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Events on April 22nd, 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!

West Side Story in La Mirada

April 21 – May 14: From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time.

Pan for Gold at the Autry

Weekends and second Tuesdays: 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.

Imaginology STEAM Festival at OC Fair

April 21-23: Imaginology at the OC Fair & Event Center creates a stimulating world in which youth of all ages can explore the professional fields of science, technology, engineering and more.

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.

Earth Day at The Ocean Institute

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day with Ocean Institute. Tie dye a reusable shopping bag using Native American techniques and natural dyes. This workshop is being offered only for Earth Day 2017- sign-up now as spots are limited!

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.

Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 22-23: Learn what you can do to help the ocean and planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 17th annual Earth Day Celebration.

Dig It! Archaeology Adventures at the Skirball

Weekends: In a hands-on, simulated dig, kids experience the ancient Near East, learning methods for excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts.

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.

Festival of Books in Los Angeles

April 22-23: An annual event held by the LA Times, featuring book signings, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and kids’ storytelling and cartoon characters at two kids’ areas, plus music, drama and dance performances on six outdoor stages.

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.

Earth Day

April 22: Today is Earth Day! Find events celebrating our planet to learn how your family can help protect it on Kidsguide’s calendar.

California Poppy Festival in Lancaster

April 22-23: An open-air flower and farmer’s market featuring exotic animals, aeronautic displays, arts and crafts booths, a healthy living pavilion and an international market square.

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 Necklaces at the Mission

Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.

Beach Clean up and Earth Day in Santa Monica 

April 15 and 22: For Heal the Bay, every day is Earth Day, but in honor of the 47th annual worldwide observance on April 22,they’ll celebrate for a solid week this year.

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.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 19-23:The City of Santa Clarita is located about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles and is home to one of the worlds best and biggest Cowboy gatherings: the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.

Free Weekend Entrance to National Parks

April 15-16 and 22-23: Explore millions of acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for free during National Park Week, sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm

April 1-23: The 23-day food festival features countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment and family fun.

Children’s Arts Festival in Buena Park

April 22: Hands-on art activities, live music, and much more provide a delightful celebration of the rich cultural traditions that thrive in our own backyards!

A Faery Hunt Show and Fairy Mother Earth’s Birthday Party in Griffith Park

April 22: The faeries bring stories of faery magic and flowers, with dancing, singing and fun. Plus, celebrate Mother Earth’s Birthday on this Earth Day.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale

April 8 – May 21: Step out of the modern world and join a different time in history. Dress up and join the festivites including plays, music, magic and dancing.

Wild for the Planet at the LA Zoo

April 22 – May 19: Wild for the Planet spans four weeks, spotlighting the Zoo’s conservation efforts and what people can do to protect and preserve Planet Earth. Events for families and youngsters take place daily.

Butterfly Conservation Workshops for Families at LA County Arboretum

April 22: Families learn about butterflies, beneficial insects, and bad bugs in the garden.

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.

Weekend Kayak Tours in the Upper Newport Bay

Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.

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.

Promotional Giveaways and Special Events at the Angels Games

March 30 – September 30: Fans in attendance receive giveaways.

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.

MiniMAKEathon at OC Fairgrounds

April 22-23: A miniMAKEathon is a place where the only thing limiting what you build/code/create/develop is your own creativity!

Earth Day/Arbor Day/Green Expo Celebration in Mission Viejo

April 22: Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting trees and shrubs and attending the Expo, featuring earth-friendly crafts and environmental exhibits.

Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark Season Pass Sale

Through May 31: Season passes are on sale now at the low price of just three payments of $18. Sale ends May 31.

Earth Day in San Juan Capistrano

April 22: Explore The Ecology Center’s learning landscapes and engage in hands-on activities that shows how we can make every day Earth Day! Join a day of community building, skills sharing, and garden bounty.

Chalk Art Challenge in Redondo Beach

April 22: Join the 7th Annual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge. This all-ages event is free and open to the public.

Earth Day at the Bay in Newport Beach

April 22: Join the annual Earth Day at the Bay celebration. Activities include environmental exhibits, scavenger hunt for all ages, live music, live animal presentations, science discovery booths, arts and crafts, environmental short films and much, much more.

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.

Take a Kid Fishing in Newport Beach

March 4, April 22 and May 20: Bring a smile to your child’s face by taking them fishing on one of our boats! NSB provides all the equipment and experise to help you and your child catch a fish and build lasting memories.

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.

Shen Yun 2017

April 5-29: Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey to the lost land of the ancient Middle Kingdom.

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.

Cambodian New Year Parade in Long Beach

April 22: Celebrate the new year with a parade featuring Cambodian culture, presented by Long Beach-Phnom Penh Cambodia Sister Cities.

Cambodian New Year Celebration in Long Beach

April 22: Join the the Cambodian Town Culture Festial with Khmer Traditional Ceremonies, performances, live bands, games, face painting, slides, information booths and exotic food booths.

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

Big Science Fest at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

April 22: The entire community is invited to come out and celebrate STEM with some awesome activities, presentations, rocket launches, food trucks and live music.

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.

Disney on Ice Dream Big and Long Beach

April 20-23: Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with this ice skating spectacular. Enter a world where adventure is waiting and courage leads the way at Disney On Ice presents Dream Big.

Celebrate Earth Day at Pretend City in Irvine

April 22: Promote environmental awareness on Earth Day and throughout the year by visiting Pretend City to celebrate Earth.Create with Recycle City, read Compost Stew, explore seed matching and make your own earth.

