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Events on November 3rd, 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!

November Events at the Children’s Museum in La Habra

Select dates, November 3-24: Visitors can enjoy a variety of fun events this month at the Children’s Museum at La Habra. Activities include Sensory Sensitive Sunday for families with children on the Autism Spectrum, Science Meets Art Saturdays, Fall and Native American crafts.

Pumpkin Launch (at Cal State Fullerton in OC)

November 3: Join Discovery Cube and Cal State Fullerton at their athletic field for a day of flight, engineering, and pumpkin-smashing hijinks.

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.

Kid’s Wild Night Out at the San Diego Zoo

Saturdays: Join the Zoo for a wild night out with Dr. Zoolittle and animal friends. Hang for a few hours, and meet some amazing animals, create cool Zoo crafts, play games, enjoy a snack, and much more.

Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore

November 3, 10 and 17: Enjoy a beautiful family friendly 3 or 4 hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in San Diego

November 3 – December 29: Visit The Old Globe for Dr. Seuss How the Grinch Stole Christmas! A wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book.

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.

Outdoor Ice Skating in Santa Monica

November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Home Depot Kids’ Clinics

Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.

Halloween Candy Buyback in Long Beach

November 3: Bring your extra Halloween candy to Dr. Stella’s FUNtastic Dental and earn $1 per pound (up to 5 pounds)!

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

Fall Crafts in Newport Beach

November 3 and 20: Kids (3-8) can join in an afternoon of Thanksgiving crafting fun.

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.

Noche de Altares Celebration in Santa Ana

November 3: During this annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, community members construct dozens of beautiful altars for display. The family festival also includes cultural performances, live music, face painting, crafts, food booths, and free art workshops.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

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?

Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums

November 3-4: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California.

BARK Therapy Dogs at Artesia Library

First Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. Noon. Free. Artesia Library.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Los Alamitos – Rossmoor Library

First Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free. Rossmoor Library.

1st Saturday Stewards in Long Beach

First Saturdays: Volunteers are welcome to help in cleaning the stream, clearing the trails, pulling weeds or painting benches.

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.

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.

Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos in Long Beach

November 3: Get creative with history! Using a wide variety of colorful materials, children can experiment with old-fashioned arts and crafts.

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.

Kids Club Christmas Trees at Michaels

November 3: Enjoy some hands-on family crafting! Grownups and kids will work together to design and create little christmas trees with pipe cleaners and beads.

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.

Pumpkin Launch at Discovery Cube OC

November 3: Join Discovery Cube and Cal State University, Fullerton at Cal State Fullerton’s athletic field for a day of flight, engineering, and pumpkin-smashing hijinks!

Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations

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.

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!

Dia de Los Muertos in Santa Monica

November 3: The City of Santa Monica presents the 7th Annual Da de los Muertos celebration.

Hot Wheels Garage Event in El Segundo

November 3: Hot Wheels Garage features displays of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels tracks and cars to race with. Plus, face painting and balloon art and $2 sundaes

November Events at the Autry National Center

November 3, 4, 10, 11, and 21: A month filled with fun activities at the Autry museum, including a Native arts fair, free Bank of America cardholders weekend, and a Way Back Wednesday 80s themed event.

Art Activities at El Segundo Museum of Art

November 3-16: Join ESMoA for a variety of fun art activities this month. Play, tinker, build, rebuild, engineer and tune-up inventions using recycled tinkering materials provided by ESMoA.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

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.

Little Explorers at Descanso Gardens

September 1 – March 2: Explore Descanso Gardens from the ground up with your children (2-5). Little Explorers will encourage kids to use their senses to discover the natural world through hands-on activities.

Day Out with Thomas: Big Adventures Tour Chugs to Orange Empire Railway Museum

November 4-5, 10-12: Thomas, Percy, and Sir Topham Hatt are back and ready for big adventures, and even bigger memories with all their friends!

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.

Halloween Archery Hunt at Gryphon Fitness Studio

November 3: The theme this year is “Harry Potter.” Can you hit the Golden Snitch? Shoot zombies, giant spiders, werewolves, pumpkins, and flying dementors.

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.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Saturday Sing-a-long at Southern California Children’s Museum

Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.

Shadow Play at The Wallis

November 3-4: Follow the playful adventures of Flash and his exciting quest to reunite with his shadow in this multimedia performance.

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.

PlayClub Activities in Buena Park

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!

Daddy Daughter Dance in Norwalk

November 3: Celebrate a night in Paris at the Nowalk Arts & Sports Complex. Dads and daughters (3-12) will enjoy a magical evening of memories.

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.

Grand Ave Arts in Downtown Los Angeles

November 3: Spend a day exploring the arts in Downtown LA for free! Check out open rehearsals, architecture tours, museum exhibitions, performances, food and drink and kids’ film screenings.

Parent and Child Yoga in the Garden

November 3 and 10: Stretch and strengthen in the private garden at Rancho Los Cerritos in this class led by a certified yoga instructor. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome.

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.

Day of The Dead in Burbank

November 3: Join the Compound Production House for a Day of the Dead event, including speciality drinks, live music and entertainment, art commemorative alters, vendors, treats, and a children’s area.

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!

Health in the Park Wellness Symposium in Long Beach

November 3: Come visit Health in the Park – a community wellness symposium and resource fair. There will be free health screenings, chats with on-site doctors, kids entertainment and actvities, prizes, give aways, and more!

Young Musicians Showcase in Santa Ana

November 3: Come hear some of the best and brightest music students from all over Southern California at a special public performance in Orange County.

First Responders Appreciation Month at Kidspace

November 3, 11, and 18: Kidspace is making November First Responders Appreciation Month with discounts, activities and special guests!

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.