Aladdin at the Pantages in Hollywood
January 10 – March 31: A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. $35+. Days and times vary, visit website for schedule.
Aladdin at The Wallis
January 14: From the pages of The Arabian Nights comes the timeless story of Aladdin, brought to life with the help of hand-crafted marionettes. A true “rags to riches” story, follow Aladdin from the streets to the royal palace and beyond. Free. Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Promenade Terrace.
Alpine Slide and Snow Play
Late November – March: Enjoy tubing and snow play, plus take a chairlift ride to the top of the Alpine Slide where riders navigate their own individually controlled sleds, each with teflon runners and ball bearing wheels, down their choice of two quarter-mile long cement tracks filled with high-banked turns and long straightways. Go-Karts and mini-golf is also offered. Check website for seasonal dates and operating times, including Christmas Day. Tubing: $30 per person ages 7 and up, includes inner tube and Magic Carpet ride to the top. Kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult. Alpine Slide: $6, single ride; $25, five-ride book. Kids ages 2-6 and under 48″ may ride for free with an adult aged 18 and older.
Annie Oakley in Santa Monica
January 14, 21, and 28: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a heart-warming rhythm and boos comedy melodrama. Audiences help Annie, Kat and her daughters hold their own against smarmy villain Mable Q. Moneypots, and create a whole new family tradition. Saturday, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Adults, $15. Children (12 and under), $12.50. Visit website for more information. Santa Monica Playhouse.
Antique Aircraft Display Days in Fullerton
Second Sundays: Visitors are invited to view the display of classic aircraft at the Fullerton Municipal Airport. Sunday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Fullerton Airport.
Antique Aircraft Display Days in Fullerton
Second Sundays: Visitors are invited to view the display of classic aircraft at the Fullerton Municipal Airport. Second Sundays, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Fullerton Airport.
BARK Therapy Dogs in Long Beach
Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in 11 a.m. Free. El Dorado Library.
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. Iacoboni Library.
Beauty and the Beast in Long Beach
January 12-14 and 19-21: Enjoy YaYa’s Performance Academy’s presentation of Beauty and the Beast. Belle, a bright and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff (including Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere and Cogsworth), and learns to look beyond the beast’s hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside. CSULB’s University Theater. Check their website for performance times and ticket prices. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. (562) 355-2004. www.yayasacademy.com
Beauty and the Beast Jr. in San Pedro
January 11-13: Based on the acclaimed film and Broadway musical, Fantasia Family Music Performing Arts brings to life this timeless story that will fill your heart and stir the imaginations of your whole family. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Warner Grand Theatre.
Big Air Cosmic Nights
Friday and Saturday: The lights go down, the music’s pumped up, and out come the lasers and glow lights. The full park is open to jump, climb, dance, and dodge after dark.
Laguna Hills, 8:30-11 p.m., $19 per jumper ; Buena Park, 8-11 p.m., $20 per jumper. Prices and hours subject to change without notice.
Buena Park (844) 550-JUMP
8320 On The Mall
Laguna Hills (949) 305-9788
23251 Avenida de la Carlota
Big Air Toddler Time
Sunday – Thursday: A special time just for little ones (7 and under, but gentle jumping siblings are invited) to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, extra balls and toys are provided for the kiddos. So whether your kids are bobbing around the dodgeball court or hopping into the foam pit, they will have a blast! Call for admission prices and times.
Buena Park, Tuesday and Sunday.
Laguna Hills, Wednesday and Thursday.
Big Bear Snow Play
Mid/Late-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play. Daily, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Glow-in-dark night sessions, 5-9 p.m., Friday, Saturday and holiday periods. Christmas Eve, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Christmas Day, 11a.m. 4 p.m. Day tubing, $35 (7+); night tubing, $30. Kids (2-6) are free with a paying adult.
Bike Saturdays in Long Beach
Saturdays: Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on Saturday and ask about their special Bike Saturdays deals for bicyclists, as part of the largest citywide discount program for cyclists in the nation. Check the website for details, bike workshops and events.
Brea’s Youth Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
January 11-28: Enjoy this colorful reimagining of the story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Curtis Theatre.
Bugsy Malone in Westminster
January 12-14: Fat Sam, Bugsy and Tallulah are kids playing adults in Roaring ’20s New York. $20. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Rose Center Theater.
