July 28: The Cypress Run including a 5K & 10K Run and 5K Walk will kick off the day and is followed by the annual family festival featuring a pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, classic car show, arts and craft vendors, business expo, live music and kid-friendly activities, including rides.
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 28 – August 5: Top amateur and professional surfers compete for honors in the largest surf competition in North America.
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.
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.
July 28-29: View one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California, plus Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts 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.”
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 30 – August 4: The Big World Fun family series returns to the newly reopened Ford Theatres with an exciting line up of music and dance performances for kids (4-12) and their families.
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.
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.
July 28: Pile some sand, add some water, do a little shaping and presto! Your very own sandcastle. Bring your shovel and a bucket, and come on down for some sandy fun.
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!
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.
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.
Saturdays, June 23, July 14, July 28: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join the community for a night under the stars, with live music followed by a screening of a family flick.
Saturdays: Free Creative Reuse meetup where kids make things from recycled items (8+).
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 28-29: Get ready to sizzle at the 25th Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, celebrating salsa food, music and dance.
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.
July 25-29: Experience the raw power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks.
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 28-29: The annual festival will feature cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations, entertainment, crafts and lots of great food and games.
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.
Ongoing: Join the Halos for a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s fourth-oldest stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public.
May 19 and July 28: During this free car seat education class presented by AAA, learn about occupant-protection laws, how to select the right seat, how to correctly secure your child in a seat and installation tips.
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.
Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a two-hour guided kayak tour of the Back Bay.
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.
Second and Fourth Saturday: Meet a nature guide at the Nature Center for a wonderful free tour through the garden.
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.
July 28-29: Celebrate all the wonderful things Long Beach has to offer.
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 18: Head to the rancho each month for guided tours and gain new knowledge about California’s history.
June 30, July 28 and August 25: A food event and summer party, Chinatown Summer Nights presents an exciting hot spot.
uly 19 – August 30: Join the Redondo Pier Association for their Summer of Music with concerts on the pier.
Fourth Saturday: Kids increase their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. 11 a.m. Free.
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 28: Big Bear Valley celebrates the annual “National Day of the Cowboy” with “Spirits of the West” Brewsfest, a family-friendly event.
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.
July 28: Join Bellflower for its first ever Mom Prom. Boys (grades preschool – 8) are invited with their mother, grandmother, aunt, etc. for a night of music, dancing, photobooth, games, raffles, and more!
Saturdays, July 28 – September 1: Take a break from shopping and enjoy some great local artists performing on the Long Beach Towne Center promenade stage
Saturdays: Join in on family fun with storytellers, author readings, musical performers and more.
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.
July 28: It’s the perfect way to end a lazy summer day. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join Pacific Symphony for free music and family fun!
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.
July 28-29: A full range of talks and presentations on local ghost lore, the craft of monster making and the design of haunted attractions, immersive and interactive theatre, and previews of upcoming Halloween events and attractions, all from the people who make it happen!
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.
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.
Saturdays: July 14, July 28, August 11: Create and play with the library’s LEGOs. Reach for the sky as you build your own spectacular creations.
July 28-29: Get ready for a slice of happiness at the California Watermelon Festival. All day fun includes free watermelon, delicious foods, carnival rides and attractions, games, contests, live entertainment, a Kids Zone, and watermelon skiing!
June 18 – August 25: Sign up for our Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn prizes.
June 30, July 28 and August 25: Get some relief from the heat and enjoy a movie with the whole family at the library.
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 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.
July 28: Come and bring your family to an evening of music in Long Beach! There will also be face painting, balloon making and a trivia contest for a chance to win gift cards to Long Beach Towne Center stores and restaurants.
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.
July 28: Bring your whole family out to Plumeria Day where you can learn about and tour the plumeria collection.
Through July 2018: Take a journey back in time, through the eyes of passengers who were on the Titanic.
July 11, 12 and 28: Visit local Stratford campuses, including the Mission Viejo campus, during any of their upcoming Open House events and tours.
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.
July 28-August 5: Grab your wheels for this week long cycling event for the whole family.
Every Tuesday: Visit the magical El Capitan Theatre with your tiny tot to enjoy a first showing of the day.
Saturdays, April 28 – December 8: Enjoy a guided walking tour around the historic Arroyo Terrace neighborhood, home to nine Greene & Greene homes as well as other notable architects.
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.
Saturdays, June 23 – July 28: Visit the library to play and build with their massive Lego and Duplo collections.
July 27-29: Visit the Bowl as they celebrate one of the longest running Broadway shows in history!
July 7, 14 and 28: Arrive and immediately change into 18th century attire and be transformed to another time!
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.
June 30, July 28 and August 25: Spend the evening with MUSE/IQUE, Pasadena’s pioneering live music organization and unconventional orchestra in 3 outdoor concerts.
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 28: National Dance Day encourages everyone to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health.