March 25, June 24, September 23 and December 9: Explore the interactive exhibits while also enjoying fun trivia, snacks and prizes.
June 22-25: Celebrate Fountain Valley’s 60th Birthday! With carnival rides, games, music, dancing, entertainment and food vendors, you will not be disappointed.
June 24: Kick off the Summer Reading Program with traditional carnival games, face painting, crafts, balloon creations, music, and food. Plus, an appearance by the clown duo Flappy and Buttons.
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.
June 24: Up-tempo music, good food and fun for the kids.
June 24: The whole family is welcome to participate in three-mile and one-mile races, or a kids’ swim with distances based on age.
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.
June 24: Calling all nuns, goat herders and baronesses: sing along with Maria and wave your Edelweiss.
Saturdays: Take a four-hour, round-trip train ride through the citrus and avocado groves of the Heritage Valley on board vintage 1930’s passenger and dining cars.
June 1 – August 15: Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 – August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles County and Orange County libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme.
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.
Ongoing: Apple stores offer free computer classes (5+) teaching the basics of Macs and their software. Classes fill quickly. Locations: Brea, Cerritos, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Mission Viejo and Newport Beach.
Saturdays: Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required.
June 15 – August 19: Bring picnics, blankets, chairs and warm clothes to these family friendly performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “MacBeth.”
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Weekends: The audience is always part of the show when the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes perform in-the-round.
June 24-25: Enjoy carnivale-style family fun, including a Mardi Gras parade, dance lessons, a crawfish eating contest and a kids’ corner.
June 24, July 15 and August 19: Bring your ukulele, play, sing, and learn some songs. Beginners welcome! Don’t have a ukulele? Come sing along.
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.
June 24: Craft your very own fishbowl and give your sea creatures a home!
Daily: Kids Bowl Free returns for its 9th summer! Kids across North America can bowl for free all summer long at one of 1,200+ participating bowling centers.
Saturdays, June 10 – August 12: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a free community concert.
June 10 and 24, July 29 and August 26: Enjoy outdoor music and evening views of the city and drink in the refreshing summer exhibitions in a casual and spontaneous atmosphere.
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.
June 24, July 8 and 22, and August 4: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join the community for a night under the stars, with live music followed by a screening of a family flick.
Fridays and Saturdays, June 16 – July 1: Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family under the stars.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.
June 2 – September 30: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
June 24: Join expert Bryan Burks on a discovery tour of butterfly hubs and learn how to identify the butterflies that visit the Arboretum.
June 2 – July 4: Grab your cowboy hat, pull on your boots, and ride on over to this year’s San Diego County Fair to celebrate the legendary rough-and-tumble Wild, Wild West.
June 23-25: Opa! Bring the family for Greek food and pastries, cooking demonstrations, folk dancing lessons, church tours, drawings, a gift boutique and full-scale carnival.
Saturdays: Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a great place for kids to express themselves creatively. Good for children of all ages (must be accompanied by an adult).
Saturdays, June 10 – July 15, and July 29 – August 5: Enjoy the company of your friends and family with the added bonus of fresh air and exercise while touring the Cypress Nature Park.
June 24: Kids (4-10) and their families talk about the various emotions you see and feel, and then design your very own emoji button.
June 23-24, July 21-22, August 18-19: Come aboard the R/V Sea Explorer at night off the coast of Dana Point to encounter bioluminescent plankton.
Saturdays: Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer.
June 24, July 29 and August 26: First, join a wonderful fairy show and then attend the Fairy Birthday Party! A treasure hunt, story circle time with the fairy princess, dancing, games, fairy unicorn card readings, fairy face painting, snacks, frolic and lots of fun.
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.
Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation.
Saturdays: Old Station 36 includes remarkable LAFD apparatus, artifacts from the San Pedro area and some of the most famous fires in this part of the city, and much more.
Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.
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.
Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.
April – September: Fans in attendance receive giveaways and attended specail events at the Dodgers game.
June 24-25: The Buena Park Community Chorus presents its annual concert.
June 24: Rehearsals start today for performers ages 4-adult who would like to perform in YaYa’s Performance Academy’s summer presentation of “Lil’Abner.”
June 24: In a hands-on workshop with chef Ernest Miller, kids (7-12) can learn how to make homemade ketchup, mustard, mayo, and relish as tasty toppings for classic picnic fare.
June 24-25: Enjoy a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities including nature hikes, live music, pony rides, crafts, food, artisans and more for Lemon Lily lovers of all ages.
