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The Ultimate LA Family Guide ™

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Event Date

Event Description




Sept. 30th-Oct. 2nd

Ventura Harvest Festival

Strolling performers, Kid Zone, arts and crafts exhibitors, pumpkin patch, live music and more.

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

Seaside Park at the Ventura County Fairgrounds

10 W. Harbor Blvd., Ventura

Adults: $9, seniors: $7, youths (13-17): $4, kids 12 and under FREE. Print the coupon from the event website and get $2 off your adult ticket price.

Oct. 1-31

Boo at the Zoo (our review)

Special activities throughout the month with more added events on Saturdays and Sundays. Live music, special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, mad science shows, puppet shows and crafts. Strolling characters, sing-a-longs and seasonal treat-feedings for the animals.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo

5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles

Adults: $20, Children: $15

Parking is free.

Oct. 1st


Carnival games, costume contest, German food, German and local entertainment, coloring contest, bingo and more.

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 2nd

Good Food Pie Contest

The Fowler is partnering with KCRW to present the celebrated Good Food Pie Contest.  Hundreds of home cooks and professionals will compete on Wilson Plaza just outside the Fowler.  Enter a pie, visit the museum, enjoy a cooking-themed family program and of course sample lots of tasty pies.

11 am-4 pm

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

Free: parking is $12

Oct. 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

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. 4th

Free Family Night: World Animal Month

Show appreciation for the pets in your life by making toys and treats to take home to them. Meet some of the Kidspace Critters and learn about all about taking care of pets. The Parrot Show is at 6 pm.

4-8 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 7th-9th

LA Greek Fest

Live music, dancing, cooking demos, dance workshops, cathedral tours and Greek food.

Fri.: 5-10 pm, Sat. And Sun.: 12-10 pm

St. Sophia’s Cathedral

1324 South Normandie Ave., Los Angeles

Admission is $5.

Oct. 8th-9th

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. 9th

Taste of Encino

Food samples from local restaurants, a wellness fair, live entertainment and children’s activities.

10 am-5 pm

Ventura Blvd., between Balboa Blvd. and Amestoy

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 15th

Family Day: Sticker Stories

Learn about the stories of people and animals behind the paintings n the galleries. The use your imagination to create your own story on accordion paper using color sticks and stickers of faces, animals and those of your own design.

1:30-3:30 pm

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

Adults: $12, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 15th-16th

Kidspace Annual Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin patch, live performances, arts and crafts, bounce houses, petting zoo, food and live performances.

9:30 am-5 pm

Brookside Park, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena

Free admission and parking; fee for all activities

Oct. 15th-16th

Japanese Garden Festival

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Japanese Garden with special activities. There will be ancient music and dance performed in the Imperial Court of Japan. The new exhibit Sharing Culture | Creating Community opens to the public. Also enjoy taiko drumming and flower arranging.

9 am-5 pm

Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Canada

Adults: $9, Students/Seniors: $6, Children ages 6-12: $4, Children ages 5 and younger: Free.

Oct. 15th-16th

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

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

reptiles and 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. 16th

Autumn Sea Fair

The ocean-related activities include live music, gyotaku, the Japanese art of fish printing, and a giant origami demo. Adventurous pirates of all ages can join in the search for buried treasure in the Great Treasure Hunt, learn how to cast a fishing rod and use recycled materials (provided by the Aquarium) to compete in the Ocean Monster costume contest!

10 am-3 pm

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


Oct. 22nd

Scandanavian Autumnfest and Hostmarknad Celebration

Swedish food, meatball cook-off, games, waterslide, pool, tube slide, art show, gem mining, bouncer, folk dancing, games for kids, music and more.

9:30 am-5 pm

Vasa Park, Triunfo Cyn. Rd. and Kanan Rd., Agoura Hills

Free admission. Parking is $10.

Oct. 22nd

Family Art Day

Enjoy a modern retelling of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny with puppets, scenic effects and music. Also, enjoy special art projects and a tour of the Weisman museum.

10 am-1 pm

Pepperdine University Center for the Arts

24255 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny: $15. Family Art Day and museum admission: Free

Oct. 22nd

Pumpkin Party

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

1-4 pm

Leonis Adobe

23537 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas

Admission is $5.

Oct. 22nd-23rd

Nature Walk

Take a guided walk on the preserve with a trained docent and learn about the flora and fauna that live in this 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


Oct. 23rd

Game On

Engage with works of art through family ping-pong tournaments! Compete against other families for the winning title.

11 am-1 pm

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

Free. Parking is $6.

Oct. 29th

Sea Scare

Come in costume! Have a scary good time, the ocean way. Attractions include Trick-or-Treat Trail, Seaside Boardwalk, the Sea Scare Party Zone, and Skull Alley.

7-10 pm

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

Pre-pay online: Adults: $5, Children: $1

At the door: Adults: $7, Children: $3

Oct. 29th

Halloween Storytime and Craft Time

Come dressed in your Halloween costume for this special story time filled with

scary stories, crafts with Kelly, and trick or treating.

10 am


695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 29th

Halloween Haunted Trail and Costume Contest

The spooky hike is appropriate for all ages. Hay rides, costume contests, prizes, a trick or treat street and free pony rides.

6-9 pm

Thousand Oaks Community Center

2525 N. Moorpark Rd., Thousand Oaks

Free admission. Cost for haunted trail: $5.

Oct. 29th

Halloween Family Festival

Bouncers, carnival games, a costume parade, trick-or-treating and a screening of ParaNorman.

4-8 pm

Studio City Recreation Center 12621 Rye St., Studio City

Free admission

Oct. 29th

Theatricum Bootanicum

Get in the Halloween spirit with scary storytelling, costumes, food, games and a haunted house.

4-10 pm

Theatricum Botanicum

1419 N. Topanga Cyn. Rd., Topanga

$15; Kids ages 6-15: $10, Free for kids 5 and younger

Oct. 29th

Westwood Ghostbusters

Arts and crafts, carnival games, laser tag, bounce house and costume contest prizes.

11 am-7 pm

Westwood Recreation Center

1350 Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles

$5/child if purchased in advance, $7 at the door

Oct. 30th

Pumpkin Festival

Storytelling, Zombie Walk, crafts, games and more. Bring your carved pumpkin to compete in the contest.

12:30-4 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. 30th

Haunted History

Bring Your Own Pumpkin (BYOP) carving and decorating, spooky cartoons, twilight tours, haunted harvest games and more.

3 pm

Los Encinos State Historic Park

16756 Moorpark St., Encino


Oct. 30th

Day of the Dead Fiesta

Activities include day of the dead face painting, hands-on craft activities and a traditional Day of the Dead altar installation. The Aztec Fire Dancers will provide an authentic ritual performance.

2-6 pm

Mercantile Place (between Fair Oaks and Raymond Avenues), Pasadena


Oct. 31st

Halloween Carnival

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

3-7 pm

Tarzana Recreation Center

5655 Vanalden Ave., Tarzana

Free; $1 game tickets

Oct. 31st

Halloween Carnival

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

3-7 pm

Silverlake Recreation Center

1850 West Silver Lake Dr., Silverlake


Oct. 31st

Halloween Carnival

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

4:00:00 PM

Granada Hills Recreation Center

16730 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills

Free admission; some activities require a nominal fee.

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