AQUARIUM OF THE PACIFIC - Long Beach, CA
Take a journey of discovery. Come face-to-face with, and even touch, the ocean's ultimate predators in Shark Lagoon. Hand feed lorikeet birds and watch penguins play. All Aquarium festivals are included with general admission. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
October 12, 2019 (7 am - 9 am - Aquarium Kids Fun Run: Up to 2,000 kids ages five to twelve can race in the Aquarium of the Pacific Kids Fun Run. Participants will receive a commemorative marine animal medal, a finisher certificate, and free Aquarium admission. Details
October 19, 2019 (10 am - 11:30 am - Learn Together as a Family Parent and Me classes allow adults and children to learn together through play, movement, and exploration. Details
October 25, 2019 (6:30 pm - 9 pm - Halloween Family Night Dress up in your coolest costume and trick or treat through our exhibits with your family and friends. Details
October 26 & 27, 2019 (9 am - 5 pm - Scarium of the Pacific Spooktacular Halloween Fun. Discover the creatures lurking in the depths at Scarium of the Pacific—a spooktacular educational Halloween event for the whole family. Details
November 8, 15, 22, 29, 2019 (6 pm - 9 pm) - Shark Lagoon Nights Join us on Free Friday evenings when Shark Lagoon will be open until 9:00 p.m. Join us on Free Friday evenings when Shark Lagoon will be open until 9:00 p.m. Details
November 9, 2019 (9:30 am - 11:30 am - Junior Biologist: Sharks Sharks are amazing predators of the deep! Participants ages 7-12 will explore these amazing predators in this exciting class. Details
November 11, 2019 (9 am - 6 pm) - Junior Biologist: Sharks In celebration of Veterans Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific honors veterans and military personnel. These men and women are invited to enjoy the Aquarium with free admission on Veterans Day. Details
November 16 & 17, 2019 (9 am - 6 pm) - Autumn Festival A Celebration of Asian Culture. Delve into the arts, cuisines, cultures, and marine environments of Asia during the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Autumn Festival. Details
November 28, 2019 (11 am - 3 pm) - Thanksgiving Lunch Come gobble gobble with the sea otters and the entire Aquarium family! Come gobble gobble with the sea otters and the entire Aquarium family! Details
FLEET SCIENCE CENTER - Balboa Park in San Diego, CA
The Fleet Science Center connects people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future. Explore more than 100 interactive exhibits that pique your curiosity and become immersed in an IMAX® film adventure that shows the wonders of the planet and beyond. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
First Wednesday of every month: The Sky Tonight
Monthly Astronomer-Led Planetarium Show. Join us on the first Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. or 8:15 p.m. for a tour of the solar system narrated by the Fleet’s astronomer. Journey through the cosmos with us as we explore a new topic each month. For optimal viewing, each show is limited to 250 attendees. Avoid sold-out shows by purchasing tickets in advance. Free telescope viewing with the San Diego Astronomy Association available outside after the shows, weather permitting. This is a separate event held on the first Wednesday of each month. Due to the darkness required in the theater and the sophisticated nature of the material presented, planetarium shows are not recommended for children 5 years and under. Click for monthly topic details and tickets: www.rhfleet.org
Now through January 5, 2020: Pause|Play
The Fleet's newest exhibition, Pause|Play, is an invitation for the young and the young-at-heart to leave the digital world behind, hit pause on their busy lives and recapture the nostalgia of play. Science has shown that play has a number of cognitive, social, emotional and physical benefits at any age—but we think it’s just downright fun! Clock your speed as you slip down a 15-foot-high, 31-foot-long slide. Discover the Coriolis effect while spinning on the merry-go-round. Find out if you can ride a tricycle with square wheels. Play hide-and-seek with color-filtering lenses. And enjoy many more incredible experiences! No adulting allowed!
