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Oct. 3-4

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

Aug. 1-Dec 31

Madame Tussauds

Come see your favorite stars as wax figures.

Jonas Brothers figures on display for a limited time!

Daily 10 am-8 pm; Memorial Day-Labor Day: 10 am-10 pm

6933 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood

$18-25 Click here for a Tussaud’s Hollywood coupon to save $5 per ticket.

Oct. 2-18

Pa's Pumpkin Patch

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

Mon-Fri: 11 am-9 pm; Sat.-Sun.: 10 am-9 pm

6701 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach


Oct. 3

World City: The Mystical Arts of Tiber

Tibetan music and a dance performance.

11 am and 12:30 pm

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

Free, arrive early to get tickets.

Oct. 3-4

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. 3


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

12 noon-11 pm

2300 and 2400 blocks of Honolulu Ave., Montrose


Oct. 3

A Listen, Learn and Make Family Workshop: Myths and Totems

Learn about myths from around the world and make a totem.

1:30-3:30 pm

Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles

$6 for ages 6-12, reservations required (323) 937-4230

Oct. 4

Family Sukkot Celebration

Create sukkah decorations while learning about the holiday.

5-8 pm

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

Free: reservations required (877) 722-4849  

Oct. 4

Cosmic Conjunction 2009

Live narration by Leaonard Nimoy and a symphony concert while stargazing.

6-8:30 pm

Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park, Los Angeles

Free: reservations required (213) 473-0807

Oct. 6

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

ArtNight Pasadena

View Alexander Calder's Circus video installation in the Kidspace Central Courtyard and create circus sculptures inspired by Calder and other artists. Watch a performance by Lineage Dance and visit the Children's Art Exhibition.

6-10 pm

Kidspace, 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena


Oct. 6-Oct. 27 (Tuesdays)

Mommy and Me Yoga: Bring your own mat and towel and get busy!

9-10 am

The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles


Oct. 6-Oct. 27 (Tuesdays)

Storytime at the Winnie the Pooh Stage in Barnes and Noble

10 am

Barnes and Noble, The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles


Oct. 10

Saturday Scene

Watch a large sclae puppet show called The Crayon Court

11 am

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


Oct. 10

Goodnight Moon and the Runaway Bunny

Play featuring whimsical puppetry and original music.

11 am and 1 pm

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

Adults: $17, Children: $12

Oct. 11

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 and Amestoy, Encino

Free admission, cost for samples

Oct. 11

Stories in the Afternoon: Boo!

Halloween stories and spooky ghost art project. Ages 6 and older.

2-3 pm

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

Adults: $8, Children under 18: Free

Oct. 11

Family Fundays

The Creative Playground will weave three stories together: The Princess and the Pea, Swinehers and The Emporer’s New Clothes

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. 11

Kids in the Courtyard: Woven Wonders

Twist, curl, bind and coil colorful material.

1-4 pm

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


Oct. 11

Second Sunday Science

Learn about raptors with Ann Lynch.

2-4 pm

Madrona Marsh Preserve, 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance

$5/person or $10/family

Oct. 16

Winnie the Pooh Special Nighttime Stories

Dress in your pajamas for this special storytime.

7 pm

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


Oct. 17

Art + Science= Nature in Disguise

Workshops, games and performance art

10 am-4 pm

Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

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

Oct. 18 and Oct. 24

Autumn Sea Fair and Sea Scare

Ocean related activities including face-painting, an exciting marine life puppet show, and a giant origami demonstration. Search for buried treasure in the “Great Treasure Hunt.” Check out beautiful and unique hand-crafted pieces of art.

Sea Scare: Come in costume and join in the masquerade of spooks and ghouls, trick-or-treat throughout the aquarium at six different themed treat stations, or walk along the docks of the “Port Town” scare zone.

Sea Fair: Oct. 18th from 10 am-4:30 pm

Sea Scare: Oct. 24th from 6-9 pm

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


Oct. 18

Sunday Family Program: Fall Treasure Boxes

Autumn treasure box projects.

2-4 pm

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

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

Oct. 18

Family Flicks: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

11 am

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles


Oct. 20

Halloween Spooktacular Magic Show

Fun show with Tony Daniels.

4-5 pm

Platt Library, 23600 Victory Blvd., Woodland Hills


Oct. 24

Schoolhouse Haunt

Halloween Festival fundraiser.

4-9 pm

Sherman Oaks Elementary School, 14755 Greenleaf St., Sherman Oaks


Oct. 24

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: $1

Come in costume and get in free.

Oct. 24-25, Oct. 31-Nov. 1

Boo at the Zoo

Special trick-or-treat area, performances, crafts and special treats.

10 am-4 pm

LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Dr., Los Angeles

Adults: $13, Children: $8

Oct. 24-25

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. 30

Enchanted Hallows Eve

This home for rescued animals transforms into a place for fun and surprises.

3-8 pm

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

Adults: $8, First child free, Additional children: $6

Oct. 31

The Toy Insider

Kids can play and parents can get a sneak peak at this year’s hottest toys for the holidays. While the children laugh and play, parents can review a range of buying tips and register in a national sweepstakes for a chance to win a room full of toys. The Kids Corner is a part of Redbook’s multi-city “Living Room” Mall Tour.

10 am-6 pm

The Oaks Mall

344 W Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks


Oct. 31

Safe Haven Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-Treat at the museum.

4-7:30 pm

Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer St., Los Angeles


Oct. 31

Goblins in the Garden

Crafts, storytelling, pumpkin decorating, live music.

9 am-1 pm

LA Arboretum, 301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia

Adults: $8, Students: $6, Children (ages 5-12): $2.50

October 2009 Event Calendar for Families in Los Angeles