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Events on July 18th, 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!

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

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!

We Care Wednesday for Free OC Fair Admission

July 18 and 25, August 1 and 8: Donate to the chosen chairty and receive FREE admission to the OC Fair.

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 Concerts at Boisseranc Park

June 6 – July 18: Watch a variety of exhilarating entertainment that will get you tapping your feet and dancing to the beat.

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.

Summer Crafts for Kids at Mission San Juan Capistrano

June 25 – August 17: Kids (6-12) can drop in weekdays for a variety of crafts.

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.

Regal’s Summer Movie Express

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, June 19 – August 15: This 9-week festival offers G and PG-rated movies for only $1 starting at 10 a.m. Check with individual theaters for titles.

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.

What’s for Lunch? at the OC Zoo

July 18 and August 10: Kids (3-4) can come find out what the zoo animals eat for lunch and dinner. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close.

Summer Concerts in Fullerton

Wednesdays, July 11 – August 8: Bring your family and friends to enjoy a night of music under the stars! Food will be available for purchase, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic plus lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Free Concert in the Park in Seal Beach

July 11 – August 29: Grab the family, some chairs and blankets, and enjoy a concert by the pier.

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.

Movies in the Park in Long Beach

June 18 – August 22: Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner and the whole family for screening of family-friendly movies all summer long at neighborhood parks across Long Beach.

Twilight Summer Concerts in Downey

Wednesdays, June 20 – July 25: Bring chairs and a picnic and enjoy food vendors and a concert in the park, with a different performer each week.

Read with the Dogs in Fullerton

Wednesdays: Drop by the children’s library and read to therapy dogs. The library will have plenty of books available

Concert in the Park in Tustin

June 13 – August 1: Pack a picnic basket or buy food from local non-profit vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the show.

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.

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.

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.

Nature Nights in Anaheim

June 20 – August 15: Join Oak Canyon naturalists on Wednesday nights and enjoy a twilight walk led by our staff naturalists, followed by a presentation.

Drop-in Family Fun at the Autry

June 19 – August 3: Uncover stories of people who shaped the West through hands-on objects, dress-up trunks, scavenger hunts, and playful activities inspired by Western history and culture.

Kids Happy Hour at Dream Come True Party Room

Most Wednesdays: Time for the kiddos to unwind from a long day. Stop by for dress-up from the castle wardrobe, face painting, snacks and crafts.

Weekly Tea Time at Dream Come True Party Room

Wednesdays: Tea time includes dress-up play from the castle wardrobe, pastries, tea or juice in fancy teacuops, plus etiquette and storytelling

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.

Parent and Me Time at the Shipley Nature Center

Wednesdays: Kids and thier parents enjoy nature, story time and crafts at the nature center.

Concert in the Park in Signal Hill

July 11 – August 15: Bring your picnic baskets, food, lawns chairs and blankets and get ready to rock.

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

Little Picassos in La Habra

Wednesdays: Join the museum every Wednesday for a paint date in the Family Art Center for lots of creative play for the right side of the brain!

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.

Safety Day in Westminster

July 18: This free educational event gives kids and families an opportunity to become familiar with the City’s safety staff and services, with bicycle licensing and fingerprinting, displays and exciting demonstrations.

Concerts in the Park in Brea

Wednesdays, July 11 – August 15: Bring a picnic dinner, blankets and chairs and meet family and friends for summer sounds under the stars.

Summer Concerts in Long Beach

June 26 – August 3: Celebrate 109 years of the Long Beach Municipal Band! Come out with your family and friends for music under the stars.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

Wednesday and Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.

City of Norwalk’s Summer Concert Series

June 13 – August 8: Free entertainment for the whole family is available through the City of Norwalk’s Summer Concert Series. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and listen to live music under the stars.

Youth Art Workshops at Laguna Festival of Arts

Weekdays, July 5 – August 17: Bring out that creative spark at the Festival of Arts. Kids (5-12) can enjoy art classes taught by professional festival artists in mixed-media, jewelry making, collage 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.

Family Coloring at La Habra Library

July 11, 18 and 25: Explore the fun and relaxing art of coloring with your family. Designs for all ages and interests, supplies provided, but you may bring your own art supplies if you wish.

Open Studio Maker Session in Santa Ana

Wednesday: During the summer, Child Creativity Lab for Creative Reuse Open Studio Maker Sessions are held every Wednesday. Kids have access to makerspace materials, supplies, and workshop space.

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.

Summer Stroll and Savor in Belmont Shore

May 16-17, June 20-21, July 18-19 and August 15-16: The longest running food event in Long Beach. Taste from over 45 restaurants in the shore who offer the best of their menu.

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.

STEAM Day at the Automobile Driving Museum

June 27, July 5, 11, 18, 25, August 1 and 9: The Automobile Driving Museum is happy to announce their new STEAM educational programs for all ages.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Summer Play Dates at the MainPlace Mall

July 11 – August 1: MainPlace Mall invites children ages 4-12 to participate in the center’s Summer Play Dates program.

Build It Competitive Robotics Camp in Los Alamitos

July 16-20: Put your robotics knowledge to the test and learn to compete with others that have had first-hand experience with competitive robot building and programming.

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.

Blacksmithing Demonstrations at Rancho Los Alamitos

Wednesdays: Meet the Rancho’s Blacksmith who will demonstrate and talk about the fine art of the smithy in the historic blacksmith shop.

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.

Concerts in the Park in Orange

Wednesdays, June 20 – August 15: Pack your picnic baskets, relax, and enjoy free entertainment for all ages under the summer starry sky.

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.

Grand Park’s Lunch a la Park

Tuesdays through Thursdays: Grand Park brings back its wildly popular lunch extravaganza with its Food Trucks lunch tradition.

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.

Build it Wednesdays at Pretend City

Wednesdays: Children will be inspired by famous architectural landmarks as they explore different building materials and engage with them through fun challenges and play prompts.

Ruff Readers in Orange

June 20 and 27, July 11, 18 and 25: A special 5-week program presented by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc., allows children of all ages to read aloud to a certified therapy dog.

Dino Summer at the Cube

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

Jungle Book in Pasadena

July 17-29: From Mowgli to Baloo the Bear, Kaa the Snake and more, Jungle Book re-imagines the classic book by Rudyard Kipling, and brings to life the characters that we know and love.

Community Days at Crystal Cove State Park

July 11, 18 and 25: Step back in time as the Education Commons comes to life with fun, historical activities for the whole family.

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!

Magic Wayne at Placentia Library

July 18: Join Magic Wayne as he takes you into his world of illusion and magic.