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Events on March 23rd, 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 Jungle at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 23 – May 12: Our Hidden Jungle will be filled with thousands of colorful butterflies. Inside this rain forest greenhouse, you’ll see many varieties of butterflies above and around you.

Kids’ Day at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Flower Fields

March 23: Join Carlsbad Ranch for Kids’ Day with fun activities and entertainment!

The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

March 1 – May 12: The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for just six to eight weeks each year, bringing the famous fields back to life.

Home Depot Kids’ Clinics

Select Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames.

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!

St. Baldrick’s Fundraiser in Long Beach

March 23: Watch more than 400 kids and grown-ups get their heads shaved, benefiting the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s fight against childhood cancer.

Annual Swallows Day Parade in San Juan Capistrano

March 23: St. Joseph’s Day and the Return of the Swallows Celebration is a world-renowned tradition celebrating the annual return of the famous swallows to Capistrano.

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.

BARK Therapy Dogs Read in Long Beach – Bach Library

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

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.

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

Kids Club Events at Michaels

March 2-30: Kids (3+) join Michaels staff for a fun craft.

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.

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.

The Root Beer Bandits at Kidspace in Pasadena

March 23: Experience The Root Beer Bandits: A Rootin’ Tootin’ Wild West Musicale from the Garry Marshall Theatre at Kidspace.

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.

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.

The Sleeping Beauty: Festival Ballet Theatre at the Irvine Barclay Theatre

March 23-24: Celebrate spring with a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.

Weekend of Art in Los Alamitos

March 22-23: This art exhibition offers the community an opportunity to view and honor demonstrations in various performing and visual art genres for children and adults.

Steampunk Beauty and the Beast in Huntington Beach

March 22-24: Enjoy the creative, steampunk vision for The Arts & Learning Conservatory’s latest production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.

James and the Giant Peach in Los Angeles

March 2, 9-10, 23, and 30- 31: Come join Mrs. Glow Worm, Ms. Spider, Ladybug, Grasshopper, Earthworm and a boy named James as they face down dangers and celebrate friendship with a combination of live actors, film projection and sound effects.

Thumbelina in Los Angeles

March 2, 9-10, 23, and 30-31: A mini musical for the entire family. Join Thumbelina on an adventure through an oversized world meeting all kinds of fantastical creatures filled with pop songs that kids are bound to love.

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.

Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Stores

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

Matilda The Musical in Thousand Oaks

March 22-31: Based on the novel by Roald Dahl, Tony Award-winning Matilda The Musical will dazzle audiences of all ages at the Civic Arts Plaza this spring.

Motown With a Twist: Dancing With the Stars, The Voice and More in Cerritos

March 23: The family-friendly showcase features celebrity pros from Dancing With the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and vocals by finalists on American Idol, The Voice, and America’s Got Talent.

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.

Junior, Teen and Summer Players Productions

March 23-24 and 30-31: SCR’s Theatre Conservatory presents a funny, heartfelt story about growing up, compassion and the importance of looking beyond the surface.

The Phantom Tollbooth Live Performance at CSULB

March 23: The classic tale by Norton Juster comes to life on stage using puppets, masks, magic, and original music in a fun-filled theatrical adventure!

Festival Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty at Irvine Barclay Theatre

March 23 & 24: Celebrate spring with a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty.

Harriet the Spy at South Coast Rep

March 23-31: Presented by the Junior Players, advanced students (grades 5-8) in SCR’s Theatre Conservatory, Harriet the Spy is a funny, heartfelt story about growing up, compassion and the importance of looking beyond the surface.

Circus Vargas Comes to Promenade Temecula

March 21 – April 1: A magnificent, mega-hit circus production guaranteed to thrill and enchant children of all ages for two unforgettable hours.

Coolest Projects at the Cube in Santa Ana

March 23: Coolest Projects is a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs! The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7 to 17.

Beginning Archery Class for Kids in Fountain Valley

March 23: Join Mile Square Park Staff for a beginning archery course for first time archers!

Family Garden Party at the Huntington Library

March 23: Join the Huntington Library in the Chinese Garden for their latest Garden Party, which celebrates Chinese inventions.

Family Evening: Disney’s Alice in Wonderland at the Huntington Library

March 23: Celebrate your “very merry un-birthday” at a special screening of the 1951 Disney animated classic, Alice in Wonderland.

Free School Readiness Fair at Pretend City in Irvine

March 23: Pretend City is hosting a School Readiness Fair designed to provide parents with all of the information they will need to assure that both they and their children are ready to successfully begin their kindergarten experience.

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!

Anime Festival with Anifest at Torrance Cultural Arts Center

March 23: Celebrate anime with Anifest where cosplayers, vendors, performers, and guests come together for one day.

Makers Fest at California African Amercan Museum

March 23: Create textiles, patterns, paintings, zines, and other take-home treasures from professional artists. No prior art experience necessary and art materials are provided.

Little Gardener’s Play Date in Mission Viejo

March 23: During Little Gardener’s Play Date, participants will explore nature through books, music, art, and some fun hands-on planting. Parents are invited to explore Stratford’s preschool program while their little one discovers their green thumb!

Public Navy Ship Tour at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station

March 23-24: The public will have a unique oppurtunity to visit a U.S. Navy warship and meet her crew to celebrate 75 years of support to the fleet.

Peacock Day at the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

March 23: Join Arboretum and Botanic Garden as they celebrate Peacocks with activities such as the peacock walk and peacock calling. Other activities include crafts, storytime, and a fashion show.