For many parents in LA, this weekend kicks off a whole week of school vacation leading up to Thanksgiving, so we found things that will thrill your weekend and beyond. To infinity and beyond in fact, when you visit the new Science of Pixar exhibit. You can also head to outerspace at Kidspace, see snow in the city, horses under the big top, hit the kookiest parade in America, and get a head start on Thanksgiving (with a Turkey Trot) and even Christmas (by snapping up early bird tickets to Zoo Lights).

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The Science of Pixar
This giant new interactive exhibition at the Science Center showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by artists and computer scientists to make Pixar’s movies come to life. More than 40 interactive elements keep kids (and parents) busy and learning for hours. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Snow LA!
New this year, and right near the heart of the city, is a giant new tubing spot filled with snow, a Snowman Forest, an interactive light show, snow-blowing blizzards and more chilly fun. Who says it never snows in LA? Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Volunteer at the Food Bank
LA Regional Food Bank is the second largest one in the US, and they want families to get involved with volunteering together. Kick off the season of thanks and giving by helping sort, stack and shelve food to distribute to the hungry this holiday. Sat. Event details.

African American Tales at CAAM
Bring the whole family to hear wonderful folk tales from Nigeria, Botswana, Egypt, and Rwanda told by master storyteller Michael D. McCarty. Sat. Event details.

Griffith Park

Zoo Lights
The LA Zoo is transformed with animal-themed LED light displays, decorations, light shows and a new laser show set to music and projected on screens of water. Oh, there’ll be reindeer and Santa, too. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Turkey Trot San Gabriel
Earn your pie and earn money to support the youth programs in San Gabriel.  There’s a 1K for kids, a 5 K walk/run and a 10K run for bigger people. Everyone gets a medal, a t-shirt and bragging rights. Sat. Event details.

The Doo Dah Parade
The Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade is a kooky parade filled with silliness and satire. It’s been named by Readers Digest as “America’s Best Parade,” and featured in the book 50 Places You Must Visit Before You Die, so it’s a total bucket list outing. Sun. Event details.

Outerspace at Kidspace
Kidspace becomes the final frontier for a day of space-science exploration and play, with a mini rocket launching area, a pretend-play Martian Habitat and a portable planetarium. Sun. Event details.


Taiko Drumming Family Day
At the art workshop you can make a colorful Taiko-inspired headband to wear to the performance by Kyodo Taiko. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Remembrance Day
7 Score and 13 years ago President Abraham Lincoln gave an address at the Gettysburg National Cemetery. The Drum Barracks Museum hosts a day of national remembrance and celebration. Sat. Event details.

Disney’s My Son Pinocchio
This new musical retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective and features beloved classic songs like “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new music in a play that’s fun for all real boys and girls. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Modern Times to Live Music
Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times plays on the big screen while the New West Symphony plays live to the picture. Introduce your kids the brilliance of the Little Tramp. Fri. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Cavalia Odysseo
More than 50 horses are in this show that features a real carousel, a magically appearing lake in front a video backdrop the size of three IMAX screens, dance, acrobatics and live music. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

What to do if this is just the start of 9 days off? Banish boredom-we’ve rounded up the coolest things to do this Thanksgiving week, all week long.

—Meghan Rose