Fourth Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.
Second and fourth Saturdays: Kids Club Art workshops are free and suitable for all children ages 3 and older.
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.
Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.
Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations
June 24: Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial explores the friendship between a lonely young boy and a friendly extra-terrestrial accidentally stranded on earth.
June 24: Watch Jaws, the film about a giant man-eating shark that terrorizes swimmers and beachgoers in the fictional New England resort town of Amity Island.
June 24: Imagery from all over the world including landscapes, skyscapes, wildlife, and planets are the backdrop for this photo-realistic animated story of a photon’s journey through the eye and conversion into the images we see.
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.
Saturdays, June 24 – August 19: Bring the whole family to enjoy stories and crafts.
June 24-25: See over 200 arts and crafts booths, sample great food from the International Food Court and enjoy carnival rides and live bands.
Sunday – Thursday: A special time just for little ones to jump around at their own pace without older kids. In addition to opening the attractions, they provide extra balls and toys for the little kiddos.
Friday and Saturday: They turn down the lights, turn up the music and fire up the lasers and strobes. Enjoy access to all the attractions at the park The price of admission covers the entire duration of Cosmic Nights.
Saturdays: Books and Cookies invite local children’s musicians and music teachers to play a Kids Concert. Concert sets last about 30 minutes, and are lively, interactive, and fun.
Saturdays: Cooking 101 is the place where “what if” collides with “look at this” to create “delicious!” Cooks of all ages and levels, can expand their palate and knowledge.
June 2 and 24: Two children are on the adventure of a lifetime when they build a rocket out of cardboard.
Saturdays, June 3-24: Take a break from shopping and enjoy some great local artists performing on the Long Beach Towne Center promenade stage
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
June 24: The San Pedro Shred: Festival of Skate is the first-ever sanctioned skateboarding festival in the greater Los Angeles areaencompassing a wide range of skateboarding disciplines.
Ongoing: This behind-the-scenes tour lets fans visit some of the most restricted and non-public areas and view the Stadium from a whole new perspective.
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.
June 24: In honor of Gymboree Play & Music’s 41st anniversary, the Long Beach location will open its doors for all to join in on the play event of the year, including activities, parachutes, bubbles, art, music, refreshments and more.
June 9-25: Set in the bleachers at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, the bleacher bums remain undaunted as they root for the home team.
June 2-25: Celebrating life not as it is, but as it should be is at the heart of this inspiring and unforgettable musical.
Fridays and Saturdays: All ages Glow Night Includes front of the line admission to all activities, unlimited admission to the Game Zone that includes over 20 digital games, GLOW Dunk contests and GLOW Bull Riding Contests!
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 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.
Friday and Saturday: It’s cosmic night every Friday (9 p.m. midnight) and Saturday (8-11 p.m.). Enjoy the color laser light show and party music while playing dodgeball, dunking basketballs or freestyling on the main court.
June 24-25; and September 23-24: Parents and kids (6-13) learn to sail together.
June 24: Join an afternoon of fun, food and sailing on Newport Harbor.
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?”
First Saturdays: Register on their website to reserve a spot in one of their classes, such as Lego Engineering, Robotics Lab, Game Design, Minecraft Studio, Coding in Python, and 3D Animation.
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!
June 24-25: Join the crew of the historic ship, Pilgrim, raising sail, hoisting cargo and more.
June 24 – July 29: Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Seussical is fun for the whole family!
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
June 24: Inspired by the museum’s exhibit Interstitial, create a sculpture using objects and materials from everyday life.
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.
June 24: Join the city of Huntington Beach to celebrate the start of Summer! There will be games, activities, arts and crafts, and food while supplies last.
June 24-25: The Long Beach Bayou Festival, a Zydeco, Blues Creole & Cajun festival is back with its Mardi Gras atmosphere, Cajun & Creole food delicacies and Blues, Cajun & Zydeco music.
June 24, July 22 and August 26: The Brain Hub is a learning center where they feed and exercise the brain. Kids (grades K-5), join The Brain Hub for their monthly Storytime and Snacks, which encourages reading for fun, boosts listening skills, and fosters imagination and creativity.
June 3 – August 18: The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the summer movie series for 2017!
June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.
Saturdays: Join the library and enjoy books read aloud by enthusiastic readers.
June 10-25: What happens when a Zen Master Panda bear moves next-door to a ten-year-old boy and his two siblings? Kids (5+) will learn of centuries of Zen master wisdom about family, friendships and getting through the ups-and-downs of growing up.