Kidsguide Summer Calendar 2019

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Making Family Life Better in OC & Long Beach Metro | | Summer 2019

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Using Kidsguide Calendar The Calendar is designed as a supplement to the Spring/Summer issue of Kidsguide. It gives you information on activities and events when you need them most­—summer vacation! Here’s how it works: 1. Looking for something to do on a particular day? First, check the individual dates for what’s happening—pages 20-41. 2. Then, take a look at the “Ongoing Events” found on pages 5-16 for more suggestions. 3. Don’t miss the advertisers! They offer activities and services all summer long. Be sure to tell them, “I saw you in Kidsguide!” 4. Subscribe to The Buzzz, our e-newsletter, filled with familyfriendly events for the week, special offers and more. Sign up on our website, 5. Finally, pick up a free copy of the Spring/Summer 2019 issue of Kidsguide for a thousand more ideas! They’re available at libraries and other kid-friendly places. Be sure to confirm dates and times before going to any activity—things can change. Plan ahead—some activities require reservations.

Liz Davis - Publisher Tiffany Salter - Ad Sales Alina Na - Editor & Graphics

Rebecca White - Editor Dean McAdam - Cover Artist

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Andell Family Sundays at LACMA Sundays: This weekly family event features artist-led workshops and friendly gallery tours and activities thematically based on special exhibitions and LACMA’s permanent collection. Create memories together and have fun! Sundays, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6151. Angels and Dodgers Promotional Giveaways & Tours Ongoing: Promotional Giveaways - Many home games offer a variety of kid-friendly giveaways and events, ranging from bobbleheads to movie screenings. Visit their websites for the full line-up. www., Ongoing: Stadium Tours - Join a behind-the-scenes tour of baseball’s third (Dodgers) and fourth-oldest (Angels) stadium, including areas normally restricted to the public. Visit their website for times and to purchase tickets. Angels Stadium, 2000 Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, (714) 940-2230, Dodgers Stadium, 1000 Elysian Park Ave., Los Angeles, 866-DODGERS,

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Archery Instruction at El Dorado Park Saturdays: Get pointers to improve skills and shooting technique. Equipment provided. All classes are first come, first serve and may be canceled due to weather. Saturday community classes include: advanced, 9 a.m. and beginner, 10:30 a.m. Safety class required. Rental fee, $5. Vehicle entry free, $7-8. Email: 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach. Bella Terra Kids Club Mondays: Kids Club is all about fun, exploring, and learning through crafts, story time, and performances planned throughout the year. Please RSVP to ensure there are enough crafts for each child. 10:30-11:30 a.m. 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach. Free. Big Air Trampoline Park Toddler Time and Special Needs Play Dates Ongoing: Toddler Time is held at the Buena Park and Laguna Hills locations for ages 6 and under to jump at their own speed and comfort level. Check website for days and time. Special Needs Play Dates are also scheduled regularly. www.bigairusa. com/buena-park,

• Columbia Memorial Space Center 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, See ad on page 11. Saturdays: Saturday Science - Visit the center during Saturday Science for fun and educational science activities and demonstrations. $5. Third Saturdays: All Ages Astronomy Club - Aspiring astronomers of all ages are invited to the monthly astronomy club meetings, which include a fascinating program about the night sky and a chance to talk about all things astronomy. Plus, use a telescope, build one, and learn how to pick the proper telescope and identify different celestial objects. 7-9 p.m. $2 fee required for all non-members. Community Day at Back Bay Science Center in Newport Beach Sundays: Tour the facility, including the loop trail

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Circus Vargas Comes to Southern California Through July 28: Celebrate Circus Vargas’ 50th anniversary extravaganza bringing acrobats, daredevils and a flying trapeze for two unforgettable hours of nonstop action and adventure guaranteed to thrill and enchant children of all ages. Arrive 30 minutes early for an interactive pre-show where children can create their own magic. Through June 9, Laguna Hills; June 13-17, Camarillo; June 2124, Santa Barbara; July 19-28, Torrance. Days and times vary, visit their website for tickets and details.


and marine life. Learn about BBSC education programs and public involvement opportunities. Kids will have the chance to participate in fun, hands-on activities to help them learn more about the ocean. No reservations required. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 600 Shellmaker Road, Newport Beach. (949) 640-9958. Creature Camp-Out at the Los Angeles Zoo Weekends, June 22 - August 17: Camp overnight at the zoo! Grab your sleeping bags and flashlights and settle in to listen to the nighttime sounds. The experience includes guided evening and morning tours, interactive activities, a nighttime snack, and live animal presentations. Continental breakfast is also provided. Saturday - Sunday. $85. 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles. (323) 644-4200. • Discovery Cube Los Angeles 11800 Foothill Blvd., Los Angeles Through September 2: Science + You - Become a scientist at the newest exhibit! Introducing Science + You, where children and adults can learn about human health and nutrition, scientific tools, and the methods scientists use for problem solving, investigation, and experimentation. Collect germ cells using a magnetic antibody wand before depositing them into white blood cells; practice using a centrifuge and learn about other amazing sorting machines; and get creative in the test kitchen while learning about balanced and healthy meals! Through September 8: Wild Kratts®: Creature Power!® Exhibit - Step into the world of Wild Kratts to explore the secret lives of amazing creatures in this brand new exhibit. Immerse yourself in animal habitats from around the globe, discover incredible creature powers and go on a mission to foil the villains’ nefarious plans. • Discovery Cube Orange County 2500 N. Main St., Santa Ana Through September 8: DC Super Heroes™: Discover

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Your Superpowers™ Exhibit - Superman™, Batman™, and Wonder Woman™ need you to help them battle crime in the never-ending fight for truth and justice in the all-new Discovery Cube Orange County exhibit. Save the city, vie with villains, and work as a team to restore order across the DC Universe. In this immersive DC environment, you’ll explore the Hall of Justice™, investigate robberies in Gotham City™, hone your Super Hero skills in the S.T.A.R. Labs, and more. Along the way you’ll also meet Cyborg™, Aquaman™, Green Lantern™, The Flash™, Supergirl™, and Batgirl™. Recruits are needed now! Will you answer the call? See ad on the back cover. Fairies vs. Trolls at South Coast Botanic Garden Through August 31: The magical competition is brewing once again—who will win, Team Fairies or Team Trolls? This time the 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. Using your wits, courage, and imagination, find the tiny troll and fairy houses hidden throughout the Garden, collect all the clever clues, and locate the jamboree. Be sure to wear your wings, don a troll hat or put on your invisible costume; wear appropriate footwear, and bring sunscreen and water. This adventure is for guests of all ages. Daily. Included in admission. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. (310) 5441948. Family Friday Nights at Splash! in La Mirada Fridays, June 21 - August 2: Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark invites you to make a splash at Family Friday Nights. 3-8 p.m. $18; free for season passholders. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. www. Family Nightlife Walks in Long Beach Tuesdays: June 18 - August 27: What do the animals do at night? Find out on a naturalist-led exploration of the darkened trails of the Nature Center. 7-9 p.m. $5. Register early as they usually sell out. El Dorado Nature Center. 7550 E. Spring St. (562) 570-1745.

Family Series Fridays in Anaheim Fridays, through July 19: Settle in under the stars for a line-up of performances by some of the area’s best family entertainers. Fridays, 6:30 p.m. $3. Pearson Park Amphitheater. 401 Lemon St., Anaheim. (714) 765-5274. Farmer’s Markets Ongoing: Find markets every day of the week with local produce, ready-made foods, honey, eggs and more. Plus many markets offer a kids’ corner and music; some even have rides and activities. www.;; www.; services/markets; Festival of Arts in Laguna Beach July 5 - August 31: As one of the nation’s oldest and most highly acclaimed juried fine art shows, the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts has offered a showcase for artists and art lovers for 85 years. Enjoy the award-winning work of exhibited artists, demonstrations and art workshops, daily art tours, live music, special events, on-site restaurants and much more. Weekdays, noon - 11:30 p.m.; weekends, 10 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 650 Laguna Canyon Road. First Fridays in Long Beach First Fridays: A family-friendly monthly event that supports local artists and musicians by providing them with an outlet to showcase their work. Enjoy fun activities, crafts and food with participating Bixby Knolls businesses through extended operating hours. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Check website for monthly theme. Expo Arts Center, 4321 Atlantic Ave. www. Friday Knight Tournaments at Academic Chess Center in Laguna Hills Fridays: Friday Knight Tournaments give kids a chance to flex their mental muscles and see if their queen is the meanest queen in town! This fun tournament is open to all (grades K-6) and includes three hours of chess, pizza and juice, as well as trophies for the top four players in each age category. Parents

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• Fountain Bowl - Cosmic & Free Bowling Thursdays: Looking for a fun and safe summer activity? Every Thursday, enjoy Junior Cosmic Bowling. Get some friends together and enjoy two hours of glow-in-the dark bowling! $8 per bowler; Includes bowling shoes rental. Also, register for Kids Bowl Free, which includes two free games a day all summer! Minimum of four participants per lane required. 17110 Brookhurst St., Fountain Valley. (714) 963-7888. See ad on page 38. Free Day at The Huntington Library First Thursdays: The Huntington opens its doors to all for free! Explore the library, gardens or art collections, all at no cost. Reservations are required. All visitors—including infants—need a ticket. Members do not need a ticket. Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Free. www. Free Harbor Tours of the Port of Long Beach First and Third Saturdays, Second and Fourth Sundays: Aboard this 90-minute narrated excursion, you’ll get close to operations at the second-busiest port in the nation. See towering cranes, the most advanced and green terminal in the world, new infrastructure projects, and possibly even catch a glimpse of local marine life. Due to overwhelming demand, all tickets are distributed through a lottery system. Register online on the first Monday of the month for the following month’s tours. Tours: Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., and Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. (562) 2837700. Free Saturday Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Saturdays: Kids (3+) make fun crafts. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. No reservations necessary. Carson, (310) 5374778; Fountain Valley, (714) 963-8255; and Laguna Hills, (949) 462-9353. stores/free-crafts Free Train Rides at Fairview Park Third Weekends: Free model train rides are offered by Orange County Model Engineers. Weather permitting. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (949) 54-TRAIN. www. Fullerton Main Library Summer Fun 353 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton (714) 738-6333, Tuesdays, June - July: Afternoon Live is a fun-filled afternoon of stories, crafts and activities for children entering first grade and up. Weekly themes, see schedule on their website. 2:30 p.m. Free. Third Saturdays: Lego Fun Day - Build and create with Lego blocks provided by the library. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free. Third Thursdays: Family Movie Night. Bring your family for a fun-filled evening at the library, featuring age-appropriate movies. An entertaining night for the whole family. 6:30-8 p.m. Free.

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Game Night at BrainStorm in Irvine Select Fridays and Saturdays: Parents, drop off the kids for three hours and enjoy a night out on your own. At BrainStorm Game Night, your kids can create just about anything in Minecraft on their private servers; battle it out in Fornite on their gaming laptops; explore virtual reality with their VIVE Pro VR Station; and design a robot and battle against kids’ creations. Pizza and drinks included. 6:30-9:30 p.m. $35. 5430 Trabuco Road, #150. Home Depot Kids Workshop First Saturdays: Free craft workshops for kids at all locations. Kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, workshop apron, and commemorative pin while supplies last. 9 a.m. noon. Must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. Huntington Beach Adventure Playground June 17 - August 16: Supervised playground features a pond with rafts and play structures, including rope bridge, mud slide and fort-building area. Open Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $4 per child (prices subject to change). Enter from the Central Library parking lot, 7111 Talbert Ave. (714) 842-7442. Kayaking the Upper Newport Bay Weekends: The Newport Bay Conservancy offers a kayak tour every Saturday and Sunday morning year-round. They begin with a quick lesson on how to paddle and then lead participants into the Ecological Reserve. Naturalists make several stops where they discuss various aspects of the ecology and wildlife of the Bay. Each tour is unique with startling differences in birds and other wildlife seen depending on the season and state of the tide. Bring sun protection, and be prepared to get a little wet. Make sure to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to tour to check-in and fill out waiver (younger than 18 need parent permission and one parent per group; younger than 12 need to ride in a double kayak with an adult; under 8 not allowed to paddle out). Lightning or heavy winds/rain cancel tour. 10 a.m. $12.50-25. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 640-1751. Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long Daily: Kids bowl for free all summer long! Register online now for your nearest participating center and receive vouchers via email good for two free games per child per day. Parent passes are available for a nominal fee. Dates and times vary by location. www. Kids Free Fishing Clinic in Dana Point Sundays: Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to a dock-side fishing clinic and learn handson fishing techniques from the experts. Fishing trip departs immediately after the clinic. Kids fish free on the trip with purchase of adult ticket ($46). Noon. Dana Wharf Sportfishing. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point. Kid’s Night Out in Cypress Third Fridays: Kids (5-12) have a fun night out with friends and Cypress Recreation staff. This program will have kids busy throughout the night with games, crafts, a movie, dinner and dessert. 6-10 p.m. $15. lots more fun at


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JUNE 17 - JULY 12 JULY 15 - AUGUST 9

Young Scientists Camp @ CSULB Come to CSULB and do science in university labs, meet scientists and tour facilities. THIS YEAR’S TOPICS: It’s Not Magic –– It’s Science, Star Scientists, Marine Biology The STEM Maker Challenge (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) & a High School Girls Physics Program Lunch supervision &

For entering grades 2-8 • July 15-26 Monday - Friday, 8:30 am -12:10 pm $315 ($30 sibling discount) • Visit us on Facebook!

