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6 Fun Things to Do In Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

There are so many fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this Veteran’s Day weekend. Honor our nation’s veterans, go fishing, attend a museum festival, and more!

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Veteran’s Day Festival and Concert
Battleship IOWA
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731

Battleship IOWA invites families to its 2nd Annual Veteran’s Day Music Festival on Saturday, November 11th beginning at 10:00 am. Festivities include live musical performances throughout the day, carnival games, vintage military vehicles, and more. Festival admission is free.

Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen and Friends and
Story Pirates
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

On Sunday, November 12th families can participate in two special events at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Dance Sundays runs from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. This week’s session spotlights African Dance and will feature live drummers. All ages and levels are welcome to participate. At 2:30 pm, Story Pirates “celebrates the words and ideas of the kids of LA!” Actors and comedians will perform stories written by children from around the country as well as new stories written by children in the audience. (Recommended for children ages 3-12). Both events are free.

JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA
Japanese American National Museum
100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

The Japanese American National Museum invites families to its Family Day event on Saturday, November 11th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Fun activities are planned through the day including arts and crafts, story time, a dance workshop, a musical performance, and much more. This special event celebrates all the diverse cultures within our city and relates to the Museum’s exhibition, Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lim, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo.

Urban Kids Fishing Derby
Kenneth Hahn State Park
4100 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90056

Urban Kids Fishing Derby invites families to a fun morning of fishing on Saturday, November 11th from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. You can register online. Participating 4th graders will receive an “Every Kid in a Park” pass which provides families with free access to national parks, national wildlife refuges, and national forests. Children 4-15 are invited to participate, and no prior fishing experience is needed; volunteers will be on hand to offer assistance. This fun fishing event is free though parking is $6.

Free Entrance Day in the National Parks
several locations

To honor our nation’s veterans, the National Park Service offers free admission to all National Parks on Veteran’s Day weekend, Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th. Some of the local participating parks include Cabrillo National Monument, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park.

American Indian Arts Marketplace
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Autry Museum invites families to its American Indian Arts Marketplace happening Saturday, November 11th and Sunday, November 12th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. “The largest Native American arts fair in Southern California” includes a variety of activities including performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities, and the art work of more than 200 Native American artists representing more than 40 tribes. Admission to the event also includes admission to the Museum ($14 for adults, $6 for children, free for children under 3). Check the website for a schedule of events.



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