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Events on April 22nd, 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!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

April 22: In the small town of Stillwater, Mr. and Mrs. Popper are pleasant, practical, predictable people.

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.

Free Train Rides at Fairview Park

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Earth Day

April 22: Today is Earth Day! Find events celebrating our planet to learn how your family can help protect it on Kidsguide’s calendar.

Children’s Earth Day at Star Eco Station

April 22: A wild day of earth education and celebration, featuring live performances, crafts, food, games, and visits with rescued exotic wildlife, plus celebrity appearances.

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.

Family Flicks Presents FernGully: The Last Rainforest at the Hammer Museum

April 22: Kids (6+) Be enchanted by the magic and wonder of Crysta, a fairy fighting to save her beloved home in the Amazon rainforest.

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!

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.

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).

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.

Tidepool Walk at Crystal Cove Park

April 8 and 22: Enjoy a low tide where a volunteer will lead a guided walk to help identify animals and describe adaptions.

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.

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!

Mother and Daughter Tea in Lakewood

April 22: Girls (5-14) can treat their mother-figures to an afternoon featuring an authentic Victorian high tea, complete with scones, tea sandwiches, a variety of desserts and tea, plus lemonade for the little ones.

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.

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.

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.

Earth Day in San Juan Capistrano

April 22: Explore The Ecology Center’s learning landscapes and engage in hands-on activities that shows how we can make every day Earth Day! Join a day of community building, skills sharing, and garden bounty.

Earth Day at the Bay in Newport Beach

April 22: Join the annual Earth Day at the Bay celebration. Activities include environmental exhibits, scavenger hunt for all ages, live music, live animal presentations, arts and crafts, and more.

Old Town Irvine Tour

April 22, May 13 and June 10: Step back in time to explore the rich history of Irvine and the Irvine family.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

Community Day at Back Bay Science

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

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.

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.

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.

Orange County National College Fair

April 22: High school students can talk directly with admissions officers from more than 200 colleges and universities at the National College Fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

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.

Celebrate Earth Day at Pretend City in Irvine

April 22: Promote environmental awareness on Earth Day and throughout the year by visiting Pretend City to celebrate Earth.Create with Recycle City, read Compost Stew, explore seed matching and make your own earth.

Abilities Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 22: Join the aquarium for an exclusive evening for people with disabilities. This will be a tranquil evening where guests can explore the exhibits and enjoy the nighttime lighting of the aquarium.

Roman Gardens at Getty Villa

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

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

Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach

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

Earth Day at Bolsa Chica Wetlands

April 22: Visitors have the opportunity to touch live snakes, count migrating birds, learn about pollution, test the water, and much more!

Earth Day at Descanso Gardens

April 22: Get hands-on gardening experience and help care for the Oak Woodland at this volunteer opportunity.

Andell Family Sundays Bright Design at LACMA

April 8, 15, 22, and 29: Check out the animals (real and mythical) of ancient Panama in Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos. Painted on ceramics, these playful depictions of serpents, armadillos, fish, and other creatures will inspire your own clay pinch-pots and animal drawings in artist-led workshops.

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

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.

Reading in the Redwoods at Environmental Nature Center

April 22 and June 10: Join a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest. A naturalist reads a great book under the canopy of the tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel.

Cloverleaf Ranch Open House

April 22 and May 20: Cloverleaf Ranch welcomes parents and children prior to camp for a tour of the facilities and to better acquaint you with the program.

Reading in the Redwood at the Environmental Nature Center

April 22: Join the Environmental Nature Center for a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest with Valerie Bain.

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.

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.

Naturalist Sail at The Ocean Institute

April 22: Celebrate Earth day with the crew of Spirit of Dana Point on a 2.5 hour sail. Step into the shoes of great naturalists such as Darwin and Nuttall as we search for pelagic birds, whales, and other marine mammals.

Wonderland Tea Party at South Coast Botanic Garden

April 22: Put on your Cheshire grin and imagination cap (or top hat) for an adventure through the Garden’s wonderland of trails and hidden treasures.

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.

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.