Fun & Free Things to Do Veterans Day Weekend with LA Kids: Nov 9- 11
Well done, parents. We made it through the season's first challenge (and hopefully got rewarded with our share of the Snickersy, Kit Katty goodness). Now is a good time to take a moment to reflect, and what better time than Veterans Day, as we honor those who have served our country. Unlike most holidays, this one isn't all about the kids, but Veterans Day is a school holiday. We've got the scoop to help you commemorate the day with your kids, whether you're looking for a Veterans Day celebration or a day camp to keep them entertained.
Soon enough, we'll be feeling winter's first chill and stuffing stockings with figgy pudding (that's a tradition somewhere, isn't it?), but luckily none of that's started yet. I mean, it's barely November. It's not like you can already go ice skating at outdoor rinks across LA (gasp!). No one's putting up any Christmas trees (zoinks!) or inviting you to come see Santa (ho ho ...seriously?).
Keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend. (99.9% yuletide free!)
Pasadena Model Railroad Club Fall Open House - Pasadena
Model railroaders wait months for the chance to view this club's fantastically lively and detailed display of trains.
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks - The Great Outdoors
National parks are free this weekend, so why not get out and experience this great land of ours?
Imagination Workshop Opening Weekend - Pasadena
The newest exhibit at Kidspace encourages kids to find out what makes things tick, by taking them apart and putting them back together again. Or not!
Circus Vargas - Santa Clarita - Santa Clarita
The Circus moves on to Westfield Valencia Town Center. Only a clown would miss it.
The Blue and the Gray Civil War Reenactment - Moorpark
The battles and daily life of the Civil War play out in the largest Civil War battle reenactment west of the Mississippi.
The Intergalactic Nemesis: Book Two Robot Planet Rising - Costa Mesa
We rejoin our heroes as they attempt to unravel Elbee-Dee-oh's disappearance in deep space.....
Paint Lab Grand Opening & Open House - Santa Monica
Santa Monica's family art studio welcomes the community to an open house to celebrate its new space. Free painting workshops are offered both days.
Autumn Festival - Long Beach
Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates Asian culture with its annual Autumn Festival.
Glendale Galleria Grand Opening Celebration - Glendale
The Glendale Galleria debuts its new look with festivities that include Santa’s arrival, a meet-and-greet with Disney Channel star Debby Ryan, in-store events, and live entertainment.
Japanese Garden Festival - La Canada-Flintridge
Families can learn about Ikebana (flower arranging) and kimonos at Descanso Gardens’ annual family-friendly festival celebrating the art and culture of Japan.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 9
Long Beach Veterans Day Parade - Long Beach
The City of Long Beach pays honor to America's veterans with its annual Veterans Day Parade.
City of Los Angeles Veterans Appreciation Festival - San Pedro
USS Iowa is the backdrop to LA's second annual celebration of this nation’s veterans. The fun includes live music, a resource fair, a kid’s zone, and free food.
AMC Theatres Sensory Friendly Films - Multiple Locations
Participating AMC Theatres screen Free Birds in a sensory friendly environment.
Saturday Morning Concerts at Books and Cookies - Santa Monica
Kids can sing along with Ellen & Matt at Books and Cookies weekly concert.
Demystifying Preschool in L.A. - Santa Monica
Getting ready to choose a preschool? Club MomMe brings together experts to explain the ins and outs, while kids enjoy supervised play in the Joslyn Park playground.
Fran Vischer Storytime & Photos with Santa West LA
Everyone loves storytime at Children's Book World - even Santa Claus himself!
S.T.E.A.M. Machines: A Contest of Curious Contraptions - Santa Monica
Science, Engineering, Technology, Arts, and Math rule at this contest of innovation on the Santa Monica Pier.
Target Free Family Saturday: Awesome Autumn - Downtown
This month's free family festival at the Japanese American National Museum puts the spotlight on autumn. Kids can make a leaf window decoration, jump in a camo bounce house, and join the drum circle.
FIGat7th Kids Club - Downtown
Kids can craft colorful and intricate stone mosaics at this free biweekly kids club.
Puppet Town - Hollywood
Puppet Town is a sketch comedy show for kids…with puppets.
Electric Dusk Drive-In - Downtown
Grab your fedora and bullwhip: Raiders of the Lost Ark screens under the stars at City Market of LA!
SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10
Children's Garden Workshops - Irvine
Orange County Great Park’s free workshop explores the history of food and agriculture in Orange County.
Free Day at OCMA - Newport Beach
It’s a Global Holiday celebration at the Orange County Museum of Art, with Mexican folklore dance, Chinese lion dance, and hands-on art projects.
Second Sunday Concert Series - Mid-Wilshire
Ellen and Matt are really bringing the music this weekend! On Sunday, they perform at the Zimmer.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 11 - VETERANS DAY
San Fernando Valley Veterans Day Parade - Pacoima
This one-mile parade honors servicemen and women past and present in all branches of the military.
Annual Veterans Day Program - Simi Valley
The Veterans Day activities at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library include a flyover, live musical entertainment, Civil War re-enactments, and a display of military vehicles.
Veterans Day Ceremony - Burbank
Veterans are honored at the McCambridge Park War Memorial with a Condor Squadron flyover and an address by Lt. Col Bob Friend of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Veterans Day at the Nixon Presidential Library - Yorba Linda
Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum is free for Veterans Day, with a color guard presentation and a concert by the 90-piece Placentia Symphonic Band.
Monday Morning Mommy Movies - Multiple Locations
Home from work with a little one? Why not catch a mommy screening of Thor: The Dark World?
As always, there are many more activities listed on our daily events calendar. Whatever you choose to do, have a wonderful weekend! And to our nation's veterans, a sincere and heart-felt thank you.
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