Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica
Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica

Thanksgiving Weekend Things To Do in LA with Kids: Turkey Trot to Christmas Parade

In recent years, Thanksgiving was all about cute mash-ups (remember Thanksgivvikuh?), Black Friday shopping, and outrage over Thursday-is-Not-Friday-But-the-Middle-of-a-Holiday sales. This year, Hanukkah holds off until late December, setting the stage for a traditional Chrismakkuh, and many major retailers are promising to stay closed on Thursday. (You go, Lakeshore LearningHome Depot, and Barnes & Noble! As for the rest of you, time out with no pumpkin pie.)

We've found a few family-friendly venues open on Thanksgiving, where you can enjoy a little morning cardio, a visit with animal friends, and maybe a good meal. (Make sure you check the hours for the day; some places are closing early.) You can make your Friday about shopping, or you can gather the family for a flick, whether new or timeless or the (three) to rule them all. Once again, Saturday is the new Friday, and it's all about the local.

We here are thankful for much, and hope you feel the same way. We're grateful for the truly unique shows, spectacles, and experiences that come our way this time of year. We're thankful for our beautiful climate, which lets us sled on the sand as easily as on the snow. We're grateful for our brave first responders, who put themselves in harm's way to keep us and our homes safe. We're grateful for the health and well-being of our loved ones, and we're grateful for you, our readers. Happy Thanksgiving, guys!

Keep reading for some of our best finds for fun this Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and, thankfully, Thanksgiving weekend...


City Hall/ Grand Park
1st & Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA

Santa Barbara Zoo
500 Niños Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Burbank Community YMCA
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

West LA Civic Center
1645 Corinth Ave (The Old Courthouse Skate Park)
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Cheviot Hills Recreation area (Rancho Park)
2551 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles , CA 90064

El Capitan Theatre Hollywood
6838 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave
Arcadia, CA 91107

Los Angeles Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Colorado Blvd between Eagle Rock Blvd and Townsend
Eagle Rock Blvd between Colorado and Westdale
Eagle Rock, CA 90041

The Paley Center for Media
465 North Beverly Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Orange Empire Railway Museum
2201 South 'A' Street
Perris, CA 92570

Discovery Cube Los Angeles
11800 Foothill Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 91342

New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802

Irvine Park Railroad
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
18000 Park Plaza Dr
Cerritos, CA 90703

Pasadena Playhouse
39 S. El Molino Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101

Janss Marketplace
275 N Moorpark Rd East
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 N College Ave
Claremont, CA 91761

American Girl Store at the Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403

Old Town Music Hall
140 Richmond Street
El Segundo, CA

The Roadium
2500 W Redondo Beach Blvd
Torrance, CA

Home Depot - All Locations
5600 Sunset Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

Santa Monica Pier
200 Santa Monica Pier Merry Go-Round Deck
Santa Monica, CA

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort
1131 Back Bay Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Downtown Sierra Madre
Sierra Madre, CA

Alex Theatre
216 North Brand Blvd.
Glendale, CA 91203

The California African American Museum
600 State Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

Small Businesses
throughout Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA

Hollywood
6925 Hollywood Blvd
Hollywood, CA 90028

City Hall
201 E. La Habra Blvd
La Habra , CA

301 S Euclid St
La Habra, CA 90631

Fonda Theatre
6126 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Vista Theatre
4473 Sunset Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90027

The Marketplace
2961 El Camino Real
Tustin/ Irvine, CA 92782

Downtown San Pedro
13th Street & Pacific Avenue
San Pedro, CA

Montebello City Hall
1600 West Beverly Blvd
Montebello, CA 90640

The Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90403