You’re in luck, Kidsguiders! There’s so many fun, free things to do this month with your family!
*Events not listed in any particular order.
Free School Readiness Fair at Pretend City in Irvine
March 23: Pretend City is hosting a School Readiness Fair designed to provide parents with all of the information they will need to assure that both they and their children are ready to successfully begin their kindergarten experience. The School Readiness Fair provides valuable resources for families including family fun activities, free health screenings for children, and opportunities to meet with Orange County School District representatives who will provide support in getting students ready for enrollment. Saturday, 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Free.
All-Ages Casting Call for Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach
March 14: Do you enjoy art, theater and music? Have you ever thought about posing on a stage? Do you enjoy being in the spotlight? And can you stand still for 90 seconds? Perfect! You could be a volunteer cast-member in the 2019 Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. The Pageant of the Masters is looking for men, women and children to volunteer for this summer’s show, “The Time Machine”. People of all sizes and ages are needed to be cast members in the world’s most famous presentation of tableaux vivants. No theater experience necessary. In addition to needing volunteers to pose in the pageant, volunteers are needed for positions in the wardrobe, make up, and headdress departments, as well as cast area coordinators and refreshment servers, among other positions. Volunteering for the Pageant is a great way to spend your summer and it is common to have several generations of the same family volunteering for different aspects of the show. Also, students can earn credit towards community service requirements. Casting call held Thursday, 6:30-9 p.m. at Festival of Arts
Irvine Bowl (backstage). Free.
Annual Festival of the Kite in Redondo Beach
March 10: Join the 45th annual Festival of the Kite, one of the longest-running kite festival in Southern California. This all-ages free event is open to the public and prizes are awarded for the best hand-made kite, highest-flying kite, and more. Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Free to attend. Redondo Beach Pier.
Arbor Day Celebration in Rossmoor
March 8: Celebrate trees and the magnificent urban forest of Rossmoor! Games, activities, prizes, and giveaways. Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Park tree tour at 3:30 p.m. Free. Rossmoor Park.
Artastic Community Art Competition and Scholarship Program in Norwalk
March 15: Celebrate the arts and enjoy free art activities and projects, multiple art exhibits, entertainment, a fundraising dinner, and more. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Free to attend.
Artnight Pasadena at Kidspace
March 8: Enjoy a free evening of art, music, and entertainment as Pasadena’s most prominent arts and cultural institutions swing open their doors. Discover the “Best of Kidspace” and enjoy the marvels and wonders that bring art together with nature and science. Friday, 6-10 p.m. Free.
Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums
March 2-3: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institutions. Not to be combined with other offers. Museums include Autry National Center, DiscoveryCube OC, LACMA, The Living Desert, Museum of Latin American Art, Orange County Museum of Art, The Living Desert, and Skirball Cultural Center. Check museums for hours of operation.
Bug Day at the OHG Education Farm
March 16: Come spend the day on the farm learning about worm composting, make arts and crafts, garden activities, and experience a ladybug release. There’s also interactive story time and bug viewing. Saturday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free.
Celebrate National Pancake Day with Free Pancakes
March 12: On IHOP Free Pancake Day, visit any IHOP restaurant and get a free short stack of their Original Buttermilk Pancakes. Donations are optional to help support children battling critical illnesses. Each stack served on IHOP Free Pancake Day helps flip it forward for kids in need. Tuesday all day, visit their site and find a location near you.
Coolest Projects at the Cube in Santa Ana
March 23: Coolest Projects is a world-leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers, and entrepreneurs! The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders ages 7-17. Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers, leading educational technology experts, and get the chance to join a global community of digital makers. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
Coyote Hills Nature Walk
March 9: See the start of the spring wildflower bloom in the local hills. The hike is easy to moderate, 2 -2 ½ miles and suitable for the entire family. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. Meet at the open-gate entrance to the Equestrian Center of Laguna Lake Park, on Lakeview just east of Euclid in Fullerton. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water to drink. Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos
March 2: Kids can drop in for an afternoon of fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging rancho-themed activities. Using a wide variety of colorful materials, children can experiment with natural materials to create seasonal arts and crafts. This drop-in program takes place rain or shine. March’s theme, Lovely Lavender, celebrates spring. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
CSULB Puvungna Pow Wow & Outreach
March 9-10: Celebrate Native American culture with the 49th annual CSULB Pow Wow, with dancing, arts and crafts and traditional foods, such as mutton and beef stew, Navajo tacos, fry bread and Indian burgers. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free admission.
