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Events on August 17th, 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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Date Night by Frogg’s Bounce House

Fridays: Every Friday night is Date Night with Frogg’s Bounce House. Drop the kids off and enjoy a night out!

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 Fountain Valley

Fridays, August 7-31: Bring the family a free screening, plus games and activities before the show.

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.

Academic Chess Friday Knights

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!

Kids Night Out at Los Alamitos Youth Center

Third Fridays: Kids (5-11 and 12-14) enjoy a scavenger hunt, karaoke, dance, arts and crafts, games, sports, contests and more.

Rides on the Great Park Balloon and Carousel in Irvine

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.

Free Movie in the Park in Placentia

Fridays, July 20 – August 24: Bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfy after-dusk viewing of favorite family films.

Movies Under the Stars in Anaheim

August 10 and 17: Snuggle up under the stars, and enjoy some of your favorite family flicks!

Movies on the Beach at Newport Dunes

June 1 – September 29: Spread out your blanket or set up your beach chairs for a free family movie in the sand.

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.

Kids Night Out In Cypress

Third Fridays: Kids (5-12), get ready for a fun night out with friends. This program will have you busy throughout the night with games, crafts, a movie, dinner and dessert!

Up Up and Away Kids Consignment Sale

August 16-19: Families can both save money and make money! Consignors earn top dollar, while buyers save money purchasing name brand, new and nearly-new items.

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.

Long Beach BBQ Festival

August 17-19: This three-day BBQ extravaganza features competitions and tastings, live bands, a giant food court and dance floor, plus a children’s area with bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and more.

Long Beach Transit Museum Express

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.

Boone Children’s Gallery Storytimes at LACMA

Friday: LACMA staff reads folk tales and age-appropriate books on art and culture.

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles

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.

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.

Summer Concerts at Farmers Market LA

April 6 – September 28: Enjoy free evening concert tribute performances spanning all musical genres, including rock, ethnic, pop and more!

Teen Club in Garden Grove

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).

Food, Flicks and Fun in Bellflower

Fridays, July 6, and 20, August 3 and 17: Don’t miss out on all the food and fun. Food trucks and vendors will be on-site, and movies will begin after the sun goes down – don’t forget your lawn chair!

Tours at Dominguez Rancho

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

Home School Days at Pretend City

Third Fridays: Pretend City offers home school students a special day on the third Friday of every month.A field trip to Pretend City offers students a learning experience through hands-on educational play.

Brea Fest

August 17: Brea Fest is a family event that is Brea’s “tastiest” celebration and party of the year. “Kidsville” includes face painting, a caricature artist, make-and-take crafts, and kid-friendly foods.

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.

Minecraft Night for Kids, Date Night for Parents in Irvine

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.

Wildlife Explorers at the OC Zoo

June 22, 29, July 20 and August 17: Kids (5-10) can connect with nature by exploring Irvine Park with one of the zookeepers.

Parents Night Out at BounceU Orange

Every other Friday: Parents’ drop off the kids (4+) for a night of activities, games, pizza, snacks, drinks, a movie and whole lot of bouncing fun.

Fun Fridays with La Habra Swim Program

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.

Movies in the Park in La Habra

Select Fridays: Bring your lawn chairs, grandma’s potato salad, and blankets, and enjoy movies out on the grass.

Help Feed the Sea Stars at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Friday: Families help staff members feed the sea stars in the touch tanks.

Movie Under the Guns at the USS Iowa

August 17: Head to the fantail of the Battleship IOWA and enjoy a movie screening under the guns.

FUN-tastic Family Night in Lakewood

June 8 and August 17: Every day is a wonderful day to spend with your family! Come to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights.

Fashionable Fundays at Fashion Camp

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

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.

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.

Theatre Under the Stars Presents Xanadu in Buena Park

August 10-25: This musical comedy pokes fun at the 80s film of the same name while simultaneously celebrating its camp glory and iconic music.

Glow Nights at Sky Zone in Westminster

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!

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 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.

Sunset Cinema at OC Parks

June 16 – September 14: The County of Orange and OC Parks are pleased to present the summer movie series for 2018!

Think Tank Thursdays at Pretend City

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!

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.

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.

Xanadu presented by Civic Theatre Under the Stars

August 10-25: Join the Civic Theatre Under the Stars in their upcoming summer production filled with roller-skating, and inspirational song.

Seussical in Huntington Beach

August 10-19: The Orange County Children’s Theatre presents Seussical live in theatre. Bring out your whole family for this sepctacular musical that is sure to entertain all ages.

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.

Friday Wild Tales at Upper Newport Bay

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.

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.

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.

Mamma Mia at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

August 17-August 26: You won’t be able to resist this song and dance production!

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.

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.

Dino Summer at the Cube

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

11th Annual Gala of the Stars at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

August 17: Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Orange County’s premiere resident ballet company with a gala performance filled with world-renowned ballet artists.

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

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!

Tunes in the Trees at Santa’s Village in Skyforest

August 3-31: Get ready for Tunes in the Trees, SkyPark’s annual summer concert series near Lake Arrowhead! Spend your Friday nights the best way you know how by joining us for live music and entertainment throughout the summer.

Christopher Robin at El Capitan Theatre

August 3-26: In Disney’s heartwarming live action adventure, the young boy who shared countless adventures with his stuffed animal friends in the Hundred Acre Wood is now grown up, living in midcentury London and dealing with the stresses of adulthood.