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Events on December 31st, 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!

New Years Noon Party in La Habra

December 31:No longer will little ones feel left out by the late night New Year’s festivities! The whole family can celebrate the countdown to 12 o’clock NOON! Complete with hat making, face painting, dancing, and a balloon drop.

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!

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.

Noon Year’s Eve at Kidspace

December 31: Experience the ginormous balloon drop at noon, sip and toast cups of sparkling cider, and create your own party hats and noisemakers to ring in 2018!

Grinchmas at Universal Studios

December 2-31: A grinchy-green “Grinchmas” returns to Universal Studios Hollywood with a Who-lebration fit for The Grinch.

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.

Target Free Sunday at MOLAA

Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.

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.

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.

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.

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Dana Point

Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.

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.

Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade and Holiday Cruises

December 1-12 and December 18 – December 31: Hoiday cruises are offered nightly on the nights of the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.

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.

Kids’ New Year’s Eve Celebration at Legoland California

December 31: “Midnight” comes early for families at Legoland California Resort, celebrating the New Year together without missing their bedtimes.

Jungle Bells at San Diego Zoo

December 8 – January 1: The San Diego Zoo’s annual winter celebration is filled with holiday cheer!

The Nutcracker by the Los Angeles Ballet

December 9-31: An L.A. tradition, “The Nutcracker” is the perfect holiday event for children, family and friends to celebrate the season.

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.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Extended Skate Session at East West Ice Palace

December 24 – January 7: For winter break, East West Ice Palace will be extending their public session hours and celebrating the holidays with festive decorations and music.

North Pole Pack at Golf N’ Stuff

December 1-31: With Golf N’ Stuff’s “North Pole Fun Pack,” the kids can enjoy two full hours unlimited use of: go-karts, bumper boats, Disk ‘O Thrill ride and kiddie train.

Festival of Kwanzaa at Pretend City

December 26 – January 1: Kwanzaa is here, and there are so many fun things to do! Join Pretend City each day during the Festival of Kwanzaa to “light” a candle on the Kinara.

Annual Noon-Year’s Confetti Countdown at Pretend City

December 31: Twas’ the day before New Year’s and all through the city the citizens are stirring and buzzing about! With sparkling streamers, blowouts, noise makers, and confetti that will make this the party of all parties!

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

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!

Weekend Kayak Tours in the Upper Newport Bay

Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.

Stories in the Afternoon at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

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.

First Night 2018 in Fullerton

December 31: Stop by Downtown Fullerton to ring in the New Year! The City of Fullerton celebrates the 25th anniversary of the annual “First Night Fullerton.”

NYELA New Year’s Eve LA at Grand Park

December 31: For the fourth year, Grand Park + The Music Center’s N.Y.E.L.A. will be the go-to central gathering place in Los Angeles where Angelenos ring in the New Year.

New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Merry Farm

December 31: The countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm with special fireworks, live entertainment, and special extended hours for the one-night event.

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.

Alpine Slide and Snow Play

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.

Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park

Through March: Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift offers tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps and handles.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

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.

North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High

December – Mid-March: For the closest snow tubing in Southern California head to the North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High’s North Resort!

Snow Valley Snow Play

Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.

Outdoor Ice Skating LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza

December 17 -January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in Downtown LA.

Big Bear Snow Play

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

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.

Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve in Long Beach

December 31: Downtown Long Beach welcomes the new year in style with a family-friendly event on the waterfront, and a DTLB street party on Pine Ave.

$1.31 Scoops at Baskin Robbins

May 31, July 31, August 31, October and December 31: Celebrate Baskin Robbin 31 Flavors ice cream with a $1.31 a scoop (reg. $2.69).

$1.31 Scoops at Baskin Robbins

May 31, July 31, August 31, October and December 31: Celebrate Baskin Robbin 31 Flavors ice cream with a $1.31 a scoop (reg. $2.69).

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.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Woodland Hills

December 19 – January 29: Features more than 7,000 square feet of real ice. Open seven days a week for puvblic skating, parites, and learn-to-skate classes.