Community Day at Back Bay Science
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life. Learn about BBSC Education Programs and Public Involvement Opportunities. Kids will even have the chance to participate in fun hands on activities to help them learn more about the ocean. No Reservations Required! 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.
Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses. Browse hundreds of individual craft-artists, designers and artisanal food makers, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks. Visit their website for details of upcoming creation stations and printmaking workshops. Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission and parking, free.
Dig It! Archaeology Adventures at the Skirball
Weekends: In a hands-on, simulated dig, kids experience the ancient Near East, learning methods for excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last entry at 4:30 p.m.), weather permitting. Included with Museum admission; no reservations.
Dodgers Stadium Tour in Los Angeles
Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective. As baseball’s third-oldest stadium, Dodger Stadium remains one of the game’s most beautiful and most historic venues. Highlights of this 80-90 minute tour may include: a trip down to the field at Dodger Stadium, visit into the Dodger Dugout, an exclusive look at the Lexus Dugout Club, VIP restaurant and lounge located behind home plate, home to the World Series trophies, Most Valuable Player (MVP), Cy Young, Silver Slugger and Rookie of the Year awards, walk through the Vin Scully Press Box, where the story of Dodger baseball is covered from every angle and more. This is a walking tour of the ballpark which includes climbing stairs and ramps. All tours are wheelchair-accessible; please notify your tour guide of any concerns or questions prior to the start of the tour. All aspects of tours are subject to change and availability without notice. For daytime home games (games start time of 12:10 p.m. or 1:10 p.m.) they will only run the Pregame Tour. Stadium Tours are unavailable for select national holidays. Visit their website for availablitiy and to purchase tickets. Adults, $20; kids (14 and under), $15. Visit website for promotional giveaways: losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/schedule/promotions.jsp?c_id=la.
Dolby Theatre Guided Tours
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies. Daily (based on theatre availability), 10:30 a.m – 4 p.m, every half hour. Adults, $23; kids (3-17), $18.
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. Saturday, 10-11 a.m.
Drop in and Draw Saturdays in Costa Mesa
Saturdays: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a great place for kids to express themselves creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult). Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free, but a nominal donation is suggested to help cover the costs of materials.
Family Day at the Norton Simon
January 13: Look at self-portraits by Rembrandt, from his etchings to a painting of himself at age 34, on loan from The National Gallery, London. Notice the various ways in which Rembrandt depicted himself in each work. Create an artwork using collage and transparency sheets that expresses the layers of your personality. Saturday, 1:40-3:30 p.m. Included with admission.
Family Films in Costa Mesa
Thursdays: Come to the library to watch and discuss a family-friendly film every week. Cookies will be served! Call library for movie titles. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. Free. Costa Mesa Libraries – Dungan
Family Night at Holiday Skate Center
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to five can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal! Saturdays, 7-9:30 p.m., $8 each; and Sundays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., $6.50 each.
FIGat7th Kids Club in Los Angeles
Second and fourth Saturdays: Kids’ Club Art workshops are free and suitable for all children ages 3 and older (accompanied by an adult). See activity themes on their website. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Free.
Fire and Law Tribute Days Recognition Days at Knott’s Berry Farm
November 27 – December 15 and January 8-31: Active, full-time fire and law enforcement personnel, including EMTs, may receive free admission for themselves and one guest (maximum of two complimentary admissions will be issued.) Show your specific fire or law enforcement photo I.D. card at a Knott’s Berry Farm main gate to redeem this offer. Please visit their website for a complete listing of eligible professions.
Additional admission tickets may be purchased by the valid I.D. holder at a discounted rate. Up to 6 discounted admission tickets may be purchased for $40 each, when visiting from November 27 – December 15, or for $35 each when visiting from January 8-31. Discounted admission tickets are available for purchase at the Knott’s ticket booths.
Free Archery Instruction at El Dorado Park
Saturdays: Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Vehicle entry fees, $7-8. Email: email@example.com
Free Art Activities in Long Beach
Second Saturdays: A free opportunity for community members of all ages to engage in art making activities, art exhibitions, open artist studios and special events as part of the East Villages Second Saturday Art Walk. 6-9 p.m. Free.
Free Class Week at Kick It Up
January 8-14: Join them for a free week of classes at Kick It Up. They offer a wide variety of dance classes, starting at age 3 through adult, plus numerous adult fitness and dance classes that coincide with kids classes so that parents can work out too. Every class on the schedule is free.
