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Events on April 28th, 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!

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.

Seal Beach Classic Car Show

April 28: See dozens of classic cars shimmering along Main Street at this annual event.

Steam Railfest 2018 in Fillmore

April 28-29: Two days of steam train rides, railroad displays, movie props, craft vendors, model train displays, turntable display, caboose ride/citrus packing house adventure, bluegrass band, gypsy wagon medicine man show, food, antique tractor and car exhibits, the frontier gunfighter show and more

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.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

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.

Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration

April 28: Children and their families can enjoy multicultural entertainment, bands and drill teams, a children’s parade, games, relays, crafts and community booths.

Free Class at Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

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

Urban Ocean Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific

April 28-29: Explore and celebrate Southern California’s coast during the Aquarium’s annual Urban Ocean Festival.

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.

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.

America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa

April 27-29: Attendees enjoy a weekend full of cute creatures on display and in interactive stage shows, competitions and demonstrations. The Expo also features thousands of pet products for sale at special show prices, the latest trends in pet grooming and care, and hundreds of animals available for adoption.

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.

Upland Lemon Festival

April 27-29: When life gives you lemons, pucker up and head out to the Upland Lemon Festival where everything lemony is celebrated, from food to contests to entertainment.

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse at Los Angeles Equestrian Center

April 26-29: Daily horse shows and the “Mane Event” on Saturday.

Victorian Fair at the Homestead Musuem

April 28-29: Ladies, gentlemen, and children of all ages are invited to travel back in time to participate in a Victorian Fair.

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.

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.

Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum

Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.

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.

Celebrate Independent Book Store Day

April 28: Join Whale of a of Tale to celebrate independent book store day with refreshments and prizes.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Long Beach

Fourth Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.

FIGat7th Kids Club in Los Angeles

Second and fourth Saturdays: Kids Club Art workshops are free and suitable for all children ages 3 and older.

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.

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.

Big Science Fest at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

April 28: The entire community is invited to come out and celebrate STEM with some awesome activities, presentations, rocket launches, food trucks and live music.

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.

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.

STEAM Fest in Irvine

April 28: The STEAM Fest is a fun filled day for students and families to explore exciting, hands-on activities related to STEAM fields.

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.

Mission Federal ArtWalk in San Diego

April 28-29: Celebrating its 34thyear, the largest fine art festival in Southern California covers 17 blocks of San Diego’s Little Italy district, showcasing more than 350 artists, plus live music and performance art, street food, and KidsWalk with interactive art activities.

Mexican Sunset Steam Dinner Train with Fillmore and Western Railway

April 28: Book this rare opportunity to enjoy a 2.5 hour steam train ride with authentic Mexican dinner at Steam Railfest 2018!

Classic Car Show at Old World

April 28: Bring the entire family out to enjoy this Classic Car Show, featuring hot rods, customs and vintage/classic bikes, 1964 and older.

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.

Teen Night at MOCA in LA

April 28: Teen Night is one of MOCA’s biggest celebrations of the year, drawing teens from all over Southern California.

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.

South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk

April 28: Get a preview of the great artists you’ll see at the Levitt Pavilion Pasadena and Los Angeles this summer during the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival and Art Walk.

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

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.

Peter Pan The Musical in Long Beach

April 27 – May 6: Just past the second star on the right, and straight on til morning! Fly to Neverland and go on a musical adventure with Peter, Wendy, and the Lost Boys.

Kids Community Peaceful Painting Workshop at Sherman Gardens

April 28: Kids (8-14) can join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for them to create, play and to tap into the magic within and around them.

9th Annual Community Resource Fair

April 28: Connect with local service agencies that provide families assistance with free health screenings; and career, legal, medical, financial and housing consultations.

AutFest Celebrates “From Spectrum to Screen” in Beverly Hills

April 28-29: AutFest, the first film festival solely dedicated to an autistic audience and filmmakers, announced its official program selections for its second annual film festival celebrating autism awareness “from spectrum to screen.”

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.

Faery Fun Time at the LA Arboretum

April 28: Kids (2-10) can join the faeries from A Faery Hunt for an interactive garden walkabout and stories of magic and flowers with dancing, singing and fun and messages of kindness, respect and ecological responsibility.

San Diego Kids Expo and Fair at the Del Mar Fairgrounds

April 28-29: The San Diego Kids Expo & Fair is part fun fair and part music and dance festival all for the kids. The event will feature activities like a a trackless train, animal interaction, and more.

Kids Fest at Cerritos Lanes

April 28: Join Cerritos Lanes for Kids Fest and enjoy 1 hour of free bowling for kids (15 and under), discounts on 1 hour of bowling for adults, and $1 hot dog and soft drink specials for everyone!

Make a Spa For Mom at Orchard Supply Hardware

April 28: Learn how to create a spalike setting for Mom, with Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa paints and accessories.

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.

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.

Grease Family Version in Santa Ana

April 28 – May 12: Retaining the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make Grease a favorite among musical theaterfans of all ages, this abridged version of the beloved classic is suitable for all ages.

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.

We All Play FUNdraiser at Zimmer Children’s Museum

April 28: Zimmer Children’s Museum will host the third annual We All Play FUNdraiser and preview their future location in Santa Monica.

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.

UCI Energy Invitational

April 28: Students in classes and clubs build vehicles from the ground up or by modifying existing vehicles using a combination of energy sources.

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.

Greene and Greene Neighborhood Walking Tour in Pasadena

Saturdays, April 28 – December 8: Enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, home to nine Greene & Greene homes as well as other notable architects.

Open House Family Carnival at Downey Center for Autism

April 28: Enjoy a day of fun with games, activities, food, and raffles for prizes including Disneyland tickets, movie tickets, and a kids bike.

Star Quest in Los Angeles

April 28 – May 20: Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away there was an epic battle between the evil Galactic Legion and the good Space League to rule the universe

Snow White in Los Angeles

April 28 – May 20: Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the woods Snow White will go! Enjoy the classic tale of a beautiful young Princess who is banished into the woods by her evil step-mother the Queen, who wants to be the fairest in the land.