Los Angeles Free Friday

Aug 06, 2010 by Lisa Newton

This Los Angeles Free Friday is all about the family, especially the kids.

As the mother of four daughters, I know how difficult it can be to find fun and inexpensive activities for them to do. For sure, there’s always the timeless alternatives of swimming at the beach, or hiking in the mountains is always available, which are always fun; but sometimes kids need fresh and new activities.

Here are a few ideas:

We’ve featured Shakespeare by the Sea before, but as the summer winds down, and the Shakespeare outdoor theatre is coming to an end, I thought a reminder might be in order:

On Friday at 7:00pm, August 6th, Julius Caesar is being performed in Long Beach at the Long Beach Museum of Art, but on Saturday, August 7th, Julius Caesar moves to Beverly Hills for a performance at Roxbury Park. On Sunday, August 8th,, Both Saturday and Sunday night, the plays start at 7:00pm.

With a full line-up of music, the Long Beach Funk Fest is the musical place to be on Saturday, August 7th. Taking place in the heart of Long Beach near the intersection of Pine Ave. and Broadway, this second annual event is “committed to working with green and eco-friendly sponsors, vendors, and partners whenever possible as well as demonstrate to the public that it’s possible to put on a major urban event with minimal environmental impact.” All the action starts at 11:00am and lasts until at least 11:00pm.

If art is your scene, Santa Monica’s 18th Street ArtNight on Saturday, August 7th features some of today’s most exciting artists. From Martin Durazo, a multi-media artist to hometown Ana Guajardo, an independent curator, who’s created a line of handmade home décor products. Other local Artists in Residence will have their studios open. Saturday night starting at 6:00pm, at the 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th Street, is where you’ll want to be. If you want to you can bring something wearable you no longer want, and exchange it for another contributed item.

For kids, and of course, their parents, Hollywood proves that affordable fun can be had, even for the younger crowd. On Sunday, August 8th, The 25th Annual Children’s of the Arts Festival takes place at Paramount Pictures. Sponsored by the Hollywood Arts Council, all the fun starts at 12:00pm. From making your own puppet to Korean music and dance to creating “festive masks,” kids won’t be at a loss for things to do. They’re even having face painting?

Downtown LA is the site of the Festival ECUATORIANO. It features an Ecuadorian Expo and Parade and it’s taking place at the Placita Olvera, Main St. & Cesar E. Chavez Ave. Just a few of the activities planned are Ecuadorian Food, Ecuadorian Arts & Crafts, and Ecuadorian musical groups. The parade starts at 10:30 on Saturday, but the fun lasts into Sunday for this two day Festival.

So have a blast this weekend and make it a safe one. And don’t forget to tell everyone that you found out about it on Travelin’ Local!

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