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Events on August 17th, 2017

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

Family Movie Night in Fullerton

June 15, July 20, August 17 and September 21: Bring your family for a fun-filled evening at the library, featuring age-appropriate movies for you to enjoy.

Sigler Park Splash Pad

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.

Concerts in the Sunken Gardens in Westminster

Thursdays, August 3-31: Gather the family and enjoy an evening of dancing and live music in Civic Center Sunken Gardens.

Butterfly Pavilion at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles

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.

Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

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.

Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

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.

Family Films in Costa Mesa

Thursdays: Come to the library to watch and discuss a family-friendly film every week.

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long

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.

Movies in the Park in Long Beach

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.

Movies in the Park in Tustin

July 20 – August 17: Bring the family, blankets and chairs, and your favorite movie snacks for a free family movie!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program

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.

The Pageant Of the Masters in Laguna Beach

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.

Concert in the Park in Placentia

Thursdays, July 13 – August 17: Settle in for an evening outdoors with great live music! Food will be available for purchase.

OC Parks Summer Concert Series

June 22 – August 24: Families and friends enjoy great local live music, food trucks and good times. Today, Gardens and Villa with Stacy Clark.

Kids Happy Hour at Dream Come True Party Room

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.

Family Night at Sky High Jump in Costa Mesa

Thursdays: Load up the kids and head to Sky High for a night of Family Fun.

Snack Time at the OC Zoo

August 17: Kids (5-10) can find out what the zoo animals eat and receive for treats, then make some food treats to take home!

Sizzling Summer Nights at The Autry

Thursdays, July 6 – August 17: This all-ages outdoor dance party features the best salsa bands in Los Angeles, plus dance lessons that are sure to get some feet moving!

Free Kids’ Show at Levitt Pavilion Pasadena

Thursdays, June 13 – August 17: Treat your kids to a family-friendly show under the stars every Thursday all summer long at the historic Levitt Pavilion.

Under the Stars Music Series at the Muckenthaler

June 29 – September 14: Bring your own picnic to the Muckenthaler’s outdoor amphitheater for summer night concerts in Fullerton.

Free Concerts on the Pier in Redondo Beach

Thursday and Saturday, July 1 – August 31: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.

Anaheim’s Farmers Market

Thurdays: The Farmers Market features local California certified farmers, gourmet foods, craft fair and the homegrown music series.

Orange County Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.

Orange County Parks Daily Activities

Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.

Family Science Nights at the Ocean Institute

June 22, July 20, and August 17: Spend a summer evening in our Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists.

Comedy Juggling Show in Yorba Linda

August 17: Be astonished at this Comedy Juggling Show presented by world record holder, David Cousin.

Try Out Long Beach Jr Roller Derby

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.

Youth Art Workshops at Laguna Festival of Arts

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.

Dodgers Stadium Tour in Los Angeles

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.

$5 Summer Movies at Harkins Theatres

June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.

Free Family Concerts in LA County

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.

Stroll and Savor in Belmont Shore

August 16-17: The longest running food event in Long Beach. Taste from over 45 restaurants in the shore who offer the best of their menu.

Treasure Hunt at Storymakery

Thursday: Kids ( 5+) have the chance to find clues, decipher them, and tell a story in order to find the treasure.

Extreme Mammals Exhibit at Natural History Museum

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.

Fullerton Market

Thursdays: Enjoy fresh produce, handcrafted vendor items, food vendors, kids’ activities and live entertainment.

Doc McStuffins The Exhibit at Discovery Cube OC

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!

Family Science Nights at Ocean Institute

June 22, July 20 and August 17: Spend a summer evening in the Samueli Conference Center getting “up close and personal” with local scientists.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in Los Angeles

August 2 – September 10: This Tony-winning play follows 15-year-old Christopher, who has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.

Summer Games at Cerritos Lanes

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.

Itsy Bitsy Storytime in Lakewood

June 8 – August 31: With your baby on your lap, enjoy bonding time through action/bounce rhymes, age-appropriate books, puppets, flannel boards, songs, and more!

Summer Discovery Program in Lakewood

June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.

Annie at Peppertree Park

August 15-19: Broadway in the Park presents Annie, the musical about a little orphan who charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City.

Think Tank Thursdays at Pretend City

Thursdays: STEMgineer will facilitate an educational experience for guests where children will explore science, engineering, technology, and math skills while learning about oceans, the water cycle, the 3 r’s, sea life, water pollution, waves, water current, and much more!

Family Fun Night at the Gardens

August 17, September 21 and October 19: Enjoy family fun nights at the Sherman Library and Gardens, with movie nights, game nights, and a family yoga nights, more.

Toddler Playtime in Long Beach

Thursdays: Share book, puzzles, blocks, dolls, and puppets.Chiildren and caregivers can play with other toddlers and build their developmental as well as social skills.

The Lion King Sing Along at El Capitan Theatre

August 4-20: Come watch a Disney Classic Sing-Along in Hollywood about the adventures of Simba, the feisty lion cub who just can’t wait to be king!

Totality Solar Eclipse at Mt. SAC Planetarium

August 17: Prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse happening on August 21. “Totality” is a fascinating look at all the wonders of eclipses.

Laguna Art-A-Fair

Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.