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.
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.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
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.
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.
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.
August 20: Bring the family to celebrate everything plum, with live music, carnival games, face painting, plum cakes, plum crepes, a BBQ kitchen, arts and crafts vendors 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
April 30 – December 3: Monthly, watch short-legged but swift Dachshunds race, like nothing you’ve seen before!
August 20: Enjoy one of the greatest comedies ever made, “The General”!
June 18, July 16 and August 20: Hop on your bikes for this monthly all-ages, three-mile neighborhood ride through Bixby Knolls.
Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.
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!
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.
June 18, July 16 and August 20: Join musicians and cowboy poets as they perform stories and songs of the romantic Old West, contemporary music of the American West, and songs of the open range and the American cowboy.
June 18, July 16 and August 20: Explore science, technology, engineering, art, math and music in a fun and stimulating outdoor environment.
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.
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.
August 20: Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff as they search the Catalina Channel for the largest animals in the world. Blue, fin and humpback whales spend part of their summer here to feed on huge amounts of krill.
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, August 6, 13, 20 and 27: Make, look, and talk about art at Andell Family Sundays! This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.
First Saturdays and Third Sundays: Guides will point out the common plants, animals and birds and discuss history, endangered species, ecology and restoration.
Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail and marine life.
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.
Third Sundays: Hands-on art-making program offered by Laguna Art Museum on a drop-in basis on the third Sunday of every month. Kids and their families create a piece of art, inspired by one of the current exhibits.
July 15 – September 24: Come out to the Santa Monica Playhouse to catch a heart-warming rhythm and boos comedy melodrama.
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
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.
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.
August 20: Be ready to swim, run, go over, under, through and between various obstacles!
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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.
July 16 and August 20: An antique diesel engine will transport you to Bennett’s Honey Farm, which offers local honey in many flavors as well as other bee-produced items, gifts and more.
First and third Sundays: Walt’s Barn is a living showcase of Walt’s passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt’s Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
June 19 – August 26: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn incentives.
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 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.