November 24 – December 31: Inside the kitchen, much more is going on than pouring and mixing it’s science at work!
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.
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.
September 17 – November 26: Hundreds of spiders are on view in the pavilion, along with scorpions and tarantulas in terrariums just outside.
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.
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.
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!
Weekends, November 25 – December 10: Take a train ride to a private Christmas tree farm, where you can find the perfect find the perfect pre-cut tree or cut your own, there are limited numbers of cut your own due to drought.
Selected dates November 25 – December 23: Celebrate Christmas with a one-hour ride aboard a vintage train.
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.
November 24 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly snow fall in Heartlake City.
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.
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.
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
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.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
November 26: Fun family shopping with over 100 vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food trucks and music.
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.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
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.
November 26: The Hollywood Christmas Parade celebrates with Santa, marching bands, celebrities and more. Olivia Newton-John is the marshall in this year’s parade.
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.
Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
First and last Sundays: The perfect way to introduce young children (4-8) to the museum, this program brings together story-time and art-making in the galleries.
November 26 – December 26: Grand Park will be magically lit for the holidays, with a 45-foot tree as the centerpiece.
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.
November – March: Head to the hills! It’s prime tubing time at the Big Bear Snow Play. Then, take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide.
Thanksgiving weekend – end of snow season: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.
Mid-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play.
November 24 – December 23: Help spread holiday cheer to patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital!
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.
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.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.
November 26: Join the city’s tree lighting ceremony that takes place during the city Tamale Festival.
November 26: Tune up your voices for the annual Handel’s Messiah sing along.
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!
November 4 – December 26: Enjoy classic and new holiday TV shows with the family. Check your local listings for time changes.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
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.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. S
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.
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!
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.
November 25 – December 3: Westside Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a Los Angeles tradition dating all the way back to 1973 the longest running Nutcracker production in Los Angeles.
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.
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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.
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.
Last Sunday: Come out to Clark Regional Park and learn about the animals that ruled the land 10,000 years ago and the animals living in Orange County today.
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.
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.
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!
November 26: Join the City of La Habra’s Tamale Festial with churro-eating contests, as well as best tamale, best dessert tamale, best salsa and hottest salsa contests.
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.
June 18 – January 7: Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day. Through more than 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
November 17 – January 7: Immerse yourself into an atmosphere of wonder and light, visit with Santa Claus and enjoy a steamy hot chocolate!
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.
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.
November 26: The family-friendly Dance to the Holidays features performers from Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and America’s Got Talent.
November 24 – December 10: Are you ready for a new version of christmas ghost who help someone find the joy of Christmas?
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
November 24 – December 24: The beautifully decorated 50-foot tree will come to life at night with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes.
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.
November 26: Pop! Fizz! Bang! Let your inner genius go wild at this series of science events. Make slimy, fizzing creations with real lab equipment in our play laboratory.
November 26: Family Science Sundays feature free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom.
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.
Through December 16: A Winter’s Tale is a spirited musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.