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5700 Orange Ave., Cypress. Cypress Community Center.


Laguna Art-A-Fair Fine Art Festival June 28 - September 1: Celebrate art with over 100 fine artists and artisans at the Laguna Art-A-Fair. Along with a broad spectrum of arts and crafts, the event features art demonstrations and workshops for kids, live entertainment, food and drinks. Sunday Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Closes 6 p.m. on the last day, September 1. 7777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. • Makersville - Drop-In Days & Parade of Makers Ongoing: Led by Makersville collaborating instructors, drop-in activities (ages 6-18) include Pokemon Math, board games and dance activity. Also, Parade of Makers, a scholarship and showcase opportunity in August. Held at Grace UMC and Shoreline Village locations, Long Beach. (562) 225-9589. Visit for dates and details. See ad on page 24.

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Mary Wilson Library Summer Activities 707 Electric Ave., Seal Beach (562) 431-3584, Wednesdays, June 19 - July 24: Movie Magic. Lights, camera, action! Play with a green screen, explore Claymation, movie Foley art and sound effects, D.I.Y. 3D glasses and artwork. Not offered on June 26. 1-3 p.m. Free. Thursdays: It’s Showtime! Summer Performances. From juggling to dancing, there’s something for everyone! Visit website for scheduled performers. 4-5 p.m. Free. First Thursdays and Saturdays: Lego Days. Calling all inspired builders and creators! Enjoy building with Lego and Duplo collections. Parents/guardians must remain in the library. 4-5 p.m. Free. Model Boat Shop in Long Beach June 24 - August 9: Kids (7+) can learn how to build and race model sailboats, and participate in a closing regatta. Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $60 for the seven-week program, with an additional cost for boat-building supplies based on the size of the model. E. Colorado St. and Nieto Ave. (562) 570-1720, (562) 570-3100. www. Ocean Institute 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point (949) 496-2274. Tuesdays, June 25 - July 30: Tiny Tots Parent and Me Program - Join them for a six-week parent and child adventure exploring shape, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal—the sea star! Each session includes exploration, an animal encounter and a fun take-home activity. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Call or visit the website to register. Weekends: Tour the Tallship Brig Pilgrim - An authentic replica of the two-masted brig that Richard Henry Dana Jr. sailed into Dana Point Harbor in 1834. Staff members, dressed in period costume, lead ongoing tours and a variety of hands-on ac-

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tivities. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Included with admission. $10.


Additional programs and events include: Harbor Walking Tours, Kayak Harbor Tours, Family Science Nights, Wild Weekend Series, Adventure Sails, Whale and Marine Life Tours, Bioluminescence Night Cruises, Killer Dana Tours, Little Naturalist Program, Painting by the Sea and Public Beach Cleanups. Visit their website for dates and details.

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Odd Nights at The Autry in LA Third Fridays: Enjoy an evening al fresco at Odd Nights, an “indie” bazaar with food trucks, live music and cool SoCal vendors for crafts, vintage items, home goods and oddities. Fridays, 6-11 p.m. Admission, $5 cash only. Autry Museum. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (855) 633-6758. www. Open-Studio Maker Session at Child Creativity Lab in Santa Ana Wednesdays: This two-hour, non-structured program allows children to explore their creative personalities while enhancing critical thinking, problem-solving, and innovation. Makers can choose to create anything they want using all of the resources in the makerspace. While there is staff present, parents/guardians are expected to assist with their children during this time with the hot glue guns and other tools/equipment. Spots are limited and often fill up. RSVP required online. 2-4 p.m. $8-12. 1815 E. Wilshire Ave., #906. Orange County Fair 2019 July 12 - August 11: The annual OC Fair offers 23 days and nights of fun with this year’s theme, “Acres of Fun.” Check out barns full of animals, zany and delish food, concerts under the stars, midway games and rides, action-packed sports, acres of shopping and more. Wednesday - Friday, noon - midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - midnight; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission, $7-14; children 5 and younger, free. Check their website for discounts and promotions for active military and veterans, first responders, seniors, etc. KG Tip: Kids get in free on Thursdays! You can also purchase $3 Taste of the Fair food samples, noon - 4 p.m. and $35 unlimited carnival ride wristbands, noon - 5 p.m. We Care Wednesdays also offers free admission, noon - 3 p.m., if you donate to the chosen charity at the blue, yellow or green gate; visit the website for donation items needed. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 7081500. Orange Main Library Summer Fun 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange (714) 288-2400, Third Saturdays: Ukulele Soup - Bring your ukulele, play, sing, and learn some songs. Beginners welcome! Don’t have a ukulele? Come sing along. 11 a.m. Free. Mondays, July 8-29: Create and Compete. - Teen volunteers present craft and game programs for kids (grades 1-6). Kids may win prizes such as toys, posters, or T-shirts! 2 p.m. Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach July 7 - August 31: Get ready to be amazed and enlots more fun at


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chanted by ninety minutes of tableaux vivants (living pictures). Watch art come to life right before your eyes in a star-lit amphitheater. There’s nothing else like it. Nightly, 8:30 p.m. 650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. Parents’ Night Out at BounceU in Orange Every other Friday: Give your kids a night of nonstop bouncing and games! Every other Friday night, parents can drop off the kids (ages 4-17) for a night of activities, music, pizza, juice and snacks. Check their events calendar for details. Fridays, 6:30-10 p.m. $30. 428-A W. Katella Ave., Orange. www. Parent’s Night Out in Buena Park Select Fridays: Kids (ages 4-10) can enjoy dinner, snacks, plus games, crafts and movies, while parents enjoy a night out without the kiddos. For added fun, kids are encouraged to dress up for the evening’s theme. Register early online or in-person at the Buena Park Community Center. 5:30-9:30 p.m. $10 per child. Ehlers Event Center. 8150 Knott Ave. Park Summer Drop-In Programs Most city recreation departments offer free dropin programs during the summer at local parks for elementary-aged kids. Activities typically include games, arts and crafts, sports, and organized recreational activities. The supervision is different from childcare as children are free to come and go. Check with local recreation departments for availability. • Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Starting in June: Magic is surfacing this summer in Buena Park! Set sail for adventure at Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Watch in awe as buccaneers swoop from the rigging of an 18th century Spanish galleon, battling each other with swords, knives, and fists. Savor the action, adventure, love, and laughs while you enjoy a delicious, four-course feast, fit for a pirate king. Lads, lasses, and scallywags of all ages are welcome. Laugh, cheer, and sing along as the talented crew regales you to a high-seas rollick you’ll never forget. Call today to reserve your spot for excitement the likes of which ye have never seen! Their oneof-a-kind dinner theater is fun for the whole family. Use code “KGPIRATE19” for Buy-One, Get-One-Free tickets! 7600 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 6901497. See ad on page 25. Read to Dogs at Local Libraries Second Saturdays: Huntington Beach Library - Come meet the dogs from Go Team Therapy Dogs. Children read aloud to a dog in 15-minute time slots. Saturday, 3-4 p.m. Free. 7111 Talbert Ave. (714) 8424481.

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Second Saturdays: Iacoboni Library - Paws to Read gives kids (6-12) practice reading aloud to a certified therapy dog from B.A.R.K. (Beach Animals Reading with Kids). 11 a.m. - noon. Free. 4990 Clark Ave., Lakewood. (562) 866-1777. Wednesdays: Fullerton Main Library - Drop by the children’s library and read to therapy dogs. 3:30 p.m. Free. 353 W. Commonwealth Ave. (714) 738-6333. lots more fun at

San Juan Capistrano Mission 26801 Ortega Hwy., San Juan Capistrano (949) 234-1300. Tuesday and Thursdays: Curiosity Carts at San Juan Capistrano Mission - Each educational cart offers learning for students and visitors interested in seeing items up close. Items include branding irons, spurs, horseshoes, hides, candles, pottery shards and objects used by the Acjachemen Native Americans. 10 a.m. - noon. Included with admission.


Weekends: Panning for Gold, Adobe Brick Making and Arrowhead Necklace Craft at the Mission - Try your luck at finding the gold in the custom-designed Mission trough. They’ll supply the pan and the “gold;” kids roll up their sleeves and pan their way to riches. Or kids make their own arrowhead necklaces and adobe brick while learning about the lifestyle of Mission Native Americans. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. $5 per activity, plus admission. Bundle all three activities for $10. Saturday Morning Cartoons and Drawing at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Third Saturdays: Bring the family and be inspired to create with drawing materials for all artistic levels. Watch Looney Tunes cartoons on the big screen and enjoy donuts, coffee and water. Draw alongside teaching artist, Naylene Justis, and their professional volunteers. Although this event is free, a $5 refundable registration fee is required as space is limited. 3321 Hyland Ave., Ste. A, Costa Mesa. Sawdust Art and Craft Festival June 28 - September 1: Guests are invited to shop along sawdust-covered paths in a hand-built village of fine art and eclectic craftsmanship. Enjoy seeing 200 artists, three stages of live music and entertainment, art classes, daily demonstrations, glassblowing, hands-on pottery wheel, and outdoor eateries. Daily, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Adults, $9; children (6-12), $4. 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. www. Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese First Sundays: Chuck E. Cheese opens two hours early, specifically for children with autism and other special needs. The session includes reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and a trained and caring staff. Visit website for participating locations. events/sensory-sensitive-sundays • Science of Sailing at Discovery Cube’s Ocean Quest Through September 3. Ocean Quest’s Science of Sailing integrates ship models with artifacts and connects them to science concepts and handson activities. Areas of focus include the science of simple machines and how they incorporate design, navigation, and communication. Along the way, visitors will be introduced to the unique and historic lots more fun at

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Wednesdays, June 19 - July 31: Main Library in Orange - Ruff Readers, presented by Independent Therapy Dogs, allows children to read aloud to a certified therapy dog. Event will not be held on July 3. 2 p.m. Free. 407 E. Chapman Ave. (714) 288-2400.


elements related to the nautical history of the Newport Harbor. 600 E. Bay St., Newport Beach. www. • Skate Park Tour with Skatedogs Ongoing: Join Skatedogs for a half-day skate park tour! Kids (6+) visit three local skateparks with Skatedogs instructors and then all grab a bite at Subway and discuss tips and tricks. Kids should bring water, a snack, skateboard, helmet, knee and elbow pads. Skatedogs’ boards and safety gear are available to borrow upon request. Contact for dates. $100 (cash or check at drop-off), includes prizes, lessons and lunch. RSVP required; seats are limited. (714) 313-8787. Email: See ad on page 21.


Summer Reading Programs June 17 - July 28: 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. Free. LA area libraries also offer a Summer Reading Program. Various community agencies offer incentives and prizes for program participants. In addition, free entertainment is available at local branches and includes music, puppets, magic, storytelling and more. Check with your local library for details. Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach Tuesdays: It’s Orange County’s largest weekly street fair and farmers’ market. Three blocks of Main Street closed to traffic and open to fun. Shops spread out with sidewalk sales, the streets fill with unique vendors, and the farmers set up with fresh, seasonal produce and flowers. A variety of performers provide hours of lively entertainment. Tuesdays, 5-9 p.m. Main St. and PCH. Free.




