July 8, 15, 22 and August 5 and 12: Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of dancing in the park! Gourmet food trucks will be onsite.
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.
July 13 – August 12: The OC Fair is offers 23 days of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
June 14 – August 18: Bring picnics, blankets, chairs and warm clothes to these family friendly performances of “The Taming of the Shrew” and “MacBeth.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Saturdays and Sundays: A family up to 5 can skate, including skate rental, for this special deal!
July 6 – August 4: Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured.
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 24 – September 2: A Huntington Beach tradition for 45 years! Bring family, friends and a picnic dinner for free musical entertainment at the Central Park Bandshell.
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.
July 15: The OC Fair’s octagon will welcome the return of mixed martial arts action for a night of skill, finesse and power.
July 8 – August 12: Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for an evening of music in the park.
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.
Sundays, June 17 – September 9: Come early with a picnic dinner, blankets and low-slung beach chairs for cool evening concerts.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
July 3, 15 and 17: Enjoy a family hike in the morning led by a naturalist.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
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.”
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.
July 15: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream today at Pretend City! This yummy treat is the first thing that comes to mind on a hot summer day.
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.
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.
Sundays, July 15 – August 12: Two bands an event with food available for purchase. Bring a blanket, or low back lawn chair, and get your groove on!
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.
July 15: Kiddle Karoo is an energetic Kindie Rock act that features a band of rockin’ Monsters, wacky Monster Puppets and the high-spirited, namesake lead singer.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
July 13-15: Celebrate Greek culture with live music, games, dancing, food and pastries!
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.
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.
July 15, August 19 and September 16: Little kids, teens and grown-ups alike will find Grand Park’s Sunday Sessions a fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
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.
July 15: Heritage Museum of Orange County presents a day of archaeology and paleontology for the whole family, exploring Orange County from the prehistoric era to present day.
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.
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.
July 4-29: Enjoy free art activities and crafts in the Gallery.
July 15: Kidz Bop records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids.
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.
July 15: Bring your family for a movie underneath the stars in Casa Romantica’s courtyard.
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.
June 30 – August 4: Go back in time to 1910 and watch the troubled Banks family as they take on yet another nanny.
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.
Through September 2: Celebrate art with 125 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, one of California’s summer art destinations.
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.
May 26 – August 19: Voyage to Vietnam: Celebrating the Tet Festival showcases traditions, customs, and values exemplified by the annual celebration of Tet.
June 4 – August 19: Readers (through 8th grade) keep track of their time spent reading and earn prizes.
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
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.
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
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?
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.
Through September 3: Sherman Library & Gardens presents “Sandscapes,” a sand sculpture display on view, made up of 15 tons of sand!