75 Amazing Activities for an LA Autumn

Perhaps the change to fall isn’t as marked here in LA as in other cities. Our weather is still lovely, skies are still blue, beaches still the weekend destination. But from apple picking to pumpkin patches, fall leaves to fabulous indoor events, there are many things to look forward to in a lovely LA autumn. Here are 75 things your kids will adore doing this fall!

irvine park pumpkins1photo: Irvine Park Railroad

1. Take your pumpkin to the patch to pick the perfect gourd. (And get some adorable photos, too!)

2. Go apple picking.

3. Book ‘em mama: take the kids to the Police Museum.

4.  Prefer another kind of booking?  Visit a local story time. These are our favorites.

5. Visit the fully enclosed natural playground with rocks, trees, a playhouse, benches and a footbridge that is Debs Park.

6. Now that you won’t drip sweat into your nose as you pedal, get out for a family bike ride—Lake Hollywood is a beautiful and safe spot for new young and wobbly riders.

ChaosSynchro_CM22855photo: Cirque du Soleil Kurios

7. Get tickets to one of the hottest fall or winter tickets that are selling out fast (Annie, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, Kurios by Cirque du Soliel or Frozen on Ice!).

8. Put on playclothes (they’ll get dirty poking around in the tar) and visit the La Brea Tar Pits; a park that’s anything but the pits!  While you’re there check out the new 3D Ice Age movie!

9.  Head to a fun beach town and pretend it’s still summer.

10. Pumpkins, tractor rides, and musical entertainment – don’t miss out on the Underwood Farms Fall Festival.

 Gibbon Conservation Centerphoto: Gibbons Conservatory

11. They’re wild, endangered, loud, feisty, adorable, and walk on two feet. Not your kids – the apes at the Gibbon Conservation Center! Visit them for a primate duet.

12. Trek lightly on a TreePeople hike.

13. Temps are dropping which means we can head to one of our favorite spots that heats up in the summer: Ojai.

14. Fall is the perfect season for whale watching.

Salt & Strawphoto: Sarah C. via Yelp

15.  Eat ice cream, at one of the newest, hottest summer spots.

16.  Bop to the beat: catch one of our favorite local kids bands in concert.

17.  Expecting? Leave the kids with Grandma and Grandpa and have a little R&R on your babymoon. These local spots don’t require a passport or plane ride, so you can just relax.

18.  Blast off! Let the Lunar eclipse inspire you to book a tour at JPL.

19. The kiddos are back in school, which means you probably bought them some new clothes. Need to re-sell the ones they outgrew? Check out these 7 clothing re-sellers in LA.

20. Does your little one have some extra pent up energy?  (That’s a rhetorical question!)  Let your baby drummer bang and shout and have some fun.

sophie-and-nathan-climbing-croppedphoto: Shannon Guyton

21.  If you’ve got some extra energy to burn, why not hit our favorite rock climbing spot?

22.  How well do you know Griffith Park? Explore our 10 favorite spots in this urban park that’s 5 times as big as Central Park.

23.  Take your Mummy to see Mummies! The NHM has a fabulous new exhibit that all young archaeologists will “dig.”

24. Here are 10 things every kid in LA should do before they turn 10. Get crackin’—time flies!

25. If fall is all about harvest and the farm, take them for a weekend getaway at the goat farm.

herding-goatsphoto credit: Erin Harris

26. Hike up a mountain to see stars, walk through primordial jungle and then stop for a superb snack.  Ferndell Park has it all.

27. Spend a day at Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween Party. The kids will go batty!

28. Or if you’re kiddo is more of a LEGO maniac, take then Brick-or–Treating at LEGOLAND.

29. Visit the craziest candy store in town to stock up on Halloween candy.

thankgiv_0024photo credit: Meghan Rose

30. Play Dr. Doolittle and go talk to the animals.

31. Keep tabs on the Annenberg Beach House Pool. While it’s technically closed for the winter, when the temps rise, they open up for bonus pool days!

32. Need a different kind of park to explore? These natural parks by the sea are fabulous and free.

33.  When fall is in the air, that means germs (and the gooey green noses that come with those fall flus) can’t be far behind.  Banish the boogers with a playdate at the Salt Studio.

34.  One of our favorite gardens is perfect for a fall wander (and if it happens to be a hot day, just bring a change of clothes and let kids run through the misters in the Children’s Garden).

the coop

photo: thecoop-la.com

35. On those rare chilly days, you want to stay inside.  These are our favorite indoor playgrounds.

36. On the other hand, most days you want to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather.  So, visit one of these spectacular outdoor playgrounds.

