The magical month of Oct. kicks off with a glittery bang thanks to faery hunts and deep ocean dives to see creatures that will make your jaw drop. And for those families who wonder about the mysterious world of getting their kids to sleep, author Drew Daywalt has a hilarious new book for you (well, them). For more enchanting events, scroll below.

photo: Faery Hunt

Los Angeles

You’re invited to join the Faeries on a magical interactive adventure! As children we believed in magic, we knew there was something enchanted, kind and beautiful just around the next corner. When you remember this, you too may glimpse Faeryland. We’ll meet faeries, funny creatures, maybe even Faery Royalty!  A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences & families that inspire creativity & fun. Many children come in costume. Wings, wands, wizard hats and CDs of the Faery favorites available at the show. The shows are appropriate for ages 2-10, boys and girls, and the young at heart. Sun. Event details.

Oceans 3D at NHMLA
Travel beneath the surface in this 3D oceanic adventure, narrated by Kate Winslet. Explore a vast uncharted world of vibrant coral cities, enchanted underwater forests, and deep waters. Oceans 3D tells untold stories of the sea’s most astonishing creatures because new ocean science and technology has allowed us to go further into the unknown than we ever thought possible. Swim along leaping dolphins, sea otters, sharks, whales, and sea turtles. Dive around coral reef ecosystems, and journey to the depths of the ocean floor and find some of the most extreme and most exotic animals ever discovered. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Boo at the Zoo
An entire month of seasonal fun and learning, Boo at the LA Zoo features daily activities such the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo‘s tarantulas, scorpions, snakes and more at “Animals and Boo” encounters. Weekends include a “Swazzle’s Monster Menagerie” puppet show, pumpkin carving demonstrations, special animal feedings, and other family fun. On the last two weekend of the month, the Halloween bash offers boo-tiful crafts, roaming characters and traditional trick-or-treat stations throughout the grounds. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Encino

The 31st annual Encino Family Festival has brand new excitement as the festival debuts new live music mini-concerts and dance performances, kids’ games, arts and crafts as well as a patio beverage garden sponsored by popular restaurant The Stand. Top LA food trucks and foodie favorites will include Sugo, The Middle Feast, Thai-Mex Cocina, Italian Brain Freeze, Churro Stix, and The Tropic Truck. A Kids Fun Zone will offer children’s games and activities. The boulevard will also be filled with artisans featuring jewelry, ceramics, art, clothing, home decor and woodworking. In addition to great shopping, there will also be local businesses, nonprofits and local school booths with useful information and handouts.” Sun. Event details.

Westside

Join us for an interactive storytelling experience as we look, listen, and learn in our special exhibition Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths. Children of all ages are invited to learn how a resourceful man named Ki-pat finds water for his thirsty herd and ends the drought afflicting the plain in the fictional story Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema (1992). After the reading, continue learning about the power of rainmaking wands with a Fowler Educator. Fri. Event details.

Celebrate Children’s Book World’s 32nd birthday with Drew Daywalt, author of the best-selling The Day the Crayons Quit. Laugh through a reading of his hilarious new bedtime story, Sleepy, the Goodnight Bunny. Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick’s loving parents, fed up with the distractions and demands of his anti-bedtime ritual, decide to get him Sleepy the stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. But Sleepy turns out to have sleep avoidance tricks of his own, and the exhaustion of the tables-turned situation is what finally gets Roderick to sleep. Sat. Event details.

Spend an evening with your favorite animal friends after hours aboard Noah’s Ark. Wear your PJs and play with puppets, tell stories, make new friends, and celebrate the fall. Enjoy a tasty dinner together and have loads of fun! Sat. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Joshua Tree Music Festival
This is a family-friendly experience in the magical Mojave. The music is diverse, positive and potent; featuring artists on the rise. A happy, loving and egalitarian space is created, where the boundary between artist and audience is blurred. 4 days of music and desert living! Fr.-Sun. Event details.

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Heart of the West Powwow
Experience a significant slice of Native American culture at the Annual Hart of the West Powwow—the largest Powwow in Los Angeles County. Enjoy the dancers, drummers and the numerous displays of arts and crafts from many Native American tribes. All dancers and drummers are welcome! Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber

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