I can’t believe it’s October! My favorite time of the year is here! The cold, crisp air. Big cozy sweaters. The leaves are changing colors and the holidays are near!
It’s time for pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin patches and fall decorations which involve pumpkins! Of course!
It’s also time for some fun and festive activities with the family to bring in the season!
I put together a list of events in or near Los Angeles (since that’s where FHL is from) that are popular amongst our family and friends. Enjoy!
1). Calabasas Pumpkin Festival- October 20th & 21st from 10am to 5pm offers tons of fun activities for kids of all ages (and parents too). We’ve experienced this festival a couple times when the kids were younger and it was great. They also provide shuttle service because parking can get a bit crazy, so that is a big help when you are lugging strollers, diaper bags, the kids, etc. Some of the activities include:
Contests and Saturday morning costume parade
Live band and DJ
Rides and Bouncy House
Reptile, bugs and nature show
Youth Halloween parade
Car Shows and exhibits
Food, drinks, pumpkin pie and BEER!
Jewerly and crafts
Face painting and so much more…
Tickets are on sale now for $5 (advance purchase price) at www.calabasaspumpkinfestival.com
2). Underwood Farms Fall Harvest Festival- Open now till October 31st from 9am to 6pm. There is always something to do at the farm. During the harvest festival every weekend has a different theme. Some of those activities and themes include:
1st Responders; Fire Trucks, Ambulances, Police Cars, Swat Members and Bomb Squad…
Country music from local country bands in Ventura County
Western Weekend; wagon rides, stunt ropers, music and magic
All About Pumpkins; live entertainment, decorative pumpkins designed and carved by staff members, a huge selection of pumpkins at the pumpkin patch
Of course all the other events and activities at the farm are always available as well. Fruit and veggie picking, corn mazes and animal shows! Check out their website for details and ticket prices www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com.
3). Oak Glen, Orchards and Farms- 5 mile loop of 30+ ranches, farms and businesses! About a 90 minute drive from Los Angeles, but this one comes highly recommended by some of our closest friends. We will be adding this to our Must See list this fall season! Oak Glen is the perfect place to escape to when you want that cold crisp air with some of the most beautiful spots to see. During the fall season it offers:
Apple, raspberries and pumpkin picking
Make your own cider (yum!)
Country music, dancing and dinner (sounds like my kind of party)
Beautiful hiking trails and historic museums
Horse drawn wagon rides and so much more!
Oak Glen gives you that good ol’ wholesome family fun! Sounds amazing to me! Check out their website for more details www.oakglen.net
4). Los Angeles Zoo Lights- Begins November 16th-January 6th from 6pm to10pm
This is one you might want to purchase and save for Christmas because on select dates Santa and his reindeer are there to visit! It sells out fast and is absolutely amazing to see. We went a couple of years ago and the kids loved it. We brought our own thermos of hot chocolate, bundled up and enjoyed the beautiful lights under the stars. Imagine giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, colorful and whimsical animated elephants and swirls of colors everywhere! This is a definite must see! Go to their website for tickets and detailed info www.lazoolights.org.
5). Kidspace Children’s Museum Pumpkin Festival- Who doesn’t love Kidspace? Did you know they host a pumpkin festival at the park right in front? I didn’t! But I do now and its been added to the Must See list!
Petting zoo, pony rides, bouncers and carnival games
Costume parade, face painting and seasonal crafts
Pumpkin patch and picnic treats
Entrance is free, tickets can be purchased to enjoy activities and food! Check out their website for all other information www.kidspacemuseum.org.
There it is folks! Some of my favorites and a couple of new places for me to check out too! Hope this list helps in creating fun memories and traditions with your family. Any fun and memorable events you know of? I’d love to hear about it in the comment section, down below. We’re always looking for new things to do with the kids.
Have a great day. Talk to you next week!