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OCTOBER 1 - NOVEMBER 30: This season, South Coast Botanic Garden on the Palos Verdes Peninsula has something for everyone and every scare level with All Things Wicked & Wonderful.
NOVEMBER 4 - JANUARY 8: Holiday magic starts at Irvine Spectrum Center with the return of the Ice Rink sponsored by the Anaheim Ducks. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
NOVEMBER 4 - JANUARY 8: From acres of lavender, to century-old olive grove and towering oaks, the farm turns into a festive event with over one million lights. Enjoy food and drink, horse-drawn carriage tours, s'mores pits, and Santa.
NOVEMBER 5 - JANUARY 24: This new exhibition from artist Sean Kenney features more than 40 sculptures made from LEGO® pieces. The sculptures, sprinkled throughout the garden’s 87 acres, explore the beauty of nature through contemporary, stylized and colorful displays that stand in striking contrast with their surroundings.
Nov 11: Veterans Day • Nov 12: Native American Storytelling • Nov 13: World Kindness Day • Nov 13: Baby Steps • Nov 16: America Recycles Day • Nov 17: Family Autism Night • Nov 23: Celebrate Thanksgiving • Nov 26: Family Friday
NOVEMBER 11-13: Enjoy a corn festival parade, corn eating contest, live performances, vendors and more.
NOVEMBER 11 - JANUARY 8: Wander through dazzling displays of color, light and sound that include the spectacular Winter Cathedral.
SATURDAY & SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12-13: The festival will feature traditional craft demonstrations, music, dance, cultural arts exhibits, and storytelling.
OCTOBER 9 - JUNE 11: The Wallis continues its beloved free monthly outdoor Sunday Funday family events with a variety of engaging programming that includes Story Pirates, Parker Bent, Spring Groove, Kiddle Karoo, and more!
NOVEMBER 5-6 and 11-13: Take a ride with Thomas, meet Percy and Sir Topham Hatt, and enjoy a day of family fun.
NOVEMBER 5-18: Follow the swashbuckling adventure of a young peasant woman, Anahit, and her remarkable journey as she transforms into a royal warrior, inspires her people, raises an army of women, and rescues the King and entire kingdom from evil forces.
NOVEMBER 23: They’re back! With star performances on The Tonight Show and Animal Planet’s Pet Stars, these canine daredevils entertain the entire family with their doggone amazing tricks. All former rescues, the adorable animal athletes thrill with their delightful antics.
NOVEMBER 4-20: Forget everything you thought you knew about this classic! Snow White is reclaiming her story and acting out what really happened after her new mother took over as queen. Two incredibly talented actors take on all 14 roles in a super-fast, whip-smart, hilarious game of switcheroo that tickles your imagination and delights at each twist and turn.
NOVEMBER 6, 13, and DECEMBER 4: Celebrate the oldest book of the Americas by creating your own accordion-style manuscript. Learn more about Indigenous bookmaking materials and the zigzag folding structure unique to ancient Mesoamerican books.
NOVEMBER 11-28: Don’t miss the final location of Circus Vargas’ 2022 production, The Circus Vargas Express, in Lakewood at Lakewood Center. The Circus Vargas Express delivers the ultimate entertainment experience! An amazing adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant you with moment after fun-filled moment of world-class performers, aerialists, acrobats and comedic characters … all under the big top!!
NOVEMBER 6, 13, and DECEMBER 4: Get hands-on experience cutting glass in your style and design of choice to make your very own festive ornaments, coasters, or dishware. Participants will be guided through the process from start to finish.
SEPTEMBER 18 - NOVEMBER 27: Walk among spiders and their magnificent webs in this unique, open-air experience. Talk to educators and see enclosed habitats of tarantulas, wolf spiders, and jumping spider.
DAILY, THROUGH DECEMBER 31: The seasonal Christmas Boutique at Roger's Gardens is now open. Discover new treasures of festive decór, whimsical ornaments, and gifts for all ages.
SEPTEMBER 24 - JANUARY 16: Children help Thomas and his friends solve a variety of challenges, from a simple sorting and shape identification activity to more complex engineering obstacles.
SATURDAY & SUNDAYS, NOW - DECEMBER 31, 2022: Have a blast making art from upcycled materials. Your table is stocked with curated recycled materials and "rediscovered" offcuts and scraps from local manufacturers, along with freshly sanitized crafting tools and kid-friendly fasteners.
SECOND SATURDAY, AUG 13 - DEC 10: Drop in for a free drawing lesson for all ages! Watch a selection of cartoons and learn how to draw a Looney Tunes character - a different one every session - taught by skilled teaching artists.
SEPTEMBER 7 - NOVEMBER 18: Meet zoo staff for a fun time of exploration and discovery at a local park. Each week features a new theme, activities, and animal friend.
NOVEMBER 16: Join the Downtown Manhattan Beach festivities and pier lighting by strolling down the pier and stopping by the Roundhouse Aquarium. Get free hot chocolate and desserts!
NOVEMBER 16: Balloon twisting, face painting, bounce house, crafts, dance performances and Santa's arrival and tree lighting.
Through April: Big Bear Snow Play has the longest tubing runs in Southern California! Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm. Night tubing is available Fridays, Saturdays and holiday periods from 5 pm to 9pm.
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 4-18: Enjoy a sumptuous feast as the public house comes alive, with countrymen far and wide, for a harvest celebration. Witness a duel, enjoy 18th century dancing, live colonial music, drama, and fun activities like tomahawk throwing.
