A house filled with family is well served by an outing and there’s no reason to stay cooped up with all the happenings around town. If you’re in the mood to keep the Christmas feeling going, try a concert such as the song and dance extravaganza, the 51st Annual Holiday Celebration or the Broadway-inspired show presented by Neil Berg. Plus, there are Grinchmas activities at Universal Studios and Nutcracker performances. Looking for something a little less Holiday focused? Then check out the Aquarium of the Pacific’s ocean cruise or go bird watching in Malibu. And don’t forget the ice skating rinks in Woodland Hills, Downtown Los Angeles, Westwood, and Santa Monica.
If you need to get the kids imaginations working during break, check out the Kids on Stage winter camp (Dec. 27th to Dec. 31). The Creative Dramatics class is open to performers ages 4-7 and features a daily show and plenty of fun with costumes and creativity.
Santa Watchers: Keep your Claus obsessed kiddos up-to-date on The Sleigh’s progress by clicking on Norad Tracks Santa.
Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Silver Lake, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Downtown)
51st Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration
The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion hosts L.A.’s biggest dance and musical production every year. This year’s theme is Childhood Holiday Memories and features everything from tap-dancing toy soldiers to Colombian folk music. And best of all, front row seats, right on your living room couch, are always available as the show is live-streamed on KCET-TV. Fri., 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Downtown L.A., Free. Event Details.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas Celebrity Reading
Say bah-humbug to staying in this weekend and head to Universal Studios for their massive Grinchmas celebration featuring celebrities reading Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale. Florence Henderson, Benjamin Salisbury, Kirk Trutner, Fred Savage and Nolan Gould are scheduled to entertain the kiddos this weekend. The readings occur right before the big Grinchmas tree lighting and the big Whoville celebration. Fri., Sat. and Sun., 4:40 p.m., 7:25 p.m., Universal Studios Hollywood, Free. Event Details.
Westside (Beverly Hills, Westwood, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Cheviot Hills, Culver City, West L.A.)
Neil Berg’s Broadway Holiday
Music-loving tots will get a kick out of this Broadway-inspired holiday show. New York’s stage stars croon your favorite holiday tunes from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lemer & Loewe, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many, many more. Fri., 3 p.m., 8 p.m., Sun., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., $28-$90. Event Details.
Santa Monica (Santa Monica, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, Malibu)
Bird watching for Young Children
Need to stretch your legs after all that present exchanging and cookie binging? Then head out to Malibu Lagoon State Park for a special guided tour spotting winged creatures. This short walk is created especially for families so little ones are sure to get a kick out of their first bird watching experience. Binoculars provided. Reservations required. Sun., 10 a.m., Santa Monica, Free. Event Details.
Valley (Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena)
Winter Wonderland at Kidspace
If you need a little snow in your December, then head to Kidspace Children’s Museum for a fun frolic in the snow. There are plenty of packed white flakes for making snow angels, snowmen, and yes, even snow balls. It’s the perfect way to bring a little winter to Sunny SoCal. Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pasadena, $10. Event Details.
Beach Cities (Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach, Huntington Beach, Long Beach)
Urban Ocean Cruise
Test the family’s sea legs on this informative afternoon cruise hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific. Educators will provide details on the sea animals spotted, like lounging seals, pelicans and sea gulls—and maybe, if you’re lucky, a pod of dolphins or the occasional whale. Sun., 2 p.m., Long Beach, Adult $29.95, Children, $10. Event Details.
Los Angeles Ballet performs The Nutcracker
Your budding dancer will love this classic holiday tale of Clara and her magical nutcracker. UCLA’s Royce Hall will be transformed to an enchanted land where mice battle princes, sugarplums dance and dolls come to life. Fri., 2 p.m., Sun., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., Redondo Beach, $24-90. Event Details.