Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
July 22: The Cypress Run including a 5K & 10K Run and 5K Walk will kick off the day and is followed by the annual family festival featuring a pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, classic car show, arts and craft vendors, business expo, live music and kid-friendly activities, including rides.
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.
July 14 – August 13: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!
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 30 – September 3: Kids can take a spin at the potter’s wheel, see a glass-blowing demonstration, or take a seat in the Children’s Art Spot (4+) or Studio One (7+) to try painting, printmaking, collages and other types of art.
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.
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.”
July 5 – August 31: For over 80 years, this famous festival has featured multimedia art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, art tours, live music and food for sale.
July 22: During this 22nd annual event, dachshunds will dash 50 yards to qualify to compete for the title of Fastest Wiener Dog in the nation.
July 22 – August 12: The Big World Fun family series returns to the newly reopened Ford Theatres with an exciting line up of music and dance performances for kids (4-12) and their families.
July 1-31: Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables, and finally step into the melon patch to sample delicious home grown melon.
Weekends: The audience is always part of the show when the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes perform in-the-round.
July 22: Help thank our zookeepers for all their hard work caring for OC Zoo animals, with thank you card-making, crafts, games, a zookeeper chat at 10:30 a.m., special toys and treats for the animals and a scavenger hunt!
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.
Weekends, July 1 – August 13: Come sing and dance with family-friendly bands that span a variety of American music styles, from blues and jazz to folk and pop rock, in the Skirballs beautiful outdoor amphitheater.
July 22: Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto! Your very own sandcastle. Bring your shovel and a bucket, and come on down for some sandy fun.
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.
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.
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.
July 1 – August 5: Set in mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic musical comedy that takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong.
July 22-23: Gather the family, a blanket, some chairs and a picnic dinner, then settle in for Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Shakespeare by the Sea.
July 19-23: The Knights of Valour bring the thrill and spectacle of full-contact jousting along with exciting displays of horsemanship and medieval pageantry.
June 2 – September 30: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
July 7 – August 31: Where art comes to life, the pageant features 90 minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people.
July 22-23: The annual festival will feature cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations, entertainment, crafts and lots of great food and games.
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).
July 7-8, July 22, August 11-12, 26, and September 8-9: Come discover first-hand that this freshwater wetland is a magical place at dusk.
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.
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.
July 7-23: Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins brings the practically perfect nanny to life on stage. Based on the Disney movie, with the Sherman Brothers songs that are loved and some new additions.
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.
March 30 – September 30: Fans in attendance receive giveaways.
June 3, July 22 and August 12: Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer.
Select Saturdays, July 8 – September 9: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnic dinners, family and friends for a free performance at LA’s historic Levitt Pavilion.
Thursday and Saturday, July 1 – August 31: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.
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.
July 7-23: This summer, Marvel Universe LIVE! returns to SoCal with a brand new action-packed live superhero show spectacular for the whole family.
Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.
July 15-16 and 22-23: Watch the biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors as it comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.
Every Saturday: Join the CMSC every week for Saturday Science! The CMSC offers fun and educational science activities and demonstrations
July 15 – September 24: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a heart-warming rhythm and boos comedy melodrama.
Saturdays, June 24 – August 19: Bring the whole family to enjoy stories and crafts.
July 14-29: A special birthday salute to America, featuring short stories, poems, songs and essays by American writers and songwriters.
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.
July 1, 4, 8, 15 and 22: Colonial Faire is an interactive cultural event aimed at entertaining, and educating, the public about life in the American colonies in the late 18th century.
July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.
July 22 and 29, and August 4 and 5: This re-imagining of the brothers Grimm classic fairy tale Red Riding Hood brings wagons-ho to the dusty hills of Texas!
July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29: Throughout the month of July, head to Golf N’ Stuff Norwalk for an incredible wristband deal, as well as free Saturday evening entertainment that includes face painting, balloon art and live music.
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.
July 22: Take a look at aviation 100 years ago as aircraft battled over the skies of Western Europe plus special discussions about the aviation period between the wars.
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
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.
July 22: It’s the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join Pacific Symphony for free music and family fun!
Through October: Free family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.
Thursdays and Saturdays, July 13-29: Kids (2+) and parents join a fun-filled afternoon tasting and making chocolate treats. Discover where chocolate comes from.
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.
July 21-23 and 28-30: Believe in the wonder of live theatre again with performances of “The Little Mermaid” by Musical Theatre Orange County.
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.
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.
Monthly: Join a gymnastic-themed sleepover.
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 – 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.
July 22: Inspired by the prints in Gustave Baumann in California, carve an eraser stamp, then use it to create a printed ink design.
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, 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 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.
July 22: Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course event series for kids ages 5-16, with 10-15 fun and challenging obstacles and lots of mud.
July 15-30: Desperate for a son, lonely puppeteer Gepetto crafts a wooden boy. Pinocchio, however, is not content with his stilted life, so after making a promise to his father, he heads off to school, believing that’s the key to becoming a real boy.
Saturdays, July 1-29: Join the Orange County Soccer club at their home games, featuring family activities, games, food, and entertainment. Plus, hop on their bounce house during half time!
July 5-30: Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Hairspray is an uplifting story about integration on a local TV dance show for all ages.
July 22: This garden class will provide your budding botanist with hands-on experiences designed to cultivate their relationship with plants and nature.
July 15 – August 27: Get ready to experience Big Air in a whole new way with the Summer Games!
Fourth Saturdays: Little Wizards is a light, fun role-playing game (RPG) where kids (5-13) create a character and go on exciting adventures, discover new things and learn about the magical world of Coinworld.
July 22: Kids (3+) make a Summertime Nameplate.
Saturdays, July 8-29: Join Kona Grill at Irvine Spectrum Center for free sushi rolling classes for kids (3-10).
July 22: Meet our nature guides at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.
July 14-30: Batter Up! The All-American and Tony Award winning hit “Damn Yankees” is coming to Westminster this month.
July 13-23: The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room.
Saturdays, July 15-29: Come and bring your family to an evening of music each Saturday in July in Long Beach!
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.
July 22: Bring your whole family out to Plumeria Day where you can learn about and tour the plumeria collection.
July 22 – August 6: Come down to the Discovery Cube for a live action stage show will take viewers on a journey through different stages of “the impossible.”