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All the Best Things to Do This Weekend With Kids In Los Angeles

Updated for the week of November 12th – 17th, 2019

Every Weekend there are amazing Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids! We’ve curated a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting family events in Los Angeles this weekend – so you can have the best time together as a family!

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Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend

Families will find lots of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend, November 15th – November 17th. Get in the holiday spirit by attending the tree lighting celebration at The Grove, learn about our first responders at Kidspace Children’s Museum, attend the annual Autumn Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific, and more!

Things to Do on Friday, November 15th

L.A. Zoo Lights
Los Angeles Zoo
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

L.A. Zoo Lights returns to the Los Angeles Zoo beginning Friday, November 15th and continuing through January 5, 2020 (from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm each night). This annual holiday tradition features “the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, more light animals than ever before, beautiful hand-crafted Chinese silk lanterns, and a high-tech interactive display where dancing lights respond to guests’ voices.” Families will be enchanted by a water-laser show, 3-D animations, a disco ball forest, a 90-foot-long shimmering wall of lights, and much more. Tickets are available online and are separate from general Zoo admission.

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Photo credit: Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association Jamie Pham, Photographer

Things To Do on Saturday, November 16th

Pueblo Pottery
Los Feliz Branch Library
1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Los Feliz Branch Library invites families to its Pueblo Pottery activity happening on Saturday, November 16th at 11:00 am. “Learn about traditional Pueblo pottery then create your own inspired by Southwest Native American communities.” Keep in mind, supplies are limited. 

Things To Do on Saturday and Sunday, November 16th and 17th

Autumn Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual Autumn Festival on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th from 9:00am to 5:00 pm each day. The Festival is a celebration of Asian culture and gives families the opportunity to learn about the “arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia.” Enjoy arts and crafts, musical and dance performances, special exhibitions, and more. The Festival is included in general Aquarium admission. Click here for a coupon good for $10 off adult admission.

First Responders Weekend 
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

This weekend, Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th is First Responders Weekend at Kidspace Children’s Museum. This is a special opportunity for children to learn about first responders and the incredibly important work they do. Children can also create a thank you card for a first responder, and each day from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm, children will have the opportunity to meet the Pasadena fire Department. First responders (with a business card or employee ID) will also receive $4 off museum admission for up to 4 people. 

Things To Do on Sunday, November 17th

Barnsdall Art Sundays
JAC Studio 1, Barnsdall Art Park
4800 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

On Sunday, November 17th (and each Sunday) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, families are invited to a free art workshop at Barnsdall Art Park. This family-friendly activity is a great way to learn about different cultures as well as different art techniques. All materials are provided. This week learn about the Philippines as families create Sarimanok Puppets. 

Acorn Festival 
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N. College Ave., Claremont, CA 91711

Families are invited to the Acorn Festival happening at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden on Sunday November 17th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. “This family event is a celebration of our connections to California native plants and the Native American peoples that tended California for millennia.” Learn and observe through ceremonial dance, art, and other special activities. Food will be available for purchase. The Festival is included in general admission, though certain crafts do require a materials fee. 

Fowler Families: Express Yourself!
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024

On Sunday, November 17th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, families are invited to the Fowler Museum’s family program “Express Yourself.” Children are invited to answer the question “How would you like the world to see you?” by “creating a self-portrait illustrating how they would like to be seen by others – playing their favorite instrument, helping a friend, or whatever fits them.” This program is inspired by the museum’s special exhibition Through Positive Eyes.

Christmas at The Grove
The Grove
189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Christmas at the Grove is happening on Sunday, November 17th from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm. This annual special event is considered by many to be the kick-off to the holiday season. Marvel in the tree lighting ceremony, the season’s “first snowfall,” performances, Santa’s arrival, and a dazzling fireworks display. The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to visit the website; due to safety concerns, many items are prohibited from the event (including Themoses and umbrellas). 

Enchanted: Forest of Light
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada Flintridge, CA 91011

Enchanted: Forest of Light returns to Descanso Gardens beginning on Sunday, November 17th and continuing through January 5th, 2020 (5:30 pm to 10:00 pm each night). If you’re not familiar with it, Enchanted: Forest of Light is an “interactive, nighttime experience.” This one-mile walk is a rain or shine event. Stroll through and marvel at the “variety of large-scale light displays, many of which are interactive, allowing visitors to manipulate the lights and sounds.” Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available  online.


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