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Events on April 29th, 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!

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.

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.

Seal Beach Classic Car Show

April 29: See dozens of classic cars shimmering along Main Street at this 30th annual event.

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.

Railfest 2017 in Fillmore

April 29-30: Two days of special excursions, railroad displays, craft vendors, model train display, turntable display, speeder rides and frontier gunfighters.

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.

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.

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.

YMCA’s Sign Up Carnival and Healthy Kids Day

April 29: Local YMCAs host sign-up carnivals, where kids can sign-up for summer programs, in conjunction with games, crafts and activities for Healthy Kids Day.

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.

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.

Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration

April 29: Children and their families can enjoy multicultural entertainment, bands and drill teams, a children’s parade, games, relays, crafts and community booths.

Urban Ocean Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 29-30: Explore and celebrate Southern California’s coast during the Aquarium’s annual Urban Ocean Festival.

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.

Children’s Film Festival in LA

April 29 – May 7: Enjoy two weekends of short films highlighting the most innovative and magical animation techniques, as well as, mesmerizing live-action films from around the world.

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.

America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa

April 28-30: Attendees enjoy a weekend full of cute creatures on display and in interactive stage shows, competitions and demonstrations. The Expo also features thousands of pet products for sale at special show prices, the latest trends in pet grooming and care, and hundreds of animals available for adoption.

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.

Upland Lemon Festival

April 28-30: When life gives you lemons, pucker up and head out to the Upland Lemon Festival where everything lemony is celebrated, from food to contests to entertainment.

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse at Los Angeles Equestrian Center

April 27-30: Daily horse shows and the “Mane Event” on Saturday.

Victorian Fair at the Homestead Musuem

April 30 – May 1: Get a taste of what life was like for people living in the Southland during the 1840s, ’50s, and ’60s, with music, historic house tours, 1860s baseball, tintype photography, dance lessons, pie eating contests, fashion shows, crafts and games!

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.

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 Dodger Games

April – September: Fans in attendance receive giveaways and attended specail events at the Dodgers game.

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.

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.

Celebrate Independent Book Store Day

April 29: Join Whale of a of Tale to celebrate independent book store day with refreshments and prizes.

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.

YALLWEST Book Festival in Santa Monica

April 29: Local and acclaimed Young Adult authors are set to attend this Santa Monica festival, with panel discussions, book sales, food trucks and concessions.

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.

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

Beach Streets Downtown Ciclovia in Long Beach

April 29: Beach Streets opens streets up for walking, bicycling, and socializing by temporarily closing thoroughfares to automobile traffic.

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.

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.

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.

Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego

April 29-30: Celebrating its 33rd year, the largest fine art festival in Southern California covers 15 blocks of San Diego’s Little Italy district, showcasing more than 350 artists, plus live music and performance art, street food, and KidsWalk with interactive art activities.

Tour de Cure Diabetes in San Diego

April 29: Join the one-mile kids’ ride, 15-mile, 29-mile or 100-mile rides, and enjoy the onsite festival with vendors, live music and healthy street tacos.

Mexican Sunset Steam Dinner Train with Fillmore and Western Railway

April 29: Enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner on a train ride through Heritage Valley to Piru. Dinner menu: chips, salsa, rice, beans, cheese enchiladas and beef tamales.

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.

Children’s Day USA 2017 and Earth Day Celebration in Long Beach

April 29: The annual event, sponsored by Children’s Day USA, weclomes children and their families to enjoy multicultural entertainment, bands, children’s parade, games, relays, crafts, community booths, and free books for kids.

Truck Adventures at Santa Anita Racetrack

April 29: Experience the trucks you love in a way you never have before — in the driver’s seat! Kids of all ages will enjoy more trucks and vehicles than they ever imagined, and interact with the professionals who drive them.

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.

Santa Cecilia Orchestra at The Wallis

April 29: Under the baton of the legendary Maestra Sonia Marie De Len de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra breaks down barriers so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of classical music.

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.

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.

Finding Belle at Santa Monica Playhouse

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

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.

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.

9th Annual Community Resource Fair

April 29: Connect with local service agencies that provide families assistance with free health screenings; and career, legal, medical, financial and housing consultations.

Idyllwild Arts Foundation Student Showcase at the Wallis Annenberg Center

April 29: The Idyllwild Arts Foundation Student Showcase advances the mission of changing lives through the transformative power of art by presenting our students on a world class stage, raising funds, and introducing aspiring young artists to Idyllwild Arts. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

Cultural Adventure Show with Explorer Jan Reynolds in Santa Ana

April 29: The Cultural Adventure Show takes families around the world to all continents, exploring indigenous cultures and the human family, as well as the environments humans live in.

Word Play Family Workshop at LACMA

April 29: Using markers and brushes, kids (10+) learn different hand-lettering techniques to make words come alive! Posters, postcards, poems, and social commentary become personal artistic statements, intersecting art and design.

Make-A-Wish Fun for Everyone at Orange County Great Park

April 29: Join Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire for the 7th Annual Walk For Wishes. Enjoy a family-friendly day of fun with a Walk For Wishes spirited walk, World of Wishes festival, photo booth, face painting, food, games, prizes, and more!

Tea by the Sea at Point Fermin Lighthouse

April 29: Celebrate the beauty of the lighthouse and its gardens by having a cup of tea with friends and family. Tea and light refreshments will be served.

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.

Science in the Park at Irvine Regional Park

April 29: The free, educational, family event will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, native animals and plants, local Native American culture, and the fascinating world of science to the community.

Twelfth Night at Go-Fame in Long Beach

April 28-30: Join the adventures of twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as a boy) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia.

Teen Pro-Active Driving School in Pomona

April 29-30: B.R.A.K.E.S Teen Pro-Active Driving School is a four-hour program that partners your teen with professional driving instructors to teach the skills of defensive driving in a controlled, hands-on environment.

Faery Fun Time at the LA Arboretum

April 29: Kids (2-10) can join the faeries from A Faery Hunt for an interactive garden walkabout and stories of magic and flowers with dancing, singing and fun and messages of kindness, respect and ecological responsibility.

Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn in Long Beach

April 27-30: This Spring, come on down to the Mississippi River with Tom & Huck. This unique show follows Tom Sawyer, his Aunt Polly, and his best friend Huckleberry Finn as they run rough shot all over the south.

San Diego Kids Expo and Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

April 29-30: The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is part fun fair and part music and dance festival all for the kids. Activities include a 300’ long zip line and a Euro bungee where kids can jump on trampolines and do flips safely. Plus, much more!

Color Fun Fest 5K at Irwindale Speedway

April 29: Joine Irwindale Speedway for a family fun run and color throw carnival. Wear your whitest running clothes and get ready to be showered with over 10,000 pounds of color as you navigate a 1.8 mile course.