Bicycle, skateboard, scooter, stroller – it doesn’t matter how you roll! Families can take to the closed streets for the autumn installment of CicLAvia, the wildly popular event that stretches 10 miles and lets Los Angelenos safely enjoy a wide range of recreation options. Budding herpetologists better high-tail it to the Natural History Museum on Sunday to visit with live critters and the scientists and experts who love them. The wind and waves find their way into two celebrations this weekend: A kite festival at the Japanese American National Museum and an early-riser boogie fest at Santa Monica’s Wake Up with the Waves fall concert series. What is else is on tap for youngsters this weekend? Take a look!
It’s a-ok to play in the streets during CicLAvia, a 10-mile street festival designed to attract bicyclists, pedestrians, skaters, and strollers out into the streets to enjoy the community, friends, autumn weather, and safe recreation. Along the route, enjoy entertainers, rallies, and rest stops with water. Sun., 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Reptiles & Amphibians at NHM (pictured)
The Natural History Museum hosts some unusual guests – all kinds of reptiles and amphibians! The 3rd annual Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day features fun science activities, chances to learn from reptile and amphibian specialists, and the opportunity to meet live animals from around the world and our own backyards. Sun., 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Free with museum admission. 3 & up. Event details.
Up in the Air
The Japanese American National Museum promises high-flying fun with its Target Free Family Saturday event centered on kites! Visitors can color their own kites to send up, up, and away; create a dancing creature using a balloon and other fun materials; enjoy a balloon artist; and visit Ruthie’s Origami Corner to learn how to make origami butterflies. Sat., 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Free. 3 & up. Event details.
Wake up with the Waves
Sea breezes, the crashing surf, sunny skies, a purple dancing mascot, and great kids’ music are perfect remedies for sleepyheads and all are in store at Santa Monica’s Wake Up with the Waves fall concert series. This week, Mike and Friends plan some interactive music fun by encouraging families to bring along their own instruments or try out some that belong to the band. Sat., 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Free. All ages. Event details.
Mar Vista Costume Swap
The Mar Vista Farmers Market has a green idea for the season: Swap gently used Halloween costumes with other families! Kids’, pets’ and adults’ clean costumes are welcome. Visitors can enjoy family-friendly activities, shows, and a “Trashion” contest. Plus, get ideas for crafty, non-edible, healthy and sugar-free treat items in place of candy. Sun., 9:00 am to 2:00pm. Free All ages. Event details.
Monrovia Fine Arts Festival
Along with countless artists booths featuring their hand-crafted arts, the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) festival also features hands-on art experiences for kids and adults, family-friendly activities, students’ art display, live entertainment on multi-stage settings, festival foods, community and non-profit booths. Sat-Sun 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Baile Folklorico of Mexico
The “art of dance” gets the spotlight at the Norton Simon Museum Family Festival on Sunday. Families can celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by learning about the rich history of this traditional style of dance through an interactive game of rhythm and movement. Sun., 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Free with museum admission. 5 & up. Event details.
24th Annual Taste of Encino
The 24th Annual Taste of Encino features foods from around the world, the Health & Wellness Pavilion, an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, and a kids’ area that offers a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, giant slide, and a rock climbing wall. Sun., 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Free. All ages. Event details.
Worth the Drive
Zoppe Family Italian Circus
The Zoppé Family Circus returns to welcome your family into the intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the Old-World Italian tradition. The adventure begins as Nino the Clown leads you on a journey that features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. Thu-Fri., 7:00 pm; Sat., 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, & 7:00 pm; Sun., 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm. $20-$30. 3 & up. Event details.
— Sarah Hilbert