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Fun & Free Things to Do with LA Kids this Weekend: Cardboard Regatta, Fiesta La Ballona and Giant Rubber Ducky, Aug 23-24

Ah, school.  It's kind of good, isn't it? I mean because of all the learnin' and edumacating, of course. My state of near-bliss would have nothing to do with a small but meaningful number of hours during which my kid may or may not be in someone else's care under someone else's tutelage. Nope, it's all about the smartifying.

Once the homework's done, we still have time to play. This weekend offers plenty of opportunity, what with a really big rubber duck, a chance to make use of all those Frozen lyrics you've memorized, and, if you're of a certain generation, a chance to make use of all those Beatles lyrics you've memorized. You can watch dogs play in the snow (because that's totally a summer thing), or enjoy a regatta of boats made out of cardboard. (Would they even float? Because I think I just learned something. Hello, edumacating!)
 
You can also watch planes fly, get your fiesta on in Culver City, catch a bunch of outdoor movies and concerts (better hurry, the season on those is drawing to a close), learn how to talk about art, and make some art of your own. School may be in session, but you can still keep the summer fun going!

Keep reading for our most brain-expanding picks this weekend....

ALL WEEKEND
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Friendship is Magic - Culver City
Who’s your favorite Shakespearean character? Mine’s Pinkie Pie.
 
Fiesta La Ballona - Culver City
The fun is in Veteran's Park this weekend, for the annual Fiesta La Ballona, featuring outdoor concerts, carnival rides, a petting zoo, K-9 demonstrations, and pony rides all weekend long.
 
The Beatles’ 50th at the BowlHollywood
A host of musicians, including Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride, and Michelle Branch, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl.
 
Frozen Sing-a-long (PG) - Hollywood
Your kid knows all the words. You know all the words. Time to let them go. Frozen screens at the El Capitan in a sing-a-long version.
 
Tallships Festival LA 2014 - San Pedro
Tall ships, ship tours, sails at sea, sword-fighting, knot tying, music, food trucks … and one ginormous Rubber Ducky.
 
Annual "Back to School & More" Autism/Asperger's Conference - Downtown
Autism experts help families get ready for back-to-school time.

Family Amphitheater Performances - West LA
The Skirball‘s family performances feature Lula Washington Dance Theatre on Saturday and Contra-Tiempo Dance on Sunday.

Wings Over Camarillo - Camarillo
More than 15,000 people flock to Camarillo Airport to watch flying demonstrations of a variety of World War II, civilian, experimental, and historical aircraft.

Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival 2014 - Griffith Park
The free Shakespeare festival features a family workshop before Saturday’s performance of Taming of the Shrew; Pacific Opera Project performs before Sunday’s Twelfth Night.


SATURDAY AUGUST 23

Santa Monica's 5th Annual Citywide Yard Sale - Santa Monica
It’s like the whole city of Santa Monica is having a yard sale.   
 
Unleashed Summer Snow Day - Santa Monica
Sorry kids, this one’s for the dogs. Furry friends can run and frolic in freshly made snow at Santa Monica Place. (Cute overload!)
 
A Faery Hunt & Fairy Birthday Party - Griffith Park
Intrepid faery hunters go searching for the Missing Faery Light in Griffith Park, then celebrate the Faery Queen’s birthday with a party.

Cardboard Yacht Regatta - Santa Monica
People race in home-made cardboard creations at the Annenberg Community Beach House.

Lowes Build and Grow - Multiple Locations
The free project at Lowe's is a Monsters vs Aliens robot. 
 
Free Crafts for Kids - Multiple Locations
Getting notes sent home from school already?  They won’t seem so bad in the "silly face" magnetic note holder kids can make at Lakeshore Learning this weekend.
 
FIGat7th Kids Club - Downtown
Kids make a sea life Diorama at the Figat7th Kids Club.
 
Spy Kids - Santa Monica
Never send an adult to do a kid's job: Carmen and Juni must rescue their superspy parents in this 2001 gem at the Aero Theater.
 
Eat See Hear - Beverly Hills
The Princess Bride has it all: fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...  at La Cienega Park.
 
Movies in the Park - Downtown
Grand Park’s last screening for the summer features the sci fi classic Flash Gordon (with a late-night screening of Barbarella).
 
Redondo Beach Summer Music Festival - Redondo Beach
Amber Foxx performs on Redondo Pier.
 
Street Food Cinema - Glendale
Miss this under-the-stars screening of Clueless? As if!

Cinemalibu - Malibu
Malibu Bluffs Park screens The Adventures of Milo & Otis at a special "Doggie Date Night," featuring a K-9 stunt show.

Movies on the Green - Woodland Hills
For the first time in forever Frozen screens under the stars at Warner Center Park. (Who even knew they did that anymore?)
 
Marina Del Rey Free Movie Nights - Marina Del Rey
Audiences can journey to fantastical realms when The Never Ending Story screens under the stars at Burton Chace Park.
 
Grand Performances Summer - Films & Concerts - Downtown
Cornerstone Theatre Company’s California: The Tempest tackles issues of hunger, food equity, and environmental havoc.

SUNDAY AUGUST 24
 
Randy Kaplan - Topanga
Randy Kaplan performs witty songs that tickle the funny bones of kids and parents alike at Theatricum Botanicum.
 
Hammer Kids: Look Together: Why Does Art Matter - Westwood
Why does art matter?  Well?  Families can explore the impact art has on us at the Hammer Museum.
 
Summer Family Fun Series - Fairfax
The final Family Fun day of the summer at the Farmers Market features a performance by Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.
 
Family Art Workshop - Hollywood
Barnsdall Art Park Foundation steps up to provide free arts education for kids. This week, kids can get a taste of Peruvian culture, with a Chancay fabric figure craft. (The Chancay were a pre-Columbian archeological civilization, and I totally knew that without looking it up).
 
Kids Run the Bases - Dodgers Home Game - Echo Park
The Dodger play the Mets; fans get a Matt Kemp figurine, and kids run the bases at Dodger Stadium.
 
Zimmer Sunday Family Programs - Mid-Wilshire
Feel the rhythm at the Free to Be Me drum circle at the Zimmer Children's Museum.
 
Manhattan Beach Summer Concerts in the Park - Manhattan Beach
It’s been a Hard Day’s Night. By which I mean, it’s been a Beatles Tribute band at Polliwog Park Amphitheater.
 
Jazz on the Lawn - Santa Monica
Cats with Class perform at Stewart Street Park.
 
2014 Music in the Park - Laguna Beach
Bluebird Park’s last concert for the summer features Tom Nolan Band playin’ the blues.
 
Concerts on the Green - Woodland Hills
The Al McKay Allstars perform the music of Earth Wind and Fire at Warner Center Park.
 
Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake - Calabasas
The Section Quartet featuring New West Symphony's Lauren Chipman challenges traditional ideas of the string quartet.
 
LevittLA Summer Concert Series - Children's Concerts in MacArthur Park - Downtown
Birdie’s Playhouse closes out the LevittLA Summer Concert series in MacArthur Park.

And as always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, we hope you have oodles of fun!

Brentwood Country Mart Movie Night
Brentwood Country Mart - 6:00 PM Pick
Library of Congress National Book Festival
Library of Congress and Virtual - 9:00 AM
Bite-Sized Fair
Pomona Fairplex - 3:00 PM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides