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Events on November 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!

Fashionable Fridays at Fashion Camp

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

Science of Gingerbread at Discovery Cube Orange County

November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work!

Lighting of the Bay at Newport Dunes

November 24-26: Kick off the holiday season at Newport Dunes with a weekend of family fun, including live performances, Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the bay, movie screenings, a train ride and puppet shows.

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.

A Christmas Carol in Costa Mesa

November 24 – December 24: Nineteenth-century London comes to life when your family joins the SCR family for the holidays. Recapture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas with this cherished Dickens classic and all your favorite characters.

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.

Holiday Snow Days and Winter Nights at Legoland

November 24 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City.

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!

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn Hotel in Riverside

November 25 – January 7: Your family will be swept away by more than 3.6 million+ brilliant lights transforming Riverside’s historic hotel into magic.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Big Bear Snow Play

Mid-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play.

CHOC Toy Drive at Pretend City

November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital!

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+).

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.

Parents Night Out with Lil’ Chef School in Irvine

Last Friday: Parents drop kids off for a night of cooking.

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.

Parents Night Out at BounceU Orange

Every other Friday: Parents’ drop off the kids (4+) for a night of activities, games, pizza, snacks, drinks, a movie and whole lot of 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.

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.

Black Friday Mini-Camps at Lil’ Chef School in Irvine

November 24: Parents can take advantage of the one-day Mini Camp or Parent’s Night Out, that will allow them to shop while their kiddos cook up a feast.

THe Holiday Gem in Garden Grove

November 24 – December 17: Be a part of a new tradition and ring in the holidays at The Gem Theatre with a fun for the whole family holiday review!

It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Show in Fullerton

November 24 – December 17: The beloved American Classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940’s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

Santa Claus is Coming to Temecula

November 24: Professor Pennypickle and Santa are long time friends (remember they have figured out how to deliver presents all over the world in one night!) so naturally there’s a cozy little cabin just waiting for him. The jolly old man will make his arrival tonight!

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.

Black Friday Camp at My Gym Long Beach

November 24: Drop the kids off for some fun and get a start on holiday shopping

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.

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.

Food and Family Friday at Pretend City Children’s Museum

November 24: Pretend City will be a great place to get away from all the Black Friday Madness.

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.

Last Fridays Teen Lounge Nights in Lake Forest

Last Fridays: Teens (11-14) give their parents a night off and celebrate good times with friends at the Recreation Center and Teen Lounge.

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!

The Grove Christmas with Seth MacFarlane

November 24: The Grove’s annual holiday showcase includes ringing in the holidays with Gwen Stefani. Join The Grove underneath the Christmas Tree in The Park to celebrate the release of her new album.

The Secret Garden The Musical in Anaheim

November 24 – December 23: Based on the popular children’s book of the same name, The Secret Garden is filled with amazing music, elegant choreography, and a heartwarming story of forgiveness and renewal.

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.

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.

Tinseltown Christmas in Santa Ana

November 24 – December 10: Are you ready for a new version of christmas ghost who help someone find the joy of Christmas?

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!

Tree Lighting at Irvine Spectrum

November 24 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 50-foot tree will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.

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.

Black Friday Frenzy at the Irvine Spectrum

November 24: Starting at midnight after Thanksgiving, kick off the holidays with Black Friday Frenzy.

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.