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Events on September 23rd, 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!

Homeboy Industries 5K and Festival

September 23: This family-friendly event will include a 5K Run, Kiddie 1K Fun Run, an art exhibition and sale, kids’ activities, a rock climbing wall, a photo booth, live graffiti artists, raffle and refreshments from Homegirl Caf & Homeboy Bakery.

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.

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

September 17 – November 26: Hundreds of spiders are on view in the pavilion, along with scorpions and tarantulas in terrariums just outside.

Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad

September 16 – October 31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, ride the train or the ponies, jump around on haystacks or bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold or just play games and make crafts

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

Weekends, September 23 – October 29: Enjoy silly spooky shows, fun-fishy activities and photo opportunities with wacky characters.

Irvine Global Village Festival

September 23: Experience sights and sounds from around the world. Recognized as one of the best cultural festivals in Orange County,.

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.

Baja Splash Cultural Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific

September 23-24: In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 16th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, ethnic cuisine, and much more.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fridays – Sundays, September 16 – October 31: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.

Los Angeles County Fair

September 1-24: Visit the fair where everyone is bound to have a good time! Featuring exhibits and contests, live animals and shows, kids’ activities, historic trains, a family marketplace, plus plenty of crafts, rides, games and food!

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.

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.

Festival of Children Celebration at South Coast Plaza

Weekends in September: The festival aims to help educate the community about the programs benefiting the children of Orange County, featuring more than 65 charities.

Apple Season in Oak Glen

Through November 26: Working apple orchards in Oak Glen, a mountain town halfway between Riverside and Palm Springs, open their doors to the public. Some offer U-pick apples.

Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park

September 21 – October 31: Scary Farm (13+) features 13 haunted attractions, live shows, multiple scare zones, and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park.

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.

Surf City Surf Dog in Huntington Beach

September 22-25: Dog owners hailing from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil will be packing up their pups and bringing them to sunny Huntington Beach to participate in the Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog event.

Aqua Cub at the Newport Sea base

September 23: Row, row, row your boat! Kids (6-10) learn boating safety basics and rowing in the on-the-water introduction to rowing.

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.

Oktoberfest in Anaheim

Weekends, September 22 – October 29: Gather friends and family to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, dancing, kids’ activites and crafts.

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops

September 23: Kids (3+) make a firefighter’s hat.

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.

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.

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).

Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo

September 23-24: This charity event benefitting children in need features rodeo events, live music and entertainmetnt, dancing, food and kids’ activities.

Family Day at the Norton Simon

September 23: Artists convey mood in their works through the materials and techniques that they use.

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.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

September 9-October 28: Celebrating 47 years of family fun, this annual weekend festival features authentic German entertainment, food contests and children’s activities, including a petting zoo, game booths, bounce house and face painting.

Smithsonian Museum Day with Free Museum Admissions

September 23: More than 1,300 museums in all 50 states will waive their entry fees to patrons who have a Museum Day Live! ticket.

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.

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.

Pasadena Greek Fest

September 22-24: Enjoy live music, exciting exhibits, cooking demonstrations, authentic homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing by several award winning youth groups and an expanded Kids Fun Zone.

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

Movies in the Park in Mission Viejo

September 23 and October 7: Parks make life better by bringing families together, so please join us for this free movies in the park series.

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.

Redondo Beach Lobster Festival

September 22-24: Head down to the Redondo Beach waterfront for fresh Maine lobster dinners, plus live music, exhibits, SUP lessons and a Kiddie Area.

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.

Fly-In and Model Expo in Compton

September 23: This event will engage the young and older in a day of flying no other area airport can offer. Radio control (R/C) aircraft, from basic to giant-scale (10’ wingspans), will fill the skies with non-stop action.

Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios

September 15 – November 4: With the heritage of making horror films for over 80 years, Universal Studios Hollywood brings the most terrifying live Halloween event in Los Angeles for brave souls ages 13+.

Try Out Long Beach Jr Roller Derby

Wednesdays and Thursdays: Kids (5-17) interested in roller derby can join Long Beach Jr Roller Derby for practice. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. MADhaus Indoor Training.

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.

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.

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.

Smithsonian Museum Day at the Zimmer Museum

September 23: In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, the Zimmer Children’s Museum is participating in this annual event hosted bySmithsonianmagazine.

The Great Pumpkin Weigh Off at Irvine Park Railroad

September 23: See if the local pumpkin growers have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin.

Dino Fest at Natural History Museum

September 23-24: Throughout the Museum get hands on with activities, meet paleontology experts, shop for dino-inspired gear, pop-up demos, paleo sketching, dig pits, nature journaling, use ComCo microblasting tools to clean fossils, and meet Buddy from the Dinosaur Train.

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.

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.

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.

Parent and Child Learn to Sail at OCC Sailing

June 24-25; and September 23-24: Parents and kids (6-13) learn to sail together.

STEAM Day at the Automobile Driving Museum

March 4, May 13, September 23 and November 4: The Automobile Driving Museum is happy to announce their new STEAM educational programs for all ages.

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.

Join the Cast of Beauty and the Beast in Long Beach

September 23 and 30: Join the cast of this fun-filled production of Beauty and the Beast, culminatating with performances in January.

Just Books in Long Beach

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

Little Wizards Kid-Friendly RPG at The Guild House

Fourth Saturdays: Little Wizards is a light, fun role-playing game (RPG) where kids (5-13) create a character and go on exciting adventures, discover new things and learn about the magical world of Coinworld.

A Faery Hunt’s Fairy Magical Tea Party in Tarzana

September 23: Join A Faery Hunt’s Fairy Tea Party for a lovely weekend afternoon. Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries.

Shrek the Musical in Santa Ana

September 23 – October 8: Shrek the Musical brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favorite ogre to life through song and dance.

Tangled at El Capitan Theatre

September 21-26: When the kingdom’s most wanted, and most charming, bandit Flynn Rider hides in a mysterious tower, the last thing he expects to find is Rapunzel, a spirited teen with an unlikely superpower: 70 feet of magical golden hair.

Jesus Christ Superstar in Irvine

September 8 – October 8: This rock opera about the struggles between Judas and Jesus is a must see for the whole family.

Bubble Bonanza at Kidspace Museum

September 23: Join the soapy sensation Kidspace’s Bubble Bonanza! Play with giant bubbles, create bubble art, and bust a move at the Bubble Dance Party.

End-of-Summer Kids Day at SoCo Farmers Market

September 23: Join the SOCO Farmers’ market for some end-of-summer fun for the whole family.

Shoestring City Ranch Spaghetti Dinner and Raffle in Lakewood

September 23: Join the Shoestring City Ranch for the annual Spaghetti Fundraiser Dinner. Includes spaghetti dinner, desert, raffle ticket and admission to petting zoo.

Walk for Senior Safety in Long Beach

September 23: Join the Heart of Ida as they walk a course, gathering senior health and safety tips along the way.

Fall Celebration in Rancho Cucamonga

September 23: “Leaf” your troubles behind! Kids (3-10) have an opportunity to “fall” into the seasonal spirit by creating a woodland creature mask.

Coding Workshop at Kidseum

September 23: Find out how art and technology can combine forces to create animation and video games through the magic of coding!

Ninjago Days at Legoland

September 23-24: It’s ninja time! Guests are invited to come join in some Lego Ninjago fun and meet some of their favorite Lego Ninjago characters, including Kai, Jay and Nya.