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Event Date



Event Description



Time



Location



Price


Sept. 30-Oct. 31


Pa's Pumpkin Patch

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

Varies


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.

Sept. 30-Oct. 2


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.

11 am-4 pm


5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills


Free


Sept. 30-Oct. 2

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

Senter Studios

8411 Canoga Ave.

Canoga Park,

Free admission

Oct. 1


Oktoberfest

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

12 noon-11 pm


2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Free


Oct. 1

Angel Festival

Celebrate angels! Kids crafts, face painting, Parijata Yoga and Kirtan Yoga dance and more.

11 am-4 pm

Memroial Park, 222 W Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre

Free

Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30


Family Fundays

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

11 am


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


$9, children under age 2: free


Oct. 4


Free Family Night: Peruvian Band and Dancers

The ensemble performs music and dances from many regions of Peru.

4-8 pm


Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Free


Oct. 6

Ojai World Music Festival

Enjoy performances, workshops and other events. Prices vary.  

Varies

Libbey Bowl

Ojai Ave. And Signal Street

Ojai Arts Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai

Varies

Oct. 6-17

Circus Vargas

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

Varies

Westfield Valencia Town Center

McBean Pkwy. and Valencia Blvd.

$15-50

Oct. 8, 15  and 22


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. 9


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.

9:30 am-5 pm


Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

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


Oct. 9


Taste of Encino

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

10 am-5 pm


Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy


Free admission, cost for samples


Oct. 9


Second Sunday Science

Birds & Reptiles with Tomi from Animal Lovers.


2-4 pm


Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance


$5/person

Oct. 14-16

Ventura Harvest Festival

Strolling performers, Kid Zone, mobile museum from Gullwings Children’s Museum, arts and crafts exhibitors, pumpkin patch and more.

Fri. and Sat.: 10 am to 6 pm, Sun.: 10 am to 5 pm

Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds


Adults: $9, seniors: $7, youths (13-17): $4, kids 12 and under FREE. Bring a canned food donation and get $2 off your adult ticket price.

Oct. 15

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

Free

Oct. 15-16

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., Calabasas

Admission includes all games/rides: $5. Children under 2: Free. Free parking.

Oct. 16


Family Sukkot Celebration

Create sukkah decorations while learning about the holiday.

5-7 pm


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


Free: reservations required (877) 722-4849  


Oct. 16

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!

10 am-4:30 pm


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

Free


Oct. 16


Sunday Family Programs

Cardboard Creations

Cardboard Artist Jonathan Reinert will show you how to turn your cardboard diaper and toy boxes into something grand! Learn how easy it is to entertain the kids for hours with these simple and fun recycled cardboard projects!

3-4 pm


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


Free with paid admission; Adults: $8, Children 3 and older: $5


Oct. 20-23

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

25300 Rye Canyon Rd., Valencia

Free admission

Oct. 22


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. 22


World City

Los Cenzontles (Music & Dance, Mexico)

Facto Teatro, "Pantéon de Fiesta" (Toy Theatre, Mexico)

11 am and 12:30 pm


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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.


Oct. 22

Tony Daniels: Halloween Magic

Join this master of illusion for an occasion of raucous fun.

2-3 pm

Will & Ariel Durant Branch Library

7140 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles

Free

Oct. 22-23


Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

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

9:30 am-5:30 pm


Brookside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Free admission and parking; fee for all activities


Oct. 23


Kids in the Courtyard: Super Calaca: A Day of the Dead Celebration

This year, the Fowler's annual family celebration of El Día de Los Muertos has a superhero theme! Create paper doll super-calacas, have your face painted calavera-style or as your favorite superhero, and bring a photograph or object to contribute to our community altar honoring the heroes in your family or community.

1-4 pm


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

Free


Oct. 22-23


Harvest Festival

Costume parade and puppet show.

10:30 am-3 pm


Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada


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

Oct. 28

Halloween Haunted House

Admission includes the Haunted House, spooky snacks, treats, games, a maze, balloons, crafts, face painting and a costume parade for the wee ones! Healthy meals are also available during this time.

3-9 pm

YWCA Santa Monica/Westside 2019 14th St., Santa Monica

Adults: $10, Children: $5

Oct. 29

Bel Air Foods Market Spooky Grand Re-Opening

Live music, BBQ, a Bouncy House, Pet Adoptions AND representatives from several Healthy companies on site to educate families about their products.

12-3 pm

Bel Air Foods Market

2323 Roscomare Rd., Bel Air

Free

Oct. 29

Halloween Festival

Games, food, prizes, costume contests

12-4 pm

Woodland Hills Recreation Center

5858 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills

Free admission, 25 cents per ticket for the games

Oct. 29

Halloween Puppet Show

Calling all ghosts and goblins to find a treat at the library. Halloween stories, puppet show and craft.

11 am

Chatsworth Branch Public Library

21052 Devonshire St., Chatsworth

Free

Oct. 29


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


Free


Oct. 29

Sea Scare

Come in costume! New for 2011: Step into our all new haunted attraction, "Mermaid's Lair." Plus! Last year's hit stage show, "Evilution" is back with all new dances and comedy that's sure to leave you in stitches.

Apparitional activities, creepy crafts, dreadful demonstrations and eerie entertainment.

6-9 pm

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

Adults: $5, Children: $1


Oct. 29-30


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. 29-30


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


Halloween and Mourning Tours

Children ages 2 to 12 may come play period games, make 19th century harvest crafts, choose a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch (while supplies last), bob for apples, 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. 29

Old Fashioned Halloween Fun

Pumpkin contest, cupcake walks, trick or treating, crafts, storytellers, gold panning and games.

1-4 pm

Stagecoach Inn and Museum

51 S. Ventu Park Rd., Newbury Park

Adults: $5, Students/Seniors: $4, Children (ages 5-12): $2, Children ages 4 and younger: Free

Oct. 29

Halloween Family Carnival

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

1-5 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 29

Halloween Carnival

Carnival games, candy, costume parade, jumper, prizes, arts and crafts and puppet show.

11 am-3 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free

Oct. 29

Halloween Family Carnival

Face painting, costume parade, carnival games, crafts, bouncers and candy.

1-5 pm

Studio City Recreation Center

12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free

Oct. 30

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

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

3-7 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

$5/child

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

Halloween Carnival

Costume contests, games, arts and crafts, refreshments, prizes and fun.

4-8 pm

Silverlake Recreation Center

1850 West Silver Lake Dr., Silverlake


Free

Oct. 31


Family Flicks: Abbott and Costello meet Frankenstein


11 am


Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free


Oct. 31

Halloween Carnival

Trick or Treat Village, arts and crafts, costume contests, mad scientist lab, jumper, candy and games.

3-7 pm

Winnetka Recreation Center

8401 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka

Free

Oct. 31

Safe Haven Trick-or-Treating

Bring your kids for more treats on Halloween. 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 2011 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles