Best Unique Thanksgiving Experiences For Kids In Los Angeles

November 20, 2016 4:00 AM

(credit: Dana Point Turkey Trot)

(credit: Dana Point Turkey Trot)

It’s okay not to go with tradition on Thanksgiving in Tinseltown where, in many cases, rules are actually made to be broken. So this November on the third Thursday of the month, instead of dining on an all-day feast at home, why not take part in some of the activities around town that allow the younger members of your family to express themselves in new ways during the time when the turkey is the talk of our town? That said, following are five ideas about how to accomplish just that.

(credit: Burbank Community YMCA)

(credit: Burbank Community YMCA)

Kids Fun Run Turkey Trot
Burbank Community YMCA
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 845-8551
Date: November 24, 2016 at 7:30am

Thanksgiving Day is not only a day to dine on turkey, but it is also a day to trot like one, too. This is especially true in Burbank where tykes take advantage of the chance to show off their jogging skills in the Kids Run. The course goes from Third & Magnolia to Third & Olive and back. It starts an hour and a half after the start of the 5K/10K at a time when most participants have completed the 5K/10K course. The entry fee for the Kids Run is $20 per participants. For the kids, this event is not a competitive or timed run. Open to anyone age 9 and under, this particular micro mini marathon benefits the Burbank Community YMCA membership assistance program which means that the programs at this Y are free for anyone who does not have the means to pay the usual fee. As for the Thanksgiving Day tradition of running for charity, after your kids take part in this mass exodus, they’ll all get medals and prizes all because each took the time and energy to participate. Start time for the children’s fun run through downtown Burbank is around 9am, and costumes are very much part of the hysterical scene. Visit for more information!

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Westside Thanksgiving Community Dinner & Celebration
11301 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA90025
(310) 394-3153
Date: November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving is about being thankful and giving. This year, give back to those who need your help by donating time and resources to the annual community meal, which will feed thousands of needy Angelenos. Volunteers are always welcomed, and it is a great way to connect with your community in the spirit of the holiday. Shifts are available at 6am, 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. Plan to arrive 1/2 hour early for the shift you have been assigned so you’ll have time to park and go through orientation. If you can’t escape the kitchen long enough for a shift, why not put an extra pie in the oven and swing by later on to donate it, along with some of the kids’ old clothes or some non-perishable foods?

(credit: Julian L. Gothard)

(credit: Julian L. Gothard)

Aquarium Of The Pacific Thanksgiving Lunch
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
Date: November 24, 2016

Not only are all sectors of the massive Aquarium of the Pacific open on Thanksgiving Day, but a special buffet is planned from 11am to 3pm this year. Kids and their parents will get to gobble up everything from turkey and dressing to cranberries and pumpkin pie, the latter of which will be heaped with mounds of fluffy whipped cream. In addition, the entire family will marvel at the permanent residents at the legendary Aquarium. The Aquarium will be open for normal operation as well from 9am to 6pm!

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23rd Annual Thanksgiving Day Run & Food Drive

Community Center of La Canada Flintridge
1301 Foothill Blvd
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 790-8880
Date: November 24, 2016 from 8am to 10:30am

While the older members can take part in the 5k run/walk on Thanksgiving Day starting at 8:30am, the younger race is scheduled to be up and running for just a single mile around 9:30am at Memorial Park. This annual event brings the La Canada Flintridge community together for a good cause. For kids, it will involve a mile run.

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(credit: Turkey Trot LA)

Widdle Wobble Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot LA
City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-3231

Aside from the Thanksgiving Day race/walk for adults in a 5k and 10k start, at 10am, kids can take part in the Widdle Wobble Start! All participants will get a Turkey Trot Trucker Hat this year, as well as a finisher medal for those who cross the finish line. And, for those youth participating in the kids run, they’ll get a Widdle Wobble T-Shirt.

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