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The Best Things to Do This Weekend With Kids In Los Angeles – October 15-17, 2021

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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!

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Whether you have Toddlers or Teens (or any kids in between), this list will give you great ideas for family fun this weekend! We work hard to add things to do we think you’ll enjoy.

This Weekend (and Every Weekend) in Los Angeles, you’ll find so many options on our list:

  • Things to do all over SoCal – not just in one part of LA
  • Things to do that are free, low-cost, and some that are pricey
  • Things to do for babies, toddlers, and families with Tweens and Teens
  • Things to do for the Whole Family!

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Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids October 15-17, 2021

Families will find so many fun things to do with your kids this weekend, October 15th – October 17th. Learn about Southeast Asian cultures at the Aquarium of the Pacific, celebrate Archaeology Day in the Santa Monica Mountains, visit a pumpkin patch in Little Tokyo, and lots more!

Celebrate Halloween
Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

From Tuesday, October 12th through Sunday, October 31st, families are invited to Celebrate Halloween at Kidspace Children’s Museum. “Come march, dance, and strut the orange catwalk in our fanciful Halloween parade – costumes encouraged! Enjoy pumpkin decorating, silly story times, and up-close visits with our hairy-not-scary spider friends.” Reserve your tickets online. 

Family Friendly Fridays: Monster House
The Roadium Drive In
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance, CA 90504

Enjoy a drive-in screening of Monster House at The Roadium on Friday, October 15th. Gates open at 6:30 pm and the movie starts after sunset (about 7:15 pm). There is an on-site snack bar as well. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG.)

OC Japan Fair
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The OC Japan Fair is happening this weekend, Friday, October 15th (5 pm to 11 pm), Saturday, October 16th (12:00 noon to 10 pm), and Sunday, October 17th (10 am to 5 pm). Described as “one of the largest Japanese cultural festivals in Southern California,” the Fair features live performances, games, food, and the chance to learn about Japanese culture. Tickets are available online ($10 for general admission; children 6 and under and those 65 and over are free).

Electric Dusk Drive-In
236 N. Central Ave., Glendale, CA 91203

Electric Dusk Drive-In is showing Halloween-themed family movies this weekend. On Friday, October 15th there is a 7:30 pm showing of Goosebumps (rated PG). And on Saturday, October 16th there is a 7:30 pm showing of Hocus Pocus (rated PG). Don’t forget to bring your favorite movie-watching snacks, though “concession goodies” are available for purchase. Tickets are available online.

Rooftop Cinema Club: El Segundo
1310 E. Franklin Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Enjoy an outdoor movie in El Segundo this weekend. On Friday, October 15th there is a 5:00 pm screening of Paranorman (rated PG),a 7:45 pm showing of Hocus Pocus (rated PG), and a 10:00 pm showing of A Quiet Place Part II (rated PG-13). On Saturday, October 16th there’s a 2:00 pm showing of Frozen (rated PG), a 5:00 pm showing of The Sandlot (rated PG), and a 7:30 pm screening of Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (rated PG). And on Sunday, October 17th there’s a 2:00 pm screening of Casper (rated PG), a 5:00 pm screening of Hocus Pocus (rated PG), and a 7:30 pm screening of The Great Gatsby (2013) (rated PG-13). Food, refreshments, and concessions are available on-site. Tickets are available online. And this month, movie-goers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character and/or “favorite anything and trick-or-treat at the Rooftop all month long.” Candy will be given to any guest in costume. 

Rooftop Cinema Club: Santa Monica
Santa Monica Airport
3233 Donald Douglas Loop S, Santa Monica Interim Open Space, Santa Monica, CA 90405

If Santa Monica is more convenient for your family, Rooftop Cinema is also screening movies at their Santa Monica location this weekend. On Friday, October 15th there is a 5:15 pm showing of Paranorman (rated PG) and a 7:30 pm showing of 10 Things I Hate About You (rated PG-13). On Saturday, October 16th there is a 2:15 pm screening of The Nightmare Before Christmas (rated PG), a 4:45 pm showing of The Princess Bride (rated PG), and a 7:45 pm showing of Hocus Pocus (rated PG). And on Sunday, October 17th, there is a 2:15 pm showing of Coco (rated PG), a 5:00 pm showing of Labyrinth (rated PG), and a 7:45 pm showing of Jaws (rated PG). Food, refreshments, and concessions are available on-site. Tickets are available online. And this month, movie-goers are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character and/or “favorite anything and trick-or-treat at the Rooftop all month long.” Candy will be given to any guest in costume. 

