Things to Do with Kids in LA & OC Before Summer Ends

Summer Fairs & Festivals

State Fair
Ends August 22
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Enjoy world-famous fair food, motocross shows, extreme dog stunt shows, and over 50+ rides and attractions. They’re offering a flash sale of free general admission tickets right now. Once free tickets sell out, it’ll be $12 at the door.

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626 Night Market
August 27-29 & September 3-5
Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

This large-scale market is inspired by the famous open-air nighttime bazaars of Asia. It features 250+ food, merch, crafts, artists, games, live concerts, and entertainment. There’s only two weekends left for their flagship event in Arcadia. They’ll be at the OC Fair & Event Center this October 2021.

 

Last Chance to Experience These Events

The DiscOasis
Ends August 29
South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes

It’s a roller disco experience right in the middle of a garden! The experience unites art, light, music, dance, and good times. Children must be 3 years and older to roller skate or roller blade.

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Bubble Planet
Ends September 6
Kidspace Children’s Museum, Pasadena

Bubbles have taken over Kidspace! This outdoor experience features bubble-themed activities and sudsy, spacey versions of your favorite exhibits.

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Boat Cinema
Ends September 19
Lake Castaic

Definitely the most unique way to watch a movie this summer in LA! Get your own personal electric mini boat that seats up to 5 people. Watch movies like Shrek, Moana, Pirates of the Carribean, and Jaws!

 

These Exhibits are Closing Soon

Cardboard City
Ends August 29
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica

Cardboard City is a public art gallery and activity that’s free and open to all visitors! Tour the exhibit and see amazing cardboard art from LA artists, make cool creations, take classes! The classes are offered every hour on the hour, giving participants (ages 8+) a chance to go in depth with cardboard artmaking, learn new skills in cutting, forming, and building with cardboard.

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Festival of Arts & Pageant of the Masters
Ends September 3
Laguna Beach

Watch art come to life right before your eyes in a star-lit amphitheater. There’s nothing else like it. Performances nightly. Then, explore the Festival of Arts featuring works from over 100 artists from Orange County.

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Beyond Van Gogh Orange County
Ends September 6
Anaheim Convention Center

Beyond Van Gogh uses cutting-edge projection technology to create an engaging journey into the world of Van Gogh. Immersive walls are wrapped in projected light, color, and shapes. There’s a similar experience in LA happening until January 2022.

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Butterfly Pavilion
Ends September 12
Natural History Museum, Los Angeles

Last chance to walk among beautiful butterflies at NHM. This seasonal exhibit features hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and plenty of natural light to help you see these creatures shimmer.

 

Get Outdoors

Grunion Hunting
August 22-25
Southern California Beaches

Go on a grunion run before the season closes! Grunion leave the water at night to spawn on beaches during the spring and summer months. For four consecutive nights, beginning on the nights of the full and new moons, spawning occurs after high tides and continues for several hours. As waves break on the beach, grunion swim as far up the slope as possible. Don’t forget, anyone 16 and older will need a valid California sport fishing license to catch grunion.

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Crystal Cove

Visit Crystal Cove State Park for Family Nature Hikes, Junior Ranger programs, Beach Scavenher Hunts, Coastal Geology tours and so much more! Visit their calendar here.

 

Water Park Season Ends Soon

Aquatica San Diego – Ends September 6

Knott’s Soak City – Ends September 12

Raging Waters – Ends September 19

Legoland Water Park – Ends September 26

Splash! Buccaneer Bay – Ends September 26

Newport Dunes Water Park – Ends October 10

Hurricane Harbor – Ends October 3

 

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This post was written by Alina Na

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