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November 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description




Nov. 1-2

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street

Pinata breaking, children workshops, face painting, strolling Mariachi bands and Ballet Folklorico. Enjoy colorful, ancient Mexican ceremonies in honor of departed loved ones with beautifully decorated altars, entertainment and Novenaria processions.

7 pm

Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.

Los Angeles,


Nov. 1

Free Family Night: Native Traditions

Through stories and songs, learn about the local people’s indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing. See how Native Americans continue to preserve and celebrate their culture by participating in Intertribal Pow Wows.

4-8 pm


480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Nov. 3-14

Circus Vargas

Acrobats, clowns, juggling, hula hoops, trampoline and more.


Del Amo Fashion Center

3525 Carson St., Torrance


Nov. 5-6

Autumn Festival

Celebrate a variety of Asian cultures through music, crafts, food, storytelling, dance, demonstration and more.  

9 am-5 pm

Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach

$24.95 adults, $12.95 children 3-11.

Nov. 5

Fall Family Festival

Watermelon eating contest, tug of war, pumpkin drawing contest, kids rides, arts and crafts and more.

10 am-5 pm

Warner Park

6360 Topanga Cyn Rd., Woodland Hills

Free admission. Cost for all activities, games, rides, crafts and food.

Nov. 5

Discovery Day

Get revved up for Thanksgiving with Turkey crafts. Kids also can enjoy a 2:30 pm story time too.

1-4 pm

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

$10 adults, $5 students, $3 children (ages 5-12)

Nov. 5

International Cultural Day

Celebrate the many diverse cultures represented by Third Street School’s students. The event is open to the public and is fun for families with kids of all ages. Highlights include delicious food from more than 30 different countries and live world music and performances by professional artists, as well as Third Street’s student musicians and dancers.

11 am-4 pm

Third Street Elementary School

201 South June St., Los Angeles


Nov. 6

Fall Festival

Games, crafts, used book sale, food trucks, silent auction and fun.

11 am-4 pm

Woodland Hills Elementary School

22201 San Miguel St., Woodland Hills

Free admission; cost for food and activities.

Nov. 6

Simi Valley SnowFest Arts and Crafts Fair

Bring your kids to the snow in Simi Valley! Sled runs, games and crafts.  

10 am-4 pm

Rancho Madera Community Park

556 Lake Park Dr., Simi Valley

Free admission, cost for some activities.

Nov. 12

Fall Festival of Nature Crafts for Kids

Create some Thanksgiving-related craft projects using items found on the preserve.

10 am-12 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5; Pre-registration is required. Call the Nature Center to register at; (310)782-3989

Nov. 12

Craft Lab Workshop

Wired Up: Use wire to create your own artwork at this drop-in workshop.

12:30-2:30 pm

Craft and Folk Art Museum

5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

$5, includes admission.

Nov. 12

Weekend Tidepool Walks

Take a tour of the tidepools with a naturalist at Point Fermin State Park

2:30-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Nov. 12

The Diavolo Residency

Get a behind the scenes view as you watch Diavolo’s final rehearsal for their new dance pieces “Escaep” and Together.”.

11 am-4 pm

Music Center Plaza

135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles


Nov. 12

Target Free Family Saturday: Planet Power

Make and take activities, cooking project, special performances and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles


Nov. 13

Books and Giggles

Family event of stories, games, face-painting, giveaways, and surprises galore! There will also be a live music performance by
teen singing sensation, Jessarae! The event will benefit reading programs for inner city LA youths, provided by After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles; a non-profit serving thousands of deserving children from needy communities.

5-7 pm

Giggles 'n' Hugs

Westfield Century City Mall, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles

$14  Please RSVP to


Nov. 13

Baby/Infant Gear Consignment Sale

Get great deal on gently used items for your family.

10 am-1 pm

Adat Ari El parking lot

12020 Burbank Blvd., Valley Village

Free admission

Nov. 13

2011 CORBA Fat Tire Fest

Celebrate CORBA's 24th year of advocacy, keeping and getting more trails open to bicycles. Ride in beautiful Malibu Creek State Park, and the Solstice Canyon and Latigo Canyon sections of the Backbone Trail in National Park Service property (recommended for experienced riders). After the ride will be lunch and a raffle with bikes and gear.

