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 22nd, 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!
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.
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.
September 22 – October 28: Enjoy silly spooky shows, delightful Halloween dance parties and trick-or-treating in a safe, family-friendly environment.
September 22: Experience sights and sounds from around the world. Recognized as one of the best cultural festivals in Orange County,.
September 22-23: In celebration of the local Native American cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its 14th annual Moompetam Festival, featuring traditional cultural crafts, storytelling, educational programs, live demonstrations, music and dance.
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 22 – October 31: Pick your own pumpkin right off the vine, take a wagon ride around the 30-acre farm, and visit the corn maze and petting zoo.
September 15 – October 31: Pick pumpkins, pet Zoomar’s collection of animals, ride ponies, pan for gemstones and more.
September 20 – October 31: Scary Farm (13+) features 14 haunted attractions and over a thousand costumed monsters roaming the park.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
September 22: The annual National Public Lands Day brings together tens of thousands of volunteers to work on and clean up public lands.
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.
Weekends, September 21 – October 28: Gather friends and family to celebrate Oktoberfest with German food, dancing, kids’ activites and crafts.
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.
Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).
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 22 and November 11: The National Park Service offers free admission to more than 400 national parks that normally charge a fee!
June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
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.
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.
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 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 22: More than 1,300 museums in all 50 states will waive their entry fees to patrons who have a Museum Day Live! ticket.
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.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
Fourth Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.
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.
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 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.
September 22 – October 31: Come experience the wonder of four pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more!
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.
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 22: Kids (7+) can learn about the delicious tradition of afternoon tea and how it’s reflected in works of art at The Huntington.
September 22: See if the local pumpkin growers have what it takes to win a prize for growing the biggest pumpkin.
September 22: Join thousands of people coming together to support Homeboy Industries at the 10th Annual Homeboy 5K. You can expect a morning filled with fun, music and laughter as you embark on a 5K Run/Walk throughout historic downtown Los Angeles.
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.
Monthly: Join a gymnastic-themed sleepover.
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
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
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!
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
September 22: Kids (suggested ages, 8-14) are invited to join local artist Stacey Fetterman as she provides a space for children to slow down, create, play and to tap into the magic within and around them.
September 22: Join A Faery Hunt’s Fairy Tea Party for a lovely weekend afternoon. Each table will be hosted by one of A Faery Hunt’s charming faeries.
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.
Saturdays, April 28 – December 8: Enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, home to nine Greene & Greene homes as well as other notable architects.
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 22: Comic, fantasy, and science-fiction lovers of all ages are invited to the 2nd annual Orange Public Library Comic-Con. Cosplay, contests, giveaways, crafts, and much more will take place throughout the day for all ages.
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 22: Teens (13-18) are invited to show off their talent. Open to acoustic musicians, poets and vocalists.
September 22 and 29, and October 6: Explore the Arboretum at night and learn about nocturnal animals and the night sky. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
September 22: Celebrate Irvine’s multicultural community at the 17th annual Irvine Global Village Festival with a Kids Village that includes inflatables, games, face painting and more.
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.
September 22: It’s grease lightning! Mothers and their sons (11+) come dressed as a Pink Lady or T-bird member and enjoy a night of dancing and ’50s activities.
September 22: Come and celebrate the 60th anniversary of William S. Hart Park with fun games and crafts that were popular when Bill Hart lived in this house.
September 22-23: See Cinderella with a delightfully, romantic, original twist on the classic story at Santa Monica Playhouse.
September 22 – November 4: A delightful, family-friendly, hour long musical revue, set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes celebrating nearly every decade. Simply spooktacular! Costumes are encouraged.