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MARCH 12 - MAY 31: Celebrate the return of monarch butterflies at Kidspace's annual Butterfly Season featuring hands-on art and science activities and live caterpillar adoptions.
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.
May the Fourth be With You (May 4), Celebrate Mother's Day (May 7), Dance Like a Chicken Day (May 14), Gilby the Gecko (May 21), and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
MAY 13 - JULY 10: The experience will take visitors on an hour-long journey through a surreal forest of magic, music, and wonder—with animatronic performing trees, illusions of fire, and interactive sound sculptures.
MAY 13-15: Visit the Triceratops, Brachiosaurus, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptor, and T-Rex in their natural environment and enjoy prehistoric crafts, activities, and entertainment.
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.
WEEKENDS, NOW - MAY 22: Step out of the modern world and join a different time in history. Dress up and join the festivities including plays, music, magic, skills of glassblowing and blacksmithing, jousting, and activities like archery and axe throwing.
MAY 14-15: The free 2-day camp will feature hands-on stations for the campers (ages 14-18) to gain familiarity and experience with fire service functions. The activity stations will include but are not limited to: Ropes and Knots, CPR/First Aid, Ladder Climb, Confidence Course, and Hose Handling.
MAY 13-22: Circus Vargas discount code inside! The Circus Vargas Express is coming to town and you're all invited! With world-class performers and death defying acts, Circus Vargas is guaranteed to thrill and enchant you.
FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS, APRIL 15 - MAY 14: Celebrate the colorful abundance of spring with this immersive, multi-sensory experience of art, music, flavor, and fun.
MAY 14-15: Meet a real mermaid, help paint a mural, create sea-themed stickers, pose in a real shark cage, learn about kid-friendly dive programs, sea camps, and more.
SATURDAY, MAY 14: Discover the rich geological history of Rancho Mission Viejo and Nature Reserve lands on this, geologist-guided, family-friendly walk.
MAY 14-15: Cenicienta is a modern, bilingual stage- adaptation of Cinderella that tackles culture, family, and the power of language.
MAY 5-30: The LA County Fair features over 60 carnival rides, 30 games, and kid zones. Plus, Esports Gaming World, Haunt Supershow with haunt maze, Flower & Garden Pavilion, America's Great Outdoors with professional tree climbers, Art Center, petting zoo, arcade, and more.
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 14: Enjoy a hands-on opportunity to get up close to heavy trucks and equipment -- and learn how they are used to keep Newport Beach maintained.
SATURDAY, MAY 14: SWAT demo, station and jail tours, funny car, Angels Baseball Strike Force, BMX Freestyle Team, Explorer Program (ages 14-20), fire truck, K-9 demo, bomb squad, and photo ops.
SATURDAY, MAY 14: Visit with members of the California Turtle and Tortoise Club to learn about one of the Nature Center's favorite animals.
SELECT DATES: Each grunion event includes entry to the aquarium, timed tickets to a grunion short film, hatching experience, and staff-lead observation of grunion.
SELECT DATES, NOW - JUNE 2022: Tour the farm at your own pace and experience radish planting, chick education, oxen demonstrations and our variety of plants and livestock on display.
FEBRUARY 18, MARCH 18, MAY 20 & JUNE 17: Join FUN-Tastic Family Night at The Center this spring! Each event includes a light dinner followed by family-friendly entertainment.
SATURDAY, MAY 21: Enjoy live music from your favorites like “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Lion King” and “Star Wars.” Dress as your favorite characters. Concert is designed especially for children 5-11.
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 21: Join Tanaka Farms for a Barnyard Bash! Line dance in the barnyard, visit with farm animals, and play barnyard cornhole. Enjoy a farm-to-table BBQ cookout with lemonade. Fundraising activities include "Van Goat" paintings and photo ops. Reservations required.
MAY 21-22: Two-day festival celebrating winged, multi-legged, and squirmy friends. Come out to get crafty, experience up-close encounters with crawly creatures, learn all about the local bugs.
