If school is closed for the week, you’re on your own with kids, work, company in town and a turkey dinner for 18 to whip up. Give thanks for these dozen amazing ideas that will please absolutely everyone in the family, from baby to Gramps.

The Most STEM Fun Your Kids Can Have

Movie buffs and science lovers are thrilled when best of both worlds collide at the awesome new exhibit at the Science Center—The Science Behind Pixar. Get a unique, up-close and hands-on look at how Pixar animated movie magic comes to life with the help of those STEM skills. The exhibit starts off with a quick introductory film that walks you through the stages of Pixar’s process, from idea to completed film. From there you’ll move into the main gallery that breaks down the different components of filmmaking into fun, interactive stations your kids will be itching to touch—and thankfully they are welcome to touch and play away.

Get our scoop on hours, tickets and the can’t miss areas of the exhibit.

photo: California Science Center

Want more suggestions?  Before we kiss fall farewell, make sure you’ve hit our 75 (count ’em!) favorite fall activities.   And be sure to give us your tips and suggestions for having fun all week long in the comment section.