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Events on November 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Thanksgiving Turkey Trot and Chicken Chucking in Long Beach

November 23: The Kids’ Half-Mile Wingding Fun Run will begin at the Belmont Pier in Belmont Shore. Plus, adults 5K/10K.

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.

Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission

Tuesday and Thursday: Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close.

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.

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.

Turkey Trot and Kids Gobble Wobble in Dana Point

November 23: Kids’ Gobble Wobble one-mile Race (5-12) starts at 10:15 a.m. Tour the beautiful beaches, majestic cliffs and coves of Dana Point.

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.

Kids Happy Hour at Dream Come True Party Room

Most Wednesdays – Thursdays: Time for the kiddos to unwind from a long day. Stop by for dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts.

O’Side Turkey Trot in Oceanside

November 23: Join the 12th annual O’Side Turkey Trot that benefits Oceanside schools. There is a 5K, 10K and kids’ fun runs.

YMCA Thanksgiving Family Camp

November 22-24: Make Y Camp Marston your family tradition for Turkey Day! Families arrive late Wednesday afternoon, enjoy hot chocolate and a night hike that evening.

Huntington Beach Turkey Trot

November 23: Kids 12 and under can run a 1K race along the sand in Huntington Beach. Families and strollers are welcome at the back of the pack in the 5K and 10K, too.

Widdle Wobble Turkey Trot in LA

November 23: Head to Downtown LA Thanksgiving morning to run through the streets. The event includes a Widdle Wobble for kids 2-12, discount 5K and 10K registration for runners ages 5-17.

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.

Anaheim’s Farmers Market

Thurdays: The Farmers Market features local California certified farmers, gourmet foods, craft fair and the homegrown music series.

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.

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.

Pacific Palisades Turkey Trot

November 23: Run a quick race before you stuff your face! All ages are invited to this Thanksgiving morning 5K, starting and ending at Pali High.

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in San Juan Capistrano

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

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.

Skating by the Sea in San Diego

November 23 – January 1: Skating by the Sea returns to Hotel del Coronado for the 13th year. The spectacular ice rink is located seaside on Windsor Lawn and features stunning views of the Pacific and Coronado beach.

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.

Enchanted: Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

November 19 – January 7: Two theatrical lighting houses have created 12 unique, large-scale lighting experiences that illuminate a mile-long walk through Descanso Gardens.

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.

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!

Lego Club in Long Beach

Thursdays: Build something spectacular based on this week’s challenge.Legos provided, you bring iyour imagination.School Aged Children.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Coco at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

November 22 – December 10: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz.

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.