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Aliso Viejo Grand Park. Fridays, 6 p.m. June 21: Ralph Breaks the Internet July 19: The Lego Movie 2 August 2: Incredibles 2 August 16: The Muppet Movie Anaheim Pearson Park Amphitheater. Fridays, 8 p.m. August 9: Incredibles 2 August 16: Hotel Transylvania 3 August 23: ET: The Extra Terrestrial Bellflower Town Center Plaza. Fridays, doors open, 6:30 p.m.; movie at dusk. June 21: Mary Poppins Returns July 5: Ralph Breaks the Internet July 19: The Incredibles 2 August 2: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Bellflower Aquatic Center. Friday and Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Dive-in Movie. Registration required. June 28: How to Train Your Dragon July 27: Jurassic World Brea Arovista Park. Fridays, 8 p.m. June 21: Ralph Breaks the Internet June 28: The Lego Movie 2 July 5: The Sandlot (at the Plunge) July 12: Incredibles 2 July 19: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World July 26: Mary Poppins Returns Cerritos Harkins Cerritos 16. Monday - Friday, 9:45 a.m. 10 movies, 10 weeks for $5. June 10-14: Happy Feet June 17-21: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World June 24-28: Despicable Me 2 July 1-5: Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation July 8-12: Smallfoot July 15-19: The Lego Movie 2 July 22-26: Sherlock Gnomes July 29 - August 2: Trolls August 5-9: Penguins of Madagascar August 12-16: Shrek Costa Mesa Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Arts Plaza Mondays, 8 p.m. July 8: The Greatest Showman July 15: Mean Girls July 22: Anastasia

July 29: Dream Girls August 5: Hook Costa Mesa Parks. Fridays, 5:45 p.m. June 28: The Lego Movie 2 - Lions Park July 26: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Lions Park August 16: Mary Poppins Returns - TeWinkle Park Downey Golden Park. Saturday, dusk. August 3: Sing • Columbia Memorial Space Center Apollo 11 Under the Stars in Downey July 20: After enjoying free admission all day at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in honor the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, stick around that evening for a special screening of the film, Apollo 11, outside the Space Center. In partnership with JPL and the City of Downey. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. www.columbiaspacescience. org. See ad on page 11. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park. Tuesday. Activities, 6 p.m.; movie at dusk. August 6: Hercules Fountain Valley Parks. Fridays. Activities, 6 p.m.; movie at dusk. August 16: The Greatest Showman - Courreges Park August 23: Monsters University - Los Alamos Park August 30: Tangled - McDowell Park Huntington Beach Saturdays, doors open 7:15 p.m; movie at 8 p.m. June 29: Wreck It Ralph 2 - Murdy Community Center July 27: Incredibles 2 - Lake Park August 10: Coco - Edison Community Center Irvine William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center at Heritage Park. Splash ‘n’ Movie. Saturday, pool opens at 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk. Adults, $4. Kids, $2. No registration required. August 24: Incredibles 2 Orange County Great Park. Fridays and Saturdays, dusk. June 21: Meet Me in St. Louis June 22: The Lego Movie 2 June 28: The Never Ending Story June 29: A Dog’s Way Home July 12: Little Giants

July 13: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World July 19: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse La Habra La Habra Parks. Select days, 6 p.m. June 14: Hotel Transylvania 3 - Oeste Park July 12: The Grinch - Brio Park August 6: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Portola Park August 23: How to Train Your Dragon 3 - El Cerrito School La Habra High School Pool. Dive-In Movie. Friday, 6 p.m. $2. August 2: Finding Dory La Mirada Swim-in Movie Night at Splash! Select Sundays, 7:30 p.m. $8. June 23: The Little Mermaid July 21: Smallfoot August 11: The Lego Movie 2 September 1: Ferdinand Lake Forest Lake Forest Sports Park and Recreation. Fridays, 6:30 p.m. June 14: The Lego Movie 2 July 12: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World August 9: Incredibles 2 August 23: The Jungle Book (1967) Lakewood Lakewood Parks. Fridays. Activities, 7 p.m.; movie, 8:15 p.m. June 21: Sandlot - Monte Verde Park July 12: The Lego Movie 2 - Palms Park August 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Monte Verde Park Long Beach • The Queen Mary’s Free Movie Night Summer Series - Summer nights are perfect for an evening under the stars and a movie. The Queen Mary invites the community (all ages) to these free, outdoor screenings. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed. Food for purchase by themed food trucks during each movie screening will be available, as well as full bar options (no outside food or drinks except unopened water bottles). Date night packages also available; $75. Event opens at 6 p.m., and movie begins at sundown. Parking, $10. See ad on page 35. June 20: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Indiana Jones: Temple of Doom July 11: Grease August 22: Beetlejuice and Edward Scissorhands Long Beach Parks Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 7:30 p.m. Check website for details. How to Train Your Dragon June 17: Pan American Park. June 19: MLK Jr.

Park. June 21: Chavez Park. July 2: Orizaba Park. Avengers: Infinity War June 18: Admiral Kidd Park. June 20: Bixby Park. Happy Feet June 24: Signal Hill Park. June 26: Coolidge Park. June 28: Whaley Park. Lego Movie 2 June 27: Drake Park Bee Movie July 1: Veterans Park. July 3: Davenport Park. July 5: Silverado Park. Madagascar July 6: Long Beach Animal Care Services Bolt July 8: Ramona Park. July 10: Orizaba Park. July 12: College Estates Park. Captain Marvel July 11: Seaside Park Moana July 15: Drake Park. July 17: Admiral Kidd Park. July 19: MacArthur Park. Ralph Breaks the Internet July 18: Silverado Park Aquaman July 25: Houghton Park Frozen July 22: Somerset Park. July 24: Grace Park. July 26: Wardlow Park. Cars July 29: DeForest Park. July 31: Bixby Park. August 2: Scherer Park. Mary Poppins Returns August 1: Pan American Park Wreck it Ralph August 5: Seaside Park. August 7: Cherry Beach. August 9: Signal Hill Reservoir Park. Bumblebee August 8: MLK Jr. Park Monsters Inc. August 12: Stearns Champions Park. August 14: Heartwell Park. August 16: Houghton Park. Dumbo August 15: Ramona Park The Incredibles August 19: McBride Park. August 21: El Dorado Park West. Incredibles 2 August 23: Scherer Park

Los Alamitos Saturdays. Music, 6:30 p.m.; movie, at dusk. June 15: Trolls - Little Cottonwood Park June 29: Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Sunburst Field at Joint Forces Training Base July 13: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Orville R. Lewis Park July 27: Incredibles 2 - Los Alamitos School District Office Field OC Parks Fridays, 6 p.m. June 14: Zootopia - Carbon Canyon Regional Park June 21: Grease - Carbon Canyon Regional Park June 28: Thor - Craig Regional Park July 5: Jurassic Park - Craig Regional Park July 12: Paddington 2 - Yorba Regional Park July 19: The Goonies - Yorba Regional Park July 26: Incredibles 2 - Mason Regional Park August 2: Back to the Future - Mason Regional Park August 9: Mary Poppins Returns - Irvine Regional August 16: The Jungle Book - Irvine Regional Park August 23: The Lego Movie 2 - Laguna Niguel Regional Park August 30: The Princess Bride - Laguna Niguel Regional Park Newport Beach Fridays, one hour before sunset. June 7: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Mariners Park July 19: The Lego Movie 2 - Cliff Drive Park August 23: Mary Poppins Returns - Grant Howald Park Orange Orange Public Libraries. Thursdays, 2-4 p.m. June 20: Christopher Robin - Main June 27: Captain Underpants - Main July 11: Despicable Me 3 - Main July 18: Ralph Breaks the Internet - Main July 25: Incredibles 2 - Main August 1: Mary Poppins Returns - Main August 8: Lego Batman Movie El Modena August 15: The Grinch El Modena Placentia Placentia Champions Sports Complex. Fridays at dusk. July 12: Ralph Breaks the Internet July 19: Boss Baby July 26: Hotel Transylvania 3 (Kraemer Park) August 2: Lego Movie 2 August 9: Incredibles 2 August 16: People’s Choice Rossmoor Rush Park. Fridays, dusk. June 7: Ralph Breaks the Internet June 28: The Lego Movie 2

July 19: Incredibles 2 August 9: How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World Santa Ana Bowers Museum. Select Fridays. $10-20. July 19: The Princess Bride August 16: The Labyrinth Stanton Stanton Central Park. Fridays, 8 p.m. July 12: Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse July 19: Ralph Breaks the Internet July 26: The Lego Movie 2 Tustin Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. July 11: Dumbo - Victory Park July 18: Romeo and Juliet - Peppertree Park July 25: The Lego Movie 2 - Cedar Grove Park August 1: Wonder - Camino Real Park August 8: Black Panther - Frontier Park Westminster Civic Center. Pre-movie activities begin at 6:30 p.m.; movie at dusk. July 11: Ralph Breaks the Internet July 18: Incredibles 2 July 25: Spiderman into the Spider-Verse Yorba Linda Saturdays, dusk. June 15: Smallfoot - Eastside Park July 20: The Lego Movie 2 - Hurless Barton Park August 17: How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World - Travis Ranch Youth Park

daily events June • Beauty and the Beast in La Mirada Through June 23: Be our guest! Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that continues to amaze and delight with its captivating story of soaring romance, bright humor, and thrilling adventure. Visit website for times and to purchase tickets. $14-74. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. 14900 La Mirada Blvd. (714) 9946310. Corn Festival at Tanaka Farms Every weekend in June: Food, games, arts and crafts, farm tours and more. Kids can also visit with their rescue flock of chickens, and enjoy a seasonal maze and play area. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Check website for prices. 5380-¾ University Drive, Irvine. • June at Pretend City 29 Hubble, Irvine, (949) 328-4512 Kick off summer with lots of fun activities at Pretend City! Most events are included with admission; visit their website to confirm, and for even more special events offered during June. See ad on page 4. June 10 and 30: Baby Steps - Daddy & Me Theme June 14: Flag Day Celebration June 15: Father’s Day Celebration June 18: Let’s Celebrate Eat Your Vegetables Day June 21: Summer Solstice Celebration June 24: Family Autism Event Wizard of Oz in La Mirada June 13-15: Put on your ruby shoes and enjoy the classic tale as Dorothy makes her way back to Kan-

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sas. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Visit website to purchase tickets. Biola University - Sutherland Auditorium. 13800 Biola Ave. (562) 906-4574. Dew Tour Skateboard Competition in LB June 13-16: Dew Tour is an innovative contest series that brings together the world’s best skateboarders, snowboarders, skiers, artists, brands and fans in a celebration of creativity and style. This four-day, allages event features skateboard competitions, skate lessons by Skatedogs, a craft beer and food festival, and evening concerts. Thursday - Sunday. Visit website for schedule. Free to attend. Long Beach Convention Center. 300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. • Up Up and Away 4-Day Kids Consignment Sales June 13-16 and August 15-18: OC’s largest and #1 baby and kids consignment sale event, and voted Best Consignment Sale in the Region, is “poppingup” again! At Up Up And Away, families can save money and make money at the same time. Consignors earn top dollar for their items while buyers save a ton of money purchasing name-brand, new and nearly new items (clothing, toys, strollers, highchairs, books, outdoor play, etc.) at less than half the cost of department stores. They are not a store open year round; instead they hold huge four-day events, four times a year with 40,000+ items. Anything and everything babies and kids need, use and want, all under one roof. You do not need to be a consignor to attend and purchase items. (Many items 50% off on Sunday.) Free to attend. Visit their website for more information about consigning, shopping or volunteering. 620 El Camino Real, Tustin. (714) 497-0199. See ad on page 24. Animal Art II at the OC Zoo June 14: Kids (3-4) can join an hour of creativity and fun with an animal theme. Come ready to get a little

messy. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close. Registration required. Also offered July 11. Friday, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 9736847. All Shook Up in Buena Park June 14-26 and 21-23: This crowd-pleasing musical is inspired by and features the songs of Elvis Presley. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. $9-11. Buena Park High School Theater. 8833 Academy Drive. (714) 562-3860. • Donuts With Dad at My Gym in Long Beach June 14: Dads are the best. He deserves a party for how awesome he is. At My Gym, this day is going to be all about him. Play games made with Dad in mind. Enjoy some yummy snacks and fun, lively music while we show your dad, that he’s the best. Perfect for kids up to 13 years. (562) 986-0066. See ad on page 13. Explore the Bay Family Hike June 15: Join Newport Bay Conservancy for an hour-long easy hike (all ages). Families learn about the Bay and the trails around it. A naturalist will talk about whatever you discover along the way. Also offered July 20 and August 17. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free. Newport Beach Conservancy. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 640-1751. Family Festival at The Getty June 15: Lions and tigers and bears and…unicorns and bearded dragons? Oh my! Find delight and wonder in fantastic animals, real and imagined, who will roam the Getty Center inspired by the exhibition, The Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World. Become a winged, hoofed, or scaled animal yourself through hands-on demonstrations, performances, and workshops. Whether you prefer real or fanciful creatures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at this beastly festival. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Getty Center. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. (310) 440-7300. Minecraft Night - Parents’ Night Out at Code Gauchos in Lake Forest June 15: Enjoy a night out on your own while your

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kids (ages 6+) learn to code as they play Minecraft. The event includes three hours of games, crafts, activities, pizza and drinks. Also offered August 17. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $40 per child; $25 per sibling. 22600 Lambert St., 906-C, Lake Forest. National Anthem Sing-Off in Long Beach June 15: Justin Rudd and his Community Action Team invite singers of all ages to sing the last part of the National Anthem a cappella for the crowd following the day’s beach cleanup. Then finalists will sing the entire song for the crowd. The winner goes home with a $1,000 contract to sing the Anthem at their choice of 20 Community Action Team events within a year. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Free. Rosie’s Dog Beach. 1 Granada Ave. (562) 5703100. OC Night Market in Costa Mesa June 14-16: Over 200 food, merchandise, crafts, arts, games, music and entertainment in one jampacked weekend. Also offered August 23-25. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. - midnight; Sunday, 4-11 p.m. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Public Safety Expo in Lakewood June 15: Meet law enforcement and fire officials, plus explore sheriff and fire department vehicles and displays. Enjoy entertainment and music, too. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Free. Mayfair Park. 5720 Clark Ave. (562) 866-9771.


Children’s Garden Workshops at OC Great Park June 16: Young attendees (3-9) will connect the natural world with their daily lives, deepening their understanding and appreciation for nature. Workshops held on the hour and are weather permitting. Registration required. Also offered July 21 and August 18. Sunday, 10-11 a.m. Free. 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine. (949) 724-7528. • Father’s Day Aboard the Queen Mary June 16: Families are invited to join the Queen Mary Royal Sunday Brunch that features over 50 unique dishes from around the globe and live entertainment. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Adults, $69, or $79 with champagne; kids (4-11), $24. Reservations strongly recommended. 1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach. (877) 342-0738. www.queenmary. com. See ad on page 35. Father’s Day Adventures at Sea in Dana Point June 16: First, you and dad will enjoy breakfast on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center then set sail on the Spirit of Dana Point, handling lines and raising sails. Ocean Institute. 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. (949) 496-2274. www. Family Day Out at South Coast Botanic Garden June 16: Celebrate the family in your life with an afternoon of sipping, socializing, and picnicking. Bring your blanket and family to enjoy the Turnip Patch for games, music, food, beer, and wine in this exclusive Garden area. Sunday, noon - 3 p.m. $5, plus admission. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. (310) 5441948. lots more fun at

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Father’s Day BBQ Lunch Train June 16: Treat dad to a relaxing vintage train ride while traveling through the scenic Heritage Valley. Feast on a country-cooked BBQ lunch the whole family will enjoy. Adults, $50; youth, $29 (4-12); child, $25 (2-3), not including tip. Reservations required. Fillmore and Western Railway. 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. Father’s Day Brunch at Old World Village June 16: Dig into an all-you-can-eat buffet with unlimited champagne and European meats, cheeses, and pastries from Old World’s gourmet food purveyors. Reservations required. Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. $16-40. 7561 Center Ave. #49, Huntington Beach. (714) 895-8020.

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Meet the Grunion at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium June 19: Watch the captivating grunion come up on the beach to spawn. Learn about the interesting mating rituals and biology of this curious fish. Aquarium opens at 8 p.m. and an auditorium program begins at 9 p.m., followed by guided observation at the beach. Warm clothing and a flashlight are recommended. June and July are open season when grunion may only be taken by hand (16+ must have a valid fishing license). Wednesday, 8 p.m. $5. 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro. (310) 548-7562. Under the Sea at the OC Zoo June 19: Toddlers (3-4) can learn all about animals in the ocean, including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close. Registration by phone required. Also offered August 27. Wednesday, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847. Summer Trail Runs and Kids’ Obstacle Course in Tustin June 20: Join your running friends for an evening fivelots more fun at


mile trail run. Stay afterward for music and BBQ. The events include a Rough Fit Kids Obstacle Course and a great play area. Thursday, 6:15 p.m. $5-40. Cedar Grove Park. 11385 Pioneer Road. (949) 975-1812. Summerfest in Fountain Valley June 20-23: Carnival rides, games, music, dancing, entertainment and food vendors. Thursday - Sunday. Free admission. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 8398611. Go Skateboarding Day in Lake Forest June 21: Celebrate national Go Skateboarding Day at the skatepark, with free tacos for participants, various events, and giveaways. Friday, 7-10 p.m. Free. Etnies Skate Park. 20028 Lake Forest Drive. (949) 9165870. Make Music Long Beach June 21: Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on the Summer Solstice. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fte de la Musique, it is now held in 120 countries. Friday, all day. Find city-wide events at Parents’ Night Out at Lil’ Chef School in Irvine June 21: Parents, go out and let your child have a fun-filled Friday evening cooking. Join Chef Zach for a Burger n’ Fries Party. Lil’ chefs will enjoy a BuildYour-Own Burger Bar, crispy fries and Oreo milkshakes for dessert. Friday, 5:30-9 p.m. $50 per child; $30 for each additional sibling. 15435 Jeffrey Road, #132. • Summer Kickoff Party at My Gym Long Beach June 21: Summer needs to start right! What better way for kids (0-13) to run, jump, play, and show their #happyCAMPERside than at a Summer Kickoff Party. Come in for exciting games, rides, swings, summer refreshments, and exclusive summer camp deals. Register online; space is limited and goes fast! Ask about their Instagram and Facebook contest to win some awesome summer swag! (562) 986-0066. See ad on page 13.

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Airport Day at Fullerton Municipal Airport June 22: Annual event when the airport opens its doors to the public, allowing the community to tour the airport and see the important role it plays in providing service to Orange County. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. 4011 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton. (714) 738-6323. Annual Summer “Sailstice” Celebration at OCC June 22: Join an afternoon of fun, food and sailing on Newport Harbor. Hop on board to sail with an instructor, sign up to win certificates and enjoy a free hot dog BBQ. Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Free. OCC School of port Beach. (949) 645-9412. Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum June 22: Meet nature guides for a wonderful free tour through the garden. Saturday, 10-11 a.m. Also offered July 13 and 27 and August 10 and 24. 1900 Associated Road, Fullerton. (657) 278-3407. www. Great American Backyard Campout June 22: Join National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout for a night of old-fashioned fun outdoors. If you can’t camp on the 22nd, register and get outside on any night that is convenient for you. Just open the door and sleep under the stars! Register your team of campers or join a team that’s already registered near you. Saturday, dusk. Honey Bee Express Train June 22 and 23: Enjoy this vintage train adventure that takes passengers to a honey farm for a tour and tasting! Book your tickets today. Adults, $26; seniors (60+), $24; youth (4-12), $16; child (23), $12 (2-3). Fillmore and Western Railway. 364 Main St., Fillmore. (805) 524-2546. www.fwry. com, Seal Beach Rough Water Swim June 22: The whole family is welcome to participate in three-mile and one-mile races, or a kids’ swim with distances based on age. Call Maria Fattal for details, (562) 430-1092. Saturday. Seal Beach Pier lots more fun at


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Summer Reading Celebration at the Placentia Library June 22: Come out and register for the Summer Reading Program with entertainment, pony and train rides, a bounce house, photo booth, food, games and more. Saturday, 10 a.m. Free. 411 E. Chapman Ave., Placentia. (714) 528-1906. www. Seal Day 2019 at Marine Mammal Care Center June 22: MMCCLA celebrates 27 years of marine mammal rehabilitation by holding their annual Seal Day Festival. Join the annual educational open house where supporters, donors, and first-time visitors are welcome to get acquainted with MMCCLA and their work, plus have fun at the same time. This year’s theme is Halloween in June, complete with professional costumed visitors, a Trunk-or-Treat experience with world famous Star Cars—vehicles from stage and screen—and a costume contest for those who come dressed for fun. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free. 3601 South Gaffey St., #8, San Pedro. (310) 548-5677. www. Star Wars Day at the OC Zoo June 22: Let the force be with you when you visit the zoo! Join this day of Star Wars family fun that includes characters, crafts, games and photo opportunities. Zoo animals will receive special treats and there will be animal meet-and-greets throughout the day. The first 100 children (12 and under) in Star Wars costume will receive a special gift and a free train ride ticket to Irvine Park Railroad. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free with paid admission. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847. www. Buena Park Community Chorus Concert June 23: The Buena Park Community Chorus presents its annual concert. Sunday, 3 p.m. $10. Ehlers Event Center. 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 236-3873. Gráfica América: Print Workshop June 23: Come learn screen printing techniques. This workshop is free and open to participation of all ages. Sunday, 2-3:30 p.m. Museum of Latin American Art. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 4371689. Patchwork Indie and Crafts Festival in Long Beach June 23: Fun shopping for the family with over 200 vendors displaying their handmade goods, plus kids’ arts and crafts, food, music and even a bike valet! Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Marine Stadium. 5255 Paoli Way. www. Tabletop Games at Cypress Library June 23: The whole family (9+) can enjoy a board game extravaganza, bursting with variety and interests. Sunday, 2-4 p.m. Free. Also offered July 21. 5331 Orange Ave, Cypress. (714) 826-0350.

Animal Magic Show in Orange June 25: Join a wild adventure with John Abrams’ Animal Magic Show. You’ll laugh and scream with John’s wacky blend of magic, comedy, music and live exotic pets in an audience participation extravaganza guaranteed to amaze and amuse. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Free. Main Library. 407 E. Chapman Ave. (714) 288-2400. Newport Beach Public Library June 25-29: Pacific Animal Productions - It’s Showtime! Come on a learning safari as trainers show animals from around the world. Don’t miss this interactive and educational experience for all ages. Also, remember to pick up your Summer Reading game sheet and start your reading extravaganza! June 25: Central Library Friends Room, 11 a.m. June 27: Balboa Library, 11 a.m. June 27: Central Library Friends Room, 2 p.m. June 29: Crean Mariners Library Jorgensen Room, 10 a.m. and noon. Interactive Movie Days at Mary Wilson Library June 26: Participate in the movie! Cosplay encouraged and props will be provided—you’ll get to sing and dance along, use noisemakers, throw props, make costumes, and more. Also offered July 31. Wednesday, 1 p.m. Free. 707 Electric Ave., Seal Beach. (562) 431-3584. Teen Volunteer Information Session at Rancho Los Cerritos June 26: Rancho Los Cerritos is seeking enthusiastic and reliable high school volunteers to help with their summer camps, curatorial projects, and gardens. Teens looking for a great place to volunteer this summer must attend one session on Wednesday, 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. RSVP on their website. Free. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. Wildlife Explorers at the OC Zoo June 26: Kids (5-10) can connect with nature by exploring Irvine Park with one of the zookeepers. After, return to the zoo for crafts and animal fun. Registration is required. Also offered July 10 and 24 and August 7. Wednesday, 10-11:15 a.m. $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847. Taste of Downtown in Long Beach June 26-27: Downtown Long Beach is a foodie’s paradise. Enjoy samples from Pine Avenue’s best restaurants, plus live music and a bike valet for those arriving on two wheels. Wednesday and Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Free entry. $1 tasting tickets. Pine Ave. and Promenade. (562) 436-4259. www. Family Science Nights at Ocean Institute June 27: Spend a summer evening getting up close and personal with local scientists. Each experience will include a presentation by a guest speaker with additional activities for kids. A different topic will be covered each week. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. $12. Also offered July 25 and August 22. 4200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. (949) 496-2274. lots more fun at


• Lakewood’s Summer Fair June 28: This free event offers kids (8-13) an exciting summer diversion, featuring carnival games, inflatable attractions and face painting, plus pizza, juice and snocones, while supplies last. Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free. San Martin Park. 5231 Ocana Ave., Lakewood. (562) 866-9771. Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum June 28: Awaken your senses with great music, hands-on garden and science projects, botanical tours, food trucks and more. Get outside this summer and enjoy the evening breeze, late sunset, and starry skies. The Summer Nights in the Gardens series is a celebration of all things summer in the enchanting Nature Gardens at NHMLA. Also offered July 12 and 26. Friday, 5-9 p.m. Free. 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466. Irvine Greek Fest June 28-30: Opa! Bring the family for Greek food and pastries, cooking demonstrations, folk dancing lessons, church tours, drawings, a gift boutique, and full-scale carnival. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon - 9 p.m. $3. Saint Paul’s Greek Orthodox Church. 4949 Alton Pkwy., Irvine. (949) 733-2366. Harry Potter at the Hollywood Bowl June 29: The magical wizarding world comes to life with the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film screening accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Experience the film in high definition on the Bowl’s big screen while the unforgettable music is performed live-to-picture. 8-11 p.m. 2301 N. Highland Ave., LA. (323) 850-2000. Independence Day Celebration in Carson June 29: Join Ben Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson, otherwise known as The Confounding Brothers, for a thought-provoking account of The Declaration of Independence and how our nation came to be. Festivities include tours, printing on a Colonial press, patriotic souvenirs, 18th century musicians and a lunch of Freedom Dogs and American Apple Pie. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. $15. International Printing Museum. 315 W. Torrance Blvd. (310) 515-7166. Long Beach Japanese Culture Center Festival June 29-30: Two days of Japanese culture featuring

