A sensory-filled weekend where you can get festive at The BeatBuds‘ inaugural pop-up carnival, witness jaw-dropping contemporary dance with Diavolo, monster-mash your way through Kidspace after hours and catch some Instagram-worthy pumpkins at Platform LA. And for those who have sensory challenges, a special storytime just for you at the Lamanda Park Branch Library. Scroll through for the rest of our weekend picks!

photo: Mila & Emma via The Platform LA

Los Angeles

The BeatBASH
The BeatBASH is the first of its kind musical event bringing together families from across greater Los Angeles. The pop-up carnival will feature a day of rides, sponsored activity stations, and crafts. Best of all there will be a 60-minute performance by the popular children’s group, The BeatBuds. The BeatBuds are dedicated to exercising minds through music and have started a revolution among kids and families. Sun. Event details.

Central 25 Celebration
Join Central Library for a day of fun as they celebrate the 25th anniversary of Central Library’s grand reopening in 1993! Grab some swag including a free commemorative enamel pin! Work with Therman Statom, creator of the Atrium Chandeliers, on an art project! Firefighter Storytime with stories, songs and crafts for children pre-school to grade 2. Celebrate Goosebumps with readings, activities and crafts for children in grades 3-5. Break in Box, teams ages 8 and up help unlock a mysterious box containing a treasure from our collection by decoding messages and solving puzzles. Visit the “Library of the Future” to see what tech may be coming to a library near you. Participants ages 13 and up will be able to try out VR equipment and experiences. Party like it’s 1993 with a screening of “Visiting with Huell Howser” and a public reception. Fri. Event details.

Broadway to the Rescue returns to the historic Montalban Theatre in Hollywood on October 13th with a bigger and better show than ever before. Dozens of Broadway performers, with over 100 Broadway credits collectively, will join together for an epic evening in support of the Hope of the Valley homeless mission. Last year’s audience erupted to blockbusters from Wicked, Hamilton, Hairspray, Cats, Hair, Rent, Les Miserables and Little Shop of Horrors to name a few. This year’s event will be inspired by the unmatched catalog of Disney movies and musicals, including The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, Frozen, Hercules, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Princess and the Frog and many more. A live orchestra will join Broadway to the Rescue for the first time this fall. Sat. Event details.

Depot Day
Join us for our annual open house complete with a visit from Sir Topham Hatt, music from local High School Bands, food, tours, playdays, and more! No reservation necessary. Sun. Event details.


Diavolo | Architecture in Motion® 
Diavolo returns to The Music Center’s Ahmanson Theatre and the West Coast with the premiere of Voyage. Known for incorporating oversized structures into its performances to create the company’s signature “architecture in motion” style, Diavolo uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment.  By weaving together contemporary dance, daredevil gymnastics, and fearless acrobatics into performances that defy gravity, Diavolo’s work reveals how people are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces they inhabit. The three-day engagement follows Diavolo’s recent appearances on Season 12 of NBC’s hit series America’s Got Talent where the company was one of the top 10 contestants to reach the show’s finale, performing five new pieces by Artistic Director Jacques Heim. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Zona Rosa Caffe & The Pasadena Playhouse Presents the 24th Annual Dia de Los Muertos event, a free family-friendly, multi-cultural, educational art experience! The event is free and open to the public! Sat. Event details.

If your child has difficulty sitting through one of the library’s traditional storytimes, this program may be just what you are looking for! Designed for preschool-age children with autism and sensory challenges, it combines books, songs, movement, sensory play and therapeutic activities that incorporate the five senses.

Because a small group setting is a part of what makes Sensory Storytime effective and engaging, registration is required. To sign up, call Marie Plug at (626) 744-4027 or Cherie Johnston at (626) 744-7266. Sat. Event details.

Haunted Arroyo
Kidspace’s Arroyo Adventure will be glowing with ghouls, spooks, and mystery as you journey through the Haunted Arroyo. Light yourself up with glow in the dark paint, and make a spooky potion. Create glowing lanterns and join the Monster Mash dance party. Haunted Arroyo is after-hours special events, not included with regular general admission, happening on Oct. 13 and 21, 2018. Tickets are $14, and $10 for Kidspace Members. Pre-purchasing tickets is suggested. Sat. Event details.


Andrew & Polly Mini-Concert
By day, Andrew is a film composer and Polly creates music and sound design for commercials. In their spare time, they write and perform friendly, engaging music for children of all ages. Their folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments (mandolins, accordions, ukeleles, shakers, bananas) delight kids and parents alike. Best part? It’s free! Sat. Event details.

How did knights get their shining armor? Join master blacksmith Tony Swatton, proprietor of the local armory The Sword and The Stone, and discover how medieval and Renaissance arms and armor were made. Then handle gauntlets, helmets and more at the interactive touch table. Complements the exhibition All that Glitters: Life in the Renaissance Court. Sun. Event details.

Mila & Emma’s Pumpkin Patch at PLATFORM LA
In Partnership with Fire & Creme, PLATFORM’s third annual pumpkin patch is being hosted by three-year-old social media sensations Mila and Emma Stauffer (@kcstauffer). Expect fun and games for children ages 10 and younger including a hay barrel maze and arts & crafts. Special activities on weekends including face painting, balloon artists and a petting zoo. Mila & Emma’s Halloween Pumpkin Patch at PLATFORM will be open every day in Oct. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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