It’s a long weekend for Veteran’s Day; perhaps the last one this year that won’t be stuffed with holiday activities of some kind!  But this weekend you’ll have plenty of time to check out the space shuttle Endeavour, enjoy pop culture Japanese style or create some tattoo art appropriate for tots and teens. What’s the opposite of pop culture and tattoos? An old-fashioned musical like Oklahoma! that just might lead to an outbreak of family-singalong-itis on the way home! Take a break and explore the city with bookworm storytime at the Arboretum or Hands on History at the Leonis Adobe.  And if you just can’t resist the siren song of holidays, gear up for a cruelty free celebration for turkeys, or a Veterans Day celebration at a Presidential library.

Los Angeles

Visit the Space Shuttle Endeavour

You saw it fly overhead and cheered as it drove down the street, making it’s way slowly from LAX to its new home at the California Science Center – where you can visit it!  Ongoing, 10:30 am – 3:45 pm. Exposition Park. $2 Service fee. All ages. Event details.

Pop Culture Family Saturday

Pop Culture takes center stage at this family day with activities like cardboard robot making, origami folding, hip-hop dancing and more, all inspired by Giant Robot Biennale 3. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Little Tokyo. Free. All ages. Event details.

Tattoo Stories

Maybe you’ve always wanted a tattoo (or another tattoo) but weren’t ready to take the plunge… well now the whole family can learn how to make temporary ones together. Sun., 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. Ages 5+. Event details.



Old-fashioned? Check. Corny? Check. But it’s also a classic for a reason, with songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” that will be stuck in your head for days (weeks, years, a lifetime…). Sun., 2:00 pm. Malibu. $20. Ages 4+. Event details.


Bookworms at the Arboretum

Now that the weather is cool, it’s the perfect time for a story under the great story trees, followed by a crafting activity and a chance to see the peacocks. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Arcadia. $3-$8. Ages 3-6. Event details.


Hands on History

It’s a blast from the past at the Leonis Adobe Museum with hands-on activities like churning butter, tortilla making, demonstrations of how they used to make clothing and folk dancing. Sat., 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Calabasas. $1-$4. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Celebration for the Turkeys

Today turkeys are the guests of honor rather than part of the menu at this holiday feast where the highlight is the Feeding of the Turkeys, where kids can actually watch the turkeys gobble, gobble! Sun., Afternoon. Acton. $75. All ages. Event details.

Veterans Day at Ronald Reagan Library

Introduce the kids to the idea behind the holiday – honoring the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces – at this celebration with music, Civil War re-enactments and a display of World War II and current military vehicles. Mon., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Simi Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

How is your family spending this weekend? Lots of activities or laid back and relaxed?

— Meghan Rose