‘Tis the season (yep, already!) for tree lightings, holiday shopping, ice skating in LA and more. Read on for the details on these events and the rest of our favorites things to do with kids this weekend below.

photo: LA Zoo via Yelp

Griffith Park

LA Zoo Lights
Glowing animals welcome you on an unforgettable nighttime journey that includes the world’s largest illuminated pop-up storybook, a magical disco ball forest, giant glittering snowflakes, and a twinkling tunnel filled with dynamic swirls of color. L.A. Zoo Lights is a not-to-be-missed holiday light experience. Ongoing, starting Fri. Event details.


The Bai Holiday Ice Rink
Glide into the holidays in Pershing Square! Surrounded by art, lively activity and the impressive city skyline, the Downtown ice rink lets you enjoy entertainment and ice skating in LA. Ongoing, starting Thurs. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Light the Night at Westfield Topanga & The Village
 this event will include family-friendly musical performances by Snowfall, a Rockette-style performance by LA Follies, as well as an energetic dancing and singing act with Mini Pop Kids. Rejoice in the season’s first snowfall, a visit from Santa, and more! Fri. Event details.


First Responders Weekend at Kidspace
Kidspace celebrates first responders with special guests and opportunities to learn more about who first responders are and what they do. Make a thank you card for a first responder, and meet the Pasadena Fire Department 1:30-3:00p.m. each day. Fri. & Sat. Event details.

Jackalope Pasadena
Get a head start on holiday shopping with this indie market, featuring original fashion and jewelry, paper goods, innovative home decor and housewares, art, kids gear and more. Need a break from browsing? There will also be food trucks to keep you sated, plus hula hooping and musical entertainment throughout the day. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

West Los Angeles

Ice at Santa Monica
After shutting down briefly for repairs, the 8,000 square foot outdoor rink by the beach has reopened. Little ones just learning to skate can even sign up for lessons! Ongoing.Event details.

Andrew & Polly Mini Concert
Head to Children’s Book World for a performance by this duo.  Their folksy vocal harmony and cornucopia of acoustic instruments (mandolins, accordions, ukeleles, shakers, bananas) delight kids and parents alike. Sat. Event details.


Moonlight Forest: Magical Lantern Festival
Step into a fantasy of lights at the Los Angeles County Arboretum. Dive under the seas with exotic fish and a giant shark in our new Ocean Visions exhibit. Next step into a winter wonderland with the new Polar Dreams experience, featuring playful penguins and cuddly sled dogs. Enjoy these themes and more, along with entertainment by live acrobats, dancers and other performers. Ongoing. Event details.

Long Beach

Autumn Festival at The Aquarium of the Pacific
Delve into the arts, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 18th annual Autumn Festival. The event highlights the traditions and cultures of Japan, China, Korea, and the Philippines through a weekend of learning opportunities and family entertainment celebrating the rich diversity of Asian and Asian-American cultures. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

The Polar Express
All aboard The Polar Express Train Ride! The magical story comes to life on a one-hour journey to the North Pole (by way of Fillmore) to meet Santa. Car hosts punch golden tickets and dancing chefs serve each passenger hot chocolate and a delicious cookie, while passengers read along with the holiday classic. Ongoing. Event details.

-Shannan Rouss


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