Fall is here though we SoCal folks can hardly believe it with temperatures soaring into the triple digits so why not cool things off with a visit to the museum. Head to either MOCA or the Getty Villa offer fun afternoon art-inspired family time. Or make the most of the hot weather and head beachside to the Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair or face Jaws at Long Beach’s Great Shark Affaire. Plus, there’s the not-to-be missed tot-extravaganza, Bee Planet Toddler World and for good old family fun, we recommend Reyes Adobe Days Fall Festival.
If mom and dad are in need of some time sans kids, check out the Wine and Food Festival of Santa Monica. And shoppers, take note that Sat. and Sun. is the 7 for All Mankind warehouse sale at the LA Convention Center featuring men’s and women’s denim at amazing prices.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
Sunday Family Studio at MOCA
Bring your child’s inner artist at this collaborative workshop offered every first Sunday of the month at MOCA. This week, guest artist Vincent Valdez introduces his work and helps the group create their own piece of Los Angeles-inspired art. Sun., 1 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, Free with admission. Event Details.
Rally for Superhero World Record
Calling all caped crusaders! Join funnyman Will Ferrell as he leads the largest groups of superheroes to the Guinness Book of World Record for the largest gathering of heroes at LA Live. And with Halloween around the corner, it’s a great costume test run! Sat., 10 a.m., Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
Messy Art at Play
Children get busy dipping their fingers, paint brushes and more to create their very own masterpiece. It’s a perfect escape from the sweltering heat outside—with no clean up for mom or dad! Sat. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Los Angeles, $8. Event Details.
Bee Planet Toddler World
Your tot will be jumping out of his or her skin at this festival geared just for the little ones. The schedule of events covers everything kids love, from storytime to family yoga, plus there’s bounce houses, face painting, food courts, wild animals, and more. Sun., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacific Palisades, Adults $5, Children $15, Parking $7. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
The Karate Kid at the Santa Monica Pier
Wax on, wax off. Gather up beach chairs and blankets and settle in for the tale of the original Karate Kid and his teacher Mr. Miyagi. A great lead-in to the weekend with the ocean as the backdrop to this black-belted film. Fri., 7 p.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Art Odyssey at the Getty Villa
Perfect for children 5 and up, this 45-minute workshop leads families through works of art and encourages both teamwork and imagination. The teacher leading the group introduces art to kids by explaining the story behind the painting, perfect for widening little minds. Sat. and Sun., 2 p.m., Free with Getty admission. Malibu. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Iemanya Oceanica presents The Great Shark Affaire 2010
Come out and celebrate that scariest of all ocean dwellers: the shark! This fun-packed two day festival of the sea focuses on protecting the ocean’s eco-system and their inhabitants. Bring your beach towels and sunscreen and join in on kite-flying, face painting, shark-inspired games, bounce houses, live music and the all-important food court. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Long Beach, Free. Event Details.
38th Annual Manhattan Beach Hometown Fair
Food, games, carnival rides and Kids Country—which includes circus acts!—beckon the whole family. Whether it’s hitting the arts and crafts booth or winning stuffed animals, this is a perfect fix for the weekend. And if burning rubber is your thing, the Manhattan Beach 10K kicks off the weekend. Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Free. Manhattan Beach. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
6thAnnual Reyes Adobe Days Fall Festival
Gather up the gang and head out for some old time family fun. Tons of children’s activities are on tap as well as the chance to tour the Reyes Adobe Historical Site, good grub, art galore and musical acts round out the weekend’s entertainment. The weekend kicks off with a parade at 10 a.m. as well as a Fun Run at 8 a.m. that includes four-legged pals! Sat., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Agoura Hills, Free. Event Details.
Fillmore and Western Railway Co. Pumpkin Liner Train
All aboard for a pumpkin picking experience like no other! This weekend kicks of the train trek to the Loose Caboose Garden center where jack-o-lanterns abound. The pumpkin patch is a festival in itself with carousels, bbq food booths and arts and crafts. Kick off Halloween right! Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., Fillmore. Adults $19, Children 4-12 $12, under 4 $10. Event Details.