8 Things to Squeeze in Before The End of Summer!

Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Summer is coming to an end (someone, please, cue the tiny violins) but we aren’t going down without a fight! Here are 8 ways to head out of summer with style — a last hurrah if you will. 😉



1. Summer Campout at Etnies Skatepark 8/11-8/12

Skateboard, camp and watch movies during this supervised campout. Don’t forget to bring a sleeping bag, even though you most likely will skate all night! Midnight madness contests and many other fun activities will be held during the evening and dinner, snacks and breakfast will be served.  Friday, 10 p.m. – Saturday, 9 a.m. 10 years and older. $40; register in advance.


2. Hawaiian Gardens Friendship Pow Wow 8/12-8/13

Celebrate friends, and good energy before back to school with the 17th annual Robert Canada Friendship Pow Wow. Dancers, drums and spectators are welcome to attend. Saturday, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Furgeson Elementary School.


3. World Elephant Weekend at the LA Zoo 8/13-8/14

World Elephant Day is an international effort celebrating Asian and African elephants, and bringing attention to the urgent threat of their extinction. Visit L.A. Zoo’s state-of-the-art Elephants of Asia exhibit and learn about its three elephant residents, go on a tour, enjoy story time, a craft station and much more. Sunday and Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Adults, $20; kids (2-12), $15.


4. Natsumatsuri Family Festival in Los Angeles 8/19

Throw on your best Yukata and celebrate this annual summer celebration featuring Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities. There will be a photo booth, an origami corner, scavenger hunt, and much more. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Japanese American National Museum.


5. Kids Extreme Obstacle Course in Manhattan Beach 8/20

Be ready to swim, run, go over, under, through and between various obstacles! Mud, tires, hay, water, walls, and much more will be provided for you to challenge your physical ability. Everyone who participates in this event will be a winner! Sunday, 9 a.m. Registration required by fax, mail-in or online by August 17, $38-42. On-site registration, $50. Begg Pool.


6. Free Entrance to National Parks 8/25

The National Park Service offers free admission to more than 100 national parks that normally charge a fee. Includes Yosemite National Park, Cabrillo National Monument, and Joshua Tree National Monument. Visit their website for even more locations.


7. Sleepover at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum 8/26-8/27

Ever wonder what it’s like to spend the night at a Museum?Travel back in time to the Ice Age while sleeping among the collections at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. Just don’t forget to come back before school starts! 😉 Saturday, 6:30 p.m. – Sunday, 9 a.m. $75 per person, includes light evening snack, light breakfast, a participation patch, and Sunday museum admission.



8. End of Summer Festival at Descanso Gardens 8/30

Descanso Gardens stay open extra late for this end of summer celebration. Grab some festival food by Patina and relax to the tunes of The Flashdance DJs, make some celestial-inspired crafts, wander through the gardens to the sounds of live music, enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland (bring your own flashlight!). Wednesday, 5-10 p.m. Free with admission.







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