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-Weekend-Whaddup- Labor Day Edition

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Happy Birthday L.A!

where: Olvera Street, Los Angeles Street at Alameda Street, Los Angeles
when: Friday September 4, 6:45 PM – 9:00 PM
who: everyone
how much: Free

 

the Whaddup:

The City of Angels turns 230 years old on September 4, but if you ask me she doesn’t look more than 24. Maybe 25. Olvera is the place to share and celebrate in this milestone.  Following a procession from Mission San Gabriel, mass, and other activities throughout the day, there will be a reception in the Cathedral Plaza with flags, banners, color guards, bag pipes, and more. Visitors are encouraged to wear Spanish, Native American, soldado uniforms or other appropriate attire.

For more info: website

 

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Take A Moonlight Hike w/Tree People

when: Sep 4 at 7:30 p.m.

where: Coldwater Canyon Park, 12601 Mulholland Dr., Beverly Hills, Ca

how much: $5

who: everyone

 

the Whaddup:

Come howl at the moon (in public this time) and explore Coldwater Canyon Park at night. Families welcome during this hour-long guided hike. You must pre-register to attend, contact moonlight@treepeople.org. Check-in begins at 6:30 p.m.

more info: website

 

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E.T at the Hollywood Bowl

where: Hollywood Bowl
when: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM 9/4 -9/6
who: everyone
how much: starting at $15

 

the Whaddup,
Bring the family to this extraordinary, premiere event, as the Los Angeles Philharmonic performs John Williams’ entire Academy Award®-winning score from Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming masterpiece about a boy and his alien friend, live-to-picture while this beloved film is shown in HD on the Bowl’s big screen. Don’t miss E.T. under the stars, as you’ve never seen or heard it before!

Rated PG.

For more info: website

 

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LAST WEEKEND @ Skirball

where: Skirball Cultural Center
when: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM and again @ 2PM
who: everyone
how much: Included with Museum admission: $10 General | $7 Seniors, Full-Time Students, and Children over 12 | $5 Children 2–12 | FREE to Skirball Members and Children under 2

Sunday, September 6
Buckle your seatbelts! This summer’s Family Amphitheater Performances at the Skirball takes family visitors on a ramblin’ musical “road trip. Heidi Swedberg and the Sukey Jump Band (September 5), Dave Aaronoff and the Protagonists (September 6).

For more info: website

 

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Take Me To The LA County Fair

when: Sep 4 at Hours vary

where: Pomona Fairplex, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, Ca

how much: $8-$20

who: All Ages

 

the Whaddup,

The L.A. County Fair is the largest of it’s kind, in the entire country. This isn’t the 4-H affair you know from your youth – it’s big, bigger and biggest with horseracing, Monster Trucks, big name concerts (everyone from ZZ Top to Train to The Beach Boys is playing) and more.

Kiddos big and little love the Barnyard Races, America’s Kids, Luminasia (it’s their last year at the circus), Esmerelda’s Traveling Circus, the World of Wonders, Mojo’s Wild and Crazy Lagoon, Beneath the Sea, the Sea Lion Show and so much more. Hungry? There are the traditional blue ribbon contests to drool over, but if you really want to chow down you can get fried goodies – from traditional funnel cakes to brownies, Oreos, Klondike ice cream bars, avocados, bacon, Kool-Aid and butter, which all get the deep fried treatment. And in an effort to also offer things that won’t send parents running there are plenty of yogurts, smoothies, fruits and salads too!

more info: website

 

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Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cookoff

when: Friday – Monday

where: 23789 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu CA 90265

who: everyone

how much:

 

the Whaddup:

The 32nd Annual Malibu Kiwanis Chili Cook-Off, Carnival & Fair is open Friday through Monday on Labor Day weekend August 30 – September 2nd, 2013.  The hours are as follows:

Friday through Monday, Labor Day Weekend, August 30 – September 2nd, 2013

**Chili Cook-Off is Saturday and Sunday from 11-6pm

Music all weekend.  Check out The Deltaz

Above the beautiful beaches and glamorous neighborhoods of California, deep in the secluded mountains, you can hear the pulse of Mississippi Delta Blues, the harmony of American folk music, and the rumble of retro rock – this sound is The Deltaz. The Deltaz are two brothers – John and Ted Siegel. Since they were boys they idolized the great American musicians of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

more info: website

 

-Weekend-Whaddup- Spring Forward Edition

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It’s that time, to spring forward… we lose an hour of sleep and even though the clock shows we’re an hour later, it feels like we’ve been cheated. I don’t know why we still do this but I’d like it to stop! So if anyone has any pull…

Here’s a Friday something to do, before you get to the WeekendWhaddup…

 

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HAPPY HOUR AT LOLLIPOP DREAM

Where: Lollipop Dream, 14006 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks

When:

Friday, March 6 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Who: Ages 2-8

How: Happy hour is a walk-in event, no RSVP necessary.

