We are getting closer and closer to one of my favorite times of year….Halloween! And with that holiday comes tons of fun for the family: festivals, carnivals, pumpkin carving events…Check out what the SFV and beyond has to offer this month!
Fri Oct 14
DWTN – LA Convention Center – Take the family out to the Rise of The Jack-o-Lanterns. This year the event will be in a new indoor location: The Los Angeles Convention Center. Families can view thousands of hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns creatively arranged along a scenic walking path and set to a musical score designed to bring out the Halloween spirit in visitors of all ages, with new and exciting themes for 2016.
DWTN – Exposition Park – California Science Center presents Voyage of Time. This one-of-a-kind celebration of life and the grand history of the cosmos, transports audiences into a vast yet up-close-and personal journey that spans the eons from the Big Bang to the dinosaur age to our present human world … and beyond.
Encino – Carnival Encino is sure to be a fun filled event. It will feature carnival rides, food, a silent auction, games and live entertainment.
Sat Oct 15th
Anywhere – This Saturday is International Cook With Your Kids Day. Join in on this global movement of spending family time – teaching you kids how to cook. It is a great way to encourage your kids to learn something new and take the time to connect with their families. * 96% percent of U.S. parents feel it is important to cook with their children. However, despite this belief, nearly half of all parents in the U.S. cook with their kids monthly or less.
Burbank – Get your brew on at the Burbank Beer Festival. This massive beerfest features SoCal area beers and more. The Second Annual Burbank Beer Festival & Fall Street Fair returns to beautiful Downtown Burbank Saturday October 15th from Noon- 7pm with TWO sessions of Craft Beer to choose from!
Calabasas – The Calabasas Pumpkin Festival looks to be a great chance to have some Fall Fun with the kids. Enjoy music, carnival games, crafts, rides, a pumpkin patch, a car show, reptile, bugs & nature shows, and much more. Pumpkin facts and history will be shared. Most rides and activities are included in one admission price. Some additional crafts and activities, such as balloon animals, air brush tattoos, face painting, and wax hands, are available for purchase.
Calabasas – Santa Monica Mountains – Experience the 2nd Annual Archaeology Day . flint knapping demos, hands-on “dig box”, artifact displays, children’s activities, and presentations by local archaeologists.
DTWN – Time to share the memories with Home Movie Day. This annual celebration of amateur films and home movie making will be at many local venues worldwide, providing an opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience in their community. It’s a chance to discover why it’s important to care about and how to care for these precious films.
DWTN – Have a meat-less time at the LA Vegan Oktoberfest! Join LA Center Studios for over unlimited pours from over 50 different beers, fantastic vegan food, and live music from the Munich Boom-Steiners and Knyght Ryder.
Glendale – The Disney Store at the Galleria will be hosting a Halloween Dress Rehearsal. This event is designed to help kids prepare for Halloween with a Dress Rehearsal Party, featuring games, crafts, a costume parade, free give-aways and more. Check with your local store to find out if they are participating and details for their events.
Malibu – The ultimate family and lifestyle event that’s both fun and informative! Malibu Club Momme Family Fall Festival features awesome new gear and the latest toys, plus delicious food, cool entertainment for kids and luxury pampering for moms. It’s a day to be inspired, have fun with the little ones, and connect with other moms and moms-to-be. Enjoy refreshing food and drinks, take home incredible gift bags and get a chance to win amazing giveaways!
Moorpark – Have some fun at the 19th Annual Underwood Farms Fall Harvest Festival. The festival features pig races, animal shows, a corn maze and gourd tunnel, a combine slide, tractor rides, live music, educational demonstrations, Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show, hay pyramids, tractor displays, and animals to feed.
Pasadena – Pumpkin fun awaits at the Kidspace Pumpkin Festival. This festival is in its 21st year and will have live performances, select crafts, and a photo opportunity at the pumpkin patch. Tickets are available for purchase to enjoy bouncers, pony rides, games, food, and many other attractions.
Toluca Lake – Toluca Lake Pumpkin Patch in conjunction with The Southern California Honda Dealers are continuing Random Acts of Helpfulness this October with Complimentary Pumpkin Events across the Southland. The Guys in Blue will be visiting 24 local pumpkin patches throughout the month to treat unsuspecting families to thousands of free pumpkins!
Various LA Locations – Williams-Sonoma – Continuing their Junior Chef Class, Willams-Sonoma offers this free baking class so kids can learn to follow and prepare delicious recipes. This weekend: American Girl Pasta Party (This class costs $40 and includes a ravioli plaque and wooden rolling pin) show you how to cut out ravioli using a cool tool called a ravioli plaque, and together we’ll cook a yummy sauce for our pasta. Then mangia (“eat”)!
Various LA Locations – Pottery Barn – Kids will go crazy for the Star Wars Reads Day at Pottery Barn Kids. Kids can listen to their favorite Star Wars stories read aloud and enjoy special crafts, giveaways and snacks. Kids can dress in their favorite Star Wars costumes.
Participating Toys-r-Us Locations – Toys ‘R Us hosts four Build & Play events in honor of LEGO Bricktober. The Bricktober events are free for everyone to join while supplies last.
Sun Oct 16th
Glendale – The Glendale Fall Festival will be held at The Americana at Brand in conjunction with Alliance of Moms host a Fall Festival. Families can enjoy an afternoon of fun with pumpkin decorating, costumes, crafts, TOMS Style Your Sole, Sprinkles cupcake decorating, face painting, raffles, live music and more.
La Canada-Flintridge – Descanso Gardens hosts their annual family-friendly festival celebrates the art and culture of Japan. Activities include an Ikebana (flower arranging) display, a Japanese garden walk (Sun. only), and Taiko Drum performances.
