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 24, July 8 and 22: Friends of Santa Ana Zoo host these after hour’s concert series and tasting events that feature live music, art by local artisans, Zoo animals, Train and Carrousel rides.
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.
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.
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.
June 24, July 22, and August 26: Pack a picnic dinner and head over to the Rancho with friends and family to enjoy live music in the historic gardens.
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.
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!
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.
Select Sundays, June 13 – October 7: The Huntington Beach International Surfing Museum hosts an afternoon of free music featuring different surf bands back-to-back.
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.
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: 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!
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 22: Join the Sawdust Art Festival’s 9th annual Green Day.
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.
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.
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!
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.
July 22: Bring the whole family and take advantage of the numerous free attractions.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Sundays, July 22 – August 19: End your weekend on a high note! Pack a picnic basket and come on down to Hurless Barton Park Amphitheater for some great music with family and friends.
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.
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.
July 22: Being a parent is a wonderful blessing and Pretend City wants to celebrate all parents in the community!
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 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.
June 27 – July 25: Get ready to experience Big Air in a whole new way with the Summer Games!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 22: Kids are invited to join the world of garden gnomes! Grab a map and visit four gnome stations to hunt for treasures that gnomes are known to protect. Also, discover some of their favorite foods, build a gnome village, and make and take a twiggy gnome.
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 22: The summer sun is shining, so the Art Room will be turning into a ShareWell Beach Party! Come dig your hands in some sensory sand and use recycled pool noodles to create an entirely original sculpture.
July 22: Bringing the Disney magic to The Wiltern’s big screen! This summer, legendary concert and event venue, The Wiltern, will be screening Disney animated classics. Today, the Lion King screens. Plus, themed photo opps, face painting and coloring stations.