June is finally here, Kidsguide families!
Grab your calendar and start making your summer plans because we found over 280 events happening in June and over 100 of them are FREE! That’s right, we said F-R-E-E! So get out there with the family and have fun without breaking the bank or emptying your wallet.
Let’s get this summer started!
* Events listed in alphabetical order.
24th Annual Gilmore Heritage Car Show at Farmers Market
June 2: See nearly 100 breathtaking American classics on display throughout LA’s Original Farmers Market, including customs, hot rods, trucks and more. This year’s theme is “Low and Slow – A Tribute to American Lowriders.” Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free.
25th Annual Pasadena Chalk Festival
June 16-17: Hundreds of artists of all ages will use over 25,000 sticks of pastel chalk to create murals on pavement, stretching two city blocks. Kids can create their own artwork and make Father’s Day cards in Kids’ Chalkland, and enjoy facepainting, live music, food and the 17th Annual Pasadena Police Classic Car Show. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free. Paseo Colorado.
African Drums at the Mary Wilson Library
June 21: Visit the library for a fun, family event of African drums, reflecting the library’s summer theme: Reading Takes You Everywhere. Thursday, 4 p.m. Free.
Afternoon Live in Fullerton
June 12 – July 31: A fun-filled afternoon of stories, crafts and activities for children entering first grade and up. Weekly themes, see schedule below. Tuesdays, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Main Library.
June 12: Abbit the Average
June 19: Travel to Space
June 26: Travel the World
July 3: Travel Golf
July 10: Magic Tree House Travels
July 17: Traveling Theater
July 24: Carnival
July 31: The Buster Balloon Show
Annual Robo-Drone Day in Los Alamitos
June 24: Join Build It Workspace for the first annual Robo-Drone day featuring drone races ($20), eSports, augmented and virtual reality, food trucks, games, and more. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Laurel Park.
Annual Scout-O-Rama in Long Beach
June 2: Scout-O-Rama is the biggest local scouting event of the year. With over 2,000 in attendance, 52 unit booths, food trucks, and other community organizations, Scout-O-Rama features games, displays, activities and a whole lot of fun for the family. Open to the public. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free admission. Long Beach City College.
Annual Summer Sailstice Celebration at OCC
June 23: Join an afternoon of fun, food and sailing on Newport Harbor. Hop on board to sail with an instructor, sign up to win certificates and enjoy a free hot dog BBQ. Saturday, noon – 4 p.m. Free admission; registration required, opens on June 1.
Anti-Gravity Bottle Craft in Orange
June 27: Kids (5-12) can create a beautiful galaxy in a bottle using water, oil and colorful decorations. Please wear old or worn clothing. Wednesday, 3-4 p.m. Free. Taft Branch Library.
Around the World Digital Storytime in Huntington Beach
June 25: Kids (3-6) and their parents/guardians will explore through books, songs, games and app play using the library’s iPads and other tech tools. Families will partake in traditional storytime and then explore concepts they learned through guided app play. Monday, 2-2:45 p.m. Free. Talbert Room, Huntington Beach Central Library.
Balloon Workshop in Seal Beach
June 20: Join Mr. Twister and learn to make your own Balloon Creations and Crazy Hats! Get hands-on balloon making experience and is open to all ages! Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. Free. Rossmoor Library.
Bands in the Sand in San Clemente
June 21 – August 30: Bring your beach chairs or blanket, set your toes in the sand and get ready for an evening of fun and music, suitable for the whole family. Come early for blanket space and parking! Thursdays, 6 p.m. Free. San Clemente Pier.
June 21: Flashback Heart Attack
July 12: Kelly Boys Country
July 26: Wigs & Ties
August 16: Wheeland Brothers
August 30: Tunnel Vision
Bank of America Patrons Receive Free Admission to Museums
June 2-3, July 7-8, August 4-5 and September 1-2: Bank of America is helping its customers become “cultured” through their program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institutions. Not to be combined with other offers. Check museums for hours of operation.
Beginning Reader Book Club in Lakewood
June 12, July 10 and August 14: Join the club to read and talk about a book together, followed by a fun book-related activity! Open to readers ages 5-7. Tuesdays, 4-5 p.m. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Best Bubbles Extravaganza at Cypress Public Library
June 25: (Kids 6-12) Join the library for a fun-filled bubble presentation on the science of bubbles! Monday, 2-3 p.m. Free, no registration required.
Better Birding Basics: Birding by Ear in Agua Chinon
June 15: For hikers (12+) interested in an intense bird watching experience and the possibility of seeing something rare; learn how to search and identify birds by ear. Bring sun protection and binoculars if you have them. Friday, 8-11 a.m. Free. Register online.