Dana Point Festival of Whales
March 2-3 and 9-10: Join the 48th annual seaside event that celebrates the migration of the California Gray Whale. Festival highlights include an opening day parade and street fair geared for families, a cardboard classic dingy dash, art exhibits and lessons, vintage cars, BBQ, live music, sand sculpting contests, a mobile marine mammal museum, sailing and stand-up paddling clinics, a rubber duck derby, kids’ fishing clinics, a clam chowder cook-off, and town center walking tours. Saturday and Sunday, activities and events all day, visit the website for daily schedules.
Discover What Makes the International School of Orange County Unique
March 1: Discover what makes the International School of Orange County unique! You will be welcomed with a delicious French breakfast and have the opportunity to meet the International School of Orange County staff and teachers. Take a tour of the campus, sit in on the Q&A, and discuss the program with campus director Franck Reynaud. Friday, 9-11 a.m. Reserve your spot: https://www.ischooloc.org/events/2019-open-house. For any questions about the event, please contact Sarah Blek: (714) 771-4710 or email@example.com.
Earth Walk in Lakewood
March 9: The event will be held at rustic Monte Verde Park, which is the trailhead to over three miles of landscaped walking trails and the San Gabriel River Parkway. Participants learn what they can do to help keep the earth beautiful and protected. Adults and children are invited to take a nature walk, plant seeds, create nature-themed crafts, make s’mores and learn about recycling. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free to attend.
Family Flicks at the Hammer Museum
March 10: Set against the breathtaking Mongolian Steppe, The Eagle Huntress follows young Aisholpan as she trains to become her tribe’s first female eagle hunter in 12 generations. Featuring awe-inspiring cinematography, the film captures Aisholpan’s determination to master an ancient, male-dominated sport and is an extraordinary story about family, tradition, and the courage to soar. Sunday, 11 a.m. Free.
Free Admission to Nixon Library for Pat Nixon Day of Service
March 17: To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pat Nixon becoming First Lady, visit the Nixon Library on St. Patrick’s Day for a day of family fun with a purpose! Visitors can expect authentic Irish dancers, scavenger hunt, St. Patrick’s costume contest, an authentic portrayal of First Lady Pat Nixon, leprechaun sightings and more! Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
Free Dance Class at Burgess Cotillion in Long Beach
March 4: Try out Burgess Cotillion at their Salute to Disney-themed event this month, with a free class for anyone new to the program. Participants enjoy dancing, refreshments, games, prizes and manners. Your kids will have so much fun, they’ll want to join for an entire season. Monday, grades 2-5, 4:30-6 p.m.; grades 6-8, 6:15-7:45 p.m.; and grades 9-12, 8-9:30 p.m. Disney-inspired or Party Dress Code for Salute to Disney – boys: hard-soled shoes, no athletic shoes; girls: no bare midriffs, or strapless, please. The Grand – Catalina Room.
Free Family Day: Girl Power! at the Orange County Museum of Art
March 9: Experience an exciting day of art and performances aimed at empowering young women and girls that will be fun for the whole family! Make art inspired by the work of exhibiting artists. Participate in a workshop with artist Maringeles Soto-Daz and girls from local dojos, as they demonstrate their judo expertise in her exhibition Everyday Grappling Operations. Meditate inside artist Kathryn Garcia’s installation and catch Compass Dance performing in our galleries. Burger Records will provide live music and Lost Bean will serve tea and coffee. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
Free Family Night at Kidspace Children’s Museum
March 5: Kidspace and the Los Angeles Guild of Puppetry are teaming up to make and perform with puppets! Turn yourself into a humanette puppet, create shadow puppets, and learn puppetry skills from professional puppeteers. Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. Free.
Free Kids’ Fishing Derby at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley
March 2: Join OC Parks for a fun-filled day of friendly competition and fishing. The lake will be stocked with more than 1,000 pounds of trout or catfish for the derby. Kids ages 6-15 fish for free at the fishing derby and compete to win prizes for finalists and winners in different age groups. Register on-site, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Fishing Derby, 9 a.m. – noon. Free.
