#1 See a unique exhibit. Take them to see the Inner City Arts display ‘The Reindeer Project,’ at Westfield Century City. This first-of-its-kind holiday art collection of oversized acrylic reindeer that have been designed by prominent L.A. artists for an auction benefitting Inner-City Arts.
#2 Burn some energy. Sign them up for Sports Camp with Fun & Sports at West Hollywood Park. Includes carnival games with small prizes for everyone! Play games and learn skills for soccer, baseball, flag football, hockey, basketball, track and field; and age appropriate games and activities (i.e., Dodge Ball, Duck-Duck-Goose, Sharks and Minnows, Capture the Flag, Water Balloon Toss (weather permitting), Parachute, Steal the Bacon, and Arts & Crafts).
#3 Go for a run. Take them to see a Turkey Trot. There’s countless races and fun things to do on Thanksgiving day.
#4 Learn about nature. Check out the environmental science museum at Star Eco Station. They rescue wild animals, give them a home and educate children all about them. Its a really cool place to spend a couple of hours learning about the creatures all around us. They are closed Thursday and Friday, so make plans now to go on Saturday.
#5 Take a trip out to Underwood Family Farms to select some pumpkins, go on a hayride or visit the animal center. Activities include the Hay Pyramid, Animal Center, Animal Education Displays, Combine Harvester Slide, Kid’s Corral w/ Sand Box & Pedal Tractors, Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show and much more. They are closed Thanksgiving Day but open Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
#6 Kick start your holiday fun. Head out to Knott’s Berry Farm as it transforms into “Knott’s Merry Farm” on Thanksgiving Day. There will be live entertainment, crafts fair, spectacular decorations including a 65 foot tall Christmas tree, and a colorful Christmas parade starting Thanksgiving Day and running through January 6, 2013. Also check out their holiday ice spectacular, “It’s Christmas, Snoopy!” The show, performed in the 2,100-seat Charles M. Schulz Theatre, is hosted by the famous skating beagle and his PEANUTS friends as they look for the true meaning of Christmas.
#7 Stop by a Museum. LACMA, The Getty, the Hammer, MOCA they are all open this weekend. Exposing your children to art is always a great past time! (And at the Getty you get to ride the tram up! So cool!)
#8 See a movie. Rise of the Guardians opens this weekend! DreamWorks Animation’s adaptation of William Joyce’s book Rise of the Guardians introduces us to the Avengers-like assembly of mythical fairytale icons like Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Toothy Fairy (Isla Fisher) and the Sandman (Tom Kenny) fighting to protect children. This movie looks like a lot of fun for older kids!
#9 Do some crafts. Stop in to Jenny Becs in Brentwood and pick up a Make Your Own Superhero Cape or some Alex art supplies. Drop in to Zookies in Toluca Lake and make some fairy dust or an art project in the store or pick up some crafts you can make at home. If you live in Westwood the Art Zone offers drop in art, classes and a fun play space.
#10 Check out a Children’s Museum. Always a hit. A visit to the Skirball with your kids to see Noah’s Ark is always a great time. Play at the Zimmer Museum. With multiple interactive exhibits there is always a new thing to discover! Or check out Pretend City Children’s Museum the first educational facility of its kind in Orange County, representing a small interconnected city. The non-profit museum builds better brains through whole body learning experiences, educational programs and over 15 permanent exhibits.