Toys opened, nog drunk, and Santa is but a memory. Now what? The last weekend of 2014 should be something special, so we’ve found the best activities around-many of which will disappear with the end of the year. So play in the snow, head to the beach, sneak behind the scenes of the Rose Parade, watching the best cartoons ever on the big screen and end the year with a bang.
See A Kings Game
Traditionally, LA was never a hockey town (we’re a sunny place, not an icy one). Then the Kings got good. Really good. This is the perfect time to catch our champs, since you can follow up with a spin around the rink yourselves. Sat., 7 p.m. Downtown. $59 & up. All ages. Event details.
Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp
The Zoo is decked with animal-themed light displays and decorations for the winter. You can also romp with the reindeer who have done their bit for this holiday season and earned some R&R. Fri.-Sun., 6 p.m.–10 p.m. Griffith Park. $8-$13. All ages. Event details.
A Snowy Day at Kidspace
Play in real snow, make snow angels and snowmen, and perfect your snowball making skills. There are also live performances every day and kids can discover the science of snow. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m-5 p.m. Pasadena. $11. Ages 1-11. Event details.
Go Behind the Scenes of the Rose Parade
Take tots to get an up close and personal look at the floats that will be featured in the Rose Parade, as they get their finishing touches and decorations. Sat. & Sun., Various times. Pasadena. $10, free for kids 5 & under. All ages. Event details.
See the Greatest Cartoons Ever
See some of the very best theatrical cartoons from the movies’ Golden Ages with Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Popeye and Tom & Jerry—all projected in 35mm on the big screen at the Alex Theatre. Sat., 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Glendale. $11-$15. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
Last Weekend of the Month, Er, Year
Get into the holiday spirit with a family concert each day this weekend designed to lift your spirits and rock your world. Saturday you can catch The Pop Ups and Sunday Moona Luna rocks the house. Sat. & Sun., 2 p.m.-4 p.m. West LA. $5-$10. All ages. Event details.
Family Field Trip to the Beach
Sign your permission slip for fun. Head to the beach to find slimy seaweed, sand crabs, beach hoppers, gulls, snowy plovers and grebes with the aid of experts and binoculars (provided). Sun., 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Santa Monica. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
The Velveteen Rabbit
The timeless tale of kids, toys and love is perfect for the holidays, and it even got a little modern twist for this new production. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. Woodland Hills. $5. All ages. Event details.
Sleep With the Fishes
Sleep in the aquarium where you can go on a late night scavenger hunt. Touch marine animals like sharks, sea stars, and sea jellies. Discover bioluminescence, participate in a fish feeding and spend one of the last nights of the year practically under the sea. Sun.-Mon., 5 p.m.-7 a.m. Long Beach. $70. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
CHILL at the Queen Mary
We’ve had a little rain this year, finally, but no ice or snow. Enter the Ice Kingdom, two million pounds of sparkling ice making holiday scenes in sub-zero temps. Then go ice sliding, ice tubing and of course, ice skating. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Long Beach. $24.99-$34.99. All ages. Event details.
Want more picks for the last weekend of the year? Check our calendar to find out what’s near you. And if you need some New Year’s Eve suggestions for family celebrations, we’ve got you covered there, too!
Photo credits: Kidspace Children’s Museum and Meghan Rose