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Best Things to Do This Weekend With Kids In Los Angeles Dec 9-11

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Every Weekend there are amazing Things to do in Los Angeles with Kids! We’ve curated a list of what we think are the most fun, most interesting family events in Los Angeles this weekend – so you can have the best time together!

We’ll update this page every week so be sure to come back and see what great kids events we have coming up for the weekend in Los Angeles and Southern California. We are your source for the Best Things to do in LA with Kids!

Whether you have Toddlers or Teens (or any kids in between), this list will give you great ideas for family fun this weekend! We work hard to add things to do we think you’ll enjoy.

This Weekend (and Every Weekend) in Los Angeles, you’ll find so many options on our list:

  • Things to do all over SoCal – not just in one part of LA
  • Things to do that are free, low-cost, and some that are pricey
  • Things to do for babies, toddlers, and families with Tweens and Teens
  • Things to do for the Whole Family!
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Things To Do in Los Angeles with Kids December 9-11, 2022

Families will find so many, many fun things to do with your kids this weekend, December 9th – December 11th. Attend the Apollo Lighting at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, marvel at the Holiday Boat parade in Marina del Rey, have holiday fun at the Winter Family Festival at Rancho Los Alamitos, and much more!

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114th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade
309 Palm St #A, Newport Beach, CA 92661

The 2022 Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is the premier Christmas event for Southern California. With more than 114 years of history, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade of Lights has hundreds of decorated yachts & watercraft of all kinds competing for top honors in several categories. Over 2 million view each holiday season and The New York Times called the parade and light displays “one of the top 10 holiday events in the country”. Along with the Boat Parade of Lights there is also the “Ring Of Lights” which has Bayfront estates competing for top honors in all-out holiday décor & light displays which takes place all of December. The Newport Beach Boat Parade Of Lights takes place this year from December 14 to December 18. Newport Landing provides cruise times each night of the parade and all of December to view the amazing light displays.  

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Holiday Wonderland at Grand Central Market
317 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013

Grand Central Market is celebrating the holiday season throughout the month of December. Special activities include live music and entertainment, meet and greets with Santa, holiday workshops, kids’ activities, and more. Check the website for more information.

Cartooning With Anthony Taylor
Pio Pico – Koreatown Branch Library
694 S. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90005

On Friday, December 9th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, “cartoon artist Anthony Taylor will demonstrate various drawing techniques, using guidelines to develop creative cartoon characters.” This special event is recommended for ages 5+. 

The Roadium Drive-In Presents: How the Grinch Stole Christmas
2500 W. Redondo Beach Blvd., Torrance, CA 90504

The Roadium Drive-In Presents: How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Friday, December 9th. Gates open at 6:30 pm, and the movie starts at 7:30 pm. The film features Jim Carrey as the Grinch who “comes down from his mountaintop home and sneaks into town to swipe everything holiday-related from the Whos.” An on-site Snack Bar offers favorite concession items. Tickets are available online; admission is per vehicle not per person. (The movie is rated PG.)

Holiday Tree Lighting and Laser Light Show
Long Beach Towne Center
7575 Carson Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90808

Long Beach Towne Center invites families to its Holiday Tree Lighting and Laser Light Show happening on Friday, December 9th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Enjoy a “snow” fall, stilt walkers, musical performances, and of course, Santa! 

Vroman’s Bookstore
695 E. Colorado St., Pasadena, CA 91101

Vroman’s Bookstore is hosting several Special Activities this weekend. On Friday, December 9th at 6:00 pm it’s Local Author Night featuring three Kids/YA authors discussing their books. On Saturday, December 10th at 1:00 pm enjoy a holiday music performance featuring a Holiday Brass Quintet from Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Also on Saturday, there is a Special Holiday Story Time planned at 6:00 pm. And on Sunday, December 11th at 11:00 am, stop by for Kids Holiday Craft Fun. All supplies will be provided. Please RSVP to [email protected] to ensure there will be enough supplies.

