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Events on September 21st, 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!

Knott’s Scary Farm in Buena Park

September 20 – October 31: Scary Farm (13+) features 14 haunted attractions and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park.

Spider Pavilion at the Natural History Museum

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.

Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad

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.

Free Shark Lagoon Nights at the Aquarium of the Pacific

Fridays, September 7 – December 28: Get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators during free Shark Lagoon Nights.

Fright Fest at Six Flags Magic Mountain

Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – October 28: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.

Los Angeles County Fair

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!

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.

Festival of Children Celebration at South Coast Plaza

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.

Apple Season in Oak Glen

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.

Pumpkinpalooza at ZOOMARS

September 15 – October 31: Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Surf City Surf Dog in Huntington Beach

September 21-23: Dog owners hailing from as far as Florida, Australia and Brazil will be packing up their pups and bringing them to sunny Huntington Beach to participate in the Unleashed by Petco Surf City Surf Dog event.

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!

Oktoberfest in Anaheim

Weekends, September 21 – October 28: Gather friends and family to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, dancing, kids’ activites and crafts.

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!

Fish Fry and Carnival in Costa Mesa

September 21-23: Sponsored by the Costa Mesa – Newport Harbor Lions Club, the event includes a traditional fish fry, rides, games, food and entertainment, plus a baby contest.

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.

Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes

June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.

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!

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!

The Great Pumpkin Hunt South Coast Botanic Gardens

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?

Animal Art I at Orange County Zoo

September 21: Kids (3-4) and their adult guardian join an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme!

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.

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.

Pasadena Greek Fest

September 21-23: Enjoy live music, exciting exhibits, authentic homemade Greek cuisine and pastries, Greek folk dancing, church tours and choir recitals, and a Kids Fun Zone.

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.

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.

Movies in the Park in La Habra

Select Fridays: Bring your lawn chairs, grandma’s potato salad, and blankets, and enjoy movies out on the grass.

Help Feed the Sea Stars at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

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

Hollywood Horror Nights at Universal Studios

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.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

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

Free Movie Under the Gun at the USS Iowa

September 21: Join a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The movie will be shown on board the fantail of Battleship IOWA, under the stars, overlooking the LA Waterfront.

Halloween Boutique Opening at Roger’s Gardens

August 31 – October 21: Surround yourself in a world of magic this Hallowen season at Roger’s Gardens.

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.

Up at El Capitan Theatre

September 20-23: Carl Fredricksen, a 78-year-old balloon salesman, is about to fulfill a lifelong dream. Tying thousands of balloons to his house, he flies away to the South American wilderness

Pirates of Penzance in Irvine

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!

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.

Movies in the Park in Newport Beach

Fridays, May 4 – September 21: Enjoy a movie under the stars in front of a giant inflatable screen.

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

Movies in the Park in Seal Beach

September 7-28: Grab your family, some chairs and blankets, and enjoy a movie by the pier.

Movies in the Park in Newport Beach

September 21: Enjoy the movie Cars 3 under the stars with free popcorn, candy, crafts and games.

September Events at Pretend City

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story in Cypress

September 21: Keep the summer going with a relaxing night under the stars with your family and friends! The evening will begin with fun activities for the kids, followed by the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Movies in the Park in La Habra

September 21 and October 12: Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the movie. A snack bar will be available.

Reflections of the Face of Lincoln in Redlands

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.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Fullerton

September 7-29: A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson’s look at the evil that lurks in the hearts of men.