It’s officially Fall, as of Sunday! We’re about to sink into that fall lull; summer is a memory, the back to school furor is over, we’re not quite ready to start thinking about Halloween, yet…  But!  Banish any thoughts of boredom because autumn boasts buckets of easy, breezy fun.  Like about an early Oktober fest with root beer making.  You can go outside with a Peace Picnic and the Coastal Cleanup or stay indoors to make a dream catcher or catch a rare screening of The Phantom Tollbooth.  Giddyup at the ranch or play pilot or – you get the picture.  There’s no lull this weekend!

Peace Day Picnic


USC Football Game
Ok, we don’t have a professional football team.  But we do have two fantastic college teams, and a college ball game can be twice as fun (and half as expensive).  Introduce your kids to big time football in an historic stadium this weekend. Sun., game time TBA. Exposition Park. $70-$125. All ages. Event details.


Make a Dream Catcher
Dream catchers traps the bad dreams in the web while letting the good ones filter through. Today kids can make their own for some guaranteed sweet dreams. Sat., 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Eagle Rock. $30. Ages 5+. Event details.

Thai Cultural Day at Barnsdall
Celebrate Thai Cultural day with the whole fam at the beautiful Barnsdall Art Park.  There will be kickboxing, painting, dance and cultural demonstrations & activities for the kiddos. Sun., 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. Los Feliz. $10. All ages. Event details.

Peace Day Picnic
The Echo Parenting Center celebrates The International Day of Peace by having a super fun Peace Day Picnic; so bring your picnic, blankets peaceful thoughts and kiddos and join in the fun. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Echo Park. Free. All ages. Event details.


The Phantom Tollbooth
How often to you get the chance to catch a little seen gem on the big screen?  This one is based on a classic book, is rated G, and was made by the legendary Chuck Jones (the Bugs Bunny guy!).  Perfect for the whole family. Sat., 1:00 pm. Hollywood. $11. Ages 5+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Root Beer Making at the Arboretum
Celebrate Oktoberfest a little early at the Arboretum by brewing up a batch of beer with the kids.  Root beer, of course.  Sat., 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Arcadia. $8-$10. All ages. Event details.


Santa Monica Airport Open House
Let your imagination take flight at this free, fun-filled day exploring a small airport – there are tours, vintage aircrafts, observation decks, paint workshops, art exhibits and a playspace. Sat., 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 2-16. Event details.

California Coastal Cleanup Day
Help keep our beaches clean!  With more than 50 cleanup it’s easy to find a spot that will work for your family. Bring the kids and pitch in for a family event that teaches how every single one of us can do our part to help keep our earth clean. Sat., Various times. Multiple Locations. Free. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Civil War Comes to Life
Did you know California played a part in the Civil War?  The Drum Barracks Museum is having a live encampment of soldiers and civilians to show kids what was like in the days of the Civil War. Sat., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Wilmington. Free. All ages. Event details.

Cowboy Day at the Ranch
Experience a day in the life of a cowboy, with activities like creating cowboy duds, ropin’ tricks, participating in a “cattle round up” scavenger hunt and a water gun “trail drive,” and meeting every cowboy’s best friend- the horse. Sat., 9:30 am – 12:00 pm. Newhall. Free. All ages. Event details.

Emmy Weekend Bonus:

Sunday night is the Emmy Awards.  So if you’re out and about, remember to steer clear of downtown, since traffic will be a snarl of limousines near the Nokia Theater. But you could choose to honor television in a more active way than couch sitting and channel surfing- head to the FIDM Museum for their TV Costume exhibit or to the Paley Center for Television for their Out of the Box display.  Both are super fun (and dare we say, even a bit educational) for kids.

The coast, the ranch, the movie theater, the airport or a park – where will you be this weekend?
-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Neon Tommy via Creative Commons and The Echo Center for Nonviolent Parenting