This weekend is all about kids getting in on the action!  Kiddos can watch as other youngsters perform feats of derring-do at the Cirque or on the banked track.  They can create their own holiday crafts, take over the Zoo (in costume, of course) and have their own Oktoberfest.  We have LA’s favorite pint-sized disco back in town, soul food to feed little souls, and plenty of slithery critters to play with.  And there’s a fabulous chance to learn about hidden gems in the city when you take a (free) walking tour through any one of a dozen or so secret spots.  Intrigued?  We were too.  Read on…

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Everywhere

Found LA’s Festival of Neighborhoods
This all day event takes place in neighborhoods throughout the city as all different people  (locals, public figures, artists) lead tours and show off what they love about their ‘hood.  From parklets in Atwater to a Pickle Factory to the Equestrian Center, it’s a great way to explore a new part of the city with your kids! Sun., Various times and locations. Free. All ages. Event details.

Downtown

Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day at the NHM
Parenting fact – if it makes you say “ewww” your wee one probably loves it.  That goes for everything from poo to boogers to creatures.  So a slinky, slimy creature day is right up their alley – and yours too, since it’s also packed with science activities and animal interactions. Sun., 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. Exposition Park. $5-$12. All ages. Event details.

Taste of Soul Family Festival
In addition to a whole host of down home good eating (sweet potato pie, chicken and waffles, pancake & bacon cupcakes and gator sweat), there is also entertainment, activities, a singing competition for grownups and kids and plenty of fun. Sat., 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. South Central. Free. All ages. Event details.

Baby Loves Disco Halloween Party
This is the Halloween edition of the city’s best baby dance party, featuring DJs, MCs, dancers, music, crafts, food, unlimited drink boxes (a cash bar for non-driving mamas & papas) and of course lots of dancing.  Sat., 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Downtown. $15. Ages 1-7. Event Details.

Eastside

Hallowed World Art Workshop
Get creepy crafty this weekend and think outside the coffin- er, box.  There will be spiders, insects, skeletons, old keys and other creepy offerings for kids to use to create an eerie world in a jar. Sat., 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Eagle Rock. $25.  Ages 4+. Event details.

Boo at the Zoo!
It’s a safe and spooky Halloween at Boo at the L.A. Zoo. Enjoy jack-o-lantern carving demonstrations, fun photo opportunities, and eerie crafts. Check out the Creepy Creature Encounter, a live Halloween show, learn sweet & scary animal facts and, of course trick-or-treat for candy while roaming the Zoo. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Griffith Park. $13-$18.  All ages. Event details.

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Derby Dolls Baby Doll Brawl
Girl Power is on display this weekend at the Doll Factory.  Music pumping and girls skating, the Baby Doll Brawl is an all-ages event full of high-energy roller derby mayhem, with a halftime bout featuring girls from the L.A. Junior Derby Dolls. Sun., 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Silverlake. Free-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

Westside

Le PeTiT CiRqUe: The Journey of You
This is the only all-kid humanitarian cirque company in the world – made up of eye-popping, crowd-drawing, amazingly talented kids (and renowned adult cirque artists). Kids delight to see other kids perform seemingly impossible feats, and you won’t believe your eyes. Sat. & Sun., 10:30 am. Santa Monica. $15-$25. Ages 2+. Event details.

South Bay

Old World Village Kinderfest
It’s the Oktoberfest time of year, and this weeks pick is Kinderfest, where kiddos can enjoy a bounce house, dance groups, yummy foods, costumed characters, carnival games, and the famous dachshund races.  And you can still get a beer.  Sun., 2:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Huntington Beach. $3-$5. All ages. Event details.

Valley

Fall Harvest Festival
For your pumpkin pleasure this weekend we suggest you see why Forneris Farms claims to have the most beautiful pumpkins in the county…not to mention a corn maze, tractor-pulled train ride, farm frolic, pony rides, a petting zoo and games. Fri. – Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Mission Hills. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

So much to do that’s (slightly) spooky and kinda kooky this time of year.  If you don’t see the perfect haunt for you on this list, be sure to check our calendar, which is packed with activities in every part of the city!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: ucumari via Creative Commons and Nicole Castaneda