LA schools are already off for Thanksgiving, and there's a host of options to keep kids happy and entertained—including snow tubing at Chill and Snow Los Angeles and holiday-only events at the Los Angeles Zoo and the Discovery Cubes in Los Angeles and Orange County. And for an especially active activity, there's the Turkey Trot Los Angeles, one of several such runs in the Southland on Thanksgiving morning.
If a homemade holiday meal is too much of a hassle, check out our list of restaurants serving up Thanksgiving meals Thursday. And, as always, there are plenty more ideas to be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our monthly picks in our November GoList. Read on for our favorite outings this holiday week.
Monday, Nov. 21
LA Auto Show – Downtown Los Angeles
Sure, seeing all the new models, test driving cars, and checking out the custom gear appeal to adults, but there are also video games, virtual reality demonstrations, and play areas for the kids. Also, a new area called GO showcases cutting-edge mobility tech such as hoverboards, rocket skates, e-bikes, and more. The event continues through Nov. 27.
It's a Wonderful Life – Beverly Hills
The Academy offers a celebratory screening of the holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life in honor of its 70th anniversary. Attending are cast members Karolyn Grimes (Zuzu), Carol Coombs Mueller (Janie), Jimmy Hawkins (Tommy), and special guest Tom Capra. The event is sold out, but there is a standby line.
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Tuesday, Nov. 22
Reindeer Romp and LA Zoo Lights – Griffith Park
The LA Zoo offers two special events now through the holiday season. Reindeer Romp features a real reindeer family of two adults and two babies on view as part of the Reindeer Village special holiday area. Zoo Lights, now in its third year, is an evening holiday light display throughout the exhibits and enclosures. New features this year include a musical laser projection show, an animal shadow puppet installation, and a waterfall feature in the Children's Zoo.
Disney Screen – Huntington Beach
The Best of Friends Week, featuring Fox and the Hound and all three Toy Story movies, continues as part of Cinemark's Disney Screen event at the Century Huntington Beach Theatre.
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Wednesday, Nov. 23
Chill – Long Beach
This is opening day at the Queen Mary's ice holiday adventure. Ice tubing, an ice skating rink, and a Gingerbread House are just some of the activities that go accompany the big tree lighting. This year's event features the new Alice in Winterland, which re-imagines Lewis Carroll's classic story through an interactive, immersive 14,000-square-foot installation. To learn more about CHILL, check out our review from previous years.
Moana – Hollywood
The El Capitan Theatre offers extra experiences as Moana, Disney Animation's newest feature, debuts in movie theaters. Before the movie, the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band performs. Also, audiences get a screening of Disney's animated short Inner Workings, with an appearance by Moana live on stage.
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Thursday, Nov. 24
Turkey Trot Los Angeles – Downtown
The Turkey Trot Los Angeles takes participants on a scenic course through Downtown LA, starting and ending near City Hall and Grand Park. Kids ages 5 to 17 can take part in the 5k or 10k run/walks, and the Widdle Waddle is a 1K family/kid walk or run for kids 2 to 12.
Thanksgiving Lunch – Long Beach
Looking for a unique place to bring the kids for their Thanksgiving meal? The Aquarium of the Pacific is serving a traditional buffet lunch, and you can go visit with the sea otters, sharks, and other sea animals after the feast.
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Friday, Nov. 25
Science of Gingerbread Exhibit – Sylmar and Santa Ana
The annual exhibit, which shows there's a lot of science behind baking, opens at both the Discovery Cube Los Angeles and Discovery Cube Orange County. This holiday event features hands-on activities such as building a gingerbread house and cookie decorating. On opening weekend, including Nov. 25 and select days in December, visitors can meet Santa and take photos with him.
SNOW Day LA – Los Angeles
This event at the Old Lodge at Montecillo De Leo Politi near Dodger Stadium offers a blizzard every hour and more than 10,000 square feet of themed snow tubing lanes of varying lengths and thrill levels. There is also a Snowman Forest featuring an interactive light show and other activities. The snow days continue Thursdays through Sundays through Dec. 23.
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