Cost: $8

the Whaddup:

Kiddos enjoy dressing up in their large vanity closet, having their faces painted, making crafts, playing games, hearing stories, and more.

For more info: More Info

 

And now, what you’ve been waiting for… #weekendwhaddup!

 

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PURIM CARNIVAL

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when: March 8 11:30am-3:30pm

where: 12326 Riverside Drive

who: the whole family

how much: Wristbands – $40.00* Unlimited RIDES *pre-sale price. $45.00 at the door.

the Whaddup:

Admission to the fairgrounds is free! Rides and food require the purchase of tickets from ticket booth.   Food, rides, and activities are paid for with multiple tickets.

more info: Website

 

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ZIMMERPALOOZA PARTY TIME

when: Mar 8 at 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Mid-City, Zimmer Children’s Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca

cost: $25

ages: All Ages

 

the Whaddup:

This is the Zimmer’s biggest family party of the year!  With a special performance by Twinkle Time and Friends and a showcase of art created by participants of Zimmer’s signature classes, including Messy Masterpieces, Tinker Time & more, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this full day of family fun. Other activities include face painting, balloon animals, and more.

more info: visit website

 

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THE LANTERN FESTIVAL

Saturday, March 7

Where: Chinese American Museum, 425 N. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles

When: 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Who: The whole family

How: Just show up

Cost: Free

 

the Whaddup:

Bigger and better than ever, the family-friendly Lantern Festival returns to Downtown Los Angeles featuring L.A.’s largest array of interactive cultural arts, crafts, and educational activities – all for free!

Celebrating the Year of the Ram, the festival honors the Chinese tradition of hanging colorful lanterns as families wish for peace and prosperity in the New Year.  The festival runs from noon to 7 p.m., so be sure to check the schedule online to see what acts you can’t miss!

more info: More Info

 

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PURIM FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

When: 03/08/2015, Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm

Where: 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills, CA 91364

 

the Whaddup:

This year, Shomrei Torah Synagogue debuts an all new Purim Family Fun Festival, designed just for young families! Enjoy games, bounce houses and inflatables, food, a climbing wall, live entertainment, arts and crafts and more! Buy advance tickets and save money – prices go up at the festival. Open to the community!

more info: Website

 

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PALS OF PUP CAN WAG TO WOOFSTOCK

When: Mar 8 at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: La Cienega Park, 8400 Gregory Way, Los Angeles, Ca

How Much: Free

Who: All Ages

 

the Whaddup:

It’s a pretty universal truth that kids LOVE dogs.  So let them play with tons of them at Woofstock!

The day includes Cat and Dog Adoptions, a Pet Parade, Pet goodies marketplace, pet entertainment and food trucks for humans.

Parking on site or at Beverly Hills High School with free pet friendly shuttles to the park.  Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome.

more info: visit website

 

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YOUTH ADVENTURES WITH A RANGER

When: Mar 7 at 11 a.m. to noon

Where: Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center, 26876 Mulholland Highway, Calabasas

How Much: Free

Who: 3-7

 

the Whaddup:

Join a Ranger to explore nature while learning all about the local animals and plants.

more info: visit website

 

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GRUNION PARTY!

When: Mar 7 at 9 p.m.

where: Beach Cities, Cabrillo Aquarium, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San cost: $1-$5

ages: All Ages

 

the Whaddup:

OH YEAH, IT’S ON!

Spend a night sitting on Southern California’s sandy shore waiting for the “grunion run.” Grunion are small sardine-size fish of the silversides family, which are among the few species of fish that actually come ashore to lay their eggs on sandy beaches. They are found from Southern California south to Baja California and arrive at night after the high tide around the new moon and full moon. Cabrillo Beach is one of the better places to observe the fish. Watch the silvery fish come up on the beach to spawn! Learn about the interesting mating rituals and growth of this curious fish.

