Saturdays, June 9 – August 4: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun, free community concert!
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 26 – June 17 and daily, June 23 – September 3: Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses.
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.
June 1 – August 15: Many libraries offer homework help, including academic workshops and story times. Plus, join the Summer Reading Program, June 1 – August 15. Young readers (kids and teens) at most Los Angeles County and Orange County libraries will enjoy a “Build a Better World” theme.
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.
June 1 – August 31: Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables, and finally step into the melon patch to sample delicious home grown melon.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
June 16: Let the force be with you when you visit the zoo! Join this day of Star Wars family fun that includes Star Wars characters, crafts, games and photo opportunities!
June 16-17: Hundreds of artists of all ages will use over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk to create murals on pavement, stretching two city blocks.
June 16: Meet local law enforcement and fire officials, plus explore sheriff and fire department vehicles and displays. Enjoy entertainment and music, too.
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 11th summer! Kids across North America can bowl for free all summer long at one of 1,300+ participating bowling centers.
June 16 and July 21: Get a feel for camps offered by the New York Film Academy for kids (10-13) and teens (14-17).
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.
June 16: Sign aboard for an exciting voyage on a real tallship! First, you and dad will enjoy breakfast burritos, fresh fruit, and a beer (for dad) and juice on our Historic Maritime Wharf.
June 16: Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon. Hikers (8+) will cover three miles, with a gradual climb of 500 feet elevation, watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer.
June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
June 1 – July 4: Grab your cowboy hat, pull on your boots, and ride on over to this year’s San Diego County Fair to celebrate another year of fair fun.
Saturdays, June 9 – July 21, and August 4: Enjoy the company of your friends and family with the added bonus of fresh air and exercise while touring the Cypress Nature Park.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
June 8-10 and 15-17: Take a day trip to Cherry Valley for the 14th annual Lavender Festival, with live music, horse-drawn wagon tours, lavender delicacies, a petting zoo, horse-back riding, crafts, lavender crown-making and a lavender marketplace.
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 21 – September 3: Now through Labor Day, bowlers of all ages can buy a Summer Games Pass and enjoy up to three games of bowling every single day for the entire summer.
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 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15: Build and create with Lego blocks provided by the library!
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.
June 16: All ages are welcome to join the 2018 Summer Reading Club kick-off event. Hourly door prizes will be featured and other chances to win prizes and mingle with other club participants.
June 16 and August 25: Bring dinner, snacks, blankets and chairs to enjoy your favorite movies.
June 14-16: Join other homeschool families for 3 days of exciting events!
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.
June 14-16: This annual expo brings together more than 10,000 dealers and collectors of coins, currency, stamps, sports cards, autographs and memorabilia.
June 15-16: Join the young cast of The Lion King Jr. as they sing and dance to a Disney favorite, live!
June 16: Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team invite singers of all ages to sing a cappella the last part of the National Anthem for the crowd.
July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.
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.
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.
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.
June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.
June 16 – September 15: Bring a low-backed chair and a blanket and snuggle up for a free family flick!
June 16: Learn in a flash how to create nail art, make slime, grow roses, raise chickens, care and feeding of a pet rock, and much more!
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.
Monthly: Join a gymnastic-themed sleepover.
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 21- September 3: With a Cerritos Lanes summer games pass, you can bowl 3 games every day, all season long, for one low price.
June 16: Experience the trucks you love in a way you never have before — in the driver’s seat! Kids of all ages will enjoy more trucks and vehicles than they ever imagined, and interact with the professionals who drive them.
June 16 – September 14: The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the summer movie series for 2018!
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.
June 1 – September 2: Immerse yourself in the world of the Muppets creator with classic clips, costumes and historic puppets, including Kermit the Frog, Rowlf and Bert and Ernie.
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
June 1-24: They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines! Filled with one heart-pounding number after another, it’s a high-energy explosion of song and dance you and your family will never forget.
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.
June 16: Enjoy summer games, activities and food. End the night with a movie in the park and fresh popcorn.
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.
June 9-30: Come out to the plaza and watch some of Hollywood’s greatest stars under the stars
May 26 – August 19: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet.
June 7-9 and 14-16: Journey through time and witness the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler.
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
Third Saturdays: Do you count your child among the millions that love Minecraft, the creative sandbox game that allows players to create and interact? At Code Gauchos, even video games are educational.
June 2 – July 1: Head on over to the farm! Come and enjoy a day with food, drink, games, crafts, samples, face-painting, vendors, ATV rides, wagon rides and more!
June 16: Come join in on the fun! Sign up for the Summer Reading Club and enjoy exciting activities like game booths, face-painting, balloon art, crafts, rock climbing wall, a jumper and a giant slide!
May 31 – June 17: Unleash your imagination and discover a world of pure circus magic and wonderment under the Big Top.
June 16: Kick off Father’s Day weekend at the beach! A chili cook-off and salsa tasting event presented by Downtown Business Improvement District and benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Huntington Valley.
June – August: Dream Big! Every iconic structure around the world started with a dream.
June 9 – August 5: Join Kidspace for the annual Book Club! Each week, explore a different topic together by reading a book then pick a fun way to share what you learned.
June 16: Author Susan Lendroth will appear to read and autograph her new book “Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go!”
June 16: Kids can learn how to make a rose floral arrangement to kick off the summer season.
May 26 – September 3: This summer enter a lost world of prehistoric creatures from land and sea.
June 15 – August 31: Pick your team. Unlock the doors. Claim your treasure. Put on your fairy wings and troll suits (both real and imaginary) to enjoy this enchanted summertime activity as you explore the stunning 87-acre nature space
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.