Kids StuffCompiled by Jason Gelt The Science of Gingerbread
How many gumdrops can a frosted cookie hold? Why do some recipes call for baking powder instead of baking soda? Find out at this tasty exhibition, featuring hands-on kitchen science activities and decorating demonstrations and award-winning gingerbread houses on display. www.discoverycube.org
. Discovery Science Center, 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Today-next Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Adults $12.95, children $9.95. (714) 542-2823.
Reindeer Romp Santa's Reindeer fly into the L.A. Zoo for Thanksgiving and stay until after the New Year. www.lazoo.org. Los Angeles Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive Griffith Park, L.A. Today-next Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with zoo admission. (323) 644-4200.
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The L.A. premiere of the hit holiday musical fable stars John Larroquette as Old Max and Stefan Karl as the Grinch. Pantages Theatre, 6233 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. Today, 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.; Tue.-Wed., 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 2 p.m.; next Sun., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. $23-$90. (323) 468-1770. (213) 480-3232.
A Christmas With Scrooge Celebrate the holiday season with a live song-and-dance-filled adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic tale of forgiveness, redemption and change. www.musicaltheatrevillage.net. Musical Theatre Village, 36-C Mauchly, Irvine. Today, 2 p.m. Adults $14, children $12. (949) 753-1996.
Count Down to the New Year! Kids get a chance to celebrate the New Year a few days early by making special Count-Down Clocks and New Year's Crowns to celebrate the last few minutes of 2009, and give a big welcome to 2010. www.zimmermuseum.org. Zimmer Children's Museum, 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, L.A. Today, 2-4 p.m. Adults $8, children $5 plus $3 program fee. (323) 761-8984.
Bob Baker's Holiday Spectacular The historic puppet theater presents a winter wonderland marionette musical extravaganza for children of all ages. Bob Baker Marionette Theater, 1345 W. 1st St., L.A. Today, 2:30 p.m.; Tue.-Fri., 10:30 a.m.; Sat., 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; next Sun., 2:30 p.m. $20. (213) 250-9995.
Discovery Labs Learn about marine science through art, stories and hands-on activities. Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, 3720 Stephen White Drive, San Pedro. Wed., 3-5 p.m. $1-$5. (310) 548-7562.
Adventure Base 100 Boy Scouts of America celebrates its 100th anniversary with a 10,000-square-foot campus of immersive Scout-related activities, including a ropes course, digital interactives and hands-on exhibits and a multi-sensory Imax-like Go! Dome. ww2.scouting.org. Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards., Pasadena. Fri., 1-5 p.m.; Sat.-next Sun., 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. (626) 351-8815, Ext. 227.
The Princess and the Frog A musical with audience participation for children and their families. Theatre West, 3333 Cahuenga Blvd. W., L.A. Sat., 1 p.m. Adults $12, children $10. (818) 761-2203.