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.
July 21: Look at the sun, moon, visible planets, and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes and talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.
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.
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.
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.
July 21: During this 23rd annual event, dachshunds will dash 50 yards to qualify to compete for the title of Fastest Wiener Dog in the nation.
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.
July 21: Help thank our zookeepers for all their hard work caring for OC Zoo animals, with thank you card-making, crafts, games, a zookeeper chat at 10:30 a.m., special toys and treats for the animals and a scavenger hunt!
June 23, July 21 and August 18: Bring your ukulele, play, sing, and learn some songs. Beginners welcome! Don’t have a ukulele? Come sing along.
July 21-22: Grab the family for a day of sun, live music and food, including fish and chips, bratwurst and jumbo hot dogs.
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.
Saturdays, June 9 – August 4: Gather family and friends and bring blankets, chairs and a picnic dinner for a fun, free community concert!
July 21-22: Celebrating 42 years, come join the fun for waterman and waterwoman competitions, surf and bodysurf contests, fishing derbies, woody car exhibit, ocean art show, a kids’ pavilion, live music and a rubber duck race for the event’s finale!
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.
July 6 – August 4: Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured.
June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.
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.
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.
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.
Select Saturdays: Embark on a day or evening Murder Mystery train adventure. Complete with a lunch or dinner, hearty laughs and some less-than-serious sleuthing.
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.
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.
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.”
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!
July 21: Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer.
Saturdays, June 10 and 17, July 1, 8, 15 and 29, and August 5, 12, and 19: Watch a family flick under the stars, with pre-show music and plenty of food trucks. Bring your own blanket or low-backed chairs – even your dog!
June 3 – October 21: Weekends mean fun for families at this magical outdoor amphitheater-in-the-woods, with Creative PlayGround presenting a different interactive performance each week.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
uly 19 – August 30: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the 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!
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.
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 21: Join Morgan Law Group at Pretend City where they will share how to make sure kids can be totally protected, if the unthinkable should happen to their parents.
June 29 – July 1, July 20-22, August 10-12 and August 31 – September 2: 626 Night Market features over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music, and entertainment attractions
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 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.
July 15 – August 26: Watch classic summer movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The celebrity graveyard hosts its grassy lawn to movie-goers.
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.
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.
July 21: During this special workshop, girls (10-18) can rotate through six stations covering every aspect of the book arts, including letterpess printing, papermaking, bookbinding, and illustration design.
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 23-September 8: Catch the Pasadena POPS at the arboretum. Bring picnic dinner.
July 21: You’re invited to joing the City of Beverly Hills, as they present Supercalifragilistic!, an evening of song and dance.
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.
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.
July 20-22 and 27-29: Believe in the wonder of live theatre again with performances of “Tarzan”by Musical Theatre Orange County.
July 4-29: Enjoy free art activities and crafts in the Gallery.
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 18 – August 25: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn prizes.
First and Third Saturdays: Join the community and make a difference every other Saturday morning.
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.
July 21: Bring the family together this summer at L.A. Kitchen’s Family Friendly Kitchen Prep.
July 19 – August 5: Hello Dolly! takes place in New York City at the turn of the century. Dolly Levi is a widow, a matchmaker and a professional meddler, but everything changes when she decides that the next match she needs to make is to find someone for herself.
Saturdays: Join the Silverado Library on Saturdays this month for drop in crafts! Parent supervision is recommended.
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.
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 through September: The Pasadena POPS returns with more shows to liven up the summer air.
June through August: Camp overnight at the zoo! Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and settle in to listen to the nighttime sounds of the zoo.
July 21: It’s time for some bonkers magic! Enjoy an interactive magic show with a British twist.
Saturdays, June 23 – July 28: Visit the library to play and build with their massive Lego and Duplo collections.
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
Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun seasonal crafts.
July 20-29: Living at the edge of a mystical forest, Beauty is a young girl pure of heart, whose father is accosted by a mysterious Beast after picking a single white rose from the Beasts garden.
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 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.
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!
July 21: Join Mad Science on an adventure that will inspire kids to dream big, travel far and reach for the stars in their goals and aspirations.
July 21: Make a splash–it’s an under the sea bash! Join the KidX club for face painting, crafts and giveaways.