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We don’t mean to gross you out, but there’s nothing wrong with getting a little muddy, getting mummified or checking out mammal fossils. Get your shivers and thrills at Discovery Cube, where you can learn the good, bad and gassy about the human body.

Get Fired Up!

Happy Independence Day! Take a ride along a scenic ocean route at Long Beach’s Kids’ Bike Parade, or make a day out of celebrating July 4th at Newport Dunes. Discovery Cube also debuts its newest permanent exhibit, the Boeing Rocket Lab; and Pretend City gears up for July by taking guests “camping.”

Get Campy

What are you doing to celebrate the Great American Backyard Campout? Give Mother Nature some extra appreciation this summer with a family campout. Other good stuff: Fullerton’s 4th of July Community Festival and Fireworks Show; and Ron Palmer’s one-of-a-kind basketball camp for athlete-scholars.

Go, Go, Daddy-o!

It’s Dad’s day! Take him on one of three weekend activities to show him your love: Averyboo Arts’ Daddy Day With Me; Surfrider Foundation’s Surf 24; or Ocean Institute’s Catch and Release Father’s Day Fishing Trip.

A Taste of Summer

Spend a juicy weekend at Garden Grove’s 51st Annual Strawberry Festival, or hit Newport Beach’s Newport Dunes for the annual Hula-Hula Luau. Also: catch a great family flick – “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs” at Great Park.

Festivus For the Best of Us

Opa! St. John’s hosts the OC Greek Fest, a weekend-long celebration of Greek culture; experience Aztec art first-hand at the Getty Villa’s Family Festival; and briefly visit and live in Old California at Rancho Los Cerrritos’ Spring Festival. Feeling pumped? OC Fun introduces its Shou Ji Martial Arts program.

Li’l Critters

Hop over to the Muzeo for All Things Frogs; bug out at National History Museum’s Bug Fair 2010; and see what’s quackin’ at the 18th Annual Duck-A-Thon in Huntington Beach.

Mom’s the Word

Show mama your love! Take her on a brunch sail along Dana Point, take her biking in Long Beach, or surprise her with a scenic train ride through Heritage Valley. Also: East West Ice Palace knows how to find and keep your cool.

Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around

Launch a rocket at Boeing, dig up some fossils in Buena Park and get a taste of the world at Soka University’s International Festival.

Where Your Feet Take You

Take a (night) hike in Irvine! Springtime fave Bubblefest XIV will be at Discovery Science Center. Think your kid or teen is a community role model? Visit the California Pageants’ free orientation to see if they’re ready for the crown.

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