In Los Angeles, you never have to worry about having enough fall activities for the family to attend. This year is no exception to the rule, so we compiled a list of traditional, spooky, and educational fun for the kids!
Time: Now – November 25, 2018
Price: Ages 2 and under: free, Ages 3-12: $11, Ages 13-17: $16, Adults 18+: $19
*Members of the National History Museum enter for free
Kids and adults intrigued by bugs and insects are sure to love this educational walk-through of a safe, open-air pavilion to learn about various spiders and the engineering of their webs. (According to the NHM website, it’s the only Spider Pavilion in the United States!)
Time: Now – February
Price: $30 General Admission
*All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pizza enthusiasts will find their heaven at this brand new museum with 10 pizza-themed rooms, including a ‘Pizza Fitness Center’ and a ‘Pizza Dough Room’ with scratch and sniff art. General admission includes a slice of pizza and pizza flavored snacks throughout the museum.
Time: Now – November 5, 2018
Price: Ages 2 and under: free, Ages 3 and up: $20
For an entertaining, out-of-the-ordinary event, take the family to Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater! The holiday-themed show is an hour long and features spooky and jazzy music, followed by refreshments with the Puppeteers in their Party Room.
Time: Now – October 31, 2018
Price: Online, All ages: $12.95; In person Ages 3-14: $14.95, In person Ages 15 and up: $19.95
Little ‘monsters’ will have a blast learning about chemistry, reflections and the human skeleton as they make potions, create electric sculptures, and experiment with infinity mirrors. Entrance to this DIY event is included in General Admission.
Time: October 12, 6:30 – 11:30pm; October 13, 6:30 – 11:30pm; Doors at 5pm
Price: Individual tickets start at $16.95, Double Feature tickets start at $26.95
*Ages 3 and under are free!
Bring your picnic basket and take the kids to an old-fashioned drive-in to see Hocus Pocus or Beetlejuice! They offer a discounted group rate for 4 or more people and proceeds benefit the Valley Relics Museum.
Time: October 12 – October 13, 5:30 – 9:30pm
Price: Ages 3-12: $7, Ages 13 and up: $11; see website for RSABG member pricing
*Ages 3 and under are free!
Visit and learn about nocturnal critters including wolves, owls, insects, reptiles, and carnivorous plants! This event also includes a family comedy show about parasites, and how to avoid them. They recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as both nights are expected to sell out.
Time: October 13 – 14, all day
For traditional fall fun including a pie-eating contest and a petting zoo, visit the Original Farmers Market Fall Festival. The line-up also features live entertainment and plenty of pumpkin-themed activities for the family.
Time: October 14, 10am – 2pm
Price: Ages 1 and under: free, General admission: $40, VIP: $99
The children’s music duo BeatBuds is having a pop-up carnival with games, crafts, bouncy houses, food trucks, gift bags for those under 18, and a live show! The carnival will also have donation opportunities for Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization that provides diapers, clothing, and basic necessities to children living in poverty.
Time: October 15, 3:30 – 4:30pm
Preschool-age children are invited to attend a one-hour story time at the Ocean Park Branch Library to learn about the science of pumpkins with hands-on activities. As noted by the name, this event is geared towards children in preschool and younger.
Time: October 20 – 21, 10am – 5pm
Price: Ages 2 and under: free, tickets purchased before 10/15: $5; after 10/15: $10
Celebrate everything pumpkin at this full-fledged festival! Attractions include a pumpkin patch, professional pumpkin carving, an assortment of pumpkin foods, pumpkin painting, various vendors selling jewelry, Halloween, and home and garden items, and live music.
What’s your favorite fall activity in LA?