Busy Bee Book Series with Susan Lendroth in Pasadena
June 16: Author Susan Lendroth will appear to read and autograph her new book “Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go!” Kids can learn about Mars and sing-a-long with the text in this space-age version of “Farmer in the Dell.” Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Free with admission. Kidspace Museum.
Button Making Workshop in Seal Beach
June 26: Kids (11-19) can create buttons with their own designs! Bring in pictures or clippings for inspiration or use some of the library’s own images and get to making buttons. Snacks will be provided. Tuesday, 4 p.m. Free. Rossmoor Library.
California Joe Magic Show in Westminster
June 25: California Joe will bring lots of laughs and amazement at his magical adventure show! You might even get a chance to help California Joe perform one of his amazing magic tricks. Monday, 3 p.m. Free. Westminster Library.
Celebrating the Spirit of the Olympics at Gryphon Fencing and Fitness Studio
Sunday June 24: This free event features demonstrations of the Olympic sports of archery and fencing. Guests learn about these fun and challenging sports and have an opportunity to try archery and fencing under the guidance of the Gryphon coaches. Fun for the entire family! 2-5 p.m. Free.
City Gym Movie Series in Huntington Beach
June 16 and August 25: Bring dinner, snacks, blankets and chairs to enjoy your favorite movies. Prizes will be awarded to all kids dressed in costume, and light snacks will be served. Saturdays, doors open at 7:15 p.m.; movie at 8 p.m. Free.
June 16: Despicable Me 3
August 25: The Emoij Movie (Outdoors at Murdy Park)
City of Norwalk’s Summer Concert Series
June 13 – August 8: Free entertainment for the whole family is available through the City of Norwalk’s Summer Concert Series. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic baskets and listen to live music under the stars. Arrive early to guarantee a great view. Refreshments will be available for purchase through local vendors. Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m. City Hall Lawn.
June 13: Scot Bruce (Elvis Tribute)
June 20: The Society Band (Top 40 Hits)
June 27: Mariachi Angeles De Pepe Martinez Jr.
July 11: Prizmatic (Katy Perry/Pink Tribute)
July 18: Knyght Ryder (Flashback 80s)
July 25: The Hodads (70s Disco)
August 1: L.A.Vation (U2 Tribute)
August 8: Soto Band (Latin R&B)
Civic Center Block Party in Lakewood
June 30: Up-tempo music, good food and fun for the kids. Saturday, Free admission. Clark Ave., between Hardwick and Del Amo.
Concert in the Park in Lakewood
Thursdays, June 21- August 9: Bring the entire family to enjoy the sounds of summer. Dinner and refreshments will be sold, so bring your picnic blanket and have dinner while listening to fantastic live entertainment. Please remember that dogs, alcohol and barbeques are not allowed at Lakewood parks. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Del Valle Park.
June 21: Hard Day’s Night
June 28: Jungle Boogie
July 5: The Smokin Cobra’s
July 12: Stone Soul
July 19: Doo Wah Riders
July 26: Knight Ryder
August 2: Escape The Journey Tribute Band
August 9: The Answer
Concert in the Park in Tustin
June 13 – August 1: Relax and enjoy the sounds of great music! Pack a picnic lunch or buy food from local non-profit vendors. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Don’t miss out on this free event! Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Free. Peppertree Park.
June 13: Stone Soule (Motown)
June 20: Pickleback Shine (Country)
June 27: Southland Party Band (90s)
July 11: Suffragettes (Top 40/Variety)
July 18: Hollywood U2 (U2 Tribute)
July 25: Popgun Rerun (80s)
August 1: DSB (Journey Tribute)
Concert on the Green in Newport Beach
Sundays, June 17 – September 9: Come early with a picnic dinner, blankets and low-slung beach chairs for cool evening concerts. Food trucks will be on hand selling dinner and desserts. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Civic Center Green.
June 17: Sinatra Tribute Big Band
July 15: Springsteen Experience (80’s cover band)
August 12: Tijuana Dogs
September 9: Desperado (Eagles tribute band)
Concerts and Movies in the Park in Rossmoor
Fridays, June 15, July 20 and August 3: Gather the family, a blanket, some chairs and a picnic dinner for a “twin ticket” — a rousing concert followed by a family movie. Music at 6 p.m., movie at dusk. Free. Rush Park.
