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Events on March 25th, 2017

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

Pan for Gold at the Autry

Weekends: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.

Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

March 19 – September 4: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has re-designed and re-built its popular outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit.

Easter Eggstravaganza with Irvine Regional Railroad

March 25 – April 15: The annual Easter Eggstravaganza includes visits with the Easter Bunny, a moon bounce, egg hunts for ages 2-12, train rides, cookie decorating, games and activities for the whole family.

Butterfly Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 11 – April 23: Thousands of exotic butterflies create a flurry of color and beauty as they flutter freely around you inside a huge aviary in the Hidden Jungle.

Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore

Saturdays: Take a four-hour, round-trip train ride through the citrus and avocado groves of the Heritage Valley on board vintage 1930’s passenger and dining cars.

Apple Computer Classes

Ongoing: Apple stores offer free computer classes (5+) teaching the basics of Macs and their software. Classes fill quickly. Locations: Brea, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach.

Free Archery Instruction at El Dorado Park

Saturdays: Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required.

Dolby Theatre Guided Tours

Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

March 1 – May 14: The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for just six to eight weeks each year, bringing the famous fields back to life.

Bob Baker Marionette Theater in Los Angeles

Weekends: The audience is always part of the show when the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes perform in-the-round.

Aqua Cub at the Newport Sea base

March 25, April 8 and May 20: Row, row, row your boat! Kids (6-10) learn boating safety basics and rowing in the on-the-water introduction to rowing.

Caterpillar Adoption Days at Kidspace

March 11 – April 23: Painted Lady Caterpillars will be available in the Busy Bee Learning Store (while supplies last on a weekly basis). Witness the magic of metamorphosis by adopting a Painted Lady Caterpillar.

Pan For Gold Make an Adobe Brick and Arrowhead Necklace at the Mission

Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed mission trough, then roll up your sleeves and make your own adobe brick and/or arrowhead necklace.

Faery Hunt and Faery Birthday Party in Griffith Park

March 25: Gather your little fairies and pixies (boys and girls ages 2-10) for an interactive musical show and a party with a treasure hunt, dancing, fairy unicorn card readings, fairy face painting, food and frolic.

Free Class at Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops

March 25: Kids (3+) make a honey bee house.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Kids Skate at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.

Drop in and Draw Saturdays in Costa Mesa

Saturdays: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a great place for kids to express themselves creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult).

AAA Child Passenger Safety in OC

February 28 and March 10, 24, 25 and 31: During this free carseat education class presented by AAA, learn about occupant-protection laws, how to select the right seat, how to correctly secure your child in a seat and installation tips.

Family Day at the Norton Simon Museum

March 25: Examine the blooms and tiny insects in the bouquets of Jan Davidszoon de Heemone of the greatest painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Welcome spring by drawing from flowers, bugs and other vegetation using a magnifying glass.

Bike Saturdays in Long Beach

Saturdays: Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer.

Tom’s Farms

Saturdays and Sundays: Familes stroll the craft fair, take in a train or carousel ride, try out the kid-sized tractor, operate a construction scoop, pan for gold, ride a pony, visit the petting zoo and see a magic show.

Old Fire Station 27 Tour Day in Hollywood

Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation.

Old Fire Station 36 Tour in San Pedro

Saturdays: Old Station 36 includes remarkable LAFD apparatus, artifacts from the San Pedro area and some of the most famous fires in this part of the city, and much more.

Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum

Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks.

Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores

Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.

Family Day at Ceramic Art Museum

March 25: Every new exhibition at the American Museum of Ceramic Art includes a fun Family Day workshop.

Wyland’s Art Adventure in Dana Point

Saturdays, January 21 – April 29: Kids (3-12) receive an art lesson presented by Wyland, via video feed, then continue the adventure with a two-hour whale watching trip on Dana Wharfs flagship 95 ft. vessel, the Dana Pride for $5.

Faery Hunt and Fairy Birthday Party in Griffith Park

March 25: A treasure hunt, circle time with the fairy queen, dancing, games, fairy unicorn card readings, fairy face painting, snacks, frolic and lots of fun.

Love That Dog in Santa Monica

March 25-26: Theatergoep Kwatta’s Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Long Beach

Fourth Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.

FIGat7th Kids Club in Los Angeles

Second and fourth Saturdays: Kids Club Art workshops are free and suitable for all children ages 3 and older.

