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.
Events on September 15th, 2018
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September 15 – October 31: Pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a train or hay ride, race on tractors, play a carnival game, decorate cookies, or the ponies, jump around in a bounce house, wander through the hay maze or the haunted house, get your face painted, pan for gold, and more.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – October 28: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.
August 31 – September 23: Visit the fair where everyone is bound to have a good time! Featuring exhibits and contests, live animals and shows, kids’ activities, historic trains, a family marketplace, plus plenty of crafts, rides, games and food!
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.
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Weekends in September: The festival aims to help educate the community about the programs benefiting the children of Orange County, featuring more than 75 charities.
Through late November: Working apple orchards in Oak Glen, a mountain town halfway between Riverside and Palm Springs, open their doors to the public. Some offer U-pick apples.
September 15 – October 31: Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).
September 15: It’s time to make a difference! You can take an active role in keeping our coastline clean and healthy.
First and Third Saturdays: Bring your child and their friends to The Dragonfly to create an enchanting miniature garden with the help of fairies.
September 15: Join the Aquarium of the Pacific in cleaning up Alamitos Beach in Long Beach as part of the statewide Coastal Clean-Up Day.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.
September 15: You can make a difference! Spend a morning with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff and other volunteers who care to improve our environment.
June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
September 16: Parents and kids (6+) enjoy learning the basics of sailing or refresh their skills on a Harbor 20 keelboat with the instructor aboard.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
September 15: Don’t miss the ultimate Beatles tribute by The Fab Four!
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.
Third Saturdays: Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.
Third Saturdays: Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. – noon.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation.
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.
September 14-16: Watch nonstop boat racing through Mission Bay, plus live bands, food vendors, a kids’ zone, and a new BBQ competition and craft festival on Crown Point.
September 8-November 3: Celebrating 48 years of family fun, this annual weekend festival features authentic German entertainment, contests and children’s activities, including interactive performances, game booths, bounce house and face painting.
September 15-16: Come celebrate Polish culture at this 40th annual festival, with traditional Polish food, music, folk dancing, vendors and kids’ activities.
September 15-16: Head to Oceanside for two event-filled days of sun, sand and surf. The festival includes arts and crafts, food, a costume party for kids (12 and under), a boat-building and sailing competition, stage entertainment, military and public safety displays and more.
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.
Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.
First and Third Saturdays, Second and Fourth Thursdays: Get close to some of the biggest vessels on the planet, take pictures of local wildlife and see how the engine of the local economy operates.
June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15: Build and create with Lego blocks provided by the library!
September 15: Bring your friendly dog and enjoy music, discover pet products and services, get vet tips and visit the kids’ art area.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
September 15: Volunteer to help collect trash and debris, both in and around Oso Creek, as well as in the commercial center next to the creek.
September 15: Come check out the best grub from local restaurants and popular food trucks, live entertainment, face painting, carnival attractions and much more.
September 15-16: Celebrate the end of summer with Huntington Beach locals at Surf City Days. This community event features a fun-filled weekend of activities geared toward celebrating the Huntington Beach lifestyle!
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!
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
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.
September 15: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters and nebulae.
September 15: More than 10,000 volunteers from all over Southern California will do their part to clean up their local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks.
September 15: Kids (+) discover the history of the color blue, from the indigo plant used to create blue pigment to the great works of art made famous by this dazzling hueincluding The Huntington’s own “Blue Boy,” which is about to undergo conservation treatment.
September 15: This annual expo promotes emergency preparedness and readiness to the whole community. Featuring fire safety demonstrations, life-saving tips, vendor booths, food, music, kids rides, and prizes.
September 14 – November 3: The movie studio that invented the horror genre brings to life all-new immersive worlds of living, breathing icons from the most twisted imaginations in film and television.
Third Saturdays: Kids can stop by a special activity zone to learn about good health and seasonal fruits and vegetables through fun scavenger hunts, plant art, health snack-making and more.
First Sunday and third Saturdays: Join Southern California Live Steamers fo their Public run days at Wilson Park.
August 31 – October 21: Surround yourself in a world of magic this Hallowen season at Roger’s Gardens.
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
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.
June 16 – September 15: Bring a low-backed chair and a blanket and snuggle up for a free family flick!
September 15: Children (5+) are invited to join the local chapter, Ring 96, of the International Brotherhood of Magicians for a free evening magic show. Magicians will compete for top position with the audience vote!
September 15-16: Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all!
Through October: Family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.
September 15: Join Golden State Gymnastics for a free family event, that’s open to the public! Kids are invited to explore the gym, run, jump, or crawl through the obstacle course, and play carnival games.
September 15: Join volunteers to cleanup the 3.5 miles of coastline at the park.
Third Saturdays: Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.
September 15: Kids (grades 3-5) are invited to celebrated Roald Dahl’s birthday with stories and activities!
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!
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.
June 23-24 and September 15-16: Parents and kids (6-13) learn to sail together.
First Sunday and Third Saturday: The Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards meet twice each month to restore native habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. We plant and water native plants, remove non-native plants, pick up trash and other maintenance tasks.
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
First and Third Saturdays: Join the community and make a difference every other Saturday morning.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
September 15: Arts + Science = Family Fun at the first Beckman Arts and Science Family Festival coming to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
September 14-16: Professor Philip Brainard is experimenting with new kinds of energy, and he thinks this project will save struggling Medfield College, where his girlfriend, Sara, is president.
September 14 – October 14: Don’t miss out on witnessing his super fun show featuring the best gang of pirates ever to set sail on the stage!
September 15: Baby Bump features vendors and services that cater to new and expecting parents, as well as young families.
September 15: The Open Arts Music Festival (OAM) is a free community event featuring kids activities such as art making, face painting, a climbing wall and more.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
September 15: At this Oktoberfest for kids, learn the science behind root beer and make a batch to take home.
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.
Third Saturdays: Do you count your child among the millions that love Minecraft, the creative sandbox game that allows players to create and interact? At Code Gauchos, even video games are educational.
August 4 – September 29: Drop by the museum’s Sculpture Garden and challenge a friend to a game of chess.
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.
September 15: Make a difference by helping to clean up the environment! Free refreshments provided for volunteers who wear appropriate attire and closed-toed shoes or hiking boots.
August 24 – September 15: Summer reading comes to life as Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents “Troilus and Cressida.”
September 3-25: Visit Pretend City for all the special events happening this month! Kids can participate in a variety of activities depending on the special event.
September 15: Join the Faery Folk in Sherwood Forest on a fun gentle quest in Fairyland!
Through December 29: Audiences of all ages can delight in a little theme park-style magic at the Shrine with Reflections of the Face of Lincoln, an immersive presentation featuring special effects, multi-media elements, and spectacular animatronics in a moving portrait of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.
Saturdays: Families can enjoy this free activities program, PlayClub! Each PlayClub event will be a different fun activity that families can enjoy with their kids!
September 7-29: A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.