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.
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.
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.
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 15 – January 21: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below).
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
January 11, 12, and 13: Come see Musical Theatre Academy of Orange County in this fun production of Shrek Jr. the Musical in Westminster!
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.
Second Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.
Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
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.
Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations
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.
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.
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.
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.
Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!
January 12: Learn about Southern California’s network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) through films, educational booths, and activities.
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.
Select dates, November 17 – January 20: Come celebrate the holiday season with model trains, miniature scenes and hands-on activities.
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!
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.
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.
November 28 – January 27, 2019: The Broadway sensation hits the stage at a time before Dorothy found her way to the land of Oz.
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.
Saturdays: 100% interactive music time! Children learn rhymes of all kinds, sing silly songs, and are encouraged to wiggle and move.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 12: A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences and families to inspire creativity, imaginations and fun.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Saturdays: Get ready for a crafty afternoon with Michaels! Choose from two 30-minute projects designed for little makers. All supplies included.
January 12: Need a break after a busy week? Join Michaels creative family fun! Today’s theme and project is Snowman Slime.
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.