Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via e-mail

              Copyright © 2006-2018 The Teachtopia Network


The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

Click here to sign up for our weekly newsletter featuring affordable family activities

Event Date

Event Description




Oct. 1-31

Pa's Pumpkin Patch

Miniature train and boat rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, rides and games.


6701 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach

Free admission and free parking; 10 Tickets for attractions are $15.00 ($1.50 each) or Individual Tickets for $1.75 each.

Oct. 1-3

Reyes Adobe Days

Activities showcasing California’s past and present include old-fashioned games, pony rides, carnival games, art exhibits, a parade and live performances.

10 am-4 pm

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills


Oct. 1-3

Disney On Ice presents “Mickey and Minnie’s Magical Journey”

With Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as tour guides, guests will visit the enchanting worlds of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Lilo & Stitch and Peter Pan.  

Fri.: 7:30 pm, Sat.: 11:30 am, 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Sun.: 11:30 am and 3:30 pm

Citizens Business Bank Arena

4000 E. Ontario Center Parkway,



Oct. 1-3

Kids Consignment Sale

Buy and sell high quality, new and gently-used children’s items - anything kid related from infancy through pre-teens.

Fri.: 9 am- 5 pm, Sat.: 9 am -5 pm, Sun.: 9 am -5 pm

157 W. Providencia Ave., Burbank

Free admission

Oct. 2


Carnival games, costume contest, German food, coloring contest.

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 3

Reptiles and Amphibian Appreciation Day

Join us for a daylong celebration of the slimy and scaly. Get to know reptiles and amphibians from around the world and right here at home. The whole family will enjoy up-close animal encounters, live music, art projects, and hands-on activities.

10 am-5 pm

Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

Adults: $9, Teens: $6.50, Children ages 5-12: $2

Oct. 3

Fall Open House

Behind-the-scenes tours, wildlife education, children’s activities and encounters with rescued animals.

12-4 pm

California Wildlife Center

26026 Piuma Rd., Calabasas


Oct. 5

Free Family Night: Hispanic Heritage Month

Take part in cultural activities with the Latino Heritage organization and enjoy a performance by Pasadena-based Ballet Folklorico Nahuatzen.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 9-10

Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

Arts and crafts, bounce houses, petting zoo, food, live performances

9:30 am-5:30 pm

Brrokside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free admission and parking; fee for all activities

Oct. 9

Taste of Encino

Food samples from local restaurants, hot dog eating contest, live entertainment, children’s activities.

10 am-5 pm

St. Cyril School

4548 Haskell Ave. (at Haskell Ave. and Ventura Blvd), Encino

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 9

Malibu Pie Festival

Pie-eating contests, local bands, kids crafts, storytelling, petting zoo and lunch from food trucks.

11 am-3 pm

Malibu United Methodist Church, The Courtyard, 30128 Morningview Drive, Malibu


Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 30

Family Fundays

The Creative Playground performs a variety of plays for families, a different play each weekend.

10/10 is Three Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, 10/17 is The Velveteen Rabbit, 10/24 is Aesop’s Fables and 10/30 is Dia de los Muertos: Cuentos de mi Familia.

11 am

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Blvd., Topanga

$8, $7 each for 5 or more, children under age 2: free

Oct. 10

Second Sunday Science

"Fall Migration" with naturalist Ron Melin.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 14-Nov. 1 (No shows on Tuesdays)

Circus Vargas

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

Mon., Wed., Thurs. And Fri.: 7:30 pm; Sat.-Sun.: 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 pm

Westfield Topanga

Topanga Cyn. Blvd. And Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills


Oct. 16

World City: Oyu Oro Afro-Cuban Dance Ensemble (Music & Dance, Cuba)

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Oct. 16

Saturday Scene

Story Pirates: The Blue Story and Other Stories  

The Story Pirates will take the stage armed with furry monsters, flying cats and giant bugs for an experience that will show kids the power of writing in a way they'll never forget.

11 am

UCLA Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave., Los Angeles

Adults $15, Children $10

Oct. 16

Family Sukkot Celebration

Create sukkah decorations while learning about the holiday.

4:30 pm

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

Free: reservations required (877) 722-4849  

Oct. 16-17

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

Inflatable rides, contests, carnival games & business district fun zone, car show, live bands,

reptiles & nature programs.

10 am-5 pm

Juan Bautista de Anza Park

3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasa

Admission includes all games/rides. Pre-sale admission: $3. Admission at the event: $5. Children under 2: Free. Free parking.

Oct. 17

2010 CORBA Fat Tire Fest

Fun events including: 4 miles Beginner ride, 8 miles intermediate, 11 miles advanced, XC guided rides all levels, wheelie contest, hill climb contest, bike limbo, cyclo-cross race, guest pro clinic, skills features, kids skills area, bike gear and bike prizes, giant raffle, food, prizes, silent auction, 2010 demo bikes.

8 am-4 pm

Castaic Lake State Recreation Area

32132 Castaic Lake Dr.,


Varies; parking is $11

Oct. 17

Autumn Sea Fair

The ocean-related activities include face-painting, an exciting marine life puppet show, and a giant origami demonstration. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the Great Treasure Hunt, learn how to cast a fishing line, and help select this year's Ocean Idol! For those with the competitive spirit, join in on the Beach Olympics, and enter our sand sculpture contest, taking place just a few steps away on Cabrillo Beach.

