September 16 – November 25: Have a one-of-a-kind experience in the only Spider Pavilion in the U.S. Get a glimpse of the private lives of spiders in the open-air pavilion that is designed as a safe space to get up close to these amazing arachnids.
Select dates, November 3-24: Visitors can enjoy a variety of fun events this month at the Children’s Museum at La Habra. Activities include Sensory Sensitive Sunday for families with children on the Autism Spectrum, Science Meets Art Saturdays, Fall and Native American crafts.
November 3 – December 29: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.
Through late November: Working apple orchards in Oak Glen, a mountain town halfway between Riverside and Palm Springs, open their doors to the public. Some offer U-pick apples.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold;” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.
November 4: “Fall Back” and set your clocks back one hour at 2 a.m.
November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
September 16 – November 30: Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing pumpkin patch?
November 4: The Muckenthaler presents Latino arts and crafts, altars, art workshops, food vendors and live music!
November 3-4: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California.
Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!
October 28 – November 4: Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Da de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday.
Select dates, November 1-30: Enjoy a variety of fun art activities this month with LACMA! Weekly family events feature artist-led workshops, friendly gallery tours, and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.
Select dates, November 2-December 23: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.
November 4: As part of its annual Art & Nature celebration, Laguna Art Museum opens its doors for free in honor of its Family Festival today.
November 2-4: Head to Old Pasadena for its Day of the Dead Fiesta, including self-guided tours of altars hosted by participating businesses, free calavera face painting, and fun.
November 4: Spend a special evening at the Aquarium exclusively for families with adults or children with autism.
November 4: Join the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles for the all new Family Fit Fair! In celebration of the 5th Annual Family Fit Fair they will be offering new fitness activity challenges such as relay races, obstacle courses, nutrition games, healthy snacks preparation, and strength training games.
November 1-12: Join Circus Vargas for a swashbuckling circus spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates.” Flying trapeze artists, clowns, daredevils, death-defying acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, comedians, motorcycles and more. Plus, interactive preshow for the kids!
November 3, 4, 10, 11, and 21: A month filled with fun activities at the Autry museum, including a Native arts fair, free Bank of America cardholders weekend, and a Way Back Wednesday 80s themed event.
October 26 – November 4: Join 50,000+ families for unlimited carnival rides including a brand new bobsled roller coaster, games, live music (on weekends), arts and crafts, an international food court, and more.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
November 4-5, 10-12: Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are back and ready for big adventures, and even bigger memories with all their friends!
November 2-18: All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother.
Select dates, November 4 – December 2: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz.
Select days, November – January: Joy is in Season at the Knott’s Merry Farm Holiday Festival. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol.
September 9, October 7, November 4 and December 2: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty.
March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.
November 2-18: Come along as Nate the Great searches for clues and gathers the facts in this clever, new musical that teaches us to see the world in new ways. Plus, kids can meet the actors after every show.
November 3-4: Follow the playful adventures of Flash and his exciting quest to reunite with his shadow in this multimedia performance.
Through December 29: Audiences of all ages can delight in a little theme park-style magic at the Shrine with Reflections of the Face of Lincoln, an immersive presentation featuring special effects, multi-media elements, and spectacular animatronics in a moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
September 22 – November 4: A delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Simply spooktacular! Costumes are encouraged.
November 1-30: Kids can participate in a variety of activities depending on the special event. Activities this month focus on gratitude, family and the importance of being thankful for the many blessings in our lives.
Select dates, October 5 – November 4: Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents a delightful, family-friendly, hour-long musical set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes.
October 12 – November 4: Nightly entertainment with fire breathers, dancers and pumpkin artists. Little pumpkinheads can explore eight different pumpkin-themed lands, go on a scavenger hunt, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, watch Coco and more.
October 26-January 6: A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and more!
Select dates, October 21-December 2: Join a parents and kids cooking class with Prep Kitchen Essentials! Pre-registration required.
November 4: Enjoy sweet treats, tea, dancing, a narrated show, and photos with your favorite Nutcracker characters!
November 4: The Dinosaur Dash is a community run/walk/bike event benefiting the Tustin Public Schools Foundation. Also a free family expo offering activities, school fundraising booths, exhibitors, and a Food Court featuring bites from popular local restaurants.
November 4: This event aims to foster compassion, kindness, and inclusion, turning kids into “Kindness Warriors” through entertaining educational activities. Music, Performances, Interactive Booths, Food Trucks and much more!
November 4: Fall back into San Diego’s wild past of the 1880’s! Combine a day of play and educational fun as history comes alive while kids pan for gold, observe a blacksmith displaying his trade, and saddle up for an adventurous pony ride.
November 2-4: Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event with more than 80 dinosaurs to see and hear. Dinosaurs roar and move, some even walk around! Don’t forget to snap a pic with interactive baby dinos.