Wondering what to do this weekend in LA with the kids? We’ve got you covered with outdoor activities at some of our favorite museums, a family-friendly drive-in, a virtual fall festival and more. Read on for the details on these events, plus the get rest of our picks for things to do around town.

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Little Play Society at the Park
While Little Play Society was unfortunately forced to close its indoor brick-and-mortar space, the beloved kids gym now offers socially distanced, outdoor classes at Los Angeles High Memorial Park. The classes are held every Wed. and Sat. Reserve a spot for their Wee Jammin’ class, with two time slots, one for kids ages 2-5, and another for littles ones under 2. Sat. More details.

The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey
Get a head-start on the holiday season with this new drive-thru. From the comfort and safety your car, you’ll go on an hour-long adventure through a series of larger-than-life, holiday dreamworlds to help find the magic Santa needs to fly again, including a Toy Repair Workshop, Gingerbread Village covered in decadent candy, Arctic Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Magical Grotto, and so much more. Fri.-Sun. More details. 

Tale of Turnadot (Virtual)
What are the three riddles of Turandot, and can anybody solve them? Inspired by a centuries-old story, the performance tells the tale of Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the “cold” Princess Turandot. This popular family-friendly production, geared toward children ages four to 12, will be presented free online for two weekends. Sat. & Sun. More details. 

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum
See a variety of spectacular webs—including those of the garden spider, which can range up to three meters in diameter. Talk to educators about the natural pest control that spiders provide. Peer through the glass into enclosed habitats that are home to tarantulas, wolf spiders, and jumping spider. Fri.-SunMore details.

Cayton Creators
Cayton Children’s Museum is bringing the museum outdoors. Activities are designed around social distancing and will be focused on bringing the organization’s social impact vision to life through visual art, performance art, communal art-making and play for kids up to age 10. Sat. More details. 

Aquarium of the Pacific Autumn Festival (Virtual)
Delve into the arts, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nineteenth annual Autumn Festival. Autumn Festival is going virtual this year and highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a day of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian-American cultures. Sun. More details.

Farmers Market at Palisades Village
Stock up on fresh fruits, veggies, flowers and more at the California Certified Farmers Market located on Swarthmore Ave. in Palisades Village. Added bonus: Your visit comes with exclusive discounts at the Village’s boutiques. Sun. More details.

A Gentle Drive-Thru
Meet the rescued horses, goats, cows, pigs, and more at this sanctuary in Santa Clarita. The drive-thru includes enjoy an immersive audio experience, where you’ll learn the animals’ stories, all from the safety of your car. Sun. More details.

Ratatouille Drive-In
The Electric Dusk Drive-In and Secret Movie Club present Parking Lot Cinema, featuring Ratatouille, part of the Family Sunday series. Sun. More details.

Los Angeles Zoo
The Los Angeles Zoo is open with advanced reservations and timed entries. While some of your favorite activities may be off limits (like feeding giraffes or visiting the petting zoo), you can still see plenty of your favorite animals, and meet some of the zoo’s newest additions—including Angela, a baby gorilla. Fri.-Sun. More details.

–Shannan Rouss

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