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Events on January 12th, 2019

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!

Willy Wonka in Huntington Beach

January 11-13 and 18-20: The delicious adventures experienced by Charlie Bucket on his visit to Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory light up the stage in this captivating adaptation of Ronald Dahl’s fantastical tale. Guaranteed to delight everyone’s sweet tooth.

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.

Star Party at Griffith Observatory

January 12: 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.

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 Skating at Pershing Square

November 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

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

Shrek Jr. the Musical in Westminster

January 11, 12, and 13: Come see Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County in this fun production of Shrek Jr. the Musical in Westminster!

Underwater Parks Day in San Pedro

January 12: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in learning about the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Southern California. These areas, like parks on land, protect underwater marine resources for future generations to enjoy. Speakers, presentations, interactive activities and handouts will be available so visitors can learn more.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Lakewood

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

Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum

Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.

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.

Los Angeles Boat Show

January 10-13: Cruising into Los Angeles, this event showcases hundreds of vessels from entry-level family cruisers to million dollar yachts, plus the latest in boating, outdoors, and marine accessories.

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

Downtown Long Beach Beach Clean-up

Second Saturday: Join a beach clean. They have clean-up supplies, but encourage participating persons to bring their own water bottle and plastic bags to cut down on added trash.

Muzeo Express, Holiday Model Trains at Muzeo

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.

Art Activities at El Segundo Museum of Art

January 5, 12, and 18: Be inspired by color, shape, and line to create cool projects. Art making materials available for all ages and skill levels. Free admission.

Voyage of the Planets at Mt. SAC Planetarium

January 12: Have you ever wanted to fly to another planet? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on another planet? Now is your chance to find out.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Long Beach – El Dorado Library

Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!

Underwater Parks Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

January 12: Learn about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through films, educational booths, and activities.

Charlie Brown in Long Beach

Select dates, January 11-19: A fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Snoopy in this version.

Muzeo Express Celebration in Anaheim

Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.

Paper Bag Art at Kidspace

Entire Month of January: Bring your imagination and join Kidspace in the Storyteller Studio where everyone has a story to tell. What can a paper bag become? Masks, costumes, and puppets and more!

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.

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.

Seussical in Brea

January 10-27: Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! The colorful characters transport you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Wicked at the Pantages

November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.

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.

Pompeii: The Exhibition at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum

Through April 21: Pompeii: Over 150 authentic artifacts on loan from the renowned Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. These are not replicas, but rather original, 2,000-year-old objects that were preserved in the ash after the catastrophic eruption.

Audition for Beauty and the Beast in Costa Mesa

January 8 and 12: The Arts and Learning Conservatory auditions are exciting, challenging, but most importantly, fun! Participants are asked to sing a prepared song, act using provided sides, and learn a dance number.

Oceans 3D: Our Blue Planet in LA

Through January 31: Go further into the ocean’s depths than ever before. Travel beneath the surface in this 3D oceanic adventure, narrated by Kate Winslet.

43rd Annual Elementary Art Show in Buena Park

January 2-18: Buena Park invites K-6 students who live in Buena Park and surrounding cities to participate in the 43rd Annual Elementary Art Show! This year’s theme is: Animals Are My Friends.

A Faery Hunt’s Amazing Adventure in Encino

January 12: A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences and families to inspire creativity, imaginations and fun.

The Magic Flute – Opera for Kids in Costa Mesa

January 12: Pacific Symphony presents a special version of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” in the Rene and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with life-size puppets designed by Robin Walsh, and a cast consisting of Champan University singers and guests. A Musical Carnival will be held at each concert that encourages children to test drive instruments.

Family Bird Walk at LA County Arboretum

Second Saturdays: Bring your binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, and join our experienced birder and naturalist for a fun morning of finding and watching our fine-feathered friends.

Interactive Family Comedy – Show Up, Kids! – at The Complex Hollywood

January 12-13 & 19-20: This entirely unique, improvised, family show for kids 3-10 years old puts a comedic twist on the traditional kids’ show. When the main attraction doesn’t show up, Pete enlists the kids to help create a show from set to sound, plot to props, and costumes to characters. What could possibly go wrong?

Family Hike in Round Canyon

January 12: Enjoy nature with friends and family in Round Canyon. Hike along a fairly flat trail as you watch for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike averages 2 to 3 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation. This program is for participants who would like a slower-paced and level hike.

Free All-Ages Astronomy Night at Seal Beach Pier

January 12: 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 – find the “Sea of Tranquility,” where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on Earth’s nearest celestial neighbor, at the Seal Beach Astronomy Night.

Kids Club at Michaels Arts and Crafts Stores

Saturdays: Get ready for a crafty afternoon with Michaels! Choose from two 30-minute projects designed for little makers. All supplies included.

MAKE Break at Michaels Arts and Craft Stores

January 12: Need a break after a busy week? Join Michaels creative family fun! Today’s theme and project is Snowman Slime.

Driving Miss Daisy at Laguna Playhouse

Through January 27: Recommended for audiences 10 and up, Driving Miss Daisy begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.