Free Saturday Family Theatre in Long Beach
March 2: ICT Theatre presents “Feast From the East”, tales from Asia and the Middle East! Free Saturday Family Theatre was created to offer an accessible & affordable program for families of Southern California to be able to introduce their children to the theatre. Saturday, 11 a.m. Parking, $15. RSVP required. Beverly O’Neill Theatre.
Free Sleeping Beauty for Kids Performance at Central Library in Newport Beach
March 16: “Sleeping Beauty for Kids” is an abridged narrated version of the classic ballet presented by Festival Ballet Theatre. The shortened performance, the heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolfcharacters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil. The whole family will enjoy this program for children. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Distribution of tickets for both shows will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Free.
Hammer Museum Kids Art Without Walls Togetherness Cafe
March 30-31: Art can transcend barriers of all kinds. Families create art inspired by social justice issues, children’s literature, and Hammer exhibitions. The same activities are offered at each site. The program at the Hammer includes storytelling in the galleries. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at Felipe de Neve Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library; 2820 W. 6th Street, Los Angeles; and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free; parking fees may apply.
Jamboree at the Discovery Cube in Orange County
March 2: Parenting OC returns to the Discovery Cube for its 13th Anniversary Edition of the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event, a summer-fun planning extravaganza. This year, it will feature many exhibitors, including family travel destination spots, summer camps, and schools. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Kids Club Performer at Santa Monica Place
March 6: Watch Morgan Taylor’s Gustafer Yellowgold show at Kid’s Play Space. A funny and touching multimedia performance of music, colored pencil animations and storytelling. Your kids will enjoy all of the whimsical songs and super catchy narratives songs that explain the life of a friendly alien from the Sun, who now resides in a wildly imaginative version of the woods of Minnesota. Wednesday, 11 a.m. – noon. Free.
Kite Party in Huntington Beach
March 9-10: The annual kite event produced by owner of the Kite Connection on Huntington Beach Pier is a by-invitation-only party for skilled kite flyers. Watch professional demonstrations throughout the day. The public is invited to observe the festivities, and can purchase kits to fly kites in a special area. Saturday – Sunday, visit website for more details. Free.
LA County Science and Engineering Fair
March 29-30: The Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair provides a yearly setting for middle and high school students to show off their investigative skills and creativity to compete for medals, special awards and scholarships. Students not only receive recognition for their projects but the Science Fair nurtures student interest in various scientific and engineering fields. Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Saturday, awards ceremony, 6 p.m. Free for spectators.
Lantern Festival 2019 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
March 2: Bring the entire family and join us for Pacific Symphony’s annual Lantern Festival, celebrating the Year of the Pig! The Lantern Festival, which can be traced back 2,000 years, takes place 15 days after the Lunar New Year on the first full moon night in the lunar calendar and marks the return of spring, representing the reunion of family. The act of lighting and appreciating lanterns is a way for people to let go of the burdens of their old selves and express their best wishes for themselves and their families for the future. You’ll have the opportunity to decorate your very own lantern, take in live music, try your hand at solving a riddle, take a Chinese folk dance lesson and more! Free, tickets are required. Due to venue capacity, admission will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the course of the event. Though a ticket does not guarantee immediate admission, ticket holders will be given priority access. Be sure to print out all print-at-home tickets. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.
Lantern Festival in Los Angeles
March 2: Join Angelenos beneath Chinese lanterns in Downtown L.A. for the 18th Annual Los Angeles Lantern Festival. The event marks the closing of the Lunar New Year festivities with engaging community booths, live entertainment, music, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Free. Chinese American Museum.
Long Beach Touch-A-Truck Event
March 24: Come climb aboard and explore. Some of last year’s vehicles included a street sweeper, garbage truck, cement mixers, a John Deere tractor, firetrucks, 18-wheelers, police cars, motorcycles, a city bus, a hearse, and more. Register in advance at www.justinrudd.com/tickets or at the on-site registration tent on event day. Each participant will receive a wristband at the registration tent on event day. Beachfront parking lot at Granada Ave. and Ocean in Belmont Shore. There will be a VIP half hour from 9-9:30 a.m. for kids with handicaps and special needs, and for the Boys and Girls Club and Special Olympics. Sunday, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free.
