Bargains! Crowds! Cinnabon! Escalators!
Whether you’d love to take your kids with you, drop-’em-and-shop or completely sidestep the Black Friday madness, we’ve got something for you!
Here are Kidsguide’s Top 10 Black Friday events for you and your kids, plus a long list of holiday shows and attractions opening this Friday.
And don’t miss our list of holiday tree lightings, Santa visits and other merriment happening at the mall near you.
November 25: Go out and shop while your kiddos cook up a feast. In the morning session, Lil’ Chefs will learn Baking 101, including a Maple Breakfast Casserole, Eggnog Pancakes and Black Forest Cake. During the afternoon session, Lil’ Chefs will prepare pasta from scratch served with a Bolognese Meat Sauce and, for dessert, Chocolate Lovers’ Trifle. That evening, your kids can make their own pizza dinner from scratch. Includes three yummy toppings and pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting for dessert. Ages 3+ (children must be potty trained). Friday. Morning or afternoon session, 9 a.m. – noon or 1-4 p.m., $49; both morning and afternoon sessions, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., $109; sibling discounts available. Evening session, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $45.
November 25: Pretend City will be a great place to get away from all the Black Friday Madness. They will be playing with Thanksgiving leftovers in the Real Caf, dancing and singing to Turkey Songs in the City Park, and reading books about thankfulness in the Orange Plaza. Friday, check their website for schedule of activities. Included with admission.
3. All Day Skate at Fountain Valley Skating Center
November 25: Skate that turkey off and boycott Black Friday with games, prizes and fun! Friday, noon – 6 p.m. $13; includes skate rental, a hot dog, and a fountain soda. Stay half-day for $7.50.
9105 Recreation Circle, Fountain Valley
4. Turtle and Tortoise Care at Kidspace
November 25: Has Santa promised a new pet this year? Join Kidspace’s Nature Specialist and explore proper pet care and housing for your turtle or tortoise. Friday, 3-3:30 p.m. Included with admission.
480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena
5. Guess What! Santas’s Coming! in Temecula
November 25: Professor Pennypickle and Santa are long time friends (remember they have figured out how to deliver presents all over the world in one night!) so naturally there’s a cozy little cabin just waiting for him. Friday, 6 p.m. Call for admission fee. Pennypickle’s Workshop.
42081 Main St. , Temecula
6. Polar Paradise and Lighting of the Back Bay at Newport Dunes
November 25: Festivities include live musical performances by OC Song & Dance and the Corona del Mar High School Choir, a roaming magician, three puppet shows and a visit by Santa Claus who will flip a massive switch to illuminate dozens of floating “trees” and other holiday decoration on the water. There will also be screening of “Dr. Seuss’ How the GrinchStole Christmas” for the kids, plus build-your-own-s’mores, cookies, hot cocoa and cider. Seafood chowder, hot dogs, chili and corn muffins for purchase. Friday, performances at 3 p.m.; Santa arrives at 5:30 p.m.; movie at 6 p.m. Parking and all activities are free. Festivities continue through the weekend.
1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach
7. Candy Making Demonstration in Ontario
November 25-26 and December 3, 9, 12-16, 19-23, and 28: Every year in December Logan’s Candies hosts candy making demonstrations for the public and by group appointment. Come and see the craftsmanship and care they put into all of their handmade, gourmet candies. They even share the candies that they make right in front of you. See schedule of times below. Demonstrations are limited to available space. Please show up 15-20 minutes prior demonstrations to ensure availability. Please note: public restrooms are not available, please plan accordingly.
125 W. “B” St., Ontario
8. The Nutcracker Ballet in Temecula
November 25-27: If you could imagine a little girl named Clara, a magical Nutcracker doll, a mysterious magician Drosselmayer, toss in an evil Rat Queen, fearless soldiers, beautiful snowflakes, a breath-taking Sugar Plum fairy and enough sparkling costumes that would make Liberace weep with envy you are dreaming of the Nutcracker ballet! Enhanced by Tchaikovsky’s rich score and distinctive choreography, this extravagant production by Inland Valley Classical Ballet Theatre is ideal for children and those of us who can still be carried away to a magnificent world of beauty. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. $18-22
42051 Main St. , Temecula
9. Christmas Crafts and Vintage Market at Bates Nut Farm
November 25-27: Bates Nut Farm hosts their largest Arts n Crafts Fair of the year. The Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market features over 80 artisans, selling a variety of American handmade crafts and fine art. Each day live bands perform on the Bates Stage. Take a free hayride with Santa on Friday and Saturday, and be sure to bring your camera! Admission and parking are free. Friday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
15954 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center
November 25: Sign up for Storybook Pajama Party on the night of Black Friday! While you shop, the kiddos create a storybook, sip some hot chocolate, meet new friends, and have some party fun! Thursday, 10 p.m. – midnight. $30, includes storybook, games and treats. Get more details and register on their website.
These shows and attractions officially open for the holiday season on Friday, November 25.