International Surf Festival. Photo by Joel Gitelson courtesy of the festival
International Surf Festival. Photo by Joel Gitelson courtesy of the festival

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Garden Concerts, Toy Story Shakespeare, and Surf Fest

Can you believe it's August already? The summer's almost over. Last call for school break fun, cause we'll be back in school before you know it!

Oh, hey, look at that: the Actors' Gang free summer Shakespeare for kids is starting up this weekend. The Gang is doing a Toy Story-tinged Tempest, such stuff as dreams are made of. Nothing like your kids quoting Shakespeare when they go back to school, which they will be doing shortly because the summer is practically over...

Oh, hey, look at that: the Ventura County Fair is starting up this weekend. Nothing says summer like funnel cakes, carnival rides, and pig races. And then the summer is over for most intents and purposes, so maybe we should all be buying ski garb and looking into Christmas trees.

Oh, hey, look at that: The Getty Garden Concerts for Kids are starting up this weekend. It isn't summer until the Garden Concerts have started, I'll tell you that. Elena Moon Park and Friends celebrate folk and children's music from all over East Asia. With songs in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, Tibetan, Taiwanese, Spanish, and English, you can dance or chill on the Getty Center Lawn to this family favorite. And then after that you can turn in your swim fins and sunscreen, because the summer is just about over...

Oh, hey, look at that: there are sharks in the water. I say "summer"; you say "run for your lives"! Where are those swim fins when you need 'em...?

Oh hey, look at that: Midsummer Scream is this weekend, offering spine tingling chills as you prep for the most ghoulish time of year... okay, now that one, it maybe does mean summer is over. But not before we enjoy this most spooky of weekends.

Keep reading for our best picks for what is, spookily enough, another awesome summer weekend.


Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, and Redondo Beach
Various locations
Manhattan Beach, CA 90277

Media Park
9070 Venice Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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

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

El Centro - Lions Park
320 E. Erna Ave.
La Habra, CA 90631

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

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Carlson Park
10400 Braddock Drive
Culver City, CA 90232

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Del Amo Fashion Center - Outdoor Promenade
3525 W. Carson St
Torrance, CA

Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Ford Amphitheatre
2580 Cahuenga Blvd, East
Hollywood, CA 90068

Conejo Creek North Park
1379 E. Janss Road (behind Thousand Oaks Library)
Thousand Oaks, CA

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

Automobile Driving Museum
610 Lairport Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark St.
Encino, CA 91436

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

La Mirada theater for the Performing Arts
14900 La Mirada Boulevard
La Mirada, CA 90638

Norton Simon Museum
411 West Colorado Blvd
Pasadena , CA 91105

Downtown Burbank
San Fernando Boulevard between Magnolia Boulevard and Angeleno Avenue
Burbank, CA

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

Chevron Park
El Segundo Blvd & Illinois Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

Rotating Locations, including Griffith Park
4730 Crystal Springs Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Lake Balboa Complex
6335 Woodley Avenue
Lake Balboa, CA 91406

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

Palisades Recreation Center
851 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades , CA

Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA

Los Angeles County Arboretum
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007

Paramount Ranch
2903 Cornell Rd
Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Musco Center for the Arts, Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Gandara Park (formerly Stewart Street Park)
1819 Stewart Street
Santa Monica, CA

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

Chuck E. Cheese's - Participating Locations, including:
2706 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Bowers Museum
2002 North Main St
Santa Ana , CA 92706

The Wiltern
3790 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Inglewood High School
231 S Grevilla Ave
Inglewood, CA 90301

Dodger Stadium
1000 Elysian Park Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

King Gillette Ranch
26800 Mulholland Hwy.
Calabasas, CA 91302

Polliwog Park Amphitheater
1601 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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

Chumash County Park
5550 Medea Valley Dr
Los Angeles, CA 91301

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

Fountain Valley Skating Center
9105 Recreation Cir, Fountain Valley
Fountain Valley, CA 92708

LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036