The goblins are tucked away in their beds, now visions of gobbling can dance in your head. But before we talk turkey, this weekend take a bit of a breather and settle in for movies and music, b-ball and ballet boys, festivals and family runs. And don’t forget to take a moment to honor everyone who has served our country – Tuesday is Veterans Day.

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A Double Feature at the Drive-In
See a drive-in in the heart of the city. Electric Dusk Drive-In presents “Anastasia” and “Shrek” for a family movie night where an unusual pair of princesses hit the screen.  Sat., 6 p.m. Downtown. $11-$13. Ages 4 & up. Event details.

World City Music
Does it seem like we toot World City Music’s horn a lot? That’s because it’s our favorite winter music program for kids. The Git-Hoan Dancers perform today with hand-carved masks, skin and wood drums and colorful hand-made clothes. Sat., 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Downtown. Free. All ages. Event details.

Slam Dunk: See the Clippers
Now that baseball is over, we don’t have football, the champs (the Kings) and the Lakers tend to sell out fast and be pricey, what’s a sports fan with kids to do?  Catch the Clippers taking on the Trail Blazers.  Sat., 12:30 p.m. Downtown. $15 & up. All ages. Event details.

No swans in tutus here! Check out an athletic, graceful and slightly cheeky version of ballet that the whole family can enjoy. Fri.-Sun., Various times. Downtown. $20-$150. All ages. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Family Bird Walk
Bring your binoculars and comfy shoes to join an experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding our fine feathered friends. Sat., 8 a.m. Arcadia. Free. All ages. Event details.

Japanese Garden Festival
Japanese arts, crafts, and culture come to life at Decanso. Stroll through the Gardens to see ikebana, hear taiko drummers and taste some delicious Japanese eats. Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. La Canada. $4-$9. All ages. Event details.


Finding Poems in Works of Art
Art inspires poetry and poetry is art. Explore the work of American artist Jim Hodges with a poet and discover how to stitch together words from art to spark poems. Sun., 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Westwood. Free. Ages 5 & up. Event details.


Calabasas Family Run
With Thanksgiving coming up, it’s time to get some exercise.  This is a perfect, easy, fun family run – and everyone gets a medal and a super cool goodie bag at the finish line. Sun., 10:30 a.m. Calabasas. $10-$15. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Veterans Appreciation Festival at Battleship IOWA
Honor our vets with a tour of Battleship IOWA (free for Veterans and active duty military), live music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for the kiddos. Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. San Pedro. $7-$10, kids under 6 free. All ages. Event details.

Doktor Kaboom! Makes Science Fun
Take the kiddos for some serious science entertainment at this silly show that proves how much fun science can be. Sun., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. Torrance. $10-$20. All ages. Event details.

What are your weekend plans? We’d love to know – meet us in the comment section below.

-Meghan Rose

Photo credits: Boy with binoculars image courtesy of USDA via Creative Commons; Descanso Gardens by Keith Evans via Creative Commons.