Finish off the last weekend of 2018 with a bang by getting a head start on some New Year’s Eve activities made just for kids, head to the Coliseum for a mid-afternoon football game, sneak the kid’s into a life-sized gingerbread bar (or head there for a much-needed date night), grab a free scoop of ice cream courtesy of Humphry Slocombe and finally scratch sand-sledding off your bucket list. Check out the rest of our weekend picks and until next time, Happy New Year everyone!

photo: Kidspace Museum

Los Angeles

10… 9… 8… let the countdown begin! Join us for our annual New Year’s Eve (eve) balloon drops at 1:18pm, 2:18pm, and 3:18pm! Decorate your own accessories and noisemakers as we get ready to ring in 2019! This program is FREE to the general public with paid museum admission. Sun. Event Details.

Afternoon Football Game
Who’s ready for some football? Catch a mid-day game when the San Francisco 49ers play against the Los Angeles Rams at The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Sun. Event details.

Santa’s Tavern
This winter, the downtown Los Angeles hotel brings back the first- ever live life-size gingerbread bar – Santa’s Tavern – a modern wooden lodge, comprised of 1,300 lbs. of spiced cookie dough and sugar. Elaborately-decorated bar tools and spirit bottles coated with candy and cookie dough will line the inside of the edible watering hole. The bar will feature a festive rotation of activities including holiday cocktail tastings and freshly baked treats each afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


View a variety of fruit, seeds, bark, grasses, and of course, breathtaking flowers, being applied to the floats by the float builders and volunteers.  Advanced tickets are available for three public viewing locations. Times are allocated for general public viewing, including tour operators. Considerable waiting periods should be expected. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Universal City

Grinchmas is here ’til the end of the year! Anyone with a case of the bah-humbugs (or the bored vacation bugs) should hop over to Grinchmas at Universal Studios features photo ops with Grinch and his dog Max, story time with Cindy Lou-Who, cookie and ornament decorating at Universal Plaza, and the chance to stand beneath the 60-foot Grinchmas tree. Then join the Whos as they sing and dance through Who-ville during the Studio Tour Backlot Grinchmas Who-bilation. You can also catch some holiday spirit when you swing through Harry Potter’s world for some hot Butterbeer or if you like, Butterbeer ice cream, and find some holiday Minion mayhem happening in their super silly world…Fri.-Sun. Event details.


KIDS! You don’t want to miss this! We are having our very own Noon Years Eve Party!! Come to the studio with your friends for a super fun morning of New Years crafting, Meri Cherry style! This class is drop off and a pizza lunch will be provided. Ages 4 – 8. Sat. Event details.


Celebrate our 10th birthday with free ice cream, giveaways, and surprises all day! We will be handing out *free scoops all day at our Mission Shop AND LA Shop as a ‘Thank you’ to all our guests for 10 amazing years. We will also be asking guests to share the love with a dollar or two donations to Project Open Hand (Mission, SF Shop) and Homeboy Bakery (Abbot Kinney, LA Shop). There will be giveaways and surprises all day at both shops. *limit 1 scoop per guest. Fri. Event details.

There’s plenty of fun to be had at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier with rides and games, ocean breezes and sunshine.  Weather permitting, the park is open on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day, so when they’re complaining that all the gifts are open and there’s nothing to do – prove ’em wrong with a surprise trip to fun. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Your kids might be surprised to find a new sled waiting for them Christmas morning, but it’s a perfectly apt gift when you take them to spend the afternoon at the beach sand sledding. Ah, only in LA! Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Join us as we celebrate Kwanzaa at Pretend City! Each day we will light a candle on the Kinara and celebrate a new principle through a variety of activities. Lighting the Kinara begins at 11:30 a.m. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

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—Andie Huber


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