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.
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.
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.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
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.
November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
September 22 and November 11: The National Park Service offers free admission to more than 400 national parks that normally charge a fee!
April 8 – December 9: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!
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?
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.
November 11: In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans, military personnel, police officers, and firefighters.
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!
November 11: Honor and remember with the City of Mission Viejo with a community observance.
November 11: Head to the USS Iowa for Veteran’s Appreciation Day, with music, food and special guests.
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.
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.
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.
November 11: All 401 national parks across the country will waive entrance fees in commemoration of Veterans Day.
November 10-11: Come see this fun adaptation of a Christmas Carol performed as a musical by actors (6-13) from Creative Kids Playhouse.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
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.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
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!
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.
November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.
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.
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.
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’.”
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!
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
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.
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.
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!
November 10-18: From Stephen Schwartz, the composer of Wicked and Pippin, Godspell is one of the most successful musicals of all time.
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.
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.
November 11: Kick off the holiday season honoring German culture and St. Martin, the Bishop of Tours.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 30: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure.
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 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.
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.
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!
November 11: Enjoy docent tours and family folding stations, where children and families can fold their own origami creations! Free for Claremont residents.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
November 3, 11, and 18: Kidspace is making November First Responders Appreciation Month with discounts, activities and special guests!
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.