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Events on July 14th, 2018

A listing of awesome activities for kids, teens and families throughout Southern California. If you would like to submit an event for possible inclusion, email your information here. Want these events delivered to your inbox every week, for free? Sign up for the Buzzz!

Technology Saturdays at Sam Ash Music Stores

Saturday: Join a free class every Saturday morning.

Pan for Gold at the Autry

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.

Long Beach Firefighters’ Museum Open House

Second Saturdays and Wednesdays: Pumping demonstrations, antique displays and tours of old Fire Station No. 10.

Orange County Fair 2018

July 13 – August 12: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!

Sigler Park Splash Pad

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.

Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

June 23 – August 12: Summer Safari at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is a family-friendly, summertime festival that celebrates Asia with music, dancing, drumming and acrobatics!

Sawdust Art Festival in Laguna Beach

June 29 – September 2: Kids can take a spin at the potter’s wheel, see a glass-blowing demonstration, or take a seat in the Children’s Art Spot (4+) or Studio One (7+) to try painting, printmaking, collages and other types of art.

Summer Reading Programs

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.

Dig It! Archaeology Adventures at the Skirball

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.

Shakespeare by the Sea Performances

June 14 – August 18: Bring picnics, blankets, chairs and warm clothes to these family friendly performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “MacBeth.”

Annual Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts

July 5 – September 1: For over 80 years, this famous festival has featured multimedia art exhibits, demonstrations, workshops for adults and kids, art tours, live music and food for sale.

Dolby Theatre Guided Tours

Daily: See an Oscar statuette, visit the Dolby Lounge and other celebrity hot-spots, and see images from previous Academy Awards ceremonies.

U-Pick Melon Tours at Tanaka Farms

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.

Movie Deals and Theater Child Care

Daily: Movies at discounted prices.

Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission

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.

Family Amphitheater Performances at the Skirball

Weekends, July 7 – August 26: Come sing and dance with family-friendly bands that span a variety of American music styles, from blues and jazz to folk and pop rock, in the Skirballs beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long

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.

Free Concerts on the Green in Cypress

Saturdays, June 9 – August 4: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun, free community concert!

Music and Movies in the Park in Los Alamitos

Saturdays, June 23, July 14, July 28: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join the community for a night under the stars, with live music followed by a screening of a family flick.

Free Class at Long Beach Depot for Creative Reuse

Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).

Movies on the Lawn at OC Great Park

Fridays and Saturdays, June 22 – July 14: Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family under the stars.

Rides on the Great Park Balloon and Carousel in Irvine

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.

Family Night at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!

Kids Skate at Holiday Skate Center

Saturdays: Kids can skate to kid’s music, and play games. Recommended for kids 10 years and under, with a parent.

My Fair Lady in Long Beach

July 6 – August 4: Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured.

Shakespeare in the Park in Rossmoor

July 14-15: Gather the family, a blanket, some chairs and a picnic dinner, then settle in for Shakespeare in the Park, presented by Shakespeare by the Sea.

Speedway Fair Derby in Costa Mesa

July 14: Speedway racing features motorcycles that are modified to make tight turns all without the assistance of brakes on a dirt track plus sidecar races.

Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes

June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.

The Pageant Of the Masters in Laguna Beach

July 7 – September 1: Where art comes to life, the pageant features 90 minutes of “living pictures” – incredibly faithful art re-creations of classical and contemporary works with real people.

Barnum in Long Beach

July 14-15 and 21-22: Starring the talented kids from GO-FAME Youth Theatre Company, this is a show you don’t want to miss!

15th Anniversary Shakespeare Festival at Griffith Park

June 30 – September 2: Get your picnics, blankets, and friends ready for a summer of great theater in Griffith Park. “Dream” runs June 30 – July 22 and “Titus” runs July 28 – September 2.

Saturday Walks at Cypress Nature Park

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.

Tour Angels Stadium in Anaheim

Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.

Noah Calama Outrigger Races in Long Beach

July 14: See more than 800 entrants racing 6-man and one-man outrigger canoes, on a measured 500-meter straightaway at Marine Stadium.

Long Beach Transit Museum Express

July 6 – August 26: Join the Long Beach Transit this summer as they head to some of the best museums around, including the Huntington Library and Gardens, Getty Villa and more.

Tom’s Farms

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.

Weekend Kayak Tours in the Upper Newport Bay

Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.

Yankee Doodle Dandy in Long Beach

July 6-22: The story of the original Yankee Doodle Boy and Broadway founding father, George M. Cohan comes to life with 22 production numbers including classics like, “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy.”

