The Buzzz

The Buzzz is about all sorts of neat stuff: Exhibits, festivals, seasonal highlights, current topics, new things, fun things and free things … if it’s fun, family-friendly and happening in our area, it’s in here! With our Clickable Calendar, you can find fun things to do every weekend, and with our weekly features you can get everything from inspiring craft ideas to tips on where to park!

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Mom’s the Word

Show mama your love! Take her on a brunch sail along Dana Point, take her biking in Long Beach, or surprise her with a scenic train ride through Heritage Valley. Also: East West Ice Palace knows how to find and keep your cool.

Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around

Launch a rocket at Boeing, dig up some fossils in Buena Park and get a taste of the world at Soka University’s International Festival.

Where Your Feet Take You

Take a (night) hike in Irvine! Springtime fave Bubblefest XIV will be at Discovery Science Center. Think your kid or teen is a community role model? Visit the California Pageants’ free orientation to see if they’re ready for the crown.

Your Funny Valentine

What’s your love? Cuddle some farm critters, catch “The Frog Prince” or “The Man Who Planted Trees,” or have a whale of a good time at the Santa Monica Pier.

Dino-Mite Encounters

Dinosaurs come to live in Southern California! ECO Station hosts the popular DinoFaire; the Natural History Museum resumes its larger-than-life living “Dinosaur Encounters”; and meet Zed, the woolly mammoth serendipitously unearthed during a parking lot renovation near the La Brea Tarpits. Catch “Annie” at the Orange County Performing Arts Center with a special “bottom-dollar” deal!

A Whale Of A Good Time

The gray whales are coming! See them, learn about them and even watch them from the comfort of your living room: Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro celebrates the annual migration and its 75th birthday with a free festival; Captain Dave’s virtually takes you along for each scheduled boat ride; and the 30th anniversary national tour for “Annie” stops by Orange County.

New Year, New Look!

Notice anything…different? Three must-do things this week: three hours of trampoline jumps and foam pit dives; celebrate Kwanzaa and the Chinese New Year; and witness a chicken “hatching” at Pretend City’s mini-farm. Counselor Connie Wax invites parents to check out her 10-week workshop, Parenting Gifted Children.

A Rockin’ Christmas

Start a family tradition or invent a new one to heighten holiday cheer; some stories to put the Christmas frenzy in perspective; and Long Beach School of Music helps turn Guitar Hero dreams into reality.

Take A Break

Winter camps aren’t just lifesavers for busy parents, they’re a productive and fun way for kids to spend some of their two-week school vacation; stocking stuffers for nearly every personality type for less than $20; and Bridges Reading & Writing Institute adds a unit to its acclaimed reading and writing tutoring program.

Spread the Joy!

Christmas is coming, and it’s time to get “crafty”; heartfelt gifts for teachers; and Enchanted Fairy Tea Parties knows how to throw fantasy bashes for kids and adults.

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