October 1-31. Kids, ages 3-9, get free admission to San Diego Zoo (with purchase of adult ticket). If you were planning a trip, this would be a good time to go.
October 3-31. Pumpkin Festival at Lombardi Ranch. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission, $4 train ride, $4 corn maze, $3 petting zoo, $4.50 for either wagon ride or pony ride. 29527 Bouquet Canyon Rd., Santa Clarita. www.lombardiranch.com.
October 9-November 7. Weekends 9am - 5pm,Weekdays 2pm - 5pm. Forneris Farms Festival and Corn Maze. Free admission and parking. $4 train ticket, $7 corn maze (3 and younger free with paid adult), kids play area $3. 15200 Rinaldi St., Mission Hills. www.fornerisfarms.com.
October 29-November 1. Circus Vargas will be in Canoga Park at Westfield Topanga -Topanga Canyon Blvd. at Victory Blvd. Prices vary. There were coupons available at the Ralphs near my house in Van Nuys.
October 29. 6-8 pm. FREE weekly jazz concerts at LACMA, no reservations required. LA Times Central Court. This week: Harold Land Jr. Trio with vocalist Rita Edmond.
October 29. IHOP is offering Scary Face Pancakes free of charge for children 12 and under (one per child). The Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own pancake.
October 30. 4-8 p.m. Harvest Fair at The Valley Vineyard Christian Fellowship. Come and enjoy the live music, games, candy, prizes, crafts, bounce house, Interactives (Sumo Wrestling & Velcro Wall), face painting, BBQ, Bake sale, Toddler fun and more.... It's Free! But bring a little cash for BBQ, Interactives, and Bake sale. 6642 Reseda Blvd., Reseda, 91335. (818)776-9696.
October 31. 4-7 p.m. Fall Family Festival at The Church on The Way. 14720 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Free Event for the Community. Free Games! Free Candy! Free Rides! Food available for purchase.
October 31. 6 p.m. FREE weekly concerts at LACMA. These one-hour concerts are presented free to the public on Sundays in the Leo S. Bing Theater. This week: Bernadene Blaha (piano), Judith Farmer (bassoon), Brian Head (guitar), Michele Zukovsky (clarinet) perform works by Poulenc, Beethoven, and Mozart.
November 1. 9 a.m. Get tickets at December 1st for Huntington Gardens, the free day of the month. Call 800-838-3006 or get tickets online at http://www.huntington.org/
November 2. Don’t forget to vote!
November 2. 10:30-11:30 a.m. FREE. Toddler story time at Borders at the Northridge Mall. Theme this week is Curious George.
November 2. Free day for La Brea Tar Pits and the Natural History Museum.
November 2. 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Free evening at Kidspace Museum. This museum in Pasadena is a lot of fun for children and normally $10 a person, so this is a great deal! (It offers free admission the first Tuesday of the month from 4-8 p.m.) 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, 91103. (626) 449-9144. www.kidspacemuseum.org.
November 2. 5 p.m. FREE LEGO® mini model build at the Glendale Galleria LEGO store, the first Tuesday of each month. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. 2148 Glendale Galleria, Glendale, 91210. (818) 549-0733.
November 3. 11:30-2 p.m. Border Grill truck, a gourmet food truck, will be at the Telesis Credit Union in Chatsworth. Many friends have recently become interested in the gourmet food trucks that offer good prices on great food. Come buy some food from Border Grill truck, bringing you tasty tacos, quesadillas, tamales and more! 9301 Winnetka Ave., Chatsworth, 91311.
November 4 (and subsequent Thursdays). 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free Mommy and Me Class at The Church on The Way. For children under 5 years of age. Please bring a snack for your child. Theme this week: Singin’ the Blues. King’s Kid’s Bldg. on the West Campus. 14800 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. 818-779-8000.
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November 6-7. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Burbank Fine Arts Festival. The free event includes the exhibition of 90 artists who will display their original work in Downtown Burbank, as well as live entertainment. 100 San Fernando Blvd. between Magnolia and Olive Ave., Downtown Burbank.
November 20. 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free performance at the outdoor W.M. Keck Children’s Amphitheatre at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Enjoy a show featuring Red Thunder, celebrating the heritage of the Plains Indians through music and traditional dance. (Tickets for 11 a.m. show distributed beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets for 12:30 show distributed at 11 a.m.).111 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 90012. Tickets are free and distributed on Grand Ave. at 2nd street. http://www.musiccenter.org/events/worldcity.html
November 20. 2 p.m. & 3 p.m. Free admission to the Performing Books presentation. The Performing Books series is a monthly program designed to introduce children ages 4-10 to the performing arts through books. Professional storytellers and artists bring books to life through song, dance, voice and instruments. This month hear Belinda and the Glass Slipper & Belinda in Paris by Amy Young. Central Library, Mark Taper Auditorium, 630 W. Fifth St., L.A. http://www.lapl.org/kidspath/events/Performing_Books_flyer.pdf