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Events on September 24th, 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!

Tour a Tallship in Dana Point

Sundays: Tour the Tallship Brig Pilgrim, an authentic replica of the two-masted brig that Richard Henry Dana Jr. sailed into Dana Point Harbor in 1834.

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.

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.

Target Free Sunday at MOLAA

Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.

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.

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.

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Dana Point

Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.

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.

Oktoberfest, Kinderfest and Dachshund Races in Huntington Beach

Sundays, September 10 – October 29: An annual event that lets families enjoy Oktoberfest, featuring wiener dog (dachshunds) races, plus carnival games, live German music, bouncy houses street vendors, performers and family fun.

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.

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.

Peltzer Farms Pumpkin Farm in Temecula

September 24-October 31: The farm features all fall activities including pumpkins, digging in the Peltzer Mine, pig races, train rides, pony rides and a petting farm.

Rides on the Great Park Balloon and Carousel in Irvine

Thursday – Sunday: The Great Park’s tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a birds eye view. The carousel reaches a speed of 4.5 mph.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

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

Weiner Dog Races at Old World

April 30 – December 3: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!

Family Picnics at the Homestead Museum

June 5, July 3, August 7 and September 4: Bring your own picnic and find a shady spot on the west lawn of La Casa Nueva. A variety of games and special surprises await.

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.

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!

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.

Stories in the Afternoon at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

First and last Sundays:The perfect way to introduce young children (4-8) to the museum, this program brings together story-time and art-making in the galleries.

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.

Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice

September 24: A special area is set aside just for kids include their very own music stage with bands just for them at this annual eco-friendly festival.

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.

Promotional Giveaways and Special Events at the Dodger Games

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

Annual Rods, Rides and Relics Classic Car Show on the Pier in Redondo Beach

September 24: The 14th annual car show offers some of the best-kept antique cars in the Southern California.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

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.

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.

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.

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.

Shark Feedings at the Santa Monica Pier

Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. S

Family Flicks at the Hammer in Los Angeles

September 24: Kids (7+) and their families watch the 1933 film, Duck Soup. When the tiny nation of Freedonia goes bankrupt, its wealthy benefactor, Mrs. Teasdale, insists that the wacky Rufus T. Firefly become the country’s president.

Andell Family Sundays with Chinese Paintings at LACMA

September 3, 10, 17, and 24: Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays. Begin by making your own paintings.

Alpine Village Oktoberfest Family Sundays

Sundays, September 25 – October 23: The Alpine Village Oktoberfest is about bringing families and friends together in celebration, and Sundays have always been family focused.

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.

Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach

Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.

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.

Grace First Fall Family Concert in Long Beach

September 24: Soloists of all ages will perform in the annual Grace First Fall Family Concert.

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.

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.

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.

Otter Awareness Week at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

September 24 and September 26-30: Stop by CMA during Sea Otter Awareness Week and learn more about this amazing marine mammal.

Play! at The Autry

June 18 – January 7: Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day. Through more than 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.

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.

Family Science Sunday

September 24: Family Science Sundays feature free activities for kids (2-10). Each month, explore a different educational theme.

Family Gardening Day at Descanso Gardens

September 24: Enjoy a morning filled with hands-on gardening activities for the whole family in the Harvest Garden.

Baby Bump Expo in Glendale

September 24: Baby Bump features vendors and services that cater to new and expecting parents, as well as young families.

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.