L.A. Weekender: Santa Claus, basketball and a Turkey Trot

It’s going to be a quiet weekend at Fairplex. Next weekend we welcome dinosaurs and graffiti to the grounds but this weekend we want to recommend some fun activities happening in other parts of Southern California…

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Santa’s Arrival: Okay, so it might be a little early to start thinking about Christmas, but for those of you who are gung-ho for a little ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus will be arriving at Victoria Gardens tonight, complete with fireworks, a tree lighting ceremony and snowfall. The fun starts at 7 p.m.

It’s basketball season: The Lakers are back in L.A. and that means the Staples Center will be packed tonight. Grab a bite to eat at L.A. Live,  then walk over to the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Memphis Grizzlies game. Or if you’re more of a Clippers fan, save the sports-mania for Saturday night when they play against the Brooklyn Nets.

Turkey Trot: The Autry Farmers Market is hosting their annual Turkey Trot this Saturday, with activities for the whole family. Parents and older kids can participate in the 5k or 10k Turkey Trots while younger runners can do the 1k Turkey Dash (5+.) There is even a Turkey Toddle for ages 2-5. There will be live music, games, prizes and more. Might as well start the holiday season with some cardio, right?

Family Day at the Hammer Museum: Enjoy a leisurely brunch in the city, then take the family to the Hammer Museum for a day full of activities. You can opt for watching the classic film, The Princess Bride at 11 a.m. or you can get crafty at the kid-friendly “Oh, If These Things Could Talk” workshop at noon. Students are invited to explore the design and personality of objects, led by Staci Steinberger. All activities are free.

Happy Friday!

The Fairplex L.A. Weekender highlights events  throughout Los Angeles County. 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