Free Historical Walking Tour at Santa Monica Pier

Saturday and Sunday: Join an hour-long tour that features fascinating stories about how the pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments over the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies and more!

Orange County Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.

Peacock Day at the LA Arboretum

March 25: Celebrate peacocks with a day of activities exploring their habitats and attributes.

Orange County Parks Daily Activities

Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.

LA County Science and Engineering Fair

March 25-26: The Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair provides a yearly setting for middle and high school students to show off their investigative skills and creativity to compete for medals, special awards and scholarships.

Abilities Expo in Los Angeles

March 24-26: Discover opportunites for the L.A. disability community with ability-enhancing products and services, play a few adaptive sports, learn new dance moves, attend informative workshops and more.

Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations

Tidepool Walks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

March 11, 12, 25, 26, April 8, 9, 22, 23, May 6 and 21: CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.

Kids Club Events at Michaels

March 4-11: Kids (3+) join Michaels staff for a fun craft.

Big Air Toddler Time

Sunday – Thursday: A special time just for little ones to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, they provide extra balls and toys for the little kiddos.

Big Air Cosmic Nights

Friday and Saturday: They turn down the lights, turn up the music and fire up the lasers and strobes. Enjoy access to all the attractions at the park The price of admission covers the entire duration of Cosmic Nights.

2017 First Lego League Open House in Irvine and Los Alamitos

March 11 and 26: If you are interested in forming an FLL team this year, join the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE Open House. Learn about First Lego League robotics competition, sign up, meet other potential team members, and form teams for the upcoming 2017-18 FLL season.

Ranch Open House at Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

March 4, 11, 18 and 25: Self-tour The Huntington’s urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening.

Spring Spectacular at the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

March 19, 20, 26, 27, April 2 and 3: Swing, slither or soar over to the zoo’s family fun event of the year! Experience America’s Teaching Zoo like no other time of the year during the Spring Spectacular.

Saturday Morning Concert Series in Santa Monica

Saturdays: Books and Cookies invite local children’s musicians and music teachers to play a Kids Concert. Concert sets last about 30 minutes, and are lively, interactive, and fun.

Kids and Teens Cooking Classes in Irvine

Saturdays: Cooking 101 is the place where “what if” collides with “look at this” to create “delicious!” Cooks of all ages and levels, can expand their palate and knowledge.

Bird Tours at Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Saturday: Join a naturalist from Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium to explore local bird species around the Santa Monica Pier.

Spring Into Health with Tanaka Farm

March 25-26: Join Tanaka Farms for a 1-mile walk around the farm.

Saturday Mornings at Children’s Book World

Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.

Dodgers Stadium Tour in Los Angeles

Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective.

Mini Golf Tournament in LA Habra

March 24-25: No need for a 9-iron, provide the clubs for little golfers to try their hand at golfing kid-style! A mini course with ramps, tunnels, and loopty-loops will challenge your little’s ones skill at putting, swinging, and aiming.

Story Adventures at Storymakery

Friday and Saturday: Kids (5+) and their family join the engaging, imaginative, and themed adventures of improvisational storytelling.

Very Eric Carle at Discovery Cube Orange County

January 28 – May 14: Early learning can tumble in grass, weave a web, find new friends, and even become a butterfly as Eric Carle’s “Very” series comes to life

The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition at the California Science Center

October 15 – April 9: Enjoy a unique, first-time look into the Pixar moviemaking process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters. This 12,000 sq. ft. interactive exhibition showcases the STEM concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s films to the big screen.

Glow Nights at Sky Zone in Westminster

Fridays and Saturdays: All ages Glow Night Includes front of the line admission to all activities, unlimited admission to the Game Zone that includes over 20 digital games, GLOW Dunk contests and GLOW Bull Riding Contests!

Orange at South Coast Rep

March 5-26: Leela is different. A teenager from India, she sketches life’s important moments in her journal. This touching story (suitable for age 13+; contains adult language) is about a unique young woman’s search for her place in the world.

Peppa Pig Live at Grove of Anaheim

March 25: Peppa Pig’s Big Splash, Peppa’s first North American theatre tour resumes. The fun-filled show brings the hit TV series to life on stage.

Finding Belle at Santa Monica Playhouse

January 28 – April 30: A host of colorful and enchanting fairytale characters are unceremoniously plunked into 2017.