8 am-4 pm

Malibu Creek State Park, Calabasas


Nov. 13

Peter Yarrow Family Concert

Perfect for listeners of all ages! Peter Yarrow of the renowned American folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary takes the stage at the Skirball to perform songs for children.

Yarrow will also read from his new pop-up book, Puff, the Magic Dragon, based on the classic song by Yarrow and Lenny Lipton.

2-3 pm

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 North Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

$10 General; $5 Children ages 2–12

Nov. 13

Family Flicks: Popeye

Brawny, spinach-eating sailor Popeye (Robin Williams) seeks his “Pappy” in the remote village of Sweethaven. As in always, he romances Olive Oyl and is menaced by a hulking Bluto. Familiar friends Wimpy and Swee’pea also make appearances in this rollicking musical.

11 am

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free; parking is $3

Nov. 13

Kids in the Courtyard: Print Your Voice

This drop-in workshop will explore printmaking as a medium for protest. Inspired by the Fowler exhibition Mapping Another L.A., participants will make an edition of small printed posters to take home and post.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles


Nov. 15

The Reptile Family

Come join the Reptile Family and experience the wonder and excitement of real live reptiles, amphibians, and arachnids! Spiders, frogs, turtles, snakes and more!

4-5 pm

West Valley Regional Library

19036 Vanowen,



Nov. 18

Holiday in the Park

A joyful evening of in-store events, street caroling, gifts and prizes. Enjoy community entertainment, photos with Santa, roving choirs, musicians, food trucks, tons of fun for kids and lip-smacking treats for everyone.

5:30-8:30 pm

Magnolia Blvd. between Buena Vista and the city limits, and on Hollywood Way between Chandler and Clark.


Nov. 19

Native Legends with Storyteller Geri Keams

Come hear stories about Grandmother Spider, Snail Girl, and Trickster Coyote from a master storyteller.

2-3 pm

Mark Taper Auditorium, Central Library, 630 W. Fifth St., L.A.


Nov. 19

Junior Scientist: A Day in the Life of Dinosaurs

Become a member of the Junior Dinosaur Institute and come discover for yourself how dinosaurs moved, behaved and lived, piecing together the clues from over 65 million years ago.

10:30 am and 1:30 pm

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with paid admission: Adults: $12, Children ages 5-12: $5, Children ages 4 and younger: Free

Nov. 20

A Turtle’s Race Around the Lake

Volunteer Naturalist Rebecca leads a leisurely walk around the Franklin Canyon Lake.

10-11:30 am

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


Nov. 20

Melissa Green

Enjoy this entertainer’s colorful songs and stories.

11 am

McCabe’s Guitar Shop

3101 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica


Nov. 20

Cal-Stewart Train Meet

Toy train expo featuring operating layouts, love auctions and train races.

9 am-2 pm

Pasadena Convention Center

300 E. Green St., Pasadena

$15 per family

Nov. 20

Family Day at the Autry

Celebrate Native American Heritage with craft-time, music, a story and more.

11 am-5 pm

Autry National Center

470-0 West Heritage Way. Los Angeles

Adults: $10, Students: $6, Children: 4 (ages 3-12)

Nov. 20

Celebrations: Thanksgiving

Hands-on art projects and holiday stories.

1:30-3 pm

Bowers Kidseum

1802 N. Main St., Santa Ana


Nov. 25-26

Yo Gabba Gabba Live

It's Time To Dance! Come see all your favorites like DJ Lance Rock, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex, and Toodee, with special guests Hip Hop Legend Biz Markie and Razzle Dazzle Superstar Leslie Hall.

Nov. 25: 2:30 pm and 6 pm; Nov. 26: 11 am, 2:30 pm and 6 pm

Nokia Theatre LA Live

777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles


Nov. 26

Kids LEGO Club

Kids, build and create structures with your friends and parents. We will provide the blocks and you will bring your creativity! For boys and girls of all ages. Parental involvement encouraged.

1 pm

Valley Plaza Branch Library

12311 Vanowen St., North Hollywood


Nov. 26

LACMA Family Art Class

Join us for a free family art class provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

2 pm

Alma Reaves Woods Branch Library

10205 Compton Ave., Los Angeles