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Taiko (Japanese drumming), Kendo, Judo, karate, Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), Undo (Japanese folk dancing), calligraphy, Hawaiian dancers, origami, Japanese food, plus many cultural exhibits. Saturday, 3-9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3-8 p.m. Visit website for admission prices. Long Beach Japanese Cultural Center. 1766 Seabright Ave., Long Beach. Pirate Invasion in Long Beach June 29-30: Join the largest gathering of pirates and scallywags ever to come ashore, with sword fights, cannon and musket battles, adult and children’s costume contests, an interactive kids’ zone, arts and craft vendors, live entertainment, food and grog, a living history encampment, a live production of “Treasure Island,” and a mermaid-

themed village. Kids can enjoy an all-day treasure hunt, where every kid is a winner and adults can win raffle tickets for a cash prize. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Free. Shoreline Aquatic Park. 200 Aquarium Way. (562) 570-3100. www. Sunset at the Santa Ana Zoo June 30: Friends of Santa Ana Zoo host these after-hours concerts and tasting events that feature live music, art by local artisans, zoo animals, and train and carrousel rides. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic dinner, blanket, family and friends, enjoy the concerts, and wander around the zoo after it is closed to the public. Also offered July 7 and 21. Sunday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $9.95-19.95.

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4TH OF JULY The following events take place on Thursday, July 4th. For more family fun, see July 1-3. • Aliso Viejo Parks and Recreation 4th of July Family Bike Parade and Celebration Join the inaugural community event, 4th of July Family Bike Parade and Celebration! Along with a fun bike ride, enjoy a community celebration of carnival games, giant slide, obstacle course, rock wall, face painting, DJ and “gamemaster.” 9-11 a.m. Corner of Aliso Viejo Pkwy. and Grand Ave. (949) 425-2550. See ad on page 11. Aliso Viejo - Live music, food and beverages for purchase, kids’ arts and crafts, free face painting and bounce houses, homemade apple pie contest, and fireworks show. 6-9:30 p.m. Free admission. Grand Park. Anaheim - Firecracker 5K/10K, parade, Yankee Doodle dog show, food, entertainment, and fireworks. Parade, 1-3 p.m; fireworks, 9 p.m. Free admission. Peralta Park. Brea - Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by an annual fair with live entertainment, a kiddie parade, food, games, exhibits, teen area, and marketplace crafts. Breakfast, 7 a.m.; fair, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; and swimming at the Plunge, 11 a.m. Free admission. Swimming, $3. City Hall Park. Costa Mesa - The highly acclaimed “Hotel California” band headlines the Pacific Symphony extravaganza with mega-hits like “Hotel California”—plus enjoy patriotic favorites, their traditional salute to the U.S. armed forces and a brilliant fireworks finale. Thursday, 8 p.m. $12.50+. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive. (714) 708-1500. Dana Point - Gather family and friends, tune your radio to KSBR 88.5 FM, look towards the skies over Doheny State Beach, and experience this patriotic extravaganza synchronized to a musical score. Thursday, 9 p.m. Free. Dana Point Harbor. 34571 Golden Lantern St. (949) 388-3663. Fireworks Dinner Cruise - See the fireworks and beautiful harbor lights from the 95-foot Dana Pride! Enjoy dinner before watching the fireworks, and create a family tradition you don’t want to miss.

7:30-9:30 p.m. Boat departs from Dana Wharf Sportfishing, in the harbor in front of Turks. www. Ocean Institute - Board the R/V Sea Explorer to enjoy a sunset cruise and fireworks with appetizers and desserts. Recommended for ages 5+. 8-10 p.m. Call for admission and registration. Fillmore - 4th of July Firecracker Train includes a BBQ tri-tip and chicken dinner, train ride through the beautiful Heritage Valley, and a display of fireworks put on by the City of Fillmore. This trip sells out fast so don’t wait, book your tickets today. Adults, $75; youth, $45 (4-12); child, $25 (2-3). Reservations required. Fillmore and Western Railway. 364 Main St. (805) 524-2546. Fullerton - Enjoy live music, entertainment, food booths, activities for all ages, and a special fireworks show at 9 p.m. 5-9 p.m. Free admission; nominal fees for food and activities. Fullerton Union High School Softball Field. Lemon St. and Berkeley Ave. Huntington Beach - A hometown festival in Pier Plaza features food, music, exhibits and family activities. Enjoy a parade down Main Street, 10 a.m. and fireworks over the ocean, 9 p.m. Parking can be difficult, so arrive early. Irvine - Food, music, raffles and a spectacular fireworks show. Enjoy food trucks, activities for kids and live music. Stadium seating available or bring lowbacked chairs and blankets for seating on the football field. Gates open, 3 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Adults, $15; kids (12 and under), $10; 2 and under, free; family pass (two adults and up to four children), $50. Irvine High School Stadium. La Habra - Fireworks, live bands, raffles, kids’ zone with carnival games, inflatables, balloon art, and face painting, plus food and craft vendors. 5-9 p.m. $5-7. La Bonita Park. Lake Forest 4th of July Parade - Lake Forest presents its 28th annual parade, looping from El Toro High School and back. Pancake breakfast, 7-10 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk, 7:30 a.m.; parade, 10 a.m. Free. Ride with Etnies Skatepark - Help build and ride the skatepark float in the city’s 4th of July parade. Bring your skateboard and ride along in the parade. All participants must wear a helmet, and will be treated to post-parade pizza and drinks. 8:30 a.m. - noon. Call the skatepark if you’d like to help build the float. Free.

Long Beach - The Great American 4th of July Bike Parade and Contest in Long Beach - Hundreds of local kids decorate their two-wheelers and ride two miles out-and-back on the sunny beach boardwalk for this old-fashioned parade! This day also includes a patriotic speech and costume contest. Free. Rosie’s Beach. 1 Granada Ave. (562) 5703100. Aquarium of the Pacific - Celebrate Independence Day with the red, white and blue fish at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Families will be able to enjoy the ambiance of the Aquarium at night and get a fish-eye view of the Queen Mary fireworks display. Thursday, 6-8 p.m. $28+. 100 Aquarium Way. (562) 590-3100. • Queen Mary’s All-American 4th of July - Celebrate Independence Day in style, aboard the Queen Mary. Come early and spend the day exploring the ship; listen to live music, enjoy family-friendly entertainment and get front and center for the giant fireworks extravaganza. Also, carnival games, kids party, dancing, strolling performers and more. Thursday, 3-10 p.m. $29+. 1126 Queens Hwy. (877) 342-0738. www. See ad on page 35. Los Alamitos - Enjoy a fireworks spectacular at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos to honor the men and women of the military with a food court, vendor booths, and a Kids’ Fun Zone. Lawn chairs and blankets encouraged; dogs, BBQs, and alcohol prohibited. Free to attend. Adults must have photo ID to enter. Mission Viejo - Live entertainment, rides, craft vendors, food and game booths. Noon; fireworks at 9 p.m. Free admission. Shuttle operates around Lake Mission Viejo. Olympiad Road between Marguerite Pkwy. and Melinda Road. Newport Beach - Festivities include live music, inflatable water park, food and beverages, and spectacular fireworks display. The all-day event is geared towards families seeking a safe holiday on a waveless beach with plenty of activities for all ages. 2:30-10:30 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. $60 for parking. Live music and fireworks show, free. Newport Dunes. Santa Ana - History walk, sports zone, kids’ zone, live entertainment, food, canon exhibit and recognition of our military and armed forces, plus a spectacular fireworks show. 4-9:30 p.m. Free to attend. Centennial Park. Tustin - Pack a picnic and blanket or come early for a seat in the bleachers. Snack bar will sell drinks, snacks and BBQ items. Operation Warm Wishes will collect non-perishable food items for disadvantaged and homeless vets. Activities, 6 p.m.; fireworks, 9 p.m. Free. Tustin High School. Yorba Linda - Family activities, food vendors, DJ entertainment, a Kids’ Fun Zone and after-dark fireworks show. 5-9:30 p.m. Free to attend. Veterans Park.

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July 23-27: Percussive Storyteller Cory Hills - Enjoy a unique blend of percussion instruments and storytelling, where the audience will even get to help Cory construct and compose stories to perform during the show! July 23: Central Library Friends Room, 11 a.m. July 25: Balboa Library, 11 a.m. July 25: Corona Del Mar Library, 2 p.m. July 27: Crean Mariners Library Jorgensen Room, 10 a.m. and noon.

Animals in my Backyard at the OC Zoo July 9: Kids (3-4) can come to learn all about the animals you find in your backyard. Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts and meeting zoo animals up close. Registration by phone required. Also offered August 9. Tuesday, 10:15-11:15 a.m. $8. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847.

July 30 - August 3: Under the Big Top Crafts - Ringleaders of all ages are invited to enjoy creating circus-inspired crafts. Clowning around is encouraged! July 30: Central Library Friends Room, 11 a.m.

The Wacko Show in Orange July 9: An international magician and headlining comic, Wacko mixes delightful sleight-of-hand magic with a touch of comedy and spectacular balloon-twisting. Arrive early as seating is limited. Entry will not be permitted once room capacity is reached. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Free. Main Library. 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange. (714) 288-2400. www.

3rd of July Celebration in Orange July 3: Celebrate Independence Day a day early as the City of Orange salutes the Red, White and Blue. Activities include games, entertainment, food from local non-profit groups, a patriotic musical performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale, and a glorious firework display. Wednesday, 4-9 p.m. $7. El Modena High School. 3920 Spring St. (714) 744-7274. Salute to America Celebration in Cypress July 3: The inaugural Salute to America Celebration at Cypress College will feature live music, food vendors, and vendor booths, all leading up to a spectacular fireworks display. Wednesday, 4-9:30 p.m. 9200 Valley View St. Upper Newport Bay Bioblitz Nature Walk July 5-7: 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. The goal is to establish a baseline of biodiversity to track the impacts of invasive species, climate change, and the positive effects of habitat restoration projects over time. Join in, become citizen scientists, and make a real contribution to the restoration and preservation programs at Upper Newport Bay! Friday, 1-3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 9-11 a.m. Visit website to register. Meet at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. (949) 923-2290. Free Admission to Museums for Bank of America Patrons July 6-7: Become “cultured” through the program “Museums on Us,” giving bank cardholders free admission to cultural venues in Southern California. Photo ID and a valid Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card must be presented. One free general admission limited to cardholder at participating institutions (not to be combined with other offers). Also offered August 3-4. www.museums. Free Family Festivals at Bowers Museum July 7: Enjoy live performances, face painting, art projects, free treats, and more. Today’s theme is Rock’n Blues. Also offered August 4. Sunday, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600. Sunset at the Santa Ana Zoo July 7 and 21: See June 30 for details.