June 15: Stone Soul Band at 6 p.m., Despicable Me 3 at dusk
July 20: Elm Street Band at 6 p.m., Coco at dusk
August 3: The Emperors at 6 p.m., Cars 3 at dusk
Concerts in the Park in Huntington Beach
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. Wear your dancing shoes! Sundays, 5 p.m. Free. Central Park.
June 24: Huntington Beach Concert Band (Great Music of America)
July 1: Night Blooming Jazzmen (Traditional Dixieland Band)
July 8: Navy Band Southwest Ensemble
July 15: Ginger & the Hoosier Daddys (20’s, 30’s and 40’s)
July 22: Huntington Beach Concert Band
July 29: Jamie Wood & the Good Rockin’ Daddys (blues, vintage jazz, jump, swing and boogie-woogie)
August 5: Bob DeSena (Latin Jazz)
August 12: Covina Concert Band
August 19: Huntington Beach Concert Band
August 26: The Wiseguys Big Band Machine (Swing and Jazz)
September 2: Side Street Strutters Jazz Band (American Jazz)
Concerts in the Park in Orange
Wednesdays, June 20 – August 15: Pack your picnic baskets, relax, and enjoy free entertainment for all ages under the summer starry sky. Bring your blankets or low lawn chairs and get ready for a great time. Reminder: please leave pets at home. 7-8:30 p.m. *no concert will be held on July 4th. Hart Park Bandshell.
June 20: Knyght Ryder (Favorite 80’s Hits)
June 27: Smooth Sounds of Santana (Carlos Santana Tribute)
July 11: Stone Soul (Classic Motown and Soul)
July 18: Wiseguys Big Band Machine (Big Band Favorites)
July 25: Pickleback Shine (Modern and Classic Country)
August 1: Soto (Latin, Funk, R&B Dance)
August 8: Hard Day’s Night (Beatle’s Tribute)
August 15: The Trip (Top 40 Rock Hits)
Corn Festival at Tanaka Farms
June 2 – July 1: Head on over to the farm! Come and enjoy a day with food, drink, games, crafts, samples, face-painting, vendors, ATV rides, wagon rides and more! Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Create and Compete Mondays In Orange
June 25 – July 23: Teen volunteers present craft and game programs kids (grades 1-6). Kids may win prizes such as toys, posters, or t-shirts! Mondays, 2-3 p.m. Free. Orange Public Library & History Center.
June 25: Out of Africa
Create your own African Maasai necklace, then test your balancing skills in an ostrich egg race.
July 9: Chinese Express
Construct your own paper lantern and decorate it using various colored shapes and designs. Next, you’ll be challenged in a distance throwing contest.
July 16: Fire off the Rockets!
Create your own paper rocket ships, followed by a contest to see whose rocket can fly the furthest.
July 23: Ice Cream Carnival!
Creation Station at Rancho Los Cerritos
June 2: Kids (6-10) drop in for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun! Create unique seasonal crafts and participate in engaging Rancho-themed activities. Today’s theme is Rainbow Surprise. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Free.
Dino Day at the Nature Park in Lake Forest
June 2: Experience the Nature Park as it transforms into an adventurous Dino Day. There will be fun for the entire family with a life size moving T-Rex, Velociraptors and a Dilophosaurus tour, plus face painting, a balloon artist, music, entertainment and arts and crafts! Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Admission is free, $5 for tour. Lake Forest Nature Park.
Family Festival at the Getty
June 2: Enjoy a day of celebration and discovery for the whole family inspired by magnificent historical scenes on view in the exhibitions Rembrandt and the Inspiration of India and Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World. Enjoy classical Indian dance, make crafts inspired by the Nile and the Pharaohs, or get up and dance Bollywood style. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Free, no ticket required. Museum Courtyard.
Family Film Festival in Orange
Thursdays, June 21, 28 and July 12, 19 and 26: Bring a blanket and enjoy popular children’s films in an air-conditioned community room. Popcorn and snacks will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the Orange Public Library Foundation. 2-4 p.m. Free.
June 21: Cars 3
June 28: Coco
July 12: My Little Pony: The Movie
July 19: The Incredibles
July 26: Wonder
Family Films in Brea
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. Movie munchies and food items are available for a nominal fee. Friday, 8 p.m. Free. Arovista Park Amphitheatre.
June 22: Paddington 2
June 29: The Secret Life of Pets
July 6: The Sandlot
July 13: The Boss Baby
July 20: Coco
July 29: Wonder
Family Fun and Wellness Fair at Pretend City
June 2: Pretend City’s provides its annual free health fair for families all over Southern California. Guests can receive free health screenings and checkups while enjoying good food, live music, and informative offerings from the exhibitors. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free. Find more details on their website.
