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Events on February 16th, 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!

ScotsFestival and International Highland Games XXVI at Queen Mary in Long Beach

February 16-17: Experience the rich culture and history of Scotland first hand through an array of authentic activities, athletics, dancing, entertainment and cuisine in ode to the Queen Mary’s Scottish legacy.

Kids’ Pet Parade in San Juan Capistrano

February 16: Kids (5-12) bring thier pets in costume for a contest to compete for titles including best team costume, best domestic pet, best exotic pet, best barnyard pet, and best bird.

Harlem Globetrotters in Southern California

February 15-17 and 23: The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game showcases incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction.

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.

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.

Long Beach Comic Expo & Space Expo

February 16-17: t Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs, guest signings, and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. For sci-fi fun, Columbia Memorial Space Center will be on-hand, bringing real space and science together with comics and pop culture; they’ll feature fun, hands-on activities and displays, and host fascinating panels.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

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

Night Hike at the Arboretum

February 2 and 23: Hike through the arboretum as night descends on the grounds, discovering the nocturnal creatures and the night sky!

Lady and the Tramp at the El Capitan in Hollywood

February 11-18: Experience the thrilling adventures of Lady, a lovingly pampered cocker spaniel, and Tramp, a freewheeling mutt with a heart of gold.

Half-Off Admission to 40 Museums in San Diego

February 1-28: Museum Month is back in San Diego County. This popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at more than 40 San Diego Museums.

30Minute Beach Cleanup in Long Beach

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.

Beach Cleanup in Seal Beach

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.

All Ages Astronomy Club in Downey

Third Saturdays: The Columbia Astronomers welcome aspiring astronomers of all ages to join the monthly astronomy club meetings.

Moms Club of Lakewood’s Family Fair

February 16: Free and open to the public, the fair is a community event that offers parents in Lakewood, Long Beach, Bellflower, Cerritos, and the surrounding areas information about local preschools as well as arts, education, and sports programs for kids.

Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival

February 15-24: The 73rd annual Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival is focused on providing amazing entertainment and affordable family fun, with exciting shows, delicious fair food, concerts, a demolition derby and monster trucks, plus the traditional camel and ostrich races.

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.

Lunar New Year Festival at Universal Studios

February 2-17: Celebrate the Year of the Pig during Lunar New Year at Universal Studios Hollywood. Join Po and Tigress from Kung Fu Panda in Po’s Village and savor Asian dishes at Mr. Ping’s Noodle Shop. Meet Illumination’s Minions in traditional Chinese attire and Mandarin-speaking Megatron from Transformers.

Happy Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park

January 25 – February 17: Welcome the Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park. Discover culturally-inspired food, music, entertainment and festive decorations that signal the start of the new year.

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

Cinderella in Santa Monica

Select dates, January 19 – March 24: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a delightfully romantic original twist on the classic story, has all the makings of a perfect fairytale for today’s generation.

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5K/10K/Kiddie Run

February 16: The annual LA Chintown Firecracker 5K/10K Run and Bike Ride includes a Kiddie Run and Festival, with carnival games, a petting zoo, entertainment and more!

Travel and Adventure Show in Long Beach

February 16-17: At America’s favorite travel show you’ll explore endless vacation options, discover over 350+ destinations, plan your trip with thousands of travel experts, meet ravel celebrities, attend educational seminars, and immerse yourself in cultural performances. Enjoy fun for the whole family with camel rides, scuba lessons, inflatable zip line, virtual reality activities, and lobby entertainment.

Hot Wheels: Race to Win Exhibit at Discovery Cube LA

January 26 – April 28: This new family exhibit will get you revved up with immersive activities for three generations of Hot Wheels fans. There’s something for mom, dad, grandparents and of course today’s youngest Hot Wheels fans as visitors learn about the science, technology, engineering, and math that goes into making cars go faster.

Black History Parade and Festival in Pasadena

February 16: Celebrate black history, culture and achievements at Pasadena’s 36th annual Black History Parade and Festival.