The California Great Santa Stroll
From Hermosa Beach to Manhattan Beach

The California Great Santa Stroll, a 5K fundraiser benefitting Mychal’s Learning Place, is happening on Saturday, December 10th at 9:00 am. Mychal’s Learning Place is a “nonprofit organization providing programs for youth and young adults with developmental disabilities as they strive to achieve their goals and dreams of living a more independent life.” (The first 750 registrants will receive a Santa suit while supplies last.) Registration information is available online. 

Cartoon Club (Holiday Edition)
The New Beverly Cinema
7165 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

If the kids are up early, take them to the New Beverly Cinema on Saturday, December 10th at 10:00 am for a special Holiday Edition of Cartoon Club. “Enjoy a feature-length assemblage of classic shorts, including rare gems unearthed from the vaults and other animated antics lovingly assembled from our large archive of film treasures.” Ticket information is available online. 

Festival of Lights
Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC)
1110 Bates, Los Angeles, CA 90029

SIJCC invites families to its Festival of Lights celebration happening on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The fun includes crafts, games, performers, food trucks, and more. Tickets are available online. (Adults are free; kids ages 2+ are $20.)

Symphonies for Youth: The Nutcracker with Dudamel: Tchaikovsky and Ellington
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Families are invited to the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Saturday, December 10th at 11:00 am for Symphonies for Youth: The Nutcracker with Dudamel: Tchaikovsky and Ellington. “Gustavo Dudamel hosts and conducts this holiday favorite with a twist.” Be sure to arrive early. Self-guided art activities are available at 10:00 am. This concert is recommended for children ages 5-11. Ticket information is available online.

Holiday Family Faire
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290

Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum is hosting their 2nd Annual Holiday Family Faire on Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The festivities include winter holiday stories, festive food and drink, an artisan holiday marketplace, photos with Santa, caroling, and more. Tickets are available online. (Admission is free for children 4 and younger.)

Family Matinee: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Drop-In Workshops for Families: 3D
Academy Museum of Motion Pictures
6067 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

The Academy Museum of Motion Pictures is hosting two special programs for families. On Saturday, December 10th there is an 11:00 am showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Then at 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, there is a Drop-In Workshop where children can “make your own 3D glasses and illustrations of iconic movie characters.” Museum admission is free for youth 17 and under. Tickets are available online. 

Malibu Barbie Truck Tour
2nd and PCH
6400 E. Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90803

The Malibu Barbie Truck will be at 2nd and PCH on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. For Barbie fans of all ages, this is your chance to purchase “exclusive retro-inspired merchandise,” described as “an array of 70s-themed Malibu Barbie beach apparel” including clothing, hats, totes, and more. 

Nubian Jewelry: Family Workshop
Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

“Make your own crown and royal regalia inspired by ancient Nubian designs” at the Getty Villa on Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. “Discover the precious materials used to make the magnificent jewelry worn by Nubian royalty, and embellish your creation with amulets meant to protect the living and the dead.” This drop-in program complements the exhibition Nubian Jewelry: Splendors of Ancient Sudan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Admission is free; however, a timed-entry reservation is required and may be made online. 

CAAMCon Black Comics Festival
California African American Museum (CAAM)
Exposition Park
600 State Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90037

Visit the California African American Museum on Saturday, December 10th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm for CAAMCon Black Comics Festival. “Immerse yourself in the artistry, history, and power of Black comics at CAAMCon, CAAM’s first festival of Black comics!” The Festival includes discussions, marketplace, children’s activity corner, food trucks, and more. RSVP online for this free event. 

Holiday Open House at the Steps
The Culver Steps
9300 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Families are invited to the Holiday Open House at The Culver Steps on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This festive event features holiday-themed music, a hot cocoa bar, wreath-decorating craft activity, and more. This is a free event, and no pre-registration is required. 

Annual Winter Wonderland
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90008

Stop by the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and have some fun at their Annual Winter Wonderland. The festivities include photos with Santa, live entertainment, giveaways, community resources, a trackless train, real snow, and much more. 

