Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
You’ve never experienced Star Wars like you will in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire. Created by ILMxLAB and The VOID, this cutting-edge immersive VR attraction lets people explore the Star Wars’ world through mult-sensory technology. You’ll be part of a group of four who go undercover as stormtroppers to help with the rebellion’s efforts. Find more information and make the required online reservations on its website. This attraction is recommended for ages 10 and older.
Museum-goers will learn a lot about China and its inhabitants in an entirely new, and marvelously engaging, way. The exhibit follows the lives of four children, showing them at home and at school; in the country and the cities, and other typical places. This hands-on experience will reveal how China holds a mix of modern and traditional lifestyles and provides a way to get a better understanding of the Chinese people along with breaking down stereotypes.
8 pm Tuesday-Wednesday, 4:30 pm, 8 pm Thursday.-Saturday, 1:30 pm, 5 pm Sunday
Interested in going on a strange adventure to a mystical version of Mexico that is part reality and part dream? Then, seek out Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza, which presents amazing acrobatics and stunning visual effects. The performers take audiences through several different locations – from an old movie set to a smoky dance hall; from the desert to the ocean. In fact, water is a key element to this LUZIA’s magical story.
The Aquarium of the Pacific’s 16th annual celebration of African-American and African cultures presents a dynamic lineup of live entertainment. The weekend features jazz music, storytelling, and interactive drum circles, as well as dance performances ranging in style from West African to Mardi Gras second line and break & hip-hop. Visitors can also find a variety of arts & craft and ethnic food to enjoy, along with the Aquarium usual aquatic attractions.
The Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating its 22nd anniversary with a big community party. The old-fashion fun features train rides, of course, along with carnival games, a moon bounce, hay rides, face painting, and panning for gold. And the Railroad has rolled back activity tickets to the original 1996 prices of $2. Visitors can also enjoy treats like ice cream, cotton candy, and popcorn.
Today at Pretend City, kids have a fanciful time immersing themselves in the enchanted world of fairy tales. They can make their own magic wand and participate in the building of a community fantasy castle. Construction skills are also central to the book A New Bed for Goldilocks, which will be read at noon. Kids can enjoy a reading of more fairy tales at the 11 am storytime too.
Pretend City will stay open late for an evening exclusively for children (of all ages) who are on the spectrum and their family members. There will be especially designed activities for these kids, and the museum will be a safe environment for all to have a fun experience. Because of space limitations, advance registration is required. A reservation and confirmation number will be needed for admission.
7:30 pm February 27-March 2, 6-9; 2 pm, 7:30 pm March 3, 10; 1 pm, 6:30 pm March 4, 11
This acclaimed Lincoln Center Theater-born production, which garnered four victories at the 2015 Tonys Awards including Best Revival of a Musical, will waltz its way into your hearts. Set in the 1860s, the story focuses on the unique relationship between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher named Anna Leonowens. Recommended for children ages 8 and older, this nearly 3-hour-long show features such tunes as “Getting To Know You,” “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Shall We Dance,” and “Something Wonderful.”
The Magic Flute ranks as one of Mozart’s finest works. It’s a fairy tale story about love tells the story of a prince and a bird catcher who rescue the Queen of the Night’s daughter who is held by a mysterious priest. This production showcases the talents of the Pacific Symphony, members of Southern California Children’s Chorus and the Pacific Chorale. Although it is a fairy tale, it should be noted that this opera isn’t geared for young children.
Santa Ana, CA- Parenting OC returns to the Discovery Cube for its 12th Anniversary Edition of the Kids’ Summer Opportunities Jamboree event. The free event will take place on March 3rd, 2018, from 10 AM to 2:00 PM. This is the third year the iconic Orange County family destination has partnered with Parenting OC to host the summer-fun planning extravaganza. “We are excited to once again partner with Discovery Cube OC and the Cube team to present this event,” said Parenting OC publisher Randall Tierney. “There simply is not better venue for the kind of enrichment and fun learning opportunities that we bring to the Jamboree.”
The 2017 Jamboree was one of the best attended, with 2,500 attendees and over 60 exhibitors. This year, Jamboree will have special guests, along with games and many new exhibitors featuring family travel destination spots, summer camps, and school information.
The Aquarium of the Pacific will be in attendance with the acclaimed Aquarium on Wheels, and back by popular demand the Cute Kid Cover Contest and the Bubble-Dash Games. So come on down for a fun-filled family event.