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Events on March 17th, 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!

Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

March 17 – September 2: Get up close to beautiful butterflies at the Butterfly Pavilion. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside and Gallery Interpreters who can explain why they are so special.

International Children’s Festival in Long Beach

March 16-17: Join the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual International Children’s Day festival, celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures.

Speech and Language Development Center Walk at Knott’s Berry Farm

March 17: Walk for the Kids’ Speech and Language Development Center. In addition to the walk, attendees can enjoy a resource fair and kid’s zone featuring games, arts and crafts, face painting, and a scavenger hunt with prizes.

The Annual Spirit Run at Fashion Island in Newport Beach

March 17: The Spirit Run offers 16 races for kids and adults scheduled throughout the day, ranging in distance from a Toddler Trot to a 10K.

Caterpillar Adoption Days at Kidspace

March 16 – April 30: Adopt a caterpillar in the Busy Bee Learning Store to experience the magic of metamorphosis.

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.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

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

Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival

March 17: Each year, the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosts the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival, with tours of the Guinness Book certified World’s Largest Blossoming Plant, 200+ arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music at several outdoor venues.

Family ArtMaking Workshop at Long Beach Museum of Art

Third Sundays: Family ArtMaking Workshops provide free, family-oriented art-making activities on the museum’s lawn with a view of the ocean. Parents and children participate together to create an art project. Workshops are inspired by the current exhibitions and include hands-on art-making projects.

St. Patrick’s Day at Farmers Market

March 17: Wear your green and stop by Farmers Market LA for traditional Irish fare, music and fun! Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes.

Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC

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!

Newport Beach Junior Lifeguard Swim Test Dates

March 3, 9, and 17: Kids (9-15) who are interested in participating in the summer program are required to try out with a swim test. There are four age divsions.

Annual Sheep Shearing at the Highland Springs Resort in Cherry Valley

March 17: This annual special event will feature Trevor Hollenback, the sheep shearer, who will demonstrate how the sheep are freed from their warm winter woolies at 123 Farm.

LA Nature Fest at the Natural History Museum

March 16-17: Join us for a two-day festival as we celebrate L.A.’s wild side! There’s a surprising amount of nature in Los Angeles, and the more you know how to look for it, the more you’ll see.

Community Day at Back Bay Science

Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.

Arcade Expo in Banning

March 15-17: Explore the world of arcade games with freeplay on over 1,100 retro to modern arcade games and pinball machines!

Gentle Barn Open to the Public in Santa Clarita

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.

Celebrating Nature at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

March 2, 9-10, 16-17, 23-24: Join Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary in celebrating their 90th anniversary with family-based scavenger hunts, stories, crafts, bird observations, and hikes.

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.

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.

Spring Spectacular at the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo

March 16-17 and 23-24: Swing, slither or soar over to the zoo’s family fun event of the year! Experience America’s Teaching Zoo like no other time of the year during the Spring Spectacular.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Pretend City in Irvine

March 17: Green’s the way to be on this fun filled day! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with story time, art, and fun activities. Wear your greenest outfit for our Irish heading home parade at the end of the day.

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.

Easter Bunny Photo Time at Brea Mall

March 15 – April 20: Hop on over to Brea Mall to meet the Easter Bunny! Check website for hours.

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.

The Frog Bride Irvine Barclay Theatre

March 17: Gonzalez, whose storytelling has been engaging imaginations for over two decades, combines quirky, rhymed verse, live music, stunning multi-media, and the most extraordinary device of allour imaginationsto create a hip adaptation of a classic Russian tale filled with comic sparkle and enchanting storytelling.

James and the Giant Peach in Hollywood

March 3 – April 7: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach and launches a journey of enormous proportions.

Aladdin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

March 6-23: The Disney classic brought to musical life! See all the beloved characters as they sing and dance live in this unforgettable production filled with beauty, magic and comedy.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Dublin’s Irish Tenors and The Celtic Ladies

March 17: Ireland’s rich culture, history, and music come to life as two celebrated Irish groups unite in a magical showcase of Celtic classics, Opera, Pop and Jazz standards, including the favorites Danny Boy, Sweet Molly Malone, Whisky in the Jar, Scarborough Fair, Mr. Sandman, and many more.

The Old Man and the Old Moon at The Wallis

March 2-17: The Old Man and the Old Moon. Who keeps the moon shining bright? The Old Man charged with that task embarks on an epic adventure of land, sea and sky in search of his missing wife in this swirling tale of love, accompanied by a live, indie-folk band.

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.

St. Patrick’s Day Luncheon at Tanaka Farms

March 17: Join us for a traditional Irish feast with a Tanaka Farms twist! Take a tractor pulled wagon ride around the farm and take in the views as it transports you to our gorgeous hilltop fro an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Free Admission to Nixon Library for Pat Nixon Day of Service

March 17: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pat Nixon becoming First Lady, visit the Nixon Library onSt. Patrick’s Day for a day of family fun with a purpose! Visitors can expect authentic Irish dancers, scavenger hunt, St. Patrick’s costume coontest, an authentic portrayal of First Lady Pat Nixon, leprechaun sightings and more!

American Crown Circus Comes to Westminster, Laguna Hills, Wilmington and dtLA

February 28 – March 25: The American Crown Circus 2019 Tour offers the most extraordinary talent from countries throughout the world. Featuring acrobats, magicians, jugglers, clowns and other exciting entertainers, it’s fun for the whole family!

Kids Run, Bike, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Benefitting Pediatric Cancer Research

March 17: Annual Kids Run, Bike, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K Reaching for the Cure returns, to reach for a cure for pediatric cancer. Plus, PCRF’s famous Kids Zone complete with rides, petting zoo, bounce houses, obstacle courses, face painting and more.

St. Patrick’s Day 5K & Little Leprechaun Dash in Redondo Beach

March 17: Sign up for the annual Village Runner St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Community Walk. There will be chip timing, age division awards and cash prizes to the top three overall male and female runners in the 5k run. All kids in the Little Leprechaun Dash for Gold finishers receive medals too!