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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 29-30: Get ready to sizzle at the 24th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, celebrating salsa food, music and dance.
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!
July 2-August 27: Every Sunday during July and August the Long Beach Museum of Art invites you and your family to free artmaking workshops, with projects inspired by work on display in the museum.
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.
July 26-30: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
July 9 – August 13: Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park.
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.
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.
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!
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.
July 16 and 30: Enjoy a family hike in the morning led by a naturalist.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
July 30 and August 1-5: Enjoy activities all week featuring exciting crafts, scavenger hunts, live shark feedings and much more!
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.
Sundays: Join the community to rock out and dance. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase.
July 29-30: Celebrate all the wonderful things Long Beach has to offer.
Sundays, July 9- August 20: Two bands playing for 90 minutes each with food available for purchase. Bring a blanket, or low back lawn chair, and get your groove on!
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.
July 30: Explore how images and words combine to tell a complete story. Create characters in adventurous situations, and illustrate your very own books!
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.
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!
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
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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.
Sundays, July 16 – August 13: End your weekend on a high note! Pack a picnic basket and come on down to Hurless Barton Park Amphitheater for some great music with family and friends.
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 30: Friends make the world go round! Create charming friendship bracelets and write thank you cards to your dearest friends!
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!
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.
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 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.
July 30: Bring your family for a movie (The Secret Life of Pets) underneath the stars in Casa Romantica’s courtyard.
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.
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.
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 9-30: For a limited time only, the Gamble House will be offering four Family’ Tours geared towards younger guests (5-16).
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 14-30: Batter Up! The All-American and Tony Award winning hit “Damn Yankees” is coming to Westminster this month.
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 9-30: For a limited time only, the Gamble House will be offering four Family Tours geared towards younger guests (5-16).
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.”