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

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.

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!

Winter Break Crafts at the Mission San Juan Capistrano

December 2-31: Kids (6-12) enjoy special winter break activities at the Mission, including panning for gold, adobe brick making and arrowhead necklace making.

Holiday Festivities at Universal CityWalk

Through January 7: Get in the spirit with all-new holiday experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood. Celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where Hogsmeade is transformed with wondrous spirit.

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Downtown Burbank

December 14 – January 7: Steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season.

Winter Zoobilation at Santa Ana Zoo

December 1-31: The Santa Ana Zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland called “Winter Zoobilation” with snow, lights and special holiday decorations for all to enjoy.

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.

Kidseum New Year’s Celebration at Bowers Kidseum

December 31: Celebrate the New Year with Kidseum! Craft the day away with fun New Year’s themed projects.

Tall Ships in Long Beach

December 21 – January 1: Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain stop in Long Beach. Events include tours, a Battle Sail and an 8-hour sail to Dana Point.

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.

Winter Wonderfest at Discovery Cube OC

December 16-17 and December 22 – January 7: Snow is coming to Los Angeles this winter, so bundle up and investigate the science behind weather, snow play, and tubing at Winter Wonderfest.

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.

Shark Feedings at the Santa Monica Pier

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

Disney On Ice Follow Your Heart in Anaheim

December 14 – January 7: Follow your heart straight to adventure with Disney On Ice! The ice skating extravaganza features the beloved stories and characters from the smash hit animated movies Finding Dory and Inside Out for the first time in a live production.

Family New Year’s Eve at LA Zoo

December 31: Celebrate the new year in style with express entry to L.A. Zoo Lights, a dinner buffet that includes soft drinks and dessert, a carousel ride, games, DJ dance party, and live broadcast of the Times Square ball drop.

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.

Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa

December 21 – January 7: Winter Fest is coming to town, blowing tons of family fun into the OC Fair & Event Center.

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Temecula

December 8 – January 2: Start practicing those double axels and salchows, as Temecula On Ice returns for the holiday season!

Noon Years Eve Party at My Gym

December 31: Join My Gym for a fun noon year’s celebration.

New Year’s Eve Family Musical Revue in Santa Monica

December 31: Enjoy a scrumptious and sumptuous complimentary buffet supper followed by the internationally acclaimed Actors’ Repertory Theatre’s highly entertaining, family-friendly Rudie-DeCarlo musical revue.

Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach

Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.

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!

Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley

November 30 – January 28: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more.

NYE at Winter Fest OC in Costa Mesa

December 31: Winter Fest OC hosts a New Year’s Eve celebration featuring all the magic of Winter Fest plus three additional stages with 11 different tribute bands covering everything from classic rock to today’s hits and alternative bands. Live entertainment will also include a magic show, a hypnotist and dueling pianos.

Gymnastics Sleepovers at Surf City Gymnastics

Monthly: Join a gymnastic-themed sleepover.

Play! at The Autry

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.

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.

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!

Aladdin and His Winter Wish at the Laguna Playhouse

December 7-31: American Panto returns for the third year to Laguna Playhouse in Aladdin and His Winter Wish.

A Whistling White House Wonderland at Nixon Library

November 20 – January 7: Vintage model trains will fill the Nixon Library once again as the centerpiece of “A Whistling White House Wonderland,” a holiday celebration.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

December 15 – January 28: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.

Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Tustin

November 27 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink.

Dinosaur Time Trek: Shark Edition in Anaheim

December 29 – January 1: It’s family expedition time! At Dinosaur Time Trek, you’ll be transported through a special Time Lab where you can observe enormous prehistoric dinosaurs and track modern-day sharks in real time.

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.

EVE: New Year’s Eve at Universal Studios

December 31: Universal Studios Hollywood rings in 2018 with Hollywood’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration.

Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios

Through January 7: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.

Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park

December 10-31: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park.