October 12, 19 & 26; November 2, 9, 16 & 23; December 14, 21 & 28 (11:30 am - 3:30 pm: Make It Workshops
“Make. It. Work!” And that’s the idea behind our Make-It Workshop, a creative and interactive workshop for innovators and other curious minds. We invite you to stop by Studio X (formerly Tinkering Studio) on Saturdays to try your hand at making. You can make anything from hydraulic arms to camera obscuras for optimal eclipse viewing. Make-It Workshop activities change monthly and fees vary. Open to makers of all ages (makers 12 and under with an adult collaborator). Workshops include Paper Weaving (October 12); Slime (October 19); Halloween String Art (October 26); Rube Goldberg Track (November 2); Marshmallow Shooters (November 9); Marble Run (November 23); Holiday String Art (December 14); Marble Run (December 21); Marshmellow Shootrs (December 28). Participants can purchase tickets at Studio X the day of the workshop. Workshop capacity is limited. Questions? Email Studio@rhfleet.org or call the Fleet at (619) 238-1233 ext. 824.
November 25, 26 & 27, 1919 (9 am - 4 pm): Tinker and Technology Fall Camp
Give your kids something to look forward to on their Fall break with the Fleet's Tinkering and Technology Camps. Students in Grades 1–3 can enjoy experimenting with movie special effects, exploring the world of virtual reality and making their own videos. All camps are full day. Students can sign for a single camp or get the entire experience by signing up for all three. Click to register.
HORNBLOWER CRUISES & EVENTS
Hornblower features nightly San Diego Dinner Cruises, scenic Champagne Brunch Cruises, Sightseeing Harbor Cruises & Sea Lion Adventures, summer Sights & Sips Sunset cruises seasonal Whale & Dolphin Watching Adventures, special holiday cruises and private charters for groups up to 1,000 guests. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
Now through November, 2019 (Marina del Rey): Signature Series Cruises
Indulge in our new experiential cruises - announcing our Signature Series Cruises! Mark your calendars and don't miss these special event cruises! A sample of events: Dogs on Deck, Trivia Party Night, Country Night, Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise. For full schedule go to www.hornblower.com
October 20, 2019 (boarding 11:30 am) (San Diego): 11th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise
The 11th Annual Bow Wow Brunch Cruise is offered to help raise money and awareness about orphaned pets at Helen Woodward Animal Center. Bow Wow Brunch is just like our weekly Champagne Brunch, but we welcome you, your family and your “fur child” aboard. You will enjoy the same delicious and bountiful buffet with unlimited champagne and desserts, plus Fido gets a pet buffet to choose from along with a dog area set up on the sun deck of the yacht. Special guests, Chopper the Biker Dog and Colton the Corgi will be making an appearance for photo opportunities, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer Darris Cooper CPDT-KA, Petco Positive Dog Training’s National Trainer will be on hand for training tips! $98.00 per adult, $61.15 per child (4-12). Tax, service charge, and landing fee are additional. Discounts available for seniors and military. Purchase tickets online: https://www.hornblower.com/san-diego/annual-bow-wow-brunch-cruise/ or by phone: 619-686-8715. For group information, call 619-686-8700.
November 8, 2019– November 11, 2019 (San Diego) (boarding times: 10 am; 11:15 am; 12:30 pm; 1:45 pm; 3 pm; 4:15 pm): Veterans Cruise Free
Hornblower’s Harbor Cruise is FREE for all veterans and active duty military (must provide military ID, Veterans Card or a DD214 ID to redeem at the ticket booth location). Regular price for the one hour tour is $28 per adult; $14 per child (4-12) and $33 per adult; $16.50 per child for the two hour tour. Purchase tickets at the Hornblower Ticket Booth at 970 North Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA 92101. Hornblower Cruises & Events honors the U.S. Military and invites all veterans and active duty military to explore San Diego Bay for the one or two hour Harbor Cruise. Enjoy the best sightseeing on San Diego Bay—with a professionally narrated tour of more than 50 storied landmarks. We’ll cover over 13 miles on the Big Bay, passing by Seaport Village, Shelter Island, ship-building and dry-docking facilities, Coronado Island, Point Loma, and Cabrillo National Monument, among many others. As we sail, we will see delightful marine animals and majestic sea birds, and we will talk about what local environmental efforts are doing to protect them. You will have plenty of opportunities to capture all the sights in photos and video, and our fully stocked snack bar is always open.
KNOTT'S BERRY FARM - Buena Park, CA
Fun is always in season at one of Southern California's most legendary theme parks, featuring the Old West Ghost Town, the Timber Mountain Log Ride, Camp Snoopy and much, much more! Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
Select Nights September 19 - November 2, 2019
Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park. This Halloween event has all the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare. But unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from -- which makes it the thing to do for Halloween. Knott’s Scary Farm is not recommended for children under 13. Tickets starting at $43.