The Aquarium opens at 8 p.m. and an auditorium program begins at 9 p.m., followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended.

 

more info: visit website

 

 

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REDONDO BEACH PIER FESTIVAL OF THE KITE

Sunday, March 8

Where: Redondo Pier 100 Fishermans Wharf, Redondo Beach 90277

When: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Who: The whole family

How Much: Free

 

the Whaddup:

Check out one of the longest-running Kite Festivals in Southern California! Brought to you by Sunshine Kite Company and Redondo Pier Association. The Redondo Pier Association is committed to providing FREE community events throughout the year including one of Southern California’s longest-running kite festivals, an outdoor summer concert series, chalk art festival, classic car show, taste of the Pier and holiday concert! If you like the beach life, this is something to keep your eye on!

For more info: Website

 

Free Kids Workshops “Build a Bookend” @ Home Depot

When: Saturday, March – 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Where: Your local Home Depot

Who: Ages 5-12

How: Register Online

Cost: Free

the Whaddup:

Home Depot offers a free monthly workshop for kids ages 5 – 12.  The workshops teach basic DIY skills and tool safety. Kids go home with  their craft and a free Kids Workshop apron, commemorative pin, and certificate of achievement.

For more info: More Info

 

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THOMAS & FRIENDS EXPLORE THE RAILS

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Where: Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd. Sylmar,

When: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Check website for daily hours

Who: Everyone

How: Buy tickets online or at the door

Cost: Included in museum admission. $10 / Children Under 2 FREE.

Thursday, March 5 through Sunday, April 26

 

the Whaddup:

Hop on board and discover the engineer within! Travel to the Island of Sodor where imaginations charge full steam ahead in Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, a hands-on STEM exhibit based on the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue engine, Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. Help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.

For more info: More Info

 

 

 

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Games Day @ The Studio City Library

Saturday, February 7

Where: 12511 Moorpark Street Studio City,  CA 91604

When: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Who: Kids and their families!

How: Just show up

Cost: Free

 

the Whaddup:

I like to shop for locally grown vegetables and we like to highlight locally grown events… Bring the whole family for LEGOs, Duplos, blocks, puzzles, board games, coloring, and more!

For more info: More Info

(818) 755-7873

 

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American Youth Symphony: Family Music Adventure

Sunday, February 8

Where: UCLA’s Royce Hall 340 Royce Drive Los Angeles, CA 90095

When: 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Who: The whole family

How: Reserve online

 

the Whaddup:

 

LEGACY FEB 8 | ROYCE HALL 2pm – Family Music Adventure RADU PAPONIU, conductor SIMONE PORTER, narrator BLAKE POULIOT, narrator ANGELA BAE, violin Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals; and Introduction et rondo capriccioso J. Strauss: Radetzky March RESERVE NOW! Children of all ages are invited to discover the joy of a live orchestra at this inspiring event. This enriching 45-minute concert and interactive lesson is the perfect way to share the legacy of classical music with your family! Arts & Crafts activities led by First 5 LA follow the performance. Sponsored by First 5 LA

 

Cost: Free

For more info: More Info

 

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Do Some Traveling with the Harlem Globetrotters

when: Feb 7 at 1 p.m.

where: Exposition Park, Galen Center, 3400 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, Ca

cost: $23 & up

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

 

Crazy b-ball time!  Entertaining young and old alike for almost 90 years, the legendary Harlem Globetrotters bring their unique and timeless mix of basketball, comedy, athleticism and entertainment to the Galen Center. The Globetrotters’ captivating dribbling and dunking wizardry combines with hilarious antics and fan interaction, all presented by some of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers.

While it’s a must-see for basketball fans of all ages, this show will delight the entire family, sports nuts or no! The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to beat the Globetrotters in the “Washington Generals Revenge Tour.”

more info: visit website

 

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when: Feb 7 at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.

where: Valley Performing Arts Center, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge

cost: $15-$25

ages: 2-6

the Whaddup:

Your little dino fanatic will want to join Buddy and friends in this fun-filled trip back in time when dinosaurs roamed the earth… and rode in trains! Through interactivity, music and laughter Dinosaur Train Live will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.

more info: visit website

 

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Get Trucking To the Monster Jam Trucks

when: Feb 7 at 7 p.m.

where: Angel Stadium, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, Ca

cost: $10-$60

ages: All Ages

 

the Whaddup:

Kids love trucks. Big trucks. Monster trucks. So take them to see a massive collection of the world’s best monster trucks battling it out in the ultimate event of high-octane speed, racing and destruction! One of the most popular touring family entertainment sporting events in the world, the Monster Jam is a high-flying, car-crushing explosive event of demolition, speed and powerful stunts with the world’s best monster trucks and drivers whose skills provide an awesome spectacle dirt-flying, high-energy fun.

