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Westside Weekend Get Out Guide

Many family-friendly events are on tap this weekend before the holidays descend. Set aside the shopping and take the kids and visiting relatives to Westside activities you all can enjoy.

Westside Weekend Get Out Guide

Shopping fatigue has set in and you've got more restless kids and in-laws than one person can endure. Take a break and check out these Westside things-to-do for this weekend. Tell us what you enjoyed and upload your photos!

Brentwood Noah's Ark At the Skirball - he Skirball Cultural Center's exhibit on Noah's Ark is well worth the visit based on the buzz. The story of the ancient flood is captured in a 8,000-square-foot space that includes a floor-to-ceiling wooden ark with fanciful animals and places to play. There are puppet shows where characters come to life, crafts for the kids, weather-making experiences (prepare for some mist) and impromptu "happenings." Visit Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Best to get your tickets ahead of time at  tickets.skirball.org or call 877-722-4849 to secure the entry date and time you want. Tickets online are $11.50 for general admission; $6.50 for children 2 to 12; $8.50 for seniors and students; and free for those younger than 2. Onsite tickets are about a $1 cheaper, but may be limited. For more information, visit the Skirball website. The center is located at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. off the 405 freeway. Take the Skirball Center Drive exit. Free parking on the premises.

Dockweiler Beach Beach Winter Wonderland - Prepare for snow on Saturday at the Dockweiler Youth Center, 12505 Vista Del Mar. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., families can enjoy a free holiday event with activities, arts and crafts, bouncers, sand and sledding on snow. Call 310-726-4128 for more information. 

Santa Monica Wizard of Oz - The  Creating Arts Company extended its run of the popular play about a Kansas girl named Dorothy and her little dog Toto. The play runs just one hour and five minutes and is recommended for children 4 years and older. The performances begin at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for children. Purchase tickets at  wizardofozsantamonica.eventbrite.com or at the theatre, the Promenade Playhouse & Conservatory, 1404 Third Street Promenade. Parking is available in nearby  city parking lots and structures

Culver City Holiday Ice Rink - This seasonal rink will only be open until Jan. 7, so don't miss a chance to strap on some skates and make spirals like Michelle Kwan. The 50 feet by 90 feet ice rink presented by MelroseMAC is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. For an hour session, tickets cost $10 for general admission and $6 for children 12 and under. Rent skates for $4 or bring your own. Lockers rent for $3. You can purchase tickets online or at the ice rink ticket window. Head for 9300 Culver Blvd. Two-hour free parking is available at the Ince Parking Structure, 9099 Washington Blvd. 

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