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Event Date

Event Description




July 31-Aug. 29, Sat.-Sun. only

Summer Theater in the Park: Katie the Curst This show is a family- friendly adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew. Live rock-n-roll music, sparkling wit, acrobatics, juggling, water balloons and tossed cream pies combine in classic slapstick comedy suitable for all ages. Bring your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets!

11 am

Media Park

Culver Blvd. and Venice Blvd., Los Angeles


Aug. 1-15; Wed.-Sun. only

Orange County Fair:

Animals, live music, carnival rides, lots of food.

Wed.-Fri.: 12 pm-12 am; Sat.-Sun. 10 am-12 am

Orange County Fair & Exposition Center

88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa

Adults: $10, Children (ages 6-12): $5, Children (under 6): free; Parking $7

Aug. 1, 15 and 29

Free Family Concerts

The performances are an eclectic mix of contemporary, jazz and world music.

3-4:30 pm

Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood


Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Summer Music in the Park

Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs to enjoy this free family series of concerts!

6-8 pm

La Canada Memorial Park, Foothill Blvd. & La Cañada Blvd.,

La Canada Flintridge


Aug. 1, 8 and 15

Free Concerts at Paraiso Ampitheatre

2-4 pm

Paraiso Town Center 350 Via Las Brisas, Newbury Park


Aug. 1 and 22

Bubble Rock Kids Concert

Bring a picnic and blanket or beach chairs and enjoy the music on the upper meadow. Pre-concert activities include bubbles, face painting, art and music activities.

4:30-6:30 pm

South Coast Botanical Garden

26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes Peninsula


Aug. 2-26, Mondays and Thursdays only

Summer Film Festival: Free Family Movies

Come see family films with your little ones for free, all summer long. The theatre will also hand out vouchers for free kids meals at restaurants that participate in the shopping center.

10 am

Mann Westlake 8 Theatres, Westlake Promenade, 100 Promenade Way, Westlake Village


Aug. 3

Free Family Night

Join Kidspace in its second annual Plein-air exhibition located in the Kidspace Tent. See these little amateur artists show off their pieces in this art exhibition! Admission is free from 4 pm-8 pm.

4-8 pm

Kidspace Children’s Musuem

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Aug. 3-26; Tues. And Thurs. only

Free Family Movies at Mann Janss Marketplace

A different movie is shown each week so check the website for titles.

10 am

Mann Janss Marketplace

Moorpark Rd. And Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


Aug. 3-18, Tuesday and Wednesdays only

Free Family Film Festival: see the website for specific shows on specific days

10 am

Various Regal Cinemas locations including:

4767 Commons Way, Calabasas


Aug. 4-15

Ventura County Fair

Concerts, nightly fireworks, parade, rides, livestock and agricultural exhibits.

Sat.-Sun.: 10 am-11 pm; Mon.-Fri.: 11 am-11 pm

Ventura County Fairgrounds, 10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura

Adults: $10, Children (ages 6-12): $7, Children (5 and under): Free

Aug. 5 and 12

Summer Concert Series: This series on Thursday evenings will feature top local talent performing on the new earthen stage on Descanso’s Main Lawn. Bring a blanket to sit on and a picnic and settle back to savor music from some of the finest jazz artists.

5:30-7 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge

Regular admission prices. Adults: $8, Children (ages 5-12): $3, Children under 5: Free

Aug. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21 and 27-28

Movies on the Beach:

Bring chairs and blankets


Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort, 1131 Back Bay Dr.,

Newport Beach


Aug. 7-28, Saturday nights only

Movies in the Park

Pre-show activities start at 7 pm, Movie starts at sunset

Warner Park, Topanga Canyon Blvd. and Califa,

Woodland Hills

Free; parking in the lot is $8

Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28


Take part in eight Saturday morning hour-long music, dance, and theatre performances for children ages 4 to 10 and families.

Crafts: 9 am; Show: $10 am

John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd.,  East Los Angeles

Adults: $5, Children: Free, Parking: $1

Aug. 7-8

Long Beach Crawfish Festival

Cajun chefs, a giant food court, a crawfish feast, magicians and storytellers, jumpers, a dance floor, and live music.

