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Los Angeles fun for kids this weekend: Pumpkin races, all-access art, and food growing

Head to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey this Friday or Saturday for Spooky Science Night. From 5:00 - 9:00, all ghouls, goblins, and ghosts in attendance will get sppokier and slimier than ever before with hands-on, family-friendly science activities that speak to the creepy crawley in every kid. This Halloween science spooktacular is open to all ages, and carries a $5 pricetag per person.

Check out Food Day LA, a celebration of edible things and the ways we grow them, this Saturday from 10:00 - 2:00. This event at Reseda's Kindred Spirits Care Farm will teach children and families about sustainability, and also boasts great food, farm tours, animal meet-and-greets, music, crafts, music, outdoor inspiration, and so much more. Best of all, it's totally free to attend.

For an artistic adventure, take the family to explore All Access to Grand Ave Arts, a culture-meets-artstravaganza in downtown Los Angeles. From 10:00 - 5:00 on Saturday, explore Grand Avenue's amazing art centers, dive into engaging hands-on workshops, check out artistical installations, watch a children's film screening, or create a family craft. Don't miss the installation of more than seventy Dia de los Muertos altars and art pieces while you're there. Admission is free, but make sure you leave some extra time for parking.

This Sunday, roll on down to the Manhattan Beach Pier for the 25th Annual World Famous Pumpkin Race Festival. The pier, transformed into Pumpkinrace Land, is an environment for creativity to run wild - and pumpkins to run wilder! This costumes-welcome event runs from 12:00 - 5:00, with the first round of races beginning at 12:00 and the Championship Finals races kicking off at around 4:30. Kids of all ages - tot to teen - and their families are welcome, and admission is free.