California Days at Calico Ghost Town

FEBRUARY 17-18: California Days celebrates early California history. This family-friendly event features family activities, gunfight shows, and educational displays. Enjoy egg toss, butter churning, relay races, horseshoe toss, and more.

Dates:
Location:
Calico Ghost Town 36600 Ghost Town Road, Yermo
Cost:
$5 – $10

Whale of a Weekend at Heal the Bay Aquarium in Santa Monica

FEBRUARY 17-18: Catch a glimpse of migrating whales! Feel the heft of a whale rib, check out bristly baleen, see feeding demonstrations, and learn more interesting facts through storytime, audio interactives, and fun crafts.

Dates:
Location:
Heal the Bay Aquarium 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica
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Lunar New Year at Santa Anita Park

FEBRUARY 17-18: Experience authentic Chinese cultural shows, musical acts, food, and more. Plus, get a chance to win $5,000 from the Wealth Tree.

Dates:
Location:
Santa Anita Park 285 W. Huntington Drive, Arcadia
Cost:
$5

Lunar New Year at the San Diego Zoo

FEBRUARY 17-18: Enjoy a day of celebration at the zoo, make a wish, get a red envelope, make a lantern, and snack on specialty food items!

Dates:
Location:
San Diego Zoo 920 Zoo Drive, San Diego

Pokémon GO Tour: Sinnoh at Rose Bowl Stadium

FEBRUARY 17-18: Don’t miss your chance to play Pokémon GO alongside thousands of other Trainers from around the world while catching, trading, and battling with your favorite Pokémon!

Dates:
Location:
Rose Bowl Stadium 1001 Rose Bowl Dr., Pasadena, CA
Cost:
$30

Free Miniature Train Rides at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa

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.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Fairview Park - Costa Mesa 2501 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa, CA
Cost:
Free

Lunar New Year at L.A. Zoo

FEBRUARY 17–18: Enjoy a day at the zoo and lots of traditional entertainment to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Explore the zoo with a Zoo-diac tour map to see the animals that are part of the 12-year Chinese zodiac.

Dates:
Location:
LA Zoo 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA

Lunar New Year at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana

FEBRUARY 17: Join MainPlace Mall as they celebrate the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Dragon! They'll have activities for the whole family!

Dates:
Location:
MainPlace Mall 2800 N Main St. C, Santa Ana, CA
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Cost:
Free

Golden Dragon Lunar New Parade in Los Angeles

FEBRUARY 17: This colorful celebration along North Broadway in Chinatown has become the premiere cultural event in the Southern California Asian-American Community.

Dates:
Location:
Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade Broadway to Hill St., Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
Free

Dino Light: Glow in the Dark Adventure at Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

FEBRUARY 18: When a scientist with magic powers brings dinosaurs to life he discovers a world of creatures that light up the darkness. Enjoy this glow in the dark adventure with cutting edge puppetry, technology and dance.

Dates:
Location:
Torrance Cultural Arts Center 3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA

Family Hike at OCPark’s Irvine Ranch Open Space

FEBRUARY 4 - MARCH 23: Enjoy afternoon hikes on select weekend days with Irvine Ranch. The hikes will average 3-4 miles round trip at an easy pace with a medium level of interpretation.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Irvine Irvine, CA
Cost:
Free

Bulldog Beauty Contest in Long Beach

FEBRUARY 18: During this fun, annual community event, hundreds of bulldog contestants gather to compete for coveted titles. Dogs will parade down a 60-foot red carpet runway, flanked by hundreds of gawkers and a panel of real-life beauty queen judges.

Dates:
Location:
Granada Boat Ramp 1 Granda Ave., Long Beach, CA
Cost:
Free

Lunar New Year in Alhambra

FEBRUARY 18: Enjoy a fun-filled day with live cultural performances, an augmented reality experience, food demonstrations, yummy treats, kids zone and more!