Free Dance Sundays with Debbie Allen at The Wallis
Second Sundays: Dancers and families of all ages can enjoy the wildly popular dance lesson sessions with three-time Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen and Friends every second Sunday on the Promenade Terrace. Open to the public, each session will focus on one style of dance. Noon – 1:45 p.m. Free. The Wallis.
Free Historical Walking Tour at Santa Monica Pier
Saturday and Sunday: Join an hour-long tour that features fascinating stories about how the pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments over the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies, the original Muscle Beach, and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. and noon. Free. Meet at the Pier Shop in the historical carousel building.
Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Dana Point
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching offers a dockside experience for young fisherman. Learn fishing techniques and new hook tying secrets and win raffle prizes. Try out your new techniques on the half-day trip departing immediately after the clinic. No reservations are needed. Sundays, noon – 12:30 p.m.; kids fish free, 12:45-5:15 p.m., with adult ticket ($46).
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. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Free.
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. Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Adults, $20; kids, $10 (donation to the sanctuary). Tickets must be purchased in advance online. Season Passes include line-skipping, free water and popcorn can be purchased online.
Glow Nights at Sky Zone in Westminster
Fridays and Saturdays: All ages Glow Night Includes front of the line admission to all activities, unlimited admission to the Game Zone that includes over 20 digital games, GLOW Dunk contests and GLOW Bull Riding Contests! Friday and Saturday, 8:30-11:30 p.m. $25 per person; tickets availble for purchase through their website.
Into the Woods in Hollywood
January 12 – February 25: Fairy tales begin once upon a time and end happily ever after. Not so fast! Mind the wolf, heed the witch, and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true. $58+. Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7 p.m. Sundays, 6 p.m.
Kids Skate at Holiday Skate Center
Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Admission, $6.50; skate rental, $4.
KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center
March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. The new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. On display will be many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including: golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities. Exhibition guests can follow King Tut as he journeys from death through the underworld to find his place in the afterlife, learning how each burial artifact was used to assist him in his life-after-death journey. Guests will also discover how their presence in the exhibition perpetuates King Tut’s immortality. The exhibition will feature nine distinct experiential galleries and an array of 3D visuals, digital content, 360-degree theatrical manifestations, custom soundscapes and more in an audio-guided tour. Due to anticipated sellout, ticket pre-registration is through January 8, 2017. Daily, visit their website for schedule and to purchase tickets. $19.20-29.95. California Science Center.
Lakeshore Learning’s Free Workshops
January 13: Kids (3+) make a Design & Play STEAM Plane. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 537-4778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353.
Long Beach Firefighters’ Museum Open House
Second Saturdays and Wednesdays: Pumping demonstrations, antique displays and tours of old Fire Station No. 10. Wednesdays, 7:30-11:45 a.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
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.
Lula Washington Dance Theatre at The Wallis
January 11-13: Los Angeles-based company Lula Washington Dance Theatre celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by offering Wallis audiences three different programs of dance over the MLK holiday weekend. Not to be missed, all programs are performed with Marcus L. Miller and his Freedom Jazz Movement band. $45+.
January 11: African-American Male Voices
January 12: Dance, Jazz & Social Meaning
January 13: Movement For The Soul Of It
MLK Peace and Unity Parade Celebration
January 13: Honor civil rights hero Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a community parade starting at Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and ending with a festival at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, with entertainment, food booths, craft vendors, games and rides. Saturday, 5 p.m. The parade will originate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Anaheim Street and will proceed North to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Free. Long Beach.
