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Events on September 30th, 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!

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.

St. Hedwig Autumnfest XXX in Los Alamitos

September 29 – October 1: Bring the family to enjoy 1,500 square feet of food, games, rides and entertainment.

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.

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.

Southeast Asia Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

September 30: The Aquarium of the Pacific will celebrate its annual Southeast Asia Day, highlighting the beauty and diversity of the cultures of Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos and Indonesia.

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.

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.

Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch in Irvine

Through October 31: Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride ($5) around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo ($3).

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.

National Public Lands Day

September 30: The annual National Public Lands Day brings together tens of thousands of volunteers to work on and clean up public lands.

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.

Big Horse Feed and Mercantile Corn Maze

September 30 – October 30: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at the corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, enjoy more activities!

Fall Harvest at Underwood Farms in Moorpark

September 30 – October 31: Weekend admission includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride, corn maze and hay pyramids, Animal Center with Fun Hill, Craig’s Chicken Show, Kid’s Corral and play area, plus live bands, an animal show, pig races and photo ops in the pumpkin patch.

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).

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.

Annual Banana Festival at Port of Hueneme in Oxnard

September 30: Go Bananas’ on the scenic grounds at the Port of Hueneme during the Annual Banana Festival.

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.

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.

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.

Wellness Festival in Brea

Septmber 30: Join the city of Brea for a day of wellness with free medical screenings, fitness trends, healthy food samples, free massages and more.

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.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

September 30: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters and nebulae.

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 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.

Beach Front Cinema in Huntington Beach

May 20, June 3, July 15, August 5 and 26, September 2, 3 and 30, October 21 : Beach Front Cinema is the perfect summer activity for the whole family. Watch top box office rated movies on the beautiful sandy beaches, under the stars.

Children’s Workshop Chinese Brush Painting in San Marino

September 30: Kids (7-12) learn about ghost stories from ancient China through the expressive art of Chinese brush painting in this workshop.

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+.

Pa’s Pumpkin Patch in Long Beach

September 29 – October 31: A fun place for the enire family, you’ll find a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, plus haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. Enjoy the snack bar, pony ride, petting zoo, games and rides, all in a country fair atmosphere.

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.

Agape Children’s Museum Annual Family Health Festival

September 30: The vision of the Family Health Festival is to connect individuals and families with organizations that support healthy choices.

Take a Stand Aqainst Bullying Family Workshop in Mission Viejo

September 30: Families learn how to “Stand Against Bullying” and then parents can take a women’s self defense program while kids take a beginning karate class.

Friends of the Farm Weekend at Underwood Farm in Moorpark

September 30 – October 1: Head to Underwood Family Farms for a variety of fire, sheriff’s, emergency medical, public health and search-and-rescue displays and demonstrations.

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!

Breitling Huntington Beach Airshow

September 29 – October 1: All eyes will be looking up to the sky to witness the spectacular stunts of the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and the Breitling Jet Team.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yom Kippur Celebration at Pretend City

September 30: Celebrate Yom Kippur with Pretend City! This day of atonement and forgiveness is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year.

The Bubble Dash Games at the Discovery Cube

September 30: Can your child (5-12) climb, dash, hop, roll and slide faster than any other kid on the block? If so, come down to the Bubble-Dash Games!

Car Show in Bellflower

September 30: Join the City of Bellflower for a car show and an afternoon of fun with food trucks, free gifts from vendors, and more.

BOO-uena ParkOlde Tyme Fall Festival

September 30: Boo-uena Park is open for the Halloween season! Bring the whole family for a variety of fun activities including tours of Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, spooky storytelling at the Bacon House, and more.

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.

Arcadia Moon Festival at the LA Arboretum

September 30: Enjoy an autumn evening of Chinese music, dance, martial arts and storytelling at this celebration of the Chinese tradition of viewing the full moon is at its brightest for the year.

Moana at El Capitan Theatre

September 27 – October 1: For centuries, the greatest sailors in the world masterfully navigated the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania.

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.

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin in Costa Mesa

September 30: One of China’s most acclaimed acrobatic troupes, The Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin come to Segerstrom Center with a company of more than 100 performers.

Girl’s Self-Esteem Conference in Long Beach

September 30: Discover your inner super hero at The Women’s Journey Foundation Girls Conference.

Autumn Nights Under The Stars Presents Dracula in Buena Park

September 29-30 and October 6-7: Autumn Nights will recreate Dracula, the lush, mysterious, gothic feel of the source material with a steampunk twist!