It’s not often that kids get the chance to see Peppa Pig, Elmo and Thomas the Train—all in one weekend (and we don’t mean on TV). In addition to live shows and meet and greets with tots’ favorite characters, there’s also a tree lighting concert, the opening of the Arboretum’s spectacular Moonlight Forest and a dessert festival (because milk in edible cookie cups!).  Read on for the details on these events and more of our top picks for what to do with your little Angelenos this weekend.

photo: Karen C. via Yelp

Griffith Park

Autry Museum’s American Indian Arts Festival
Don’t miss the largest Native American arts fair in Southern California, featuring 200 artists from more than 40 Native nations. Discover pottery, beadwork, basketry, paintings, jewelry, wooden carvings and more. Plus, enjoy a full weekend of food, performances, children’s activities and artist demonstrations. Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Peppa Pig Live!
See the all new action-packed live show featuring Peppa and all her pals. Join her an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. With lunchboxes packed and Daddy Pig driving the bus, Peppa and friends are excited about their outdoor adventure, full of singing, dancing, games and surprises! Sun. Event details.

Elysian Valley

Dessert Goals
Looking for something sweet to do this weekend? Stop by this foodie festival, featuring more than 20 dessert vendors (offering pint-sized macarons, gourmet cotton candy, milk in a cookie-cup and more), freebies from sponsors, photo ops and activities. Dessert Goals is fun for the whole fam and kids 6 and under are free! Sat. & Sun. Event details.


Disney Pixar Coco: A Live-to-Film Concert Experience
Celebrate Diá de los Muertos at the Hollywood Bowl! Tickets are still available for the event, where a live orchestra will perform tunes from Coco, while the film is projected on the Shell. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Melrose Mornings
Make art, play mini golf, catch bubbles and groove to fun music—all before perusing the vintage treasures at this longtime LA flea market, which offers kid-friendly activities all morning. Sun. Event details.


Moonlight Forest: Magical Lantern Art Festival
Step into a fantasy of lights at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Dive under the seas with exotic fish and a giant shark in our new Ocean Visions exhibit. Next step into a winter wonderland with our new Polar Dreams experience featuring playful penguins and cuddly sled dogs. Enjoy these themes and more, along with entertainment by live acrobats, dancers and other performers. Sat. & Sun. Event details. 

Worth the Drive

Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic
Up for a drive to Long Beach? If so, head to the Terrace Theater for a chance to see kids’ favorite Sesame Street characters on stage. You can also splurge on pre-show meet-and-greet tickets, where little ones can pose with Elmo (plus two more Sesame locals), walk on stage and participate in a scavenger hunt. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Citadel Outlets Tree Lighting Concert
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, at least just off the Santa Ana Freeway southeast of Downtown. Hear classic holiday favorites performed by The All-American Boys chorus and stick around for a Santa appearance and to see the lighting of the world’s tallest live-cut tree. Sat. Event details.

Day Out with Thomas
All aboard! Make the trip 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.

-Shannan Rouss