Archaeology Day
Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center, King Gillette Ranch
26876 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302

Get ready for Archaeology Day on Saturday, October 16th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. King Gillette Ranch is the site of the festivities and offers something for all ages. Enjoy Native American performances, dig up “artifacts” in an excavation box, watch demonstrations, enjoy presentations by local archaeologists, learn about history at hands-on replica artifact tables, and much more. This event is free and open to the public. Sign up online. 

2021 Pumpkin Festival
Centennial Heritage Park
725 E. Mauna Loa AVe., Glendora, CA 

The City of Glendora invites families to its 2021 Pumpkin Festival happening on Saturday, October 16th from 10 am to 3 pm. The fun includes crafts, games, pony rides, a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and more. And don’t forget to donate a canned food item (which will also earn you a free small drink). Admission is $3 per person, children under 4 are free. 

Día de Los Muertos
Heritage Park
12100 Mora Dr., Santa Fe Springs, CA 

The City of Santa Fe Springs is celebrating Día de Los Muertos on Saturday, October 16th from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm. Enjoy music, food, artisan vendors, and more. “Learn the art of decorating traditional sugar skulls through our Sugar Skull Workshop. Honor a member of your family by participating in our Community Ofrenda Showcase.” (Sugar skull decorating is designed for children 8 and older.) Details are available on line. 

FAHMFest San Pedro
Outdoor Harbor/Berth 46, San Pedro, CA

Head to San Pedro for FAHMFest happening on Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th. This family-friendly event is the “largest Filipino Festival in LA.” The festivities include live musical performances, art installations, food, carnival games, a Ferris wheel, and much more. Check the website for ticket information. 

Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch
Japanese Village Plaza
335 E. 2nd St., Los Angeles, CA 

On Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th families are invited to check out the Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch. Get ready for a “bone-chilling good time with pumpkins for purchase. Activities at the Pumpkin Patch will be free and include a photo opportunity and a coloring contest.” 

Open Main Street
Main St. between Hill and Kinney, Santa Monica, CA

Open Main Street is happening this weekend, Saturday, October 16th and Sunday, October 17th. “Enjoy al fresco dining, family friendly activities, and other fun experiences.” The festivities include a pumpkin patch, live music, fitness classes, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events. 

Southeast Asia Day
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Aquarium of the Pacific invites families to experience Southeast Asia Day on Sunday, October 17th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. “The festival’s program will highlight the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Indonesia.” Enjoy music, cultural craft demonstrations, dance, hands-on arts and crafts activities, and more. All activities are included in general admission. Tickets are available online.

46th Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch
Environmental Nature Center (ENC)
1601 E. 16th St., Newport Beach, CA 

The ENC is hosting its 46th Annual Fall Faire and Pumpkin Patch on Sunday, October 17th from 10 am to 3 pm. The fun includes performances, nature games, a petting zoo, food, a “craft crawl,” and more. Check the website for details. 

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
Juan Bautista de Anza Park
3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas, CA 91301

The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival is back this year, for one day only. The fun is happening on Sunday, October 17th from 10 am to 5 pm. The festivities include a pumpkin patch, all things pumpkin (pie, carving, painting), inflatables, a food court, marketplace, a costume dance party, and much more. Ticket information is available online. 

Depot Day
Travel Town Museum
5200 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027

Depot Day is happening at the Travel Town Museum on Sunday, October 17th from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. The festivities include woodcarver and blacksmith demonstrations, face painting, tours around the Historic Railroad Passenger Cars and Engines, musical performances, on-site food trucks, and more. 

Day of the Dead 2021
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

The Museum of Latin American Art invites families to celebrate Day of the Dead on Sunday, October 17th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum will be offering an on-site celebration as well as online programming. Check the website for details. 

Westside Food Bank’s 31st Annual 5K Hunger Walk – Virtual

Families are “walking from home to end hunger” and help the Westside Food Bank. The virtual walk begins on Sunday, October 17th and continues through Sunday, October 24th. Register online, begin fundraising, and start logging your walks! All details can be found online. 

Día de los Muertos
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana, CA 92704

The Heritage Museum of Orange County is celebrating Día de los Muertos on Sunday, October 17th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Enjoy live music, an outdoor art gallery, sugar skull face painting, a kids craft area, food and drinks, a scavenger hunt, and more. General admission is $2 (for guests 11 years old and up); tickets are available online. 

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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).