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Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Spooky science, Fossil Day, and ecosystem tours

Get in the Halloween spirit at Spooky Science, a daily exhibit at Discover Cube Los Angeles. From October 3 - November 1, families can explore all things creepy with hands-on learning stations ranging phases of the moon to live bug kiosks. Weekends bring special treats in the form of extra activities - a bug safari, a traveling anthropod zoo, the Rat and Mouse Club of America, and the Monster Mash parade. Admission to this one-of-a-kind Halloween science party is $10.

Take a stroll in the great outdoors with a self-guided family tour of Ballona Discovery Park in Playa Vista. This Saturday, 10/10, Ballona Wetlands will host their monthly open house, including the opportunity to explore the ecosystems within the 2-acre park. Staff members will be on hand to answer questions and point out little life forms you may have missed. The free open house runs from 10:00 - 12:00 the second Saturday of every month.

This Sunday, 10/11, is National Fossil Day, and the Natural History Museum is ready to celebrate. At this free 9:30 - 3:30 event, meet some of the museum's curators as they share a glimpse at some amazing specimens and artifacts that you won't see on a routine museum visit. In the past, curators have shared rare fossils from marine creatures, mammals, Ice Age birds, and even dinosaurs. Factor in the family-friendly activities for all ages, and this is a dream come true for any kid or parent with a passion for paleontology. 

Head on over to the Pasadena for USC's Pacific Asia Museum free day. The museum has some amazing exhibits in residence, from Japanese literati paintings to contemporary East Asian ceramics, that occupy the entire spectrum of tradition to modernity. In addition to arts and culture, you'll also find exciting opportunities for imaginative play. The museum is open from 10:00 - 6:00.