September 1, 2019 (9:30 pm): Labor Day Sunday Fireworks
Labor Day was created in the late 1800s to honor the contributions of American workers to our nation’s prosperity, so let’s kick up our heels and celebrate! Knott's Berry Farm has bushels full of fantastic things to do on Labor Day weekend. Experience Ghost Town Alive! complete with bandits, cowboys, robberies, judges, a good ol' western hoedown, and much more! Guests can visit the beloved town of Calico and experience an authentic western adventure by becoming a star in this summer's story of the Wild West. After a great day of fun in the park, settle back and let your imagination be captured by our outstanding Labor Day fireworks show, one of the best in the area. Watch the night sky be set ablaze with a masterfully choreographed sequence of dazzling, shimmering pyrotechnics. Get details & tickets.
LAGUNA ART MUSEUM - Laguna Beach, CA lagunaartmuseum.org
This Museum of California art collects, cares for, and exhibits works of art that were created by California artists or represent the life and history of the state from the nineteenth century to the present day. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
October 13, 2019 - January 12, 2020- Thomas Hunt, California Modernist
Thomas Lorraine Hunt (1882–1938) was the son of the well-known Canadian Impressionist painter John Powell Hunt. He spent much of his early life in Cleveland, but became active with the Laguna Beach Art Association in the early 1920s and moved permanently to Laguna Beach in 1927. He played a large part in the creation of the association’s new gallery on Cliff Drive (now the museum), which opened in 1929. Hunt painted snowy landscapes in Canada and Cleveland, although he is best known for the coastal and harbor scenes that he painted in Southern California and during regular visits to Gloucester, Massachusetts. A masterful, innovative colorist, he developed a distinctive style characterized by broad brushwork and bold effects of light and reflection.
November 7, 2019 - January 5, 2020 - Yorgo Alexopoulos: 360 Azimuth
Yorgo Alexopoulos (born 1971) is the museum’s commissioned artist for Art & Nature 2019. Alexopoulos creates paintings, time-based media artworks, and installations. He often synchronizes multiple monitors or projections in a dynamic ensemble to create an ever-changing, immersive spectacle. Using landscape symbolism as a point of departure, he combines Euclidean geometric shapes with a multiplicity of moving images, whether filmed, photographed, painted, or drawn, that unite representation and abstraction into a common aesthetic. At Laguna Art Museum his large-scale installation, 360° Azimuth, will feature a two channel video projection with sound in which landscape symbols become metaphoric “characters” in an animistic meta-narrative where reality and constructs of our collective subconscious seem to co-exist peacefully. An American-born artist of Greek descent, Alexopoulos graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently lives in Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES ZOO - Los Angeles, CA
Explore the jungle, rainforest and savanna—and more than 1,100 animals—in the heart of Los Angeles at the L.A. Zoo. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
October 1-27, 2019 (10 am - 4 pm): Boo at the Zoo
Treat the imagination at Boo at the L.A. Zoo, where you’ll find spooktacular fun October 1 through 27, and entertainment and activities – including live shows, special animal feedings, and themed photo ops – on weekends. Costumes are encouraged! Daily activities: Spooky Stroll (Halloween games, pumpkin patch); Mystery Maze (hay-bale labyrinth); Boo Bird Show); Animals & Boo (creepy critters up close); The Lair (face-to-face with rare snakes, poisonous frogs, and venomous lizards!); Wild, Weird, and Wonderful Tour. Weekends include performances, creature crafts and more.Get details at LAZoo.org
MARITIME MUSEUM OF SAN DIEGO - San Diego, CA
Featuring one of the world's finest collections of historic ships, including the world's oldest active ship, Star of India, as well as the HMS Surprise from "Master and Commander," the steam ferry Berkeley and more. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
October 19 & 26, 2019 (6pm - 7:30pm) - Haunted Tales
Guests will gather on the Star of India, the world’s oldest active sailing ship, for lantern-led tours presented by the award-winning and theatrical Living History Education staff. The evening will be full of ghostly tales of enormous proportions including how a young crewman fell to his death from the rigging and creepier tales of the Star of India’s past. The Haunted Tales spooky adventure is free with general admission ticket purchase to the Museum. Space is limited. Tours start at 6:00pm, with a new group of 25 guests starting every 10 minutes, with the last tour starting at 7:30pm. The total tour takes about 30 minutes. The Haunted Tales spooky adventure is free with general admission ticket purchase to the Museum, so come early and visit our entire fleet while you wait for your spooky tour to begin! Get details at www.sdmaritime.org