Movie Deals and Theater Child Care
Find family-friendly bargains on favorite movies in theaters now or great deals on old classics.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
Norwalk 8, 13917 Pioneer Blvd., (562) 804-5615, $2-3 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. San Juan Capistrano, 26762 Verdugo St., (949) 661-3456, Tuesday special, $6 all day (excludes 3-D films). South Coast Village, 1561 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, (714) 557-5701, classic film Wednesday and daily matinee, $8. Westminster 10, 6721 Westminster Blvd., (714) 893-4222, $6 all day Sunday (3-D surcharge applies). www.regencymovies.com
Four Stars Cinemas (new movies), 12111 Valley View St., Garden Grove, (714) 934-6377, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (before 6 p.m.) Family Discount Days, $6 ($2 extra for 3-D movies). www.4starcinemas.com
Pictures Show, 2800 Main St., Santa Ana Mall, (714) 836-7469, $2-5 daily; $2 extra for 3-D movies. www.pictureshowent.com
Harkin Cerritos 16, 600 Los Cerritos Center, (562) 865-4140, offers in-lobby Child PlayCenter where kids (3-8) play games, read books, enjoy toys, and of course, watch movies, just steps from mom and dad’s auditorium. Walk-ups are welcome and reservations are recommended. Call for fee and times. Additional location in Chino Hills. www.harkinstheatres.com/playcenter.aspx
Cinema City Theatres, 5635 East LaPalma Ave., Anaheim, (714) 970-6700, Super Value Days, Sunday before 6 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, $6. www.starlightcinemas.com
Mt. Baldy Tubing Park
Thanksgiving weekend – end of snow season: Ride to the top of Sugarpine Chair Lift #1 for a zip downhill at the Mt. Baldy Tubing Park. Daily sessions are 90 minutes each, starting at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Kids must be at least 36″ tall. Check weather conditions first and get there a half-hour early for your ski-lift ride.
Nature Hike at Caspers Wilderness Park
January 14, 21, and 28: Join the park ranger for a one-mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages. Free. Parking, $5. Sunday, 8-9:15 a.m. Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park. Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High
December – Mid-March: For the closest snow tubing in Southern California head to the North Pole Tubing Park at Mountain High’s North Resort! The North Pole Tubing Park is the largest sliding facility in Southern California with up to ten lanes, two moving carpets and custom tubes. Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Two hours $30. Tubes are included in the ticket price. Take advantage of their Early-Bird Special at 8:30 a.m. Perfect for celebrations and birthday parties. Kids under 36’’ tall are not permitted for safety reasons. Visit www.mthigh.com for directions or call toll free (888) 754-7878. www.mthigh.com
Old Fire Station 27 Tour Day in Hollywood
Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation. Three apparatus bays are filled with equipment, some dating back to the early 1900s. In addition, artifacts and equipment of all types are on display, dating from the 1880s through the present day. There are existing and under-development exhibits upstairs as well. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Old Fire Station 36 Tour in San Pedro
Saturdays: Old Station 36 includes remarkable LAFD apparatus, artifacts from the San Pedro area and some of the most famous fires in this part of the city, and much more. A small store offers up a variety of goodies, ranging from authentic LAFD merchandise to memorial bracelets. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Orange County Libraries Daily Story Times and Events
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
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. If there is no activitiy listed, click “Parks & Trails,” “Beaches & Coastal Facilities” or “Historic Sites” in the top left column for parks and their amenities to create your own adventure.
Outdoor Ice Skating at Pershing Square
November 16 – January 15: Join a winter wonderland with a host of free community and special events (see schedule below). Daily, skating sessions vary, visit their website for times. General admission: $9 per person; skate or hockey skate rental, $4; skate helper, $6. Group rates and private party options are available.
DJ Music – Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m.; November 16, 30, December 7, 14, 21, 28 and January 4, 11.
Learn to Curl – Sunday, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; December 17 and January 14.
Silent NIght Skate Party – Thursday, November 30, 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 13, 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.
Polar Bear Skate – Monday, January 1, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Skaters of all ages are invited to dress in beach attire and skate to the tunes for an invigorating welcome to 2018. Prizes awarded for theme, originality and overall appearance.
Outdoor Ice Skating in Santa Monica
November 1 – January 15: Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to the beachside community with ICE. Monday – Thursday, 2-10 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m. – midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. – midnight; and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. $15, includes skate rental. The ice rink will operate if it rains, but will close should conditions become dangerous to skaters or staff. All ticket sales are final and there are no refunds on purchased tickets due to rain or other weather-related circumstances or said conditions’ impact on the skating surface or overall experience.
Outdoor Ice Skating in Woodland Hills
December 19 – January 29: Features more than 7,000 square feet of real ice. Open seven days a week for puvblic skating, parites, and learn-to-skate classes. Daily, find skate sessions on their website. Admission, $17; kids (6 and under), $13. VIP, $35.
Outdoor Ice Skating LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza
December 17 -January 7: The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE in Downtown LA. December 17 – January 8: Monday – Sunday, 3-7 p.m. and 7:30-9:30 p.m., and 10 p.m. – midnight. January 9-12, closed. January 13-29: Monday-Sunday, 5:30-10:30 p.m. Admission, $14-18. VIP pass, $35.
