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Free weekend? 6 cheap events — including free activities for Veterans Day

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Free time. Finally. This weekend we're paying tribute to our veterans with a slew of cheap and festive activities. We've got something for every Angeleno: Join a group hike with the National Park Service; ice skate in Santa Monica; or attend a veterans appreciation festival. 

Here's everything you need to know: 

1. Take the kids to a sketch comedy show with puppets

Get your giggle on at the Nerdist Showroom this Saturday. Hang with some of the best comedians in L.A. from the Groundlings and Second City while enjoying performances from the funniest puppets around. Expect a surplus of socket puppet sass and a special musical show from the Spectaculars. 

Here's a video of Sheldon the Fuzzface, and other adorable friends from Puppet Town: 

Puppet Town Sizzle

Where: Nerdist Showroom | MAP

When: 2 p.m. Saturday  

Price: $8 advance; $10 at the door; kids under 12 are free 

2. Enjoy free entry to parks in commemoration of Veterans Day

Honor America's veterans and enjoy the autumn weather with free entrance to all National Park Service locations, including Joshua Tree and César E. Chávez National Monument. There are plenty of group hikes, film screenings and events for children scheduled throughout the weekend; click here for the latest list of events.  

Here's a video featuring Dan Hottle, a combat veteran and National Park Service ranger: 

Veterans Day | National Park Service

When: Saturday through Monday | More details here. 

Where: National Park Service parks | Click here to find one close to you

Price: Free 

3. Ice it up in Santa Monica

'Tis the season for turkey stuffings, a warm cup of peppermint mocha and ice skating — yes, even in SoCal. Skate your way around Santa Monica's most popular rink this weekend while sporting your favorite fall clothes. Ice Bites Café offers snacks, and you can catch a skating lesson through the the Randy Gardner School of Skating.

(Photo: Gregory Williams/flickr Creative Commons) 

When: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Jan. 20 | Closed on Veterans Day

Where: Ice Santa Monica | MAP 

Price: $12 

4. Get in tune with nature at Debs Park 

The Audubon Center will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this Saturday with live entertainment from Las Cafeteras, the Hollow Trees and other nature-esque bands. Get excited and grab lots of grub. If you make a donation, you'll be entered into a drawing with prizes like a VIP walk along the L.A. River with councilman Mitch O'Farrell. (Thanks to our Twitter friend @AudubonCA for the heads up on this one!)

(Photo: Anika Malone/Flickr)

When: 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday 

Where: Debs Park | MAP

Price: RSVP here | Donations accepted 

5. Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct 

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the L.A. Aqueduct, the Natural History Museum has launched "Just Add Water." The exhibit showcases the work of contemporary artist Rob Reynolds, whose 10 original, large-scale watercolors will be on display. You'll also learn about the characters who were impacted by the Aqueduct’s conception — not just the founders, but the teamsters, the ditch diggers, the barkeeps and the cooks.

RELATED: Learn about the L.A. Aqueduct with KPCC's timeline, aerial shots and news stories 

When: 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily, now until August 3, 2014 

Where: Natural History Museum | MAP 

Price: $12 adult admission; discounted rates for students, seniors and children | Purchase tickets here  

6. Veterans appreciation festival in San Pedro

The gathering at the Port of Los Angeles is presented by former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilman Joe Buscaino and over 50 local veterans groups. Expect food, entertainment and a resource fair led by L.A.'s Community Development Department.

(Photo: Greg Bishop/Flickr)

When: 1 to 4 p.m.​ Saturday

Where: USS Iowa - Berth 87 at the Port of Los Angeles | MAP

Price: Free 

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