You’re still reeling from tryptophan and Black Friday, but the kids haven’t slowed for a second. Whether you want a little respite and recovery time at a movie, an adventure by the sea or with wild animals or a quiet story time, we’ve got just the ticket. But if you’re ready to move full steam ahead into holiday heaven, there are lights at the Zoo, sweet holiday science, Rudolph and a Charlie Brown Christmas, too!

arboretum goose


Moose on the Loose Family Story Time
Get ready for an a-moosing afternoon of stories, songs, poems, and a puppet show at the gorgeous Central Library. (link) Let this be your excuse to explore downtown. Sat., 2-3 p.m. Downtown. Free. Ages 2-8. Event details.

See the Kings of the Ice
With ice rinks all over town opening for the season, why not take your little skaters to see the big boys play? You’ll all be so inspired, you’ll hit the rink yourself the next day. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Downtown. Prices vary. All ages. Event details.

Griffith Park

Zoo Lights & Reindeer Romp
Reindeer and lights galore take over the Zoo for the holidays, starting this weekend. Make sure you get your tickets as they will sell out for this sparkling and stunning display. Don’t forget the thermos of cocoa! Fri.-Sun., 2-4 p.m. Griffith Park. $11-$13. All ages. Event details.


The Hollywood Christmas Parade
It must be time for Christmas, Santa’s on the Walk of Stars. Musical guests of the annual parade include Christina Milian and Estelle, and the Grand Marshalls are Penn and Teller. The parade promises over 100 celebrities, 20 bands, 10 giant balloons and more. Sun., 5 p.m. Hollywood. Free-$85. All ages. Event details.


Star Eco Station Tour
Meet parrots and pythons and piranhas–oh my! Each tour is led by an expert Eco Station staff member who explains the habits and history of hundreds of rescued exotic animals. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Culver City. $6-$8. All ages. Event details.

San Gabriel Valley

Laugh Along with the Stooges
This is the 18th annual ‘Three Stooges Big Screen Event!’ and the goofy, physical humor is right up your kiddos alley–they’ll love watching Larry, Curly and Moe fight and fall. Sat., 2 & 8 p.m. Glendale. $12-$16. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

Escape from Black Friday
Whether you need a place to drop the kids because you have to work, work out, or give your credit cards a workout, this is the place to do it! The Arboretum (pictured above) has a new one-day camp is filled with crafts, outdoor explorations and science experiments. Fri., 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Arcadia. $75. Ages 5-10. Event details.


Singin’ in the Rain
Before the deluge comes this winter with Godzilla El Nino, get ready to laugh and sing and dance in the rain, when this classic hits the big screen. Fri., 7:30 p.m. Santa Monica. $9-$11. Ages 5 & up. Event details.

San Fernando Valley

Sweet Science of Gingerbread
Just in case you haven’t eaten enough this week…it’s time for Gingerbread. Go behind the sweet science of this spicy treat with hands-on kitchen science experiments, learning about kitchen tools and investigating recipe science. There’s also a gingerbread house contest. Fri.-Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Hansen Dam. $10. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

See What Lives in a Tide Pool
Take the kids for a naturalist-led ramble on the rocks to see animals in their natural habitat, poking in the tide pools of the Point Fermin State Marine Park. Sat., 2:30-4p.m. San Pedro. Free. All ages. Event details.

Inland Empire

Good Grief! It’s a Charlie Brown Christmas
If your kids liked the movie, they’ll love seeing favorite Peanuts characters come to life on stage. The show ends with a Charlie Brown Christmas Sing-a-long, which is a great kick off to the season. Sat., 2 & 8 p.m. San Bernadino. $39-$68. All ages. Event details.

Orange County

You Know Dasher… And This Guy
The beloved television classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage in a musical that teaches kids that what makes us different can be what makes us special. Fri. & Sat., Various times. Cerritos. $35-$65. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

We’d love to see how you rocked Thanksgiving and the weekend; show off on instagram at #RockTheWeekend.

—Meghan Rose

photo: Meghan Rose