Things To Do & Volunteering
“I really want to learn more about volunteer opportunities in my area so that I may be of help to my community.” – 16 year old
Most parks and beaches do not charge admission, though many charge for parking. Several museums have free admission one day a week. Listen to the taped messages for admission schedules and fees.
The LA Reader, LA Weekly and OC Weekly are FREE newspapers that list entertainment events each week. Many of these events are free! In Riverside, look for the Entertainment Review. Most music stores carry one or more papers; some markets and newsstands also carry them. Check them out!
Be adventurous, use the resources listed here to discover new things to do and learn! Call to explore what’s available through the organizations and agencies listed. Your city can be a great place to have fun!
323-667-2000Autry Museum of Western Heritage
Second Tues of every month FREE.
(562) 981-8855Boys and Girls Club of America
Call for site nearest you. Activities may vary by location.
213-744-7432California African – American Museum
323-724-3623California Science Center
213-202-5500City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department
Call to find out about free and low-cost city sponsored events.
323-644-6662City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks
Call for information about recreation and park activities.
310-305-9546County Beaches and Harbors Department
7 days a week 6:30am-10pm
General Information about LA county beaches.
T, W, Th, Sun 10am-6pm; F, Sat 10am-9pm; Mon closed.
323-754-2122Girls Club of Los Angeles
Be a positive role model to some great girls who need you – become a mentor.
T-F noon-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm; Closed Mon.
Call Friends of the Observatory for volunteer information: 213-473-0879
Museum, science and astronomy, exhibits.
213-928-9200Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation
Park events, planning and development of parks.
323-857-6000Los Angeles County Museum of Art
M, T,Th 11am-6pm; F 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm;
323-644-4200Los Angeles Zoo
M-Sun. Everyday 10am-5pm except on Dec.25th.
213-621-1745MOCA Apprenticeship Program
Behind the scenes at MOCA, working with MOCA staff, focus on exhibitions, special projects. Small stipend provided for efforts.
213-626-6222Museum of Contemporary Art
M & F 11am-5pm; Sat & Sun 11am-6pm; Th 11am-8pm (5pm-8pm FREE)
310-398-2500Museum of Flying
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
213-489-9918Museum of Neon Art
W-Sat 11am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm
$5 admission fee.
310-786-1000Museum of TV and Radio
213-763-3466Natural History Museum of L.A. County
M-F 9:30am-5pm; Sat,Sun, Holidays 10am-5pm
$6.50 admission for students over 18 and under 17 years old.
310-450-4050Ocean Park Community Center
M-F 8am- 5pm. Also variable at service center.
Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management.
323-934-7243Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits
M-F 9:30am-5pm; Sat,Sun, and Holidays 10am-5pm
323-651-9888Peer Education Program of Los Angeles, Inc. (PEP/LA)
Provide peer education and training to multicultural youth to talk directly, accurately and honestly with teenagers about HIV/AIDS prevention. Call for events in the community.
323-930-2277Petersen Automotive Museum
800-221-4792Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
M-Th 8:30am-8pm, F & Sat 9:30am-3:30pm EST
For volunteer opportunities, call 323-210-1451
Provide recorded textbooks and other educational materials in audio format for the blind. Shifts available days and evenings for ages 15 or older.
951-826-2000Riverside City Parks and Recreation
Recreation and leisure programs, facility rentals.
310-458-8688Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park
Offers afterschool homework assistance, recreation, cultural arts workshops and volunteer opportunities.
213-228-7290Teen ‘Scape at L.A. Central Public Library
M-Th 10am-8pm; F-Sat 10am-6pm; Sun.1pm-5pm
Various teen programs, computer and recreational programs and library orientation.Volunteer opportunities.
Interactive community on-line “chats” for 13-18 year olds
818-908-5066Volunteer Center Assistance League of Southern California
Volunteer Program M-F 8:30am-5pm;
Call for information on youth volunteer opportunities and/or community service.
Call for site closest to you. Activities vary by location.
- www.idealist.org – Comprehensive directory of non-profit and volunteering resources
- www.servenet.org – Resources center for youth volunteer opportunities
- www.mightymedia.com – Organization to develop and maintain communication services for families and educational institutions.
- www.yar.org – Community-based program to provide grants to youth for service projects.