Life! Beginnings at the California Science Center. Photo courtesy of the museum
Life! Beginnings at the California Science Center. Photo courtesy of the museum

35 Free Things To Do in LA Before School Starts

Summer is expensive, with family travel and summer camps for kids. Now with school approaching (way too fast!), there are the expenses of back-to-school clothes, shoes, backpacks, and lunch boxes. You know what would help? Some totally FREE fun. So we've rounded up the best events this summer that won't cost a penny (well, maybe parking and the occasional ice cream) to help wring every last moment of fun out of summer before heading back to school.

Looking for more free fun? Beaches, hikes, playgrounds, splash pads, and parks are always free, and LA has some of the best in the world. And be sure to check out our events calendar where we're adding more free and cheap events every day.

Places featured in this article:


Various OC Parks, such as Craig Park

Mike Ward Community Park - Woodbridge

The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center

Various Beach locations
Free Day at Descanso Gardens
Descanso Gardens - 9:00 AM Pick
Underwood Family Farms' Annual Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark - 9:00 AM
Spooky Zoo (at the Santa Barbara Zoo)
Santa Barbara Zoo - 9:30 AM
Kids Club at the Americana
Americana at Brand - 10:00 AM
Rancho Los Cerritos Storytime
Rancho Los Cerritos - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides