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Events on April 21st, 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!

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!

Earth Day at Cabrillo Aquarium

April 21: Join an exciting day of activity to celebrate caring for the Earth. The day begins with a cleanup of Cabrillo Beach.

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.

Earth Day at The Ocean Institute

April 21 and 22: Celebrate Earth Day with the Ocean Institute by joining a beach clean-up or enjoy a day of ocean-minded activities inside the Ocean Education Center.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

April 21: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

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

Select Saturday and Sundays: Enjoy a beautiful family friendly 3 or 4 hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year.

Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 21-22: Learn what you can do to help the ocean and planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s 18th annual Earth Day Celebration.

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.

Festival of Books in Los Angeles

April 21-22 An annual event held by the LA Times, featuring book signings, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and kids’ storytelling and cartoon characters at two kids’ areas, plus music, drama and dance performances on six outdoor stages.

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.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

April 21: Local YMCAs host sign-up carnivals, where kids can sign-up for summer programs, in conjunction with games, crafts and activities for Healthy Kids Day.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

California Poppy Festival in Lancaster

April 21-22: An open-air flower and farmer’s market featuring exotic animals, aeronautic displays, arts and crafts booths, a healthy living pavilion and an international market square.

Caterpillar Adoption Days at Kidspace

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

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft 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.

Beach Clean up and Earth Day in Santa Monica 

April 21: Celebrate Earth Day by participating in a cleanup; you will be rewarded with FREE admission to the Aquarium afterward.

Free Class at Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).

Kids Fairy Garden Class in Orange

First and Third Saturdays: Bring your child and their friends to The Dragonfly to create an enchanting miniature garden with the help of fairies.

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.

Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival

April 19-22: The City of Santa Clarita is located about 30 minutes north of Los Angeles and is home to one of the worlds best and biggest Cowboy gatherings: the annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival.

Free Entrance to National Parks

April 21: Explore millions of acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places and cultural treasures for free during National Park Week, sponsored by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.

Salt Marsh Open House in San Pedro

March 24, April 21, May 20, June 9, 21, and August 5: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers and learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals

Children’s Arts Festival in Buena Park

April 21: Hands-on art activities, live music, and much more provide a delightful celebration of the rich cultural traditions that thrive in our own backyards!

A Faery Hunt Show and Fairy Mother Earth’s Birthday Party in Griffith Park

April 21: The faeries bring stories of faery magic and flowers, with dancing, singing and fun. Plus, celebrate Mother Earth’s Birthday on this Earth Day

Tour Angels Stadium in Anaheim

Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Irwindale

April 7 – May 20: Step out of the modern world and join a different time in history. Dress up and join the festivites including plays, music, magic and dancing.

Earth Day at Crystal Cove Park

April 21: Projects include: planting, weeding, mulching, trimming, watering, painting gates, and beach cleanup.

Wild for the Planet at the LA Zoo

April 21 – May 18: Wild for the Planet spans four weeks, spotlighting the Zoo’s conservation efforts and what people can do to protect and preserve Planet Earth. Events for families and youngsters take place daily.

Tom’s Farms

Saturdays and Sundays: Familes stroll the craft fair, take in a train or carousel ride, try out the kid-sized tractor, operate a construction scoop, pan for gold, ride a pony, visit the petting zoo and see a magic show.

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.

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.

Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores

Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.

Earth Day/Arbor Day/Green Expo Celebration in Mission Viejo

April 21: Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting trees and shrubs and attending the Expo, featuring earth-friendly crafts and environmental exhibits.

Apple Blossom Festival in Oak Glen

April 21-22: The Blossoms are out and in full splendor, just in time for the annual Apple Blossom Festival. Bring family and friends for “down-home” fun and good, old-fashioned activities and events.

Free Harbor Tours of Port of Long Beach

First and Third Saturdays, Second and Fourth Thursdays: Get close to some of the biggest vessels on the planet, take pictures of local wildlife and see how the engine of the local economy operates.

Chalk Art Challenge in Redondo Beach

April 21: Join the Annual Earth Day Chalk Art Challenge. This all-ages event is free and open to the public.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.

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.

Shen Yun 2018

April 3-22: Shen Yun takes you on an extraordinary journey to the lost land of the ancient Middle Kingdom.

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.

Minecraft Night for Kids, Date Night for Parents in Irvine

Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.

Cambodian New Year Parade in Long Beach

April 21: Celebrate the new year with a parade featuring Cambodian culture, presented by Long Beach-Phnom Penh Cambodia Sister Cities.

Cambodian New Year Celebration in Long Beach

April 21: Join the the Cambodian Town Culture Festial with Khmer Traditional Ceremonies, performances, live bands, games, face painting, slides, information booths and exotic food booths.

Disney on Ice Frozen in Long Beach

April 19-22: Disney On Ice sets the gold standard with this ice skating spectacular. Travel to the wintry world of Arendelle with Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen as they learn that true love is the greatest magic of all.

Paint Yard at Pretend City in Irvine

April 2-30: Practice your artistic talents at Pretend City’s outdoor Paint Yard! This area will combine environmental education and art.

Roman Gardens at Getty Villa

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

City of STEM Science Festival

April 3-28: Learn and play with your family and discover the exciting world of science, technology, engineering and math, through special activities, presentations and entertainment.

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.

Youth Track Meet in Tustin

April 21: Boys and girls join the competition. Go to cheer them on.

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.

U-Pick Strawberries and Vegetables at Kenny’s Strawbery Farm

Wednesday – Sunday: A local, family owned U-Pick farmoffereing various crops for picking throughout the year.

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

Wetland Warrior Clean-Up in Long Beach

Third Saturdays: Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.

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!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Most days: Studio tours include a two-hour guided portion and self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault.

California State Park Cleanup Event

April 21: Volunteers are needed at select California state parks for the 20th Annual California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup.

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.

Design Your Own Saturday at Silverado Library

Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.

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.

Eric Buss in Shenanigans at the Curtis Theater

April 21: Magic delivered in a fun, modern format! Grab a friend, your family and get ready to laugh!

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!

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.

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.

Candy Making Class

Select dates: Learn the art of old fashioned candy making in one of Sweet Pete’s Candy’s most popular classes. Sweet Pete’s confectioners turn boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipop

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.

Open Auditions for Annie The Musical in Costa Mesa

April 14 and 21: Performers elementary school aged through high school, experienced or first time performers who enjoy acting, singing, and dancing are welcome to audition for Annie.

Ornithology Expedition Cruise at The Ocean Institute

April 21: Calling all bird nerds! Join Ocean Institute naturalists on a 2.5 hour long birding cruise along the Dana Point Headlands searching for pelagic birds, whales, and other sea life.

High 5 Carnival in Dana Point

April 21: Come out for a morning of carnival fun for you and your family in support of Mental Health and Wellness.

Tiny Tot Tuesday’s at the El Capitan Theatre

Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.

Kids’ Fishing Derby in Placentia

April 21: Enjoy a fun morning of fishing at Tri-City Regional Park. This Kids’ Fishing Derby is designed to teach kids (15 and under) how to fish, while giving them an opportunity to catch a few from the lake.

Green Scene at the Fullerton Arboretum

April 21-22: The Arboretum will host their 44th annual Green Scene Plant and Garden Expo featuring scavenger hunts, face painting, an ice truck, reptile presentation, and more.

Children’s Day and Book Day in Santa Ana

April 21: Join the Santa Ana library for a special event to celebrate children, families, literature, and cultures.