37. Blast off to the stars at the Griffith Observatory.

38. Your little Lego lover has strewn their playful toys across the house. Time to take them elsewhere to play plastic brick building!

39. Fall can be the best time for camping in LA. It’s easier to get reservations at the most popular spots and the temps are a bit cooler; perfect for campfires and s’mores.

campingphoto: Analise Dubner

40. Head to your favorite park on a windy fall day and go kite flying.

41. Get some fresh air with a mommy and me workout.

42. Bundle up and hop on a ferry to explore an island in your own backyard.

43. Who doesn’t love free?  These museums all have free days at least once a month, and that’s the perfect time to check them out!

44. And free or not, we scoured the city and put all the museums in it to the test and these rated tops with kids. Check out our favorite kid-tastic museums in Los Angeles.

45. Time to shear those summer locks. These cutters will have kids chortling, not complaining and leave them looking hip and feeling cool.

kinderfest1photo: Kinderfest

46. Nothing says fall like Oktoberfests.  Sundays are family days at these local festivals of all things German (and beer!).

47. Go under the sea at any of these cool aquariums.

48. ‘Lil Maestros learn all about the sounds of the symphony at Toyota Symphonies for Youth, which kicks off this fall at Disney Concert Hall.

49. Belt it out, babe. Get your little idol, and do some Karaoke, kid-style.


photo credit: Jennifer Wolfe

50. Head indoors for a little retro family fun, roller girl style!

51. Calling all mini-Mr. (and Ms.) Robotos! Take a robotics class one weekend.

52. Discover the plants, animals, and wildlife that call Los Angeles home at these nature centers.

53. Fall is for fairies! Take your kids on a fantastical Faery Hunt.

54. BIFF!  BOOM!  POW!  Get your super-kid reading a super comic book – these comic book stores all have great kid sections.

55. Sew, sew, sew your clothes…when you need in indoor activity you can enjoy together, look no further than sewing. Check out a class at one of these cool spots.

Vasquez Rocks - Mom and Baby - Yelp - Jessica M

photo credit: Jessica M. via Yelp

56. Explore someplace out of this world: the SCV! Vasquez Rocks looks like something from another planet, and the temps are dropping enough in the fall to make it a welcoming spot.

57. See where your favorite childhood TV shows were filmed (then YouTube some “Little House on the Prairie” with your kids).

58. Check out that fall foliage at one of these spectacular spots.

lacy1photo credit: Kevin Burkett via Creative Commons

59. Hello ducks! Meet our feathered friends at the coolest duck ponds in town.

60. Get crafty with it! The ReDiscover Center has tons of ways to upcycle and play.

61. Want to know what your kids want for dinner? We asked them. Try one of these kid endorsed spots.

62. Counting down the days to Halloween means it’s time to find a costume. We’ve shops that cater to kids with specific ideas for costumes…

63. Shorter days means it’s increasingly hard to get up in the morning.  Wake up and smell the beans with new outposts of this cult favorite that’s spreading across the city.

See A Dodgers Gamephoto: Meghan Rose

64.Baseball playoffs are coming (please let our boys in blue get to the World Series!). Here are places to celebrate the all American sport.

65. Practice your swing all season long at some of L.A.’s coolest mini golf spots.

66. A stunning new photography exhibit called Life: A Journey Through Time is coming to the Annenberg Space for Photography starting on October 24. It’s one the whole family will adore.

67. Feed your kid’s need for speed at the racetrack.

68. The Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts brings back it’s season for kids this fall. The first show is an electric The Ugly Duckling. And it only gets more amazing. You might want to check out season tickets, so you don’t miss Percy Jackson in the spring.

69. Catch a kid-flick at the El Capitan. They’re going old school all fall, which means you have a chance to bring your kids to see old favorites on the big screen.  Like Aladdin, Hocus Pocus, The Black Cauldron, The Nightmare Before Christmas and The Little Mermaid.

Milk_Jar_Cookies_Via_Facebookphoto: Milk Jar Cookies

70. Nothing says fall like a yummy after school warm and gooey cookie.  Here are our favorite spots for kids around town.

71. Got a curious kid? They probably love Curious George. Bring them to meet the master of monkeying around at the Discovery Cube LA.

72. Quit horsing around and get out there with your My Little Pony princess and baby buckaroo to ride the real deal.

73.  Your tot wants sushi and she wants it now. These joints that let you serve yourself are just the ticket.

74. Have a conversation with some exotic birds.

75. Need more ideas? Here are 100 things every Angeleno kid should experience before they hit high school.

What fall activities are must dos for your family?  We’d love to hear about ’em in the comment section.

—Meghan Rose