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Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 31-Nov. 1

A Fishy Fest for Halloween & Dia de los Muertos

Kids can create their own masks and explore a mad scientist's laboratory. Face painting, arts and crafts, naturalists' presentations, and a marine animal graveyard.

12:30-5 pm

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica

Adults $2, Children (ages 0-12): free

Aug. 1-Dec 31

Madame Tussauds

Come see your favorite stars as wax figures.

Daily 10 am-8 pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10 am-10 pm

6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

$18-25 Click here for a Tussaud’s Hollywood coupon to save $5 per ticket.

Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Boo at the Zoo

Special trick-or-treat area, performances, crafts and special treats.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $13, Children: $8

Nov. 1

Un Dia de Fiesta de Otono

Celebrate Latino traditions in the gardens of the Fenyes Mansion. Workshops are offered in folklorical dance and Mexican arts and crafts.

12-4 pm

Pasadena Museum of History

470 West Walnut St., Pasadena

Free, charge for workshops and food

Nov. 1

Kids’ Hands at Franklin

A volunteer naturalist guides the program on a stroll through the canyon. Kids create a take home nature project after the hike.

10 am-12 pm

Franklin Canyon Park, Sooky Goldman Nature Center, 2600 Franklin Canyon Dr., Beverly Hills



Nov. 1

Dia de los Muertos

Free entertainment, traditional dancing, singing, plays, and people dressed as skeletons.

10 am-9 pm

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument

125 Paseo de la Plaza, Los Angeles,


Nov. 2

Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos Celebration

This event features children's art workshops, craft vendors, elaborate altars, a Day of the Dead fashion walk, live music, and traditional food.

5-11 pm

East Los Angeles Civic Center

4801 E. 3rd St.,

Los Angeles


Nov. 3

Free Family Night: Native American Traditions

Experience the oral traditional of Native American storytelling with Jacque Nunez as he tells stories of the Acjachemen Nation. Learn about Native American tools, instruments, games and clothing.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 7

Dia de los Muertos Fall Festival

The fair includes traditional Dia de los Muertos altars made by the students, homemade tamales, music, crafts, games, and a haunted house.

1-5 pm

Edison Language Academy

2425 Kansas Ave.,

Santa Monica

Free admission; fee for some activities

Nov. 6-8

The Wizard of Oz Ballet

The Wizard of Oz is performed as a classical story ballet with music and dancing.

Fri.: 8 pm; Sat.: 2 pm and 8 pm; Sun.: 2 pm

Los Angeles Ballet Academy

18138 Sherman Way, Reseda

Adults: $20; Children (ages 0-11): $15

Nov. 8

Family Festival: Poring over Portraits

In this workshop students will seize on small details, add a bit of imagination and create a behind-the-scenes story of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Comtesse d’Haussonville, 1845.

1-2:30 pm

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


The course is free and is limited to 20 students per session, ages 8–13. Advance registration is required

Nov. 14

World City: Barynya

Enjoy a performance by Russian, Cossack, and Ukranian dancers and musicians.

11 am and 12:30 pm

Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Nov. 14

Meet Disney’s Newest Princess “Tiana” at Disney Store’s Grand Opening and Celebration

The first 100 kids to enter the store will receive free Mickey Mouse ears. Meet Princess Tiana and take a photo. Also, Radio Disney’s Road Crew will be there with music, fun and games.

10 am-5 pm

Disney Store, Westfield Culver City, 6000 Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City


Nov. 14-15

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live: There's a Party in My City features characters and guests from the TV show, with music, animation, games, singing, and dancing.

11 am and 3 pm

Shrine Auditorium

655 W Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles


Nov. 14

Teen Thanksgiving Gourmet Caramel Apples Workshop

Teens are invited to learn to create a popular holiday delectable dessert.

3:30 pm

West Los Angeles Regional Branch Library

11360 Santa Monica Blvd.,

Los Angeles,


Nov. 14

Target Free Family Day: Merry Melodies

Create your own colorful and fun tambourine. Design your own maraca using a variety of materials. Origami Corner: Make an Origami turkey.

Special Toy Drive: Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the National Museum and they will donate it to the Children’s Hospital of L.A.

11 am-4 pm

12 pm: Learn how to play giant Taiko drums.

1–4 pm: Kidding Around the Kitchen will help you make a veggie soup. This recipe is in honor of Vivaldi’s, Four Seasons.

2 pm: Taiko Performance

Japanese American National Museum, 369 East First St.,
Los Angeles

All activities are free as well as free museum admission

Nov. 15

Creating Comics, Creating Worlds

Kids ages 10-14 will tour The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis, and then write and draw their own creation stories in comic form.

12-2 pm

Hammer Kids

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free. Reservations are encouraged. Contact

Nov. 15

The Secret Life of Leaves

Learn about the trees planted across the Skirball campus, then make art using leaves gathered during the walk. Advance registration required.

11:30 am-12:30 pm and 2:30-3:30 pm

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

Included in general admission: $15 General; $12 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $10 Children 2–12;

Nov. 15

Kids in the Courtyard: Mad Hatter Tea Party

You are invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party in celebration of the exhibition Steeped In History: The Art of Tea. Come dressed as your favorite Alice in Wonderland character or decorate a crazy hat when you arrive. There will be a variety of herbal teas and tea-inspired games.

1–4 pm



Fowler Museum at UCLA, North Campus, Sunset Blvd. And Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles


Nov. 22


Come share in the classic musical film with your family.

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free. Parking: $3 for 3 hours.

Nov. 28

Special Holiday Story time featuring The Grinch!

A special holiday-themed story time with a visit from The Grinch! Story time will be followed by a photo op with the Grinch, so bring your cameras.

10 am

Vroman’s, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 29

Stories in the Afternoon: Anyone Hungry?

Savor stories about feasts as you create a delectable still-life collage in front of Frans Snyders' Still Life with Fruit and Vegetables, 1625–35

2-3 pm

Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena

Adults: $8, Children under 18: Free

November 2009 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles