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.
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.
Third weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers.
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.
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.
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.
Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing offers a dockside experience for young fisherman.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
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.
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.
June 17: Celebrate Father’s Day with the entire family at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual picnic.
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.
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.
June 3, 10, 17 and 24: This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
JuJune 10 – August 26: Every Sunday 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.
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.
June 17, July 15 and August 19: Hop on your bikes for this monthly all-ages, three-mile neighborhood ride through Bixby Knolls.
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).
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
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!
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.
June 17, July 15 and August 19: 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.
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.
June 17: Kids (10+) can sit back, relax, and enjoy “A League of Their Own.”
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 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.
June 3 – September 3: Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum presents “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in an outdoor amphitheatre in rustic Topanga Canyon.
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.
June 17: Today, celebrate DADs! Join the museum in their Art Studio as they decorate colorful mugs to give to one of your favorite people.
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.
June 17: Wish Dad a Happy Father’s Day with a free game of mini-golf (with purchase of one paid golf game), at Golf N’ Stuff.
June 17: Dig into an all-you-can-eat buffet with unlimited champagne and including European meats, cheeses and pastries from Old World’s gourmet food purveyors.
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.
June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.
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.
June 17: This Father’s Day put your heads and hands together to make a fun craft.
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 17: Together, kids and dads can enjoy Father’s Day as they build a C02 car at Build It Workspace. Participants will hand-craft a car that is powered by compressed air, and then find out how far will it go, in the on-site races.
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.
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.
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 26 – August 19: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet.
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
June 17: Take dad on an adventure in the garden and hike through trails, design a memory box and create burnt wood art.
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!
May 31 – June 17: Unleash your imagination and discover a world of pure circus magic and wonderment under the Big Top.
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 17: In an explosion of comedy and incredible tricks, Fantastick Patrick will amaze with circus skills and all using the principles of physics!
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