Top 5 Things to Do With Your Kids This Weekend

by Laura Nickerson

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.04.21 PMHalloween is finally here! Which means you are probably feeling one of two ways:

The Candy, the Fun, the Costumes, I LOVE IT!!


The Candy, the Fun, the Costumes, I’M EXHAUSTED PLEASE MAKE IT STOP!!

Either way, here are some fun things to do with your kids this weekend:


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Photo credit: Morning Calm/Flickr

If you don’t want to take it to the streets with your little ones holding only a flashlight and plastic pumpkin for protection, here are some alternatives that can give you a worry-free evening:

Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center is having a Trunk or Treat event from 3-5 pm. There’s all sorts of fun stuff to do, plus a *Foggy Forest.

*Real fog not guaranteed

Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills has Spooktacular from 4-7 p.m. with games, store to store trick or treating and a costume contest at 5:30 p.m.

The City of Oak Park is having an indoor Halloween Festival with fun, games, and CANDY at the Oak Park Community Center from 5:30-8 p.m.

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum is holding their BOOtanicum from 4-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 with kids under 5 free.

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Photo credit: Andreas Engel/Flickr


“Chivalry” is an interesting phrase nowadays, and there are a fair amount complicated theories behind it. So why not explore the idea while taking your kids to a fun hands-on Art Lab workshop at The Getty? Saturday, November 1st, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. you can drop in any time at the Family Room Patio to create your own manuscript and talk about chivalry in contemporary life. You know your kids are going to have questions about how we treat each other, might as well figure it out together!

Admission is free, but it costs $15 for parking. Worth it to have fun with the family, get a little artistic, and talk about big concepts at the same time.


Are you on TMNT overload? Here’s a great way to engage your action-loving kids; a trip to the Martial Arts Museum. The museum is designed as an educational, cultural and artistic experience in which visitors and young people can learn about each of the different Asian countries (China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, the Philippines, etc.) and how martial arts played a significant role in their culture, history and traditions. They are open Thursday through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-11.

Be warned, your kids may be begging you for Karate lessons after this.

Screen Shot 2014-10-30 at 2.07.18 PMDOS VIENTOS MUD RUN Newbury Park

Do your kids like to get muddy? I mean, really messy and dirty? They are the perfect candidate to participate in the Mud Crazy this Sunday at Dos Vientos Park. The 5K Mud Run taking place this weekend at the Dos Vientos Park in Newbury Park on November 2nd, and you can visit for details.

Registration is limited, but if you can’t get a team together in time there is always the Kids Mud Run that you can go to on the day of and let your kids get as dirty as they like.

You know, you can always make a mud run in your own back yard with a hose and some dirt…you parents would LOVE that, right? Maybe you should stick to the mud run…


This is your last weekend (ever, as the Harvest Festival is closing after this season) to visit the amazing corn maze and fun Halloween festivities at Pierce College’s Classic Harvest Festival. There are pumpkins, hayrides, shows, the incredible corn maze, plus special spooky evening events and it’s all pretty affordable depending on how much you want to experience.

Kids go bonkers for this place and it’s only open through November 2nd, so put those costumes to the test and head over!

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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