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Events on November 18th, 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!

Orange Farmers Market Kids’ Club

Third Saturdays: Kids can stop by a special activity zone to learn about good health and seasonal fruits and vegetables through fun scavenger hunts, plant art, health snack-making and more.

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.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

November 18: 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.

SeaWorld’s Holiday Celebration

November 18- January 6: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, and more than a million and a half holiday lights throughout the park.

Winter Fantasy at the Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

Weekends, November 18 – December 17: A winter-themed arts and crafts faire offering a variety of activities for kids including Santa visits, art activities, strolling carolers, magicians, puppet shows and children’s playhouse, plus lights, decorations and real snow!

Free Train Rides at Fairview Park

Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.

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.

NOAA and Our Planet Day at The Aquarium of the Pacific

November 18: Find out what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) does for you, the nation, and world at this annual event.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Films in Costa Mesa

Thursdays: Come to the library to watch and discuss a family-friendly film every week.

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.

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops

November 18: Kids (3+) make a Quirky Turkey Craft.

Kids Fairy Garden Class in Orange

First and Third Saturdays: Bring your child and their friends to The Dragonfly to create an enchanting miniature garden with the help of fairies.

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!

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.

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).

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.

Murder Express Lunch on a Train

April 1, May 27, September 9 and November 18: All aboard for a hilarious, outrageous afternoon murder mystery comedy performed while you enjoy the railway’s signature Orange Blossom Chicken three-course lunch.

Murder Express Lunch on a Train

November 18: All aboard for a hilarious, outrageous afternoon murder mystery comedy performed while you enjoy the railway’s signature Orange Blossom Chicken three-course lunch. Join in the fun and guess whodunnit.

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.

30Minute Beach Cleanup in Long Beach

Third Saturdays: Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.

Beach Cleanup in Seal Beach

Third Saturdays: Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. – noon.

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.

All Ages Astronomy Club in Downey

Third Saturdays: The Columbia Astronomers welcome aspiring astronomers of all ages to join the monthly astronomy club meetings.

Free Car Seat Class in Orange County

November 14 and 18: Join the Auto Club for a free class on the proper use of car seats, including how to select the right seat for your child and tips on car seat installation.

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.

Community Concert at Orange Coast College

November 18: Under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein, there’s something for everyone as our choirs and vocal soloists perform a program of old favorites and new discoveries!

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.

Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores

Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.

Free Family Day at Ceramic Art Museum

November 18: AMOCA is proud to offer free admission for families to spend quality time together.

Art Crawl Experience in Anaheim

November 18: Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE” is a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating and explosive art walk and arts festival, featuring live artists, crafts, performances and gourmet food trucks.

Art Crawl Experience in Anaheim

May 13, August 19 and November 18: Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE” is a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating and explosive art walk and arts festival, featuring live artists, crafts, performances and gourmet food trucks.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags

November 19 – January 1: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers.

Remembrance Day at the Drum Barracks Civil War Museum

November 18: For the sixth year, the Drum Barracks Museum joins in the national remembrance and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address given at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863.

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!

Thanksgiving Storytime at Barnes and Noble Huntington Beach

November 18: In celebration of Thanksgiving we will feature a special story, “Bear Says Thanks.”

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.

Free Youth Fishing Derby at El Dorado Regional Park

November 18: Join the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free Youth Fishing Derby.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 11 – December 31: This season celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live Holiday Entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the holiday season.

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.

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

Tidepool Walks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

November 5, 18-19, December 2-3, 16-17, 19-21, 29-31: CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Fountain Valley

Third Saturdays: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.

Children’s Workshop with Van Gogh and Friends in San Marino

November 18: Make your own edible flower art, experiment with food photography on your phone, and forage for a fantastic feast in this workshop with professional food stylist Mia Wasilevich, author of Ugly Little Greens.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

November 18 – January 7: The annual exhibition, Muzeo Express, celebrates the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities, sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike.

Tree Lighting and Snow Fall at Outlets at San Clemente 

November 18: Hosted by Santa and his reindeer, the event features a live reindeer meet-and-greet, roaming Christmas carolers, a photo booth, crafts, face-painting, balloon animals and tree lighting.

Try Out Long Beach Jr Roller Derby

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: Kids (5-17) interested in roller derby can join Long Beach Jr Roller Derby for practice.

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.

Junior Explorers at Columbia Memorial Space Center

Third Saturdays: A monthly workshop for children ages 6-8. Different science topics are covered each month, providing participants opportunities to explore and experiment through hands-on activities that will stimulate their natural curiosity.

Public Run Days at Southern California Live Steamers in Torrance

First Sunday and third Saturdays: Join Southern California Live Steamers fo their Public run days at Wilson Park.

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.

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.

Wetland Warrior Clean-Up in Long Beach

Third Saturdays: Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.

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.

Santa Parade at the Westminster Mall

November 18: Welcome Santa to the mall as he arrives atop a fire truck! Join princesses, a prince and a funny snowman as they walk Santa to his new home in the mall. Enjoy crafts and gifts for the first 100 children!

Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards Restore Native Habitat

First Sunday and Third Saturday: The Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards meet twice each month to restore native habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. We plant and water native plants, remove non-native plants, pick up trash and other maintenance tasks.

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.

OC Rescue Mission Friendly Volunteering

First and Third Saturdays: Join the community and make a difference every other Saturday morning.

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.

Journey to Oz at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

November 18-19: Inspired by L. Frank Baum’s original stories, this clever adaptation puts the audience front and center by allowing children in the audience to take on key roles, including Munchkins, Winkies, and even Dorothy.

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.

Champions of Magic in Cerritos

November 18: A cast of five world-class illusionists from Britain presents incredible mind reading, stunning close-up magic and daring large-scale illusions.

A Faery Hunt’s Fall Fairy Fun Time at the LA Arboretum

November 18: As the faeries work, painting the forest with beautiful orange, red and gold colors, they never too busy to celebrate!

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.

Chocolate Wonders at Kidspace

November 18-19: Celebrate all things chocolate! Learn about chocolate’s centuries old history, its connections to cultures, cuisine, and more.

St. Martin’s Lantern Fest and Parade at Old World

November 18: Kick off the holiday season honoring German culture and St. Martin, the Bishop of Tours.

OC’s Ancient Wonders at O’Neill Regional Park

November 18: Come and explore over 180 million years of Orange County history. OC’s Ancient Wonders will present Orange County’s rich heritage of natural history, prehistoric animals and plants, and Native American culture to the community.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

November 18 – January 7: Enjoy “Merry Christmas, Snoopy!” on Ice, “It’s the Merriest Christmas Show Ever, Charlie Brown” holiday show, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” and O. Henry’s “A Gift of the Magi” at the Bird Cage, a crafts fair, carolers, holiday decorations, and nightly snow in Ghost Town.

A Winter’s Tale: A Musical Dickens of a Christmas Carol

Through December 16: A Winter’s Tale is a spirited musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

Nutcracker Village at The District in Tustin

November 18: The District will present its Nutcracker Village where guests can enjoy sneak peek performances of Festival Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker, holiday performances, and face painting, balloons, crafts and activities for kids.