Since Sunday is Grandparents Day, we thought we’d seek out the coolest weekend happenings that are equally fun for every single member of the family, from the toothless to well, the toothless.  Babies and Great Grandmas alike can play at the Street Fair, get creeped out by some little crawlies, talk like a pirate or listen to a symphony in the eminently explorable Old Zoo.  Maybe you’re all feeling more artistic, and want to create something together, like a mobile or building designs.  Or perhaps you just want to bop, dance and sing along with one of your kiddo’s favorite bands – it’s like Lollapalooza for kids this weekend when the Wiggles and Justin Roberts hit town. Friday is also the end of Rosh Hashanah, so we would like to wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!



Los Feliz Village Street Fair
The Los Feliz feast for the senses has rides, Euro Bungee and walk-on-water bubble fun, alongside food and music — and that’s just the tip of the hispter-berg. Sat., 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm. Los Feliz. Free. All ages. Event details.

Symphony in the Glen
This free, classical concert at the Old Zoo features an inspired pairing of Shakespeare’s words with the music of the masters.  Bring the kids for picnic, play, culture and fun in this enchanted setting. Sat., 7:00 pm. Griffith Park. Free. All ages. Event details.

Mid City

Mobile Making at CAFAM
This afternoon kids, parents and grands can work together to create mobiles and other hanging art that can be suspended from the ceiling (or other unexpected places).  Sun., 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Miracle Mile. $5-$7. All ages. Event details.


Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players
Justin Roberts and his band are back in Los Angeles, playing a beautiful outdoor venue – the Theatricum Botanicum. Kids can grab parents, grandparents, and friends (real or imaginary) for a perfect playdate.  There are two shows, and they will sell out (Justin Roberts is the kiddie One Direction), so call to make reservations. Sun., 9:30 am & 11:30 am. Topanga. $12. Ages 2-8. Event details.

Exploring Architecture at the Hammer
What built this city?  Rock and roll?  The movies?  The Hammer Museum invites the whole family to experience architecture in new, exciting ways with artist and architect-led activities that illustrate scale, material, light and the urban landscape of Los Angeles, and much more. Sun., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Westwood. Free. All ages. Event details.

Creepy Crawly Creature Feature
Kick off fall with this hair-raising bug fest.  Hungry?  You can even tempt taste buds with fried mealworms, almond roasted caterpillars, cricket-coated cookies and more…  Mmmm. Sun., 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Culver City. $6-$8. Mid City. Event details.


The Wiggles
Get your little squirmers ready to let loose and wiggle!  The Wiggles are introducing three new friends this fall and they’re all ready to wiggle, sing and dance.  They’re also playing Sunday, at the Wiltern. Sat., 11:30 am & 3:00 pm. Thousand Oaks. $23-$89. Ages 2-6. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Preschool Space Explorers
This parent-and-child class full of play and learning together at the Columbia Memorial Space Center.  And if you have older kiddos too, they’ll love checking out the Challenger Learning Center or the Robotics Lab. Sat., 10:00 am – 11:00 am. Downey. $12. Ages 3-5. Event details.

Festival of Tall Ships
See the tall ships come sailing in, then join up and leave yer’ landlubber ways behind at Captain Jack’s School for Scallywags! Then you’re ready to swab decks and walk planks on some real tall ships tall ships and end the day with mermaid storytime and a squawking parrot show. Fri. – Sun., 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. Dana Point. $8-$10. All ages. Event details.

Will you be talking like a pirate, doing the moon walk or playing closer to home this weekend?  Let us know your weekend plans in the comments below!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Woodleywonderworks via Creative Commons and Meghan Rose