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MAY 6 - JULY 31: Wander the 20 acres of organic lavender fields and view sample garden which is the home of more than 90 varieties of lavender.
Enjoy summer movies in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Bellflower, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, OC Parks, Placentia, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Whittier, Yorba Linda, and more!
World Oceans Week (June 8-12) • Flag Day (June 14) • Juneteenth (June 17) • Father's Day Celebration (June 18) • Ecology Week (June 22-26)
JUNE 10 - SEPTEMBER 11: Focusing on the five core emotions featured in the film – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear – hands-on and digital experiences in the exhibit offer opportunities to explore some of the ways we express our emotions.
JUNE 13 - JULY 30: Join OC Public Libraries this summer for its annual summer reading program which includes grab-and-go craft kits, virtual author visits, reading challenge, and more.
Outdoor summer concerts in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Bellflower, Brea, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Dana Point, Downey, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, OC Parks, Placentia, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rossmoor, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Signal Hill, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
4th of July events in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Cerritos, Cypress, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Mirada, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Lakewood, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Los Angeles, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Pasadena, Rancho Palos Verdes, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Tustin, Yorba Linda, and more!
JUNE 24-26: Opa! Bring the family for Greek food, live Greek band, folk dancing, marketplace, church tours, and kids' play zone.
MARCH 20 - SEPTEMBER 5: Butterflies are taking flight at the museum! Walk among beautiful butterflies at NHM's seasonal Butterfly Pavilion. This springtime exhibition features hundreds of butterflies, colorful native plants, and plenty of natural light to help you see these creatures shimmer.
SUNDAY, JUNE 26: Enjoy interactive color-filled bubble stations, get sudsy with an overflowing foam zone and enjoy live entertainment, games and giveaways.
NOW - SEPTEMBER 5: Learn how paleontologists unearth dinosaur bones, dig in the dinosaur pit, and get a chance to collect several dinosaur trading cards.
APRIL 1 - JULY 31: Step into the Host and Nectar Garden for an up close view of the butterfly habitat and the emergence of new species.
SATURDAY & SUNDAYS, NOW - DECEMBER 31, 2022: Have a blast making art from upcycled materials. Your table is stocked with curated recycled materials and "rediscovered" offcuts and scraps from local manufacturers, along with freshly sanitized crafting tools and kid-friendly fasteners.
JUNE 25 - AUGUST 14: Experience the hands-on fun of transforming simple cardboard into cool creations. View inspirational cardboard art from LA artists.
JUNE 26: Features FREE craft activities in the Muth Interpretive Center’s Discovery Classroom. All ages are welcome.
JUNE 26: Come join for an interactive evening under the stars and immerse yourself in a scaled-down version of our solar system!
JUNE 20 & 27: Everyone's academic needs are different. While many students missed in-person schooling during the pandemic, some students thrived learning from the comforts of home. Downey Unified Virtual Academy offers a way for those students to continue learning in a way that better suits them. This program is tuition-free and open to children who live outside Downey Unified boundaries.
JUNE 20 - AUGUST 26: Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine has great free and affordable programs for youth and teens planned during the summer at 21 local parks. Kids can come out for games, crafts, sports, field trips and more Monday-Friday from noon to 5 p.m.
JUNE 20- AUGUST 26: Free classes, sports, fitness crafts and more will be offered from 5-8 p.m.at 11 city parks.
JUNE 29-30 & AUGUST 24-25: Downtown showcases the culinary culture of Downtown. This free event also features drink vendors, live music and more!
FIRST FRIDAYS: Experience Kidspace Children's Museum for free! Advanced reservations are required.
Movie Night in the City (July 1) • Celebrate Independence Day (July 3) • Teddy Bear Picnic (July 6) • Celebrate Haji (July 7) • Way to Play Day (July 8) • Baby Steps (July 10) • Shark Week (July 12-16) • Night in the Museum (July 14) • Islamic New Year (July 29) • Harry Potter's Birthday (July 31)
JULY 1-4: A four day event filled with everything anime! With live concerts, industry panels, signature events, cosplay, gaming, programming, and much more.
JUNE 11-SEPTEMBER 2: Enjoy a stroll in the gardens at twilight. Meet your friends, enjoy dinner or a light snack and a cocktail at 1919 Cafe, stroll the breathtaking gardens at sunset, and take home a memento of your visit from the Huntington Store.