Wildlife Explorers at the OC Zoo July 10 and 24: See June 26 for details. Also offered August 7. Animal Art II at the OC Zoo July 11: See June 14 for details. Wack-O-Lympics in Buena Park July 11: A summer tradition for over two decades, this very popular event keeps kids so busy laughing they can barely finish the race. Activities include crazy relays, silly obstacle courses and more. Thursday, noon. Free. Peak Park. 7225 El Dorado Drive. (714) 562-3500. Movie Night at South Coast Botanic Garden July 12: Join them on the meadow for this unique outdoor summer experience: movie night in the Garden. For this special evening, dress the part of your favorite superhero! Bring your blankets, chairs, and picnic to sit among the flowers and under the stars to watch the main attraction, Incredibles 2. Friday, 6-10 p.m. $6-11. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. (310) 544-1948. OC Fair 2019 Opening Day Freebie July 12: The OC Fair offers 23 days and nights of food, rides, exhibits, animals, music, action sports, concerts and fun! Today, receive free admission and parking, noon - 3 p.m. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500. • Shakespeare by the Sea in Lakewood July 12: Shakespeare by the Sea presents “The Comedy of Errors.” Bring picnic dinners, blankets and beach chairs to enjoy this classic Shakespeare play. Friday, 7-9 p.m. Free. Refreshments will be sold. Monte Verde Park. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. Summer Nights in the Garden at the Natural History Museum July 12 and 26: See June 28 for details. X-Treme Freestyle Moto-X at the OC Fair July 12-13: Witness high-flying action as daredevil motorcycle riders defy the laws of gravity while grabbing big air and performing jaw-dropping flips and stunts. Limited available seats with fair admission; reserved seating begins at $15. Friday and Saturday, lots more fun at

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festival. Mud-tastic activities include adobe brickmaking, mud relay races, plus clay sculpting, archaeology adventures and more. De-mudding stations available; bring old shoes, change of clothes and a towel. Sunday, 12:30-4:30 p.m. $5-7. 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach. (562) 206-2040. Speedway Fair Derby at the OC Fair July 14: Speedway racing features motorcycles that are modified to make tight turns without the assistance of brakes on a dirt track, plus sidecar races. Limited seating available with fair admission; reserved seating $15+ and includes fair admission. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 7081500. The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park July 14: Have you ever wondered, “Where are all of the wild animals in the park?” Visit a free show and exhibit and discover mysterious clues animals leave behind. Plus, make a wild animal track mold, complete a scavenger hunt for a prize, and enjoy nature crafts and games. Sunday, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Also offered August 11. O’Neill Regional Park. 30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon. (949) 9232260. Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore July 14: Enjoy a family-friendly three- or four-hour train trip adventure through the Heritage Valley. Ride on historic train cars used in several well known movies, TV


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Father and Daughter Dance in Bellflower July 20: Join Bellflower’s annual Father and Daughter Dance. Girls (preschool - 8 grades) are invited with their father, grandfather, uncle, etc. for a night of music, dancing, photo booth, games, raffles and more. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Visit website for price. Registration deadline is Friday, July 5. Simms Park. 16614 Clark Ave. (562) 866-7510. Roblox Night at Code Gauchos in Lake Forest July 20: Enjoy a night out on your own while your kids (ages 8+) dive into the Lua programming language with Roblox, a robust game with an enormous number of customizable tools. The night includes three hours of games, code class, crafts, activities, pizza and drinks. Saturday, 6-9 p.m. $40 per child; $25 per sibling. 22600 Lambert St., 906C. Seal Beach Annual Fish Fry July 20-21: Grab the family for a day of sun, live music, and food, including fish and chips, bratwurst and jumbo hot dogs. It’s the longest running event in Seal Beach, sponsored by the Seal Beach Lions Club. Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Free. Eisenhower Park.

Ocean Ave. and Main St. (562) 799-4100. www. Wienerschnitzel Wiener Nationals 2019 July 20: During this 24th annual event, dachshunds will dash to compete for the title of Fastest Wiener Dog in the nation. Proceeds benefit the Seal Beach Animal Care Center. The first race begins Saturday at 6:30 p.m., with the championship race at approximately 9:15 p.m. Adults, $3; kids (17 and under), free. Children’s Garden Workshops at OC Great Park July 21: See June 16 for details. Also offered August 18. Great Park Chess Tournament at OC Great Park July 21: Chess players (ages 6-18) are invited to challenge their minds at the Great Park Chess Tournament. All boards and sets will be provided. Nonrated players and rated players are invited to test their skills and compete for a chance to win medals and trophies. Registration required by July 17. Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. $30. 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine. (866) 829-3829. Tabletop Games at Cypress Library July 21: See June 23 for details. Las Marionetas en Desfile in Orange July 23: Presented by Franklin Haynes Marionettes and set to lively and passionate Mariachi and South American music, Las Marionetas en Desfile (Marionettes on Parade) is a multicultural show where the audience will hear about some of the traditions of Latin America while learning Spanish. Tuesday, 2 p.m. Free. El Modena Library. 380 S. Hewes St. (714) 288-2451. • Columbia Memorial 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing July 14-24: Your family is invited to the Space Center, the birthplace of the Apollo, to commemorate the moon landing. Activities include: Apollo Summer Camps in July; rocket launch world-record attempt, July 16; NASA Day, July 19, including free admission; Apollo 11 Landing Day celebration, July 20 (50 years to the day that astronauts first landed on the moon), with a free, all-day event at the Space Center and Apollo 11 movie screening under the stars; exhibit of rare artifacts; and opportunities to interact with some of the people who worked on the project 50 years ago. Visit apollo for details about all of their Apollo events taking place throughout the year. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey. (562) 231-1200. See ad on page 11. Monster Truck Destruction Tour at the OC Fair July 24-28: Experience the power and car-crushing fury of some of the world’s most awe-inspiring monster trucks. These mighty machines amaze and entertain audiences of all ages as they use their massive wheels and roaring engines to jump, smash and even flip their way through dirt tracks, junk cars, and other obstacles. In addition to monster trucks, you’ll get an electrifying Moto-X demonstration, with daring dirt bikes performing jaw-dropping aerial feats around the track. Wednesday - Sunday, 7:30 p.m. $22+. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500. lots more fun at

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Long Beach Crawfish Festival July 26-28: New Orleans’ most exquisite flavors are heading west to fill up the world’s largest crawfish pots. The festival features fresh crawfish prepared Louisiana-style in the world’s largest crawfish pots, an international food court, live sports tent, a children’s stage with a magic and illusion show, inflatable bounces, and themed bayou bars to create the largest Crawfish Festival outside of Louisiana, right here in Southern California. Plus, enjoy dancing to rousing New Orleans-style music, and Zydeco dance lessons throughout the day. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon - 10 p.m. $5-40. Rainbow Lagoon Park. 400 E. Shoreline Drive. (562) 495-5959. • MTOC presents Disney’s Mary Poppins in Placentia July 26 - August 4: The hit Broadway musical adaptation of Mary Poppins lands in Orange County with a heartwarming score, spoonfuls of imagination, a lovable jack-of-all-trades named Bert, and a flying nanny who’s practically perfect in every way. You and your family (ages 3+) will be swept away by such favorite tunes as Spoonful of Sugar, Chim Chim Cher-ee and, of course, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as young Jane and Michael learn many valuable life lessons from their unconventional nanny. Placentia-Yorba Linda USD Performing Arts Center. 1651 N. Valencia Ave., Placentia. (714) 637-0186. Visit website for performance times. $30-35. See ad on page 5.


Stuffed Animal Vet Clinic at OC Zoo July 25: Bring your favorite stuffed animal to the zoo and have it checked out by zoo veterinary staff. Registration by phone required. Thursday, 10 a.m. - noon. Included with admission. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847. www.

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Annual Cypress Community Festival July 27: The Cypress Run including a 5K and 10K Run and 5K Walk will kick off the day. It’s followed by the annual family festival featuring a pancake breakfast, chili cook-off, classic car show, art and craft vendors, business expo, live music, and kid-friendly activities, including rides. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free admission. Minimal fee for rides. Registration required for race. Oak Knoll Park. 9600 Graham St., Cypress. (714) 229-6780. Zookeeper Appreciation Day at OC Zoo July 27: Help thank zookeepers for their hard work caring for OC Zoo animals, with thank you card-making, crafts, games, zookeeper chat at 10:30 a.m., special toys and treats for the animals, and a scavenger hunt. Come dressed in zookeeper attire/costume. The

first 100 kids (12 and under) will receive a free train ride ticket for Irvine Park Railroad. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Included with admission. 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange. (714) 973-6847. Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival July 27-28: View one of the largest dragon boat competitions in California, plus traditional Chinese art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, hip hop, music and martial arts performances. Come enjoy the fun, food and excitement. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Free. Marine Stadium. 5255 E. Paoli Way, Long Beach. (626) 288-2888. Love Long Beach Festival July 27-28: Celebrate all the wonderful things

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Aquatica - SeaWorld’s Waterpark May 25 - September 29. Plus, new Flamingo Encounter allows families to mingle with the animals. 2052 Entertainment Circle, Chula Vista. (619) 222-4732. Buccaneer Cove at Boomers Memorial Day - Labor Day. 3405 Michelson Drive, Irvine. (949) 559-8341. Drop Zone Waterpark May 25 - September 2. Plus, Night Swim available select nights. 2165 Trumble Road, Perris. (951) 366-0525. Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags May 19 - October 6. Plus, dive-in movies on Friday nights. 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia. (661) 255-4111. hurricaneharborla Knott’s Soak City May 18 - September 8. Plus, new Aqua-Launch chamber, a three-story Beach house, and over 200 water guns. 8039 Beach Blvd., Buena Park. (714) 220-5200. Legoland Waterpark March 16 - November 10. One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad. (760) 918-5346. Newport Dunes Waterpark Memorial Day - Labor Day. One-of-a-kind waterscape with the largest fleet of inflatables. Kayak, SUP and pedal boat rentals too. 1131 Back Bay Dr., Newport Beach. (949) 729-1150. Raging Waters May 18 - September 22. Lots of thrill rides, plus attractions for younger kids. 111 Raging Waters Drive, San Dimas. (909) 802-2200. Splash Kingdom May - September. Plus, trampoline park on site. 1101 California St., Redlands. (909) 335-7275. Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark June 3 - August 9. Weekends, through September 29. 13806 La Mirada Blvd., La Mirada. (562) 902-3191.

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Inflatable Waterpark in Alamitos Bay Free inflatable waterpark near the sailing center. 5415 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 5701360. The Cove Waterpark May 25 - September 2. Plus, night swim on select Tuesdays and Thursdays. 4310 Camino Real, Riverside. (951) 360-1974. Splash Pads & Wading Pools Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center - Splash pad and wading pool; year-round, $3-7. 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 425-2559. Bellflower - Ruth R. Caruthers Park Wading Pool 10500 E. Flora Vista St., Bellflower. (562) 8041424, Ext. 2261. Buena Park - Brenner Park Wading Pool. May 28 - August 10, Monday - Friday, 1-4 p.m. Free for ages 6 and under. 7373 San Rafael Drive. (714) 562-3860. Fullerton - Lemon (spray), Adlena parks (spray), and Downtown Plaza (spray and pool). (714) 738-6575. Garden Grove - Atlantis Play Center’s Splash Pad. Mid-June to October. Adults are not admitted without a child and the park is staffed during open hours. Closed Mondays. $2, ages 2 and up. 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove. (714) 8926015. Irvine - Heritage Community Park. Playground with splash pad. 14301 Yale Ave. (949) 7246750. • Lakewood - Bloomfield, Boyar, Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks (wading). Wading Pool Wednesdays offer evening sessions, June - August, 5-7:30 p.m. (562) 866-9771, Ext. 2408. www. See ad on page 20. Tustin - Pioneer Road Park features play equipment with water features. Memorial Day - September. 10250 Pioneer Road. (714) 573-3326. Westminster - Sigler Park Splash Pad water features include ten-foot-tall pelicans, palm trees and sea horses. Weekends: May 25 - June 16. Daily: June 22 - September 2. Private rentals are available. Sigler Park, 7200 Plaza St. (714) 895-2860.

Long Beach has to offer, with arts and crafts, music, food, farmer’s market, Saturday evening luau, sports, 5K run, beach volleyball and football, sand soccer, yoga, dog events and a Saturday night dance party with a fire show and Burning Man. Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. $10-20. Shoreline Aquatic Park. 200 Aquarium Way. www. Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach July 27 - August 4: The world’s largest surf competition and lifestyle festival. Watch as the best surfers in the world compete for one of the largest prize purses in the industry. The events also includes world-class skateboarding and BMX competitions, movie premieres, retail and art exhibitions, and product demos and samples. Free. Main St. and PCH. (714) 536-5486. DanceFest in Long Beach July 28: The award-winning Homeland Cultural Center presents DanceFest 2019, showcasing West African drum and dance, Aztec and Cambodian dance, martial arts, Micronesian music and dance, pop-locking, hip-hop and Hmong traditional arts. Sunday, 4 p.m. Free, but tickets required. Scottish Rite Event Center. 855 Elm Ave. (562) 570-1655. Music on the Meadow: Heroes and Villains at South Coast Botanic Garden July 28: Join the Palos Verdes Symphonic Band for an afternoon of adventure and triumph as they perform their “Heroes and Villains” program. The 50-piece ensemble will bring to life the music of heroes and their adversaries from film, television, and literature, including Superman, Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and more. Bring your blanket, chairs and a picnic to enjoy this musical afternoon. Onsite concessions will offer familyfriendly food, plus beer and wine, for purchase. Sunday, 3-5 p.m. Included in admission. 26300 Crenshaw Blvd., Palos Verdes. (310) 544-1948. “Who’s Afraid of Classical Music” Family Piano Performance at Bowers Museum July 28: A lively, interactive program of spirited music by Gershwin, Schumann, Debussy, Bartok, and Sussman. During the assembly, children will enhance their listening skills through fun games. Enjoy the impact of listening to classical music. Sunday, 1:302:30 p.m. $6-12. 2002 North Main St., Santa Ana. (714) 567-3600. • A Famous Musical is Coming to Anaheim – Win Free Tickets! July 30 - August 3: What musical will be playing in Pearson Park this summer? Guess! Text the words “PEARSONPARKLIVE” to 44222 to enter. The show (and winner!) will be announced on June 24. Enjoy a Broadway-style, professional production. Introduce live theater to your family! Show begins at dusk each evening, June 30 - August 3, at Pearson Park, 400 N. Harbor Blvd., Anaheim. After June 24, stay tuned for more giveaways! www. Email: See ad on page 13.