Family Hike in Agua Chinon
June 16: Enjoy an early evening family hike in Agua Chinon. Hikers (8+) will cover three miles, with a gradual climb of 500 feet elevation, watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Free. Registration required.
Family Movie Night in Fullerton
June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 20: Bring your family for a fun-filled evening at the library, featuring age-appropriate movies for you to enjoy. An entertaining night for the whole family. Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Main Library.
Family Movie Nights on Redondo Beach Pier
Fridays, June 1-29: Stay after dark for Summer Family Films Under the Stars. Bring your own blankets, lawn chairs and popcorn! Fridays, 8-10 p.m. Free.
June 1: Jumanji (2017)
June 8: Moana
June 15: Paddington 2
June 22: Peter Rabbit
June 29: Wonder Woman (2017)
Family Movies in the Park in Yorba Linda
June 16 – September 15: Bring a low-backed chair and a blanket and snuggle up for a free family flick. Saturdays, dusk. Free. Locations vary.
June 16: Ferdinand – Eastside Park
July 21: Coco – Hurless Barton Park
August 18: Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Mustang Fields
September 15: Despicable Me 3 – Hurless Barton Park
Free Fishing Derby in Cerritos
June 2: Kids (2-15) have an opportunity to enjoy fishing while competing for prizes and trophies. Saturday, 7-11 a.m. Free. Knabe Regional Park Lake.
Full Moon Hike in Bommer Canyon
June 24: Hikers (8+) can enjoy a full moon walk in Black Star Canyon. The hike is just over three miles and includes a total climbing elevation od 700 feet. Wear comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes, and bring water and a red tinted flashlight for the hike. Be ready to enjoy the sounds and smells, along with the full moon. Sunday, 7- 9:30 p.m. Free. Online registration required.
Fullerton Libraries Summer Reading Program
June 4 – August 19: Readers (through 8th grade) keep track of their time spent reading and earn prizes. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers can join the Over the Moon Summer Read-to-Me Club with parents and caregivers sharing library books with their young children. Age-appropriate prizes are awarded.
Gillie Wheek-End at Zoomars
June 3: Celebrate the launch of Zoomars first children’s book, The Tale of Gillie Guinea Pig, as well as a Gillie Guinea Pig plush toy, a ZOOMARS app with a children’s game in the app, and a new CD. Enjoy games, food, live music, and more. Free. Sunday, noon – 3 p.m.
Go Skateboarding Day at Etnies Skatepark
June 21: Come celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day, with a free BBQ, giveaways and fun activities. Thursday, 7- 10 p.m. Free.
Go Skateboarding Day in Lake Forest
June 21: Come celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day at the skatepark, with free tacos for participants, various events, and giveaways. Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Free. Etnies Skatepark.
Henna Tattoos at the Westminster Library
June 20: Kids (12-17) can partake in the semi-permanent art of Henna. Give yourself or your friend a henna tattoo! Use a stencil or create your own design. Wednesday, 3 p.m. Free.
Illusions by Allen in Placentia
June 27: Watch illusionist Allen with his slight of hand, new and innovative stunts and comedy for families of all ages. Wednesday, 2-3 p.m Placentia Library.
Internet Jr. Workshop at the Discovery Cube OC
June 13-14: Don’t just Google it – learn from the experts themselves! Fun-filled, hour-long workshops led by Google engineers will teach young computer scientists (8-13) how the internet works. Participants will get all their internet related questions answered including what ISPs are, why 404 errors happen, and an overarching view of how the whole system works! Space is limited, register online. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Kid Craft and Game Day in Yorba Linda
June 18: Stop by the library to enjoy fun crafts and play board games and video games. Monday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Free.
Kids to Kids in Yorba Linda
Tuesdays, June 19 – August 14: Join teen volunteers as they share stories, songs, puppets, and more with children of all ages. 3-3:45 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library.
LEGO Fun Day in Fullerton
June 16, July 21, August 18 and September 15: Build and create with Lego blocks provided by the library! Third Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Main Library.
LegoMANIA at the Mary Wilson Library
Saturdays, June 23 – July 28: Visit the library to play and build with their massive Lego and Duplo collections. Bring your small scale ideas to real life! All ages welcome. Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. Free.
Lemon Lily Festival in Idyllwild
June 23: Enjoy a wide array of art and nature-oriented activities including nature hikes, live music, pony rides, crafts, food, artisans and more for Lemon Lily lovers of all ages. Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free.
Luce Puppet Co.’s Splashy Sea Saga of Sailor Sam in Orange
June 26: Sail the seven seas with Sailor Sam and his trusty pal Salty as they search for adventure, treasure and a boat that won’t sink! Ride the wild waves with these unlikely heroes! Tuesday, 2-2:50 p.m. Free. Orange Public Library and History Center.
Lummis Day Festival in Los Angeles
June 2-3: Discover the creativity of Northeast Los Angeles through this weekend of art, music, and poetry. The annual festival celebrates the legacy of legendary author, journalist, and historic Southwest Museum founder Charles Fletcher Lummis. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission.
Magic Show at Crean Mariners Branch Library
June 25: Go bonkers with the Billy Bonker’s Magic Show! Children of all ages will be delighted by this silly magic presentation. Don’t forget to pick up a Summer Reading game sheet to start your adventure! Monday, 2 and 4 p.m. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first seated. Free. Mariners Branch.
Magic Show at Central Library Friends Room
June 26: Go bonkers with the Billy Bonker’s Magic Show! Children of all ages will be delighted by this silly magic presentation. Don’t forget to pick up a Summer Reading game sheet to start your adventure! Tuesday, 10 a.m. and noon. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first seated. Free. Central Library Friends Room.
Magic Show at Newport Beach Library
June 28: Go bonkers with the Billy Bonker’s Magic Show! Children of all ages will be delighted by this silly magic presentation. Don’t forget to pick up a Summer Reading game sheet to start your adventure! Thursday, 11 a.m. All ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. First come, first seated. Free. Balboa Branch Library
Movie in the Park in Costa Mesa
June 27, July 25, and August 22: Bring a blanket or lawn chair to enjoy a free showing of three children’s movies. See movies and locations below. Wednesday, food trucks and games at 6 p.m.; movie at dusk. Free.
June 27: Coco, TeWinkle Park.
July 25: Star Wars The Last Jedi, Balearic Park.
August 22: Despicable Me 3, TeWinkle Park.
Movie in the Park in Signal Hill
June 18: Movies in the Park returns for another summer of free, outdoor family-friendly films. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic dinner and family and friends. Monday, activities, 6:30 p.m.; movie, dusk. Free. Signal Hill Park.
Movie Night Under the Stars in Lakewood
Fridays, June 22, July 20 and August 3: Bring your picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy kids’ movies under the stars, with activities and contests before the show. Activities at 7 p.m., movie at 8:15 p.m. Free. Monte Verde Park, Nixon St. and Shadeway Road.
June 22: Despicable Me 3
July 20: Ferdinand
August 3: Cars 3
Movie Under the Guns at the USS Iowa
June 15: Head to the fantail of the Battleship IOWA and enjoy a movie screening under the guns. Remember to bring your chairs and blankets for this event, and relax as you overlook the LA waterfront. Visit site for movie titles and other times. Friday, 8 p.m. Free.
Movies in the Park in Dana Point
Fridays, June 1-22: Enjoy an evening under the stars with the nostalgic feel of a drive-in movie, except with low-back beach chairs or a blanket and a huge inflatable movie screen! 8 p.m. Free admission and popcorn. Hot and cold beverages, snacks and candy will be available for purchase.
June 1: The Lego Batman Movie
June 8: Beauty and the Beast
June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy
June 22: The Little Mermaid
Movies in the Park in Lake Forest
Fridays: Bring your friends, family and a blanket for free movie fun under the stars! Snacks are available for nominal fee. 7:30 p.m. Free.
June 15: The Lorax
July 6: The LEGO Ninjago Movie
July 20: Cars 3
August 10: Despicable Me 3
August 24: The Lion King
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. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, dusk. Free.
June 18 – Signal Hill Park
June 20 – Bixby Park
June 22 – Whaley Park
Despicable Me 3
June 25 – Houghton Park
June 27 – Grace Park
June 29 – Drake Park
July 2 – Martin Luther King Jr. Park
July 3 – Cherry Park
July 6 – Wardlow Park
July 9 – DeForest Park
July 11 – Orizaba Park
July 13 – Reservoir Park
Lego Ninjago Movie
July 16 – Pan American Park
July 18 – Seaside Park
July 20 – Silverado Park
July 23 – Ramona Park
July 25 – Davenport Park
July 27 – College Estates Park
July 28 – Animal Care Services
July 30 – Admiral Kidd Park
August 1 – MacArthur Park
August 3 – Chavez Park
The Nut Job 2
August 6 – Somerset Park
August 8 – Coolidge Park
August 10 – Stearns Champions Park
August 13 – Heartwell Park
August 15 – McBride Park
August 17 – Scherer Park
A Wrinkle in Time
August 20 – Veterans Park
August 22 – El Dorado Park West
Music and Movies in the Park in Los Alamitos
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. Music at 6:30 p.m.; movie at dusk. Free.