JULY 1: More than 100 pre-1975 classic cars and motorcycles will be on display, live bands performing on stage, and food trucks serving local cuisine! Also, don't miss the firework presentation that begins at 9:15 p.m.
JUNE 4 - JULY 30: This summer, the Academy Museum is offering $5 matinee tickets. Every Saturday, the Academy Museum screens films for families of all ages.
SATURDAYS: Get pointers to improve skills, and consistent shooting technique. Equipment provided. Saturday classes include, advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner 10:30 a.m. Safety class required.
JULY 2: A family-friendly 4-hour event where guests have the opportunity to play with their own blaster toys on the SoFi Stadium field decked out with inflatable obstacle courses - think paintball but with foam darts!
JULY 4: Offers free art, music, film, performing arts, textile, and culture classes!
JULY 4: Join Justin Rudd's "Great American 4th of July Kids Bike Parade" with a kids patriotic speech and costume contest!
JULY 5 & AUGUST 2: Toddlers and Tunes takes place on the Giant Wheel Lawn, near the ferris wheel from 1am to 12pm. Enjoy some fun in the sun with complimentary Carousel*, games, interactive DJ, and more.
WEDNESDAYS, JULY 6 - AUGUST 31: Enjoy a FREE 30 minute harbor cruise with purchase of lunch “to go” from participating restaurants every Wednesday through the end of August.
EVERY FIRST THURSDAY: The first Thursday of every month is Free Day. Admission is free of charge with advance reservation.
THURSDAYS, JULY 7-28: Featuring unique entertainment every week, Sunset Series will offer yard games, live music, obstacle courses, lawn bowling, and many more fun activities for all!
THURSDAYS, JUNE 23 - SEPTEMBER 29: Join a guided after-hours walk to see all the nocturnal creatures that call the Nature Center home. Pre-registration required and fills up fast!
FRIDAYS, JULY 8-29: Explore the zoo on a summer evening! See your favorite animals during twilight hours. Enjoy musical performances, family dance party and games, and interactive education stations.
JULY 9-10: The Lotus Festival includes a food court, dragon boat races, handcrafted artwork, a children's area, and much more!
JUNE 11 - AUGUST 20: Join OC Parks staff and OC Parks volunteers for a beginning archery course for first-time archers.
JULY 10: Enjoy live performances, art making, face painting and more at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.
JULY 15 - AUGUST 14: The OC Fair has a variety of activities and entertainment from live concerts and shows, rides, food stands, and much more!
JULY 15-19: Enjoy a series of baseball fun all week long including a baseball-themed carnival on the oceanfront at Santa Monica Pier, grab an autograph and learn from the pros at LA Convention Center, and watch the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium.
JULY 15-17: KidzCon is filled with plenty of eventful 100+ curated brands, panel discussions, sweet treats, food trucks, and interactive activities!
THIRD WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH: The Orange County Model Engineers offer public ride days every third weekend of each month. To ride the trains, children must be able to walk and be at least 31" tall. A typical trip takes about 12 minutes and covers two loops of the park.
JULY 16-17: The greatest show on surf will have plenty of activities for families and kids, from an all ages Fishing Derby, a pancake breakfast, an ocean art show, a sand sculpting competition to many more!
JULY 16 - AUGUST 27: Bring your family to enjoy Shakespeare themed activities throughout the summer! Activities will include workshops, themed nights, a summer faire, and more!
JULY 21: Kick start your summer together as a family at Little Cottonwood Park in Los Alamitos! The event includes live music and entertainment for kids!
JULY 23-24: A two day festival with three stages, over 50 art vendors, 20 food trucks, and a kids village filled with storytelling and games!
JULY 23: An educational event filled with letterpress printing and paper-making for all girls ages 10-18.
SATURDAY, MAY 21 & JULY 23: The Book Arts Patch Day for Girls is designed for all girls (not just Girl Scouts) ages 10-18 to learn about the art of bookmaking, paper making, bookbinding, illustrating covers/pages, and more. Advanced registration required.
JULY 23: California Art Club artists teach young budding artists about art forms as they create their own masterpieces.
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