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June 2019

Newport Beach Public Library Children’s Summer Reading Program

The Summer Reading Program encourages children to read and parents to read to their young children Readers earn prizes and enjoy fun weekly crafts and entertainment events at the following Newport Beach Library locations.

Dates:
Saturday, June 22 - Saturday, August 10
Cost:
Free

Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival

Celebrate art with over 100 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair, which features art demonstrations and workshops for kids, live entertainment and food and drink.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 - Sunday, September 1
Location:
Laguna Art-A-Fair, 7777 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost:
$7 – $9

Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo

As the days get longer, guests can take advantage of extended zoo hours to join in all the fun of Nighttime Zoo’s special activities, evening festivities and live entertainment.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 @ 9:00 am - Monday, September 2 @ 9:00 pm
Location:
San Diego Zoo, 920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, 92101

Sawdust Art & Craft Festival

Guests are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths in a hand-built village of fine art and eclectic craftsmanship.

Dates:
Friday, June 28 @ 10:00 am - Sunday, September 1 @ 10:00 pm
Location:
Sawdust Art Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Cost:
$4 – $9

July 2019

Fairies vs. Trolls at South Coast Botanic Garden

The magical competition is brewing once again at South Coast Botanic Garden — who will win, Team Fairies or Team Trolls? This time our magical Garden residents are throwing a Jamboree in honor of the games! You are invited to attend, that is, if you can find the super-secret location.

Dates:
Friday, July 5
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Location:
South Coast Botanic Garden, 26300 Crenshaw Blvd.
Palos Verdes Peninsula,
Cost:
Included in admission.

Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk

Join a guided hike where you will use the iNaturalist app that will teach you about the different species you see in nature! A BioBlitz is a citizen science event that focuses on observing and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7
Location:
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Cost:
Visit website for admission.

Summer Reading Challenge at Orange County Public Libraries

OC Public Libraries (OCPL) invites readers of all ages to participate in the 2019 Summer Reading Challenge - It’s Showtime At Your Library! Earn points for reading and completing fun activities and collect badges along the way. All ages can participate.

Dates:
Friday, July 5
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Cost:
Free

Nighttime Zoo at San Diego Zoo

As the days get longer, guests can take advantage of extended zoo hours to join in all the fun of Nighttime Zoo’s special activities, evening festivities and live entertainment.

Dates:
Friday, July 5
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Location:
San Diego Zoo, 920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, 92101

Outings Ideas for Today

Looking for places to go with your family today? Find everything from animal encounters and family fun centers to splash pads and water parks. 

Dates:
Friday, July 5
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Knott’s Summer Nights

After the sun goes down, Knott’s Summer Nights livens up the night with a nighttime party that offers numerous ways to celebrate the outdoor festivities as live music, food and family-friendly games take over the Knott’s midway, June 7th – August 11th.

Dates:
Friday, July 5
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Location:
Knott’s Berry Farm, 8039 Beach Blvd
Buena Park, 90620

4th of July in Huntington Beach

A hometown festival in Pier Plaza features food, music, exhibits and family activities. On the 4th, enjoy a parade down Main Street at 10 a.m. and fireworks over the ocean at 9 p.m.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Location:
Pier Plaza Huntington Beach, 401 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Cost:
Visit website for price.

Summer Family Fun at the Autry Museum

Uncover the stories of the people who shaped the West with hands-on objects, dress-up, scavenger hunts, gold panning, native plant exploration and more activities inspired by Western history and culture.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Location:
The Autry, 4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Cost:
Included in admission.

Family Friday Nights at Splash! Buccaneer Bay in La Mirada

From June 21 - August 2, Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark invites you to make a splash at Family Friday Nights.

Dates:

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Friday, July 5 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Location:
Splash! Buccaneer Bay, 13806 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada, CA 90638
Cost:
$18

Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore

Enjoy a beautiful family-friendly three- or four-hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley on scheduled Saturdays and Sundays during the year. Ride on historic train cars used in several well known movies, TV shows and commercials. Includes two fun stops to explore along the route. 

Dates:
Saturday, July 6
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Location:
Fillmore & Western Railway, 364 Main St.
Fillmore, CA 93015
Cost:
$12 – $26

Sunset Cinema Movie Night Series at OC Parks

Join the summer movie night series in the park. Bring a blanket or low-back chair and sit under the night sky while enjoying a family-friendly movie! Go early to get a front seat, and enjoy the pre-movie activities.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cost:
Free

Summer Concerts in Long Beach

Celebrate 110 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.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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Cost:
Free

Movies in the Park in Long Beach

Bring a lawn chair, blanket, picnic style dinner and the whole family for screenings of family-friendly movies all summer long, at neighborhood parks across Long Beach.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Cost:
Free

Family Films in Brea

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.

Dates:
Friday, July 5 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Location:
Arovista Park, 500 W Imperial Hwy.
Brea, CA 92821
Cost:
Free

Bike Saturdays in Long Beach

Ride your bike to participating local shops and eateries in Long Beach on Saturdays to receive a special discount or offer. Just stop by at any time on Saturday and ask about their special Bike Saturdays deals for bicyclists, as part of the largest citywide discount program for cyclists in the nation. Check the website for details, bike workshops, and events.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6
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Saturdays in July at Golf N’ Stuff in Norwalk

Throughout the month of July, head to Golf N’ Stuff Norwalk for an incredible wristband deal as well as free Saturday entertainment: CharmandHappy.com offers free face painting and balloon art, 5-7 p.m. and listen to The Hat Factory perform Americana music, 7-9 p.m.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6
Location:
Golf N Stuff, 10555 E. Firestone Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650

40 Days of Fun at Kidspace

Kidspace is celebrating 40 years with 40 Days of FUN! Parents can relive childhood memories of summer with spontaneous play alongside their children.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6 - Friday, August 16
Location:
Kidspace Children’s Museum, 480 North Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Cost:
Included with admission.

Home Depot Kids Workshops

Free craft workshops for kids (5-12, with adult); projects range from toolboxes to frames. All Home Depot locations, check the website for details.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cost:
Free

U-Pick Melon Tours at Tanaka Farms

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 homegrown melon, then take one of your own home!

Dates:
Saturday, July 6 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Location:
Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Drive
Irvine, 92612
Cost:
$22

Kayaking the Upper Newport Bay

The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a tour of the Upper Newport Bay every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round. Trained naturalists conduct water tours that begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead participants into the Ecological Reserve.

Dates:
Saturday, July 6 @ 10:00 am
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Location:
Newport Bay Conservancy, 2301 University Drive
Newport Beach,
Cost:
$12.50 – $25
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