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 and hopefully will result in LA parents and kids having the best time together as a family.
We’ll update this page every Monday so be sure to come back and see what we have coming up for the weekend in Los Angeles and Southern California.
Things to do in Los Angeles With Kids This Weekend
Autumn begins this weekend, and you’ll find many fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids, September 21-23! Enjoy Tarfest at the La Brea Tar Pits, learn about the autumn equinox at the Griffith Observatory, celebrate the International Day of Peace at the L.A. Zoo, learn about Knights at the Bowers Museum, and much more!
Odd Nights at the Autry
Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA
Odd Nights at the Autry is happening on Friday, September 21st from 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The fun includes 22 food trucks, mobile boutiques and pop-up shops, music, and a special kids area (featuring giant inflatables, rock wall, and more). Admission is $5 each, with free admission for children 12 and younger.
Movie Under the Guns: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731
Enjoy Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the Battleship IOWA as part of their Movie Under the Guns series on Friday, September 21st at 8:00 pm. Admission is free. Concessions will be available for sale; no outside food or beverages are allowed. (The film is rated PG-13).
La Brea Tar Pits
5801 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Tarfest, a free, all-ages music and art festival returns to the La Brea Tar Pits on Saturday, September 22nd from 1:00 pm to 7:30 pm. This annual event features live musical performances, live paintings, special activities for kids, food trucks, and lots of fun.
National Public Lands Day
The National Park Service celebrates National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 22nd. National Public Lands Day is “the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort, and this year’s event will focus on restoration and resilience of our public lands.” Families can participate by visiting a national park for free and/or participate in a volunteer work project. Check the website for event information. Local parks offering free admission include Joshua Tree National Park and Cabrillo National Monument, to name just a few.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Saturday, September 22nd is Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day. Families will enjoy free admission to a number of museums in and around Los Angeles including the Japanese American National Museum, The International Printing Museum, The Santa Ana Fire Museum, and many more. Check the website for a complete list of participating museums and to download your free ticket.
Autumn Equinox Event
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Griffith Observatory is celebrating the Autumn Equinox on September 22nd. The Observatory offers brief talks twice a day — at local noon (12:40 pm) and sunset (6:35 pm). The event is free. Check the website for details.
Moompetam: Native American Festival
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates Native American cultures at its 14th Annual Moompetam Festival on Saturday, September 22nd and Sunday, September 23rd (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). Enjoy traditional cultural crafts, live demonstrations, music and dance performances, storytelling, and more all celebrating the indigenous California cultures. Click here for a coupon for $10 off adult admission. (The festival is included in general Aquarium admission. $29.95 for adults; $17.95 for children 3-11; $26.95 for seniors 62+).
The House with a Clock in its Walls – A Magical Escape Experience
The Americana at Brand, Glendale, CA 91210
Before Amblin Entertainment’s spine-tingling, magical adventure opens in theaters, journey inside The House with a Clock in Its Walls as it comes to life before your eyes! Experience magic and puzzles as you explore movie props and special effects before you ultimately escape. The experience is safe for kids, but will include a few light scares from the house itself. Open September 21-23 from 11:00 AM – 7 PM. Free to all guests, and all ages. Children under 18 will require a guardian’s signature.
Tiny Tot Olympics
Malibu Bluffs Park
24250 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Bluffs Park is the site of the Tiny Tot Olympics happening on Sunday, September 23rd from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Children ages 2-6 will enjoy many fun activities including soccer, tennis, gymnastics, volleyball, and more. Everyone is a winner! Opening ceremonies and torch run begin at 12:00 pm. The event is free, and pre-registration is not required. (There is a $5 charge for unlimited use of the bounce house). A food truck will also be on-site as well.
Family Flicks Film Series: The NeverEnding Story
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
The Hammer Museum invites families to a free screening of the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story on Sunday, September 23rd at 11:00 am. The film is recommended for children ages 8 and older and tells the enchanting story of a fantasy world discovered through the pages of a book. (The film is rated PG).
Sea Otter Awareness Week
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Dr., San Pedro, CA 90731
The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium celebrates Sea Otter Awareness Week beginning Sunday, September 23rd through Saturday, September 29th. (The Aquarium is closed on Monday, September 24th). Families will get an “inside look” at this endangered species. Curious families can observe a sea otter’s pelt and skull, learn about their ecosystem, and much more. Check the website for a schedule. (On Sunday, September 23rd the event is scheduled from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm).
Knights at the Museum
2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, CA 92706
Enjoy “Knights at the Museum” at the Bowers Museum on Sunday, September 23rd from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Families will see “medieval knights come to life as they walk throughout the galleries and hold battle demonstrations in the courtyard.” Learn about the history and philosophy behind the code of chivalry. Families can view the combat demonstration in the courtyard for free and meet knights in the galleries with the purchase of Knights in Armor admission. Tickets are available online. ($25 for adults; $22 for students and seniors 62+; $5 for children 3-11).
Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace 2018 with Dr. Jane Goodall
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Families are invited to the Los Angeles Zoo on Sunday, September 23rd for the Celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace 2018 with Dr. Jane Goodall. This day-long celebration features demonstrations by young leaders of the Jane Goodall Institute’s Root & Shoots Program, live entertainment, the flying of giant peace dove puppets, and more. Events are happening throughout the day from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Dr. Goodall will be lecturing at 2:00 pm. (Her lecture is sold-out but can be viewed remotely on large video screens). All events are included in general Zoo admission. ($21 for ages 13-61; $18 for seniors 62+; $16 for ages 2-12; and free for children under 2).
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