August 19-20: This annual celebration of Island culture features an island marketplace, arts and crafts, authentic island food, a kids’ zone and play areas, canoe rides, tiki carving and live music and dancing.
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.
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.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
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.
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.
August 19: This annual summer celebration features Japanese and Japanese American performances, crafts, and activities.
Weekends: The audience is always part of the show when the world famous Bob Baker Marionettes perform in-the-round.
June 24, July 15 and August 19: Bring your ukulele, play, sing, and learn some songs. Beginners welcome! Don’t have a ukulele? Come sing along.
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.
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, August 12 and 19: The price is right at these free summer concerts, sure to entertain the whole family!
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.
August 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20: Garden Concerts for Kids is a free outdoor music series for kids and their families in the Getty Center’s Central Garden, featuring some of the best children’s musical artists from across the nation.
First and Third Saturdays: Bring your child and their friends to The Dragonfly to create an enchanting miniature garden with the help of fairies.
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.
March 18, April 15, May 28, June 17, july 16, August 19 and September 17: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium educators and volunteers and learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat at Cabrillo Beach by using binoculars and microscopes to observe live animals
August 19: LA’s first and only urban rocket festival returns! Come by and fly your own rocket, build your own rocket and learn about rockets.
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).
August 5-26: Do you have a difficult time getting your child to try new foods or eat healthy food? Then this class is perfect for you and your child!
August 19: Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium aboard a specially equipped vessel where you’ll have opportunities to study some of the near-shore animals which will be collected during the trip.
August 19: Grab a passport and travel to Paris, Rome and Kerala. Take in a view of the Pont des Arts, people-watch at St. Peter’s Basilica and check out a colorful panel for a temple or chariot in Kerala. Gather stickers for your passport at each stop, and design your own stickers inspired by your travels.
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.
August 18-20: This three-day BBQ extravaganza features competitions and tastings, live bands, a giant food court and dance floor, plus a children’s area with bounce houses, carnival games, face painting 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.
Third Saturdays: Free parking, bags, gloves, door prizes and refreshments provided. Bring hat, sunscreen and comfy shoes. 10-10:30 a.m. End of Granada Avenue in Belmont Shore.
Third Saturdays: Rain or shine monthly beach clean-up. Please bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and closed-toed shoes; there is free parking, bags, gloves, community service certificates and hand sanitizer. 9 a.m. – noon.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
August 19: A soundtrack 65 million years in the making! Experience the classic film while Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ thrilling score live.
August 19: Watch local teams test their strength, stamina and endurance to see how far they can pull a 124,000-pound FedEx Boeing 757 the fastest.
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.
First and Third Saturdays, Second and Fourth Thursdays: Get close to some of the biggest vessels on the planet, take pictures of local wildlife and see how the engine of the local economy operates.
June 17, July 15 and August 19: Build and create with Lego blocks provided by the library!
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.
May 13, August 19 and November 18: Art Crawl Experience or simply “ACE” is a visually invigorating, tastefully titillating and explosive art walk and arts festival, featuring live artists, crafts, performances and gourmet food trucks.
August 19: Art is a powerful tool for social change. Speak up for yourself and others in an afternoon of artist workshops, music, and more!
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
Saturdays, June 17, July 15, August 19, September 16 and October 21: Bring dinner, snacks, blankets and chairs to enjoy your favorite movies in the beautiful indoor gymnasium.
July 15 – September 24: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a heart-warming rhythm and boos comedy melodrama.
August 19: Sunrise Ballet presents free and open-to the public auditions for its annual season of Nutcracker.
Saturdays, June 24 – August 19: Bring the whole family to enjoy stories and crafts.
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.
August 19-20: Dozens of hot sauce purveyors will offer samples at this 3rd annual event, which also includes a Guinness Book of Records pepper-eating challenge, contests, food, entertainment and more.
July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.
August 19: This fun event for the whole family includes open skate areas, novice and intermediate/advanced S.K.A.T.E Tournaments, a bounce house, and more!
August 19-27: Join various events and activites to celebrate Nisei Week Japanese Festival. Events include festivals at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, a parade at Grand Park and more.
Third Saturdays: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs.
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.
Third Saturdays: A monthly workshop for children ages 6-8. Different science topics are covered each month, providing participants opportunities to explore and experiment through hands-on activities that will stimulate their natural curiosity.
Third Saturdays: Kids can stop by a special activity zone to learn about good health and seasonal fruits and vegetables through fun scavenger hunts, plant art, health snack-making and more.
August 11-13 and 18-20: Dogpatch loafer Li’l Abner is loved by Daisy Mae, but the Yokumberry Tonic his Mammy has given him to make him strong has made him uninterested in romance.
First Sunday and third Saturdays: Join Southern California Live Steamers fo their Public run days at Wilson Park.
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
August 19: Calling all the nicest kids in town! Get a step up on the audition and find out what the directing team will be looking for!
August 19: Celebrate the 10th annual book fair. Featuring more than 150 celebrity readings, book signings, writing workshops, panel discussions, poetry readings, stage performances and musical performance.
June 17-September 9: Catch the Pasadena POPS at the arboretum. Bring picnic dinner.
August 18-20: Attend one of the largest women and diversity in tech, STEAM, and innovation conferences.
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.
August 19: The Eat See Hear summer-long celebration of food, movies and music presents a screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (PG).
August 4-26: The global phenomenon that has wowed audiences for over 40 years comes to Buena Park! Join a 1970 rock opera with music by Andre Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice.
Third Saturdays: Sensational Saturdays are designed to engage all family members at the library.
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.
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.
August 19: Celebrate the end of summer reading by designing fun crafts. After putting together cool creations, meet in the PLD Community Meeting Room, at 3 p.m., for some ice cream. Find out who won the the summer reading prizes!
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!
First Sunday and Third Saturday: The Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards meet twice each month to restore native habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. We plant and water native plants, remove non-native plants, pick up trash and other maintenance tasks.
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.
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
August 19: What a lovely way to spend a morning with the family, outdoors in nature while inspiring the imaginations of everyone involved!
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 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.
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.
Saturdays: Join the library and enjoy books read aloud by enthusiastic readers.
First and Third Saturdays: Join the community and make a difference every other Saturday morning.
August 12-20: South Coast Repertorys Summer Players will present the award-winning Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods.
July 15 – August 27: Get ready to experience Big Air in a whole new way with the Summer Games!
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!
Through September 3: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.
August 19: Learn how to throw a pot on the potter’s wheel, decorate the creative art piece with a variety of tools and stencils.
August 19: Lakewood Center is hosting a “Lakewood Community Summer Fest” all day with a Macy’s fashion show, kids’ activities, 15 food trucks and a free evening concert.
August 19: The Rotary Club of Los Alamitos/Seal Beach, along with the Lions Club of Seal Beach and the Department of Fish and WIldlife, present the 26th annual kid’s fishing derby on the pier.
August 11-26: Join the Civic Theatre Under the Stars in their latest production, Jesus Christ Superstar.
August 19: Ahoy, mateys! Join us here at CRAFTED for a nautical themed craft party complete with live music, tasty food, and hands-on crafts throughout the market!
August 11-20: The Orange County Children’s Theatre presents Disney’s High School Musical live in theatre. Bring out your whole family for this sepctacular musical that is sure to entertain all ages.
August 19: As the end of summer approaches, take your children (7-12) to an art workshop before they have to go back to school!
August 19: Join Cerritos Lanes for Kids Fest and enjoy 1 hour of free bowling for kids (15 and under), discounts on 1 hour of bowling for adults, and $1 hot dog and soft drink specials for everyone!