Concerts and science, movies and dance in the park, railroads and gumshoes – and we’ll throw in the King of the Faeries and a radiant pig for good measure! This weekend there’s a soupςon of everything going on in this melting pot of a city we live in, to explore, educate and enjoy.

Best Place to Find Fairies: A Fairy Halloween Party


Critter Club & Junior Scientists
There’s a critter commotion for toddler scientists and historical mysteries of the science kind for bigger kids at the Natural History Museum today.  Sat., Various times. Exposition Park. $5-$9. Ages 3-5 & 6-9. Event details.

Blue13 Dance Party
This Indian dance theatre ensemble has been building a show with all comers at noon all week (stop by to help create the show). Friday the final is performed in an evening of dance, music and food. Fri., 7 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.


Big Hero 6
This action-packed comedy-adventure about Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada is showing with a laser light show and the chance to see Baymax live, before every show, only at the El Capitan. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Hollywood. $13-$18. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Model Railroad Open House
Calling all little engineers!  One of the world’s largest and oldest model railroads is open for today (and your eyes) only. Sat., 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Los Angeles. $1-$5 donation. All ages. Event details.


Lisa Loeb at McCabes
Singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb −you remember her song, “Stay (I Missed You)” from Reality Bites− plays music for your kids that you’ll dig, too. Sun., 11 a.m. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Calling All Toddler Gumshoes
Tots take part a mystery adventure where they can act like a real gumshoe by creating a detective tool kit, interviewing suspects, and solving a hard-to-crack case. Sun., 10:30 a.m.-noon. West LA. $15. Ages 3 ½-5. Event details.

STEAM Machines at the Pier
There’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – with an infusion of art throughout. See bicycle powered ice cream making, video screenings, Trash for Teaching inventions and the Two-Bit Circus at a day of left brain/right brain fun for the whole family. Sat., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa Monica. Free. All ages. Event details.


Family Day LA: Fun on the Backlot
Get great food, carnival games, bouncy houses, prizes, a petting zoo, and live musical performances by Lucy Hale (for all the Pretty Little Liars fans – moms and daughters alike!), R5, and Sabrina Carpenter. Sun., noon-4 p.m. Studio City. $200/family of 4. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

See The King of the Faeries
Join the faery folke on a fun and gentle quest for Faery Royalty.  Kids become part of the story in this interactive adventure. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Redondo Beach. $15. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Charlotte’s Web
See the radiant pig and his best arachnid friend in this sweet play for kids by the unmatchable South Coast Repertory. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Costa Mesa. $20-$29. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? We’d love to know – meet us in the comment section below.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: boy with model train by Orin Zebest via Creative Commons, kids at fairy show courtesy of A Faery Hunt.