Summer is in full swing and we don’t want you and your family to miss out on these special, limited-time summer exhibits! From exploring other countries and cultures to learning about animals, these special attractions are sure to keep things interesting until school starts!
So, here’s 12 exhibits and attractions you need to see before summer ends (and a few where you’ll still have time to visit, even when summer is long gone!)
Santa Monica Place • Ends July 22, 2018
Explore this sprawling sanctuary of confectionary bliss! This four-month interactive art installation celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of our favorite sugary delights across over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami. Bring your family, your friends, and your sweet tooth for an experience like none other!
More info: www.candytopia.com
“STEAMing Through Summer”
Kidspace Children’s Museum • Ends August 4, 2018
STEAMing through Summer is an 8-week series that creates learning opportunities in a fun and interactive way. Weekly programming will explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In addition to STEAM programming there will also be an emphasis on Imagination, Nature, and Green initiatives.
More info: www.kidspacemuseum.org
San Diego Safari Park • Ends August 12, 2018
Join San Diego Safari Park for a world of entertainment and special foods this summer. During Summer Safari, you can enter at 8:30 a.m. and enjoy the newly renovated Safari Coffee Outpost/Plant Trader for a cup of coffee, or pick up supplies at Safari Outfitters. The rest of the park will open at 9 a.m. daily. Entertainment includes Zuzu African Acrobats, Asian Drumming and Dance, Polynesian Dance Display, and more!
More info: www.sdzsafaripark.org/summersafari
“Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival”
Bowers Museum • Ends August 19, 2018
Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet. Through interactive exhibits, families will immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture, gain appreciation for traditions, values and daily experiences of people who live in Vietnam, and discover similarities and differences between their lives in the U.S. and the lives of children in Vietnam.
More info: www.bowers.org
“Genghis Khan: The Exhibition”
Ronald Reagan Library • Ends August 19, 2018
What do pants, the pony express, cannons, paper money, skis, violins, bakhlava and “hooray!” have in common? Answer: Genghis Khan introduced them all to the West.
Not Genghis the brutal barbarian of Western history books, but Genghis the great civilizer and lawmaker, whose empire brought each of these innovations to the west, including 13th Century Mongolian-style democracy.
More info: www.reaganfoundation.org
“Dream It, Draw It, Build It”
Pretend City • Ends September 3, 2018
Join Pretend City all summer long for their summer exhibit Dream it. Draw it. Build it! This new exhibit, designed by international design firm Ware Malcomb, draws inspiration from big dreamers, drawers, and builders in the community and provides children a hands-on experience. The exhibit features three interactive zones including:
Zone 1: Inspiration/Process/Methodology
Children bring their dreams to life with a dress-up corner and inspiration wall!
Zone 2: Drawing/Planning/Thinking
Kids experiment with drafting tools and explore brainstorming processes during the initial stages of design.
Zone 3: Applying/Building/Materiality
Three free-play activities are available for kids to collaborate and experiment. They can take their sketches and bring them to life!
More info: www.pretendcity.org/dream-it
“The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited”
Skirball Cultural Center • Ends September 2, 2018
Immerse yourself in the world of the Muppets creator with classic clips, costumes and historic puppets, including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf and Bert and Ernie. To celebrate Henson’s legacy of creativity, the Skirball is hosting an exhibition with more than 100 objects, including Sesame Street puppets and Labyrinth costumes. Other objects on display include character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage, costumes and twenty puppets, along with an interactive puppeteering station.
More info: www.skirball.org
San Diego Zoo • Ends September 3, 2018
Stay after dark and celebrate summer during Nighttime Zoo. Come “rock and roar” every day this summer with live music, fun shows, and special animal encounters. Entertainment and activities include Villagers of Africa Rocks, Dr. Zoolittle and Friends, JAMBO! Puppet Meet and Greet, Keeper Talks, African Stilt Walkers, and more!
More info: zoo.sandiegozoo.org/nighttimezoo
Disneyland Resort • Ends September 3, 2018
The characters from timeless films like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Up connect together in ways that go much deeper than a movie screen, and their stories of friendship intertwine with our own—making us laugh and cry… and reminding us all of what’s truly important.
Pixar Fest will celebrate these unbreakable bonds with a one-of-a-kind celebration featuring the debut of an all-new nighttime spectacular and the return of 2 fan-favorite parades—in addition to new Pixar experiences, characters, décor, atmospheric entertainment, limited-edition merchandise, and themed food & beverage options.
Go for the laughter and go for memories. But most importantly, go for friendship… and beyond! Pixar Fest will be a celebration of all the Pixar characters you love.
Discovery Cube OC & LA • Ends September 3, 2018
In this immersive exhibit, Dino-lovers of all ages will experience a time before the continents existed, bringing to life the 172-million-year reign of the dinosaurs. Through a multi-layered narrative, visitors will learn about the dispersion of dinosaurs during the splitting of Pangea. The exhibit features a variety of dinosaurs from various regions, such as the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex of North America or the swift Velociraptor of the Gobi Desert. Visitors will experience the Age of Reptiles through:
- Advanced Animatronics
- Authentic Casts
- Cutting edge research
- Immersive design elements
Young learners will also discover more about the geologic time scale, geology, geography, and climatology. This exhibit provides visitors the chance to experience the pre-historic era while also learning and enjoying the amazing story of the dinosaurs.
More info: oc.discoverycube.org/dino-summer
Natural History Museum • Ends September 3, 2018
Butterflies are taking flight at NHMLA! Get up close to beautiful butterflies in our new Butterfly Pavilion. This seasonal exhibit — located outside on the south side of the Museum — features more flight space, more resting spots, and more natural light. There will be hundreds of free-flying butterflies inside, and our awesome Gallery Interpreters who can explain why these animals are so special.
More info: www.nhm.org
Discover Cube OC • Ends September 9, 2018
Gear up for the ultimate rainforest expedition to explore and learn about the tropical rainforests of the world! This exhibit highlights the challenges facing rainforests and their inhabitants, and how you can help.
Visitors are invited to role-play as research assistants on a series of problem-solving adventures as they meet scientists and learn how to study rainforests. Topics include: tropical rainforests around the world, conservation, scientists, animals, plants and global connections. Featuring over 40 interactive components, two computer games, a distance learning kiosk and plenty of expedition props – vests, flashlights, binoculars and more!
More info: oc.discoverycube.org/rainforest-adventure
Relax… You’ve Got Time!
Cool exhibits you can visit even after summer is over…
“Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collection”
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … giant tube worm? Oddities: Hidden Heroes of the Scripps Collections, is a comic book-inspired exhibit that highlights the astonishing adaptations (aka super powers) of ocean species.
“Sea at Night”
Legoland Sea Life Aquarium
You can stroll in a gentle surf under a starry sky – during the day! Walk, jump and “splash” in a simulated bioluminescent tide.
“King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh”
California Science Center • Ends January 2019
Discover over 150 authentic artifacts from King Tut’s celebrated tomb–60 of which have never traveled outside of Egypt, until now.
The Children’s Museum at La Habra
The Children’s Museum at La Habra celebrates our 40th anniversary with an exhibit featuring our neighbors to the south with “Lindo Mexico”! This cultural exhibit focuses on children, family, fun and fiesta.
“Sidewalk Speedster: The Grown-Up World of Children’s Cars”
Petersen Automotive Museum • Ends November 2018
Little cars have come to be a big deal. In an era when many adults have begun to wonder whether owner-driven full-size cars will continue to be a part of our motoring landscape, scaled down, motorized children’s cars are all the rage among the very young.
Woohoo! There’s still so much to do before the summer is over! What do you have planned?