FUN THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN LA THIS WEEKEND, NOV 16-19, 2017


You can smell the holidays in the air already, and with Thanksgiving approaching, and no school next week, there are so many amazing and fun things to do with kids in this beautiful City.

Start your weekend early with the holiday celebration in Beverly Hills, visit Santa at The Grove, get enchanted at Forest of Light at Descanso Garden, go on a journey of excitement at Circus Vargas, do some ice skating in Santa Monica, and many many more.

Don't forget to check our event calendar during this holiday season for lots and lots of fun with your family.

Holiday Lighting Celebration

200 Block of Rodeo Drive

Beverly Hills, California 90210

November 16th & 20th

Beverly Hills is the place to be for the holidays. The festivities officially begin Thursday, November 16 at 5 p.m. with the Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration and a special performance by Robin Thicke as the headlining performer. DJ Balthazar Getty will be performing during the lighting celebration while the talented Vanessa Lachey will host the event that will end with a fireworks display over Rodeo Drive. You are invited to continue the celebration on November 20th on Rodeo Drive, and are encouraged to bring a coat or warm clothing item to donate to give the gift of warmth for the holiday season. [FREE]


A California Christmas

Now through Dec 31st

7pm & 8 pm

189 The Grove Dr

Los Angeles, California 90036

Santa has already taken his post at the Santa House at the Grove and the entire property has transformed into the ultimate holiday spectacle. Each day throughout the holiday season, you can enjoy a festive brass band, drummer boys, stilt walkers, visits from gingerbread men and toy soldiers, hot cocoa carts, a cappella performances, and "snow fall" every night at 7pm and 8pm. [FREE]


The Great Los Angeles Walk

Starting at JANM

November 18, 2107

9 am

Explore the City with your kids this Saturday with hundreds of walkers starting at Japanese American National Museum. The whole excitement of exploring L.A. by foot is to get up close and personal with sites you might normally miss while cruising down the street in your car. There's a lot to see this year. At downtown you'll pass through Little Tokyo, the L.A. Times building, City Hall and more; later, on Beverly, you'll see the Original Tommy's, CBS Television City, and much more. You can hop on or off the walk whenever you'd like when the kids get tired. Even though reservations are not required, RSVPs are appreciated. [FREE]

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Enchanted: Forest of Light

Descanso Gardens

1418 Descanso Dr.

Los Angeles, CA 91011

November 19th - January 7th

Enchanted: Forest of Light is an interactive, nighttime experience unlike anything else in Los Angeles, featuring a one-mile walk through unique lighting experiences in some of the most beloved areas of Descanso Gardens, and it starts this Sunday. Tickets range from $28-$30 for the general public, and $23–$25 for Descanso Gardens members. For additional fee, you can have dinner with the family at Maple first, and then enter the Enchanted experience after you dine. Also check our event calendar for dates for "Dinner with Santa".


Circus Vargas presents Steam Cirque

250 S Harbor Blvd

San Pedro, CA 90731

Nov 16th-20th

This is the last weekend that Circus Vargas is in town till the next year. Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for the retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque, a journey of fantastic proportions where children of all ages will marvel at the wacky and wonderful cast of characters that come alive in this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey. Arrive 45 minutes early for the interactive pre-show where kids can join the circus; stay for a post-show meet and greet with the stars. There are no animals in this show. [Cost: $25+]


Sistine Chapel in Canoga Park

Now through - Dec 31st

6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd

Canoga Park, CA 91303

This weekend, take a short trip to Italy and see Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at Westfield Topanga & The Village. With special expertise and care, the ceiling paintings from the Sistine Chapel have been reproduced using state-of-the-art technology. Explore the artwork up close at a distance impossible to achieve in the Sistine Chapel. (May not be appropriate for small children). While you are there, take photos with Santa. Photo packages start at $24.99. You can also pay for photos in advance through the Santa Fast Pass and skip the line! [Sistine Chapel Tickets: $10]

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ICE at Santa Monica

1324 Fifth Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Now through Jan 15th

Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into Ice at Santa Monica, into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink. Admission & Skate rentals are $15. Locker Rental are $10 with $5 refund upon key return. Hot dogs, cocoa, and other snacks are available for purchase.


Cavalia: Odysseo

Nov 16th - Jan 9th

Under the White Top

Camarillo, CA

Even though Camarillo is about an hour drive from Los Angeles, this show is really worth the drive. Presented under a massive White Big Top, this colossal production featuring over 65 horses and 50 artists will take your breath away! Blending awe-inspiring equestrian arts with imaginative stagecraft, amazing acrobatic feats and cutting-edge technical effects, this extravaganza expands the definition of performance into an epic yet soulful theatrical experience. [Ages: 4+; Cost: $45 and up]


Holidays at the Disneyland Resort

Fri Nov 10th - Sun Jan 7th 2018

1313 Disneyland Dr.

Anaheim, CA 92802

The Holidays have already started at The Disneyland Resort. Gather the family and enjoy the heartwarming delights of live music, dance and holiday-inspired performances, meet Santa and his joyful elves at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, let Princess Elena of Avalor and her friends delight you with musical celebration, and much much more. [Cost: Various]


Snow Day L A

The Old Lodge

Nov 17th - Dec 17th

2002 Stadium Way

Los Angeles, CA 90026

LA's first winter themed tubing park is back with awesome new activities. The Festivities include Falling Snow Flurries, Multiple Tubing Lanes, Winter Skating Rink, Penguin Lounge (plus a free Onesie Snuggie), Animated Penguin Light Path, Giant Snow Globe Photo Booth, Games, and More. Food and Drinks are available for purchase. [Cost: $12+]


Knott's Merry Farm

Festive Decorations & Snow

Nov 17th - Dec 31st

8039 Beach Blvd.

Buena Park, CA 90620

Knott's Berry Farm rolls out the lavish holiday decorations, a crafts fair, festive food and nightly snow in Ghost Town -- and that's in addition to all of its thrilling attractions across its 160 acres of family fun -- as it transforms into Knott's Merry Farm. See the Peanuts Gang on ice and visit Santa's Christmas Cabin, where everyone can share their wish list with jolly ol' St. Nick. Snack on holiday treats like maple lollipops, churros and warm gingerbread men. Wander the vintage railcars filled with cheery ghosts, enjoy classic musicals including A Christmas Carol, kick up your heels to bluegrass bands and catch Snoopy's tree lighting on the Calico Square Stage, with a cast of marching toy soldiers, the loveable Mrs. Claus and dancing snowmen. [Cost: $49+]


MINECON Earth Viewing Party

Microsoft Stores

Various Locations

Sat Nov 18th

This Saturday celebrate your love for all things blocky and brilliant with the official MINECON Earth Viewing Party at a Microsoft store near you. Other than broadcasting the show itself, there'll be prizes, giveaways, costume contests and, of course, plenty of opportunity to play Minecraft itself. [FREE]


Holiday in the Park

Nov 17th

5:00pm - 9:00pm

Magnolia Park Burbank

3500 W Magnolia Blvd

Burbank, CA 91505

This Friday, it is Burbank's biggest event of the season in Magnolia Park. Event festivities include Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Car Show, Snow play area, Bounce Houses, Crafts, Bubble play area, Character photo ops, Live music, Dance performances, Police, Fire and SWAT vehicles, Face painting and Balloon twisters, and more. (Magnolia Blvd. will be closed for 9 blocks from Hollywood Way to Florence Street). [FREE]


See our searchable event calendar for more events this weekend, and every day of the week.


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