SELECT DATES, NOVEMBER 17 - JANUARY 8: Meet Santa, visit Santa's Workshop & Post Office, decorate cookies, see characters of the Northwoods, live entertainment, wander through the immersive Fantasy Forest of Lights, and go ice skating! Enjoy Santa's Village, along with Breakfast with Santa, Tea with Mrs. Claus, Ice Skating at Silver Bells Arena, photo ops, Northwoods Express Train Ride, entertainment, Santa's Workshop and Mailbox, and lots more!
NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 8: Enjoy the musical Christmas show Home for the Holidays, Christmas Crafts Village, magical Snow and Glow experience, Santa's Christmas Cabin, nightly Christmas tree lighting, and light show throughout Camp Snoopy.
NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 18: An immersive walk-thru experience that lets you get up close to over 100 life-like and life-size dinosaurs ranging from babies to some standing over 40 feet tall and spanning over 70 feet long.
NOVEMBER 18 - DECEMBER 24: A fully personalized Santa Experience that promises Santa will know all about your children the moment they enter the room. Travel through magical portals on a private elf-guided tour of the North Pole. Talk to Santa's reindeer, visit the Elf Workshop, and meet the one-and-only Santa.
NOVEMBER 26 - JANUARY 2, 2022: Go skating to the sounds of crashing waves located at the base of the historic Huntington Beach Pier.
NOVEMBER 11, 18, 21-23 AND 25: Veterans Day Mini Camp, Thanksgiving Baking Camp, Black Friday Mini Camp, Parents Night Out & more. Lil’ Chefs will be making holiday goodies, while learning basic cooking skills, working together as a team to complete delicious recipes. All Lil’ Chefs will taste everything they make.
NOVEMBER 18 - JANUARY 8: Kidspace transforms into a land of wonder and delight. Grab your favorite socks and head out to their Sock Skating Rink, go ice fishing, toss super-soft snowballs, build a sculpture with ice blocks, dress up a life-size No-Melt Snowman, and strike a snowy pose.
NOVEMBER 18-19: Audiences are in for an incredibubble experience at the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW, now in its 15th year. Expect mind-blowing bubble magic, spectacular laser-lighting effects, and soapy masterpieces like bubble tides. Some may even find themselves inside a bubble.
NOVEMBER 18 – JANUARY 22, 2023: Explore an immersive landscape filled with spectacular lantern sculptures of animals among blooming flowers, towering trees, and more for, a wildlife-centered experience that’s as inspiring as it is breathtaking.
NOVEMBER 18: Watch a screening of Charlotte's Web at Tanaka Farms and enjoy a special meet and greet with barnyard friends before the movie starts.
THIRD WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH: The Orange County Model Engineers offer public ride days every third weekend of each month. To ride the trains, children must be able to walk and be at least 31" tall. A typical trip takes about 12 minutes and covers two loops of the park.
NOVEMBER 19: Celebrate the science and culture of bread in L.A. at NHM’s Kneaded Bread Fest! Enjoy performances and presentations, hands-on activities, a pop-up bread-themed exhibition, storytime, an up close look at Museum collections, wheat planting lessons, and so much more!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Free youth fishing derby at El Dorado Regional Park in Long Beach. Registration starts at 8am, derby at 9am. Free tackle for kids 15 and under. Prizes and raffle at 1pm.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Kick off the holiday season with the 8th Annual Tree Lighting Concert. The event will also include live Reindeer from 1-5PM, magical snowfall, a hot chocolate caravan, interactive photo ops and a kids scavenger hunt.
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 1, 2023: Check out hundreds of creative gingerbread entries and all new holiday fun! Walk through the gingerbread village, meet and snap a photo with Santa, decorate a holiday cookie, participate in winter workshops, and more. Science of Gingerbread is happening at both Discovery Cube OC and LA.
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 8: Your favorite holiday characters Santa, the Toy Soldier and Gingerbread Man are back and ready for socially distanced meet-and-greets. Head over to Fun Town where there’s a 30-foot, fully decorated LEGO® Christmas tree with over 400 LEGO ornaments.
NOVEMBER 19 - JANUARY 1: ‘Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer at the Orange County Great Park. Enjoy Holidayz at the Park, when the park will be transformed into a winterscape featuring holiday-themed events, displays, and lights.
\NOVEMBER 19: Participants run the public path course on Santa Ana Riverbed Trail, beginning off of Katella. All runners/walkers receive a turkey shirt , custom-cast turkey finisher medal, and a matching race bib.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19: Join the Seal Beach Turkey Trot! There will be a 5K, 10K, Gym Challenge, and kids "Don't Be a Turkey" 1-K Trot.
WEEKENDS, NOVEMBER 19 - DECEMBER 18, PLUS BLACK FRIDAY and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16: Holiday art festival that offers a festive, handcrafted shopping experience in an enchanting winter wonderland with thousands of lights and decorations, handcrafted gifts by 165 artists, three stages of live music, community performances, carolers, puppeteers, art classes, and daily visits with Santa Claus.
NOVEMBER 19: Gather your family, load the car with blankets and join us for an outdoor movie screening of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron at the Lakewood Equestrian Center.
SEPTEMBER 17 - DECEMBER 17: It's a farmer's market meets street fair. Enjoy family games like giant Jenga and Connect Four, shop from over 50 vendors, slime station, axe throwing, food trucks, sweet treats, live music, and more.
SEPTEMBER 10 - DECEMBER 27: It's a farmer's market meets street fair. Enjoy family games like giant Jenga and Connect Four, shop from vendors, slime making, axe throwing, Nerf court, live music, beer garden, and more.
NOVEMBER 20: A gorgeous trail run/walk through the Frank G Bonelli Regional County Park, you can choose a 1 mile, 5K or 10K race. Come decked out in your Turkey Day gear - costumes are encouraged!
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