Photo courtesy of COAST
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Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Tall Ships, Lobsters, Touch a Truck, Hammer Family Day

Summer's over, and we're back in school doing some serious nose-to-the-grindstone big fat textbook learning, so it's time we talk about...


Seriously, two weeks of reading, writing, and getting up on time to go to school are enough. We think you've earned the right to throw your feet up, eat mints off your pillow, and enjoy a $1000 vacation package to... [drum roll]... Smugglers Notch! It's our final giveaway package of the summer, and it is our biggest and bestest yet.

Even if you're not our big winner, you're a big winner! Because you are the recipient of a fun-filled weekend in Los Angeles (home to the stars!) packed to the rafters with tons o' things to do! We've got big boats and tasty critters and truck touching and sky booming. You can celebrate the cultures of Germany, the Philippines, and Mexico, of unicorns, faeries, and monsters. We've got free movies galore. We're turning friends into trading cards, the baseball diamond into our playground, and finding common ground in the boundaries that separate us. No doubt about it, just by living in Los Angeles, we are winning.

Keep reading for our prize-winning picks for this weekend...

Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

Rainbow Lagoon Park
400 Shoreline Village Drive
Long Beach, CA 90802

Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA

El Capitan Theatre Hollywood
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA

Discovery Cube Orange County
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Discovery Cube LA
11800 Foothill Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91342

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Reed Park
1133 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

The Promenade at Westlake
100 Promenade Way
Westlake Village, CA 91362

Children's Book World
10580 1/2 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064

Barnes & Noble - Select Locations
The Grove at Farmers Market: 189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas, CA 91302

Home Depot - All Locations
5600 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Planes of Fame Air Museum
14998 Cal Aero Drive
Chino, CA 91710

Outlets at San Clemente
101 W Avenida Vista Hermosa
San Clemente, CA 92672

Redondo Pier
500 Fisherman’s Wharf
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Williams-Sonoma: All Locations
Sherman Oaks Fashion Square:14006 Riverside Drive
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

The Source OC
6940 Beach Blvd Main Plaza
Buena Park, CA 90621

Fairview Library
2101 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91105

Southern California Children's Museum
459 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101

Various parks in Agoura Hills, including Forest Cove Park,
5451 Forest Cove Lane
Agoura Hills, CA 93065

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hollywood Forever Cemetery
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90038

Helms Walk
3270 Helms Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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

Alpine Village
833 W. Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90502

Old World
7561 Center Ave.
Huntington Beach, 92647

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

The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd
Topanga, CA 90290

Cesar Chavez Blvd., Mednik to Gage Ave
Los Angeles, CA

Green Brooms South Pasadena
803 Fremont Avenue
South Pasadena, CA 91030

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

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The California African American Museum
600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Crestwood Hills Park
1000 Hanley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Kidspace Children's Museum
480 North Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103

Palisades Village
1035 N. Swarthmore Ave
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Picnic at the Mission
Mission San Juan Capistrano - 9:00 AM Pick
Sawdust Art & Craft Festival
Sawdust Art Festival - 10:00 AM Pick
Marina del Rey WaterBus
various boarding locations, including Burton Chace Park - 1:00 PM Pick
Summer Weekend Drive-In at the Roadium
The Roadium Open Air Market - 6:30 PM Pick
Newport Dunes Summer Drive-In
Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort - 8:30 PM Pick
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides