Holy Turkey hangover, Batman! If you’re more stuffed than the turkey from all that holiday food, you can get out in nature and go bird watching or crayfish trapping. If you need to get a jump on holiday shopping but can’t face the black Friday crowds, you can stock up on books from a favorite kid’s book author or shop for unique finds at the Topanga Flea Market. You can also just relax by watching the Stooges, PJ Masks, Hansel and Gretel or even A Christmas Story. Read on to see what else is on tap this on this long holiday weekend.

photo: Arnaud DG via Flickr


PJ Masks Live!
This new live event is based on the Disney Junior show that the under 5 crowd can’t get enough of. See Catboy, Owlette and Gekko embark on action-packed capers, solving mysteries and learning valuable lessons along the way. Sun. Event details.

Griffith Park

Zoo Lights & Reindeer Romp
The LA Zoo is transformed with animal-themed LED light displays and decorations for the holiday season, in an event that’s been getting bigger and better every year. You can also romp with the reindeer who have flown in for the holidays! Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Hollywood Christmas Parade
It’s the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, where guest hosts and celebs show up alongside musical performers and Mickey Mouse and Grand Marshall Dr. Oz. You’ll feel a bit like you’ve landed in Oz, with this scaled back version of the Macy’s Parade that ushers in the holidays as only Hollywood can. Sun. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Make Mad Science at Kidspace
Let your little genius go wild making slimy, fizzing creations with real lab equipment and watching chemistry & physics demonstrations at the Ah!Mazing Science Show. Sun. Event details.

The Three Stooges Extravaganza
This annual event brings the best of the Stooges to the big screen for little fans. This year’s theme is Crème de la Cream Pies.  The whole family will be rolling in the aisles. Promise. Sat. Event details.

A Christmas Story on Stage
Now you can see onstage the classic story of Ralphie and his Midwestern family at Christmas time. Fri.-Sun. Event details.


Meet the Author of The Day the Crayons Quit (and New BB-8 Book!)
Hello, happy day, when Star Wars meets The Day the Crayons Quit! Celebrate the new Star Wars book, BB-8 on the Run, with author Drew Daywalt. Wear your Star Wars costume and stock up on all Drew’s great books for holiday gifts. Sat. Event details.

Go Bird Watching at the Beach
After the turkey, everyone needs a walk! Take the whole family to the beach to bird watch. Sun. Event details.

Long Beach

Hansel & Gretel’s Get Wicked
In this brand new all-ages rock musical, the beloved Grimm Brothers tale is brought to life with a rock and roll score by kidie rock star Justin Roberts and is set amidst an animated wonderland inspired by the whimsy of Lemony Snicket and Roald Dahl. Sat. Event details.

Be a Shark Sleuth
Little ones get a chance to do some real gumshoe work about the ocean’s most misunderstood predator. Learn all about sharks, and even meet and touch a few, at this family class at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Sat. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Go Crayfish Trapping
Be a scientist and help remove (and measure and record) the non-native critters who are eating all the fish in the local waters. Sat. Event details.

Forget Black Friday at the Topanga Flea Market
With loads of vintage vendors, dozens of local artisans, great food trucks and live music, this is the most family friendly of the local flea markets and one of our favorite, low-key places to do some unique holiday shopping. Sun. Event details.

Worth the Drive

All Aboard the North Pole Express
Come in your pajamas & bring your teddy bears—elves make the exciting trip with you to the “North Pole,” where Santa awaits. (You can also choose the Christmas tree train ride, where eager holiday beavers can get their tree, too!) Sat. & Sun. Event details.

How do you unwind, after the wishbone has been snapped and the pie devoured? Let us know your Thanksgiving weekend traditions in the comments section!

—Meghan Rose