October is here, and with pumpkin patches and costume stores popping up on every corner, it's hard to go a day without thinking of Halloween. Get the family in the Halloween spirit by embarking on an adventure to the Natural History Museum to visit the Spider Pavillion. This open air tent is home to more than 300 arachnid inhabitants, including some of the most inspired web-spinners you may ever meet. This timed-visit exhibit is not included with admission to the museum, and will cost an extra $5 for adults, and $3 for children. Can't make it this weekend? No sweat! The Spider Pavillion will stay standing until November 8 - plenty of time to get your Halloween heebie jeebies.
Not so sure about the spiders? Maybe October brings up not visions of creepy crawlies, but big plans for this year's Halloween costumes. This Sunday at 10:30, the Hammer Museum at UCLA is hosting a workshop centered on how to design clothing based on art. Practice developing your vision from inspirations around you, then designing and creating a piece all your own - just in time to create your own DIY costumes at home. This workshop is designed for families with kids ages eight and up. Admission is free, but space is limited, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
For the animal lovers, this Sunday brings an extra-special treat. Check out the Animalia Family Festival at the Getty Center, an admission-free, 10:00 - 5:00 celebration of all things burry, scaly, feathery, and more. Kids can transform themselves into their favorite animals with facepainting stations and creature-based crafted headdresses. Come face to face with animals from around the world, and explore free games, workshops, and storytellers. There's something for everyone with a soft spot for animals to bark about - or caw, or hiss, or roar.
Are you a literacy lover, a story afficianado, a word connoisseur, or just an overall fan of books and reading? Then head on down south, because this Sunday marks the 12th annual Orange County Children's Book Festival. From 9:30 - 4:30 at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, treat your family to a true bookapalooza. This all-ages event features scores of authors and illustrators, storytelling sessions, train rides around campus, make-and-take crafts, face painting, a petting zoo - and even more. And, of course, there will be plenty of chances to pick out your next bedtime story or book report topic.