Palm trees don’t change their colors and the sun is still shining. But coffee shops are offering their pumpkin lattes and you can visit apple orchards and pumpkin patches, take a drive to see fall leaves and explore the city when the temps aren’t too high. Here are 75 things your kids will adore doing in LA this fall!
photo: Irvine Park Railroad
1. Take your pumpkin to the patch to pick the perfect gourd. (And get some adorable photos, too!)
2. Meet the newest sports team in town: the LA Rams!
3. Go apple picking.
4. Big Bear is best in the fall. Seriously! Go find out why.
5. Want the best views of the city? Head downtown to the newest observation deck and highest (glass) slide in the city.
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.
photo: Melissa Heckscher
7. One of these days, your kiddo can take a rocket to the moon for the weekend. For now, you can take the weekend to go to the newly renovated Rocketship Park.
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.
photo: 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.
photo credit: Sarah C. via Yelp
15. Eat ice cream, at one of the best spots in LA for cool treats.
16. Load up on library books! One day you might bring them for some poolside reading, the next cozy up at home with them…
17.Rise of the Jack O’Lantern is back, and your little pumpkins won’t want to miss it.
18. Have you been to the Broad lately? Now is a perfect time to go!
19. The Cat Café is opening. You can visit to get your fill on the cutest kitties (and you won’t have to bring one home…though you can!).
20. If dogs are more your tot’s thing, you can hit the Dog Café, instead!
photo: Shannon Guyton
21. If you’ve got some extra energy to burn, why not hit one of our favorite rock climbing spots?
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. Tongva Park is beautiful by day and has some spectacular events taking place at night, too.
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.
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.
30. You can have a wolf eating out of the palm of your hand. (Or your mouth, if you’re brave!)photo: Meghan Rose
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. Check out the new IMAX movie, The Secret Ocean, opening Nov. 8 at the Science Center.
33. When fall is in the air, that means germs (and the gooey green noses that come with those fall flues) 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).
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. Back here on earth, get Zen.
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.
photo: 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. Or head inside someplace where it’s still summer: at the Great Wolf Lodge it’s water park weather year round.
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.
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: Jennifer Wolfe
50. Head indoors for a little retro family fun, roller girl style!
52. Discover the plants, animals, and wildlife that call Los Angeles home at these nature centers.
53. Check out that fall foliage at one of these spectacular spots.
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.
photo: Meghan Rose
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. Want to revisit another of your childhood TV faves? Ms. Lydia Grant herself (Debbie Allen) curates a series of family dance lessons, for free in Beverly Hills.
59. Hello ducks! Meet our feathered friends at the coolest duck ponds in town.
photo: Diana A. via Yelp
60. Get crafty with it! The ReDiscover Center has tons of ways to upcycle and play.
61. Get tickets for the all new Enchanted: Forest of Light, coming to the Descanso Gardens in November.
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. Speaking of Halloween and all things creepy crawly, the spiders are back at the Natural History Museum.
photo: 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. See some art that’ll leave you feeling dotty.
67. Feed your kid’s need for speed at the racetrack.
68. Before the weather is too cold and the waters too choppy, hop on a boat to visit the island where you can meet the cutest little dwarf foxes ever. (And as of this year, they’re not endangered anymore!)
69. Catch Queen of Katwe at the El Capitan, the inspiring story of a young girl from Uganda. It’s a kid flick the whole family will love.
70. Nothing says fall like a yummy after school warm and gooey cookie. Here are our favorite spots for kids around town.
photo: Elizabeth Kate
71. Go on safari (hint: it’s nearby, and there’s wine and animals!).
72. Quit horsing around and get out there with your My Little Pony princess and baby buckaroo to ride the real deal.
73. The summer crowds are gone, the holiday ones not yet arrived. Practice disapparating and get to Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, ASAP.
74. Peter and the Starcatchers, the Tony award winning musical, is coming to town. (After you see the musical, the book makes a great family read aloud!)
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.