Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 1 pm-5 pm Sunday
Celebrate Mexican culture while explore this exhibition’s piñata-decorated pueblo, play ‘Loteria,’ and make an offering at a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda. Dress up in Folklorico costumes and learn dance steps from an instructor, and create some music on a guiro and maracas too.
Youngsters can have a royally fun time at the Kidseum. This exhibit brings to life the game of chess in imaginative and playful ways. Children will get an engaging introduction to the various chess pieces along with learning some game strategy. The museum is open 10 am-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
November 1 – January 13
Spanning the Medieval and Renaissance ages to the Romanticized Medieval revival of the 1800s, this exhibition showcases a treasury of armor. On display are nearly 100 pieces of antiquities, including full suits, helmets, corselets, shields, swords and paintings. Visitors to the museum (open 10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Sunday) will have quite a day examining the age of the knights.
Inspired from the Disney Junior TV program The Lion Guard, this exhibit (open 10 am-5 pm daily) takes visitors on an exciting journey to the Pride Lands. This hands-on experience allows children to train in the Lion Guard’s secret lair, have fun adventures and learn about life in Africa, plus pick up useful lessons too.
Friday November 2-Sunday November 18
Showtimes are 7 pm on Fridays and 2 pm & 4:30 pm Saturdays-Sundays.
Discover if Nate the Great lives up to his title as the world’s greatest kid detective in this production, adapted from Marjorie Sharmat’s popular book series. Geared for elementary school-aged kids, this Theatre for Young Audiences presentation is full of music, mystery and fun.
The City of Irvine has adopted Marine battalion families for the holidays and is asking the public for donations of new, unwrapped gifts that are appropriate for infants to kids who are 12 years old or younger. Donations can be made at Irvine Civic Center, the police department and the Orange County Great Park Visitors Center. Check website for details.
Friday November 9-Sunday January 6
You will experience plenty of holiday cheer at Disneyland and California Adventure. Both parks will present special entertainment, such as Festival of Holidays and the “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks spectacular. Attractions like It’s a Small World and Haunted Mansion get seasonal makeovers. There’ll be holiday happenings, decorations and treats too. Park hours vary; check the website for full details.
This imaginative family-friendly multimedia production is about a man and his mischievous shadow. The New York City-based Trusty Sidekick Theater Company makes impressive use of animation, video production and music to create an enthralling interactive theatrical experience designed for ages 2-5 but engaging for all ages. Showtimes are 10 am, 1 pm (November 17) and 1 pm, 3:30 pm (November 18).
Families can make some wonderful holiday memories at Legoland. Get a photo with a Lego Santa and his Lego reindeer or maybe the giant Lego Christmas tree. Visit Heartlake City for its seasonal Friends Holiday Show and enjoy Santa’s elves singing holiday songs at the new Yule Tides show in Fun Town. Check Legoland’s website for daily park hours.
This time of year, you can call SeaWorld, “HolidayWorld.” Guests can enjoy such holiday-themed shows as “Dolphin Island Christmas,” “Clyde & Seamore’s Christmas Special,” and “O Wondrous Night” (featuring live animals, life-sized puppets and more than 30 carols). Debuting this season is “Rudolph’s Movie Experience,” which includes fun special effects. Since hours vary, consult SeaWorld’s website for schedule information.