We know that time is so precious in this fast paced city, especially when it comes to kids, so we have found you a list of fun things to do this weekend. We hope that this list leads you to happy and memorable time with your family!

Dino Fest at NHMLA

900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles September 23 & 24

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Dinosaurs once dominated the Earth, and this weekend they are taking over Los Angeles for the 2nd annual Dino Fest at NHMLA! Join for a two-day festival celebrating dinosaurs, their prehistoric past, and the science that brings their world back to life. Meet world-renowned paleontologists from the Museum's Dinosaur Institute and beyond as they discuss historic and ongoing fossil discoveries from around the world. Visit exhibitors, catch a glimpse of rare specimens from the Museum’s collections, dig into hands-on activities, explore the world renowned Dino Hall with the world’s only Tyrannosaurus Rex growth series, and so much more!

Museum Day Live

Various Locations

September 23

All day

Museum Day Live is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket for free. Tickets can be reserved in advance, and popular museums fill up early! Participating museums include the Zimmer Children’s Museum, California Science Center, PMCA, CAAM, JANM, Autry, The Craft and Folk Art Museum, The Grammy Museum and many others.

Doc McStuffins: The Exhibit

Discovery Cube LA

September 23 - January 15

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Disney Junior brings its popular “Doc McStuffins” storytelling to LA based on the Peabody Award-winning television series. The exhibit is designed to model “care and compassion” for kids ages 2-6 in immersive activities that reinforce the importance of health and well-being. At McStuffins Toy Hospital your kids can perform check-ups and diagnose toy patients while learning about healthy habits, compassion and nurturing care.

Abbot Kinney Festival

1100 Abbott Kinney Blvd., Venice

September 24

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Join on the last Sunday in September for a day of fun, food and entertainment while you soak in the convivial spirit of the sunny beach-side community of Venice! The Festival takes place along a mile-long stretch of the world-famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, California, arguably the “coolest block in America.” Free festival admission, 300 quality vendorstop food trucks and boothskids' rides and games, and 4 music stages, including KidsQuad stage.


Steam Day with Hot Wheels Speedometry

610 Lairport St., El Segundo, CA 90245

September 23

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Don't miss out the Hot Wheels Speedometry by Mattel Hot Wheels this Saturday! Speedometry encourages inquiry and real-world problem-based learning through play and hands-on activities. Firing up the artistic right brain along with the logical left brain gives kids a broader view that inspires even more inventive and innovative thinking.

POP in the park - Opera for everyone

Miles Memorial Playhouse

1133 7th St, Santa Monica, CA 90403

Sept 23, 2017

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

It's a concert outside in Reed Park this Saturday for all families! Pacific Opera Project performs a lively free concert featuring recognizable arias, duos and melodies from world famous operas. The company will also sneak preview their upcoming production in the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse; two original GHOST stories, "The Medium" and "Monkey's Paw." Take your picnic basket, lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks for this wonderful outdoor family show.

Story time and Live animal presentation

1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

12:30 - 6:00 pm

The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium hosts story time in the Dorothy Green Room every Saturday at 2pm, followed by a live animal presentation. Children love to hear a good story, and the Aquarium has a nearly endless supply of books celebrating life of the sea. And while you're there, be sure to get a hug from a sea urchin, check out the new-born sharks in the nursery, make a marine-themed craft to take home and learn about more than 100 species on exhibit, all found in the Santa Monica Bay.


Sea Otter Awareness Week

Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

3720 Stephen M. White Dr, San Pedro, CA 90731

Sept 24th -Sept 30

9:00 am - 4:00pm

Stop by CMA during Sea Otter Awareness Week and learn more about a sea otter's insides and outsides, their important role in California’s kelp forest ecosystem, the animals they eat and other fascinating sea otter facts! This Sunday and each day till Sept 30th, there will be a special sea otter display from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Touch a Truck Day

Santa Anita Park

285 Huntington Drive, Arcadia 91007

Sept 23, 2017

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

If your kid(s) love trucks, and we know most kids do, this event is just right for you! Touch a Truck Day is a hands-on learning experience for children to explore variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreational vehicles, ambulances, and more! Your kids get to climb inside the trucks and play. Super fun for kids and the whole family!