Moved to move at Playa Vista's concert in the park. Photo courtesy of Playa Vista
Moved to move at Playa Vista's concert in the park. Photo courtesy of Playa Vista

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Elephant Day, DOGust, and Natsumatsuri

Let's talk about the elephant in the room. No, not the start of the school year: I mean the weekend festivities in Griffith Park. The LA Zoo is celebrating the pachyderm, and shedding light on the majestic beast's situation in the wild. It's the once-a-year chance to go behind the scenes and see how the "Ele" half lives.

They say an elephant never forgets. But you know who does forget? A kid who's been out of school too long. Luckily, the 2019/2020 academic year is fast approaching, with some kids returning to school as early as next week. Time to get a move on if you have any unrealized summer plans, like perhaps attending a county fair. (Both the OC and Ventura County fairs end this weekend, as do several of the summer concert series.)

You might be seeing double; it's really quite incredibles, this sorta summer, sorta schooltimeway out, out of this world. There's so much going on my brain is exploding. Or maybe that's just the fireworks.

Keep reading for our most elephantine list of picks for this pre-school weekend.


L.A. Zoo
5333 Zoo Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Los Angeles County Fairgrounds/ Pomona Fairplex
1101 W. McKinley Ave (Parking lot 17)
Pomona, CA 91768

Ventura County Fairgrounds
10 W. Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001

Orange County Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Levitt Pavilion - MacArthur Park
Northwest Corner of MacArthur Park, near intersection of West 6th St. and South Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Kidspace Children's Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068

Japanese American National Museum
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Road
Malibu, CA 90265

Wallis Annenberg PetSpace
12005 Bluff Creek Dr
Playa Vista, CA 90094

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008

Reyes Adobe Historical Site
30400 Rainbow Crest Dr.
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Participating Bowling Lanes, including: Bowlero Mar Vista
12125 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90066

Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East
Hollywood, CA 90068

Boyle Heights Family Resource Center
1200 N. State St. Ste. 1069
Los Angeles, CA 90033

AMC Theatres - Participating Locations
Burbank 16: 125 East Palm Ave
Burbank, CA 91502

Rancho Simi Community Park Pool
1765 Royal Avenue
Simi Valley, CA 93065

Lake Balboa Complex
6335 Woodley Avenue
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

Warner Center Park
5800 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA

Burton W. Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Murdy Park
7000 Norma Dr
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Thousand Oaks Library
1401 E Janss Rd, Grant R. Brimhall Library Parking Lot
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

Palisades Recreation Center
851 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades , CA

Various locations in Inglewood, including Edward Vincent, Jr. Park
700 Warren Lane Amphitheatre
Inglewood, CA

Chinatown Central Plaza
943-951 N. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Rose Bowl Stadium
1001 Rose Bowl Dr
Pasadena, CA 91103

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E Young Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024

USC Pacific Asia Museum
46 North Los Robles Ave
Pasadena , CA 91101

Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
The Oaks, 350 W. Hillcrest Drive 2nd Level
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

MOCA Grand Avenue
250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Memorial Park Bandshell
222 West Sierra Madre Blvd
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Barnes Park Amphitheater
350 W. McPherrin Ave
Monterey Park, CA

Playa Vista
Concert Park or Central Park Bandshell
Playa Vista, CA 90094

Sea Terrace Park
33501 Niguel Road
Dana Point, CA 92629

Mike Ward Community Park - Woodbridge
20 Lake Road
Irvine, CA 92604