24 Family-Friendly Labor Day Weekend Activities You’ll Love

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If you are looking for last-minute things to do on Labor Day for kids, we’ve got you covered—from in-town Labor Day family events and activities to quick getaways from Los Angeles, here’s your full list for a weekend filled with fun.

Labor Day Weekend Activities around LA

1. While most parts of the country are falling into autumn weather, it's still sunny and hot in SoCal which means ice cream still reigns supreme. Hit up SmorgasburgLA for the last chance to hit Ice Cream Alley—dozens of the best LA creameries located all in one place—or try any of our other favorite ice cream spots around LA.

2. Don’t feel like lighting up your own grill? Then make the most of those still-warm nights and grab a bite at the 626 Night Market at Santa Anita Park. Starting at 4 p.m. and running well past bedtime, you’ll find dozens of vendors to tempt your tiny foodies, as well as, an art walk and live performances.

3. Finally get out of your neighborhood bubble and explore one of these epic playgrounds around LA

4. John Williams visits the Hollywood Bowl and conducts his own music that everyone in the family will recognize. 

5. If you’d rather avoid the crowds at the beach (or the sand—hey, you just got the car vacuumed in preparation for carpooling!), hit one of these super splashpads to keep cool.

6. If the big kids want to dive all the way in instead of just splashing, take a dip in a local resort pool that gives you access with a day pass.

7. Grab your little beach bunnies and plenty of sunscreen for an end-of-summer beach bash at Fiesta Hermosa. The entire weekend you’ll find art, live music, food and a mini carnival for kids all just steps from the waves and ocean breeze.

photo: Donut Life Museum

8. Get in touch with LA’s natural wonders and go for a kid-friendly hike.

9. Kick off the weekend with music and wine at LACMA’s Jazz Friday.

10. Go apple picking to officially end summer by celebrating with fall's favorite fruit.

11. Spend the weekend following our guide to LA's Best Donuts and do not forget to check out the Donut Life Museum.

Last Chance Before It's Gone

12. The holiday weekend is one of the last chances to get up close and personal with the colorful butterflies at the Natural History Museum until next summer. 

13. Catch the last of KCRW Summer Nights! This free, all-ages, outdoor concert is being held at Descanso Gardens on Sept. 3.

14. Last chance to see Pageant of the Masters at FOA—slated to close Sept. 3.

15. Reconnecting: A Vision of Unity by Kengo Kito at Japan House—slated to close Sept. 6.

Getaways for Labor Day Weekend

16. Book a weekend getaway that’s just an hour away and is filled with beautiful beaches, gondola rides, wild island adventures, cultural museums and botanical gardens, head to Ventura.

17. Or venture south for a medieval-esque vacation in Buena Park.

18. Are you an annual pass holder for Disneyland and planning on visiting the Magic Kingdom? Why not stay at Hotel Lulu who is offering perks to Magic Key Holders, including early check-in, an artisanal treat that guests can enjoy in their room during Disneyland’s nightly fireworks show plus more. To get the special privileges, present your credentials at check-in or call beforehand.

19. Love to hike and mountain bike? For these reasons and more, Big Bear is a favorite, family-friendly destination

20. Experience the "American Riviera" and some beachfront luxury by spending the weekend in Santa Barbara

21. Skip the hassle of flying to Denmark and drive to Solvang instead—this quaint Danish town will fulfill your wanderlust needs (and fill you up with pastries, pancakes and wine) without the jet lag. 

22. Another spot that feels downright European? Family-favorite, Catalina Island. See why we can't get enough of the tiny town just 30 miles off the coast of LA. 

23. Of course if you want to stay onshore, and just lounge in a pool, nothing beats the desert hot spot Palm Springs.

24. Haven't been to Ojai yet? Just you wait. Once you go, you'll be planning your return trip ASAP. 

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