Outdoor Ice Skating Rink in Tustin
November 24 – January 15: Bring your family and friends this holiday season to experience the new District Freeze Ice Rink at The District at Tustin Legacy. As the largest outdoor ice-skating rink in Orange County, the District Freeze features real ice, night session lighting, music, and more. Open daily, visit website for skating schedule. $19, includes skate rental. $16, bring your own skates. The District at Tustin, 2437 Park Ave., Tustin. (714) 259-9090. www.thedistricttl.com
Pan for Gold at the Autry
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station. Weekends, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Second Tuesdays, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Free with admission. Autry National Center in Griffith Park.
Pan For Gold Make an Adobe Brick and Arrowhead Necklaces 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. Then kids make their own arrowhead necklaces and adobe brick while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans. Students and adults will delight in the historic fun. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. $3-10, plus admission.
Peter Pan in Huntington Beach
January 12-21: Take a trip to Neverland with a fun family performance of Peter Pan. Late one night, three children wake up to find Peter Pan searching for his shadow, in their nursery! Because they love adventure, off they go with the boy who refuses to grow up, all the way to Neverland. Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. $15-20. Historic Huntington Beach High School Theater.
Pinewood Derby Car Building Workshop in Long Beach
January 13 and 20: Bring your block of wood and design in mind, and the Boy Scouts will provide the tools! Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. In the parking lot of the Scout Shop.
Pinkalicious The Musical at Irvine Barclay Theatre
January 14: Children (3-8) are invited to see Pinkalicious, a one-hour musical based on the best-selling children’s bookPinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann. Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Sunday, 12 & 3 p.m. $21; buy tickets online. Irvine Barclay Theatre.
Preschool Series: Portrait Play in San Marino
January 13 – February 4: Did you know that portraits can talk? In this series, kids (3-5) will engage in active role-play and art activities to explore what portraits have to sayabout life in the past, personal identity, and how portraits are made. Saturdays, 9:45-11:45 a.m. $85-95. Register online.
Rides on the Great Park Balloon and Carousel in Irvine
Thursday – Sunday: The Great Park’s tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a birds eye view. The two-minute carousel ride tops out at 4.5 miles per hour. Balloon rides: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. Adults $10; kids ages 12-18 without a paid accompanying adult, $5; kids ages 18 and younger with an adult, free. Carousel rides: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. All-day pass, $3; single ride, $2. Family & Friends Pass, $20 for 10 all-day passes. Riders under 42″ must be accompanied by an adult. Check in at the visitors’ center for both balloon and carousel.
Saturday Mornings at Children’s Book World
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free. Find details and guests on their website.
Saturday Science at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey
Every Saturday: Visit the CMSC during Saturday Science for fun and educational science activities and demonstrations. Contact for details. $5
Sewing Sundays at Fashion Camp OC
Sundays: Kids (8+) 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! Sunday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. $99, includes all notions, patterns, instruction and use of the machines; fabric is extra. $348 for 4 classes.
Shark Feedings at the Santa Monica Pier
Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. Sundays, 3:30 p.m. Adults, $5; and kids (12 and under), free.
Snow Valley Snow Play
Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride. Snow accessories, including snow boots, gloves and waterproof pants, are available for purchase in the Sport Shop. Plus, watch your friends and family take part in the Snow Play adventure while enjoying some food or a drink on a sun deck. Friday-Sunday, plus holidays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call or visit their website for snow conditions and ticket prices.
Snowdrift Snow Tubing Park
Through March: Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift offers tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps and handles. Beginner, intermediate and advanced slopes available. Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and hoildays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call first for pricing and to confirm good conditions. Highway 18, four miles past Running Springs.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood
December 15 – January 28: In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past. Before the movie experience an all-new Laser Lightsaber Show. Daily. $18+.
Story Pirates Live Radio Show at The Wallis
January 13: Story Pirates Live Radio Show is a high-energy, musical sketch comedy show for kids (3-12) and their families, performed at standing microphones, that is equal parts Monty Python, Schoolhouse Rock and A Prairie Home Companion. Story Pirates Radio is an evolution of the successful podcast and long-running show on Sirius XM Radio. Saturday. 2:30 p.m. Contact Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts for tickets.
Story Time and Crafts at Gatsby Books in Long Beach
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts. Sunday, 1-2 p.m. Free.
