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Events on January 20th, 2018

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!

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.

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.

Peter Pan in Huntington Beach

January 12-21: Take a trip to Neverland with a fun family performance of Peter Pan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Long Beach Polar Splash

January 20: Justin Rudd’s nonprofit Community Action Team (C.A.T.) donate $5 for every person (up to $2,000) of a group/charity team that participates in the 30-Minute Beach Cleanup and stays for the Long Beach Polar Splash in Belmont Shore on the eastern edge of Rosie’s Dog Beach.

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).

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Workshops

January 20: Kids (3+) make a Melting Snowman.

Underwater Parks Day in San Pedro

January 20: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in learning about the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California.

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.

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.

Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores

Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.

Ben Franklin Celebration in Carson

Janaury 20: Celebrate the good doctor’s brithday with a special family show at 11 a.m. Plus, enjoy hands-on demos in the museum galleries and the Dr. Franklin show in the museum theater.

AMA Supercross in Anaheim

January 6 and 20: Watch motorcycle racing at its finest with the Monster Energy AMA Supercross.

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.

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!

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.

Los Angeles Boat Show

January 18-21: Cruising into Los Angeles, the four-day event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories.

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

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.

Andrew and POlly Mini-Concert in LA

January 20: By day, Andrew is a film composer and Polly creates music and sound design for commercials. In their spare time, they write and perform friendly, engaging music for children of all ages.

Fire and Law Tribute Days Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm

November 27 – December 15 and January 8-31: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive free admission for themselves and one guest (maximum of two complimentary admissions will be issued.)

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.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket at Mt. SAC Planetarium

January 20: Two children are on the adventure of a lifetime when they build a rocket out of cardboard.

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.

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.

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.

Underwater Parks Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

January 20: Learn about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through films, educational booths, and activities.

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!

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.

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.

Beauty and the Beast in Long Beach

January 12-14 and 19-21: Enjoy YaYa’s Performance Academy’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast, including Belle, the Beast, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth and more of the classic tale’s lovable characters.

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.

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.

2018 New Year’s Teen Dance in La Palma

January 20: A fun, socializing dance just for teens (grades 7-8).

Brea’s Youth Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

January 11-28: Enjoy this colorful reimagining of the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors.

Aladdin at the Pantages in Hollywood

January 10 – March 31: A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.

Nature Navigators at the Natural History Museum

Saturdays: Nature Navigators is aimed to help kids (10-12) discover the abundance of biodiversity that lives in Los Angeles.

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!

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.

Inaugural St. Hedwig School 5K Run/Walk in Long Beach

January 20: Join other families for the inaugural 5K Run/Walk benefitting St. Hedwig School. The course will take place along the beachfront walk starting at Ocean and Granada in Long Beach.

A Faery Hunt Amazing Adventure in Encino

January 20: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty.

Preschool Series: Portrait Play in San Marino

January 13 – February 4: Did you know that portraits can talk? In this series, kids (3-5) will engage in active role-play and art activities to explore what portraits have to sayabout life in the past, personal identity, and how portraits are made.

Annie Jr. in Westminster

January 19-20: Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City.

Pinewood Derby Car Building Workshop in Long Beach

January 13 and 20: Bring your block of wood and design in mind, and the Boy Scouts will provide the tools!

Disney Live Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

January 18-21: Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as 25 of your favorite Disney characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob!

Into the Woods in Hollywood

January 12 – February 25: Fairy tales begin once upon a time and end happily ever after. Not so fast!

The Little Mermaid in Long Beach

January 12-20: In a magical kingdom fathoms below, beautiful mermaid Ariel dreams about living in the world above.

Little Women in Huntington Beach

January 19 and 20: Join rambunctious Jo, practical Meg, sweet Beth, and romantic Amy as they embark on a coming-of-age tale filled with drama, romance, humor (and song!), all under the watchful eye of their beloved Marmee while father is away during the Civil War.