Kids are on holiday for the week, the scent of turkey is in the air, and you’ve got loads to do before the relatives descend. With basketball, ice skating, a car show, a powwow and a music program honoring a not-your–average mama, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained this weekend. And hold onto your holiday hat, with one exception, we’re keeping this weekend Christmas free. (Plenty of jingle bells coming up soon enough!)

Ice skating


LA Auto Show
Love cars?  How about trucks, dune buggies, motorcycles – anything with a motor and wheels!  Be among the first in the world to see these new vehicles up close and personal: even sit in the driver’s seat.  Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Downtown. $5-$15. All ages. Event details.

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!, the coolest rock concert for kids (and parents), is back in town with an all new show, Music Is Awesome! See all your fave characters including DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Foofa, Brobee, Plex and Toodee. Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Downtown. $24-$66. Ages 2-7. Event details.

Happy Birthday, Hurricane Mama
It’s the 10th birthday of the Walt Disney Concert Hall organ, nicknamed “Hurricane Mama.”  The best organists in the world will be on hand to play—and every single one of the 6,134 pipes will be heard.  It’s a cool chance for kids to learn about this mammoth and unique instrument. Sun., 7:30 p.m. Downtown. $20 & up. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Hollywood & Mid-City

A Make-A-Wish Princess Breakfast
This Make-A-Wish fundraiser is a Princess Breakfast with your favorite Princesses, including performances, food, photo ops, activities, a raffle and more. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Mid-City. $5-$35. Ages 1-10. Event details.

Party in Your PJs With Baby Loves Disco
Roll out of bed and head right to the disco, without bothering to change out of your cozy PJs.  It’s a pajama party like no other, where you shake it on the dance floor and chow on a breakfast buffet of bagels, pop tarts and old-school cereal. Sat., 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Hollywood. $15. Ages 1-7. Event details.

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills Tree Lighting
The Hills come alive with lights and more lights. It’s Beverly Hills, so of course crystal chandeliers deck the streets, the trees are lit and a fireworks show and confetti “snow” shower ring in the holiday season. Sun., 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Beverly Hills. Free. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Fall Into Winter Festival
There will be carnival games, rides, entertainment, prizes, food and crafts as we all “Fall into Winter” with snow – a fabulous holiday treat in our sunny city. Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Glendale. $15-$20/kid, adults free. All ages. Event details.


Ice Downtown Santa Monica
It’s baaaaack! Where else can you stroll the beach in the morning and skate the afternoon away? It’s open all week, while you’re kids are out of school, too. Fri.-Sun., Hours vary. Santa Monica. $15. Ages 2 & up. Event details.

See the Bruin Women Play B-Ball
Need a sporty fix for not too many bucks? See these inspirational women take on Texas in their home opener. Plus, the first 1,000 fans get a free t-shirt. Sun., 1 p.m. Westwood. $5-$8. All ages. Event details.

Worth the Drive

Sing, Dance and Learn at the Powwow
Everyone is welcome at the California Indian Center’s annual powwow, where to enjoy American Indian dancing, singing, cultural arts and crafts, and yummy American Indian food. Sat. & Sun., Hours vary. Costa Mesa. $3-$5, kids free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing to get ready for Thanksgiving? And remember, tree lightings are already happening – here’s a list of the best and brightest in town!

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Eric Solheim via Creative Commons and Ivan via flickr