 

more info: visit website

 

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Thomas & Friends!

Thursday, February 5 through Sunday, April 26

Where: Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd. Sylmar,

When: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Check website for daily hours

Who: Everyone

How: Buy tickets online or at the door

Cost: Included in museum admission. $10 / Children Under 2 FREE.

Hop on board and discover the engineer within! Travel to the Island of Sodor where imaginations charge full steam ahead in Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails, a hands-on STEM exhibit based on the adventures of everyone’s favorite blue engine, Thomas, his engine friends and the Island of Sodor’s iconic locations: Knapford Station, Sodor Steamworks and much more. Help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from simple sorting and shape identification to more complex engineering obstacles.

 

For more info: More Info

 

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SUPERHERO SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS COMES ASHORE TO VISIT THE LOS ANGELES ZOO

 

Where: L.A. Zoo

When: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Who: Everyone

How: Just show up

Cost: Included in museum admission

 

Friday, February 6

Superhero SpongeBob SquarePants comes ashore to make a personal appearance at the Los Angeles Zoo on Friday, February 6, 2015, the very same day that “The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out of Water,” from Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies, opens in theaters.  The world’s favorite sea dwelling invertebrate greets visitors and poses for pictures between 11 am and 4 pm at the Zoo’s Eucalyptus Grove.

For more info: www.lazoo.org

 

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FREE Frozen Yogurt at Menchies!

Friday, February 6

Happy Frozen Yogurt Day from Menchies, who wants you to celebrate with free frozen yogurt and toppings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  That’s our kind of celebration – sweet and free!

Where: Check your local Menchies for participation

When: 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Who: The whole family!

How: Just show up

Cost: Free

For more info: More Info

 

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Dig It! Archaeology Adventures @ Skirball

Saturday, February 7 through Sunday, February 8

Where: Skirball Cultural Center 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049

When: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Who: The whole family

How: Drop in anytime during regular Museum weekend hours, weather permitting only. Last entry at 4:30 p.m.

Cost: Included in Museum Admission

 

the Whaddup:

There’s so much to see and do at the Skirball’s simulated outdoor archaeological dig and field laboratory! Slip on an archaeologist’s vest, sift and sort through sand to find hidden ancient artifacts, weigh and examine your findings, analyze clues, and work with archaeology staff to piece together the puzzles found in a Near Eastern Iron Age town.

 

For more info: More Info

 

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Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Kids!

Junior Chef: Kids Cooking Class “Asian Dumplings” @ Williams-Sonoma Sherman Oaks

Saturday, February 7

Where: Sherman Oaks Fashion Square 14006 Riverside Drive Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

When: 10:00 AM

Who: Suitable for ages 9-13

How: Call (818) 906-2787 to make a reservation

Cost: Free!

 

the Whaddup:

Learn how easy and fun it is to make Asian dumplings. We’ll have the fillings ready, and you’ll scoop them into wonton wrappers and seal. Then the instructor will cook your dumplings two different ways—steaming and panfrying—so you can discover which you like best!

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For more info: More Info

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Bah, Merry Grinchmas, Ho Ho Ho

when: Dec 20 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Universal Studios, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, Ca

cost: $76-$92

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

Grinchmas is here ’til the end of the year! Anyone with a case of the bah-humbugs (or the bored vacation bugs) should hop over to Grinchmas at Universal Studios features photo ops with Grinch and his dog Max, story time with Cindy Lou-Who, cookie and ornament decorating at Universal Plaza, and the chance to stand beneath the 60-foot Grinchmas tree. Then join the Whos as they sing and dance through Who-ville during the Studio Tour Backlot Grinchmas Who-bilation.