June 23: The Lion King – Laurel Park
July 14: Coco – Orville R. Lewis Park
July 28: The Lego Ninjago Movie – Little Cottonwood Park
National Day of Play at Gymboree Play and Music
June 23: In honor of their anniversary, Gymboree Play & Music locations will open their doors for all, members and non-members, to join in the play event of the year. Families are invited to drop in with their children (0-5) for spectacular play activities, flying parachutes, blasts of bubbles, art, music, refreshments and more. Saturday. Hours vary by location. Free. Aliso Viejo, (949) 680-7187; Anaheim Hills, (714) 283-4386; Fullerton, (714) 449-2000; Long Beach (562) 429-4886. www.gymboreeclasses.com
OC Parks Summer Concert Series
June 21 – August 23: Families and friends enjoy great local live music, food trucks and good times. See bands and locations below. Along with yummy food trucks, a beer and wine garden will be available for attendees 21 and over. Thursday, 5 p.m. Free admission and parking.
June 21: Donovan Frankenreiter – Craig Regional Park
June 28: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Craig Regional Park
July 5: Stone Soul – Mason Regional Park
July 12: Flashback Heart Attack – Mason Regional Park
July 19: The English Bea- Irvine Regional Park
July 26: Hollywood U2 + Topcat – Irvine Regional Park
August 2: Sweet & Tender Hooligans – Mile Square Regional
August 9: The Fenians – Mile Square Regional
August 16: Special Guest and Matt Costa – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
August 23: Tijuana Dogs and Family Style – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
Patchwork Indie and Crafts Festival in Long Beach
June 10: Fun shopping for the family with over 200 vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food and music and even a bike valet! Sunday, 11 a.m. -5 p.m. Free admission and pet friendly. Marine Stadium.
PC Grommets Pancakes for Piggies in Huntington Beach
June 19: Come down to Pacific City to enjoy a reading of If You Give A Pig A Pancake and get crafty to make your own cute little piggy to take home. Must RSVP to make craft, get entry into a drawing for a gift certificate from a surrounding business. Tuesday, 10-11 a.m. Free, on the main deck by Ways and Means Oyster House.
Performance on the Frog with Fantastick Patrick in Pasadena
June 17: In an explosion of comedy and incredible tricks, Fantastick Patrick will amaze with circus skills and all using the principles of physics! This performance features science as part of Kidspace’s STEAMing through Summer Program. Sunday, 1 p.m. Free with admission. Kidspace Museum.
Public Safety Expo in Lakewood
June 16: Meet local law enforcement and fire officials, plus explore sheriff and fire department vehicles and displays. Enjoy entertainment and music, too. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Free. Mayfair Park.
Ruff Readers in Orange
June 20 and 27, July 11, 18 and 25: A special 5-week program presented by Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc., allows children of all ages to read aloud to a certified therapy dog. Dogs are wonderful listeners and will enjoy any story! Read at any pace. Free. Wednesdays, 2-3 p.m. Orange Public Library and History Center.
Seal Day 2018 at Marine Mammal Care Center Los Angeles
June 24: MMCC LA celebrates 26 years of marine mammal rehabilitation by holding their annual Seal Day Festival. Join the annual educational open house where supporters, donors, and first time visitors are welcome to get acquainted with MMCCLA and their work, plus have fun at the same time! This year, they will be adding a Comic Anime Pavilion for those that want to participate in “CausePlay.” Featuring guest speakers, movie screenings, crafts and games, live music, educational booths, food, and merchandise from vendors and nonprofit organizations. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free admission and parking. Pack a picnic lunch or food trucks and booths will be on site.
Star Party at Griffith Observatory
June 23: 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. Saturday, 2-9:45 p.m. Free.
Story Time in the Garden at OC Great Park
June 3: Creativity and imagination are stimulated through stories about wonders of life in the garden for kids ages 3-8. Gently used book donations to the Farm + Food Lab’s Little Free Library are welcome. Sunday, 10-11 a.m. Free.
Storytime Summer Reading Kickoff in Seal Beach
June 18: Children (preschool age) will kick off the Summer Reading Program! Stop in for stories, songs, crafts and then sign up for the program. The program is free and will run through July 23. Monday, 11:30 a.m. Free. Rossmoor Library.
