(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.

2017 Burbank Community YMCA Turkey Trot
(credit: Burbank Community YMCA)

(credit: Burbank Community YMCA)

2017 Burbank Community YMCA Kids Run Turkey Trot
Burbank Community YMCA
321 E. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502
(818) 845-8551
Date: November 23, 2017 at 7:30 a.m.

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. This year, aside from the 5k and 10k for adults, there will be a kids run on Thanksgiving Day. Make sure to get there early at 7:30 a.m. There will also be a kids fun zone that little ones are sure to love!

Aquarium Of The Pacific Thanksgiving Lunch
(credit: Julian L. Gothard)

(credit: Julian L. Gothard)

Aquarium Of The Pacific Thanksgiving Feast/span>
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 590-3100
Date: November 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Not only are all sectors of the massive Aquarium of the Pacific open on Thanksgiving Day, but a special buffet is planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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! Come explore more than 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean!
Thanksgiving Brunch At Descanso Gardens

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Patina Thanksgiving Brunch
Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Dr
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
Dates: November 23, 2017 at 11:30 a.m.

The beautiful Descanso Gardens is participating in the Thanksgiving fun this year at their restaurant Patina. Patina’s top chefs will create a terrific holiday buffet with traditional Thanksgiving favorites as well as vegetarian options. The cost is $75 for adult members, and $35 for child members; $85 for adult non-members, and $45 for child non-members. Reservations are required.

Widdle Wobble Turkey Trot In Downtown L.A.
(credit: Turkey Trot LA)

(credit: Turkey Trot LA)

Widdle Wobble Turkey Trot
Turkey Trot LA
City Hall
200 N Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 473-3231
Date: November 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Aside from the Thanksgiving Day race/walk for adults in a 5k and 10k start, at 10am, kids can take part in the 1 mile Widdle Wobble run! All participants will get a rockin’ t-shirt, sparkly finisher medal, and bib. And, for those youth participating in the kids run that win, there will be a 2017 Widdle Wobble Finisher Medal.