Some last minute August adventures as the kids start school

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It’s hard to believe that summer is winding down for school-age children. Most schools in the Santa Clarita Valley are set to open their doors for the 2019-20 school year this week.

However, to ease the transition to the school routine, here are some fun August adventures that hopefully you can make room for in between homework and weekly spelling tests.

Aug. 16-25

Antelope Valley Fair

AV Fair and Event Center, 2551 W Avenue H, Lancaster


There’s nothing as fun as a county fair. Eat funnel cakes, corn dogs and deep-fried candy bars. Climb aboard old-time carnival rides, win a stuffed animal on the midway and visit the farm animals. Attend a free concert or wander through the inspirational gardens of the Floriculture department. Make sure to check out all of the exhibits and displays throughout the fair. You might want to enter one of the cooking contests, as well.

August 17-18, 4-5:30 p.m.

Getty Garden Concerts for Kids

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles


Free outdoor concert series for kids and their families in the Getty Center’s Central Garden. Aug. 17-18: The Lucky Band.

Admission to the Getty is free. Parking is $15.

August 17-18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wings Over Camarillo

Camarillo Airport, 555 Airport Way, Camarillo


This family-friendly annual air show will be held the first weekend after school starts and offers vintage aircraft performing in-air stunts, as well experimental aircraft and WWII fighters. Get up close and personal with the planes, pilots and crews.

Aerobatic performances scheduled daily noon-4 p.m. The show also offers pet adoptions, antique cars and motorcycles, helicopter and airplane rides, a War Veteran’s tent, WWII re-enactment camp, and food and street vendors.

Tickets Adults $25, students ages 6-12 $10. Free parking and shuttle service.

August 17 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

25th Annual Wrightwood Mountain Classic Car Show

1350 Highway 2 (Angeles Crest Highway), Wrightwood


Take one last summer drive into the mountains to admire a range of beautiful classic cars at the 25th Annual Wrightwood Classic Car show. This car show features more than 300 classic pre-1973 cars, as well as food, vendors and entertainment.

August 23-25

D23 Expo, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim


The largest Disney fan event in the world, D23 Expo celebrates all the wonderful worlds of The Walt Disney Company under one roof, including the best of Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars across film, television, theme parks, products, online, music, live entertainment and more. D23 Expo 2019 marks the sixth biennial Expo held in Anaheim.

August 28, 5:30-10 p.m.

End of Summer Celebration

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge


Say goodbye to summer in style with this fun, family-friendly garden party. The gardens stay open extra late for the End of Summer Celebration. Grab a cold drink and relax to the tunes of the The Flashdance DJs, wander through the gardens to the sounds of live music. Enjoy the sunset, then end the night with some stargazing in the Oak Woodland. Bring your own flashlight.

Tickets: General $9, seniors 65 and over/students with ID $6, children (5 to 12 years) $4. Must purchase tickets in advance on the Descanso Gardens website.

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