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Events on November 17th, 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!

Christmas Tree Lighting at Fashion Island

November 17-18: Fashion Islandreturns to its classic tree lighting tradition with the annual ceremony in the Neiman Marcus – Bloomingdale’s Courtyard.

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.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 8 – December 29: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego

November 5 – December 26: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

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.

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Santa Monica

November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House

Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

Academic Chess Friday Knights

Fridays: This fun tournament is open to all K-6th graders and includes three hours of chess, pizza and juice, plus trophies for the top four players in each age group!

Kids Night Out at Los Alamitos Youth Center

Third Fridays: Kids (5-11 and 12-14) enjoy a scavenger hunt, karaoke, dance, arts and crafts, games, sports, contests and more.

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.

Kids Night Out In Cypress

Third Fridays: Kids (5-12), get ready for a fun night out with friends. This program will have kids busy the whole night through with games, crafts, a movie, dinner and dessert.

The Great Pumpkin Hunt South Coast Botanic Gardens

October 1 – November 30: Take a walk through the Garden and be on the lookout for ten festive fall stations. Each station will be decorated and have a pumpkin sign with questions about the Garden.

International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach

November 17-19: Family-friendly event features demo rides, custom and vintage bike displays, stunt show, marketplace and Kids’ Zone.

Macy’s Letters To Santa

November 7 – December 24: Kids can create and decorate a letter to Santa, print it out and drop it off at a Santa Mailbox at a Macy’s department store.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Monday and Friday: Join Los Angeles Museum of Art in The Boone Children’s Gallery, located in the Hammer Building.

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.

L.A. Zoo Lights and Reindeer Romp at the Los Angeles Zoo

November 17 – January 7: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Guests enjoy LED lights by the thousands, giant illuminated snowflakes, a disco ball forest, glittering twinkle tunnels, stunning 3-D animated projections and more.

Teen Club in Garden Grove

Fridays: Binge-watch anime during Teen Anime Club every first and third Friday, and see popular and not-so-popular films during Teen Flicks every second and fourth Friday (ages 13+).

Home School Days at Pretend City

Third Fridays: Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month.A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through hands-on educational play.

Holiday TV Shows Schedule

November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes.

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.

Minecraft Night for Kids, Date Night for Parents in Irvine

Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 8 – December 29: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific during its free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Cosmic Bounce at Bounce U Orange

Every other Friday: They turn off the lights, crank up the music with special-effects lighting, so families can have their disco bouncing fun.

Big Air Cosmic Nights

Friday and Saturday: The lights go down, the music’s pumped up, and out come the lasers and glow lights. The full park is open to jump, climb, dance, and dodge after dark.

Help Feed the Sea Stars at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Tuesday and Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.

Kids’ Night Out in Buena Park

September 1, 15, October 13, 27, November 17, January 12, and 26: Kids (4-10) enjoy a delicious dinner, plus games, crafts and movies, while parents enjoy a night out without the kiddos.

Moonlit Marshmallows in Irvine

September 8, October 6, November 17, December 15: Make a warm and gooey s’more by the campfire

Fashionable Fridays at Fashion Camp

Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.

Oh Sew Teen Club in Long Beach

Fourth Fridays: For teens with their own sewing machines, who are dying to learn new techniques, sew age appropriate projects and make new friends!

Oh Sew Teen Club in Long Beach

Fourth Fridays: For teens with their own sewing machines, who are dying to learn new techniques, sew age appropriate projects and make new friends!

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.

The Return of the Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City

October 16 – November 30: The Ultimate Recycling Machine is back at Pretend City Children’s Museum. This large scale hands-on experience geared towards school-aged children combines engineering, collaboration, and sustainability.

Snow Los Angeles at Elysian Park and San Diego

November 17 – December 30: Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes, plus a magical blizzard every hour and a giant snowman forest light show.

Circus Vargas Comes to Southern California

October 19 – November 20: Circus Vargas embarks on a brand new epic adventure under the big top! Goggles, gears, and gadgets set the stage for 2017’s retro-futuristic production, Steam Cirque, where children of all ages will marvel at this exciting steampunk, science- fiction fantasy inspired circus odyssey.

Toddler Time at Sky Zone in Westminster

Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!

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.

Tree Lighting, Outdoor Ice Rink Opens and Santa Visits in Long Beach

November 17: Join a holiday kickoff at The Pike Outlets. Featuring a ribbon cutting with the LA Kings, surprise performance, tree lighiting, music, and a vist from Santa.

Los Angeles Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.

Something Rotten at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

November 7-19: Set in the 90s the 1590s this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the “rock star” Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits.

Titanic in Photographs: The Exhibition at The Queen Mary

Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.

Los Angeles Zoo Lights

November 17 – January 7: Immerse yourself into an atmosphere of wonder and light, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a steamy hot chocolate!

Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration at the L.A. Zoo

November 17 – January 7: Join the Los Angeles Zoo for some holiday fun and the oppertunity to see real reindeer. Guests are invited to make the most of the season with a full day of adventure filled with holiday crafts and more.

Into the Woods in Fullerton

November 17-26: Fairy tales begin once upon a time and end happily ever after. Not so fast!Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.

Wonder of Dinosaurs in Redondo Beach

Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!

Oliver The Musical at the Laguna Playhouse

November 11-19: 9-year-old orphan Oliver Twist falls in with a group of street-urchin pickpockets led by the Artful Dodger and masterminded by the criminal Fagin.

Marvel Studios’ Thor: Ragnarok at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

November 3-19: In Marvel Studios’ Thor:Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer.