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Events on April 29th, 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.

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

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.

Speech and Language Development Center Walk at Knott’s Berry Farm

April 29: Walk for the Kids’ Speech and Language Development Center. In addition to the walk, attendees can enjoy a resource fair and kid’s zone featuring games, arts and crafts, face painting, and a scavenger hunt with prizes.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

Stories in the Afternoon at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena

First and last Sundays: The perfect way to introduce young children (4-8) to the museum, this program brings together story-time and art-making in the galleries.

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.

Family Science Sundays at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

Last Sundays, April – September: Free activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom with crafts, hands-on exhibits and hikes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Skirball Puppet Festival in Los Angeles

April 29: Celebrate the art of puppetry and the power of imagination at the Skirball’s annual Puppet Festival.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

Story Pirates with The Broad Stage

April 29: Story Pirates has developed a series of Family Engagement Workshops, designed to give parents and children fun learning enrichment activities to do together at school, as well as providing follow-up activities to do at home, which further reinforce academic skills in an engaging way.

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.

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.

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.

Family Concert in Long Beach

April 29: Enjoy a fun, interactive day including free pre- and post- concert activities such as crafts, parachute play, instrument petting zoo, meet the musicians, improv games and more.

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.