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Freebies this weekend let you wear your Halloween costume to the beach, celebrate Dia de los Muertos and urban wildlife, rescue guinea pigs and sink your teeth into a cool kids book.
When you hear the words “Baby Beluga” and “Bananaphone,” only one name comes to mind: Raffi. And Raffi is coming to town. He’ll perform Oct. 27 at Glendale’s Alex Theatre (www.alextheatre. org) to make up for a show last November that was postponed due to wildfires. This year’s #BelugaGrads concert brings together children and their […]
Through the end of October, UNICEF USA is calling on kids across the U.S. to “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” and make a difference in the lives of their peers around the world. Celebrating its 69th year, the Halloween themed campaign is the longest-running youth engagement program in the U.S. Since inception, it has raised more than $180 million […]
Día de los Muertos is officially Nov. 2, but many local spots can’t wait to celebrate. The Ford Amphitheatre (www.fordtheatres.org) stages a free daytime Día de los Muertos Community Celebration from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 19-20, honoring the traditions of Mexican and native Mesoamerican cultures while offering family-friendly music, crafts, face painting and food. Both […]
The spookiness level of Halloween happenings can range from quite slight (Halloween story times) to excessive (Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor). There are some too intense for young kids but not exclusively for adults: Venture into The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens (www.huntington.org) Oct. 26 for The Huntington After Dark, where the Guild of […]
Many museums and cultural venues will throw Halloween celebrations this season. The Natural History Museum (www.nhm.org) is doing so on a cinematic scale – with an exhibition inspired by horror films. And it’s not just a display of cool movie memorabilia. The exhibit, entitled “Natural History of Horror,” examines the connections between cinema, science and […]
The origins of the childhood (OK, grown-ups like it, too) holiday we call Halloween can be traced to an ancient Celtic harvest festival. When the Romans conquered the Celts, they added a couple of their own fall celebrations to the mix, one of which honored the Roman goddess of orchards and gardens, known as Pomona. […]
The city of San Diego wants you to jump in your car – or on the train – and head down for a visit. During the entire month of October, more than 130 San Diego hotels, restaurants, attractions, museums, tours and transportation companies are participating in the eighth annual “Kids Free San Diego,” which offers […]
Don’t call them Halloween events! These fall festivals don’t ask you to dress up in costumes and are less candy-focused, although they’re more likely to have pig races. Moorpark’s Underwood Family Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival, running through Oct. 31, delivers the Corn Stalk Labyrinth and giant hay pyramids all week, while weekends add the Animal […]
Warning to parents: “Speechless,” the Blue Man Group production running through Oct. 6 at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre, is anything but quiet. If you’re bringing the little ones, I recommend bringing them ear protection. That being said, this production is family friendly in every other possible way. Here’s what kids will love about it: The […]
The 100-year-old Pasadena Playhouse is reaching out to theater lovers who are deaf or hard of hearing with a new assistive option this fall. In partnership with not-for-profit theater support organization TDF, the playhouse will add open-captioning technology to each of its five mainstage plays and musicals during the 2019-2020 season. One performance of each […]
The library was once the place we ventured to research, study, check out books. Along came the internet, and some of us began viewing libraries as halls of dusty irrelevance. In response, the Los Angeles Public Library has for some time positioned itself as a hub of state-of-the-art technology and learning, and its latest foray […]