Top 5 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

by Laura Nickerson

Homework. Activities. Begging your children to eat. Begging your children NOT to eat. Practice. Sitting on the soccer field in temperatures only fit for wildlife in Death Valley. Repeat. Weekends getting a little predictable? Try something new!

Here are my top 5 picks for some family fun this weekend:

1) Family Festival at the Getty Center ”Chivalry in the Middle Ages”


Photo by Pascal/Flickr

Has your child expressed interest in jousting? Is it hard to keep her or him from diving into giant turkey legs with only their hands? If so, I have the festival for you!

The Getty center is doing a free family event this Saturday, September 20th, celebrating chivalry in the Middle Ages. Activities run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., including blacksmith demonstrations, plays, storytelling, music, and jousting and medieval combat demonstrations. The event is free but parking is $15, totally worth it for all that medieval revelry.

Go and enjoy-the King hath declared it so!

2) Shane’s Inspiration Walk & Roll at Griffith Park


Photo by Ken Kanouse/Flickr

If you haven’t been to the lovely Shane’s Inspiration at Griffith Park, you should definitely visit this cool playground made for children of all abilities. This Sunday, September 21st, the organization Shane’s Inspiration is holding the 17th annual Walk-Run-Roll event there, and you are all invited to participate. It’s free to register, but you can also use the event to help fundraise for the organization that is helping to bring the joy of play to children of ALL abilities through social inclusion.

3) Thousand Oaks Arts Festival


Artwork by Anette Power Art

Are you feeling culture deprived? Too many days of watching reality TV and playing video games can do that to you. So take this weekend to grab a little creative time and head over to the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival. The Festival takes place on September 20th and 21st at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza and The Lakes from 10 am to 5 pm and will feature art exhibitors, live performances and children’s hands-on artistic and interactive exhibits. It’s free parking and free admission and you can visit for all the details.

There’s even wine tasting at The Lakes, and doesn’t a little wine make your kids spontaneous artwork look all that much better?

4) Live Steamers at Griffith Park

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Photo by Jim Ellwanger/Flickr

Remember the TV show Silver Spoons? Don’t lie, I know you do. Flash back to the opening where the rich dad rides a tiny little train around the living room and how jealous you were… Your dream (and quite possibly your kids as well) is about to come true.

Next door to Travel Town Train Museum in Griffith Park is the Los Angeles Live Steamers Railroad Museum, and on Sundays they let you ride the incredibly detailed mini-trains around a nifty matching track. You can ride for only a $3 suggested donation between 11 a..m and 3 p.m., and next door is a picnic area for convenient post ride lunch and kid lunge.

It will make you feel like “Rick-EY Schroder” all over again.

5) 22nd Annual Thai Cultural Day

Thai Antiques, Thai Silk, Thai Kickboxing, Thai Massage and children’s activities…wait…THAI MASSAGE? This all sounds pretty fantastic and luckily your family can experience them all and more at the Thai Culture day at Barnsdall Art Park in Los Angeles.

This free event is on Sunday, September 21st, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and includes limited free parking (although the Red Line Subway will drop you off right there at Sunset and Vermont with no hassle). A great and culture filled day for all!

Plus everyone’s favorite…THAI FOOD!

Share your ideas for fun family activities by following me on Twitter @nickerberger, catching the SCV Buzz on KHTS AM 1220, or watching CTV’s The Buzz. 

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