May 19: Learn about marine animals that have been designated by the United States as endangered and how they are currently faring today.
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.
May 18-20: Thousands of rubber duckies will be launched into the ocean for this annual race. There’s musical entertainment, arts and crafts, food booths and children’s activities.
May 19-20: Join the Natural History Museum for its annual Bug Fair, celebrating our winged, multi-legged, squirmy, and sometimes bug-eyed friends.
May 19-20: During the annual festival, delicious strawberries are served every way imaginable!
May 19: Look through a large variety of professional and home-built telescopes to view the sun, planets, the moon and deep sky objects like double-stars, star clusters, and nebulae.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
Select Saturday and Sundays: Enjoy a beautiful family friendly 3 or 4 hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year.
May 19: Step back in time and see what life was like during the War Between the States. Visit the encampments of the Union and Confederate Armies.
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.
May 19: The Annual Art Festival features more than 50 hands-on free art activities, plus live family entertainment (musicians, puppets, bands, vocal groups, and dancers), food and community booths!
Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
May 19: Robots take over the aquarium at the annual Robotics Day. Watch demonstrations from local high school robotics clubs and learn about land and underwater ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles).
May 18-20: Hummus and pita and ouzo, oh my! Spend the weekend like the Greeks. Feast on food, enjoy music, stroll through the plaka, shop in the many booths, plus kids can play in the Kids’ Zone filled with gith carnival rides, games and other activities.
May 19: Enjoy Armenian food, pastry, dancing, live music and dance performances, plus a kids’ zone, shopping, tournaments, cooking demos and much more.
Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).
First and Third Saturdays: Bring your child and their friends to The Dragonfly to create an enchanting miniature garden with the help of fairies.
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!
Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.
May 19: Kids (3+) make a Paper Bag Kite.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
April 7 – May 20: Step out of the modern world and join a different time in history. Dress up and join the festivites including plays, music, magic and dancing.
May 19-20: Kids (3-11) and parents camp out “under the stars” with a real campfire, plus games, crafts, nature walks, roasting marshmallows and campfire songs.
May 19-20: Celebrating over 20 years, the Muckenthaler Motor Car Festival is North Orange County’s premier car event.
May 5, 12, 19 and 26: Enjoy even more fun at Golf N’ Stuff on these fun days with a balloon artist (free balloon sculpture) and free face painting.
May 19 and July 28: During this free car seat education class presented by AAA, learn about occupant-protection laws, how to select the right seat, how to correctly secure your child in a seat and installation tips.
May 19-20: Get out of the city and head to the mountains for a festival of liliacs. Festivities include entertainment, games, parades, vendors, food and more!
May 13, 19 and 26: Take the family for a docent-led tidepool walk to Pelican Point and see what how many different creatures you can find.
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.
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.
May 19: Explore pattern and design in works from the exhibition In Search of New Markets: Craft Traditions in Nineteenth-Century India. Using clay, design an object with motifs for your home
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.
May 20: The International Brotherhood of Magicians (Local Group Ring 96) will be holding their annual close-up magic competition.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
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.
Friday and Saturday: Parents drop off the kids and enjoy a night out on their own. Three hours of awesome games on the custom server and game maps with favorite BrainStorm instructors.
May 19-20: For those who think they have seen all there is to see of the museum’s
historic houses and collection, think again!
May 18-20, June 15-17 and August 24-26: OC Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment attractions in one jam-packed weekend of festivities that appeals to all ages.
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.
May 19: Families will enjoy snail races, lawn games and crafts, scavenger hunt, docent led tours and exploring the grounds while admiring a huge variety of blooming fuchsias at this special place for relaxation, exploration and discovery.
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.
Wednesday – Sunday: A local, family owned U-Pick farmoffereing various crops for picking throughout the year.
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.
May 19: This annual free event featuring the popular Kiddie-K Fun Run, which will begin at 10 a.m. The run will be one-quarter mile for children 1 to 5 years old and one-half mile for youngsters 6 to 12 years.
Third Saturdays: Only 5% of California’s once vast coastal wetlands remain today. Join the Weekend Wetland Warrior team and help protect the critical habitat at Golden Shore Marine Biological Reserve.
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.
April 15, May 19, June 9: Join Music at the Point with a variety of family friendly artists.
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.
Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.
May 19: Kids (4-10) can enjoy a Truly Fancy Experience – a Fancy Nancy Tea Party featuring Miss Mary Pat, to lead the fancy attendees in proper tea party etiquette and pronunciation of the fancy French words that the book character Fancy Nancy loves so much.
May 19-20: Dust off your pef leg, grab your eye patch, and prepare for two days of piratical hijinks with sword fights, cannon firings, a treasure hunt, and a pirate encampment.
First and Third Saturdays: Join the community and make a difference every other Saturday morning.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
May 1-31: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure! Come out to Pretend City as you can engineer your own recycling machines!
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!
March 24 – January 6, 2019: A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb.
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.
Select dates: Learn the art of old fashioned candy making in one of Sweet Pete’s Candy’s most popular classes. Sweet Pete’s confectioners turn boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipop
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.
May 3-27: Kids (8+) can watch the hit film come to live and follow Dewey Finn, a failed, wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.
Vans Skatepark in Orange, a 40,000-square-foot facility, offers two different Girls Clinics on Saturday, May 19th. Instruction is offered for beginner to advanced street skateboarders, ages 6-16
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
May 11-13 and 18-20: Set sail with this classic Gilbert and Sullivan comedy. Throw in a band of tenderhearted pirates, a young man named Frederic, a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King and you’ve got the classic Pirates of Penzance.
April 28 – May 20: Once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away there was an epic battle between the evil Galactic Legion and the good Space League to rule the universe
April 28 – May 20: Hi-ho, hi-ho, it’s off to the woods Snow White will go! Enjoy the classic tale of a beautiful young Princess who is banished into the woods by her evil step-mother the Queen, who wants to be the fairest in the land.
May 19: Clear your calendar – It’s going down! Become inspired to be a more creative thinker and doer, through playful, meaningful, immersive experiences including live music, food, exhibits, and more.