Celebrate good times, come on!  It’s Mexican Independence Day, and there are celebrations all over town. It’s also the start of Rosh Hashanah, and the Zimmer Children’s Museum has a festival perfect for families who observe this holiday every year or who are celebrating for the first time. A Mr. Magoo festival will have the whole family in stitches, and a modern manners class for kids will leave your little ones perfectly polite! (And then put those manners to the test when you indulge in a lobster dinner at the Port of L.A. Lobster Fest!) If you’re looking to get out and give back, Saturday is coastal cleanup day, and there are plenty of places to participate…

Los Angeles

Mexican Independence Day
Years of faithful margarita consumption may have led us to believe that May 5th is Mexican Independence Day, but it’s actually September 16th – celebrate with live music, dancing, and entertainment, carnival rides, food (margaritas) and much more. (There are also family celebrations at MOLAA and the Autry.) Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 10:00 pm. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Rosh Hashanah Festival
Happy New Year!  It’s Rosh Hashanah, and the Zimmer Children’s Museum is the perfect place for a day of reflection and celebration and to welcome in a new year. Sun., 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Modern Manners For Kids
Manners still matter in this modern world and this class teaches kiddos everything from the Golden Rule to the Magic Words and other niceties that might leave them unrecognizable at your next family dinner! Sun., 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Beverly Hills. $150. Ages 6-12. Event details.


Magoo at the Alex
Mr. Magoo animated films are equally rib tickling for kiddos and adults (a lovely rarity) and the shorts format means that you can leave when the kids are ready to go without missing half the story! Sat., 7:00 pm. Glendale. $25. Ages 5+. Event details.

Building a Family
Kick off the weekend in an artsy fashion with a project that lets kids use foam forms to make a 3-D portrait of their own family. Fri., 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Pasadena. $10 Adults, Kids free. Ages 5-10. Event details.


Coastal Cleanup
Here in L.A. we have the biggest and most beautiful parks and public lands of any major city in the world – which is why it’s extra important that we take care of them, and teach our kids to, too! (Another local cleanup is taking place here.) Sat., 9:00 am – 12:30 pm. Agoura Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.


Port of L.A. Lobster Festival
Lobstah, lobstah and more lobstah! This Lobster Fest serves only lobsters flown directly in from Maine. Fri. – Sun., Hours vary. San Pedro. $10 Admission for Adults, Kids free. All ages. Event details.

Worth The Drive

Bob the Builder: Project Build It
A new exhibit is at the Discovery Science Center where kids can work in Bob’s workshop or hang out and play with their favorite machines—Roley, Scoop, Muck and Dizzy. Fri.- Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Santa Ana. $12.95-$14.95. Ages 2-7. Event details.

— Meghan Rose