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Aliso Viejo Grand Park. Sundays, 5:30 p.m. June 23: Tijuana Dogs (Dance/Party Rock) July 4: Undercover Live (Pop Variety) July 7: Paperback Writer (Beatles Tribute) July 21: Common Sense (Surf/Reggae) August 4: Flashback Heart Attack (80s) August 18: Stone Soul (Soul/Motown) Anaheim Pearson Park Amphitheater. Saturdays, 7 p.m. August 10: The Trip (Rock Covers) August 17: Chicago Tribute Experience August 31: Pacific Symphony Bellflower Downtown Bellflower, between Flower and Oak. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. June 27: The Answer (Classic Rock) July 11: Smith Band (Country) July 25: Suffragettes (Pop/Rock/Top 40s) August 8: 80z All-Stars (80s) Brea City Hall Park. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. July 10: Pops & Patriotic July 17: The Alley Cats (Doo-Wop) July 24: Electric Vinyl (Classic Rock) July 31: Upstream (Caribbean/Reggae/Calypso) August 7: The Fenians (Irish Rock) August 14: The Swing Cats (Big Band) Buena Park Buena Park Downtown. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. July 17: K-POP Festival July 24: The Smith Country Band July 31: The 90s Rock Show August 7: Scot Bruce (Tribute to the King) August 14: Lights (Journey Tribute) August 21: Ticket To Ride (Beatles Tribute) Boisseranc Park. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. June 5: Pop Gun Rerun (80s Tribute) June 12: Heart Love Alive (Heart Tribute) June 19: Just Pretending (Pretenders Tribute) June 26: Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine Tribute July 3: James Brown and Ohio Players Favorites July 10: Uptown Funk (Bruno Mars Tribute) Costa Mesa July 28: Symphony in the Cities - Segerstrom. Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Fairview Park. Tuesdays, July 9-30, 6 p.m. Performers to be announced. Cypress Civic Center Green. Saturdays, 6 p.m. June 8: Creedence vs. Santana June 15: The Answer (Classic Rock) June 22: The Doo-Wah Riders (Country) June 29: Mirage (Fleetwood Mac Tribute) July 13: Rockin’ Old School Radio Hits July 20: Raymond Michael’s Casino Superstars Show August 3: The Kings of 88 (Classic Piano Rock) August 10: Blue Breeze (Rhythm and Blues) Dana Point Sea Terrace Park. Sundays, 3-6 p.m. July 14: Def Leppard and Aerosmith Tribute July 21: George Michael and Wham Tribute July 28: The Queen of Soul Aretha and AbbaFab August 4: Foreigner and Queen Tribute August 11: Neil Diamond Tribute August 18: Tunnel Vision and Surf City All Stars Downey Furman Park. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. June 12: Mark Easterday and the 40 oz. Band June 19: Salsa Caliente June 26: Downey Symphony July 10: 1st Marine Division Band July 17: The Wiseguys Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park. Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. July 11: Lights Touring (Journey Tribute) July 18: Stone Soul (Motown Classics) July 25: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute) August 1: The Garth Guy (Garth Brooks Tribute) Fullerton Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit website for locations. July 10: Upstream July 17: Kid Ramos and the Memphis Kings July 24: The Answer July 31: Bubba and the Big Bad Blues August 7: Soloman Grundy August 14: Journey Captured Muckenthaler Cultural Center Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. June 27: Rouge: Paris June 27, 1919 July 4: 4th of July with The Kristin Orphan Band

July 11: Frank Sinatra Screwed Up My Life! July 18: William Florian: Those Were The Days July 25: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play August 1: Darden Sisters August 8: The Alley Cats August 15: Holy Crow Jazz Band August 22: Haemil: Korean Music and Storytelling August 29: Orange Empire Chorus August 30: Music and Memories in the Making Garden Grove Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Visit website for locations. June 26: Cat Reed and Back Alley July 11: Trinity July 18: Flogging Seagulls July 25: The Answer August 1: Knyght Ryder August 8: Soto August 15: DSB (Main Street, Garden Grove) Huntington Beach Central Park. Sundays, 5 p.m. June 23: Huntington Beach Concert Band June 30: Night Blooming Jazzmen July 7: Navy Band Southwest Wind Ensemble July 14: Kicks Big Band July 21: Jamie Wood & the Good Rockin’ Daddys July 28: Huntington Beach Concert Band August 4: Kelly Rae Band August 11: Golden West Pops August 18: Ginger & The Hoosier Daddys August 25: The Wiseguys Big Band Machine September 1: Huntington Beach Concert Band Surfin’ Sundays Concert Series Pier Plaza, Huntington Beach Select Sundays, June 30 - October 13: Free music featuring different surf bands. Concerts, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Vendors and shopping, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Free. Visit their website for band line-up. Irvine Mike Ward Community Park Sundays, 5:30 p.m. July 7: Pop Gun Rerun (80s Tribute) July 14: The Suffragettes (Pop Variety) July 21: The Trip (Rocking the Decades) July 28: The Country Club (Country Hits) August 4: Pacific Symphony in the Cities August 11: Tijuana Dogs (Dance Party Rock) La Habra Portola Park. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. June 20: Flashback Heart Attack (80s) July 18: Desperado (Eagles Tribute) August 15: Rolling Stones Tribute Lake Forest Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Visit website for locations. June 22: 80s vs. 90s Flashback Tribute

July 20: Country Cash August 17: Classic Rock and Car Show Lakewood Del Valle Park. Thursdays, 6:30-8 p.m. June 20: The Answer June 27: Hard Day’s Night July 11: The Smokin’ Cobras July 18: Country Nation July 25: Escape August 1: Boys of Summer August 8: Knyght Ryder Long Beach Long Beach Municipal Band. Tuesday - Friday, 6:30 p.m. June 25 and July 2: Whaley Park July 9: Chavez Park July 16, 23 and 30: Bluff Park Wednesdays, June 26 - July 31: Los Cerritos Park Thursdays, June 27 - August 1: Marine Stadium (except July 4) Fridays, June 28 - August 2: El Dorado Park West Shoreline Symphonic Winds. 7 p.m. June 20: Bixby Bluff July 26: Whaley Park August 7: Cherry Park August 12: Stearns Champions Park August 16: Houghton Park El Dorado Nature Center. Thursdays, gates open, 6:30 p.m.; concert, 7 p.m. $3 suggested donation. June 13: JP McDermott & Western BOP June 27: Steel Parade July 11: Corday July 25: Salty Suites August 8: Big City Hillbillies August 22: Sligo Rags Summer’s End Concert. Marine Stadium. Friday, 5 p.m. August 23: Pop Vinyl Rancho Los Cerritos. Fourth Sundays, 5-7 p.m. July 28: Bernie Pearl Blues Band with Barbara Morrison August 25: The Band of the California Battalion Mission Viejo Norman P. Murray Community and Senior Center. Saturday, 4 p.m. July 27: Symphony in the Cities Newport Beach Civic Center Green. Sundays, 6-7:30 p.m. June 16: The Side Deal July 7: Smith (Pop Country) August 25: Queen Nation (Queen Tribute) September 15: 80s Cover Band

Los Alamitos Saturdays, 6:30 p.m. Visit website for locations. June 15: Southland Mega Groove June 29: 4 Alarm Band July 13: Mike Sullivan Band July 27: Hollywood Blonde OC Parks Thursdays, 5 p.m. Visit website for locations. June 20: Hard Day’s Night and Greasy Spoons June 27: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Kris Bradley July 11: Sega Genecide and Dream Brother July 18: The Fenians and Cory Clark July 25: The English Beat and DJ Sandok August 1: The White Buffalo and Matt Baxter August 8: Room at the Top and Phil Vandermost August 15: Sweet and Tender Hooligans and Cory Clark August 22: Tijuana Dogs and Family Style August 29: Lit and Crash Boom Bang Orange Hart Park Bandshell. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. June 19: Latin, Funk, R&B Dance Favorites June 26: Hard Day’s Night (Beatles Tribute) July 10: LAvation (U2 Tribute) July 17: Tears of Joy (Soul, Pop, and Jazz) July 24: The Country Club Band (Modern Country) July 31: Favorite Hits from the 50s and 80s August 7: Big Band Jazz Orchestra August 14: Night Owl Productions (Modern Top 40) August 21: Superlark (Classic Rock) Aitken Arts Plaza at Musco Center for the Arts at Chapman University. Sunday, 5:30 p.m. August 3: Symphony in the Cities Placentia Tri-City Park. Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. July 18: Upstream (Steel Drum, Reggae, Calypso) July 25: Scot Bruce (Elvis Tribute) August 1: Mark Easterday (Country Covers) August 8: Alehouse Fire Irish (Americana, Bluegrass and Country Band) August 15: Neon Nation (80s Cover Band) Rossmoor Rush Park. Fridays, 6 p.m. June 7: K-Tel All-Stars (70s) June 28: Woodie and the Longboards July 19: Kulayd; Incredibles 2 August 9: The Emperors Seal Beach Eisenhower Park. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. June 26: LAvation (U2 Tribute) July 3: Band on the Sand July 10: Highway 91 (Country and Classic Rock) July 17: Escape (Journey Tribute) July 24: Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

July 31: The Country Club Band (Country and Pop) August 7: Coral Paradise (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) Signal Hill Signal Hill Park. Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. July 10: Stone Soul (Motown) July 17: The Bobby Barron Band (Jazz/Swing) July 24: The Emperors (Classic Rock) July 31: The Pac Men (80s) August 7: Pop Vinyl (Pop Rock) August 14: The Trip (Rock and Roll) Stanton Stanton Central Park Tuesday, 6 p.m. August 6: Performer to be announced. Tustin Peppertree Park. Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. June 12: Blue Breeze Band (Motown/R&B) June 19: Mark Easterday Band (Country) June 26: K-Tel All-Stars (70s) July 3: Like Totally Fer Sure (80s) July 10: Electric Vinyl (70s and 80s Rock) July 17: Grilled Cheese Soundwich (Top 40) July 24: DSB (Journey Tribute) July 31: Eagles Experience (Eagles Tribute) Westminster Civic Center. Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m. August 1: Shake, Rattle & Roll (Elvis Tribute) August 8: Surf City Allstars (Surf Music) August 15: Yard Sale (Dance Band) Yorba Linda Hurless Barton Park. Sundays, 5:30-7 p.m. July 21: Tijuana Dogs (Rock N Roll) July 28: Surf’s Up (Beach Boys Tribute) August 4: Hot August Night (Neil Diamond Tribute) August 11: Soft Rock from the 70s & 80s August 18: R.E Mitation (REM Tribute) August 25: The Country Club (Country Rock)


66th Annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo in Long Beach August 3: Grab your kids, fishing rods and reels and join Alfredo’s Beach Club’s free, 66th annual Kids’ Fishing Rodeo! Free bait and instruction will be available to kids (16 and under). Participants should bring their own rod and tackle. Trophies and prizes awarded. Saturday, 8 a.m.- noon. Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. (562) 314-8778.

Harry and the Potters Family Concert in Huntington Beach July 31: Calling all Harry Potter fans! Rock out with Harry and the Potters as they sing songs based on the Harry Potter books and movies. What better way to celebrate J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday! Bring blankets and lawns chairs for a fun-filled concert in the park. Wednesday, 6-7 p.m. Free. Huntington Beach Central Park. Goldenwest St. and Talbert Ave. (714) 536-5486. Interactive Movie Days at Mary Wilson Library July 31: See June 26 for details.