Dates:
Location:
Alhambra Lunar New Year Festival 100 S. Second St., Alhambra, CA
Cost:
Free

Family ArtMaking Workshop at Long Beach Museum of Art

THIRD SUNDAYS: Family ArtMaking Workshops provide free family-oriented art-making activities. Parents and children (5+) participate together to create an art project. Workshops are free and no sign-ups are required. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Long Beach Museum of Art 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA
Cost:
Free

Family Bird Festival at California Botanic Garden

FEBRUARY 18: Fly, hop, waddle or soar to the Garden for the Family Bird Festival. Enjoy a day outdoors with hands-on experiences and educational opportunities for young beginners and bird enthusiasts alike.

Dates:
Location:
California Botanic Garden 1500 N. College Ave., Claremont
Cost:
$6 – $10

Origami Day at CSULB Japanese Garden

FEBRUARY 18: Join the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden for Origami Day and fun activities.

Dates:
Location:
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, CSULB 1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA

Presidents’ Day Celebration at Reagan Library

FEBRUARY 19: The celebration includes fun for the whole family including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-alikes. This year, join them in the official ground breaking of the new monument, Charters of Freedom.

Dates:
Location:
Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley
Cost:
Free

Free Tuesday at Descanso Gardens (and Ticket Release Dates)

THIRD TUESDAYS: Visit Descanso Gardens for free on the third Tuesday of each month. Free Tuesday tickets will be released on the first day of each month (or first Monday if the first day falls on a weekend).

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Cost:
Free

Lil’ Chef February Mini-Camps & Parent’s Night Out

FEBRUARY 16, 19 & 23: Let your kids, ages 4 and up, come cook up some fun in their cool kitchens on their day off (February 16 and 19). Lil’ Chefs learn knife skills, working together as a team to complete each recipe and how to properly measure wet and dry ingredients. On February 23 it's Parent's Night Out! Lil’ Chefs will make pizza and cookies.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Lil' Chef School 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132, Irvine
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Little Seedlings Story Time at Sherman Gardens

EVERY FRIDAY: Join Sherman Library & Gardens to share favorite stories, picture books and poems. Perfect for preschool children and their caregivers.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar
Cost:
Free

Storytime at the Barnyard at Tanaka Farms

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS, JAN 30 - JUNE 28: Barnyard volunteers and staff will be reading farm-themed stories right by all our Barnyard friends. After storytime, visit the animals. Storytime lasts about 30 minutes and is geared towards children ages 1-5.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Tanaka Farms 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine

Fourth Friday on 4th Street in Long Beach

FEBRUARY 23: Join Retro Row's Fourth Friday - Soul Train edition to celebrate Black History Month. Enjoy a live music and entertainment, activities, a dedicated kids zone, pop-ups and more!

Dates:
Location:
Retro Row Cherry to Temple Ave., Long Beach, CA
Cost:
Free

Riverside Dickens Festival

FEBRUARY 24-25: Family-friendly event that features re-enactments of Charles Dickens works with plays, street performers, food vendors, educational workshops and musical performances.

Dates:
Location:
Jenson Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum 4307 Briggs St., Jurupa Valley, CA
Cost:
$5 – $10

Lunar New Year at Kidspace

FEBRUARY 24-25: Celebrate with lion dances, painting, drawing, and puppet-making workshops.

Dates:
Location:
Kidspace Children's Museum 480 North Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Irvine Park Railroad Anniversary Celebration

FEBRUARY 24-25: Celebrate Irvine Park Railroad's Anniversary with $2 tickets for train rides, ice cream, and food. Visitors also receive a raffle ticket to win great prizes.

Dates:
Location:
Irvine Regional Park 1 Irvine Park Road, Irvine
Cost:
$2

African-American Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific

FEBRUARY 24-25: Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific for the annual African-American Festival featuring music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays.

Dates:
Location:
Aquarium of the Pacific 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA

Chicks & Sprouts Educational Workshop at Tanaka Farms

THURSDAYS & SATURDAYS, JANUARY 25 - JUNE 29: Children learn how baby chickens grow inside the egg as well as how plants grow! Children will plant their own giant sunflowers to bring home, harvest a vegetable, and visit barnyard friends.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Tanaka Farms 5380 3/4 University Drive, Irvine
Cost:
$30

Guided Tours at Sherman Library & Gardens

WEDNESDAYS & SATURDAYS: Explore the Succulent Garden, Fern Grotto and Tropical Conservatory, amongst many others, with our expert Docent Tour Guide. This family-friendly tour lasts about one hour.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Sherman Library & Gardens 2647 E. Coast Hwy., Corona Del Mar

Family Fun at Orange County Museum of Art

FEBRUARY 24: Families are invited to connect through art with self-guided gallery explorations and a range of creative experiences.

