As Los Angeles shakes off the searing summer of 2014, it’s finally enjoyable to leave the house again. You and the family are happy to get out and bask in the mild weather, but where to go? You could hit any number of old favorites, but take the opportunity to see something completely new instead. LA’s cultural calendar comes alive in the fall with performances, exhibits, and events, many of which are perfect for kids and grownups alike. Here are three to look out for on your next family outing in the City of Angels.
Hollywood Costume Exhibition: October 2, 2014 – March 2, 2015
It doesn’t matter how much of a sophisticated Angeleno you are: if you love movies, you’ll gasp like an excited kid (and so will your excited kids) when you see what’s on display here. There are over 200 iconic movie costumes and props in the exhibition, including Indiana Jones’ whip, Dorothy’s ruby slippers, a whole colony of Batmen, and the yellow jumpsuit from Kill Bill (minus the bloodstains). It’s all staged at the Wilshire May Company Building — the future home of the all-new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures – and going there should be your first order of business this fall.
L.A. Dance Project’s Fall Performances: October 24 – October 26, 2014
Few living choreographers have made a bigger impact on the world of dance than Benjamin Millepied, the man who choreographed the movie Black Swan. His L.A. Dance Project collective just got back from a world tour, and it’s showing three performances this fall at the beautifully renovated Ace Hotel downtown. If you want your older kids to experience some culture, you’ll have no better opportunity. These events fill your eyes and feed your soul, with breathtaking contemporary dance and striking visual projections, all set to music from the legendary composer Philip Glass. Bonus: You can explore the gorgeous, Spanish Gothic-style hotel after the show.
Discovery Cube Los Angeles: Opening November 13
Parents, particularly those in the San Fernando Valley, can rejoice. Soon, you’ll be able to set the kids loose at The Discovery Cube for a day of wholesome fun. An offshoot of the original location in Orange County, the new museum will be in the Hansen Dam Recreation Center in Sylmar. Exhibits will help supplement to the local public schools’ science curriculum, but your kids aren’t going to concern themselves much with that. They’ll be too busy exploring the solar system at the Planetary Research Station, or swooping over the California landscape in a simulated helicopter ride. Unlike other LA openings, this one’s going to stick around — perfect for repeat visits.