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 19 – August 6: Top amateur and professional surfers compete for honors in the largest surf competition in North America.
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.
July 29: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
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.
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
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 28-30: Now in its 23nd year, the Long Beach Crawfish Festival combines the best Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style, a giant food court, children’s stage, bounce houses, karaoke lounge and more.
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 10, July 15 and 29, and August 23: Experience art, music, dance and film on select Fridays at the Getty.
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.
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 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.
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.
July 27-30: This 4-day event will feature tons of discounted baby, children and maternity clothes, room decor, toys, furnishings, shoes, books, outdoor equipment and more.
July 29-30: Get ready to sizzle at the 24th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, celebrating salsa food, music and dance.
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 26-30: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
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.
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.
July 29 and August 5: Picnic on the lawn surrounded by the historic Victorian homes of Heritage Square, while viewing classic and silent movies.
May 20 and July 29: During this free carseat education class presented by AAA, learn about occupant-protection laws, how to select the right seat, how to correctly secure your child in a seat and installation tips.
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.
July 29-30: Featuring watermelon carving demonstrations and recipe contests, watermelon eating contests, seed spitting contests, wearable art contests, and more.
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.
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.
July 29-30: Celebrate all the wonderful things Long Beach has to offer.
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.
Saturdays, June 10 and 17, July 1, 8, 15 and 29, and August 5, 12, and 19: Watch a family flick under the stars, with pre-show music and plenty of food trucks. Bring your own blanket or low-backed chairs – even your dog!
Thursday and Saturday, July 1 – August 31: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.
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.
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.
July 29 – August 6: The Big Bear Cycling Festival offers a full week of rides, concerts a Kids’ Cyclefest and other fun cycling-related activities at 7000′ in the San Bernardino Mountains for the whole family!
July 29: The Eat See Hear summer-long celebration of food, movies and music presents an outdoor screening of “Young Frankenstein” (PG).
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 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 29: Join Bellflower for its first ever Mom Prom. Boys (grades preschool – 8) are invited with their mother, grandmother, aunt, etc. for a night of music, dancing, photobooth, games, raffles, and more!
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
July 29-30: Gather the family, a tent, sleeping bags and overnight gear and they’ll take care of the rest!
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 29: Kids under 18 are free at Del Mar Race Track’s 7th annual Gourmet Food Truck Festival. Bring your appetite for the tastiest food on wheels, with more than 40 food trucks all in one location.
June 17-September 9: Catch the Pasadena POPS at the arboretum. Bring picnic dinner.
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.
July 19: Join Barnes & Noble for the fourth annual Get Pop-Cultured celebration, with events and activities the whole family can enjoy, including a Superhero Storytime.
July 29-30: A full range of talks and presentations on local ghost lore, the craft of monster making and the design of haunted attractions, immersive and interactive theatre, and previews of upcoming Halloween events and attractions, all from the people who make it happen!
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.
July 15 and 29 and August 12 and 26: Kids (5+) have the chance to find clues, decipher them, and tell a story in order to find the treasure.
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.
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.
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.
Saturdays: July 15, July 29, August 12: Create and play with the library’s LEGOs. Reach for the sky as you build your own spectacular creations.
July 29: The Brain Hub is a learning center where they feed and exercise the brain. Kids (7-10) are invited to today’s free STEM lab session that aims to develop critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration.
July 29-30: Get ready for a slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and the newest attraction – watermelon skiing!
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 29: A treasure hunt, circle time with the fairy queen, dancing, games, fairy unicorn card readings, fairy face painting, snacks, frolic and lots of fun.
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 29: It’s National Dance Day 2017! Join Kidspace for this annual celebration founded by the Dizzy Feet Foundation to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.
July 15 – August 27: Get ready to experience Big Air in a whole new way with the Summer Games!
July 27 – August 13: This summer the Gamble House will once again open its servants’ quarters for exclusive “Upstairs Downstairs” tours.
July 29: Kids (3+) make a Jammin’ Jellyfish.
Saturdays, July 8-29: Join Kona Grill at Irvine Spectrum Center for free sushi rolling classes for kids (3-10).
July 29: Developing effective study skills is the key to becoming successful in school. This class will teach students (9-15) important time management skills, organizational skills and how to improve reading comprehension.
July 14-30: Batter Up! The All-American and Tony Award winning hit “Damn Yankees” is coming to Westminster this month.
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 – 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.”