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.
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 11 and 25: Watch the captivating grunion come up on the beach to spawn. Learn about the interesting mating rituals and biology of this curious fish.
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.
June 11, 25, July 9 and 23: Friends of Santa Ana Zoo host these after hour’s concert series and tasting events that feature live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train and Carrousel rides.
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.
Sundays, June 25 – September 3: Enjoy the Aquarium of the Pacific after hours while taking advantage of special savings.
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.
June 24-25: Enjoy carnivale-style family fun, including a Mardi Gras parade, dance lessons, a crawfish eating contest and a kids’ corner.
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 25, July 23, and August 27: Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music in the historic gardens.
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.
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.
June 4, 11, 18 and 25: This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.
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!
Sundays, June 25 – September 3: A Huntington Beach tradition for 44 years, bring family, friends and a picnic dinner for free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell.
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.
June 25: Celebrate summer with an afternoon filled with live music, food and plenty of activities. Enjoy the free children’s art events and play area as well as an arts and crafts fair.
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.
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.
June 25: This free event features demonstrations of the Olympic sports of archery and fencing.
June 24-25: The Buena Park Community Chorus presents its annual concert.
Sundays: Join the community to rock out and dance. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.
June 11, 18 and 25: Check out some great finds at the OC Marketplace and enjoy free concerts.
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.
Sundays, June 25 – August 20: Beat the heat sitting inside the stunning Walt Disney Concert Hall, while Cal Phil takes you on a musical journey.
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.
June 25: Explore offbeat museums and installations from around the world. Then create your own museum, detailing the treasures and exhibits within.
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.
June 25, July 23 and August 13: Join a “TreeHug Hike” out to the Redwood Forest to read a great book under the canopy of the nature center’s tallest trees.
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: 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
June 25: Join the museum as they celebrate the great Eric Carle with story time and by making your own Very Hungry Caterpillars in our Art Studio!
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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 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.
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.
June 25: MMCC celebrates 25 years of marine mammal rehabilitation by holding their annual Seal Day Festival. Featuring guest speakers, movie screenings, crafts and games, live music, educational booths, food, and merchandise from vendors and nonprofit organizations.
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.
June 24-25; and September 23-24: Parents and kids (6-13) learn to sail together.
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!
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!
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 18 – January 7: Experience the next level of toys and games at this new exhibition opening on Father’s Day. Through more than 100 historic objects from the Autry’s collections, Play! explores the role of toys and games across cultures and over time.
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 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.