinkle Time-fusing education, language, arts and pop culture.

http://www.lapl.org/whats-on/events/childrens-summer-fun-summer-reading-grand-finale-party-twinkle-friends

 

Puppy love movie night at the beach

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Long Beach, Granada Beach, 5101 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, Ca

Come see a moonlight movie on the beach!  Bring a beach blanket (and other blankets, too – it gets chilly).  Movies are free and there is plenty of parking.  Dinner, popcorn and drinks are available to purchase.  Tonight’s movie is perfect for little dog lovers, as it’s the live action 101 Dalmations.

http://www.alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-movie.html

 

Calling lego maniacs, get your free legos

First Tue & Wed of the Month

The LEGO Store, Glendale Galleria & Westfield Topanga, Glendale & Canoga Park, Ca

So, once a month, you don’t have to shell out cash for the new LEGOs that your little builder has been begging for.  The kind folk at your local LEGO Store will teach them how to build a cool new mini model, and take it home – for free. In August the model is a mini kangaroo.  You can now reserve your model in advance!

http://shop.lego.com/en-US/minibuild-registration#shopxlink

 

Mama mia! italy lands at kidspace free family night

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Pasadena Area, Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, Ca

Discover famous Italian architecture, create works of art inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci, and help build a kid-sized version of the Italian Alps at this free family night. Enjoy a special performance in the Stone Hollow Amphitheater at 6 p.m. & 7 p.m.

http://www.kidspacemuseum.org/events/eventlisting/free-family-nights

 

Kids club at the waterside

Every Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Dates and Times change through-out the year.

The Waterfountain, 4700 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, Ca

Every Tuesday enjoy free, fun entertainment for children.  Check the website to see what’s happening this week!

http://shopwaterside.com/wp_waterside/events/category/kids-club/

 

Samo kids club

First Wedesday of the month

Westside, Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, Ca

Santa Monica Place Kids Club takes place the first Wednesday of the month, with host Miss Claire, who entertains and educates kids with a mix of puppet time, music time, story time and crafting fun.

The event will be held on the 3rd level Dining Deck rain or shine, and parents are asked to sign kids in when you get there.

http://www.santamonicaplace.com/Events/samoskidsclub

 

Free day at the aquarium!

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, Ca

For the remainder of 2015, Well Fargo’s generous birthday present (Heal the Bay turns 30 this year!)  to Heal the Bay will allow Aquarium visitors free admission the first Wednesday of each month.

http://www.healthebay.org/event/free-family-day-celebrates-heal-bays-30th-birthday

 

3Kids’ fishing rodeo

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier, 6201 East Appian Way, Long Beach, Ca

Can you reel ’em in?  Experts are on hand to share tips and tricks with young anglers at the Annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo in Long Beach. The event features free bait and instruction, but participants need to bring their own rods and reels. Prizes are awarded in many categories and everyone goes home a winner!  Kids under 12 must have a grown up accompanying them.

http://alfredosbeachclub.com/seafest-fishing.html

 

Free first friday at the Norton Simon

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Pasadena Area, Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

This museum is a gem.  While big art museums can feel too overwhelming to kids, the Norton Simon is perfectly sized for first time art exploration.  And the collection is stunning for a museum of this size – you and your kids will recognize Degas, Monet, Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Rivera, and Cezanne all hanging on the walls.  Don’t forget to pick up a (free) pocket guide for families, packed with provoking questions and fascinating facts about the artwork here.  The free Friday evening (5 p.m. – 8 p.m.) is a perfect post-dinner stop and wonderful way to kick off the weekend.  Parking is convenient and free, too.

http://www.nortonsimon.org/events/view/2015-09-04

 

Mariachi madness at grand park

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Downtown, Grand Park, 200 North Grand Ave., Los Angeles, Ca

Grand Park will host a concert featuring some of the top mariachi youth performers in Los Angeles. This event will showcase the growing popularity of the mariachi genre and the crazy talented local kids. Bring a picnic and enjoy the concert on the lawn during a warm August evening.

http://grandparkla.org/event/jose-hernandez-mariachi-nationals-ensemble-performance/?instance_id=70644

 

The golden bird and the dancing princesses

Weekends through August 23. – Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Westside, Carlson Park, Motor Ave. at Braddock Dr., Culver City, Ca

Free theater for kids in the park!  This summer CCPT (Culver City Public Theatre) presents “The Golden Bird and The Dancing Princesses.”  Bring a blanket or lawn chair.

http://www.ccpt.org/#

 

Discover ballona discovery park

Second Saturday of the Month. – Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Ballona Wetlands, 13110 Bluff Creek Dr., Playa Vista, Ca

Take a self-guided tour of the beautiful 2-acre open-air science park, where staff will be on hand to answer questions. Learn about our coastal ecosystem and explore the wonders of nature right in the middle of urban Los Angeles.

http://www.ballonafriends.org/

Movie on the green: “muppets most wanted”

Aug 8 at Dusk

Warner Center Park, 5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, Ca

Muppets, mayhem and serious madness. Every Saturday night this summer outdoor family movies will be projected on a 30′ screen with digital projection and 7.1 surround sound. This week the minions hit the screen in“Muppets Most Wanted”

The movie begins at dusk.

http://www.valleycultural.org/muppets-wanted/

 

Little conductors tour the passenger cars at travel town

Dates and Times change through-out the year.

Griffith Park, Travel Town, 5202 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, Ca

Come and enjoy playtime at LA’s favorite train station with docent led tours of selected historic railroad passenger cars.  (The ones you usually can’t get inside!)

http://www.traveltown.org/calendar.shtml