June 5, July 3, August 7 and September 4: Bring your own picnic and find a shady spot on the west lawn of La Casa Nueva. A variety of games and special surprises await.
Weekends and second Tuesdays: Eureka! Learn how to pan for gold, just like the 49ers did during the California gold rush, at an outdoor re-creation of a miner’s panning station.
Weekends, May 27 – June 18 and daily, June 24 – September 4: Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses.
March 19 – September 4: The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) has re-designed and re-built its popular outdoor Butterfly Pavilion exhibit.
Sundays: Tour the Tallship Brig Pilgrim, an authentic replica of the two-masted brig that Richard Henry Dana Jr. sailed into Dana Point Harbor in 1834.
Sundays: MOLAA’s Target Free Sundays offer visitors the opportunity to learn about Latin American culture through art workshops, live performances, and gallery tours.
Weekends: In a hands-on, simulated dig, kids experience the ancient Near East, learning methods for excavating a site and the importance of preserving archaeological artifacts.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
Weekends: The audience is always part of the show when the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes perform in-the-round.
May 26-29: A strawberry soire with carnival rides, contests, games, Showmobile, food booths, celebrity guests and a 5K run and parade on Saturday.
Saturday and Sunday: Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches.
May 16 – September 5: Kids read any eight books, record them, and bring the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble store to receive a free book.
Thursday – Sunday: The Great Park’s tethered, 118-foot-high, helium-filled balloon allows passengers to soar 400 feet in the air for a birds eye view. The carousel reaches a speed of 4.5 mph.
Second Sundays: Visitors are invited to view the display of classic aircraft at the Fullerton Municipal Airport.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
May 28: Fun shopping for the family, with vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food and music.
March 18, April 15, May 28, June 17, july 16, August 19 and September 17: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers and learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals
Sundays: Kids (8+) can spend the day at Fashion Camp learning to sew! Campers will complete a project of their choice in one day – perfect for the beginner or returning student!
Saturdays and Sundays: Familes stroll the craft fair, take in a train or carousel ride, try out the kid-sized tractor, operate a construction scoop, pan for gold, ride a pony, visit the petting zoo and see a magic show.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
First and last Sundays:The perfect way to introduce young children (4-8) to the museum, this program brings together story-time and art-making in the galleries.
Friday – Sunday: Visit a large-scale permanent craft marketplace in classic World War II-era waterside warehouses, plus creation stations, printmaking workshops, daily demonstrations, live music, special events and food trucks.
April – September: Fans in attendance receive giveaways and attended specail events at the Dodgers game.
Through May 31: Season passes are on sale now at the low price of just three payments of $18. Sale ends May 31.
May 27-28: Enjoy two days of Celtic entertainment for the entire family, including Highland dancing, piping and drumming, bands, athletic games, vendors and food.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
Sundays: Make the drive to Gentle Barn for a presentation and tour. See how the barn was started and what a regular day is for them. Then head off for a tour and meet some animals that were saved.
Saturday and Sunday: Join an hour-long tour that features fascinating stories about how the pier has changed over 100 years, the apartments over the Merry Go-Round, hidden nooks and crannies and more!
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
May 26-29: Go camping with the Boy Scouts. Pack your tent and sleeping bag, and enjoy a weekend at Camp Tahquitz in the San Bernardino Mountains.
March 26, April 9, May 28, and June 25: Go back in time to learn about what Irvine was like and how people lived before becoming a city in 1971.
May 27 – June 25: The Festival brings history to colorful life when part of Riverview Recreation Park in Corona is transformed into a hustling, bustling and a bit bawdy old world village.
May 28: Join the city of Villa Park for a car show, free pontoon boat rides, carnival games, petting zoo, stolling magician, bounce houce, music, competitions, dunk tank, prizes and more!
May 26 – June 17: Summer reading comes to life as Long Beach Shakespeare Company presents Julius Caesar.
Sunday: Don’t miss the shark’s favorite time of day – feeding time! Learn about these often-misunderstood creatures while watching them eat a meal. S
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
May 27-28: Escape into Irvine’s wilderness for a rustic camping adventure in Bommer Canyon. Activities include nature walks, slide presentation, campfire songs and stories.
May 28: To honor our nation’s fallen, the City of Irvine hosts the Northwood Memorial Ceremony, held in partnership with the Northwood Memorial committee, which will feature presentations by Gold Star families.
Wednesday – Sunday: A local, family owned U-Pick farmoffereing various crops for picking throughout the year.
May 5-28: Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel are going to be performing in their very first show, “Deep Sea Dances.”
May 13 – August 6: The Butterfly Pavilion unites science education and hands-on fun for visitors of all ages. Hundreds of butterflies call the temporary enclosure home during the spring and summer.
Most days: Studio tours include a two-hour guided portion and self guided visit to Stage 48: Script-to-Screen (approximately three hours). Explore iconic backlots, The Archive and The Picture Car Vault.
May 19 – June 4: Judy Blume’s enormously popular book hits the stage with hilarity, and sibling rivalry never has been so much fun. Well, two-year-old Fudge is having fun, and so is the audience; big brother Peter, on the other hand, has had enough.
May 14 – September 10: The exhibition introduces animals many visitors have never heard of or seen. Including rare fossils and specimens from around the world, vivid reconstructions, animated computer interactives, and hands-on activities.
April 30, May 28, June 25, July 23, August 13 and September 10: Join a “Tree Hug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest. A naturalist reads a great book under the canopy of the tallest trees while your family relaxes together on a blanket or towel.
March 14-June 25: See one-of-a-kind pieces by fiber artists, knitters, and crocheters that respond to the question, “What is a California landscape to you?”
May 27 – September 4: For the first time ever, Disney Junior has partnered with a museum to create an exhibit based on one of its most beloved characters!
May 28: Izzi Tooinksy is a unique performer who combines two great forms of art: juggling and storytelling.
May 22 – September 4: With a Cerritos Lanes summer games pass, you can bowl 3 games every day, all season long, for one low price.
May 27-29: Explore the wild world of art, where nature and the great outdoors inspire your inner artist.
May 13-28: Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping.
May 27-29: Bring the family out to enjoy thrilling rides, delicious carnival snacks, challenging carnival games and more.