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Events on February 17th, 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!

Genbu-Kai Goodwill Karate Tournament

February 17-18: The 47th annual Genbu-Kai Goodwill Karate Tournament will feature an exciting competition in multiple weapons, with separate competition for sword, on Saturday, and in karate on Sunday, with special guests and demonstrations.

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.

Scots Festival Aboard the Queen Mary

February 17-18: Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

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.

Kids’ Pet Parade in San Juan Capistrano

February 17: Kids (5-12) bring thier pets in costume for a contest to compete for titles including cutest, most original, best team costume, best domestic pet, best exotic pet, best barnyard pet, abd best bird.

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.

Chinatown’s Chinese New Year Festival and 118th Annual Golden Dragon Parade

February 17: Celebrating the Year of the Dog, the festival features entertainment, family workshop and food. Plus, spectacular floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown.

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.

Harlem Globetrotters in Southern California

February 17-18 and 24-25: The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game showcases incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.

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.

Tet Festival in Costa Mesa

February 16-18: The Annual Tet Festival, celebrating the beginning of spring and the Dog New Year, is the largest outside of Vietnam, and features live music, traditional dances, contests and the foods of the Vietnamese culture.

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 Comic Expo

February 17-18: Meet legendary comic book writers, fan favorite artists, bestselling novelists, and nerd-out with sci-fi!

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.

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops

February 17: Kids (3+) make a sweet dreams dreamcatcher.

Mardi Gras Celebration in Long Beach

February 17: Shoreline Village hosts a great day of live music, delicious food and wonderful entertainment.

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.

Night Hike at the Arboretum

February 3 and 17: Hike through the arboretum as night descends on the grounds, discovering the nocturnal creatures and the night sky!

Chinese New Year Festival in San Marino

February 17-18: Families enjoy crowd-pleasing lion dancers, amazing performances from a mask-changing artist, plus choreographed martial arts demonstrations, Chinese music, food, and much more.

Half-Off Admission to 45 Museums in San Diego

February 1-28: Museum Month is back for the 29th year in San Diego County. This popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at more than 40 San Diego Museums.

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.

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.

Lunar New Year Festival in Pasadena

February 17: Experience how the Lunar New Year is celebrated in China, Korea and Cambodia with music, dance, art making, storytelling, and a host of other family-friendly entertainment.

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.

All Day Skate in Fountain Valley

February 12 and 19: Spend Lunar New year and Presidents Day holiday skating all day!

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival

February 16-25: The 72nd annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is focused on providing amazing entertainment and affordable family fun.

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.

Civil War Reenactment at Calico Ghost Town in Yermo

February 17-18: Calico Ghost Town, in partnership with the American Civil War Society, invites you to come and witness the Civil War come alive.

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

February 17, 18 and 25: Winter is a wonderful time to learn about local nature. Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living.

Belly Dancer of the Universe Contest in Long Beach

February 17-18: Watch top male, female and youth belly dancers compete for $6,500 in cash prizes and a place in the belly dancing hall of fame.

Lunar New Year Festival at Universal Studios

February 10-25: The New Year celebration of the year of the Dog features characters like Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from Transformers.

Happy Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

January 26 – February 18: Welcome the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park. Discover culturally-inspired food, music, entertainment and festive decorations that signal the start of the new year.

Lunar New Year in Santa Monica Place

February 17: Celebrate the Year of the Dog at Santa Monica Place. Enjoy performances, arts and crafts, and exclusive offers from participating stores and restaurants, plus stilt walkers, martial arts demos, and traditional Dragon Dance.

Lunar New Year Celebration with OCTA in Irvine

February 17: Join the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) for a free family event with food trucks, a beer garden, face painting and paper folding.

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

Annual War Dog Rememberance Day at March Field Air Museum

February 17: Join guest speakers and a K9 Unit demonstration.

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.

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.

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.

Black History Parade and Festival in Pasadena

February 17: Celebrate black history, culture and achievements at Pasadena’s 35th annual Black History Parade and Festival.

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.

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.

Very Eric Carle at Discovery Cube Los Angeles

Through May 13: The Very Eric Carle Exhibit invites early learners on a journey of discovery! Kids can become a butterfly, weave a web or roll in the grass

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!

Chinese New Year Celebration at The Shops at Montebello

February 17: The center hosts a variety of cultural performances in Center Court, including a Chinese Flag Dance, Year of the Dog Dance, Three Techno Princes and more.

Ooey Gooey Weekend

February 17-19: Create play dough poop sculptures and learn how scat helps us know what animals eat. Make squishy worm, snail and slug tracks with gooey finger paint trails and make your own green algae slime.

Yappy Hour Valentine’s Card Contest

February 17: Long Beach Animal Care Services and Haute Dogs, Justin Rudd are sponsoring the 7th annual handmade Valentine’s card contest for Long Beach-area students (K-12) to create lovable Valentine’s cards for the 120+ dogs and 50+ cats housed at the Long Beach Animal Care Services shelter.

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.

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.

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!

Disney’s Frozen Sing-A-Long in La Mirada

February 17: Let it go and sing-along to your heart’s content with Elsa, Anna, and Olaf in this interactive experience!

Knott’s Peanuts Celebration in Buena Park

January 27 – February 25: Guests can join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang as the park celebrates the world that Charles M. Schulz created.

James and the Giant Peach in Anaheim

February 16 – March 4: James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags – his odious aunts – and he’s a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow.

Into the Woods in Hollywood

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

Sister Act in Brea

February 10-25: Sister Act is a high energy, musical comedy based on the hit 1992 film. When disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found; a convent!

12 Dancing Princesses in Santa Ana

February 17 – March 3: The King has a little problem and he doesn’t know what to do! His 12 beautiful daughters seem to be disappearing in the night, returning in the morning with their shoes danced through and no memory of where they’ve been.

Anatomy of the Piano in Costa Mesa

February 17-18: Will asks Father Christmas for a space ship, but he gets a piano instead. As he tries to work out how he might use it to reach the moon, Will is drawn into a fantastic pianistic adventure that sees him finding Bach in a cave, meeting a bad-tempered Beethoven and jamming with Fats’ Waller.

Batman Retrospective Exhibit in Hollywood

January 30 – March 24: The Batman ’66 Retrospective exhibit will consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman 66).

42nd Street in Westminster

February 16 – March 4: The show focuses on the efforts of famed dictatorial Great White Way director Julian Marsh to mount a successful stage production of a musical extravaganza at the height of the Great Depression.

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 17: Celebrate the Year of the Dog and experience Asian cultural music, dance, and art.

Rainforest Adventure at Discovery Cube OC

Through September 9: Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at the Reagan Library

February 16 – August 19: Discover the man behind the legend. Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour.