Fun & Free Things To Do This Weekend with LA Kids: Lobsters, Coastal Clean up, and the Littlest Olympians September 17-18

Los Angeles Family Events, Festivals, Activities, and Free Fun for Children in Southern California

Not ready for summer to be over? Given the temperatures this week it looks like Mother Nature has been feeling the same way. But luckily we live in Southern California, where we can enjoy a wealth of outdoor activities regardless of the date on the calendar!

LA has a particularly international flavor this weekend. Festivals celebrate the cultures of ThailandScandinaviaGreece, and Latin America. There are storytimes in Spanish and American Sign Language, (and one with Peter Rabbit himself). The Hollywood Bowl offers another fireworks spectacular, this time set to music with a French theme.  

Keep reading for some of our top choices this weekend:

All Weekend

Fiestas Patrias - Downtown
A huge turnout is expected for Olvera Street's annual event celebrating Mexican Independence Day.

Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show - Pasadena
Budding Galileos can mingle with like-minded hobbyists and  celestial professionals at the Pacific Astronomy and Telescope Show.

Lobster Festival - San Pedro
Arrr!  Thar be lobsters (and pirates) at the Port of Los Angeles Lobster Festival. 

Bubbles Open House - Santa Monica
Even babies are welcome at this open house for Santa Monica's newest playspace.

Saturday September 17

Coastal Cleanup DayMultiple locations
What better way to teach kids to appreciate southern California’s most beloved natural resource, than to take part in cleaning it up? This is the state's largest volunteer event of the year.

ArtCycle - East Hollywood
Art comes to Santa Monica Blvd., with a festival that’s closed to cars but open to creative expression.      

National Gymnastics Day - Burbank
Young tumblers can spring, swing, and spin for free at an event that honors National Gymnastics Day.                                                          

Sunday September 18

Tiny Tot Olympics - Malibu
Who’s too little?  At the Tiny Tot Olympics in Malibu, preschoolers can run and jump and dodge their way to the gold.

Creative Space Open House - West LA
The popular site of so many kids' classes and birthday parties cuts the ribbon on its new playground space and invites families to celebrate with arts & crafts, cooking projects, and a performance by Grammy nominee Willie Aron.

A Slice of Pie - Mid-Wilshire
This week’s installment of We Want Pie month at LACMA features a pie making competition. Museum goers can cheer on the competitors,   (or create their own artistic interpretations of pie!)

As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar.  Have a fun weekend!