This weekend kicks off a whole week off for Thanksgiving for many of LA’s school kids—luckily there’s loads to do this weekend and all week long. It’s also World Peace Day on Friday, so we zeroed in on things that are full of gratitude, peace, sharing and together time. Like making garlands of gratitude, attending Remembrance Day, being entranced by Enchanted Lights, relaxing by a campfire or loads of opportunities to do art together. Read on to see what else is on our radar this weekend!

photo: Barnsdall Art Foundation


Campfire Time with a Ranger
Join a National Park Ranger for marshmallows, activities and storytelling around a campfire. Sat. Event details.


Barnsdall Family Art Sunday
On Sunday the Barnsdall Art Park Foundation offers a free art workshop for the whole family. Each week features an art project from a different part of the world; this week it’s making Navajo rug designs from the USA. Sun. Event details.

Mid-City & Hollywood

Shopkins Live!
Join Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette and Polli Polish as they dance, sing and show off the trendiest fashions. Shopkins crazed kids will love this show. (Also playing in Anaheim Sun.) Sat. Event details.

Make Garlands of Gratitude
There is so much to be grateful for during this time of the year. Kids share what they are thankful for while creating garlands of gratitude to hang at home. Sun. Event details.

The Art of the Costume at LACMA
From ballet costumes to set design, Marc Chagall loved designing for theater and opera. Today families can design playful costumes and sets in artist led workshops in honor of the amazing new Chagall exhibit at LACMA. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Pre-Turkey Day Turkey Trot
This Turkey Trot takes place a little early for those who are busy or away on Thanksgiving! There’s a 1K for kids, a 5 K walk/run and a 10K run and everyone gets a finisher medal, t-shirt and snacks. Sat. Event details.

Doo Dah Parade
Known as the twisted sister of the Rose Parade, the Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade has become famous for its eccentric and irreverent satire. This awesomely offbeat parade is loads of fun for even those who don’t love a traditional parade. Sun. Event details.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso
This interactive, nighttime, one-mile walk through 10 lighting displays in Descanso Gardens is spectacular. It’s fun for the youngest of kids and delights visiting relatives. Sun. Event details.


The Fairy and the Pirate Adventure
The Fairy and the Pirate Adventure from A Faery Hunt comes to McCabes Guitar shop for a rare indoor show. Sun. Event details.

E.T. Live in Concert
“Phone home” because AYS is performing John Williams’ legendary score for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial live-to-picture. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Remembrance Day at the Drum Barracks
The Drum Barracks hosts a celebration of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address at the only Civil War museum in California. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

La Belle, Lost in the World of the Automaton
This telling of Beauty and the Beast trades the castle, forest and provincial town for a wondrous setting on a steamship inhabited by a living mechanical man. La Belle tells the story with elegant puppets, animatronics and an endless stream of visual effects. Sun. Event details.

Orange County

Journey to Oz
Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center by allowing kids in the audience to take on roles like Munchkins, Winkies, and even Dorothy. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

We want to know: what’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition? From turkey trots to fave pies, let us know in the comment section!

—Meghan Rose