And don’t forget this makes a great gift, for buy the day, and get 2015 admission to Universal Studios for free!

more info:
visit website

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My, What A Great Show You Have (Little Red)

when: every Saturday at 1 p.m.

where: Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. West, Los Angeles

cost: $10-$12

ages: 3-9

the Whaddup:

“Little Red Riding Hood” is Storybook Theatre’s award-winning musical retelling of the famous fairy tale.  There is a Granny at the Pianny, a funny wolf, and an adorable Little Riding Hood.  Lots of audience participation as Little Red Riding Hood goes through the woods to Granny’s house. Fun for the whole family.

Saturdays at 1 p.m. through March 7.

more info:
visit website

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when: Dec 20 at 10 a.m. & 11 a.m.

where: Exposition Park, Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles

cost: $5-$12

ages: 3-5

the Whaddup:

Come and roar like a Tyrannosaurus and stomp like a Triceratops! Learn all about dinosaurs and their friends from the Cretaceous. Make a dino-mite craft and meet some other critters that walked alongside these giant animals.

The Saturday class is free with paid Museum admission.  No reservations required, but tickets are very limited, so arrive early.

more info:
visit website

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Kids Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

when: Dec 20 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

where: SusieCakes , 13029 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, Ca

cost: Free

ages: 2-12

the Whaddup:

Celebrate the season with a complimentary holiday cookie decorating event- the sweetest way to spend the holidays. Space is limited. Email CelebrationSTC@susiecakes.com or call 818.659.2253 to reserve your spot today!

more info:
visit website

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Walk in the Chumash World

when: Dec 20

where: Temescal Gateway Park, 15601 W. Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

On this easy 1-mile walk, discover how the Chumash Native Americans were able to create a sustainable way of life so long ago.  What lessons can we learn from them and apply in our lives today?

more info:
visit website

 

 

We Love a Parade… a Boat Parade

when: Dec 17, 2014 – Dec 21 at 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

where: Orange County, Newport Beach Harbor, 309 Palm St., Newport Beach, Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

Fun fact: The Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade – the nation’s longest running lighted holiday boat parade – turns 106 this year.

The parade is free to watch and features over 100 decorated and lighted boats making their way along a 14-mile parade route through scenic Newport Harbor.  Boats ranging from kayaks to yachts will be decorated to the parade’s “Deck the Hulls with Bows of Jolly” theme in lights, sounds, and holiday decor.

Dress warm and bring a thermos of cocoa – it gets chilly!

more info:
visit website

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The Music Center Holiday Sing-Along

Friday, December 19, 2014

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Music Center
FREE, tickets required*

LOCATION

135 N Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

For directions, click here>

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Reindeer Romp (at the LA Zoo)

The reindeer have landed!

The girls are back in town – Jingle, Belle, Noel and Velvet – for Reindeer Romp! These real reindeer have made the L.A. Zoo their home for the holidays and are on view daily through January 4. On weekends, enjoy a flurry of seasonal flourishes – with holiday craft projects for the kids and specially made presents for some of our animals. In addition, Santa will be on hand for visits and photos weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. through December 21. (Photos with Santa available for a fee.)

Event Schedule/Lineup:

Daily:

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This holiday season for the very first time, the Los Angeles Zoo changes stripes from a daytime adventure to a dazzling winter wonderland known as “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”, which electrifies guests as it transforms the Zoo’s enchanting environment into a series of awe-inspiring animal escapades rendered in led lights, lasers, 3D projections, spectacular sets and interactive displays.

Open nightly from Friday, November 28, 2014, to Sunday, January 4, 2015, 6 to 10 pm (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day), this magical new experience is destined to become a wondrous, “don’t-miss” holiday tradition.

