With Halloween a thing of the past (and what did you do with all your leftover Halloween Candy?), we can spend the weekend celebrating the Day of the Dead, keeping the doctor away with an apple a day at an Apple Faire, and even getting ready for Election Day next week! There are also loads of different types of things to explore and learn about this weekend, whether it’s breaking the sound barrier, the history and poetry of jazz music, a Japanese Garden celebration, an animal rescue center or even the fabulous arcade creations of our youth, now celebrated in a 3D movie…

Los Angeles

Election Day at the Zimmer

It’s the only precinct in town where kids can campaign for their favorite candidate, Apple or Orange. Then come back on Election Day to cast a vote! Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$8. Ages 1-8. Event details.

Wreck-It Ralph

Our 21st Century kids have no idea of the fun that was arcades and Ataris… introduce them to the great old pixilated heroes of our youth with Wreck-It Ralph, opening in 3D this weekend at the El Capitan! Opens Friday, Various times. Hollywood. $13-$26. Ages 5+. Event details.


Dia de los Muertos: Cuentos de mi Familia

This play follows Alex and his best friend Hannah who celebrate ‘The Day of the Dead’ by building an altar and communing with the spirit of Abuelo– a great storyteller, a farmer, and a performer with the Teatro Campesino. Sat., 11:00 am. Topanga. $9. Ages 3+. Event details.

Apple Harvest Faire

Pumpkins are soooo last week! Spend an apple-filled day with games, fabulous food, thrilling amusement rides, music, entertainment and surprises. Sun., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Beverly Hills. Free admission. All ages. Event details.

What is Jazz?

Kiddos can learn about the roots of jazz and celebrate the current booming jazz scene in L.A., and everyone will leave with toes tapping, swinging to beloved classics and grooving to some new ones. Sat., 11:00 am. Santa Monica. $15-$35. All ages. Event details.


Supersonic: Pushing the Speed Limit

Kids know all about going as fast as they can!  This new movie and discussion explores the notion of the sound barrier and can we (should we) be breaking it? Fri., 10:00 am – 11:00 pm. Pasadena. $5. Ages 8+. Event details.

Japanese Garden Festival

Stroll through Descanso Gardens and explore ikebana (Japanese flower arranging), listen to the sounds of taiko drummers or Japanese pop and taste some delicious Japanese cuisine (including sake!). Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.


California Wildlife Center Tour

Take a behind the scenes tour at this rescue and rehabilitation center for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Learn how they rescue local sea lions and seals as well as other animals native to our region (owls, deer, possum, birds, and more) and find out what we can do to help. Sat., 10:00 am. Calabasas. $8. All ages. Event details.

What post-Halloween fun will you be seeking out this weekend?  And what Thanksgiving events are you most looking forward to?  (Or are you ready fora lull in the holiday department, before the real craziness sets in?)  Let us know!

— Meghan Rose