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Events on August 12th, 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!

Dive-in Movie in Bellflower

July 1 and August 12: Don’t miss this splashing good time, with pool games and activities before the movie.

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.

Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby in Huntington Beach

August 12: At this 54th annual summer event, kids (4-15) can bring their fishing poles to the end of the pier to fish and compete for prizes.

Long Beach Firefighters’ Museum Open House

Second Saturdays and Wednesdays: Pumping demonstrations, antique displays and tours of old Fire Station No. 10.

Orange County Fair 2017

July 14 – August 13: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!

Demolition Derby at the OC Fair

August 9-13: Watch motor homes (August 9), cars (August 10 and 13), and minivans (August 12) get crunched at the Demolition Derby at the OC Fair’s Action Sports Arena.

Sigler Park Splash Pad

Weekends, May 27 – June 18 and daily, June 24 – September 4: Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses.

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.

Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

June 30 – September 3: Kids can take a spin at the potter’s wheel, see a glass-blowing demonstration, or take a seat in the Children’s Art Spot (4+) or Studio One (7+) to try painting, printmaking, collages and other types of art.

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.

Summer Reading Programs

June 1 – August 15: Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 – August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles County and Orange County libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme.

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.

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.

Shakespeare by the Sea Performances

June 15 – August 19: Bring picnics, blankets, chairs and warm clothes to these family friendly performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “MacBeth.”

Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

July 5 – August 31: For over 80 years, this famous festival has featured multimedia art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, art tours, live music and food for sale.

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.

Big! World! Fun! Family Series in Hollywood

July 22 – August 12: The Big World Fun family series returns to the newly reopened Ford Theatres with an exciting line up of music and dance performances for kids (4-12) and their families.

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.

Family Amphitheater Performances at the Skirball

Weekends, July 1 – August 13: Come sing and dance with family-friendly bands that span a variety of American music styles, from blues and jazz to folk and pop rock, in the Skirballs beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long

Daily: Kids Bowl Free returns for its 9th summer! Kids across North America can bowl for free all summer long at one of 1,200+ participating bowling centers.

Free Concerts on the Green in Cypress

Saturdays, June 10 – August 12: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a free community concert.

Free Concerts in Anaheim

Saturdays, August 12 and 19: The price is right at these free summer concerts, sure to entertain the whole family!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

May 16 – September 5: Kids read any eight books, record them, and bring the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble store to receive a free book.

Garden Concerts for Kids at the Getty

August 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20: Garden Concerts for Kids is a free outdoor music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center’s Central Garden, featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation.

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.

Free Movie in the Park in Placentia

Fridays, July 7 – August 18: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfy after-dusk viewing of favorite family films.

Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes

June 2 – September 30: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.

The Pageant Of the Masters in Laguna Beach

July 7 – August 31: Where art comes to life, the pageant features 90 minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people.

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).

Chef of Olympians at Pretend City

August 5-26: Do you have a difficult time getting your child to try new foods or eat healthy food? Then this class is perfect for you and your child!

Evening Bat Walk at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary

July 7-8, July 22, August 11-12, 26, and September 8-9: Come discover first-hand that this freshwater wetland is a magical place at dusk.

Teen Art Academy at the Norton Simon

August 12-13: Students learn about different flag-making techniques as well as how flags have typically been used as symbols of national or ethnic identity.

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Lakewood

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

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 Dodger Games

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

Adventure Sail in Dana Point

June 3, July 22 and August 12: Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer.

Free Concerts at Levitt Pavilion LA

Select Saturdays, July 8 – September 9: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, family and friends for a free performance at LA’s historic Levitt Pavilion.

Street Food Cinema in Pasadena

Saturdays, June 10 and 17, July 1, 8, 15 and 29, and August 5, 12, and 19: Watch a family flick under the stars, with pre-show music and plenty of food trucks. Bring your own blanket or low-backed chairs – even your dog!

Free Concerts on the Pier in Redondo Beach

Thursday and Saturday, July 1 – August 31: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.

Free Art Activities in Long Beach

Second Saturdays: A free opportunity for community members of all ages to engage in art making activities, art exhibitions, open artist studios and special events as part of the East Villages Second Saturday Art Walk.

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.

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

Annie Oakley in Santa Monica

July 15 – September 24: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a heart-warming rhythm and boos comedy melodrama.

Fantastic Family Storytime in Yorba Linda

Saturdays, June 24 – August 19: Bring the whole family to enjoy stories and crafts.

Summer Campout at Etnies Skatepark

August 11-12: Skateboard, camp and watch movies during this supervised campout.

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.

ArtWalk NTC at Liberty Station in San Diego

August 12-13: See and purchase artwork from hundreds of artists, from oil painting and sculpture, to photography and jewelry, and enjoy live music, interactive art for kids and adults and delicious street food in a beautiful al fresco setting.

Summer Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.

2017 Perseid Meteor Shower

August 11-13: Start watching the night skys in the second week of August, when the Delta Aquarid meteor shower moving at a steady pace, reliably producing meteors each night.

Downtown Long Beach Beach Clean-up

Second Saturday: Join a beach clean. They have clean-up supplies, but encourage participating persons to bring their own water bottle and plastic bags to cut down on added trash.

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.

Lil’ Abner in Long Beach

August 11-13 and 18-20: Dogpatch loafer Li’l Abner is loved by Daisy Mae, but the Yokumberry Tonic his Mammy has given him to make him strong has made him uninterested in romance.

BARK Therapy Dogs in Long Beach

Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!

Emergency Pursuit Derby at OC Fair

August 12: First responders, including local police departments and fire department chiefs, are pitted against each other for a new twist on demolition derby.

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.

Hawaiian Gardens Friendship Pow Wow

August 12-13: Dancers, drums and spectators are welcome at the City’s 17th annual Robert Canada Friendship Pow Wow.

Free Family Concerts in LA County

Through October: Free family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.

Theatre Under the Stars Presents Jesus Christ Superstar in Buena Park

August 4-26: The global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years comes to Buena Park! Join a 1970 rock opera with music by Andre Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.

Pirate and Mermaid Treasure Hunt at Storymakery

July 15 and 29 and August 12 and 26: Kids (5+) have the chance to find clues, decipher them, and tell a story in order to find the treasure.

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.

Watermelon Festival at Tanaka Farms

August 12-13: Hot summer….cool melons. Come on down to the Watermelon Festival for some good ole family fun!

Extreme Mammals Exhibit at Natural History Museum

May 14 – September 10: The exhibition introduces animals many visitors have never heard of or seen. Including rare fossils and specimens from around the world, vivid reconstructions, animated computer interactives, and hands-on activities.

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.

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.

Chapters Storytime at Once Upon a Storybook

Second Saturday: This storytime is for chapter book readers (8-12) who would like to be introduced to new stories. Miss Susie the Storylady reads a couple of chapters of at least two books to give you a flavor of what’s out there.

Doc McStuffins The Exhibit at Discovery Cube OC

May 27 – September 4: For the first time ever, Disney Junior has partnered with a museum to create an exhibit based on one of its most beloved characters!

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in Los Angeles

August 2 – September 10: This Tony-winning play follows 15-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

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.

Summer Games at Cerritos Lanes

May 22 – September 4: With a Cerritos Lanes summer games pass, you can bowl 3 games every day, all season long, for one low price.

Lego Mania!

Saturdays: July 15, July 29, August 12: Create and play with the library’s LEGOs. Reach for the sky as you build your own spectacular creations.

Come. Sit. Stay. Read! in Lakewood

June 10, July 8, and August 12: Practice reading aloud by sharing a book with a certified therapy dog.

Summer Discovery Program in Lakewood

June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.

Just Books in Long Beach

Saturdays: Join the library and enjoy books read aloud by enthusiastic readers.

Into the Woods in Costa Mesa

August 12-20: South Coast Repertorys Summer Players will present the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods.

Big Air Summer Games in Buena Park

July 15 – August 27: Get ready to experience Big Air in a whole new way with the Summer Games!

The Lion King Sing Along at El Capitan Theatre

August 4-20: Come watch a Disney Classic Sing-Along in Hollywood about the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who just can’t wait to be king!

A Faery Hunt Magic in Sherwood Forest

August 12: A treasure hunt, circle time with the fairy queen, dancing, games, fairy unicorn card readings, fairy face painting, snacks, frolic and lots of fun.

Laguna Art-A-Fair

Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.

Gamelatron Performances at the Hammer Museum

August 12: This immersive sonic experience comprises a five-part kinetic sculpture that combines traditional Indonesian instruments with modern robotics.

Back to School Endless Summer Fest at Irvine Spectrum Center

August 11-13: Bring the kids over to the Irvine Spectrum Center for a Back to School festival filled with live entertainment, giveaways, and more!

Newborn Care and Babywearing 101 in Long Beach

August 12: Expecting a child in the near future? Come as a couple to learn about newborn birth plans, birth assesments, swaddling, bathing, babywearing, and much more!

Upstairs Downstairs Tours of the Gamble House

July 27 – August 13: This summer the Gamble House will once again open its servants’ quarters for exclusive “Upstairs Downstairs” tours.

Iowa by the Sea in San Pedro

August 12: Iowans and individuals who love the state of Iowa are invited to attend a family-oriented picnic!

Skate Night with Skatedogs

August 12: Join Skatedogs in Long Beach for an awesome Skate Night! There will be the keen ramps trailer mini half pipe, lessons, games, dinner, prizes, and more.

Willy Wonka Jr. in Long Beach

August 11-12: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl’s fantastical tale.

Jesus Christ Superstar presented by Civic Theatre Under the Stars

August 11-26: Join the Civic Theatre Under the Stars in their latest production, Jesus Christ Superstar.

High School Musical in Huntington Beach

August 11-20: The Orange County Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s High School Musical live in theatre. Bring out your whole family for this sepctacular musical that is sure to entertain all ages.

Shark Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

August 9-12: Get your kids ready because Shark Week is back at CMA and features special shark activities each day.

National Bowling Day

August 12: Celebrate national bowling day by downloading the Bowlmojis app to win a free game at particpating locations.