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
You won’t run out of fun things to do in Los Angeles with your kids this weekend, October 19-21! Watch a movie on the Santa Monica Pier, celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Fowler Museum, attend a street fair in Sherman Oaks, and much more!
Front Porch Cinema
Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, CA
Celebrate the weekend with an outdoor movie screening on the Santa Monica Pier. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the film begins at 7:30 pm. Enjoy “films, food, drinks, and fun” at this popular, free outdoor movie screening event. The fun starts on Thursday, October 18th with a screening of Grease; on Friday, October 19th enjoy Clueless; Saturday, October 20th The Addams Family will be shown; and on Sunday, October 21st, enjoy Coco. Reserve a spot online; it’s first-come, first-served.
Water Harvest Block Party 2018
Outside of the Edward C. Little Recycling Facility
1935 S. Hughes Way, El Segundo, CA 90245
The West Basin Municipal Water District presents the Water Harvest Block Party on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free water education event includes lots of fun activities including food, games, stage shows, a kids costume contest, water education activities, and more. Visit the many booths to learn more about water conservation, smart gardening, water recycling, and more. Free parking and shuttle service is also available; check the website for details.
Wildlife Family Fun Day
Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067
Families are invited to the Annenberg Space for Photography for Wildlife Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 20th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Celebrate the opening of the new exhibition, National Geographic Photo Ark. The exhibit features the work of photographer Joel Sartore, “whose life mission is to photograph every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.” The free activities include face painting, storytelling, arts and crafts, wildlife meet-and-greets with animals from the L.A. Zoo, music, food trucks, and more. Admission is free; register online.
Public Star Party
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
The Griffith Observatory hosts its monthly Public Star Party on Saturday, October 20th from 2:00 pm to 9:45 pm. Volunteers will be on hand to help families look at the sun, moon, and visible planets, to try out different telescopes, and ask questions.
Kids Draw Architecture Day
A + D Museum
900 E. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013
A + D Museum hosts Kids Draw Architecture Day on Saturday, October 20th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free event is designed for children 5-16 to learn about architecture and share their creativity. Children will be divided into small groups “led by an architect who will guide an exercise on the significance of sketching.” RSVP online to reserve your spot.
50th Anniversary Hot Wheels Legends Tour
Walmart – Pico Rivera
8500 Washington Blvd., Pico Rivera, CA 90660
Hot Wheels began in 1968 when it launched its original “Sweet 16” die-cast cars. These cars were said to be some of “the most influential and legendary cars in automotive history.” Celebrate the 50th anniversary on Saturday, October 20th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. Families will enjoy seeing life-size Hot Wheels fleet of cars, photo ops, a gaming zone, a Hot Wheels Kid Zone, and more.
10th Annual EarthFest Los Angeles
9091 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA
The 10th Annual EarthFest Los Angeles is happening on Saturday, October 20th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. This free event is the “premier musical, creative, and activist-oriented festival for those interested in healthy lifestyles, sustainable living” and environmental issues facing our planet. Enjoy guest speakers, children’s activities, live music, cultural dancing, workshops, and more. Learn about what you can do to make changes that will positively impact our planet. Check the website for a schedule of events.
Calabasas Pumpkin Festival
Lost Hills Rd. And Juan Bautista de Anza Park, Calabasas, CA
The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival is happening on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. The annual Festival features live musical performances, vendors, pumpkin painting, professional pumpkin carving, food, pumpkin treats, and more. Ticket information is available online. Tickets purchased before October 15th are $5 each; after that tickets are $10 each. (Children under 2 are free. A Saturday Special offers free admission before 11:00 am for children ages 6 and under dressed in costumes).
LA Preschool & Kindergarten Fair
Saturday, October 20th, 2018
12pm – 3pm at The Riveter
2236 South Barrington Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Sunday, October 21st, 2018
10am-1pm at Stratford School
1200 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Parents Education League and The Pump Station & Nurtury® are collaborating to bring you the LA Preschool Fairs on Saturday in West LA and Sunday in Hollywood. Parents are invited to register for one or both fairs. You’ll see a full list of preschools participating when you register. The first 50 Parents to donate $10 to PELofLA and get a ticket to one or both events gets one Goody Bag* from our Partners at CityMoms. (*One ticket and Goody Bag per Family. While supplies last.)
Slightly Spooky Stories
1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Enjoy “Slightly Spooky Stories” at Descanso Gardens on Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st at 11:00 am. (This event will also be held the following weekend on October 27th and 28th). The Ensemble Shakespeare Theater will be there with a “family-friendly retelling of your favorite Halloween stories.” Stories are “funny, surprising, and slightly spooky.” Families are encouraged to attend dressed in costumes! The event is included in general admission ($9 for adults; $6 for seniors 65+; children 5-12 are $4; and children under 5 are free).
Fowler Families: Celebrating Día de los Muertos
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA
Celebrate Día de los Muertos at the Fowler Museum on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Enjoy music, dance, storytelling and more at this interactive event. Additionally, children can create their own tissue paper marigolds or contribute to a collaborative papel picado banner which will be displayed in the Davis Courtyard.
28th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair
Ventura Blvd. between Van Nuys and Kester, Sherman Oaks, CA
Families are invited to the 28th Annual Sherman Oaks Street Fair on Sunday, October 21st from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The fun includes more than 200 vendors, a carnival (including a zip line this year), on-site animal adoptions, car show, community stage, food trucks, and more.
Fall Family Festival: Music and Movement
Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91105
The Norton Simon Museum hosts its Fall Family Festival: Music and Movement on Sunday, October 21st from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Enjoy dance performances, interactive tours, and story time; create wind chimes; touch and try different musical instruments; and much more. The Festival is included in general Museum admission. ($15 for adults; $12 for seniors 62+; and free for children 18 and under).
826LA@Hammer: Go Ahead: Play with Your Food
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
826LA@Hammer: Go Ahead: Play with Your Food is a special workshop happening at the Hammer Museum on Sunday, October 21st at 11:00 am. This workshop, designed for children ages 8-14, will allow kids to “learn to write about food through games, using art supplies, imagination, and a few yummy snacks.” The workshop will be led by Xochitl-Julisa Bermejo, author of Posada: Offerings of Witness and Refuge. Workshops are designed for up to 20 students; reserve your spot online.
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