Old Fire Station 27 Tour Day in Hollywood

Saturdays: Old Fire Station 27 is a completely restored facility, and represents what the station was like when it was in operation.

Old Fire Station 36 Tour in San Pedro

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.

Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum

Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

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.

Bowlmor Season Passes

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.

Family Campout at Lake Forest Sports Park

July 14-15: Pack up your family and your tent and camp out in the Sports Park! The evening will be filled with a hearty dinner, as well as a delicious dessert.

Surf Rodeo at Pierpont Beach in Ventura

July 14-15: The 11th annual Surf Rodeo competition includes surf contests, street fair with more than 70 food and craft booths, beach bucking bull rides, a kids’ corral and two music stages.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.

South Bay Greek Festival in Redondo Beach

July 13-15: Celebrate Greek culture with live music, games, dancing, food and pastries!

Free Art Activities in Long Beach

Second Saturdays: A free opportunity for community members of all ages to engage in art making activities, art exhibitions, open artist studios and special events as part of the East Villages Second Saturday Art Walk.

Free Historical Walking Tour at Santa Monica Pier

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!

Orange County Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Orange County library system.

Orange County Parks Daily Activities

Daily: A monthly calendar of family-friendly hikes, walks, tours and more at parks in the Orange County Parks system.

Minecraft Night for Kids, Date Night for Parents in Irvine

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.

Seussical the Musical at Lewis Family Playhouse

July 14-15 and 21-22: Come see your favorite Dr. Seuss characters and take a journey of imagination with Horton the elephant must protect an abandoned egg and aid the citizens of Whoville.

Great Park Chess Tournament at OC Great Park

July 14: Chess players (ages 6-12) are invited to challenge their minds at the Great Park Chess Tournament.

Big Bear Chili Cook-Off

July 14: Watch more than 40 chili chefs face off, and enjoy tastings, vendors, entertainment and a children’s game area.

Treasure Island in Long Beach

July 13-21: Books on Stage dramatic reading series continues! This year Orson Welles’ Treasure Island is featured as it is performed and webcast live with sound effects by the cast.

Colonial Faire in Oak Glen

July 4, 7, 14, 21 and 28: Colonial Faire is an interactive cultural event aimed at entertaining, and educating, the public about life in the American colonies in the late 18th century.

Summer Movies at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.

Saturdays in July at Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk

July 7, 14, 21 and 28: Throughout the month of July, head to Golf N’ Stuff Norwalk for an incredible wristband deal as well as free Saturday entertainment.

Downtown Long Beach Beach Clean-up

Second Saturday: Join a beach clean. They have clean-up supplies, but encourage participating persons to bring their own water bottle and plastic bags to cut down on added trash.

BARK Therapy Dogs in Long Beach

Second Saturday: Calm and friendly certified therapy dogs are waiting to hear stories read by young volunteers. Drop in!

Saturday Mornings at Children’s Book World

Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.

Dodgers Stadium Tour in Los Angeles

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.

$5 Summer Movies at Harkins Theatres

June 12 – August 18: Watch a different kid-favorite movie each week all summer long at Harkins Theatres.

Father and Daughter Dance in Bellflower

July 14: Join Bellflower’s second annual Father Daughter Dance. Girls (grades preschool – 8) are invited with their father, grandfather, uncle, etc. for a night of music, dancing, photobooth, games, raffles, and more!

Free Family Concerts in LA County

Through October: Family-friendly concerts will be held in parks, outdoor amphitheatres, community centers, libraries and museums throughout LA County featuring a variety of artists.

Glow Nights at Sky Zone in Westminster

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!

Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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.

Summer Maker Days

July 4-29: Enjoy free art activities and crafts in the Gallery.

Walk with a Naturalist

Every Saturday: Take a hike with O’Neill Regional Park naturalists and learn about the animals and nature of Trabuco Canyon.

Summer Games at Cerritos Lanes

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.

Lego Mania!

Saturdays: July 14, July 28, August 11: Create and play with the library’s LEGOs. Reach for the sky as you build your own spectacular creations.

Music Festival & Academy at Casa Romantica

July 8-20: Casa Romantica’s third annual Music Festival and Academy is a two-week intensive music academy for children ages 8-13 of all skill levels.

Paws to Read in Lakewood

June 9, July 14, and August 11: Practice reading aloud by sharing a book with a certified therapy dog from B.A.R.K.

Summer Discovery Program in Lakewood

June 18 – August 25: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn prizes.