An ideal family outing, meet-up with friends or date night, “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”‘ self-guided 60- to 90-minute tour through select areas of the Zoo (while the animals themselves are asleep) introduces guests to a clever troop of animated LED “monkeys” commandeering an electrical power source hidden in an unusual holiday tree.  They swing through the entry plaza to guide an illuminated power line toward a giant electrical “outlet,” attempting to plug it in.  Will they succeed?  YES!  The Zoo lights up, and guests follow the “monkeys” as they encounter an illuminated “Reggie the alligator,” an origami “rhino,” singing “elephants,” and a party of musical pink “flamingos” fronted by their DJ leader, to name a few.  Along the way, “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” offers the only opportunity in Los Angeles to see real reindeer, lit by elegant “chandeliers,” (“L.A. ZOO LIGHTS”‘ sole live animals), plus weekend-only visits with Santa Claus, perched atop a throne seemingly carved from ice, and an unexpected Hollywood ending featuring a red carpet bustling with paparazzi “animals.”  Other special effects range from 3-D holiday-themed animations projected onto a group of palm trees and a “bird” who flies to a nest filled with golden disco balls, to freeway-driving “animals” on their way to the “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” opening against a backdrop of Los Angeles landmarks and a group of giant “bullfrogs” made from 3,750 water bottles lit from within, plus much more.  Among the evening’s sights are giant floating snowflakes, glittering light tunnels, animal cutouts and icicle lights.  Although the Department of Water and Power’s wildly popular Holiday Light Festival is a bygone Griffith Park holiday tradition, and while “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” is a completely different, well, animal, it pays homage to the Festival with a nostalgic nod to the past by featuring some classic pieces, including the Hollywood sign, the downtown LA skyline and City Hall.  Steaming hot chocolate and other holiday treats and goodies for sale are also part of the fun.

Daytime visitors to the Zoo can see the reindeer during regular hours, which are 10 am to 5 pm, along with a flurry of seasonal festivities and yuletide flourishes, plus weekend visits by Santa Claus.

Admission to “L.A. ZOO LIGHTS” is $13 for adults/seniors and $11 for children ages 2 to 12; tickets for GLAZA members are $12 for adults/seniors and $10 for children ages 2 to 12; children under age two 2 are free.  Purchase tickets online to attend during the first two weeks (Nov 28 – Dec 11) for the online-only Early Bird Rate of $8 each.

The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is located in Griffith Park at the junction of the Ventura (134) and Golden State (5) freeways.  5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA  90027.  Free parking is available.  For additional information, contact (323) 644-6042 or visit www.lazoo.org

 

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ICE Downtown Santa Monica

when: through January 19

where: 5th and Arizona, 1324 5th St., Santa Monica, Ca

cost: $15

ages: 2 & up

the Whaddup:

It’s probably the most fun ice rink in town- it’s definitely the most popular and the one where it’s easiest to spend the morning strolling on the beach and the afternoon ice skating and sipping hot chocolate!  ICE is back.  The 8,000 square foot rink is perfect for kids 7 & up, while the Tot Spot mini enclosed kids rink is available for kids 6 & under.  Ice skates are available for rental in children sizes 10-4.
ICE Bites Café offers snacks and classes are available through the The Randy Gardner School of Skating.

more info:
visit website

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Glide Over to Downtown On Ice

when: daily through January 19

where: Downtown, Pershing Square, 532 South Olive St., Los Angeles, Ca

cost: $9

ages: 4 & up

the Whaddup:

Get your glide on for the holidays  – it’s LA’s biggest outdoor rink and it’s right in the heart of the city. Framed by towering trees and skyscrapers, it’s become a traditional holiday go-to for good times and family skating fun.  Prices are $9 for one hour on the rink, and $3 to rent skates. Check hours before you go, they vary by day & date.

more info:
visit website

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CHILL at the Queen Mary

when: Through 1/11/15 at Various times

where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, Ca

cost: $24.99-$34.99

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

The iconic Queen Mary presents CHILL, an experience that will bring cheer, enchantment and cold temps to Southern Cal.

The only event of its kind on the West Coast, CHILL is a super fun holiday event. There’s the Ice Kingdom, with holiday-inspired scenes, made from more than two million pounds of sparkling ice, fill a 13,000 square-foot Igloo.  For the adventurous there is Ice Tubing, where you grab an oversized tube and race down a slide made completely of ice.  Of course there’s a great big skating rink and even a Holiday Village where you can decorate gingerbread houses and visiting Santa, listen to holiday carolers and enjoying the dazzling decorations along Candy Lane.

Tip: When they say cold temps, they’re not kidding.  Freezing cold.  Icy cold.  The cold we don’t won clothes for here in LA.  So beg, borrow or buy some warm togs – you’ll need ‘em.  Even under the giant coats they provide.

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Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition returns for 8-weeks of outdoor ice skating, themed nights, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. The fun begins Friday, November 28 and runs through January 19, 2015.

Transforming the corner of N 3rd Street and E Orange Grove Avenue into a magical winter wonderland, skaters of all ages will enjoy 90-minute sessions on the ice with friends and family.

