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Fall is a great time to check out many of the local entertainment venues here in Southern California. By the end of September, tourists have come and gone and there’s less traffic in the Southland to deal with. Thankfully many local tourist spots in Southern California also are offering exclusive discounts to residents only. Better yet, some tickets are even free (a small service fee applies).
Goldstar.com highlights events in Los Angeles, Orange County, the Inland Empire and San Diego with everything from family-friendly theater to comedy shows to concerts and more.
So, here’s a roundup of the best fall entertainment deals in Southern California for families! As always, if you find a great deal that you like, make sure to purchase it immediately. Once tickets are sold, they are gone forever!
Happy Field Tripping!
Southern California Entertainment Discount Tickets
Complimentary Tickets to the Museum of Monsters, Los Angeles
A very fluffy selfie museum, just in time for Halloween! Museum of Monsters (M.o.M) puts a whimsical twist on the selfie museum, adding interactive exhibits and Immersive environments . You are invited into a world of benevolent monsters, the type of fluffy imaginary creatures we befriended as children. Museum of Monsters offers all the trappings of a selfie museum with a setting that gives you all the storybook feels. The exhibit distinguishes itself with a touch of narrative and curiosity. Designed around 10 unique rooms within a world of friendly, human loving monsters, guests will experience countless selfie moments, cuddly monster experiences and tactile activities including interactions with the slime the monsters love so much. Snap a selfie with a monster, jump into a furry ball pit and get your hands on some slime. Museum of Monsters will be open for its Halloween/Fall 2019 program thru Nov 21st! Museum of Monsters is all ages appropriate, great for Families and adventure seakers young and old!
Complimentary Tickets to Moonlight Forest, LA Arboretum, Arcadia
Moonlight Forest is a fantasy of lights that takes you to new places. Dive under the seas with exotic fish and a giant shark in our new Ocean Visions exhibit. Next step into a winter wonderland with our new Polar Dreams experience featuring playful penguins and cuddly sled dogs. Enjoy other themes and entertainment by live acrobats, dancers and other performers plus free parking. If you’re looking for illuminating entertainment for your holiday guests, bring them to Moonlight Forest!
Los Angeles magazine called The Really Awesome Improv Show “the best kids’ comedy show.” Patton Oswalt also praised the show, saying “Your kids get to act like goofballs. Highly recommended,” while The Tolucan Times declared “a most impressive, quick on their feet (and wit) troupe.” Now celebrating a nine-year run, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation and is great for the whole family. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see different faces and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings, enjoy The Really Awesome Improv Show at The Second City in Hollywood.
Complimentary Tickets to Museum of Dream Space, Los Angeles
Museum of Dream Space (MODS) is the first museum mainly exhibiting digital art in the United States. The design concept of MODS is illuminated by art design from Yayoi Kusama (famous of infinite rooms) and the development of digital art. MODS is a world full of live images reacting on motion. You have a chance to visit a magical world with incredible Illusions supported by very unique technology. Come and take numerous amount of incredible pictures and videos and be a part of MODS world at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles.
Complimentary Tickets to Long Beach Comic Expo, Long Beach
Comics, cosplay, anime, manga, video games — whatever fandom you’re currently obsessed with, it’s good to know that places like Long Beach Comic Expo still exist! Unlike the insanity of LA and San Diego cons, this expo gives you a bit more room to breathe as you geek out with other die-hard fans while meeting your favorite creators, celebrity guests and exhibitors.
Complimentary Tickets to see The Patchwork Girl of Oz, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre, Los Angeles
Celebrating 40 years of presenting soulful, imaginative dance that takes audience members on their own journey of self-discovery, Louise Reichlin & Dancers / Los Angeles Choreographers & Dancers present an inspiring family-friendly weekend filled with dance and multimedia, featuring the award-winning dance/multimedia narrated production of The Patchwork Girl of Oz. Colorful costumes, multimedia set, and spectacular dance present a dazzling interactive journey into the land of Oz – one that ignites imaginations of young and old alike. In this narrated story adapted from L. Frank Baum, we follow characters from the Wizard of Oz and introduce new ones – like the exuberant title character the Patchwork Girl. Based on the L. Frank Baum book, this magical modern-day fable includes vivid costumes, interaction, music and multimedia sets. It’s appropriate for all ages from tiny ones to discriminating grandparents. Known for stories for the young, Baum was way ahead of his time, with super strong female characters, diversity as part of his storyline, and advanced technology – he has Glinda, Sorceress of the South, invent wireless technology at the beginning of the story- and this was in 1913!
Complimentary Tickets to see Miracle on 34th Street, Actors Co-op Theatres, Hollywood
For anyone who has a difficult time getting into the true spirit of Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street is the show to see. You will want to bring the entire family to enjoy this classic, told in the style of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. Staged with live Foley effects and a score of favorite holiday tunes, Miracle on 34th Street is sure to be a highlight of the season.
Complimentary Tickets to see Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr., David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, La Jolla
The classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life in this JCompany Youth Theatre production starring young actors. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective, features the beloved classic songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Tony, Oscar & Grammy winner Stephen Schwartz (Hunchback, Pocahontas, Wicked). Geppetto learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally. Join all the classic characters you know and love, along with some exciting new ones, as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family. Special Thanks to our Show Sponsor Geppetto’s Toys.
Complimentary Tickets to see Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, The Grove Theatre, Upland
A Christmas Carol goes with the winter season like hot chocolate, woolly socks and a warm blanket. Ebenezer Scrooge may be a miser, but seeing his cranky face is like meeting an old friend. Settle in, get cozy and get the holiday season going with this gorgeously theatrical version of a time-honored Chrismastime tradition.