Wake Up with the Waves Kids’ Concert Series at Santa Monica Pier

April 15 – May 20: Join Wake Up With the Waves, the interactive concert series for kids (1-8) each Saturday morning.

Ladybug Weekend at Armstrong Garden Centers

April 22-23: Get tips for ladybug releases and ladybug parties. They’ll give away 150 ladybugs promotional packet with purchase.

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.

STEAM Carnival in Irvine

April 30: A creative twist on the traditional carnival, come and enjoy a fun-filled day of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) activities and games.

City of STEM Science Festival in Downey

April 1-30: Learn and play with your family and discover the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math, through special activities, presentations and entertainment.

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.

Into the Woods in Los Angeles

April 4 – May 14: Revisit the classics like “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky”performed by the acclaimed Fiasco Theater ensemble in this unplugged and thrillingly clever revival.

Wild West SteamFest at Heritage Museum of Orange County

April 22: Join the museum for the 2nd annual SteamFest where the Old West meet SteamPunk. Featuring panels, vendors, gunfights, blacksmith, costume contest, living history tours, tea dueling and more.

Earth Day at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

April 22: Visitors have the opportunity to touch live snakes, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more!

Earth Day at Descanso Gardens

April 22-23: Join a fundraising 5K run, the spring Mt. SAC plant sale, guided walks and more.

Saturday Mornings at Children’s Book World

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

U-Pick Strawberries and Vegetables at Kenny’s Strawbery Farm

Wednesday – Sunday: A local, family owned U-Pick farmoffereing various crops for picking throughout the year.

Teen Night at MOCA in LA

April 22: Teen Night is one of MOCA’s biggest celebrations of the year, drawing teens from all over Southern California.

STEAM Carnival in Irvine

April 22: Attend the 3rd Annual STEAM Carnival, hosted by Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), who also celebrates their 20th anniversary.

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.

Grand Butterfly Release at Kidspace

April 22-23: Hundreds of butterflies will be released into the Arroyo Adventure Gardens, with a release at 2 p.m. each day.

Elephant & Piggie’s We’re In A Play! at The Wallis

Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books that will leave audiences doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!

Where the Wild Things Are at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

April 22-23: Sail along with Max to the land of the Wild Things. This award-winning, internationally acclaimed production from Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre is a guided play experience, adapted from the timeless classic by Maurice Sendak.

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

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!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Most days: Studio tours include a two-hour guided portion and self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault.

Grace First Concert Series in Long Beach

October 22, January 21, March 11, April 22, May 20 and June 10: Join Music at the Point with a variety of family friendly artist.

Finding Belle at Santa Monica Playhouse

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

California State Park Cleanup Event

April 22: Volunteers are needed at select California state parks for the 19th Annual California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup.

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.

Taj Express in Costa Mesa

April 21-22: Taj Express explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations.

Family Day at the Norton Simon

April 22: Help keep the Earth beautiful by transforming materials that would otherwise be thrown away into upcycled art.

Cosmic Nights at Sky High Sports in Costa Mesa

Friday and Saturday: It’s cosmic night every Friday (9 p.m. midnight) and Saturday (8-11 p.m.). Enjoy the color laser light show and party music while playing dodgeball, dunking basketballs or freestyling on the main court.

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?”

Free STEM Classes at Mindz One in Long Beach

First Saturdays: Register on their website to reserve a spot in one of their classes, such as Lego Engineering, Robotics Lab, Game Design, Minecraft Studio, Coding in Python, and 3D Animation.

The Original Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale

April 8-May 21: Take a journey into a land of imagination, where jousting knights, regal ladies, saucy wenches and royal overseers all mix and mingle with you and your family.

Gymnastics Sleepovers at Surf City Gymnastics

Monthly: Join a gymnastic-themed sleepover.

Marionette Show at Bowers Kidseum Children’s Museum

April 22: Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the bunny trail! He’s bringing everyone lots of spring time joy! Franklin Haynes Marionettes presents a delightful spring puppet surprise called “Springtime Parade.”

AutFest Celebrates “From Spectrum to Screen” in Orange

April 22-23: AutFest, the first film festival solely dedicated to an autistic audience and filmmakers, today announced its official program selections for its first annual film festival celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen.”

Earth Day in Uptown Whittier

April 22: This year’s event will focus on what cities are doing to “go green” and what individuals can do to conserve, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Earth Tales Celebrate Earth Day with International City Theater

April 22: We Tell Stories acting troupe explores the relationship between Mother Earth and her children using a trunk full of costumes, props, and “all sorts of junk” to weave a world of extraordinary stories about cultures who shared this planet long before our time.

The Cat in the Hat in Santa Monica

Apr 22-23: From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet.

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!

Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

April 22-23: What Marvin the mouse wants most is to be popular, but the “cool” rats think he’s a geek and call him a loser.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

Pastel Self-Portraits in Pasadena

April 22: Inspired by Joseph Kleitsch’s self-portraits, join a workshop focused on YOU as subject!

Resist With Love Notes Workshop in Santa Ana

April 22: Imagine that instead of finding hateful messages, you find a beautiful piece of art that says something like “Your love is beautiful!”

Miss Downey Pageant 2017

April 22: The Downey Rose Float association presents the Miss Downey Pageant showcasing Little Miss Downey (5-9), Junior Miss Downey (10-12), Miss Teen Downey (13-15), and Miss Downey (16-23).