Storytime with Wendy Wahman in Seal Beach
June 27: Join the Mary Wilson Library for a special storytime with children’s author and illustrator of A Cat Like That, Snowboy 1,2,3, Rabbit Stew, Pony in the City and Nanny Paws, Wendy Wahman! Accompanied with Wendy are B.A.R.K therapy dogs Lola and Lily. An author Q&A and book signing will also be featured. Wendy will share her passion for reading and art as she motivates children and adults to follow their dreams and nurture their creativity. Coloring and a craft will be offered after. All ages welcome. Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. Free.
Studio Arts Festival in Irvine
June 2: This annual festival showcases Southern California artists and their original works of art for purchase in ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, fiber and glass. The event also features music, art demonstrations and food, including ice cream sundaes served in handmade collectible ceramic bowls. Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free. Hosted by the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
Summer Concert at Rancho Los Cerritos
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. Sunday, 4:30-7 p.m. Free. Rancho Los Cerritos. See website for artist lineup.
Summer Concerts in Long Beach
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. Bring a blanket, chairs and food and enjoy the sounds of big band, pop, jazz and more. Tuesday – Friday, 6:30 p.m. Free.
June 26 and July 3. Whaley Park
June 27, July 11, 18, 25, and August 1. Los Cerritos Park
June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2. Marine Stadium
June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27, and August 3. El Dorado Park West
July 10, 17, and 24. Bixby Park and/or Bluff Park.
July 31. Ramona Park
Summer Concerts in the Park in Lake Forest
Sundays, June 24 – August 26: Join the community to rock out and dance. Food and refreshments will be available to purchase. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
June 24: “80s Flashback Tribute” featuring Crowd Theory, The Reflexx and Aeromyth (Lake Forest Sports Park)
July 29: “Totally 90s” featuring Safety Orange, The Trip and Nineteen 90s Band (Pittsford Park)
August 26: “Country Bash and Car Show” featuring the Morgan Leigh Band, John King and Redneck Rodeo (Lake Forest Sports Park)
Summer Discovery Program in Lakewood
June 18 – August 25: Sign up for the Summer Discovery Program. Read books and complete activities throughout the summer to earn prizes. Open to all ages. Free. Angelo M. Iacoboni Library.
Summer Festival in Redondo Beach
June 23-24: See over 200 arts and crafts booths, sample great food from the International Food Court and enjoy carnival rides and live bands. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Free admission.
Summer Kick-Off Festival in Yorba Linda
June 16: Come join in on the fun! Sign up for the Summer Reading Club and enjoy exciting activities like game booths, face-painting, balloon art, crafts, rock climbing wall, a jumper and a giant slide! This event is fun for everyone! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library.
Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum
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. Get outside this summer and enjoy the evening breeze, late sunset, and starry skies. The Summer Nights in the Gardens series is a celebration of all things summer in the enchanting Nature Gardens at NHMLA! Friday, 5-9 p.m. Free.
Summer Reading Celebration at the Placentia Library
June 23: Come out and register for the Summer Reading Program with entertainment, pony and train rides, a bounce house, photo booth, food, games and more! Saturday, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free. Civic Center Plaza.
Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnival at Huntington Beach Central Library
June 23: Kick off the Summer Reading Program with traditional carnival games, face painting, crafts, balloon creations, music, and food. Sign up for the children’s reading program, teen reading program and adult reading program. Programs run from June 23 – August 4. Children can earn digital badges, virtual raffle tickets and prizes. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free admission. Traffic Circle.
Summer Reading Kick-off in Orange
June 16: All ages are welcome to join the 2018 Summer Reading Club kick-off event. Hourly door prizes will be featured and other chances to win prizes and mingle with other club participants. Then sign up for the Summer Reading Club for a chance to win prizes by reading books throughout the summer. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free.
Summer Reading Kickoff Party in Westminster
June 18: Be one of the first kids to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, “Reading Takes You Everywhere” at the Westminster Library. Pick up your reading log and even new books. There are reading programs for pre-k, children, teens and even adults! Have fun with games, crafts and prize drawings. The first 200 kids to sign up will receive an awesome swag bag to take home! Monday, 3-5 p.m. Free.
Summer Reading Program Kick Off Event in Newport Beach
June 23: Kick off the summer with an interactive musical show with Kids Imagine Nation! Pick up your summer reading game sheet and set sail for a reading adventure! Saturday, 11 a.m. Free. Central Library Friends Room.
