Limited-Time Exhibit: Solar System Encounter & Artemis Adventures at Discovery Cube OC

JANUARY 27 - MARCH 3: Enjoy a limited-time return of Solar System Encounter featuring a colossal display of the sun, moon and its planets, plus footage from the Webb Telescope. The all-new Artemis Adventures exhibit allows visitors to drive a remote-controlled lunar rover.

Dates:
Location:
Discovery Cube - Orange County 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA

February Fun at Pretend City Children’s Museum

Feb 1: Black History Month | Feb 8: Cooking in the City | Feb 9: Way to Play Day | Feb 10-11: Lunar New Year | Feb 11: Baby Steps "Baby Bowl!" | Feb 13: Neurodivergent Family Night | Feb 14: Valentine's Day | Fed 17: STEM Up to the Challenge | Feb 22: Neurodivergent Family Night | Feb 24: Reading with Jas Kaur

Dates:
Location:
Pretend City Children's Museum 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA

San Diego Museum Month

FEBRUARY 1 - FEBRUARY 29: The event offers half-off admission to visitors at more than 60 museums and cultural institutions. Your pass can be picked up at SD Public Libraries and used for half-off admission four times at any of the museum locations that are part of this program.

Dates:
Location:
San Diego San Diego, CA

Lunar New Year at South Coast Plaza

FEBRUARY 8-25: Enjoy a captivating cultural exhibit, unique Year of the Dragon collections, dazzling events and special entertainment to welcome the Lunar New Year. There's children's lantern crafts kits available, calligraphy demonstrations, and a custom Year of the Dragon display in the Jewel Court.

Dates:
Location:
South Coast Plaza 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa

Free Saturday Family Theatre in Long Beach

FEBRUARY 17 - NOVEMBER 2: A free opportunity for kid of all ages to experience the magic of theatre. These free shows are open to all. Reservations are required.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Beverly O'Neill Theater 330 E Seaside Way, Long Beach, CA
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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

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

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

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

Dana Point Festival of Whales

MARCH 1-3: This behemoth event features a jam-packed schedule that includes a “Magical Migration” parade, cardboard boat building contest, car shows, diamond dig, kids fishing clinic, local artists and merchandise booths, and tons more fun.

Dates:
Location:
Dana Point Harbor 34571 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA

Little Explorers at Descanso Gardens

MARCH 1-2: Explore, play and create under the oaks on the Main Lawn. Families with young children (ages 2-5) will enjoy doing arts and crafts and nature exploration together each month.

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

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

Centennial Farm Discovery Days

SEPTEMBER 28 - JUNE 3: During a Discovery Day, “farmers” are stationed around the farm available to answer questions and provide information.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Centennial Farm 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Cost:
Free

Toddler Treks in Newport Beach

EVERY FRIDAY, MARCH: Bring your little ones to learn about Upper Newport Bay, includes story time, age-appropriate hike, and a themed craft. Each week will focus on a different topic.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Upper Newport Bay 2301 University Dr., Newport Beach, CA
Cost:
Free

Lakewood Run

MARCH 2: Join deputy sheriffs, recreational runners, families and kids at the starting line in front of the Lakewood Sheriff’s Station to run, walk, ruck or wheel the event’s 5K/10K Run course. New this year is the 5K Ruck Division to honor military warriors.

Dates:
Location:
Lakewood Sheriff's Station 5130 Clark Ave, Lakewood, CA

Free Home Depot Kids Workshops

FIRST SATURDAYS: Join your local Home Depot on the first Saturday of each month between 9am - noon for free in-person Kids Workshops. While supplies last.

Dates:
Recurring
Location:
Home Depot Locations CA
Cost:
Free

Pacific Symphony’s Lantern Festival at Segerstrom

MARCH 2: Bring the entire family and join Pacific Symphony for the annual Lantern Festival featuring music, dance, art making, riddles, and food. The concert hall lobby becomes transformed for the festivities with floating lantern, the concert hall features performances, and the plaza outside will have fun activities and demos. Free admission, but tickets required to enter the concert hall.

Dates:
Location:
Segerstrom Center for the Arts 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA
Cost:
Free

Aloha Fair in Huntington Beach

MARCH 3: Enjoy the songs and dances of Polynesia, local vendors, live performances, food trucks and Hawaiian shaved ice.

Dates:
Location:
Aloha Fair Huntington Beach 16160 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach, CA

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