SATURDAY, MAY 21: Learn about endangered marine animals and explore life-sized inflatable whales.
SATURDAY, MAY 21: Stop by to create your own flower crown made from beautiful fresh flowers. There will also be a springtime wooden craft for kids and a live musician!
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.
SATURDAY, MAY 21: This event is a unique opportunity to celebrate the arts and to engage children, parents and everyone in the arts. Over 50 organizations, city departments and more bring art projects to the Park atmosphere and invite the kids to “try art”. All art activities are FREE to the participants.
SUNDAY, MAY 22: In this 75-minute workshop, kids will get the opportunity to speak with a Registered Veterinary Technician (RVT) and learn about the field of medicine.
SUNDAY, MAY 22: Enjoy live entertainment, musical guests, cool performers, arts and crafts, STEAM attractions, sports zones, bounce houses, slides, interactive exhibits, toddler play areas, demos, meet and greets, specialty food, and more.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 25: Kids versus parents, family versus family, trivia, charades and more, are sure to make this an action-packed evening of fun!
MAY 25-30: The Field of Honor display will consist of up to 400 American flags strategically placed on the grounds of the Mission in honor of military, veterans, first responders, including K-9 and equestrian heroes.
THURSDAY, MAY 26: Enjoy a delicious mix of food, drinks, and fun in Brea Downtown. Spend the eventing tasting samples from local restaurants and dancing to live music.
THURSDAY, MAY 12 & 26: See Shang-Chi and Moana for free in the quad to celebrate LBCC APID (Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi) Heritage Month!
MAY 20 & 27: Lil' Chefs will enjoy a Mother's Day Celebration, Baking 101 Workshop and Parent's Night Out
MAY 27-30: Active duty ship tours, military displays and equipment demonstrations, live entertainment, aircraft flyovers, STEM Expo, culinary cook-off competitions, and concerts.
MAY 27-30: The four-day event features delicious food, over 200 booths, 34 exciting rides, live music and dance, karaoke, contests and more to guarantee great family fun.
MAY 27 - JUNE 19: Bring the family and watch as Fancy Nancy and her friends Bree, Rhonda, Wanda, and Lionel get ready to perform in their very first show.
FRIDAY, MAY 27: Free concert featuring 80z All Stars and Kids Zone. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs, and picnic dinners.
MAY 28-30: Bring the family out to enjoy thrilling rides, delicious carnival snacks, challenging carnival games and more!
FOURTH SATURDAYS: Taking place on the 4th Saturday of each month, Lit to Life includes a participatory story time supplemented with mindfulness exercises, art-making projects, or in-gallery activities.
SATURDAY, MAY 28: Celebrate Long Beach's delicious seafood and unique recipes from local chefs and restaurants. Ticket includes access to all vendors, live music and DJ, cooking demos, giant bubbles, and life-size games.
MAY 28-29: Experience two days of world class Celtic music, piping and drumming competitions, Highland dancing contests, Scottish heavy athletics, Scottish gifts and foods, Scottish clans and genealogy, a fantastic children’s glen and so much more!
FIRST FRIDAYS: Experience Kidspace Children's Museum for free! Advanced reservations are required.
APRIL 8, MAY 13, and JUNE 10: A variety of cars will be displayed along with a food truck, vendors and a kids’ fun zone.
SELECT SUNDAYS, NOW - JUNE 12: Free monthly outdoor Sunday Funday family events with a variety of engaging programming and dance instruction offered by Emmy Award-winner Debbie Allen! Open to all levels and ages.
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.
JUNE 17-18: Enjoy this fan-hosted K-pop festival at KTOWN Night Market. Enjoy photocard decoration and trading areas, dance play sessions, meet K-pop creators, streetfood vendors, and live performances.
SATURDAY, JUNE 18: Kick off the summer with this free event featuring magic show, crafts, activities, games, booths, food trucks, and a movie screening of Encanto.
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