Sepulveda Pass – Skirball Center – Parents with toddlers, check this out! You will want to attend the LA Preschool Fair West. This free family event will feature over 40 LA area preschools to have a one day, all in one place and one on one chance to meet and greet reps from the schools.
Sherman Oaks – Head out to the Sherman Oaks Street Fair. Billed as LA’s Largest Block Party, the Sherman Oaks Street Fair runs along Ventura Boulevard from Kester to Van Nuys Blvd. Activities include interactive exhibits, games, live music and a community stage, and a pet expo.
Tarzana – It is that time again! Let the kids live out their fairy tale fun at A faery Hunt. Positive messages are presented in this fun interactive show, using stories and songs to illustrate themes such as kindness, respect, and tolerance.
Fri Oct 21st
DWTN – Music Center Plaza – The 38th Annual Very Special Arts Festival celebrates the artistic achievements of students with disabilities along with their mainstream peers. The festival features student and professional performances on two stages, visual and performing arts workshops, and a student art exhibit created around this year’s theme: Heroes. Presented in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles County Office of Education, the Very Special Arts Festival is free and open to all grade levels.
DWTN – Exposition Park – Natural History Museum invite families to spend a night at the museum and explore the collections with the help of educators. At Camp Dino, participants become Junior Paleontologists, learning all about dinosaurs. Activities include a fun-filled scavenger hunt and a take-home crafts. Though light snacks are served, dinner is not provided, so campers should eat before they arrive. Minimum age is 5; adult supervision is required so parent(s) must spend the night as well
Griffith Park – LA Zoo – Boo At The Zoo is fun Halloweeny way to spend time at the zoo. On weekends, the fun expands to include a “ “Mad Science Fire and Ice Halloween Show,” “Swazzle’s Musical Monster Mash-Up” puppet show, a costumes-encouraged dance party, boo-tiful Halloween themed crafts, strolling characters, pumpkin carving, special animal feedings and other family fun.
Pasadena – Art Night Pasadena will be taking place in select museums and institutions in Pasadena, (including the Norton Simon Museum, the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and the USC Pacific Asia Museum) open their doors for this free semi-annual event.
Sat Oct 22nd
Arcadia – Families can explore the Arboretum at night on the Family Night Hike and learn about nocturnal animals and our night sky. These events are part of the Arboretum’s monthly Family Fun classes, which help introduce various topics to kids.
Calabasas – The Leonis Adobe Museum hosts the Halloween Pumpkin Party on The Rancho. Enjoy some family Halloween Fun with the kids as they make Halloween crafts, feed ranch animals, meet Regina the Witch and enjoy family music by Craig Newton.
La Canada – Flintridge – Descanso Gardens presents Slightly Spooky Stories featuring the Ensemble Shakespeare Theater as they perform an all new family-friendly production of stories that are funny, surprising, and slightly spooky. Kids (and grown-ups) are encouraged to come in costume
North Hollywood – Victorio’s Italian Festival is being held Saturday AND Sunday. Enjoy Italian food, music, comedy, beer, wine, bocce ball and entertainment all day long hosted by The Meatballs Of Comedy! There will be a Kid’s Corner with face painting, balloon animals and a bounce house as well as a wonderful shopping section with clothing, gifts, jewelry, collectibles and music CDs! Join us for a weekend filled with Family Fun Italian Style!!
Northridge – Magnitude Cheer invites its neighbors to Trunk or Treat 2016. Kids have an opportunity to dress up and trick-or-treat in a safe, family-friendly environment.
Sherman Oaks – Boney Island is a neighborhood holiday light installation. Every inch of free space on the lawn of this private home is filled with skeletons, most of whom are engaging in some form of magic trick (think rabbits in hats and cups and balls). There isn’t a tour per se – just lots of families wandering the lawn and admiring the detailed handiwork. Every 10 minutes or so an impressive musical light show takes place, with glow-in-the-dark fountains shooting phosphorescent streams of water high in the air under the direction of a wise-cracking skeleton host.
Thousand Oaks – Reign of Terror Hanted House for Kids is a thoroughly terrifying treat for teens and adults by night (every Fri-Sun in October), the Reign of Terror Haunted House offers two special Lights On Tours for spook-loving tykes on the afternoons of October 22 and 29. Parents are admitted free of charge for the afternoon version, which has no scary actors or dark corners.
Sun Oct 23rd
DWTN – The grier Musser gets into the Halloween fun with their Haunted House Tour. The museum’s displays of Halloween memorabilia and Wizard of Oz memorabilia are all on view for the season.
DWTN – Exposition Park – The California Science Center presents: The Science Behind Pixar. This new exhibit offers a unique, first-time look into the Pixar filmmaking process. Visitors can explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.
DWTN – AIDS Walk Los Angeles is a a 10-kilometer (6.2-mile) fundraising walk to fight HIV/AIDS, and usually takes about 2.5 hours to complete. Register today to join us for an inspiring and memorable day!
Join Celebrity guests, musical artists, elected officials, AIDS activists, and thousands of caring people like you raise money and awareness to find a cure!
Van Nuys – The Japanese Garden at Lake Balboa is hosting Origami Day in the Garden. Enjoy displays, instructional sessions and even a jumping frog contest. Guests can enjoy tea and cookies. Admission: $5.00 Adults and $3 for kids 12 and under.
Pasadena – The Boo Hoo Crew will be performing at the Stone Hollow Amphitheater. Kidspace invites kids to get into the spirit of the season with a fun and festive performance by this family-favorite group.
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