Winter Family Festival
Rancho Los Alamitos
6400 E. Bixby Hill Road, Long Beach, CA 90815

Rancho Los Alamitos is hosting a Winter Family Festival on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. “Celebrate the season while learning about the diverse traditions of those who once called Povuun’nga and Rancho Los Alamitos home.” The fun includes crafts, musical and dance performances, a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, food, and more. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available online. ($18 for guests 12 and older; $15 for children ages 3 and up; free for children 2 and under)

Holiday Concert on the Pier
Redondo Beach Pier
Fisherman’s Wharf, Redondo Beach, CA

Families are invited to the annual Holiday Concert on the Pier happening on Saturday, December 10th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. This free community event features live holiday music, activity books (while supplies last), and more. In addition, families are encouraged to donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Love In the Mirror Toy Drive. 

Holiday Skate Show: The Grinch’s Holiday at The Cube
The Cube Santa Clarita
27745 Smyth Dr., Santa Clarita, CA 91355

Holiday Skate Show: The Grinch’s Holiday at The Cube is happening on Saturday, December 10th. Skaters will share “the tale of the Grinch whose heart was ‘two sizes too small’ and how a small town transforms his love of the holiday season.” Two performances are planned — one at 12:00 pm and one at 5:00 pm. (The show is about 90 minutes.) Tickets are available online. 

Teddy Bear Concert: Meet the String Family
Arroyo Seco Regional Library
6145 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90042

Celebrate the 150th Birthday of the Los Angeles Public Library System on Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 pm at the Arroyo Seco Regional Library. The Library is hosting a special performance featuring musicians from Santa Cecilia Orchestra. “Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this fun concert that demonstrates how sounds, melodies, rhythms, and instruments can bring music to life.”  

Miracle on Main Street
California Heritage Museum Lawn
2612 Main St., Santa Monica, CA 90405

Head down to Santa Monica on Saturday, December 10th for Miracle on Main Street. From 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, families will enjoy a variety of activities including a Kids Corner, the arrival of Santa Claus, street-wide holiday parties, tree lighting, holiday carolers, and more. 

Apollo Lighting 
Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242

The City of Downey and the Columbia Memorial Space Center invite families to the Apollo Capsule Lighting Event on Saturday, December 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. “Celebrate the newest community tradition” which will also feature TubaChristmas with conductor Dr. Anthony Mazaaferro. “Tuba players unite to bring the magic of the season with classic holiday tunes.” The Concert will be held from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm followed by the Lighting of the Capsule. There will also be hands-on science activities! 

Tunes, Toys and Trees Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting
La Pintoresca Park
45 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA

The 22nd Annual Tunes, Toys and Trees Holiday Concert and Tree Lighting is happening on Saturday, December 10th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The fun includes holiday music, a trackless train, arts and crafts, holiday story time, face painting, pictures with Santa, and more. 

Street Food Cinema: Yuletide Cinemaland: Edward Scissorhands
Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer St., Los Angeles, CA 90031

Street Food Cinema is hosting the “Ultimate Holiday Experience at Heritage Square Museum” on Saturday, December 10th. This special California Winter Wonderland features music, dancing, Victorian Holiday Home Tours, holiday light extravaganza, food trucks, and Santa Claus! Plus, there’s an outdoor showing of Edward Scissorhands. Doors open at 5:00 pm, the first showing is at 6:30 pm, and a second showing is at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online. Admission is free for children 5 and younger. (The movie is rated PG-13.)

Annual Holiday Boat Parade
Multiple viewing spots including
Burton Chace Park
13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292

The 60th Annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade is happening on Saturday, December 10th at 6:00 pm. A brief fireworks display begins at 5:55 pm. There will also be carolers performing, food trucks on-site, and lots of fun. The parade features boats “adorned with lights and decorations to celebrate the winter holiday season.” This is a free event.  

Holiday Movies: Elf
Multiple locations including
Regal Edwards Alhambra Renaissance
1 E. Main Street, Alhambra, CA 

Regal Theatres is screening the holiday family-favorite Elf on Saturday, December 10th and Sunday, December 11th. Gather the family and take advantage of the specially priced tickets ($5 each) to go see a holiday family favorite up on the big screen. Tickets are available online. (The movie is rated PG.)

