Whether your you’re looking to take a nature walk, hop on a fire truck or rock out at a kiddie concert (or maybe all three?), we’ve got a little something for everyone this weekend. Prepare to keep kids entertained (and wear them out) with our guide to everything fun happening in LA.
photo: The BeatBuds
San Fernando Valley
Family First Fridays at The Village at Westfield Topanga
Little ones can rock out to music by The BeatBuds at this free concert by the popular kiddie performers. Hot tip: There’s 2-hour free garage parking at The Village—head underground to keep your car from heating up in the Valley sun. Fri. Event details.
Every Saturday in Sept., starting this weekend, the Southern California Children’s Museum invites kiddos to this hands-on learning experience. Little ones can explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreation vehicles, emergency vehicles and more! Sat. Event details.
$10 Music Lesson Day
Score a 30-minute private music lesson at a bargain price. Kids of all ages and skill levels are invited to discover a new instrument, including piano, drums, guitar and ukulele. Music to our ears. Sun. Event details.
San Gabriel Valley
Moon Festival at Santa Anita Park
Don’t miss this 2-day celebration of traditional Chinese and Asian heritage. In addition to arts, food and entertainment, there will be a designated play area where little ones can paint their own lanterns, discover “shadow play” and sample moon cakes. Sat. & Sun. Event details.
LA County Fair
Why not make this the weekend you check out LA’s annual carnival extravaganza? In addition to the usual attractions (think: fried foods, the ferris wheel and farm animals galore), kids can also climb aboard the Fairplex’s historic trains, explore a life-size doll house, check out a wild west show and more. Yeehaw! Fri.-Sun. Event details.
Family Day at Hammer Museum
Get a little culture, art and music all in one place! Kids can check out a performance by Bob Baker Marionette Theater, shake it up with hip-hop dancers from Culture Shock Los Angeles, create a balloon “constellation” and more. Sat. Event details.
Sensory Friendly Saturdays
If your little one is sensitive to too much noise or commotion, don’t miss this monthly event from GRAMMY Museum and Your Ears Rock. In addition to fewer crowds, the museum will also offer quieter sound levels and lower lighting. Added bonus? Admission is free. Sat. Event details.
Fun in the Garden
Get back to nature in Culver City at Stoneview Nature Center, where budding botanists can explore the grounds (there’s even a bee hotel!), then participate in a nature craft or activity. Sat. Event details.
Santa Monica Mountains
Join Calabasas Mommy for this free event, which emphasized going green and eating clean. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, door prizes and more fun for little ones. Sat. Event details.
featured photo: courtesy of Annenberg Space for Photography