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.
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.
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 17: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae.
November 17- January 5: SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration includes Rudolph’s Christmastown, Santa’s Christmas Village, a 40-foot tall tree, holiday-themed animal shows and a new live nativity show.
Weekends, November 17 – December 16: Winter Fantasy features 175 artists and makers, three stages of live music and entertainment, thousands of lights and decorations, glassblowing and art demos and so much more!
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
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.
November 17 – January 1: Experience the magic of the Holidays at LEGOLAND with music, twinkling lights, and nightly tree lighting of the park’s Christmas tree decked with spectacular lights and LEGO ornaments.
November 16-17: Join Fashion Island for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with a live musical performance by The Young Americans, a visit from Santa, and magical snowfall!
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.
November 17: At this Harvest Faire resembling a Renaissance faire, explore the interactive Village with various “Artisans” who are looking for apprentices.
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 17: Watch the annual tree lighting with holiday activities.
November 2 – January 6: Skate under the stars at the festive outdoor Holiday Ice Rink in the Giant Wheel Court at Irvine Spectrum Center.
November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).
November 17-18: Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventeenth annual Autumn Festival.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
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 16-18: Family-friendly event features demo rides, custom and vintage bike displays, stunt show, marketplace and Kids’ Zone.
November 10 & 17: All aboard for a hilarious, outrageous afternoon murder mystery comedy performed while you enjoy the railway’s signature Orange Blossom Chicken three-course lunch.
Third Saturdays: Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.
Third Saturdays: Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. – noon.
Third Saturdays: The Columbia Astronomers welcome aspiring astronomers of all ages to join the monthly astronomy club meetings.
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.
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 17: Under the direction of Eliza Rubenstein, there’s something for everyone as our choirs and vocal soloists perform a program of old favorites and new discoveries!
November 16 – January 6: With the flick of a switch, the zoo is set aglow with breathtaking displays. Take a self-guided 60- to 90-minute stroll though a large area of the Zoo filled with animal-themed displays, dynamic lights and projections, and seasonal magic.
November 17 – December 30: The park is transformed into a winter wonderland with thousands of colorful lights, carolers performing classic yuletide favorites and personalized meet-and-greets with Santa and his helpers.
November 17: For the eigth year, the Drum Barracks Museum joins in the national remembrance and celebration of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address given at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863.
November 17: Visit the Festival of Flight, a free celebration open to the public featuring food trucks, static aircraft displays, and live entertainment!
November 17: Join the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for a free Youth Fishing Derby.
November 2 – December 29: Celebrate the weekend at Irvine Spectrum Center with live holiday entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the season.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations
November 17- January 20: The annual exhibition, Muzeo Express, celebrates the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands on activities, sure to be a holiday favorite for children and enthusiasts alike.
November 16 – December 30: Snow Los Angeles is a stunning 9-acre winter wonderland, with over 10,000 square feet of downhill snow tubing lanes, plus a magical blizzard every hour and a giant snowman forest light show.
Third Saturdays: Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.
November 16 – January 6: Sponsored by the Los Angeles Kings, enjoy a REAL Ice Rink at The Pike Outlets this Holiday season!
November 10 – January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to LA.
Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.
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.
November 13-25: Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start.
Select dates, November 16-18 & 23-25: This musical set in the early 1960s, features small-town America, teenagers, and rock & roll.
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.
November 17: Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Park rangers will lead starlit hikes showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.
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?
November 17 – January 6: This holiday season, celebrate Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter where Hogsmeade is transformed in wondrous spirit.
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.
Saturdays, April 28 – December 8: Enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, home to nine Greene & Greene homes as well as other notable architects.
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 17-18: Have you ever wondered what happens to your shadow when you go to sleep? It turns out that some shadows are more mischievous than others.
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.
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.
November 15-17: Presented by Arts & Learning Conservatory. Performances on Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. $12-25.
Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.
November 17 and December 8: Join the faery folk on this magical musical adventure. On this magical adventure you’ll meet faeries and funny creatures; maybe even Faery Royalty.
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!
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.
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 16-17: Come see Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. Presented by Mission Basilica Students.
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 17: Sweat Shop Gym is offering a free fitness class for kids to introduce their new Sweat Scouts Program, an energizing fitness program just for kids! This one-hour class is jam-packed with foundation fitness moves, heart-pumpin’ music, fun games, and cool prizes.
November 16-January 6: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Westfield Topanga.
November 15 – January 6: Experience an incredible, authentic and amazing larger than life handcrafted lanterns, live entertainment and food. Over 1,000 lanterns, live kung fu/chinese martial arts performances, free kung fu coaching on stage, dinosaur rides, and more!
November 17 – December 15: Enjoy this classic filled with holiday magic, as the spooky adventures of Hansel and Gretel come to the operatic stage with 12-foot-tall creatures, fantastical sets and elaborate special effects.
November 16 and 17: Join Kids Musical Theater for this production of Tom Sawyer!