September 16 – November 25: Have a one-of-a-kind experience in the only Spider Pavilion in the U.S. Get a glimpse of the private lives of spiders in the open-air pavilion that is designed as a safe space to get up close to these amazing arachnids.
Events on September 16th, 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!
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.
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.
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.
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.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
September 15 – October 31: Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
Sundays, September 9 – October 28: An annual event that lets families enjoy Oktoberfest, featuring wiener dog (dachshunds) races, plus carnival games, live German music, bouncy houses street vendors, performers and family fun.
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.
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!
April 8 – December 9: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!
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).
September 16: Celebration of Mexican Independence from Spain with a parade, popular and traditional entertainment, cultural activities, historic displays, food, artisan exhibits and more.
September 16 – November 30: Can you locate the bird houses inhabited by parrots, owls, blue birds and hawks to collect their clues and find the missing pumpkin patch?
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
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!
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.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
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.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
Third Sundays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
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!
September 16 and 29: Join a park naturalist on a family nature hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park.
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.
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.
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.
September 16: Some of the area’s top children’s performers take the stage in this magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods.
July 15, August 19 and September 16: Little kids, teens and grown-ups alike will find Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
September 16: Little kids, teens and grown-ups alike will find Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
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
Weekly through October 28: Come witness these short legged but swift wieners racing to the finish line at the most adorable competition right in Old World Huntington Beach.
September 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays. In artist-led workshops, learn simple hula dance, and create patterned textiles.
September 9 – October 21: The Alpine Village Oktoberfest is about bringing families and friends together in celebration, and Sundays have always been family focused.
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.
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
August 31 – October 21: Surround yourself in a world of magic this Hallowen season at Roger’s Gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
September 16-17: Join The Kids Theatre Company for their fall blockbuster show Wicked Wizard of Oz, combining elements from Wicked and the timeless story of The Wizard of Oz!
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 16: Hop on your bikes for this all-ages, neighborhood ride through Bixby Knolls. Families with younger kids can use a trailer, cargo bike or child’s bike seat.
September 16: Come bowl for a great cause! The Women’s Journey Foundation is looking for individuals/teams. Proceeds fund the foundation’s free sself-esteem program for at-risk girls.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
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.
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.
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.
Select Sundays: Join Friendship Circle for a fun-filled Sunday Circle! Come together for a variety of entertainment, recreation and enrichment activities for children with special needs.
September 7-29: A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.
September 16: Featuring Mad Science Fire and Ice show and High Holiday Fair. Families will enjoy challah shaping, cotton candy and popcorn, arts and crafts, caramel apple dipping, giant holiday Jenga and holiday-themed carnival games.