Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Thursday March 1-Saturday September 9
Explore tropical rainforests and learn about the challenges facing them and their inhabitants at the Discovery Cube OC. You will get to role-play as research assistants and do problem-solving adventures. The interactive exhibit holds over 40 interactive components, two computer games, a distance learning kiosk and plenty of expedition props. There are opportunities to check out a gorilla nest, build a model insect, crawl through a log, identify endangered species, and climb a 9-foot kapok tree.
Pixar excitement will multiply at Disneyland and California Adventure through the summer. The first-ever Pixar Fest showcases the new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” and the newly updated “Pixar Play Parade” at Disneyland. The Pixar-themed “Paint the Night” parade will entertain folks at California Adventure, which also has a Pixar Shorts film festival. Of course, there are the two Parks’ regular Pixar-related attractions too.
Film fans have a rare treat to view a selection of never-before-exhibited movie posters from the private collection of Mark P. Miller. On display will be a colorful variety of posters that offer a fascinating look at film history.
11 am–10 pm Wednesday-Thursday, 11 am-11 pm Friday, 10 am-11 pm Saturday, 10 am-10 pm Sunday
“How Sweet It Is,” this year’s theme, is a great way to describe your Fair experience. The 26-day event is stuffed with rides, games, food, exhibitions, concerts, and contests. During June, the Fair is closed on Mondays and Tuesday.
We know dinosaurs walked the earth, but exactly where? This new exhibit uses cutting-edge research, advanced animatronics, and immersive design to show where dinosaurs lived during the Age of Reptiles. Museum-goers can also learn about geology, geography, and climatology of that era. The Cube’s Rainforest exhibit remains standing through September 9 too.
Investigate the strange creatures lurking beneath the ocean’s surface – from prehistoric times to modern day. Learn about the Mosasaurus, the Kraken, and the Portuguese Man-of-War. This exhibit shows how the myths and legends of yesteryear can now be researched, and possibly explained, through today’s technology. You can also explore OceanQuest’s “Science of Sailing” exhibition, which runs through September 3.
This Kidseum exhibition spotlights Vietnamese traditions and customs associated with the annual Tet celebration. Kids can don large Lion Dance masks, dress up in traditional clothes, play games, do craft projects and other Tet-related activities, while gaining a better understanding of Vietnamese culture.
7520 Dale Street, Buena Park
714-562-3860 | http://www.buenapark.com
7 pm-9 pm
Read With The Dogs – Golden Hour
Wednesday June 6, 13
On these two evenings, a pair of patient golden retrievers from the Pet Prescription Team will be visiting the children’s library. School-age kids can stop by and read to these trained dogs. It is a terrific way for young readers to practice their skills.
353 W Commonwealth, Fullerton
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.
7:30 pm June 19-22; 2 pm, 7:30 pm June 23; 1 pm, 6:30 pm June 24
This Tony-winning musical wonderfully transforms the popular book (and film) into a powerful, heartwarming theatrical experience. Copies of the books are available at the Argryos Plaza’s lending library. The show is recommended for ages 12 and older.