Can you say turkey coma? We’ll help you fend that off by staying active all weekend. Chug into the holidays on the Travel Town holiday lights train, you can see silly Stooges on the big screen, learn about Santa’s life, build a cardboard city or gingerbread houses, turn Sherlock over sharks, go car crazy and meet Disney’s newest stars. Pack up those leftovers for a jazz picnic or lunch at the beach where you can meet the animals who live there and have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

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Symphonies for Youth: The Nutcracker
A ballet begins with the music, so this Nutcracker lets kids learn about the score and instruments through workhops, an instrument petting zoo, interactive dance and then the performance. Sat. Event details.

LA Auto Show
The biggest car show in the west returns with the newest, the funniest, the flashiest and the greenest new cars for you to actually drive and kids to pretend to drive. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid City

LACMA Jazz Friday Night
It’s the last Friday Night Jazz of the season at LACMA and a beautiful night to spread out a blanket, bring a picnic and let the kids run and play while you listen to music or wander through the museum. Fri. Event details.


Hollywood Holiday Parade
Kick off the Christmas season, Hollywood-style with this annual parade led by Grand Marshall Olivia Newton John. The parade has over 100 celebs, 20 bands, 10 giant balloons and other attractions—like the Grinch, Strawberry Shortcake and more. Sun. Event details.

Moana at the El Capitan
What’s Thanksgiving weekend without a family movie? Disney’s newest duo takes over the El Capitan with a live stage show and new short before the screening at this gorgeous movie palace. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Travel Town Train of Lights
Thousands of lights bring the holiday feel to Travel Town, and even the tiniest of tots can start this annual tradition of taking the 1 mile loop through the park after the sun sets. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Purple Twig’s Holiday Camp
Gotta go to work? Or sneak in a little (solo) Black Friday shopping? Drop the kids at Purple Twig for a full day of art projects and activities inspired by nature. Fri. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

The Sweet Science of Gingerbread
Cookie baking, house making, kitchen science, edible cars, Santa, taste bud teachings and more all take over the Discovery Cube at one of our favorite annual exhibits. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Cardboard City Construction
Turn the Kidspace lawn into a towering metropolis made of nothing but tape, tools and your imagination. Sat. Event details.

The Three Stooges Big Screen Event
Classic belly laughs are the perfect follow up to a belly full of turkey. Introduce the next generation to the Three Stooges and get ready to hear a lot of silly jokes the rest of the weekend). Sun. Event details.


Family Birdwalk with Audubon
Walk off that pumpkin pie with a stroll on the beach with the Audubon society, who brings plenty of binoculars for kids to use to help them find the birds that live at the beach. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Tide Pool Explorations
Take the kids for a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat, while poking in the tide pools of the Point Fermin State Marine Park. Sat. Event details.

Long Beach

Be a Shark Sleuth
Do some gumshoe work about the ocean’s most misunderstood predator with hands-on learning at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s touch-pool and a guided tour of Shark Lagoon. Sat. Event details.

Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
From the writer of The Wizard of Oz comes an origin tale of Santa, cleverly answering your kids burning questions about why he makes toys and how he can deliver them all in one night. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Do you have any Thanksgiving weekend traditions, like watching football or going to the Hollywood Holiday Parade? We’d love to hear about your favorite ways to spend this family-filled holiday in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose