Living in LA, we tend to manufacture our own autumn rituals, like seeking out some colorful foliage, sipping ices pumpkin lattes, wearing Uggs and casually knotting a pashmina over our t-shirts (you know, to keep warm in the 70 degree weather). Here are our picks for 75 fabulous things to do this fall in Los Angeles – from Halloween to harvest and eats to explorations.
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1. Go apple picking.
2. Play tourist in your own city and explore the sights and sounds of Hollywood.
3. Book ‘em mama: take the kids to the Police Museum.
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4. Prefer another kind of booking? Hit the library: here’s a list of our favorites for kids.
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.
7. Ready for the next food craze? Toast! No really, toast is tops, and the whole family will find the perfect snack any time of the day at this new spot.
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!
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.
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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. Mix it up a little by treating the kids to breakfast for dinner (and treating yourself to a break from cooking!).
14. Fall is the perfect season for whale watching.
15. Eat ice cream, at one of the newest, hottest summer spots.
16. Get a jump start on holiday gift making – head to Make Meaning for a fun and crafty day, and then wrap those goodies up for Grandma for a the perfect holiday gift.
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17. Autumn is the perfect time to sign up for a CSA.
18. Take your pumpkin to the patch to pick the perfect gourd. (And get some adorable photos, too!)
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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.
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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. It’s dinner and a show – kid style. Here are 7 fabulous dinner theater options for the under 7 crowd.
24. Here are 10 things every kid in LA should do before they turn 10. Time to get crackin’ – time flies!
25. If fall is all about harvest and the farm, take them for a weekend getaway at the goat farm.
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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.
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30. Play Dr. Doolittle and go talk to the animals.
31. Teach your kids about Los Angeles’ fascinating history.
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. Spend a day at a local farm where the kiddos will get to pet animals and try delicious fall fruits and veggies – and even pick a pumpkin.
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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. Try these fun and tasty Halloween experiments.
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.
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.
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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. Keep your little ones looking sharp this fall with a stylish new ‘do.
46. Check out this new exhibit at the Craft and Folk Art Museum that kids can relate to that highlights artmaking from found materials. Then head home and start creating (you’ve finally found a use for those “treasures” collecting in the bottom of your bag.
47. Go under the sea at any of these cool aquariums.
48. Before it gets too chilly by the ocean go meander through the Venice Canals.
49. Belt it out, babe. Get your little idol, and do some Karaoke, kid-style.
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50. Head indoors for a little retro family fun, roller girl style!
51. Fall is a great season to visit a nearby neighborhood bookstore.
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. Stretch out in the mild LA weather with some family-friendly yoga.
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56. Get ready for science to get spooky.
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.
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59. Enjoy the soothing fall weather by strolling with your kiddos in one of these wheel friendly locations.
60. Throw on a hat and scarf and enjoy a day excursion to a garden paradise.
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 without leaving the house with some coffee roasted right here in LA.
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.
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66. Do good! Teach your kids that little hands make big differences at these spots where kids can volunteer.
67. Feed your kid’s need for speed at the racetrack.
68. Explore the sights, sounds, and tastes of the East without having to leave the city.
69. Catch a kid-flick at the El Capitan. The all new movie “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” is premiering here this fall, but also be sure to check for special screenings on #ThrowbackThursdays.
70. Nothing says fall like a yummy after school warm and gooey cookie. Here are our favorite spots around town.
71. Pho-get about it! These kid-friendly noodle places warm the belly with a tasty, slurpy meal.
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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. So, you went apple picking, right (that was idea #1). Now make some apple recipes that will keep you warm all season long.
What will you be doing this beautiful fall? Let us know in the comments section!