Finding Neverland at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

March 21 – April 2: Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus and winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan.

The Journey of Girl Scouts Empowering Young Women Exhibit in Santa Monica

January 24 – March 29: The Santa Monica History Museum celebrates the history of the Girl Scouts of the USA with its latest exhibit: The Journey of Girl Scouts: Empowering Young Women, a special 105 year anniversary event.

Finding Belle at Santa Monica Playhouse

January 29 – April 30: Cinderella, Snowhite, Little Bo Peep and even Mother Goose confront the mysteries of modern living as they try to find the lost Belle, save the fairytale world, and prove that you’re never too old to believe in imagination, happily-ever-afters, and mostly importantly, yourself.

Tomato Mania at Descanso Gardens

March 25-26: Welcome plentiful tomatoes with music and guided garden walks.

Wells Fargo History Museum Saturday Openings in Los Angeles

March 25, June 24, September 23 and December 9: Explore the interactive exhibits while also enjoying fun trivia, snacks and prizes.

Sleeping Beauty in Hollwood

March 5, 12, 19, 25 and 26: The King and Queen of Never Nod have a new baby, Princess Briar-Rose! When the bad witch Evilina, who lives with her cat and pet spider, isn’t invited to the christening she sets a terrible curse on the poor young princess.

California Yarnscape in Los Angeles

March 14-June 25: See one-of-a-kind pieces by fiber artists, knitters, and crocheters that respond to the question, “What is a California landscape to you?”

Adventures in Neverland in Santa Monica

March 11 – April 1: Join Peter and Wendy as they embark on all new adventures into Neverland! When Peter returns to Neverland he finds Captain Hook has turned the Lost Boys into Pirates, captured Tinkerbell and Tiger Lilly and taken over the Island and renamed it Pirateland.

Tangled Fairy Tales II in Santa Monica

March 11 – April 1: When Mulan finds out the evil Warrior has rescued and released all the villains back into Fairytale Land to tangle up all the fairy tales, it will be up to her and all her Princess friends to stop them!

Family Musical Mornings Concert

March 25: Journey back in time to the wondrous kingdom of Camelot, where gallant knights and fair damsels rule the land.

Little Shop of Horrors in Irvine

March 3-26: Full of delightfully demented humor, Little Shop of Horrors takes you on a musical journey through the streets of Skid Row, to a struggling flower shop where a bloodthirsty plant from another world eagerly awaits its next victim.

Free Mini-Glam Madness in March at Bold Girls

March 1-31: Kids join free Mini-Glams throughout March. Includes one-hour hair and makeup, nails, singing, dancing and fashion show.

Afternoon Tea with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in Irvine

March 25: Put on your favorite dress and bring a friend to Maple Conservatory to enjoy yummy treats, crafts, photos with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and a special performance of “Tea For Two” by the Seven Dwarfs.

Sea World’s Magic Weekends

March 4-26: Each weekend will feature different illusionists that are sure to delight and astound. Headliner talent will perform a 20-25 minute illusion show.

Early Learner Programs: Garden Buds

March 25: Give your budding gardener the chance to learn the importance of cultivating a healthy garden and body.

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley at The Morgan Wixson Theatre

March 18-April 2: Based on the popular children’s book, Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday ten-year-old until the bulletin board on the wall above his bed comes loose and falls right on top of him.

Grease The Musical with Sing-Alongs at The Attic Community Theater

March 23 – April 9: A musical about teens in love in the 50s! It’s California 1959 and greaser Danny Zuko and Australian Sandy Olsson are in love.

11th Annual Creative Visions Exhibition

March 24 – April 8: The annual exhibition of student art presents works created by students from grades K-12 representing the Huntington Beach City School District, the Huntington Beach Union High School District, and the Ocean View School District.

Sheep Shearing at the LA Zoo

March 25: Visit the L.A. Zoo and see an in-person demonstration of how they help the sheep get ready for warm weather with their annual springtime shearing.

Zoo Yoga at Los Angeles Zoo

March 25: Connect with your child through an animal-inspired morning yoga adventure that includes visits to masterfully breathing harbor seals, elegantly posing flamingos, and energetically playful river otters.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer at Discovery Cube LA

Through April 23: Experience the first-ever museum exhibit featuring the four heroic ninjas-in-training Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!