Dates:
Location:
Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) 3333 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa
Cost:
Free

Kids’ Pet Parade & Expo in San Juan Capistrano

FEBRUARY 24: Kids and their pets can join the parade, then explore the Animal Rescue Expo. Visit rescue booths and learn how you can adopt, foster, and even volunteer.

Dates:
Location:
Los Rios Park 31781 Paseo Adelanto, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Cost:
Free

Storybook Theatre’s Cinderella at Theatre West in LA

FEBRUARY 17 - JUNE 1: Watch a joyful, funny version of Cinderella. Complete with a loopy Fairy Godmother and puppets as the stepsisters, kids get the chance to dance with the Prince, try on the glass slipper, and join in the fun.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Theatre West 3333 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
$15

ArtLab at Hammer Museum

SATURDAYS, JANUARY - JUNE: Drop by Art Lab for hands-on creative activities inspired by artworks on view at the museum.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
Free

Harlem Globetrotters in Los Angeles

FEBRUARY 25: Your favorite Globetrotter stars are bringing out their amazing basketball skill, outrageous athleticism and a non-stop LOL good time.

Dates:
Location:
Crypto.com Arena 1111 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA

Weekend Family Crafting at reDiscover Center in Los Angeles

SATURDAY & SUNDAYS, NOW - DECEMBER 31, 2024: 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. 

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
reDiscover Center 12958 W Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
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Cost:
$45

Cinderella at Santa Monica Playhouse

WEEKENDS, FEBRUARY 3 - APRIL 28: It’s Cinderella like you’ve never seen her before, with wonderful songs, hilarious special FX, a silent movie segment that will have you falling out of your seat, dazzling costumes, amazing magical prestidigitation, and a story about being true to your dreams and loving yourself as you are that's as true to today as it was at the first telling.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Santa Monica Playhouse 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica
Cost:
$12.50 – $15

Grumpy Monkey, the Musical at Pasadena Playhouse

FEBRUARY 3 - MARCH 3: Watch Grumpy Monkey, a #1 New York Times bestselling picture book, come to life with this live musical performance! Enjoy Jungle Floor Seating for kids to move around and interact with Jim Panzee and his friends.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Porticos Art Space 2033 E. Washington Blvd., Pasadena, CA

Ferrari Cruise-In at the Petersen Automotive Museum

FEBRUARY 25: Check out the biggest Ferrari gathering to take place on the West Coast. A sea of red Ferrari floods the museum for thousands of spectators and car enthusiasts.

Dates:
Location:
Petersen Automotive Museum 600 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
Free

Light Catcher Family Workshop at the Getty Center

FEB 11 & FEB 25, 2024: Create your own light catcher inspired by the Getty’s stained glass collection and discover how to make art using light and color.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Getty Center 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
Free

Family Flicks Series at the Hammer Museum

SELECT DATES, JANUARY 28 - APRIL 28: Paddington 2, January 28 | A Dog's Courage, February 25 | Okja, March 24 | James and the Giant Peach, April 28

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Hammer Museum 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA
Cost:
Free

Afro-Latinx Festival at Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA)

FEBRUARY 25: Celebrate the importance of African legacy in Latin America through food, art workshops, live performances, Afro-Latinx owned businesses, and a live DJ performance.

Dates:
Location:
Museum of Latin American Art 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, CA
Cost:
Free

*Out of This World* Family Club Experience in Hollywood

FEBRUARY 25: Enjoy an astronaut, alien, and robot themed family-friendly club experience with house and techno music. Featuring multi-sensory dance floor and crafting area.

Dates:
Location:
SOUND Nightclub 1642 N. Las Palmas Ave., Los Angeles, Ca
Cost:
$22

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