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 29th, 2018
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September 28-30: Bring the family to enjoy a fair-like environment with food, games, rides and entertainment.
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 29-30: In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its seventeenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, and special activities.
Fridays – Sundays, September 15 – October 28: Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” runs with low-scare areas for younger kids.
September 29 and October 6, 13, 20, and 27: Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland California Resort is back with more Halloween excitement.
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.
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.
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 23-October 31: The farm features all fall activities including pumpkins, digging in the Peltzer Mine, pig races, train rides, pony rides and a petting farm.
September 29 – October 28: Bring family and friends for old fashioned farm fun! Try your luck at SoCal’s largest corn maze. Enjoy the pumpkin patch and maze daily; on weekends, enjoy more activities!
September 29 – October 31: The 21st annual Fall Harvest Festival is chock full of family fun!Pick your own fruits and vegetables, ride around the farm in a wagon pulled by massive draft horses, see live performances and farm animals, and venture into a corn stalk maze!
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.
September 29: Bring your four legged friends and family for a day of fun at the 7th annual Hounds on the Hill event at Signal Hill Park.
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.
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.
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.
Select Saturdays: Embark on a day or evening Murder Mystery train adventure. Complete with a lunch or dinner, hearty laughs and some less-than-serious sleuthing.
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 29: Go Bananas on the scenic grounds at the Port of Hueneme during the Annual Banana Festival.
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 28-29: The month of September is My Gym’s 35th Anniversary! Come help them celebrate with their big “Back to School Open House/Safety Day.”
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.
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.
September 29-30: This family-friendly festival evokes the sights, sounds and tastes of life in a Greek village, with Greek food and pastries, live music and dance lessons, youth activities, church tours, a raffle and a Greek marketplace.
Septmber 29: Join the city of Brea for a day of wellness with free medical screenings, fitness trends, healthy food samples, free massages and more.
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.
September 8 and 29: Bring a smile to your child’s face by taking them fishing on a boat! Newport Sea Base provides all the equipment and expertise to help you and your child catch a fish and build lasting memories.
September 29 – October 31: Recommended for ages 12+. Horrifying creatures lurk in Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, an Iconic Hollywood tradition that remains unparalleled and unmatched.
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 29 and October 13: Parks make life better by bringing families together, so please join the city of Mission Viejo for this free movies in the park series.
Select Days, September 29 – October 28:: Take a train ride through the battle grounds of the Zombie Apocalypse! You will be armed with a paintball gun loaded with Zombie flesh-eating toxic paintballs.
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 28 – October 31: A fun place for the enire family, you’ll find a large variety of pumpkins to choose from, plus haystacks, corn stalks and gourds. Enjoy the snack bar, pony ride, petting zoo, games and rides, all in a country fair atmosphere.
September 22 – October 31: Come experience the wonder of four pumpkin patches with their fantastic rides, slides, ponies, petting zoos, games, food and more!
September 30 – October 31: Pick out a pumpkin and enjoy rides, activities and game booths, a petting zoo, pony rides, puppet shows and photo opps.
September 27 – November 2: Recommended for ages 12+. The Queen Mary promises the most intense season of SoCal’s most authentic haunted attraction, Dark Harbor.
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 29-30: Head to Underwood Family Farms for a variety of fire, sheriff’s, emergency medical, public health and search-and-rescue displays and demonstrations.
September 29-30: Dinosaurs once dominated the Earth, and this weekend they are taking over Los Angeles for the 3rd annual Dino Fest at the Natural History Museum!
September 29 – October 31: Daring kids (10+) can tour the Scream Zone’s House of Horrors, Karnevil and Haunted Hayride while parents hang out in the free lounge.
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.
September 23 and September 25-29: Stop by CMA during Sea Otter Awareness Week and learn more about this amazing marine mammal.
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 29: Join the City of Bellflower for a classic car show featuring over 200 cars, food trucks, free gifts from vendors, and more.
September 29: Boo-uena Park is open for the Halloween season! Bring the whole family for a variety of fun activities including tours of Whitaker-Jaynes Estate, spooky storytelling at the Bacon House, and more.
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!
October 20-29: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a classic tale of love, hope, and revenge set against the vicious backdrop of a lawless society.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
September 27-30 and October 6-7: In Disney/Pixar’s COCO, a vibrant tale of family, fun and adventure, aspiring young musician Miguel embarks on an extraordinary journey to the magical land of his ancestors.
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.
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 29-30: Littles (0-5) and their parents are invited to explore Gymboree of Cypress’ brand new facility and equipment; let your little ones play; learn about their programs; take advantage of limited time enrollment specials; meet Gymboree teachers and more!
September 29-October 28 and October 31: Families with younger kids (3-11): can join in on the ghoulish fun by participating in safe, interactive adventures throughout the park with shows, activities and of course,trick or treating.
September 29: Grab your friends and enter in the skateboard competition hosted by City of Downey. Kids and teens (6-18) are welcome to participate.
This interactive murder mystery is filled with audience participation – so get out your old uniforms and period costumes to come join the fun – we wouldn’t want this murder to take off without you!
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 29: Southern California Children’s Museum is hosting Touch-a-Truck, a hands-on learning experience for children to explore a variety of large trucks, heavy machinery, recreational vehicles, emergency vehicles 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 29-30: Enjoy KIDZ BOP as they perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits.
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 29: As the sun goes down and the nocturnal animals stir, other animals begin to rise. Learn about Cryptozoology and its legendary cryptids, then experience a nighttime walk-through of the zoo and perhaps catch a glimpse of some of its nocturnal residents who prefer to come out after dark.
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.