Summer Solstice Festival at Bowers Kidseum
June 3: Celebrate music, dance, and art from the sunny parts of the world including Spain, Africa, Mexico, and sunny California rock. Free. Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Summerfest in Fountain Valley
June 21-24: Carnival rides, games, music, dancing, entertainment and food vendors, you will not be disappointed. Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday, 5-11 p.m. Fireworks; Saturday, 2-11 p.m. Sunday, 2-10 p.m. Free admission. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park.
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! Pack your favorite dinner, load up the family and enjoy some of your favorite films out in the fresh air. Fridays and Saturdays, free parking starts at 6 p.m. and movies start around 8 p.m. Free. Locations vary.
June 16: The Jungle Book (2016) – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
June 23: The Lion King – Carbon Canyon Regional Park
June 30: Guardians of the Galaxy – Craig Regional Park
July 7: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – Craig Regional Park
July 13: Trolls – Mason Regional Park
July 20: Ghostbusters (1984) – Mason Regional Park
July 27: Zootopia – Irvine Regional Park
August 3: The Karate Kid – Irvine Regional Park
August 10: The Secret Life of Pets – Yorba Regional Park
August 17: A League of Their Own – Yorba Regional Park
August 24: Coco – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
August 31: Raiders of the Lost Ark – Laguna Niguel Regional Park
September 7: Moana – Bluff Park at Salt Creek Beach
September 14: Jaws – Bludd Park at Salt Creek Beach
Super Swim Lesson in Irvine
June 22: Kick off the Summer in the pool! Adults and children of all swimming abilities can participate in the Super Swim Lesson, a worldwide effort to raise awareness for drowning prevention. After the lesson, stick around for recreation swim that includes a water slide, giant inflatable slide and diving boards then at dusk watch Despicable Me 3 on the big screen. Lifeguards will be on duty. Ages 3 and older, children 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Friday, sign-up at 5:30 p.m.; lesson starts at 6 p.m. Free. William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.
Target Free Day at the Children’s Museum at La Habra
June 3: Target Free First Sunday presents Rail Road Round-Up. A nod to the museum’s train heritage with miniature trains chugging in outdoor demonstrations brought by local train enthusiasts, Toy Train Operating Society. A limited number of hand stamps are given for Museum entrance for 1 and 3:15 p.m. time slots on the day of the event and are subject to availability. Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Free.
Teen Cupcake Wars at Cypress Public Library
June 26: (Teens 12-17) Decorate, judge and eat cupcakes, just like on TV! All supplies are provided. Thursday, 1-2 p.m. Free, no registration required.
Teen Pizza Party Summer Reading Kick Off in Seal Beach
June 19: Kids (11-19) can kick off the summer by eating pizza, browsing books and keeping cool. After snacking, sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Tuesday, 4 p.m. Free. Rossmoor Library in Los Alamitos.
Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-off
June 3: This 34th annual event will feature a chili cookoff, craft booths, food vendors, entertainment, kids’ area, sports zone, music and food eating contests. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free to attend.
Twilight Summer Concerts in Downey
Wednesdays, June 20 – July 25: Bring chairs and a picnic and enjoy food vendors and a concert in the park, with a different performer each week. Friendly dogs are welcome, but must be on leashes. 7 p.m. Free. Furman Park.
June 20: Atlantic Crossing
June 27: Knyght Ryder
July 11: The Band Suave
July 18: Downey Symphony
July 25: 3rd Marine Aircraft Wingband
Ukulele SOUP in Orange
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. Saturday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Orange Public Library & History Center.
Variety Show in Yorba Linda
June 21: You won’t believe your eyes at this incredible Variety Show where magic, juggling, unicycles and more make up this wild show. First come, first seated. 1 p.m., 3 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. Free. Yorba Linda Library.
Water Safety Day in Mission Viejo
June 23: Children drown without a sound. Be water safe this summer and learn drowning prevention tips from the Orange County Fire Authority. Participants will receive free recreation swim and water watcher whistle. Saturday, 10 a.m. – noon. Free.
Sierra Recreation Center.
Wild Wonder Out of Africa in Orange
June 19: Engage in an interactive safari from the savannas to the rainforest of Africa and learn about the wildlife and cultures from all over the continent. Tuesday, 2-2:50 p.m. Free. Orange Public Library and History Center.
World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Splash!
June 21: Join Splash! Lifeguards and swimmers all around the world for the World’s Largest Swim Lesson at Splash! This free event is open to all and helps to send the important message, “Swimming Lessons Save Lives.” Participants age 13 and under will receive free waterpark admission following the lesson with a paid adult. Pre-register at Splash! or online at splashlamirada.com. Thursday, 9 a.m.