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Events on May 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!

Annual Duck-A-Thon at the Huntington Beach Pier

May 18-20: Thousands of rubber duckies will be launched into the ocean for this annual race. There’s musical entertainment, arts and crafts, food booths and children’s activities.

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.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House

Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

Academic Chess Friday Knights

Fridays: This fun tournament is open to all K-6th graders and includes three hours of chess, pizza and juice, plus trophies for the top four players in each age group!

OC Greek Fest in Anaheim

May 18-20: Hummus and pita and ouzo, oh my! Spend the weekend like the Greeks. Feast on food, enjoy music, stroll through the plaka, shop in the many booths, plus kids can play in the Kids’ Zone filled with gith carnival rides, games and other activities.

Kids Night Out at Los Alamitos Youth Center

Third Fridays: Kids (5-11 and 12-14) enjoy a scavenger hunt, karaoke, dance, arts and crafts, games, sports, contests and more.

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.

Kids Night Out In Cypress

Third Fridays: Kids (5-12), get ready for a fun night out with friends. This program will have you busy throughout the night with games, crafts, a movie, dinner and dessert!

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.

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.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.

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.

Summer Concerts at Farmers Market LA

April 6 – September 28: Enjoy free evening concert tribute performances spanning all musical genres, including rock, ethnic, pop and more!

Teen Club in Garden Grove

Fridays: Binge-watch anime during Teen Anime Club every first and third Friday, and see popular and not-so-popular films during Teen Flicks every second and fourth Friday (ages 13-18).

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

Home School Days at Pretend City

Third Fridays: Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month.A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through hands-on educational play.

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.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Cosmic Bounce at Bounce U Orange

Every other Friday: They turn off the lights, crank up the music with special-effects lighting, so families can have their disco bouncing fun.

OC Night Market in Costa Mesa

May 18-20, June 15-17 and August 24-26: OC Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities that appeals to all ages.

Movie Under the Gun at the USS Iowa

May 18: Head to the fantail of the Battleship for a movie screening.

Help Feed the Sea Stars at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.

AAA Child Safety in Irvine

May 18, June 8, July 13, and August 10: During this free car seat education class presented by AAA, learn about occupant-protection laws, how to select the right seat, how to correctly secure your child in a seat and installation tips.

Kids’ Night Out in Buena Park

Select Fridays: Kids (4-10) enjoy a delicious dinner, plus games, crafts and movies, while parents enjoy a night out without the kiddos.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

Wednesday and Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.

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.

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.

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.

The Return of the Ultimate Recycling Machine at Pretend City

May 1-31: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Come out to Pretend City as you can engineer your own recycling machines!

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.

Friday Wild Tales at Upper Newport Bay

Fridays: Join in the story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks.

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.

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.

School of Rock in Hollywood

May 3-27: Kids (8+) can watch the hit film come to live and follow Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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.

Pirate of Penzance in Long Beach

May 11-13 and 18-20: Set sail with this classic Gilbert and Sullivan comedy. Throw in a band of tenderhearted pirates, a young man named Frederic, a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King and you’ve got the classic Pirates of Penzance.