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Events on March 18th, 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!

Shrek the Musical in La Habra

March 9-25: Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

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.

Easter Eggstravaganza with Irvine Regional Railroad

March 10-31: The annual Easter Eggstravaganza includes visits with the Easter Bunny, a moon bounce, egg hunts for ages 2-12, train rides, cookie decorating, games and activities for the whole family.

Free Train Rides at Fairview Park

Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.

International Children’s Festival in Long Beach

March 17-18: Join the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual International Children’s Day festival, celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures.

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.

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.

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

March 1 – May 13: The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for just six to eight weeks each year, bringing the famous fields back to life.

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Dana Point

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

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

The Annual Spirit Run at Fashion Island in Newport Beach

March 18: The Spirit Run offers 13 races for kids and adults, ranging in distance from a Toddler Trot to a 10K.

Caterpillar Adoption Days at Kidspace

March 17 – May 6: Adopt a caterpillar in the Busy Bee Learning Store to experience the magic of metamorphosis.

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.

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!

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

March 18: Each year, the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosts the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival, with tours of the Guinness Book certified World’s Largest Blossoming Plant, 200+ arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music at several outdoor venues.

Boysenberry Festival at Knott’s Berry Farm

March 16 – April 8: The 24-day food festival features countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment and family fun.

Family Art Workshop in Long Beach

Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.

Family Steampunk Carnivale in Perris

March 17-18: Grab your goggles and parasols, put on your top hats and corsets, and jump into your airships for an extraordinary, two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk.

Family Hike at Crystal Cove State Park

March 18 and 24: Join a park naturalist on a three-mile family nature walk at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park.

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!

U-Pick Strawberry Tours at Tanaka Farms

March 10-31: See how the fruits and vegetables grow and sample produce that are in season. On the last stop, you’ll pick and eat strawberries as well as pick yourself a one (1) pound basket to take home.

Weekend Kayak Tours in the Upper Newport Bay

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

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.

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.

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.

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Swim Test Dates

March 4, 10, and 18: Kids (9-15) who are interested in participating in the summer program are required to try out with a swim test. There are four age divsions.

Sheep Shearing at the Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley

March 18: This special event will feature Trevor Hollenback, the sheep shearer, who will demonstrate how the sheep are freed from their warm winter woolies at 123 Farm.

LA Nature Fest at the Natural History Museum

March 17-18: Let’s take a weekend to see just how green L.A. can get. This festival is packed with hands-on, fun family activities!

Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours

Third Sundays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

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

Arcade Expo in Banning

March 16-18: Exlpore the world of arcade games with seminars, movies and game play!

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!

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.

Kids’ Art Studio in Laguna Beach

Third Sundays: Hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month. Kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibits.

Tidepool Walks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

March 3-4, 11, 17-18, 25, 31, April 1, 14-15, and 28: CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.

Roman Gardens at Getty Villa

March 4 – April 22: Discover the tastes, textures, and smells of history during this all-ages Roman Garden workshop.

Cirque du Soleil Toruk First Flight in Ontario and Los Angeles

February 21 – March 18: Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.

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

Spring Spectacular at the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

March 17-18 and 24-25: Swing, slither or soar over to the zoo’s family fun event of the year! Experience America’s Teaching Zoo like no other time of the year during the Spring Spectacular.

Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach

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

Walt Disney’s Barn Public Days in Los Angeles

Third Sundays: Walt’s Barn is a living showcase of Walt’s passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt’s Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby.

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!

Garden Workshops at OC Great Park

February 18 and March 18: Spring is right around the corner and nothing says springtime like colorful flowers.

The Easter Bunny at Fashion Island

March 9 – March 31: The season’s favorite bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden.

Hammer Kids Art Without Walls Sounds of Freedom in LA

March 17-18: Art can transcend barriers of all kinds. Families create art inspired by social justice issues, children’s literature, and Hammer exhibitions.

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.

Treasure Island in Downey

March 18: One of the most popular adventure tales of all time, Treasure Island spins an action-packed, fun-filled tale of piracy, a mysterious treasure map, and a host of characters with bad intentions who meet their match and are foiled in their attempts.

Aladdin at the Pantages in Hollywood

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

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!

Jack Hannah’s Into the Wild Live in La Mirada

March 18: America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage.

A Faery Hunt’s St. Patty Adventure in Encino

March 18: A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences and families to inspire creativity, imagination and fun.

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).

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience in Long Beach

March 18: They’re back! With star performances these canine daredevils will thrill the entire
family with doggone amazing tricks.

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.

Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour at the Grove of Anaheim

March 18: Are you ready to dance? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is a new interactive live concert experience.

Petra and the Wolf at Irvine Barclay Theatre

March 18: This original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter.

Alice in Hollwood

March 4-25: With all of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Queen of Hearts, Alice follows the White Rabbit into a Wonderland of talking animals, comic royalty, and a croquet game played with flamingos.

The Little Mermaid in Los Angeles

March 15-18: Enjoy the class Disney musical in a way you’ve never seen it before, featuring an immersive musical experience. Youtube sensation and Broadway star Todrick Hall hosts the celebrity pre-show, featuring contests, games, and live performances.

Candytopia in Santa Monica

March 5 – July 4: Explore the sprawling sanctuary of Candytopia. This four-month event celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami.

Alice’s Spring Wonderland in Los Angeles

March 10-11, 18, 24, and 31: Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice into a wonderland filled with spring fairies, mermaids, superheroes, pirates, and Pprincesses.

Pirates of Treasure Island in Los Angeles

March 10-11, 18, 24, and 31: When young Jim Hawkins sets out to find Long John Silver he finds himself on an unexpected, grand pirate adventure, where he meets Princess Elizabeth and a real-life mermaid, he battles Blackbeard and helps Captain Jack escape all while searching for hidden treasure.