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Fun Things To Do With Kids in Los Angeles This Weekend, Sept 21-23


There is always so much to do with kids in Los Angeles, and at Fun With Kids in LA, we are dedicated to bring you the best of them. Activities to do with kids this weekend include TarFest, Boat Show, Film Festival, Pumpkin Hunt, Cultural Festivals, Free Museum Day, Free National Park Day, Parents Night Out, Tiny Tot Olympics, and many many more.


Parents Night Out Back to School Movie Night

Alonzo Martial Arts at TriFit Club and Studios

2425 Colorado Ave #B100

Santa Monica, California 90404

Sept 21st

6 pm – 9 pm

Now that school is back in full swing, enjoy a Date Night with your spouse. While you’re enjoying your alone time, take the kids for an empowering experience they’ll really enjoy and benefit from at Alonzo Martial Arts! Your kids will learn about personal space, practice boundary setting exercises, and role play how NOT to be an ideal target for bullying at this 3 hours drop off class for ages 6-12. (Cost: $25/kid)


El Capitan Theatre Throwback Screenings

El Capitan Theatre Hollywood

6838 Hollywood Blvd

Hollywood, CA 90028

Sept 21st - Sept 23rd

Various times

The El Capitan Theater brings back old favorites for a series of Throwback screenings. This weekend see your kids’ favorite animated movie “Up”, with characters who spend much of their time floating above the rain forests of Venezuela! Single movie tickets are $10. All seats are reserved and include a small popcorn and small drink.


Los Angeles Anime Film Festival

Regal L.A. LIVE

1000 W Olympic Blvd,

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sept 21st - Sep 23rd

Various times

LA Amime Film Festival will showcase over 20 anime films and a full list of events in addition to the film. Please check the movie ratings before you go, as some films are not appropriate for children. (Cost: $12-$25)


LA Harbor Boat Show

Cabrillo Way Marina

2500 Miner St.

San Pedro, CA 90731

Sept 21st - Sept 23rd

12:00pm

The 3rd Annual LA Harbor boating event features boats of all types, including trawlers, cruisers, sportfishers, sailboats, catamarans, motoryachts, dockage, tenders, and paddleboards, as well as educational seminars, food trucks and a craft beer garden. (Cost: Adults $15; Kids 12 and under are free)


Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Resort

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802

Sept 21st - Oct 31st

The Spell Is Cast… Halloween has started early this year at Disneyland. Visit “Radiator Screams” to see some of your fave characters decked out in hilarious Haul-O-Ween costumes. Or join Rocket in his race to rescue a fellow Guardian during this daring Halloween adventure. (Prices Vary)

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The Great Pumpkin Hunt

South Coast Botanic Garden

26300 Crenshaw Boulevard

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274

Sept 21st - Nov 30th

Various times

Locate birdhouses inhabited by parrots, owls, woodpeckers and hawks to collect their clues and find the hidden pumpkin garden. Move throughout the 87-acre garden in this perfect fall excursion. Remember to wear comfy clothes and shoes for outdoors and take a water bottle! (Free with Garden Admission)


Ethiopian Cultural Festival

Virginia Avenue Park

2200 Virginia Ave.

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Sept 22nd

5 pm – 10 pm

The City of Santa Monica hosts the annual Ethiopian Cultural Festival at Virginia Avenue Park. The event features wide diversity of music, dance and fashions of the different regions of Ethiopia, craft area for kids that will include learning how to write their name in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, and making daisy crowns and pins. You will be also able to taste a sampling of Ethiopian cuisine and participate in the traditional coffee ceremony. (Free Admission)


Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

Multiple Locations

Los Angeles, CA

Sept 22nd

9 am – 5 pm

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. The Museum Day ticket provides free admission for two people on Saturday, September 22, 2018. (Free)


Sing-A-Long Sound of Music

Hollywood Bowl

2301 North Highland Avenue

Hollywood, CA 90068

Sept 22nd

6 pm – 11 pm

Sing along with friends and family at the Hollywood Bowl with the sound of music! Put on a clever costume for the pre-show contest with hilarious host Melissa Peterman. The preshow costume parade starts at 6:30pm. Not recommended for kids 6 and under. Picnics are welcome, and don’t forget your warm jackets.

(Cost $12 - $110)


Union Station's Retrocade Experience

Union Station

800 N. Alameda St.

Los Angeles, CA

Sept 22nd - Sept 23rd

Sat 11 am – 9 pm

Sun 11 am – 7 pm

The two-day Free Play event will transport you back in time for the ultimate arcade rewind. Union Station’s Retrocade Experience will feature over 40 cabinet games from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Enjoy an eclectic collection of classic arcade games and specialty pinball cabinets including fan favorites Pac Man, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter, and much more! (Free)

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L.A. County Fair

1101 W McKinley Ave.

Pomona, CA 91768

Sept 21st - Sept 23rd

The Annual L.A. County Fair features so many attractions, rides, animals, performances, food, and much much more. Check the website for schedule of all performances and attractions.


Spider Pavilion

Natural History Museum

900 Exposition Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90007

Sept 21st - Nov 25th

10 am - 5 pm

Walk through a safe, fascinating open-air pavilion and learn about the amazing engineering that goes into each spider's web. Explore the pavilion and walk through a maze of orb weavers and their intricate webs, and hear stories about these remarkable creatures as you wander around the Spider Den to see spiders in enclosed habitats. (Cost: $19)


Bob Baker’s Halloween Spooktacular

The Bob Baker Marionette Theater

1345 West First Street

Los Angeles, CA 90026

Sept 22nd - Sept 30th

Various times

Halloween Spooktacular is a delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Following each performance, you are invited to join the Puppeteers for some after show refreshments in the setting of the charmingly thrilling historical Party Room. (Cost: $15; kids 2 and under are free)


Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Multiple Locations

Sept 22nd

Various times

This weekend is National Public Lands Day, and it celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and general health. There are many ways to participate in National Public Lands Day. You can visit a national park for free. You can take part in a volunteer work project. If you volunteer on this day, you will receive a fee-free day coupon to be used on a future date. (Free)


Irvine Global Village Festival

Orange County Great Park

8000 Great Park Blvd.

Irvine, CA 92618

Sept 22nd

10 am – 6 pm

The Irvine Global Village Festival is the City’s signature event and one of Orange County’s most highly attended multicultural festivals. The event features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts and activities, cultural and religious exhibits and an international marketplace. (Free Admission & Parking)


Santa Monica Fall Preschool Fair

Santa Monica Place

395 Santa Monica Place

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Sept 22nd

10 am – 1 pm

If you have a preschooler, this event is just for you! Get to know the top preschools, private elementary schools and kid-friendly businesses in the area. Learn effective parenting techniques and meet other cool moms and dads. Go early and be one of the first to receive a free gift bag and exciting giveaways. Get huge discounts on preschool registration, parenting classes and so much more! No reservation is required. (Free)


16th Annual TarFest

La Brea Tar Pits Park

5801 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sept 22nd

1 pm – 7:30 pm

TarFest celebrates local artists, musicians and culture with various musical performances. It also features free kids art-making and cultural activities, hands-on, interactive percussion workshop, with call and response activities in a traditional drum circle, face painting, and balloon artists. A selection of Los Angeles’ hottest gourmet food trucks will also be on site, including Baby’s Badass Burgers, Meat the Greek, Rice Balls of Fire, The Deli Doctor and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. (Free)

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Book Reading With Jamie Lee Curtis

Children's Book World

10580 ½ Pico Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90064

Sept 22nd

10:30 am

Join author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis for a fun-filled reading of her delightful new book, Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale! For Mom’s birthday, her kids are excited to teach her how to take selfies with her new smartphone. At first, it’s lots of fun for the whole family. Soon, driven to take the perfect selfie, Mom begins to document everything, from ski team practice to dance class until her daughter reminds her that maybe this smartphone wasn’t the best gift after all. In a world obsessed with self-documentation comes a tale that shows us with humor and love that the best things happen while the smartphone is turned off. (For Ages 8-12, Free)


Smorgasburg Los Angeles Outdoor Food Market

ROW DTLA

777 S. Alameda St.,

Los Angeles, CA 90021

Sept 23rd

10 am – 4 pm

Each Sunday, find dozens of exciting food vendors at Smorgasburg LA, plus sophisticated shopping from the realms of design, craft, style, vintage, wellness, and more. Cultural events, pop-ups, and other surprises transform the vast site into a new node in Downtown LA’s burgeoning scene, and a unique destination for the region. (Free Admission)


Tiny Tot Olympics

Malibu Bluffs Park

24250 Pacific Coast Hwy

Malibu, CA

Sept 23rd

11:30 am - 1:30pm

Everyone is a winner at Tiny Tot Olympics. Kids ages 2 to 6 can participate at Tiny Tot Olympics featuring Gymnastics, T-ball, Soccer, Martial Arts, Tennis, and Volleyball. There is also a bounce house on the site. Registration is not required. (Free to participate, bounce house $5)


Family Flicks at the Hammer

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Sept 23rd

11:00am

Enjoy Matinee screening of The NeverEnding Story this Sunday at Hammer Museum for Free. Bastian discovers a magical book that opens up Fantasia, a world of imagination that he must save with the young hero Atreyu. (Free)


LOL Surprise Bigger Surprise Pop-Up

Westfield Century City

10250 Santa Monica Blvd. 3rd level

Los Angeles, CA 90067

Sept 23rd

12 pm – 3 pm

You're invited for an epic day for fun at the LOL Surprise BIGGER SURPRISE pop-up event at Westfield Century City! Get styled like an L.O.L. Doll, play games, win prizes, enjoy music & take tons of photos in front of an L.O.L. photo wall. The extravagant event will last for one day. You are encouraged to dress up as your favorite character. The first 200 kids in line will receive a very special L.O.L. Surprise Treat. (Free)


Sukkot on the AK Farm

Open Temple House

1422 Electric Ave.

Venice, CA 90291

Sept 23rd

3 pm - 5 pm

Hug a pig, stroke a bunny, chase a chicken, and bring your dog to Sukkot on the AK Farm in Venice. With donuts, cider, arts and crafts, it’s a day to say yes to life, learn more about Open Temple and the Arts, and connect with community. Please reserve free tickets in advance. (Free)