A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink in Downtown Burbank is just steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, making it a joyful family outing and memorable getaway. Admission is $10.00, skate rentals are $3.00, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6.00.  Season passes are available for $139 through November 20, and $159 afterwards. Passes are valid for unlimited skating every day from Friday, November 28 through January 19, 2015.

Special events at The Rink in Downtown Burbank include:

Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever, where skaters are encouraged to get into the spirit, dress up, and have fun on the ice from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The Mayor’s Tree-lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 PM– stop by and skate before and after event!
Santa Claus will be making an appearance on Saturday, December 13, and kids of all ages are invited to skate with the big man himself from 12 noon to 1:30 PM.
The Rink will be filled with Santas and Elves during Skating Santas Night, an event where everyone is welcome to arrive in costume on Saturday, December 20 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM.
Performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater are scheduled for every Saturday in December at 5:45 PM.
For those wanting to brush up on their skating skills, classes by professional instructors from Pickwick Gardens Ice Skating Rink are offered starting Saturday, December 20 at 9:00 AM and 9:25 AM, and for adults on Tuesdays at 7:50 PM.
All season, the KCET Community Kiosk will be on-site giving Rink attendees the opportunity to play an active part in KCET’s 50th anniversary. The interactive kiosk visually displays historical KCET touch points, and prompts community members to answer the question: “How do you envision a better state?”  Visitors are encouraged to participate in this unique community experience.
On Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, be sure to visit Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.
Group Sales

10% group discount for parties of ten or more. Please pay in one transaction in advance (recommended) or at time of session. Waivers may also be completed prior to skating. For further information, please contact therinkindowntownburbank@gmail.com or 818-806-8551.

– See more at: http://dtnbur.com/event/the-rink-in-dtn-bur-2/#sthash.thd1wJ18.dpuf

 

 

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Play in the Snow at the Winter Family Festival

when: Dec 14 at 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Studio City Recreation Center, 12621 Rye St., Studio City , Ca

cost: Free

ages: All Ages

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Play in more than 70 tons of snow—there will be slides and snowman making—and get into the holiday spirit at the Winter Family Festival.  It’s a local fest with live music by local schools and community groups, photos with Santa, face painting, craft-making, restaurant food sampling at A Taste of the Holidays, food trucks and more.

Help others by donating canned/packaged food; new, unwrapped toys; new and used children’s books; pet toys/pet supply gift cards; as well as new/used clothing and blankets at the onsite Festival of Giving and be entered to win four (4) complimentary one-day admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood with Front of the Line passes.

more info:

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A Hanukkah Family Festival Con Luz y Libertad

when: Dec 14 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: West LA, Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca

cost: $5-$10

ages: All Ages

the Whaddup:

This year’s Skirball Hanukkah Family Festival highlights two major themes of the holiday—light and freedom (luz y libertad)—through the lens of Latin American culture. Enjoy live performances (including Pasatono Orquesta and Mariachi Guadalajara), storytelling, art making, and a host of other family-friendly activities.

more info:

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The LA Zoo

has partnered with world-renowned light designers Bionic League, who have masterminded light shows for Daft Punk, Deadmau5 and Kanye West. You’ll explore a wonderland of glowing LED sculptures and holiday-themed 3-D projections inspired by the animals.

With music, festive food and drinks, and more there’s a little something for everyone. And don’t forget to explore your wild side with their themed nights and special performances. See LAZooLights.org for details.

This year, be the first to experience L.A.’s coolest new holiday tradition. L.A. Zoo Lights is at the L.A. Zoo in Griffith Park, where the 134 and 5 freeways meet. Open November 28-January 4, every night except Christmas and Christmas Eve.

 

 

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Disney On Ice

It’s a thing. It’s like Disney – only on ice.

DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS LET’S CELEBRATE!
Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt
JOIN THE PARTY IN THE SOUTHLAND DECEMBER 10, 2014 – JANUARY 4, 2015

Make an ordinary day extraordinary when Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! – Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt, comes to Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and Long Beach bringing more than 50 Disney characters from 16 beloved Disney stories together in the Southland for one colossal party on ice! This fun-filled show features a magical montage of celebrations, holidays and festivals from around the globe set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs, playing in the Southland from December 10, 2014 – January 4, 2015.

Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse on a delightful tour as they celebrate a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains; a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Valentine’s Day Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; traveling to far-off exotic places including China for the Chinese New Year, Brazil for Carnival and Japan for the beautiful Cherry Blossom festival Sakura. Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate!

