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November 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles

Event Date

Event Description

Time

Location

Cost

Nov. 3

Discovery Day

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

10 am

Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

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

Nov. 3-4

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.

10 am-8 pm

El Pueblo Historical Monument

Los Angeles St. at Alameda St.,

Los Angeles

Free

Nov. 3-4

Japanese Garden Festival

Taiko drummers, Ikebana flower arranging display, garden walk, cultural family activities and more.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $8, Children: $3

Nov. 3-4

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. 4

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. 4

Kids in the Courtyard: Funny Bones!

Celebrate Fèt Gede, Haiti’s festival of the ancestors, a jubilant holiday much like Día de los Muertos, Mardi Gras and Halloween all rolled into one. Learn about Gede, the trickster spirit who revels in life and laughs at death, and then create your own giggling skeleton puppet. Come dressed in costume, solve riddles, and play traditional Haitian games to celebrate life.

1-4 pm

Fowler Museum, UCLA North Campus, Los Angeles

Free

Nov. 6

Free Family Night: Native Traditions

Through stories and songs, learn about the local people’s indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing.

4-8 pm

Kidspace

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free

Nov. 6

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,

Reseda

Free

Nov. 10

World City

The Git-Hoan Dancers (The People of the Salmon), proudly represent the Tsimshian tribes who live on the Northwest Coast of North America.They perform storytelling dances with hand-carved masks, authentic skin and wood drums and colorful hand-made regalia emblazoned with symbols of their culture.

11 am and 12:30 pm


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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.


Nov. 10

Target Free Family Saturday: Pop Culture

Make and take activities inspired by the exhibition Giant Robot Biennale 3, cooking project, dance workshop, silk screening and more.

11 am-4 pm

Japanese American National Museum

369 East First St., Los Angeles

Free

Nov. 10

Pumpkin Launch

Excite your family with flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets. You can also participate in hands-on activities and challenges.

10 am-2 pm

Cal State Fullerton

800 N State College Blvd., Fullerton

Free

Nov. 10

Los Angeles Veterans Celebration Event

An event for honoring veterans and the community. Music, children’s activities, a resource fair and free food.

1-4 pm

Port of Los Angeles, Berth 87

Adjacent to the USS Iowa Battleship

250 S Harbor Blvd., San Pedro

Free

Nov. 11

Andell Family Sundays

Clay Creations

Make your own Ken Price–inspired sculptures out of clay and color.

12:30 pm

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free with museum admission. Register to be a NexGen member and admission is free for each child/adult pair.

Nov. 12

Veteran’s Day Commemoration

North American AT-6 Flyover, live musical entertainment by the Santa Susana High School Symphony Orchestra and Vocal Ensemble, Civil War re-enactments, cannon and artillery demonstrations,  a display of hospital, civilian and cavalry tents for exploration and a display of World War II and current military vehicles.

10:30 am-3 pm

Ronald Reagan Library

40 Presidential Dr., Simi Valley

Free for all special activities. Regular admission rates apply for museum entrance.

Nov. 16

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.

5-9 pm

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


Free

Nov. 17

Walk Cabrillo

Guided visit to the native garden, salt marsh, beaches and tidepools. Explore each habitat and discover signs of the season along the shore. Examine fossils, native plants and beach wrack.

2-4 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro

Free

Nov. 17

American Heritage Performance

Musician Craig Newton takes us on a whirlwind tour of American History through the popular music of different time periods played on a wide variety of instruments.   

2-3 pm

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


Free

Nov. 17

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. 17

Native Ways

Walk in the footsteps of the local natives and learn how everyday things are made from indigenous materials. An easy stroll and hands-on activities with tools, arts and more.

1-3 pm

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

Free

Nov. 18

Family Flicks: Elephant Boy
A group of elephant hunters in India come to depend on young Toomai for help in tracking a herd of elephants after they witness his rapport with his own elephant, Kala Nag. Mediating between men and beasts, Toomai must navigate a way through the jungle, and through the mixed motivations of the adults.

11 am

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Free; parking is $3

Nov. 24-25

Gold Rush

Learn about the myths and realities of the California gold rush, and try to pan for gold at an outdoor re-creation of a miner's panning station.


11 am-3 pm

Autry National Center

470-0 West Heritage Way. Los Angeles

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

Nov. 24

Nature Walk

Take a guided walk on the Madrona Marsh Preserve and learn about the flora and fauna that live in our captivating vernal marsh. You'll see how living things interact in their habitat and learn the value of wetlands in our urban environment.

10 am-12 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

Free

Nov. 24

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

Free

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