Target Free Sunday at MOLAA
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours. Programs vary. Admission is free from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tours at 2 p.m. Free. Museum of Latin American Art.
Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores
Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning. Classes include Digital Recording 101 for setting up and creating tracks, plus editing and mixing; EDM Class for creating, recording and mixing electronic dance music; and Digital DJ Class for people interested in DJing. Saturday, times vary. Reservations required. Visit website for details and store locations.
The Little Mermaid in Long Beach
January 12-20: In a magical kingdom fathoms below, beautiful mermaid Ariel dreams about living in the world above. She makes a costly deal with the evil sea witch to leave her fins behind so she may join her true love, human Prince Eric. Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 2 p.m. Prices vary by show, visit website for details. Millikan High School.
Tidepool Walk at Crystal Cove Beach
January 14: Take the family for a docent-led tidepool walk and see what how many different creatures you can find. Sunday, 1 p.m. Free; parking, $15. Meet at the Pelican Point parking lot #2.
Titanic in Photographs: The Exhibition at The Queen Mary
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic. The new exhibit offers a comprehensive, educational view of one of the most memorable moments in history; a story that continues to captivate the public’s imagination over 100 years later. Daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Adults, $27. Kids (4-11), $17.50.
Toddler Time at Sky Zone in Westminster
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit! Monday-Friday, 1-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 10-11 a.m. One hour of play: $5.
Saturdays and Sundays: Familes stroll the craft fair, take in a train or carousel ride and listen to music. Kids drive a kid-sized tractor, operate a construction scoop, pan for gold, ride a pony, visit the petting zoo and see a magic show. Sweets shop and three restaurants also on the farm. Weekends: gates open at 7 a.m.; amusement area, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Try Out Long Beach Jr Roller Derby
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays: Kids (5-17) interested in roller derby can join Long Beach Jr Roller Derby for practice. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. MADhaus Indoor Training. Saturdays, 9-11 a.m., Arnold Park in Cypress, but geared for intermediate – advanced players. Visit their webiste for information about joining after trying, including monthly dues, needed gear and more. Be sure to check website for any cancellations.
Unity Celebration at Kidspace
January 13-15: Celebrate the message of Martin Luther King, Jr. with fellow community members. Build multi-cultural sculptures in the Imagination Workshop, add your handprints to a giant peace mural, share your hope for the world on the “dream boards,” and help create a communal unity chain and see how far it can stretch around the entire museum over the course of the holiday weekend. Saturday – Monday, Included with museum admission.
Valley Kids Consignment in San Fernando Valley
November 30 – January 28: Check out items for newborns to juniors, including toys, strollers, books, ride on toys, furniture, clothes, Pack N Plays, backpacks, shoes, maternity, and more. Daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. $16 to enter; free for new mommies, consignors and volunteers.
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. Parking, $5. Saturdays, 9-10:30 a.m.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Most days: Studio tours include a two-hour guided portion and self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault. Plus, view soundstages where TV shows and movies are made. With actual filming happening all around you, no two tours are alike. Daily, unless a lot closure, times vary. Tours include Studio Tour, Deluxe Tour, Spanish Tour and Group Tour. $52-295.
Weekend Kayak Tours in the Upper Newport Bay
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay. They are great for both novices and experienced paddlers alike ages 7 and up. Begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then paddle into the Ecological Reserve. Make several stops where you’ll discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife. Each tour is unique with startling differences in the birds and other wildlife seen depending on the season and the state of the tide. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. $25 per person (8+); reservations are required. Bring sun protection and prepare to get wet. Newport Aquatics Center.
Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore
Saturdays: Take a four-hour, round-trip train ride through the citrus and avocado groves of the Heritage Valley on board vintage 1930’s passenger and dining cars. Onboard lunch available for purchase. Stop at two locations during the trip, including historic downtown Santa Paula and the Loose Caboose Garden Center and Gift Emporium. Saturday, board at 11:30 a.m.; depart at noon; return at 3 p.m. Adults, $26; kids (4-12), $16; toddlers (2-3), $12. Visit their website for select Sunday rides.
Wonder of Dinosaurs in Redondo Beach
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more! Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Admission: Monday – Friday, Adults, $8; kids (2-12), $16; Saturday and Sunday, adults, $10; kids (2-12), $18. Photo ops and face painting extra fee. South Bay Galleria