17 Things to Do With Kids — In September 2017

As September swings into high gear, it’s time to transition from summer fun to fall festivities. If you’re looking for fun, kid-friendly ideas in L.A. this month and a simple trip to the playground won’t do, keep your tot occupied with these 17 things to do with kids in September. For more things to do during the fall season, check out (and bookmark) our Fall Events Calendar.

Sept 1 – 24

L.A. County Fair; Fairplex
Bring your appetite for all things deep fried at the perennially popular event.

Through Sept 4

Butterfly Pavilion; Natural History Museum
Witness nature up close at this seasonal exhibition featuring hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside an airy pavilion.

Sept 8-10

The Muppets Take the Bowl; Hollywood Bowl
Fans of Miss Piggy, Kermit, Fozzie and co. can watch the gang join the orchestra in the grand fireworks finale, plus a performance by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

Sept 10

Autry Explorers: LEGO Derby; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Build and race LEGO vehicles on a pinewood derby–style track.

Through Sept 10

Extreme Mammals; Natural History Museum
Brush up on 200 million years of mammalian evolution at this touring exhibition of unusual and odd fossilized creatures.

Sept 16

Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival; Glendale Central Park
Get to know Downtown Glendale at this free community festival with music performances, arts and craft markets and more.

Sept 16

Tarfest; La Brea Tar Pits
Pay tribute to L.A.’s bubbly asphalt pools with this annual afternoon of live music and artwork.

Sept 17 – Nov 26

Spider Pavilion; Natural History Museum
Face your fears and observe approximately eight local and exotic species of spiders roam about an open, landscaped area.

Sept 17

PST: LA/LA Free Day; Various locations
Kick off Pacific Standard Time with free admission to 52 SoCal museums.

Sept 23

Museum Day Live!; Various locations in L.A.
Art lovers can spend a day at select museums for free during this one-day event hosted by Smithsonian magazine.

Sept 23

Bubble Bonanza; Kidspace Children’s Museum
Play with giant bubbles, create bubble art and make your own bubble wand.

Sept 23, 24

Dino Fest; Natural History Museum
Meet paleontologists and California’s soon-to-be official dinosaur at this celebration of dinos and the science that brings their world back to life.

Sept 24

Surf City Surf Dog; Huntington Dog Beach
Start teaching your pooch how to carve waves for this annual K-9 surf competition.

Sept 24

Abbot Kinney Festival; Abbot Kinney
Take a ride on a Ferrish wheel or a bouncy slide, get your face painted and make a tie-dye T-shirt at this Venice block party.

Sept 30 – Oct 1

Fall Harvest Festival; Underwood Family Farms
Kick off the 20th year of this pumpkin patch and fall fest just on the eastern end of Ventura County.

Through Jan 7

Play!; The Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Discover dolls, board games and outdoor activities from the Autry’s collection, from old-timey toys to modern-day Western-inspired diversions.


Free museum days; Various locations
Make the most of free days at LACMA, the Natural History Museum and more, plus always-free museums like the Hammer, Getty and Broad.

Source: Timeout LA