L.A. Weekender: Dinosaurs, ice castles, fire, art and graffiti

The view is beautiful at the Fairplex offices this morning. A glance towards the north gives us a spectacular view of snow-capped mountains and thick clouds covering the hillsides. While we are tempted to just advise everyone to hit the slopes, we realize that might not be ideal for you. We came up with a few fun alternatives that don’t involve snow…

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Wonder of Dinosaurs: We’ve traveled back in time as Wonder of Dinosaurs opens today. More than 100 still and animatronic dinosaurs stomped into Fairplex and have settled into Expo Hall 7 for a full week of prehistoric fun. Would-be paleontologists of all ages can view life-size dinosaurs or jump around in a dino bounce house, ride a dinosaur or participate in a number of other fun activities. Wonder of Dinosaurs opens today (Nov. 22) and runs through Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily. Tickets are $20 online and $23 at the door. For additional information, visit www.wonderofdinosaurs.com

CHILL at the Queen Mary: If you plan on being in the South Bay/Westside part of town, consider stopping by the Queen Mary this weekend. The ginormous ship transforms into an icy palace that includes a 13,000 square-foot igloo, ice castles, an ice cave, ice skating, tube racing and Santa’s Toyland among other things. Tickets to Queen Mary Presents CHILL start at around $15 for kids and $20 for adults.. The event kicks off tonight (Nov. 22) and runs through Jan. 5.

Catching Fire at L.A. Live: Catching Fire, the much anticipated Hunger Games sequel opens this weekend and because we’re L.A., we can’t just have a normal opening weekend at the movies like everyone else. Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live invites movie goers to walk down the red carpet that was used at the actual film premiere. The red carpet experience is take place on Georgia Street in front of the Premiere Lobby entrance. You can walk the red carpet from now through tomorrow evening (Nov. 23). For additional information, visit the Regal Cinemas website.

A day at the Getty: If you’re looking for a bit of art education in your life, the Getty Center is offering a free architecture tour this Saturday at 10:15 a.m. The 45-minute tour invites art and architecture enthusiasts to explore the intricate and unique designs of the Getty. Garden tours are also offered throughout the day and if you plan on staying longer, we recommend the Illuminate Your Holidays evening event. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Getty comes alive with holiday lighting. Sip on hot cider, enjoy the spectacular views of Los Angeles and appreciate the art that illuminates the  center at night. Information on all Getty happenings is available here.

Graffiti Run 5k: Picture this: bright blue skies, puffy clouds and 70-degree weather. Pair that with bright colors, loud music and a rush of endorphins. If you are even remotely down for a walk in the fresh air, we recommend you check out the Graffiti Run 5k. Walk, skip, jog or run a 5k through our grounds and allow yourself to get splashed in color. Then, party it up with your fellow 5k-ers at the finish line. Not a bad way to end the weekend… or kick-off the holiday fun. The Graffiti Run is on Sunday, Nov. 24th. Registration fee is $55, not including parking or service fees. For additional information or to register, click here.

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights events throughout Los Angeles County, from the heart of downtown to the beach cities to the IE. Additional information about all listings can be found at the event’s official website. If you have suggestions for an event, leave a comment in the box below or email us at tanji@fairplex.com

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