B.A.R.K. in Long Beach

Second Saturdays: Cuddle up and read to friendly certified therapy dogs.

13th Annual Butterfly Count in Long Beach

July 14: Help gather important data about which species are calling the Nature Center home. Beginners welcome. Bring water, sun protection and a sack lunch.

Mary Poppins at The Morgan Wixson Theatre

June 30 – August 4: Go back in time to 1910 and watch the troubled Banks family as they take on yet another nanny.

Los Angeles Libraries Daily Story Times and Events

Daily: A monthly calendar of story times, crafts, homework help and family-friendly events at libraries in the Los Angeles library system.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited at the Skirball Cultural Center

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.

Design Your Own Saturday at Silverado Library

Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.

Laguna Art-A-Fair

Through September 2: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.

Titanic in Photographs: The Exhibition at The Queen Mary

Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.

Wonder of Dinosaurs in Redondo Beach

Daily: Educational robotic and static dinosaur displays, plus dino-themed activities including inflatable obstacles, Ride-a-T-Rex, fossil panning, maze, and more!

KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the California Science Center

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.

Rainforest Adventure at Discovery Cube OC

Through September 9: Gear up for the ultimate rainforest adventure to explore and learn about these tropical environments.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition at the Reagan Library

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.

Family Fun Night Inflatable Obstacle Course and Luau in Mission Viejo

July 14: Wear your favorite Hawaiian attire and spend the evening dancing to luau-style music around the pool. Families can enjoy swimming, luau games, and an inflatable obstacle course.

Celebrating the Tet Festival in Santa Ana

May 26 – August 19: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet.

Fullerton Libraries Summer Reading Program

June 4 – August 19: Readers (through 8th grade) keep track of their time spent reading and earn prizes.

Tiny Tot Tuesday’s at the El Capitan Theatre

Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.

LegoMANIA at the Mary Wilson Library

Saturdays, June 23 – July 28: Visit the library to play and build with their massive Lego and Duplo collections.

Summer Masquerade at Riley’s Farm

July 7, 14 and 28: Arrive and immediately change into 18th century attire and be transformed to another time!

Young Eagles Kids Fly Free in Big Bear

May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11 and September 8: Kids (8-17) can fly around Big Bear for absolutely free and take in the beautiful sights around them while gaining the comfort of being in the air.

Summer Music Series in Torrance

June 8, July 14, August 11 and September 8: Turn a regular day at the mall into so much more!

Dream it, Draw it, Build It Summer Exhibit at Pretend City

June – August: Dream Big! Every iconic structure around the world started with a dream.

Pop-Up Program: Kidspace Book Club in Pasadena

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.

Dino Summer at the Cube

May 26 – September 3: This summer enter a lost world of prehistoric creatures from land and sea.

Fairies vs. Trolls at South Coast Botanic Garden

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

Lakeshore Learning’s Free Saturday Workshops

Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook in Santa Monica

July 14-29: Something terrible happened to Junie B. Jones at school today! Someone stole her new furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, she should be allowed to keep it, right?

STEM Fair in Costa Mesa

July 14: Join STEMup4Youth for free hands-on STEM fun through interactive activities such as slime, ice cream making, buzzing bee noise maker, volcano, parachute, and marshmallow catapult.

Li’l Abner in Westminster

July 13-29: Dogpatch loafer Li’l Abner is loved by Daisy Mae, but the Yokumberry Tonic his Mammy has given him to make him strong (and which is now desired by a Washington general) has made him uninterested in romance.

An Enchanted Fairy Tale Evening in Anaheim

July 14: Enjoy a special evening of fairy tales told in the enchanted forest setting that will surround you with whimsical fairies, butterflies, and the sounds of forest creatures.

Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop at Sherman Library and Gardens

July 14, August 11 and August 25: Kids Peaceful Painting Workshop is lead by local artist Stacey Fetterman, who will help your child weave together mindfulness and art from the heart through: breath work, visualization, and play – on and off the canvas!

Sand Sculptures at Sherman Library and Gardens

Through September 3: Sherman Library & Gardens presents “Sandscapes,” a sand sculpture display on view, made up of 15 tons of sand!

Movies on the Lawn in Irvine

July 6-7 and July 14: Join the Orange County Great Park for family-favorite movies on the outdoor big screen.

Ice Cream Social at My Gym in Long Beach

July 14: You’re invited to bring friends and family for a fun time at My Gym Long Beach. Enjoy activities, games, rides, music, ice cream making, and italian ice.