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Event Date

Event Description




Sept. 29-Oct. 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. 2

Free Family Night: Hispanic Heritage

Enjoy the museum and a live musical performance.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 5-7

Reyes Adobe Days

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

11 am-4 pm

5464 Reyes Adobe Rd., Agoura Hills


Oct. 5-7

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. 6


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

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 6

Angel Festival

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

11 am-4 pm

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


Oct. 6

Ojai World Music Festival

Enjoy performances, workshops and other events. Prices vary.  


Libbey Bowl

Ojai Ave. And Signal Street

Ojai Arts Center, 113 S. Montgomery, Ojai


Oct. 7

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. 7, 14, 21 and 28

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. 13

Saturday Scene

Story Pirates Present Hooray for Hollywood

The performers will adapt movie ideas written by children in the audience into a hilarious sketch musical.

11 am

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


Oct. 13

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. 13

World City

Music of the Creole. The rousing zydeco sound features the button accordion and a unique percussion instrument called the zydeco rubboard or frottoir.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Oct. 14

Taste of Encino

Food samples from local restaurants, a wellness fair, live entertainment and children’s activities including a rock climbing wall and a balloon slide.

10 am-5 pm

Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 14

Second Sunday Science: Fantastic Spiders This science program is for the whole family. This event is hosted by insect expert Brent Carner.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 14

Sunday Family Programs

Gadget Gurus

Your kids will love the time spent with you as they imagine, invent and experiment with elements of construction, robotics, art and design to create gadgets that light up, polarize, and more.

3-4 pm

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

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

Oct. 20-21

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. 20-21

Harvest Festival

Costume parade, storytelling, music, crafts and a puppet show.

10:30 am-3 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $8, Children ages 6-12: $3, Children ages 5 and younger: Free; extra charge for some activities.

Oct. 21

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


Oct. 26

Magic Show: Geebo the Clown

Fun for the whole family.

3:30 pm

Atwater Village Branch Library

3379 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 27

Halloween Family Fun

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

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas


Oct. 27-28

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. 27

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. 27

Count Dave the Silly Vampire with Magician Dave Skale

Enjoy this pre-Halloween show. Who will wind up as the King of Halloween this year?

2:30 pm

City Terrace Library  

4025 E. City Terrace Dr., Los Angeles


Oct. 27

Annual Halloween Storytime!

Mr. Steve will be bringing out all of the best monster and ghost stories for our annual Halloween story time. Make your own twisted monsters and black cats.

10 am


695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 27

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Take a journey through the event’s all new haunted maze, “The Ship of Screams.”

Cookie decorating, slime making, mask making, fortune-telling, live DJ, games and much more.

6-9 pm

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

Adults: $5, Children: $1

Oct. 27-28

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. 27-28

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. 27

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. 27

Halloween Family Carnival

Bouncer, carnival games, costume parade and trick-or-treating.

2-6 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 27

Halloween Carnival

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

12-4 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free; $1 activity tickets

Oct. 27

A Haunted Halloween Carnival

Arts and crafts, games, bounce house and costume contests.

11-3 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 28

Day of the Dead Celebration

Enjoy music, dance and theater performances. Design calavera masks, assemble an herb sachet and more.

12-4 pm

Plaza de Cultura y Artes

501 North Main St., Los Angeles

(213) 542-6200


Oct. 28

Stories in the Afternoon: El Greco

Learn all about this unusual and famous artist and then create an expressive portrait of yourself or someone you know.

2-3 pm

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

Adults: $8, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 28

Family Jam: Tugging at Heartstrings: Experience the Classical Iranian Tar

The tār is a stringed Persian instrument and has been said to cure headaches, insomnia, and melancholy. After the performance you can make your own instrument with your family!

2-4 pm

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

Free: parking is $11

Oct. 28

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. 28

Family Flicks: Where the Wild Things Are

This fantasy film is based on the classic children’s book by Maurice Sendak.

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


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


Oct. 31

A Nightmare on Petit

Costume Contests, game booths, moon bounce, live performances, candy bags and more.

4-8 pm

Granada Hills Recreation Center

16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Free admission; some activities require a nominal fee.

October 2012 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles