Looking for a little variety this weekend? Mix things up with some ice skating by the beach, a performance by the Beat Buds at a brand new children’s boutique and a vibrant, kid-friendly celebration at a cemetery. Get the details on all these LA events and more of our favorites below.

photo: Hollywood Forever Cemetery


Grand Ave Arts: All Access
Explore downtown LA’s music and arts scene with free family-friendly activities at this annual event. Kids can peek inside The Walt Disney Concert Hall, go backstage at LA Opera, play maestro and conduct a mini orchestra, decorate their own sugar skull (calavera) at Central Library and so much more. Sat. Event details.


Día de los Muertos Festival
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery comes to life as a vibrant procession featuring hundreds of Aztec dancers weaves through the cemetery. Little ones will love checking out the elaborate altars, created by members of the community, and visiting the arts and crafts area just for kids. Sat. Event details.

Santa Monica

Ice at Santa Monica
Hit the ice in downtown Santa Monica—it’s opening weekend for the area’s 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Don’t know how to skate? No worries. You can book private or group skating lessons. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Sprout Grand Opening
Sprout San Francisco is coming to Santa Monica and the natural and organic children’s boutique is throwing a party to celebrate! Stop by for music with the Beat Buds, face-painting, raffles and special guest Nanny Connie (as in, the go-to nanny of the stars). Sat. Event details.

Mattel Party on the Pier
Help raise money for an amazing cause (UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital) while giving your kiddos unlimited access to the rides at Santa Monica Pier with this annual fundraiser. Also on the agenda? Celebrity appearances, creative crafts and carnival games featuring Mattel toys. Sun. Event details.

Silver Lake

Los Muertos de Silver Lake
Don’t miss the first ever Silver Lake Día de los Muertos celebration. Kids can learn see altars being built and stop by the children’s art tent to make their own masks and crowns. Fri. Event details.


Exploring Your Universe at UCLA
Organized by UCLA graduate students and run by volunteers, this science fair offers a day of free science education to all. Get ready for fun, hands-on experiments and presentations sure to delight curious minds and future scientists. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Festival of Flight
Head south to Long Beach Airport’s annual Festival of Flight, a free community celebration featuring aircraft, food trucks (oh, and beer trucks), and live music. And for an extra dose of Top Gun nostalgia, this year’s event will feature ’80s tribute band Knyght Ryder.  Sat. Event details.

Day Out with Thomas
Feeling ambitious this weekend? Make the trek to Perris, CA (about 70 miles southeast of downtown) to the Southern California Railway Museum, where kids will can meet the Thomas, along with railway controller Sir Topham Hatt and Thomas’ best pal Percy. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Pssst… looking for more ways to have fun this weekend and beyond? See all the kid-friendly events and activities happening in LA

–Shannan Rouss


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