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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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.

Ready, Set, Give!

Begin the season of giving with a turkey trot benefiting local nonprofits; find your everyday philanthropist without spending a dime; and see how Pretend City rewards those who give to others. Read all about it, along with the upcoming week’s activities in The Buzz!

Onward, Brave Ones

There are many ways to say ‘Thanks’ to our men and women in uniform; a Marine and his mutt visit Mission Viejo to share a death-defying tale of war, peace and friendship; and Greater Long Beach YMCA has nature-oriented adventures for families.

Got Costume, Will Parade

Celebrate the autumn harvest, 1920s-style, at Rancho Los Alamitos; stay safe when you go trick-or-treating this weekend; and Kidnastics continues to provide stand-out programs to develop tykes’ motor skills and keep kids at tip-top shape.

Ama(i)ze Yourself

Today’s corn mazes are precise works of spatial art; get free hands-on lessons from more than a dozen professional artists at Huntington Beach Art Center’s Free Family Arts Day; and see if your little cook has what it takes to reign as King or Queen Pasta.

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