You survived Thanksgiving, but now what? WIth a long weekend ahead of you – and possibly a house full of visitors – allow us to suggest a few ways to keep everyone entertained. The Yo Gabba Gabba Gang has arrived at Nokia Theater with a show that promises to delight. Or if you are hankering for a bit of adventure, hop on the North Pole Express in Fillmore or a tall ship in Redondo Beach for a splash of living history fun. Burn energy at either Santa Monica’s 5k Gobble Wobble or the children’s ranger-led obstacle course at the Peter Strauss Ranch. And finally, we’ve even rustled up an excellent option for your kiddos that enables you to shop on Black Friday. Read on to see how…
Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!
It’s time to dance! For a special, wiggly excursion with your munchkins head to the fabulous Nokia Theater, at L.A. Live downtown, for a date with Muno and his funky crew. VIP packages are available, replete with a pass to “get the sillies out” in a private party room with the Gabba Gang, including music, dancing, and healthy snacks. Fri. and Sat., 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. $35-$140. Event details.
Gobble Wobble Turkey Trot
Give into gluttony on Thursday with the comfort of knowing you can burn it all off on Saturday at Santa Monica’s aptly named Gobble Wobble. The 5k dash kicks off at Emerson Park and even offers a 1k “Widdle Waddle” for the kiddos. Come dressed as a turkey with all the trimmings for the costume contest. Sat., 7:00 am. Santa Monica. $40/Adults, $20/Kids 10 and Under. Event details.
Black Friday Day Camp at Kidspace
Go ahead, get your shop on. This Black Friday, the Kidspace Children’s Museum is graciously offering to entertain your munchkins at their Holiday Day Camp, so you can head to the mall and shop till you drop (yes, on your own!). Your little ones will be in hog-heaven with a day packed full of interactive games, educational adventures, and craft projects that they can take home. Half and full day sessions are offered. Fri., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. $60 or $100. Event details.
Let’s Move! at the Peter Strauss Ranch
After a day of decadent dining, head to the hills for an afternoon of playful exercise, back at the ranch. Your little turkeys can run and play at the ranger-led obstacle course designed especially for them, with prizes awarded at the end. Breathe in the fresh air, bask in the beautiful scenery, and get moving! Fri., 2:00 pm. Agoura Hills. Free. Event details.
Worth the Drive
North Pole Express Train Rides
All aboard! Next stop – Santa’s Village! Dress in pajamas and bring teddy bears for a cozy ride on a real vintage train, replete with real elves to read you stories, sing Christmas carols, and serve milk and cookies. Final destination is the “North Pole,” where Santa is awaiting your arrival (don’t forget the camera). Sat., 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Fillmore. $29/Adults, $19/Kids 2-12, Free for Under 2. Event details.
Tall Ship Family Adventure Sail
Ahoy, mateys! Here’s your chance to sail the seven seas (actually a 3-hour tour off of Redondo Beach) on The Lady Washington – a 112-foot wooden tall ship. This family-oriented Adventure Sail program features a living history experience with demonstrations of tall ship handling, sea shanty singing, and maritime storytelling. Arrrr you ready?! Sat. and Sun., 2:00 pm. Redondo Beach. $35. Event details.
— Kameron DeWulf
Photo credit: Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! via Facebook