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Events on May 20th, 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.

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.

Bug Fair at the Natural History Museum

May 19-20: Join the Natural History Museum for its annual Bug Fair, celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends.

35th Annual Strawberry Festival in Oxnard

May 19-20: During the annual festival, delicious strawberries are served every way imaginable!

Party for the Planet at the Santa Ana Zoo

May 20: Party for the Planet is an all-zoo event promotes conservation and the environment. There will be eco-friendly crafts, bird bingo, hands-on demonstrations, education stations and tips on recycling.

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.

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.

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.

Museums of the Arroyo Free Day in Pasadena

May 20: Experience the diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area with free admission at six unique museums.

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.

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.

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!

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

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).

Family Art Workshop in Long Beach

Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.

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.

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!

Family Camp in Lakewood

May 19-20: Kids (3-11) and parents camp out “under the stars” with a real campfire, plus games, crafts, nature walks, roasting marshmallows and campfire songs.

Car Festival at the Muckanthaler in Fullerton

May 19-20: Celebrating over 20 years, the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is North Orange County’s premier car event.

Lilac Festival in Pine Mountain

May 19-20: Get out of the city and head to the mountains for a festival of liliacs. Festivities include entertainment, games, parades, vendors, food and more!

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.

Banjo Fiddle and Folk Festival

May 20: See more than 100 instrumentalists and singers perform on three stages, and don’t miss the dance barn, bring-your-own instrument jam sessions, folk art booths and Eucalyptus Grove with kids’ crafts, family-friendly performers and clogging workshops.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

Free Bolsa Chica Wetlands Tours

Third Sundays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration.

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.

Kids’ Art Studio in Laguna Beach

Third Sundays: Hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month. Kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibits.

Behind the Scenes Tours at Homestead Museum

May 19-20: For those who think they have seen all there is to see of the museum’s
historic houses and collection, think again!

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.

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.

Celebrate Shavout at Pretend City in Irvine

May 20: Shavuot for children is a fun Jewish holiday celebration where families stay up all night learning.

Model Kit, Hobby and Toy Expo at Old World Village

May 20: Browse through 60+ vendor tables stocked with rare and hard-to-find model aircraft, warships, cars, tanks, trains 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.

Walt Disney’s Barn Public Days in Los Angeles

Third Sundays: Walt’s Barn is a living showcase of Walt’s passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt’s Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby.

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.

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.

K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project) at the Hammer Museum

May 20: K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project) is an annual one-of-a-kind fundraising event imagined by artists for kids and their families.

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.

Pirate Days at San Diego Maritime Museum

May 19-20: Dust off your pef leg, grab your eye patch, and prepare for two days of piratical hijinks with sword fights, cannon firings, a treasure hunt, and a pirate encampment.

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.

A Faery Hunt’s a Mermaid’s Tail in Redondo Beach

May 20: Auntie Angelica takes the audience on a gentle adventure to help Mermaid LiBan back to the ocean to find her tail!

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.

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.

Museums of the Arroyo Day

May 20: Six museums, all free! Partake in a whole day of museum hopping as these museums open their doors to celebrate art, architecture and history in the Arroyo Seco area.

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.

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.

Free Water Safety Challenge Day in Bixby Knolls

May 20: In honor of National Water Safety Month, Deep Blue Swim School invites you to their Bixby Knolls location where they will be hosting water safety demonstrations, plus teaching water safety skills to kids and their families.

Pollinator Party at South Coast Botanic Garden

May 20: Don your favorite flying costume (fairy wings, superhero cape, you name it!) and join in on a Garden adventure in search of the earth’s chief pollinators: bees, birds, butterflies and bats.