November 30 & December 28, 2019 (10:30am - 12:45pm) - BOARDED! Pirate Adventure
This hilarious interactive show puts visitors right in the middle of the pirate action. Participants will be sworn in as part of the ship crew, trained how to navigate, sword fight, bail water from a sinking ship, escape from the King’s Jail, swab the deck and other pirate skills. Performances are 90 minutes and check in times are 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. A NEW Little Pirate Costume Contest is planned for children 12 and under, the winner will collect a fun pirate toy at the Museum Gift Shop following the sail. Tickets to this popular live pirate performance BOARDED staged aboard the Museum’s tall ships are available at $40.00 for adults and $25.00 for children age 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased online in advance, or at the Maritime Museum ticket booth or Gift Shop located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101-3309.Get details at www.sdmaritime.org
December 8 & 15, 2019 - Parade of Lights Viewing Dinner 2019
Maritime Museum of San Diego will again host the 2019 Parade of Lights Dinner Sunday, December 8 and 15. Parade judges are stationed aboard the Museum’s 1904 steam yacht Medea and the brightly decorated boats will this year dawn the fun theme of Comic-Con On The Bay as they pass by the Museum located at 1492 N. Harbor Drive along the north embarcadero between Ash and Grape Streets. Maritime Museum of San Diego has been known for years as the best place on the waterfront to view the annual Parade of Lights on San Diego Bay from the Museum’s historic 1898 steam ferry boat Berkeley located along Star of India wharf. A delicious dinner will be served and no-host bar will be open on the upper deck of the Berkeley from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $60 for adults, and $25 for children ages 3-12. Advance reservations are recommended. Children under 2 are free. Tickets to the dinner and parade include Museum general admission. Get details at www.sdmaritime.org
PLANES OF FAME AIR MUSEUM - Chino, CA
The museum collection spans the history of manned flight from the Wright Flyer of 1903 to the space age Apollo Capsule. We house over 150 Aircraft and displays. Many of the Aircraft are flyable, including the P-51 Mustang, F4U Corsair, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-40 Warhawk, B-25 Mitchell, P-38 Lightning, F-86 Sabre & Russian Mig 15. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
August 17, 2019 (8 am - noon): Special Presentation: 'To Shorten the Agony of War' The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
A speaker panel of distinguished guests is featured, followed by a question & answer period. For details, go to: planesoffame.org
Monthly (10 am - noon): Living History Flying Days
Planes of Fame Air Museum (Chino, CA) presents its monthly Living History Flying Days. A speaker panel of aviation experts, historians and veterans are featured, followed by a question & answer period and flight demonstration when possible. The links below are for information to specific dates.
November 2, 2019 - Living History Flying Day - Yakolev YAK-3
The Yakolev YAK-3 will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change). For details, go to: planesoffame.org
December 7, 2019 - Living History Flying Day - Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero
The Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero will be on display and perform a flight demonstration (subject to change). For details, go to: planesoffame.org
PRETEND CITY CHILDREN'S MUSEUM - Irvine, CA
The museum features a small, child-sized interconnected city designed to stimulate purposeful play, hands-on experiences, role-playing and educational programming. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
July 10, 2019 (10 am - 3 pm) - Teddy Bear Picnic:
“A goodly bunch having lunch.” – Yogi Bear Calling all teddy bears and their cuddly kids! Join us for this special treat as we picnic, play, and have something to eat. Today we invite you to bring your favorite stuffed teddy bear and your own yummy snacks and gather together for a community picnic inside the museum! More details.
USS MIDWAY MUSEUM - San Diego, CA
Imagine living aboard a floating city at sea with 4,500 shipmates, by exploring galleys, sleeping quarters, and the 4-acre flight deck. Get couponsforfun.com savings coupon
Snooze Crews Overnight Adventures:
Imagine spending the night on the longest-serving aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Walking in the footsteps of a true Midway Sailor, sleeping in enlisted berthings spaces, dining in the galley, and much more. More details.