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Events on November 11th, 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

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

Free Entrance to National Parks

September 22 and November 11: The National Park Service offers free admission to more than 400 national parks that normally charge a fee!

Weiner Dog Races at Old World

April 8 – December 9: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!

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?

Veterans Day Ceremony in Irvine

November 11: In honor of veterans, the City of Irvine is hosting a special ceremony to pay tribute to our nation’s troops – past and present.

Veteran’s Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

November 11: In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters.

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!

Veterans Day Observance in Mission Viejo

November 11: Honor and remember with the City of Mission Viejo with a community observance.

Veteran’s Day at the USS Iowa in San Pedro

November 11: Head to the USS Iowa for Veteran’s Appreciation Day, with music, food and special guests.

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.

Lil’ Dickens Carolers at Roger’s Garden’s in Corona Del Mar

Select dates, November 9 – December 22: Enjoy shopping this holiday season by listening to a quartet of Strolling Christmas Carolers as they perform throughout Roger’s Gardens and the Farmhouse.

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.

Free National Park Entrance in Commemoration of Veterans Day

November 11: All 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees in commemoration of Veterans Day.

Ebenezer in Santa Ana

November 10-11: Come see this fun adaptation of a Christmas Carol performed as a musical by actors (6-13) from Creative Kids Playhouse.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.

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.

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!

Free Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen at The Wallis

Second Sundays: Dancers and families of all ages can enjoy free dance lessons with three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and Friends every second Sunday on the Promenade Terrace.

Outdoor Ice Skating in LA

November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.

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.

Christmas Crafts and Vintage Market at Bates Nut Farm

November 10-11: Start your holiday season early at the Christmas Arts, Crafts & Vintage Market. Over 80 artisans will be selling a variety of American handmade crafts and fine art. Family activities include Snows Pony Rides, Kids ‘n Paint, and face painting.

Food Drive and Hot Rod Happening in Long Beach

November 11: Join a food drive and help pack more than 1600 boxes for local families in need. Plus, check out the hot rod show, enter a giveaway, and meet Chip Foose from the TV show “Overhaulin’.”

Free Interactive Performances by The Story Pirates at The Wallis

November 11, January 13 and February 10: The kid-centric company is back for more free, outdoor musical sketch comedy based on stories written by children, geared especially for toddlers!

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.

Little Shop of Horrors in Long Beach

November 8-11: Little Shop of Horrors tells the story of a down-and-out floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical in Downey

November 10-11: Come see all of your favorite characters this holiday season including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life.

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!

Godspell at the Laguna Playhouse

November 10-18: From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Pippin, Godspell is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

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.

Oz! in Hollywood

Select dates, November 4 – December 2: When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away to the magical land of Oz.

St. Martin’s Lantern Fest and Parade at Old World

November 11: Kick off the holiday season honoring German culture and St. Martin, the Bishop of Tours.

Mysterious World of O’Neill Park in Trabuco Canyon

November 11: Have you ever wondered, “Where are all the wild animals in the park?” Visit a Show and Share exhibit next to the Nature Center at O’Neill Park and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind.

Salute Our Veterans at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

November 11: Join Segerstrom for a day of celebration in honor and support of local veterans and active-duty military personnel. Enjoy a fun afternoon of music and camaraderie featuring live performances.

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.

42nd Street the Musical in Santa Monica

Select dates, November 10- December 15: Aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer goes to the big city and lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle. Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?

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.

Celebrate Veterans Day with 1940s Musical Revue in Cerritos

November 11: The 1940s musical revue In the Mood transports audiences back to a time when everyone in the nation was singing, dancing, and swinging to the same kind of beat.

Little Women in Long Beach

November 9-11 and 16-18: Based on Louisa May Alcott’s American classic, this timeless and captivating story is brought to life as a musical, presented by Long Beach Landmark Theatre Company.

A Faery Hunt Adventure in Redondo Beach

September 30: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure.

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.

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.

Art Without Walls at Hammer Museum

November 10-11: Families create art inspired by social justice issues, literature, and Hammer exhibitions. Join Karina Esperanza Ynez in challenging stereotypes and celebrating your identity in this workshop inspired by the art of Adrian Piper. The library program is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Legally Blond in Irvine

Select dates, November 10-18: Everyone underestimates Elle Woods (herself included), but when she heads to Harvard to win back her boyfriend, she finds much more in store for her future. Tackling stereotypes, harassment, and scandal, Elle learns through realizing her promise while staying true to herself she can effect positive change and still look fabulous doing it!

Origami Workshop at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

November 11: Enjoy docent tours and family folding stations, where children and families can fold their own origami creations! Free for Claremont residents.

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!

The Hip Hop Nutcracker in Long Beach

November 11: A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker re-imagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip hop choreography.

Tennis Jam in Long Beach

November 11: Tennis Jam includes on-court tennis drills for both adults and children, activities for kids both on and off the tennis court, games and prizes, adaptive tennis, manufacturer demo courts, plus food & drink, music, face painting, and much more!

Beauty and the Beast at The Wallis

November 11: Join Beauty on her adventurous stay in the Beast’s castle as she teaches him to love himself and share that love with others. Vibrantly colorful hand-painted scenery showcases hand-carved wooden marionettes who appear and disappear mystically.

Clara’s Tea Party in Irvine

November 11: Join the Maple Conservatory for Clara’s Tea Party! There will be treats, crafts, raffle prizes, and a performance by the Maple Youth Ballet.

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!

Make a Planisphere at Kidspace

November 10 -12: Find a constellation no matter where you are by making your very own planisphere! Customize your own star-finder, so you can identify constellations at home.