With school in full swing, making the most of the weekend is a must. Mickey makes an appearance with a pocket filled with magic, Sid the Science Kid wows at the California Science Center, and fairies abound in Griffith Park. It’s round two for lobster feasts, this time in Redondo Beach while Long Beach celebrates with a Latin American Parade and Festival. Art shows, dog walks and harvest celebrations round out the weekend.
And shoppers, take note: this Saturday Sunnyside Preschool on Coldwater Canyon hosts the Shrnk Yearly Sale. The adorable children’s clothing line is marked down to more than 75% off retail. Stock up on new clothes for those growing limbs!
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Loz Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
A Faery Hunt
Join the fairies and their friends for an afternoon of magical fun. The Griffith Park show is one of the best as it’s the King of the Faeries tale, weaving messages of kindness, forgiveness, respect and love for nature. Dress up your little one with fairy dust and wings. Don’t forget a snack! Sat., 10 a.m., preshow, 10:30 a.m., show begins, Los Angeles, $10. Call ahead for reservations. Event details.
Sid the Science Kid at the California Science Center
Head to Exposition Park for a science-filled morning as Sid the Science Kid from the PBS series leads preschoolers in cool experiments. This hands-on event encourages the kids to explore and discover the basics of science from understanding the earth’s ecosystem to taking care of nature. Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Downtown Los Angeles, Free. Event details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Cheviot Hills, Culver City)
16th Annual Brentwood Autumn Art Show
Browse a varied selection of arts and crafts including contemporary and fine art and photography, clothing, accessories, jewelry, sculptures, children’s toys and more. Come for the art, fill up on food and hit the fun zone to entertain the kiddos! Sun., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Brentwood, Free. Event details.
Sukkot Family Celebration at the Skirball Center
Pack up the picnic basket and head to the Skirball’s family amphitheater and garden to celebrate the Jewish harvest festival. Entertainment includes folk dancing, live music, craft-making and an organic farming cooperative that will be handing out the season’s fruits and vegetables. Be sure to check out the Sukkah, a type of dwelling that was erected to celebrate the community and harvest season. Reservations required. Sun., 4:30 p.m., West L.A., Free. Event details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Pacific Palisades, Malibu)
NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition
Your budding athlete can show off his or her pigskin skills in this NFL- sponsored event at the Palisades High School Football Field. Kids ages 6-15 can enter in one or all of the events–punting, passing, and kicking—and first place winners will go onto to compete in the regional level. Sat., check-in 8:30 a.m., competition 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Palisades. $25 for a t-shirt. Event details.
Parachute Express at McCabe’s Guitar Center
With 12 albums under their guitar strings and 25 years of making children’s music, this lively, rhythmic group arrives at McCabes for an entertaining morning. Whether your kids are familiar with their music or it’s a brand-new experience, everyone will be toe-tapping and singing along. Sun., 11 a.m., Santa Monica, $8, Children under 2 free. Event details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Long Beach, Huntington Beach)
15th Annual Redondo Beach Surf ‘n Turf Lobster Festival
Join in on three days of crustaceans, music, and more. The music schedule has something for every mood including Hot Club of Hulaville, steel drums and tribute bands to Steely Dan, Beach Boys, and Beatles. Plus, there are bounce houses, mechanical bull rides and tons of arcade games for the young’uns. Fri., 5 p.m., to 11 p.m., Sat., Noon to 11 p.m., Sun., noon to 8 p.m., Redondo Beach, $6 on Fri., $10 on Sat. and Sun., Youth $5, under 3 free.Event details.
Latin American Parade and Festival
The celebration kicks off with a parade with a grand finish in the East Village Arts District. Authentic Latin cuisine, plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts, folk dancers, samba music, dance lessons and an activity designated for kids are just a few of the highlights. Sat., 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Downtown Long Beach, Free. Festival Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Pasadena)
12th Annual Wiggle Waggle Walk
Grab your four-legged kiddo–and the two-legged ones, too–and head to the Rose Bowl for a 3K trek to raise money for the Pasadena Human Society. After the walk, stay for the festivities which include agility demonstrations, tail-wagging music, and contests like cutest mutt, best trick, doggy fashion show, and pet-owner look alike. Plus, there are plenty of games aimed for kids, as well as the pups! Sun., 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pasadena, Free, but donation or agreement to raise money is expected. Event details.
Disney Live! Mickey’s Magic Show
Everyone’s favorite mouse and his magician friends wow the crowd with tricks from some of the best moments in Disney movies. Witness the amazing transformation of Cinderella’s dress from rags to a beautiful ball gown; watch Aladdin as he levitates, the enchanted brooms of Fantasia and more. Adding to the fun are appearances by Minnie, Snow White, Donald, Goofy, Alice and the Mad Hatter along with many others. Fri., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Thousand Oaks, ticket prices from $20-$60. Magic Event details.