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.
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.
June 25 – August 17: Kids (6-12) can drop in weekdays for a variety of crafts.
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.
Daily: Movies at discounted prices.
July 27-29: Now in its 24th year, the Long Beach Crawfish Festival combines the best Cajun, Zydeco and New Orleans music, tons of fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana style, a giant international food court, children’s stage, bounce houses, karaoke lounge and more.
Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!
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.
Fridays, June 15 – August 3: Settle in under the stars for a line-up of performances by some of the area’s best family entertainers.
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.
Fridays: This fun tournament is open to all K-6th graders and includes three hours of chess, pizza and juice, plus trophies for the top four players in each age group!
July 26-29: This 4-day event will feature tons of discounted baby, children and maternity clothes, room decor, toys, furnishings, shoes, books, outdoor equipment and more.
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.
July 6 – August 4: Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured.
July 25-29: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
Fridays, July 20 – August 24: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfy after-dusk viewing of favorite family films.
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.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
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.
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.
Fridays: Etnies Skatepark marks its 11th year of hosting all-ages concerts, featuring some of SoCal’s great skate bands.
July 10 – August 8: Long Beach Symphony volunteers explain how musical instruments work, how they make different sounds, and how they fit into the orchestra.
Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.
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.
April 6 – September 28: Enjoy free evening concert tribute performances spanning all musical genres, including rock, ethnic, pop and more!
Fridays: Binge-watch anime during Teen Anime Club every first and third Friday, and see popular and not-so-popular films during Teen Flicks every second and fourth Friday (ages 13-18).
Fridays, June 29, July 13 and 27, August 10: Awaken your senses with great music, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks and more.
July 23-27: (Kids 6-13) Immerse into the Mainstage Players Immersion Camp held by the Creative Kids Playhouse.
June 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
July 29 and August 10: Bring out the kids to enjoy live music on select Friday nights featuring a variety of family-friendly entertainment and popular local bands.
Fridays, June 22 – July 29: Bring your blankets and low-back beach chairs for a night of family fun, with an outdoor movie on a gigantic screen.
Last Friday: Parents drop kids off for a night of cooking.
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.
Every other Friday: They turn off the lights, crank up the music with special-effects lighting, so families can have their disco bouncing fun.
July 27 and August 24: Welcome to Dive-In Theatre, where you and your family can enjoy a family movie while relaxing at the pool.
Fridays: Aquatics staff will host an hour of “Fun Friday” interactive games and activities for participants, and hot dogs will be added to the snack bar.
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.
Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.
Wednesday and Fridays: Kids (7+) join Fashion Camp every Friday for a fun sewing workshop.
Fourth Fridays: For teens with their own sewing machines, who are dying to learn new techniques, sew age appropriate projects and make new friends!
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.
July 6, 13, 20 and 27: Join July Friday Films for family-friendly movies. Popcorn and water will be available for purchase at the movie.
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.
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.
Last Fridays: Teens (11-14) give their parents a night off and celebrate good times with friends at the Recreation Center and Teen Lounge.
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.
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 16 – September 14: The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the summer movie series for 2018!
Thursdays: STEMgineer will facilitate an educational experience for guests where children will explore science, engineering, technology, and math skills while learning about oceans, the water cycle, the 3 r’s, sea life, water pollution, waves, water current, and much more!
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 24 – August 5: Based on the hit film, this musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of hard working students in to hard rocking musicians.
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.
Fridays: Join in the story-telling fun! After a story, learn more about the natural history of the Bay through crafts, hands-on activities and nature walks.
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.
Fridays, May 4 – September 21: Enjoy a movie under the stars in front of a giant inflatable screen.
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.
July 27-29: Visit the Bowl as they celebrate one of the longest running Broadway shows in history!
Fridays: Inventing, robotics, game making, video making, learn graphics, strategy games, play with bricks, and work on a Rube Goldberg Contraption.
June – August: Dream Big! Every iconic structure around the world started with a dream.
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 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 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 27: An innovative, animal centered program featuring 3-D animated animals that move, make sounds and sing songs.
July 13-27: Those seeking the latest in new country sounds are invited to bring blankets and gather in Chaffey Town Square every Friday night.