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.
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.
Second Saturdays and Wednesdays: Pumping demonstrations, antique displays and tours of old Fire Station No. 10.
July 14 – August 13: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!
July 19 and 26, August 2 and 9: Receive one free admission to the fair and one carnival ride ticket with donations to local charities.
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.
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.
June 19 – August 11: Kids (6-12) can drop in weekdays for a variety of crafts.
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 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.
Wednesdays, July 12 – August 9: Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food will be available for purchase, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic plus lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
July 5 – August 23: Grab the family, some chairs and blankets, and enjoy a concert by the pier!
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.
June 19 – August 24: Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner and the whole family for screenings of family-friendly movies all summer long, at neighborhood parks across Long Beach.
Wednesdays, June 21 July 19: Bring chairs and a picnic and enjoy food vendors and a concert in the park, with a different performer each week.
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 7, 21 and 28, July 19 and 26, August 2, 16 and 23: Drop by the children’s library and read to two golden retrievers from the Pet Prescription Team.
July 26-30: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
June 21 – August 9: Pack a picnic basket or buy food from local non-profit vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.
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.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
Most Wednesdays – Thursdays: Time for the kiddos to unwind from a long day. Stop by for dress-up from the Castle Wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts.
Wednesdays: Tea time includes dress-up play from the Castle Wardrobe, mini muffins or cookies, fruit and refreshments, plus etiquette and storytelling.
June 28, July 26 and August 23: It’s Teen Movie Night! Eat snacks and watch a thrilling movie with your friends, or come to make new ones.
April – September: Fans in attendance receive giveaways and attended specail events at the Dodgers game.
Wednesdays: Kids and thier parents enjoy nature, story time and crafts at the nature center.
Wednesdays, July 19 – August 30: Have dinner downtown and then head to the Krikorian Courtyard for a free summer concert!
July 12 – August 16: Bring your picnic baskets, food, lawns chairs and blankets and get ready to rock.
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.
July 26: Kids (5-10) can connect with nature by exploring Irvine Park with one of the zookeepers.
June 20 – July 28: In celebration of the Autry’s new Play! exhibition, enjoy four square, hula hoops, checkers, cards, and more.
Wednesdays, June 21 – August 16: Kids (3-6) can enjoy age-appropriate stories, hand-clappin’ songs and hilarious puppet shows.
Wednesdays, July 5 – August 16: Bring a picnic dinner, blankets and chairs and meet family and friends for summer sounds under the stars.
July 26: Draw chalk art pictures on the Library sidewalk during the annual Chalk Art Festival.
June 27 – August 4: Celebrate 107 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band! Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: Kids (5-17) interested in roller derby can join Long Beach Jr Roller Derby for practice. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. MADhaus Indoor Training.
Wednesday: Discover what lives below your toes at the beach and become a citizen scientist with naturalists at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
May 15, July 24 – August 3: Casa Romantica is pleased to present the second annual Summer Dance Workshop, July 24 – August 3, where kids (7-12) can try multiple genres of dance — free!
Weekdays, July 10 – August 31: Bring out that creative spark at the Festival of Arts. Kids (5-12) can enjoy art classes taught by professional festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage 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.
June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.
Wednesdays: Explore the fun & relaxing art of coloring with your family. Designs for all ages & interests, supplies provided, but you may bring your own art supplies if you wish.
July 26: Kids have fun with moves and grooves with The Nick and Jen Show.
July 25, 26, 27 and 28: Does your child have a favorite Superhero? Party Karacters lead superhero training workshops where each week will be taught by a different superhero and sidekick (sidekick will be added if over 10 children register).
Wednesday: During the summer, Child Creativity Lab for Creative Reuse Open Studio Maker Sessions are held every Wednesday. Kids have access to makerspace materials, supplies, and workshop space.
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.
Wednesday and Friday: Kids (3-5) and their family join the engaging, imaginative, and themed adventures of improvisational storytelling.
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 5-7, 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28: Enjoy free art activities and crafts in our Gallery.
March 22 – July 26: Taking place the fourth Wednesday of each month, Wee-Reads are a story time, art-making, and gallery-viewing hour for children ages 2-5 and their families and caregivers.
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 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 7- August 30: Action rhymes, fingerplays, songs, flannel board, and stories especially for toddler and preschoolers.
June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.
July 26: Pythons! Geckos! Iguanas! See and learn about these and other fascinating reptiles and check out the library’s amazing reptile books after the show.
Wednesdays: There will be water play experience for the children utilizing water play sensory tables and water play toys.
Wednesdays: Bored of the same old games? Challenge your mind! Learn new, interesting table top and role-playing games every Wednesday in the Teen Cafe.
Wednesdays: Join the Michelle Obama Library for baby bounces, rhymes, and tummy time! Learn early literacy skills in a social, baby-friendly setting.
Wednesdays: Build something spectacular based on this week’s challenge.Legos provided, you bring iyour imagination.School Aged Children.
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.
Wednesdays, July 12 – August 16: MainPlace Mall invites children ages 4-12 to participate in the center’s free Summer Play Dates program.
July 5, 12, 19, 26: Join us for a fun reading experience in English and Spanish! Stories, songs, dance, play, and FUN at the Downey City Library.
Wednesdays: Join the Silverado Library for Wednesday Fun Night including activities, games, and more.
July 24-28 and August 7-11: Unleash every child’s tech passion through the different creative spaces at Build It Workspace.
Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.
Wednesdays: Meet the Rancho’s Blacksmith who will demonstrate and talk about the fine art of the smithy in the historic blacksmith shop.
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.”