Sea Fair: Oct. 17th from 10 am-4:30 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Oct. 17

Sunday Family Programs: Leaf Prints

Everywhere across the country, leaves are turning beautiful colors right now – even in LA! Those leaves are fun to find when we walk outside. Today we’ll bring them inside to stay with a special leaf printing project.

2-4 pm

Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Admission plus $3; Adults: $8, Children 3 and older: $5

Oct. 22-24

Kids Consignment Sale

Buy and sell high quality, new and gently-used children’s items - anything kid related from infancy through pre-teens.

Fri.: 9 am- 5 pm, Sat.: 9 am -5 pm, Sun.: 9 am -5 pm

24901 Avenue Stanford.,


Free admission

Oct. 23

Highland Hall’s Pumpkin Patch

Puppet plays, games, live music, harvest crafts and artisan vendors.

11 am-4 pm

17100 Superior St., Northridge


Oct. 23

Kids’ Playhouse: Click, Clack, Moo

All day long Farmer Brown hears “click clack moo, clickety clackety moo....” The cows are typing—that’s right, typing—and protesting their working conditions! Youngsters will love this hilariously “moo-ving” new musical about compromise.

11 am and 1 pm

Pepperdine University, Smothers Theatre, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Adults: $15, Children: $10

Oct. 23

Pumpkin Party

Listen to live music, make crafts, play games and decorate and carve pumpkins.

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Adults: $4, Children: $2

Oct. 24

Kids in the Courtyard: Life Drawing Meets Dead Dancing: A Day of the Dead Celebration

A Mexican-Korean fusion Day of the Dead inspired by artworks in Intersections: Worlds Arts, Local Lives and Korean Funerary Figures: Companions for the Journey to the Other World.

The children will be making paper doll calacas (Mexican skeletons) and kkkoktu (Korean funerary figures) on a stick, face painting, and gallery tours, as well as a pan dulce and hangwa tasting.

1-4 pm

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


Oct. 24

Halloween and Mourning Tours

Play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), and listen to spooky stories in the Ford House by the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers.

12-4 pm

Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles

$10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors over 65, $5 for Children 6 to 12 years. Free for Children under 6 and Museum members.

Oct. 25-26

Pumpkin Roundup

Costume parade, face-painting, pony rides

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $8, Children ages 6-12: $3; extra charge for some activities

Oct. 27

Halloween Haunt at the Commons

Trick-or-treat at the shopping center and then enjoy Rene’s Marionettes as they put on a Halloween puppet show (6 pm).

4:30-6:30 pm

The Commons at Calabasas, 4799 Commons Way, Calabasas


Oct. 28

Halloween Program

Get ready for Halloween with slightly spooky stories and fun.

3:30 pm

Los Feliz Library

1874 Hillhurst Ave., Los Angeles


Oct. 30

Annual Halloween Storytime!

Mr. Steve will be bringing out all of the best monster and ghost stories for our annual Halloween story time. Don’t forget to come dressed in costume for trick or treating throughout the store.

10 am

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


Oct. 30

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Step into our all new Haunted Hallway, dance the night away in the Glow Party Zone, or trek through the jungle and come face to face with CMA's resident cannibal, Red Bone and try your luck at his games of chance in the newly expanded Voodoo Village. Plus! Last year's hit stage show, "Evilution" is back with all new dances and comedy that's sure to leave you in stitches.

6-9 pm

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Dr., San Pedro


Oct. 30

Halloween Fun

Join us for some stories and make a craft.

3 pm

Canoga Park Library

20939 Sherman Way, Canoga Park


Oct. 30-Oct. 31

Boo at the Zoo

Eucalyptus Grove will become a giant Pumpkin Patch with jack-o-lantern carving, photo opportunities, and eerie crafts. The Creepy Creature Encounter at the Winnick Family Children’s Zoo will feature trick-or-treating, a chance to get up close with some creepy creatures, and Halloween entertainment.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $13, Children: $8

Oct. 30-31

Enchanted Hallows Eve

The STAR ECO Station transforms into a magical fairytale palace of trickery, treating and eco storytelling! See your favorite fairy tales with an environmental twist. Costume contests, games, prizes and performances all day.

12-6 pm

Star Eco Station, 10101 W. Jefferson Blvd., Culver City

Adults: $8, Children: $6

One child free with each paying adult.

Oct. 30

Goblins in the Garden

Crafts, storytelling, pumpkin decorating, live music.

10 am-2 pm

LA Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Adults: $8, Students: $6, Children (ages 5-12): $3

Oct. 30

Halloween Family Carnival

Crafts, bouncer, carnival games, costume parade and trick-or-treating.

2-6 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City


Oct. 30

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

Arts and crafts, games, face painting, costume contests,

3-7 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 31

Stories in the Afternoon: Autumn Colors

Get ready for changing leaves and crisp breezes as you listen to stories about the harvest season and create a fall foliage wreath in front of Georges Lacombe’s Autumn: Chestnut Gatherers, 1894.

2-3 pm

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

Adults: $8, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 31

Family Flicks: Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 31

Halloween Festival

Costume contests, crafts, games, prizes and food.

12-4 pm

Woodland Hills Park

5858 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills


Oct. 31

Safe Haven Trick-or-Treating

Bring your kids for more treats on Halloween inside the safe confines of the museum grounds. Children 1 to 12 years of age, with parent accompaniment, may come in costume and receive sweet treats from our costumed interpreters stationed at each building.

4-7:30 pm

Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles

Adults: $5, Children ages 6-12: $2 and Children under age 6: Free

October 2010 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles