If you are finally tired of the beaches and splashpads, check out these “only in LA” moments happening this weekend: Talk in an art walk in Frogtown, catch a celebrity-authored children’s book reading and draw a buzzard IRL (no fake props or visual effects for our kiddos)! For the rest of our picks, scroll below.

photo: Hello Kitty Cafe via Instagram

North Hollywood

Baby Box Distribution Event
New and expectant parents are invited to this special event, in partnership with the Baby Box Co. Pick up your free Baby Box, participate in Baby & Toddler Story and Playtime, speak to representatives from the Child Care Resource Center and Vroom, and receive other free giveaways to support your child’s early development. Prior to the day of the event, parents must enroll at babyboxuniversity.com to view educational content and receive a code to claim their box at the event. Parents needing computer access to sign up at babyboxuniversity.com can stop by the North Hollywood Regional Branch before Sep. 21. Fri. Event details.

Los Angeles

Raptor Drawing Hour
Join Purple Twig for an incredible live drawing experience. They will have an Augur Buzzard in the studio posing for students (with her trainer of course!). They provide all the drawing materials, paper, pencils, charcoal, watercolors and give you the freedom to draw what and how you like. The entire family is welcome to join for this popular workshop. Best for ages 7 and up. Registration is required and space is limited. Sat. Event details.

Union Station guests can step back in time for the ultimate arcade rewind for an experience that will feature over 40 cabinet games from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. Held in the historic Ticket Concourse, Union Station’s Retrocade Experience will allow visitors to free play on an eclectic collection of classic arcade games and specialty pinball cabinets including fan favorites Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter. Guests can also enter a Pac-Man tournament and compete for top honors and a Pac-Man trophy. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Frogtown Artwalk
Explore pop-up galleries, studios and impromptu art venues featuring the work of local artists/artisans with installations illuminating the L.A. River. Live performances, musical acts, kid’s zone with chalk wall and hula hooping. Sat. Event details.

L.A. Student Nature Photo Contest
In celebration of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, NHMLA is calling on Los Angeles County K-12 students to snap and submit images of wildlife and nature – in LA and all over the world! Submissions are accepted from now through Sept. 30. Don’t miss out on this chance to share your unique vision with the community. Your child could win a free family membership, tickets to Haunted Museum, behind-the-scenes dinosaur tours, and more! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Join author and actress Jamie Lee Curtis for a fun-filled reading of her delightful new book, Me, Myselfie & I: A Cautionary Tale! For Mom’s birthday, her kids are excited to teach her how to take selfies with her new smartphone. At first, it’s lots of fun for the whole family. Soon, driven to take the perfect selfie, Mom begins to document everything, from ski team practice to dance class, and even photo-bombing someone’s wedding―until her daughter reminds her that maybe this smartphone wasn’t the best gift after all. In a world obsessed with self-documentation comes a tale that shows us with humor and love that the best things happen while the smartphone is turned off. For ages 4 to 8. Sat. Event details.


The Fair on Richmond Street
Check out this fun annual street fair with live music, food, beer garden and over 150 booths featuring artisans, designers and craft foods. The Kid Zone includes inflatables, petting zoo, game booths and a GameTruck. Sat. Event details.

Story Time: If You Lived Here: Houses of the World
What makes a house a home? Join us for an interactive storytelling experience as we look, listen, and learn in our exhibition Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives. Families and children of all ages are invited to step into homes from around the world and discover how people live across the globe in If You Lived Here: Houses of the World by Giles Laroche (2011). After Story Time, continue to learn about lives around the world by traveling to four different countries with your very own passport in a self-guided gallery adventure! Fri. Event details.


Mid-Autumn Festival
Check out the spectacular Mid-Autumn Festival, the third event in the Heritage with Heart series! This night market-style dining celebration will include family-friendly interactive food stations like dim sum, noodles, tea, mooncakes and more, all served under a canopy of brightly-colored lanterns. Enjoy live entertainment and a traditional Chinese dragon dance performance. Tickets will be available online only and must be secured in advance. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is Open
Check out the sweet treats at the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe. The unique, cute-sophisticated space features classic white walls adorning kawaii Hello Kitty icons and one-of-a-kind artworks created for this location. The surprise and delight continue with The Bow Room at Hello Kitty Grand Cafe – a hidden reservations-only pink oasis with modern, sleek Hello Kitty-branded fixtures and a refined finish throughout, pouring afternoon tea by day, and cocktail service by night. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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