Wondering how to keep the little ones entertained? All. Weekend. Long. We’ve got you covered. Introduce kids to Pac Man at a retro arcade at Union Station, head to the ultimate bi-lingual book festival at LA’s stunning Central Library, and get a head start on gourd season at this farm’s can’t miss Fall Harvest Festival. Read on for the details on these events and more of our favorite things to do around town this weekend.

mini train ride underwood farms photo: Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival

Downtown

Los Angeles Libros Festival
Don’t miss this free bilingual book festival featuring stories and music from Latin America and the United States. The whole family can dance and sing in both English and Spanish with Latin-Grammy wining duo 123 Andres, meet and mingle with handcrafted puppets from Noah’s Ark at the Skirball, enjoy a bilingual story time and more. Sat. Event details.

Retrocade Arcade Rewind
Go back to the ’80s at this Union Station event, where kids can play pinball and old-school arcade games including Pac Man and Donkey Kong. There will also be ’80s candy (Fun Dip, anyone?), along with nachos, popcorn and churros from local favorite Mr. Churro. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Venice

35th Annual Abbot Kinney Festival
A mile-long stretch of Venice’s coolest boulevard will be transformed into a massive neighborhood festival, complete with food trucks, live entertainment and so many kids’ rides and games. Expect bouncy slides, bungee basketball, tie-dye T-shirt making and more. Sun. Event details.

Pasadena

Final Fridays at The Rose Bowl
Bring a blanket, ball and the family to enjoy food and live music at The Greens at the Rose Bowl. Additional activities include outdoor games, moon bounces, and tours of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Fri. Event details.

Pasadena Model Railroad Club Open House
Come see one of the largest model railroads in the world, covering almost 5,000 square feet. Breathtaking scenery, spectacular lighting effects and realistic engines all combine to make this model railroad one your whole family will enjoy. Choo, choo! Sun. Event details.

Fairfax

Melrose Mornings at Melrose Trading Post
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.

Topanga

Kids Koncert Series with Mista Cookie Jar
Get ready for an unforgettable performance by Mista Cookie Jar, whose shows combine rock-star excitement with his own down-to-earth style, plus the warmth of family music. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Underwood Fall Harvest Festival
Visit this popular pick-your-own destination in Moorpark before the crowds descend. Opening weekend will celebrate local the police department, fire department and more public servants. That means in addition to the usual farm festivities (like a petting zoo, mini train ride and corn pyramid), kids can also check out fire trucks, ambulances and even a bulldozer used for wildfires. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch
Hello Kitty had a farm, ee-i-ee-i-oh. Yep, that’s right. This Irvine farm is partnered with Sanrio (the company behind HK), which means you can find images of the red-bowed cutie all around the patch, along with a wagon, face painting, games, a petting zoo, corn maze and (saving the best for last!) a pumpkin cannon that blasts gourds up into the hills! Sat. & Sun. Event details.

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–Shannan Rouss

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