 

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Get Cubed – Explore the Cube

Discovery Cube LA has an exciting blend of permanent and traveling exhibits connected to our foundation’s initiatives. From stepping into a simulated helicopter to take a tour of California’s natural resources to a scavenger hunt in a grocery store, the fun and learning never ends!

This is hands on fun. If you don’t like fun don’t go. There is way too much for me to go into here, suffice it to say it is worth a visit. It’s close by. Do it.

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Yuletide Cinema Event

FILM: There’s a Yuletide Cinema event at the Palace Theatre on Saturday with Cary Elwes, who will read from and sign copies of his book As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of the Princess Bride.

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He’ll also do a Q&A before the 8:30 pm screening of The Princess Bride. Doors at 6 pm. Tickets: $16-$25.

 

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Underwood Family Farms

Trees on the Farm & Visits with Santa

When:  November 28 – December 19 (Trees)

Where: Moorpark Location (view map)
3370 Sunset Valley Road
Moorpark, CA  93021
Farm Center: (805) 529-3690
Tree Info: (805) 218-0282 or (805) 701-1335

Big Wave Dave’s *Christmas Trees bring Christmas to Underwood Family Farms.  Beginning on November 28 – December 19, fresh cut northwest trees as well as mistletoe, wreaths & all the fixings will be available for sale at the farm.

Underwoods Farm Center & Farm Market Open will be open from 9am – 5pm weekends only from the day after Thanksgiving – Sunday, December 14.  Admission to the Farm Center is $6.00/per person and children under 2 free. Tractor rides & the Animal Show are included with paid weekend admission. The Farm Center will be closed Monday, December 15 – March 1, 2015.

Visits with Santa! Don’t miss visits with Santa Claus just 2 weekends only – December  6, 7, 13 & 14 from 11am-4pm. Make sure to bring your camera.

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*Christmas Trees are available 7 days a week beginning November 28 through December 19 from 9:30 am-7:30 pm

 

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Outdoor Ice Skating (Downtown Burbank)

Downtown Burbank’s most festive holiday tradition returns for 8-weeks of outdoor ice skating, themed nights, and special performances at The Rink in Beautiful Downtown Burbank. The fun begins Friday, November 28 and runs through January 19, 2015.

Transforming the corner of N 3rd Street and E Orange Grove Avenue into a magical winter wonderland, skaters of all ages will enjoy 90-minute sessions on the ice with friends and family.

A great way to celebrate the holidays, The Rink is steps from shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, making it a joyful family outing and memorable getaway. Admission is $10.00, skate rentals are $3.00, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6.00.  Season passes are available for $139 through November 20, and $159 afterwards. Passes are valid for unlimited skating every day from Friday, November 28 through January 19, 2015.

Special events at The Rink in Downtown Burbank include:

Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever, where skaters are encouraged to get into the spirit, dress up, and have fun on the ice from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.
The Mayor’s Tree-lighting Ceremony in front of City Hall on Friday, December 5 at 6:30 PM– stop by and skate before and after event!
Santa Claus will be making an appearance on Saturday, December 13, and kids of all ages are invited to skate with the big man himself from 12 noon to 1:30 PM.
The Rink will be filled with Santas and Elves during Skating Santas Night, an event where everyone is welcome to arrive in costume on Saturday, December 20 from 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM.
Performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater are scheduled for every Saturday in December at 5:45 PM.
For those wanting to brush up on their skating skills, classes by professional instructors from Pickwick Gardens Ice Skating Rink are offered starting Saturday, December 20 at 9:00 AM and 9:25 AM, and for adults on Tuesdays at 7:50 PM.
All season, the KCET Community Kiosk will be on-site giving Rink attendees the opportunity to play an active part in KCET’s 50th anniversary. The interactive kiosk visually displays historical KCET touch points, and prompts community members to answer the question: “How do you envision a better state?”  Visitors are encouraged to participate in this unique community experience.
On Saturdays from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, be sure to visit Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.
Group Sales

10% group discount for parties of ten or more. Please pay in one transaction in advance (recommended) or at time of session. Waivers may also be completed prior to skating. For further information, please contact therinkindowntownburbank@gmail.com or 818-806-8551.

– See more at: http://dtnbur.com/event/the-rink-in-dtn-bur-2/#sthash.thd1wJ18.dpuf

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