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 20: Party for the Planet is an all-zoo event promotes conservation and the environment. There will be eco-friendly crafts, bird bingo, hands-on demonstrations, education stations and tips on recycling.
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.
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.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
May 20: Experience the diverse mix of art, architecture and history of the Arroyo Seco area with free admission at six unique museums.
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 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.
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 24, April 21, May 20, June 9, 21, and August 5: 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
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).
Third Sundays: In these free drop-in workshops families will work together to create artwork inspired by Museum exhibitions.
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.
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!
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 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!
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.
May 20: See more than 100 instrumentalists and singers perform on three stages, and don’t miss the dance barn, bring-your-own instrument jam sessions, folk art booths and Eucalyptus Grove with kids’ crafts, family-friendly performers and clogging workshops.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
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.
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.
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
Sundays: Kids (4-9) join Mrs. Lund for story time and crafts.
May 20: Shavuot for children is a fun Jewish holiday celebration where families stay up all night learning.
May 20: Browse through 60+ vendor tables stocked with rare and hard-to-find model aircraft, warships, cars, tanks, trains and more.
Wednesday – Sunday: A local, family owned U-Pick farmoffereing various crops for picking throughout the year.
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.
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 20: K.A.M.P. (Kids’ Art Museum Project) is an annual one-of-a-kind fundraising event imagined by artists for kids and their families.
April 22 and May 20: Cloverleaf Ranch welcomes parents and children prior to camp for a tour of the facilities and to better acquaint you with the program.
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.
Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.
May 20: Auntie Angelica takes the audience on a gentle adventure to help Mermaid LiBan back to the ocean to find her tail!
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.
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.
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
May 20: Six museums, all free! Partake in a whole day of museum hopping as these museums open their doors to celebrate art, architecture and history in the Arroyo Seco area.
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 20: In honor of National Water Safety Month, Deep Blue Swim School invites you to their Bixby Knolls location where they will be hosting water safety demonstrations, plus teaching water safety skills to kids and their families.
May 20: Don your favorite flying costume (fairy wings, superhero cape, you name it!) and join in on a Garden adventure in search of the earth’s chief pollinators: bees, birds, butterflies and bats.