Happy Veterans Day!  This long weekend has plenty of warm and cozy activities everywhere, from a cocoa craft to symphonic concerts and shows for kids galore. Exercise your brain with a robot building workshop, or your body with the Calabasas Classic fun run.  We’ve even got Veterans celebrations, and some extra Monday fun for your day off.

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Building Music: A Toyota Symphony for Youth
Kids can explore the connection between music and architecture through Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing, which was inspired by Walt Disney Concert Hall: a bit of history for the 10th Anniversary of this cool building. Sat., 11:00 am. Downtown. $27.50-$31.50. All ages. Event details.


Hot Cocoa Crafts at American Girl
Make warm holiday memories with your favorite girl! Create & decorate a hot cocoa cozy, then head home to make a warm drink and snuggle up. Fri.,at 5:00 pm & Sun. at 1:00 pm. Mid-City. Free.  Ages 8+. Event details.

Snow White at the Nine O’Clock Players
See good triumph over evil, true love win, and the seven funny little men who help in this musical production just for kids.  Sat. & Sun., 2:00 pm. Hollywood. $12.  Ages 3+. Event details.


Beauty and the Beast Jr.
Step into the enchanted world of Belle, the Beast and a whole host of charming, singing & dancing characters. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm. Santa Monica. $15-$20. Ages 4+. Event details.

Pasadena Area

Robots Rock
Everyone should have the chance to build a real robot! Kids will learn about tools, structure, wheels, gears and radio control as they construct and control their own robot to take part in competition games and battles. Sat., 12:30 pm. Glendale. $55. Ages 6+. Event details.

Japanese Festival
Enjoy a Descanso autumn tradition: this weekend long picturesque celebration of Japanese arts, crafts, and culture. Our top activities: the taiko drummers and fashion show of traditional kimonos. Sat. & Sun., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. La Canada. $3-$8. All ages. Event details.

South Bay

Veterans Appreciation Festival at Battleship IOWA
Battleship IOWA will host a Veterans Appreciation Festival featuring free Battleship IOWA Tours for Veterans and active duty military, live music, food trucks, and plenty of activities for the kiddos. Sat., 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. San Pedro. Free admission, tours $10-$18. All ages. Event details.


Calabasas Classic
With Thanksgiving coming up, closely followed by even more holiday eating, it’s time to get some preventative exercise.  This is a perfect, easy, fun family run – and it’s all for charity. (Finisher medal and super cool goodie bad included.) Sun., 10:30 am. Calabasas. $15 registration. All ages. Event details.

Veterans Day at Ronald Reagan Library
You have the day off.  The kids have the day off.  While you could go to a movie or hit the park, it’s a great day to introduce the kids to the idea behind the holiday – honoring the men and women who serve in the United States Armed Forces. Speakers, music, Civil War re-enactments, a flyover, military vehicle displays can be found at the Presidential Museum today. Mon., 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. Simi Valley. Free. All ages. Event details.

What are you doing to celebrate Veterans Day?  Let us know!

-Meghan Rose

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