Mardi Gras Celebration in Long Beach at Shoreline Village
March 2: The annual Long Beach Mardi Gras at Shoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor returns with live music, food specials, art, and festivities. Join folks of all ages in dressing up, dancing, and making merry along Long Beach’s beautiful Rainbow Harbor in the Mardi Gras parade. Saturday, noon – 5 p.m. Parade at 2 p.m. Free admission. Visit website for parking information and entertainment schedule.
Newport Mesa MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) presents Bella Boutique
March 9: This family friendly event will have something for everyone. With over 45 vendors this will be a shopping experience you won’t want to miss! The entrance is free, parking is free and raffle prizes will be given away every half hour. Please come support local artists and small business owners in addition to the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) organization. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Newport Mesa Church. Free.
Nowruz Celebration at UCLA
March 10: Celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and the first day of spring, with a full-day of exciting activities throughout the day. The event includes musical performances, children’s activities, dancers, a Haft Sin display and an annual Persian Costume “Spring Walk.” Sunday, noon – 5 p.m, find full schedule on their website. Free.
South County Pet Expo in Lake Forest
March 9: South County Pet Expo is a unique and family oriented event centered around family pets. Please feel free to bring your well socialized, dog/people-friendly dog. This one day event offers a variety of informative groups, retailers, groomers, veterinarians and pet organizations everything you need to know for a happier, healthier pet! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free to attend.
*Please note: no flexible leashes are allowed for safety reasons. If your dog is not friendly, you may be asked to leave the event.
St. Patrick’s Day at Farmers Market
March 17: Wear your green and stop by Farmers Market LA for traditional Irish fare, music and fun! Magee’s Kitchen will be serving their famous corned beef, cabbage and potatoes. Sunday. Free.
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
March 16: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae. The observatory’s Zeiss 12-inch refractor and computer controlled 11-inch lawn telescopes are set up throughout the event. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.
Teach Emergency Preparedness for Kids at Rancho Mirage
March 27: Lori Peek, professor of Sociology at University of Colorado at Boulder and director of the Natural Hazards Center, will address the specific needs of children in disasters and will
offer ideas to help reduce their vulnerability during a disaster. The Rancho Mirage Emergency Preparedness Commission will share preparedness and safety tips on how parents and grandparents can teach the children they love about disaster readiness. Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Free.
Tell Us What You Really Think: A Zine Workshop at The Hammer
March 3: Author/Illustrator Mary Peterson leads a zine-making workshop where kids express their thoughts about a work of art, music, dance or literature through the creation of an eight-page zine. This workshop motivates self-expression, self-help, how-to, humor and more. Recommended for ages 8-14. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Reservations are encouraged as the free workshops are designed for 20 students. Free Admission. Parking: Under the museum, $7 cash flat rate on weekends. Cash Only.
Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Four-Day Event in Tustin
March 7-10: Families save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name brand, new and nearly new items (clothing, toys, strollers, highchairs, books, etc.) at 50-90% off retail. They are not a store open year round, instead they hold huge four-day events, four times a year. You do not need to be a consignor to attend and purchase items. Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission on Friday – Sunday.
Weekend of Art in Los Alamitos
March 22-23: This art exhibition offers the community an opportunity to view and honor demonstrations in various performing and visual art genres for children and adults including music, photography, painting, drawing, dance, and more. Friday, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. Los Alamitos Community Center.
Wilderness Access Day: Bommer Canyon
March 16: Hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians can enjoy self-guided access in the City of Irvine’s Open Space Preserve. All ages are welcome; visitors 17 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Saturday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Bommer Canyon.
Costa Mesa Community PlayDate
March 16: Families can expect fun activities and crafts, complimentary gift bags, and live giveaways. Wear your favorite Green attire and test your luck with their Rainbow Treasure Hunt! Located Giveaways include a MicroKickboard Scooter, JuJuBe Diaper Bag and more. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. SOCO Farmers Market.
* All event listings are believed accurate at the time of posting, but schedules are subject to change without notice. Please confirm with event organizer before attending. While admission is free, there may be additional costs for parking, food, etc.