Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
6 p.m. July 13, 20, 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24; Sept. 14, 21, 28; Oct. 5, 12
OC’s summer gem: this 12-week concert series, which features a gorgeous backdrop of Newport Back Bay, live performances by top artists, drinks, food, dancing, and more. The series will present a stunning lineup that includes Leann Rimes, Peter Cetera, Chaka Khan, and Chris Botti.
10 am-4 pm Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5 pm Saturday, 1 pm-5 pm Sunday
Celebrate Mexican culture while explore this exhibition’s piñata-decorated pueblo, play ‘Loteria,’ and make an offering at a Dia de los Muertos ofrenda. Dress up in Folklorico costumes and learn dance steps from an instructor, and create some music on a guiro and maracas too.
Friday, September 7 – Wednesday, October 31
Halloween is bigger than ever at the Disneyland Resorts. Disneyland returns with such seasonal favorites as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost, along with a pretty Pumpkin Parade. California Adventure turns Cars Land into “Radiator Screams,” and has a special Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark Halloween experience. Times vary for these events.
1313 Disneyland Drive, Anaheim
714-781-4565 | https://disneyland.disney.go.com
Saturdays – Sundays, September 29 – October 28
If Knott’s Scary Farm is just too scary for your little ones (or for you), visit Knott’s Spooky Farm instead. This daytime Halloween celebration (10 am-4 pm) is geared especially for kids ages 3-11. There will be special holiday attractions and activities with childhood favorites Charlie Brown and Snoopy joining in the fun.
Halloween is bigger than ever at the Disneyland Resorts. Disneyland returns with such seasonal favorites as Haunted Mansion Holiday and Space Mountain Ghost, along with a pretty Pumpkin Parade. In California Adventure, Cars Land becomes “Radiator Screams,” and there also is a special Guardians of the Galaxy: Monsters After Dark Halloween experience. Times vary for these events.
Youngsters can have a royally fun time at the Kidseum. This exhibit brings to life the game of chess in imaginative and playful ways. Children will get an engaging introduction to the various chess pieces along with learning some game strategy. The museum is open 10 am-4 pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Inspired from the Disney Junior TV program The Lion Guard, this exhibit (open 10 am-5 pm daily) takes visitors on an exciting journey to the Pride Lands. This hands-on experience allows children to train in the Lion Guard’s secret lair, have fun adventures and learn about life in Africa, plus pick up useful lessons too.
Tuesday October 2
Wednesday October 10
Friday October 12
Thursday October 18
Wednesday October 20
Little ones have five opportunities this month to learn about animals associated with Halloween. They’ll do themed craft projects, hands-on activities, and meet some zoo residents. Advance phone reservations are required. The classes (all 10:15 am-11:15 am) are for children ages 3-4 and youngsters must be accompanied by a parent.
October 4, 4 pm-10 pm
October 5, 12 pm-10 pm
October 6, 9 am-10 pm
October 7, 9 am-7 pm
One of the country’s largest auto shows will showcase over 600 new vehicles of all sizes and types. There will be driving experiences for those with licenses along with activities geared for kids.
There will be an extra bite to the Pirates Dinner Adventure this month. Because at this stunt-stuffed, swashbuckling Halloween Spooktacular musical adventure, families will follow the Vampire Hunter escape from the Vampire Pirates of Captain Sebastian the Black. Showtimes are 7 pm (Monday-Friday): 5 pm & 8 pm (Saturday), and 3:30pm & 6:30pm (Sunday).