Sat: 12 pm-11 pm, Sun.: 12 pm-10 pm

Rainbow Lagoon Park, Shoreline Drive

Long Beach

Adults: $15, Children under 13: Free. Save on tickets through a presale on the festival’s website.

Aug. 7-8, 14-15, and 21-22

Garden Concerts for Kids

These concerts feature some of the best children's musical artists from across the nation.

4-5:30 pm

The Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr., Los Angeles

Free, $15 for parking

Aug. 8

25th Annual Children’s Festival of the Arts

Art workshops, music and dance performances, marionette puppets and costumed characters.

12 pm-4:30 pm

Paramount Pictures Studio, 5555 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood.


Aug. 8, 15, 22, 28 and 29

Family Fundays

Concerts and performances for young children and their families to enjoy together!

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N.Topanga Canyon Blvd.,



August 10-14

Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey’s “Fully Charged”

Bring your family to see breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that will energize children of all ages!


Citizens Business Bank Arena

4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway, Ontario


Save $4/ticket or get a family four-pack for $48: Use MOM on Ticketmaster and SAVE!

Aug. 14

Family Festival: Seeing Symbols

Explore the museum’s Indian collection to see how symbols can create deeper meaning to artwork. Then, you will create your own symbols to create your own stories. Reservations required, ages 8-13.

12:30-1:45 pm and 2-3:15 pm

Norton Simon Museum

411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Admission is $8 for adults; Children 17 and younger: free.

Aug. 14-22

Nisei Week

Highlights include: Tanabata Festival with Kazari streamers, a Plaza Faire, a car show, sumo demos, film festival, competition day, taiko drumming, a street dance and a grand parade on Aug. 15 at 5:30 pm.


Little Tokyo, Los Angeles

Free admission; some events have fees.

Aug. 14

Summer Courtyard Kids Festival: Happy Birthday JANM! Whimsical arts and crafts, workshops, origami, music, and magic.

11 am

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,

Los Angeles


Aug. 16

Concerts in the Park

Walk Like a Man, a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Jersey Boys

6-10:30 pm

Chumash Park

5550 Medea Valley Dr., Agoura Hills


Aug. 20

Twilight Night: Wild, Wild West!

Barbecue food, cowboy/cowgirl dress up and explore the Wild West through games, rafts and fun!

5-8 pm

Kidspace Children’s Musuem

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Admission: $5 for non-members and $4 for members.

Aug. 21

Chalk Art Festival

Families can come and create fun drawings with prizes awarded at the end of the competition. The festival also includes a rock concert.

12-4 pm

Redondo Beach Pier

Torrance Blvd., Redondo Beach


Aug. 21

Be-boppin’ in the Park

Vintage car show and 4-block street festival. Live music and food.

3-9 pm

Magnolia Park

2500-4500 Magnolia Blvd., Burbank


Aug. 22

Summer Family Fun

Rock out with the Groovy David Show and participate in a fun fruit and vegetable mask-making workshop.

11 am

Farmers Market

3rd and Fairfax, Los Angeles


Aug. 22

Summer Festival: Dinosaur Extravaganza

Dino dig wall and fossil scavenger hunt.

2-4 pm

Zimmer Children’s Museum

6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

$3 plus general admission: Adults $8and children ages 5 and older $3.

Aug. 28

Summer movies in the Park: How to Train Your Dragon


Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


Aug. 28

Wildlife on Wheels

Families can interact with a variety of exotic animals-from the scaly to the furry-and discuss the role these creatures play in their habitats.

2 pm

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles

Free with paid admission

Aug. 28

Treasures of Japan with Shin3

Explore Japanese culture with Taiko drumming, stories and songs.

2 pm

Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles


Aug. 29

B Movies and Bad Science

Families will have fun watching Caveman with Shelley Long and Dennis Quaid.

7:30 pm

Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Aug. 29

Family Playhouse

Decorate a Chinese Orange Bowl collage to bring good luck.

1-3 pm

Autry National Center

4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles

Included with admission. Adults: $9, Students: $5, Children (3-12): $3

August 2010 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles