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Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Samba, space, beaches, parades, and more

Take your movement-loving kids for a different kind of outing this weekend and check out tonight's Samba JAM in Los Angeles. The event is a celebration of movement, dance, and culture, and is designed for all ages. Comfortable clothing and shoes are strongly recommended. The jam kicks up its heels at 6:30, and is admission-free for all participants.

Stargazers, future astronauts, and fans of all


Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Toy & Game Fair, Musuem Days, and Interactive Movies

This weekend, head to Chicago's Navy Pier for the Toy & Game Fair. The weekend-long fair features all manner of toys and games, the inventors that created them, robotics demonstrations, and tournaments and competitions of some family favorite staples. Tickets range from $5 - $10, with some parties qualifying for free admission.

On Saturday, holiday mash-up afficianados can head to Glenview for a


Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: family flicks, book fairs, upcycling, and more

Head to Hollywood this Saturday for the Hollywood Children's Book Fair. This admission-free event combines reading and literacy with a slew of other activities, offering everything from readings and book signings with renowned authors to food trucks and photo booths. The book fair runs from 12:00 - 4:00 at Cheremoya Elementary School.

Families with kids aged eight and over can catch a free


Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Toy Store Day, theater tours, Minecraft, and museums

Get ready for a celebration of sound at the Museum of Contemporary Art's family day. This Saturday 11/14, families with kids 12 and under have the admission-free opportunity to explore the museum, including the Listen exhibition that experiments with sound and noise. The museum is open from 10:00 - 3:00.

This Saturday is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and toy stores all over Chicagoland will be


Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: Penguins, Bugs, and a Boom!

Penguins + Pajamas! As of post time, there are still tickets available for the highly popular sleepover party at California Academy of Sciences tonight! At Penguins + Pajamas, kids and adults get to explore the exhibit after the crowds have gone home, see live animal demonstrations, get a private planetarium show, and then end the evening by enjoying milk and cookies while listening to a story


Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Sharks, art, biology, and giving thanks

The fun-sized shark lovers in your life are sure to love Shark Lagoon Night at Long Beach's Aquarium of the Pacific. This Friday, 11/6, from 6:00 - 9:00, kids and their families are welcomed to this free-of-charge event. Participants will have the chance to get hands-on with their favorite marine predators as they touch bamboo sharks, and will get to see sharks as big as sandtigers. Please note


Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Dinosaurs, LEGOs, Maker Faires, and more

Get up close and personal at Trailside, River Forest's local nature center. An Evening at Trailside gives kids and families an opportunity to chat with naturalists, engage with crafts and center programs, take up-close looks at the furs and skulls of local wildlife, and witness a rare demonstration of how the meals for the center animals are prepared. You can also expect to stargaze through a


Bay Area Fun for Kids this weekend: STEAM, Felt, and Tinkers

This is a big weekend for Bay Area STEAM fans! Both the highly anticipated STEAM Carnival and the Bay Area Science Festival's Discovery Day come to AT&T Park and the adjacent area. The STEAM Carnival runs Friday through Sunday and all ages are welcome to experience the interactive carnival that makes science fun. The three-day event includes high-tech games, build zones, stage shows, lab demos,


Chicagoland fun for kids this weekend: Geocaching, film fests, & pooch parades

If you haven't already had a chance to check out the Chicago International Children's Film Festival, the time is now! All this week, catch the world's best children's films in venues all across Chicago. The schedule of films and where to catch them is a puzzle well worth tackling, where the biggest question you'll have is, "How will I ever choose just one film?" The festival wraps up on Sunday,


Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Outdoor movies, pumpkin decorating, and more

Kick off the Halloween weekend with a PG-rated nightmare on Third Street as Santa Monica kicks off another edition of Cinema on the Street. This Friday, catch a free showing of Hotel Transylvania, a kid-approved flick about monsters, humans, hotels, and family. It's lights, camera, action at 7:00, but drop by anytime after 5:00 for crafts, treats, and pumpkin painting. Costumes are encouraged,