Discounted Late Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific

February 16 & 17: Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific with special extended hours. The entire aquarium will be open, except Lorikeet Forest. Watch the nighttime activities of the animals, touch a shark, and enjoy the beautiful evening lighting of the aquarium’s architecture.

Lucky Lunar New Year Celebration in Santa Ana

February 16: Celebrate the Year of the Pic with fun for the whole family in Macy’s Court and Center Court. Festivities include traditional Lion Dances, a face painter, a balloon twister, crafts, stilt walkers, calligraphy artist, fan dancers, Wishing Tree, giveaway and more!

Anniversary of Heroes Hall Veterans Museum in Costa Mesa

February 16: Heroes Hall, OC Fair & Event Center’s veterans museum and education center.

The Secret Garden in Westminster

February 15 – March 3: Watch as a young girl trys to uncover the mysterious circumstances behind a secret garden. For showtime and ticket information, visit their website.

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.

Knott’s Peanuts Celebration in Buena Park

Select dates, January 26 – March 10: Guests can join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy and the rest of the Peanuts Gang as the park celebrates the world that Charles M. Schulz created.

James and the Giant Peach in Anaheim

February 15 – March 3: James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags – his odious aunts – and he’s a very lonely little boy indeed. One day, something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden, a peach starts to grow and grow and grow.

Seussical the Musical in Long Beach

February 16 & 23 March 2: Registration for spring production of Seussical the Musical begins February 16 and show performances begin May 3-12. Performers of all ages are welcome. Tuition ensemble is $375. Included in the tuition are song tracks, t-shirt, ensemble costume, and 10 weeks of instruction.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at South Coast Rep

February 1-17: Wilbur is different from all the other Naked Mole Rats. He wears clothes – and he likes it. Filled with tail-shaking good tunes, this outrageously fun musical proves it’s okay to be yourself. Rock on!

They Called Her Vivaldi at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

February 16-17: Cecilia Maria is a sensitive musical-prodigy, making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world until one night her magical, musical hat “Capello” goes missing Now she must venture out into the noisy city to track down the mysterious Cat Burglar.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Oliver! in Long Beach

February 8-24: The streets of Victorian England come to life in Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist.

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.

Space Expo at Long Beach Comic Expo

February 16-17: Columbia Memorial Space Center is dedicated to providing high-quality STEM education made accessible through a pop culture atmosphere. The Space Expo brings together the space and entertainment industries in order to strengthen them by fostering interest and creating future scientists and engineers. They’ll feature fun, hands-on activities and displays, and host fascinating panels.

Free Family Day and Clay Experience at American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona

February 16: Bring the family together for memorable adventures with complimentary admission, child-friendly exhibition tours, and hands-on clay opportunities in the Ceramics Studio.

Kids Club at Michaels Arts and Craft Stores

Saturdays: Get ready for a crafty afternoon of 30-minute projects designed for little makers. All supplies included.

Lunar New Year at The Source in Buena Park

February 16: Join The Source for 2019’s Lunar New Year Celebration. This event will feature Lion Dance, face painting, and various entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. Saturday, noon. Free to attend.

Happy Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

February 16: Enjoy traditional cultural performances, arts and crafts, and enjoy special offers from participating stores and restaurants. Activities include DJ, dough artist, balloon artist, Korean fan dance, Lion dance, and K-pop dancers.

Children’s Workshop: Chinese Brush Painting at Huntington Library

February 16: Happy Lunar New Year! Celebrate the Year of the Pig in a Chinese brush painting class with artist Peifang Liang. Class fee includes a brush painting kit to take home.

Family Drop-In Program: Garden Party at Huntington Library

February 16: Journey to the Chinese Garden for our latest drop-in “Garden Party,” as we mark the Lunar New Year with an hour of stories (in both Mandarin and English) and hands-on activities to celebrate the Year of the Pig.