Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Free Parks, Culver Fiesta, Studio Ghibli, August 24-28

8/24/15 - By Jacqueline Stansbury

If school hasn’t started yet and your family has time for one last summer hurrah, take a midweek camping trip – from LA it's easy to head for forest, woods, desert, or sea. Tuesday is a day of free admission to national parks, and eleven of our parks in California are participating. For my family, school started last week, but a trip to visit to the world's first national park – Yellowstone – helped us to end our summer on a high note.

With school looming, you probably don’t want to head out of state now, but if you have the time and inclination to venture north, Tuesday's free day could be an opportunity to experience the giant redwoods of Muir Woods, the majesty of Yosemite, or the Gold Rush history of Whiskeytown Lake. Closer to LA, Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego and Joshua Tree National Park offer two extremes of our state’s natural beauty.

But there's plenty to do this week without leaving LA, too; want to do some stargazing before El Niño fills the sky with clouds? The Sidewalk Astronomers are out in Burbank. Fans of Japanese animation will want to catch the Studio Ghibli Festival, and anybody looking for small town fun in our expansive metropolis should check out the Fiesta La Ballona in Culver City.

The summer of al fresco movies and music continues, and there are lots of other listings on our Daily Events Calendar. Here are our five picks for the week.


1. Sidewalk Astronomers – Monday
Head to the bike path at the intersection of Chandler and Lima to gaze upon the night sky in Burbank. Telescopes are provided.
See all Monday events

2. Free Entrance Days at the National Parks – Tuesday
The National Park Service’s website lists parks participating in the fee free program by state, including 11 in California.
See all Tuesday events

3. Thirty Years of Studio Ghibli – Wednesday
Pom Poko and My Neighbors the Yamadas screen at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. When Marnie was There and Only Yesterday screen at the Aero in Santa Monica.  Miyazaki fans won’t want to miss this.
See all Wednesday events

4. Hip Hop Classes for Kids – Thursday
Straight Outta Baldwin Hills, this is the last week for Debbie Allen Dance Academy’s free hip hop classes at the Crenshaw Plaza. There are classes for kids ages 3-18..
See all Thursday events

5. Fiesta La Ballona – Friday
The neighborhood festival in Culver City features carnival rides, a petting zoo, magic shows, and a pancake breakfast.
See all Friday events

There are always plenty more activities on our Daily Events Calendar and in our monthly GoList. And if you don’t receive our newsletters full of suggestions for family fun, you really should subscribe…it’s free!