Halloween is over, and we’re in that sweet lull where it’s not quite time to gear up for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas. So take this weekend to enjoy some off the beaten path activities and outings, like a wacky Ok Go concert (pictured below). See an animal free circus, visit happy puppies at Woofstock, have a Mother-Son campout, hit a kid-sized Ren Faire, make a dreamcatcher, see an underwater bubble show, celebrate the arts downtown (and everywhere!) and so much more. Read on to discover what’s on our radar this weekend.
photo: OK Go
Grand Ave. Arts: All Access
More than ten participating cultural institutions present a free one-day cultural event on Grand Avenue between Temple and Sixth Street featuring performances, exhibitions, behind-the-scenes tours and interactive, family-friendly activities. Sat. Event details.
PST Family Day at CAAM
Take part in hands-on art projects based on the current exhibit featuring History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora. Families work together to create unique artwork using glue, line and pastels on paper. Sun. Event details.
Make a Dream Catcher
Originating with the Sioux nation, the dream catcher traps the bad dreams in the web while letting the good ones filter through and slide down the feathers back to the sleeper. Kids can use natural materials in this workshop that will let them be creative and lead to better sleep (amen!). Sat. Event details.
Mother-Son Fall Harvest Campout Weekend
It’s a Harvest Festival weekend filled with carnival games, making caramel apples and sipping hot apple cider. It’s a great time away for moms and sons to play, learn and discover together. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Circus Vargas Presents Steam Cirque
Goggles, gears and gadgets set the stage for the retro-futuristic production from the animal free circus. Kids of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, sci-fi/fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Family Day at PMCA
Participate in fun art projects and gallery tours for the whole family based on the current Cuba and LA-centric exhibits. Activities include printmaking, poster design and a family-friendly woodworking activity. Sat. Event details.
Calling all dog-lovers: this festival for dogs and their owners has pet adoptions, food trucks, a pet parade, pet & people face & body painting, live entertainment and more. Sun. Event details.
OK Go in Concert
A YouTube sensation for their rock videos, OK Go will play a totally unique concert where they live score their own videos in a family-friendly cinematic environment. It ends with a Q & A with the band. Sat. Event details.
La Habra Children’s Museum’s Day of the Dead
If you were too busy with Halloween to celebrate teh Day of the Dead, this outing will help make up for that! Decorate sugar skulls and whimsical Calaveras masks and take part in traditional face painting to really get into the “spirit” of the day. Sun. Event details.
San Fernando Valley
A Bird Fest in the Mountains
It’s a day to celebrate the bird! See live bird displays, take part in kid’s activities, hear talks by professional birders and take an hourly bird walk led by Audubon members (binoculars provided). Sat. Event details.
Santa Clarita Valley
The Underwater Bubble Show
Take a dive into an imaginary underwater world. The show uses cutting-edge laser technology, snow cannons, soap bubble tornadoes and optical illusions to transport you to another place. Sat. (Also showing Sun. in Cerritos.) Event details.
Nottingham Festival Renaissance Faire
The Nottingham Festival recreates an Elizabethan faire and marketplace with street performers and stage acts. With craft workers and re-enactors plus music, dance, story time and castle play, kids will be transported to the 16th Century. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
Worth the Drive
A Celebration for the Turkeys
Vegetarian families and animal lovers will love this celebration for the big bird. In addition to a vegan lunch, you can interact with the cows, sheep, goats, turkeys, chickens and pigs who call Farm Sanctuary home and take part in a Feeding of the Turkeys Ceremony where people feed the turkeys, not eat them! Sat. & Sun. Event details.
What are you doing this weekend? Let us know in the comments below!