August • August at Pretend City 29 Hubble, Irvine, (949) 328-4512 Happy 10th birthday to Pretend City…together, party all month long! Most events are included with admission; visit their website to confirm, and for even more special events offered during August. See ad on page 4. August 5: Friendship Day August 15: Celebrate Raksha Bandana, the bond between brothers and sisters August 21: Senior Citizen Celebration; grandparents receive 50% off their admission today August 22: Tooth Fairy Day August 29: Pretend City’s 10th Birthday Bonanza! • Assistance League: Save the Date for Pearson Park Live Through August 3: See July 30 for details. Penny Carnival in Bellflower August 1: Kids (3-13) participate in carnival-style

games for fun or tasty prizes. Games include the ping-pong toss for live goldfish, face painting booth, money ring toss, and the candy sand booth. Plus, a free arts and crafts area, refreshment booth, and more. Thursday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Pennies for each activity. No registration required. Thompson Park. 14001 Bellflower Blvd. (562) 866-8614. Newport Beach Public Library August 1 and 3: Under the Big Top Crafts - Ringleaders of all ages are invited to enjoy creating circus-inspired crafts. Clowning around is encouraged! August 1: Balboa Library, 11 a.m. August 1: Corona Del Mar Library, 2 p.m. August 3: Crean Mariners Library Jorgensen Room, 10 a.m. August 6-10: Kids Imagine Nation - Finish off the summer with this show-stopper! Party with Kids Imagine Nation at a fun, interactive musical show for the entire family. August 6: Central Library Friends Room, 11 a.m. August 8: Balboa Library, 11 a.m. August 8: Corona Del Mar Library, 2 p.m. August 10: Crean Mariners Library Jorgensen Room, 10 a.m. and noon. Vans US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach Through August 4: See July 27 for details. The Great Splash in Buena Park August 1: Not a single kid will be left dry by the end of this event, with relays, obstacle courses and more. Expect to get very wet! Thursday, noon. Free. Peak Park. 7225 El Dorado Drive. (714) 562-3500. • Ninja Turtle Pizza Party at My Gym Long Beach August 2: My Gym is throwing a Ninja Turtle Pizza Party for families with kids 0-13. Take part in games, relays, and become a ninja in the Ninja Training obstacle course, and of course, there will be pizza! Register online today and show your #happyCAMPERside. Space is limited and goes fast! (562) 986-0066. www. See ad on page 13.


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Hot Wheels Garage Event in El Segundo August 3: Hot Wheels Garage features displays of life-size cars and numerous Hot Wheels tracks and cars to race with. A face painter and balloon artist will be available for the kids’ enjoyment, and the museum will be featuring a special Hot Wheels kid’s sundae in their Ice Cream Station ice cream parlor. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free. Automobile Driving Museum. 610 Lairport St. (310) 9090950. Mom Prom in Bellflower August 3: Boys (grades preschool - 8) are invited with their mother, grandmother, aunt, etc. for a night of music, dancing, photo booth, games, raffles, and more! Participating adults must be accompanied by one paid child participant. Registration deadline: Thursday, July 18. Saturday, 6-8 p.m. Simms Park. 16614 Clark Ave. (562) 866-7510. Young Artist Project in La Mirada August 3: A cast of performers (16-23), selected from hundreds of applicants have just 14 days to create an original performance embodying the intense process of performing and cross-disciplinary elements. Audiences have the opportunity to see an original collection and a glimpse of future stars. Saturday, 1 p.m. $10-55. La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. 14900 La Mirada Blvd. (714) 9946310. 7th Annual Great FV Campout August 3-4: Gather the family for a night of camping, crafts, singing, flashlight hikes, s’mores and more. Dinner and breakfast are included. Please bring a tent, sleeping bags, flashlights and water bottles. Open until campsites are full. Saturday, 2 p.m. - Sunday, 10 a.m. Visit website for price and registration. Fountain Valley Recreation Center and Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St. (714) 8398611. Free Admission to Museums for Bank of America Patrons August 3-4: See July 6-7 for details. • Furry Friends Pet Fair & Vet Clinic in Aliso Viejo August 3: Help keep your family, including the family pets, happy and healthy this year with low-cost vaccines, and scoop up an array of pet services and pet rescues during the Furry Friends Pet Fair. 9 a.m. noon. Vista Park, 29 Santa Barbara Drive. (949) 4252550. See ad on page 11. Free Family Festivals at Bowers Museum August 4: See July 7 for details. Today’s theme is Bowers Jazz Festival. lots more fun at



free museum days Spend the summer learning and exploring science, art and more at these museums!

Autry Museum of the American West Free admission on second Tuesdays. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. (323) 667-2000. California African American Museum Free admission. Parking, $12-15 cash only. Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. (213) 744-7432. California Science Center Free admission to all permanent exhibits, excluding IMAX and special paid exhibits. Parking, $12 cash only. 700 Exposition Park Dr., Los Angeles. (323) 724-3623. Getty Center and Villa Free admission. Parking, $15 (Villa requires a timed-entry ticket). Center: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Villa: 7985 PCH, Pacific Palisades. (310) 440-7300.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Free admission on second Tuesday of the month, select holidays, and after 3 p.m. to LA County residents. Kids can join NexGen, a free youth program that offers free admission for anyone 17 and under and one accompanying adult. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. Museum of Latin American Art Free admission every Sunday and also on the fourth Thursday of every month, 5-9 p.m. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. (562) 437-1689. Museum of Tolerance Free admission every third Thursday of the month after 2 p.m. (does not include special exhibits). 9786 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 5538403.

Hammer Museum Free admission. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000.

Natural History Museum Free admission day first Tuesday of the month (except July and August) and every Tuesday in September. Reserve tickets in advance. Parking, $12. Exposition Park, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles. (213) 763-3466, Ext. DINO.

Hilbert Museum of California Art at Chapman University Free admission. 167 N. Atchison St., Orange. (714) 997-6815.

Norton Simon Museum Free admission on first Fridays, 5-8 p.m. 411 Colorado Blvd., Los Angeles. (626) 449-6840.

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Free admission on the first Thursday of the month with reserved ticket. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100.

Skirball Cultural Center Free admission on Thursdays. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 440-4500. www.

Japanese American National Museum Free admission every Thursday, 5-8 p.m., and all day every third Thursday. 100 North Central Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414. Kidspace Children’s Museum Free admission on Family Night, first Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. 480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena. (626) 449-9144. Laguna Art Museum Free general admission on the first Thursday of the month; 5-9 p.m. 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach. (949) 494-8971. Long Beach Museum of Art Free admission after 3 p.m. on Thursday, and half-price all day Friday. 2300 East Ocean Blvd., Long Beach. (562) 439-2119.

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The Paley Center for Media Admission is free, donations welcome. 465 N. Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. (310) 786-1000. Wells Fargo History Museum Free admission. 333 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. (213) 253-7166. museums/los-angeles

National Night Out and Summer Concert in Stanton August 6: Join Stanton’s celebration of National Night Out followed by a concert for the whole family. Participate in fun activities for the kids, crime prevention information and meet-and-greets with local law enforcement, then dance the night away with family and friends! Tuesday, 6-8 p.m. Free. Stanton Central Park. 10660 Western Ave. (714) 890-4270. www. National Night Out in Seal Beach August 6: Come out as the Seal Beach Police, Marine Safety, Community Services, and Public Works Departments, along with Target stores, bring you a night of information, entertainment, food, interaction and fun. Tuesday, 6 p.m. Free. Target Town Center. 12300 Seal Beach Blvd. (562) 799-4100. Wildlife Explorers at the OC Zoo August 7: See June 26 for details. Demolition Derby at the OC Fair August 7-11: Watch motor homes (August 7 and 9) and cars (August 8, 10 and 11) get crunched at the Demolition Derby at the OC Fair’s Action Sports Arena. Wednesday - Sunday, 8 p.m. $15+. OC Fair and Event Center. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 708-1500. • Shakespeare by the Sea in Aliso Viejo August 7: Gather up family and friends, pack picnics, blankets and beach chairs, and head over to Soka University for the annual Shakespeare by the Sea theatre production under the stars, The Comedy of Errors. 7 p.m. Soka University’s Campus Green, 1 University Drive. See ad on page 11. Animals in my Backyard at the OC Zoo August 9: See July 9 for details. Summer Campout at Etnies Skate Park August 9-10: Skateboard, camp and watch movies during this supervised campout. Dinner, snacks, and breakfast will be served. Bring a sleeping bag, even though you most likely will skate all night! Midnight madness contests and many other fun activities will be held during the evening. Friday - Saturday. $40. 20028 Lake Forest Drive, Lake Forest. 949-9165870. Huck Finn Fishin’ Derby in Huntington Beach August 10: At this 56th annual summer event, kids (4-15) can bring their fishing poles to the end of the pier to fish and compete for prizes. Kids can also dress like Huck Finn, or Becky Thatcher, to participate in the costume contest. Enjoy face painting and arts and crafts. One round of bait and a few loaner rods will be provided to registered participants. Saturday, 9:15 a.m. - noon. Free. Huntington Beach Pier. 30 Main St. (714) 9608870. Star Party at Griffith Observatory August 10: See July 13 for details. Summer Send-Off in Seal Beach August 10: Enjoy summer games, activities and food. End the night with a movie in the park and fresh lots more fun at

popcorn. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Free. Heather Park. Heather St. and Lampson Ave. (562) 431-2527.

Open Activity Day at Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center August 11: Enjoy a day of fun! Hit a bullseye with a bow and arrow, take aim with a BB gun, or fly down the zip line. This event is open to everyone, so pack a lunch and bring some friends. Sunday, check-in, noon - 1 p.m.; activities, 1-4 p.m. $25. 2 Irvine Park Road, Orange. www.outdooreducationcenter. org/openactivityday The Mysterious World of O’Neill Regional Park August 11: See July 14 for details. Weekend Scenic Train Excursions in Fillmore August 11: See July 14 for details. What’s for Lunch? at the OC Zoo August 15: See July 17 for details. • Up Up and Away 4-Day Kids Consignment Sale August 15-18: See June 13-16 for details. See ad on page 24. • FUN-tastic Family Night in Lakewood August 16: Every day is a wonderful day to spend with your family! Come to The Centre at Sycamore Plaza in Lakewood and join your neighbors and friends at FUN-Tastic Family Nights. Each event includes a light meal and fabulous entertainment for the entire family. Register online. Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. $5-8. 5000 Clark Ave., Lakewood. (562) 8669771. BBQ Music Fest in Fountain Valley August 16-18: This three-day BBQ extravaganza features competitions and tastings, live bands, a giant food court, and dance floor, plus a children’s area with bounce houses, carnival games, face painting and more. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon - 10 p.m. $5-12. Miles Square Sports Park. 16400 Brookhurst St. (562) 4955959. Jurassic Park in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl August 16 and 17: Experience the film projected in HD with the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing John Williams’ iconic score live to picture. 2301 N. Highland Ave., LA.(323) 850-2000. www. Theatre Under the Stars Presents Rock on Broadway! August 16-31: Rock on Broadway is a musical “rockumentary” featuring hit songs from some of the greatest rock musicals ever to hit Broadway. Songs are from Rent, Hair, Tommy, Hairspray, Rocky Horror, Godspell, Xanadu, Pippin, Grease, Footloose, Saturday Night Fever, Fame, Full Monty, Mama Mia, All Shook Up, Leader of the Pack, Beehive, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, and many more! Fridays and Saturdays, 8:15 p.m. Visit website for tickets. Ehlers Event Center. 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park. (714) 236-3873. lots more fun at


Minecraft Night Parents’ Night Out at Code Gauchos in Lake Forest August 17: See June 15 for details.


• Rocket Fever at Columbia Memorial Space Center August 17: Rocket Fever! - LA’s first and only urban rocket festival returns. Come fly your own rocket, build your own rocket and learn about rockets. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 12400 Columbia Way, Downey (562) 231-1200, See ad on page 11. Star Wars: A New Hope - In Concert at the OC Fair and Event Center August 17: Travel to a galaxy far far away as Pacific Symphony performs John Williams’ legendary score live while the iconic film is projected on a giant high-definition screen. Saturday, 8 p.m. $12.50+. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. (714) 7081500. Children’s Garden Workshops at OC Great Park August 18: See June 16 for details. Cool Craft Roundup at the Rancho: Baa Baa Black Sheep August 21: Today children will learn about the care, feeding and sheering of the Rancho’s sheep, Sister, and Bo, and create a craft to take home using their wool. Free. See June 19 for details. Family Science Nights at Ocean Institute August 22: See June 27 for details. • End-Of-Summer Bash at My Gym Long Beach August 23: Kids (0-13), join My Gym for an Endof-Summer Bash, jam-packed with their best My Gym games, songs, dances, adventures, and

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Free Nature Tour at the Fullerton Arboretum August 10 and 24: See June 22 for details.

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