March 9-25: Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.
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.
March 10-31: The annual Easter Eggstravaganza includes visits with the Easter Bunny, a moon bounce, egg hunts for ages 2-12, train rides, cookie decorating, games and activities for the whole family.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
March 17-18: Join the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual International Children’s Day festival, celebrating the amazing talents of children of all cultures.
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.
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
March 1 – May 13: The nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are in bloom for just six to eight weeks each year, bringing the famous fields back to life.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
March 18: The Spirit Run offers 13 races for kids and adults, ranging in distance from a Toddler Trot to a 10K.
March 17 – May 6: Adopt a caterpillar in the Busy Bee Learning Store to experience the magic of metamorphosis.
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.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
March 18: Each year, the Sierra Madre Chamber of Commerce hosts the Sierra Madre Wistaria Festival, with tours of the Guinness Book certified World’s Largest Blossoming Plant, 200+ arts, crafts and vendor booths, and live music at several outdoor venues.
March 16 – April 8: The 24-day food festival features countless, one-of-a-kind boysenberry inspired dishes, drinks and more, plus live entertainment and family fun.
Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.
March 17-18: Grab your goggles and parasols, put on your top hats and corsets, and jump into your airships for an extraordinary, two-day festival celebrating the fantasy, history and ingenuity behind Steampunk.
March 18 and 24: Join a park naturalist on a three-mile family nature walk at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park.
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!
March 10-31: See how the fruits and vegetables grow and sample produce that are in season. On the last stop, you’ll pick and eat strawberries as well as pick yourself a one (1) pound basket to take home.
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.
Through March: Southern California’s largest and oldest snow tubing park, Snowdrift offers tubing fun on snow tubes that are specially designed with belly straps and handles.
Through March: Enjoy a scenic chairlift ride followed by a thrilling downhill sled ride.
Mid-November through Easter: Day and night “glow” tubing at Big Bear Snow Play.
March 4, 10, and 18: Kids (9-15) who are interested in participating in the summer program are required to try out with a swim test. There are four age divsions.
March 18: This special event will feature Trevor Hollenback, the sheep shearer, who will demonstrate how the sheep are freed from their warm winter woolies at 123 Farm.
March 17-18: Let’s take a weekend to see just how green L.A. can get. This festival is packed with hands-on, fun family activities!
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.
March 16-18: Exlpore the world of arcade games with seminars, movies and game play!
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.
March 3-4, 11, 17-18, 25, 31, April 1, 14-15, and 28: CMA’s Educators conduct tours of the Point Fermin Tidepools.
March 4 – April 22: Discover the tastes, textures, and smells of history during this all-ages Roman Garden workshop.
February 21 – March 18: Luzia takes you to an imaginary Mexico, like in a waking dream, where light (“luz” in Spanish) quenches the spirit and rain (“lluvia”) soothes the soul.
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
March 17-18 and 24-25: Swing, slither or soar over to the zoo’s family fun event of the year! Experience America’s Teaching Zoo like no other time of the year during the Spring Spectacular.
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
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.
Through May 13: The Very Eric Carle Exhibit invites early learners on a journey of discovery! Kids can become a butterfly, weave a web or roll in the grass
Daily: Parents and toddlers join Sky Zone for a fun time just for them. Get access to the toddler court and foam pit!
February 18 and March 18: Spring is right around the corner and nothing says springtime like colorful flowers.
March 9 – March 31: The season’s favorite bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden.
March 17-18: Art can transcend barriers of all kinds. Families create art inspired by social justice issues, children’s literature, and Hammer exhibitions.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
March 18: One of the most popular adventure tales of all time, Treasure Island spins an action-packed, fun-filled tale of piracy, a mysterious treasure map, and a host of characters with bad intentions who meet their match and are foiled in their attempts.
January 10 – March 31: A thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
March 18: America’s most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his three-time Emmy Award-winning television series to the live stage.
March 18: A Faery Hunt shows are interactive performances designed for young audiences and families to inspire creativity, imagination and fun.
January 30 – March 24: The Batman ’66 Retrospective exhibit will consist of four popular sections (Wayne Manor, The Batcave, Gallery of Guest Super Villains, and The Collectibles of Batman 66).
March 18: They’re back! With star performances these canine daredevils will thrill the entire
family with doggone amazing tricks.
Through September 9: Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments.
February 16 – August 19: Discover the man behind the legend. Now the most comprehensive exhibition of Genghis Khan and his treasures invades the Reagan Library, its only Southern California stop on an international tour.
March 18: Are you ready to dance? Disney Junior Dance Party On Tour is a new interactive live concert experience.
March 18: This original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, the granddaughter of the fabled Peter.
March 4-25: With all of the characters you know and love including the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and the Queen of Hearts, Alice follows the White Rabbit into a Wonderland of talking animals, comic royalty, and a croquet game played with flamingos.
March 15-18: Enjoy the class Disney musical in a way you’ve never seen it before, featuring an immersive musical experience. Youtube sensation and Broadway star Todrick Hall hosts the celebrity pre-show, featuring contests, games, and live performances.
March 5 – July 4: Explore the sprawling sanctuary of Candytopia. This four-month event celebrates the vibrant colors and flavors of favorite sugary delights through a series of interactive art installations in over a dozen environments, from flying unicorn pigs to a marshmallow tsunami.
March 10-11, 18, 24, and 31: Fall down the rabbit hole with Alice into a wonderland filled with spring fairies, mermaids, superheroes, pirates, and Pprincesses.
March 10-11, 18, 24, and 31: When young Jim Hawkins sets out to find Long John Silver he finds himself on an unexpected, grand pirate adventure, where he meets Princess Elizabeth and a real-life mermaid, he battles Blackbeard and helps Captain Jack escape all while searching for hidden treasure.