Hollywood Park Family Fun Day

There are simply not enough events that bring together activities that both parents and children can enjoy alongside each other. Usually scheduled fun days either focus entirely on kid’s activities or adult activities, but usually they aren’t mixed!

Well, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California, is looking to change this trend with its Family Day this Sunday, October 17th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. During most days, Hollywood Park is a premiere race track that opened in June of 1938, which was also the inaugural year of the Hollywood Gold Cup, which would come to be known as Hollywood Park’s signature race. According to the Hollywood Park website:

“The legendary Seabiscuit was victorious in 1938’s inaugural running of the Hollywood Gold Cup, the track’s signature race which would be won 11 times by Thoroughbreds distinguished as Horse of the Year: 1938, Seabiscuit; 1940, Challedon; 1951, Citation; 1956, Swaps; 1957, Round Table; 1971, Ack Ack; 1979, Affirmed; 1987, Ferdinand; 1990, Criminal Type; 1995, Cigar; 1998, Skip Away.”

This Sunday will be quite a day for all of the family to enjoy. While parents take turns betting and watching live horse racing from the stands, the kiddies will be able to enjoy a number of activities – from inflatables to pony rides to face painting. While the Family Fun Day activities start at noon and last until 4, make sure to get to the park before 1 p.m., so you can take part in the live horse racing that’s taking place!

A quick reminder as well, there will also be fun at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, coming up this weekend, October 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This event is taking place at the Juan Bautista de Anza Park, right off the 101 Freeway. Besides pumpkin themed activities, there will be pumpkin beer and baked pumpkin goods! Southern California events just don’t get any better!

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, Southern California

I think I’ve made it clear that rides, inflatables and other amusement related activities are totally awesome in this blog. If you disagree, I will tell you again: inflatables and rides are awesome. Now we can move on. My love of these things causes me to look for fairs that celebrate the harvest season, with themes about Halloween, apples and pumpkins. One of my favorite things to do in the fall is to go to these types of events because they have rides, inflatables and really delicious food (made from apples and pumpkins!).

One such festival is the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, which is coming up on October 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. This festival, an annual tradition in Southern California events, is set up at the Juan Bautista de Anza Park on 3701 Lost Hills Road, right off of the 101 Freeway. The major focus of this festival is (what else?) pumpkins in all shapes and forms: there’s a pumpkin patch, pumpkin foods, pumpkin beer for dad, pumpkin crafts, a professional pumpkin carver and baked pumpkin goods. Is there anything better in the fall?

Also included in the price of admission are the rides and games that your kids can handle. There’s a free fun carnival zone for games and a plethora of rides for you and your kids to enjoy, from inflatable rides and obstacle courses, to a giant slide and musical swings! There are also bands playing all weekend and contests for all to participate in:

– Kid’s and Adult’s Pie Eating Contest
– Mummy Wrap Contest
– Seed Spitting Contest

Finally, if you’re a car aficionado, check out the lineup of classic cars and cars from Hollywood movies. You can bet I will be there!