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Events on November 2nd, 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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Friday Knight Tournaments at Academic Chess

Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give students a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town!

Outdoor Ice Rink at Irvine Spectrum Center

November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.

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?

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.

Big Bear Lake Oktoberfest

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.

Cubberley Dia de los Cubs Carnival

November 2: Join Cubberley School for their annual carnival, featuring tons of games, amazing inflatables, delicious food trucks, Olvera Street shopping, henna booth, live mariachi band, Day of the Dead facepainting artist, toddler craft and play one, pet adoption truck and pet education program booth, Folkloric dances, DJ entertainment and more.

Dia de los Muertos at Grand Park LA

October 28 – November 4: Grand Park celebrates the traditions of Da de los Muertos with multiple ways to experience and learn about the holiday.

Free Car Seat Class in Orange County

November 2, 13, 16 and 17: Join the Auto Club for a free class on the proper use of car seats, including how to select the right seat for your child and tips on car seat installation.

Free Family Events at LACMA

Select dates, November 1-30: Enjoy a variety of fun art activities this month with LACMA! Weekly family events feature artist-led workshops, friendly gallery tours, and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.

Mt. Baldy Tubing Park

Select dates, November 2-December 23: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park.

Teen Movies and Anime at Garden Grove Main Library

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 (grades 7-12).

First Fridays in Bixby Knolls in Long Beach

First Fridays: A family-friendly monthly event that supports local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Enjoy fun activities, crafts and food with participating Bixby Knolls businesses through extended operating hours. Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Atlantic Ave from Bixby Road to San Antonio Drive.

Dia de los Muertos at Olvera Street

October 25 – November 2: Attend a Pre-Columbian Novenario procession and blessings nightly. Then, on November 1 and 2, enjoy beautifully decorated altars, art exhibits and entertainment.

Holiday Entertainment at the Irvine Spectrum

November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.

Minecraft Night for Kids 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.

Moonlit Marshmallows in Irvine

November 2: Make a warm and gooey s’mores by the campfire. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly.

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.

Day of the Dead in Old Pasadena

November 2-4: Head to Old Pasadena for its Day of the Dead Fiesta, including self-guided tours of altars hosted by participating businesses, free calavera face painting, and fun.

Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach

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.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

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

Dia de Los Muertos in Los Angeles

November 2: Celebrate the joyous tradition of Mexico’s most famous holiday at 24th Street Theatre’s annual block party, with music, dance, food, face painting, and crafts.

Circus Vargas in Lakewood

November 1-12: Join Circus Vargas for a swashbuckling circus spectacular, “Dreaming of Pirates.” Flying trapeze artists, clowns, daredevils, death-defying acrobats, jugglers, contortionists, comedians, motorcycles and more. Plus, interactive preshow for the kids!

LA Fall Fair in South El Monte

October 26 – November 4: Join 50,000+ families for unlimited carnival rides including a brand new bobsled roller coaster, games, live music (on weekends), arts and crafts, an international food court, and more.

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.

Holiday Faire in Irvine

November 2-3: More than 100 talented Southern California artists showcase unique handmade gifts for purchase, including holiday decorations, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing and more.

The Nutcracker and the Four Realms at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood

November 2-18: All Clara wants is a key – a one-of-a-kind key that will unlock a box that holds a priceless gift from her late mother.

Annual Country Fair in Mission Viejo

November 2: Stratford School Mission Viejo invites the community to come and enjoy an evening of good old-fashioned family fun at its annual Country Fair.

Knott’s Merry Farm in Buena Park

Select days, November – January: Joy is in Season at the Knott’s Merry Farm Holiday Festival. Guests of all ages can embrace the joy of Christmas at Knott’s Merry Farm, with classic shows like the Holiday Ice Show featuring Snoopy, the Peanuts Gang and a cast of world class ice skaters, the nightly tree lighting ceremony and The Christmas Carol.

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.

Nate the Great at South Coast Repertory

November 2-18: Come along as Nate the Great searches for clues and gathers the facts in this clever, new musical that teaches us to see the world in new ways. Plus, kids can meet the actors after every show.

Fun Foodie Friday at Southern California Children’s Museum

Fridays: Kids (2+) make edible art using fruits and other foods donated by Trader Joe’s. Create a tasty masterpiece that looks and tastes good.

Fall Movie in the Park in Lake Forest

November 2: Enjoy a special first time ever “Day of the Dead” cinematic event with a free screening of Coco!

Dia de los Muertos in Anaheim

November 2: Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with food, crafts, vendors and a live mariachi band. Bring your own chair or blanket.

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.

Hallowe’en Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

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.

November at Pretend City

November 1-30: Kids can participate in a variety of activities depending on the special event. Activities this month focus on gratitude, family and the importance of being thankful for the many blessings in our lives.

Halloween Spooktacular at Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Select dates, October 5 – November 4: Bob Baker Marionette Theater presents a delightful, family-friendly, hour-long musical set to haunting and jazzy holiday-themed tunes.

Pumpkin Nights Festival in Pomona

October 12 – November 4: Nightly entertainment with fire breathers, dancers and pumpkin artists. Little pumpkinheads can explore eight different pumpkin-themed lands, go on a scavenger hunt, dig for treasure in Pumpkin Pirate Cove, watch Coco and more.

Magical Lantern Art Festival at LA County Arboretum

October 26-January 6: A fantasy of light transforms the Arboretum into an evening wonderland. Magnificent lantern art depicting exotic animals, shimmering flowers, whimsical pandas, soaring dragons and more!

Jurassic Quest in Los Angeles

November 2-4: Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic dinosaur event with more than 80 dinosaurs to see and hear. Dinosaurs roar and move, some even walk around! Don’t forget to snap a pic with interactive baby dinos.