Pop-Up Studio: Zines and
[email protected]: Self-Care for Kids

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

The Hammer Museum is hosting two special activities for families this weekend. On Saturday, December 10th at 11:00 am, stop by for Pop-Up Studio: Zines. “Practice your storytelling skills by designing and creating your own zine” at this drop-in workshop. And on Sunday, December 11th at 11:00 am, “professional speaker, trauma-informed trainer, performer, and writer Maia Akiva leads a workshop using creative writing exercises to get to know our emotional selves and address challenges.” This activity is recommended for children 9-18. 

Open House
Pasadena Model Railroad Museum
5458 Alhambra Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90032

The Pasadena Model Railroad Museum welcomes families to its Open House happening this weekend on Saturday, December 10th (12:00 pm to 6:00 pm) and Sunday, December 11th (11:00 pm to 6:00 pm). The Open House activities will “focus on modern-day railroading, from the 1990s to the present.” Suggested donations are $5 for adults, $1 for children, and children under 7 are free. 

Rooftop Cinema Club
1310 E. Franklin Ave., El Segundo, CA 90245

Rooftop Cinema’s El Segundo location is screening a few family-friendly films this weekend. On Saturday, December 10th there is an 11:15 am showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) (rated PG) and a 2:00 pm showing of The Santa Clause (rated PG). And on Sunday, December 11th The Polar Express (rated PG) will be shown at 2:00 pm. Cinema snacks are available for purchase on-site. Tickets are available online. 

Sunday Funday
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Families are invited to The Wallis on Sunday, December 11th for Sunday Funday. This free, outdoor monthly event features family-friendly activities open to all levels and ages. At 11:00 am enjoy a performance by the band Mostly Kosher. Then at 12:00 pm, Debbie Allen or instructors from Debbie Allen Dance Academy will offer African dance instruction.  

Homestead Holiday Open House
Homestead Museum
15415 E. Don Julian Road, City of Industry, CA 91745

Homestead Holiday Open House is happening on Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. During this time, “the historic grounds will be open to explore on your own and access to the house is available anytime during the open hours.” The 1920s mansion, known as La Casa Nueva, will be decorated for the holidays! Families will have the chance to take photos, make crafts, and visit with Santa while enjoying the “beautiful and historic decorations.” 

Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival
Parade travels on Devonshire St. from Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Lurline Ave., Chatwsorth, CA 

The Chatsworth Holiday Parade and Festival is scheduled for Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (The Parade starts at 1:00 pm.) This year’s theme is Hometown Holidays. The Parade features local bands, flyovers, equestrian units, and more. Get ready for a lot of holiday cheer!

South Gate Children’s Christmas Lane Parade and Festival
Parade Route – Tweedy Blvd. from California Ave. to Pinehurst Ave., South Gate

The South Gate Children’s Christmas Lane Parade and Festival is happening on Sunday, December 11th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The Festivities feature the Parade (which starts at 12:00 pm) as well as live entertainment, food, giveaways, pictures with Santa, vendors, and more. 

Free Children’s Workshop: Colorful Hands
Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)
628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA 90802

The Museum of Latin American Art is hosting Free Children’s Workshop: Colorful Hands on Sunday, December 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. “Drawing inspiration from the colors and shapes in our gallery dedicated to contemporary abstract art, children will learn how to create their own abstract compositions using markers and their own two hands.” 

El Segundo Holiday Parade
Begins at Main Street and Imperial AVe., El Segundo, CA 

The 58th Annual El Segundo Holiday Parade is happening on Sunday, December 11th from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This year’s theme is “A Groovy Holiday.” The parade will feature “local schools, organizations, marching bands, vintage cars, businesses and creative floats.” 

34th Annual Skechers Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks
Live Oak Park
1901 N. Valley Dr., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

The Annual Manhattan Beach Holiday Fireworks is happening on Sunday, December 11th. The festivities begin at 3:00 pm and include a Snow Park, musical performances, and the Fireworks show at 7:00 pm. Families are asked to bring new, wrapped toys and/or canned goods to donate to the YMCA Adventure Guides Charity. Details are available online. 


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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at her website WendyKennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).