Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Wednesday August 1-Monday September 3
10 am-5 pm
We know dinosaurs walked the earth, but exactly where? This 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. Also, the Cube’s Rainforest exhibit remains standing through September 9.
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.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays August 1-22
This summer-long film program screens two G or PG-rated films each week on both Tuesday and Wednesday morning – for just $1! August’s movie schedule includes Minions, Trolls, The Boss Baby, and Paddington 2. Find out which movies are playing which week, along with the other participating cinemas, on its website
Wednesdays August 1, 8, 15, 22.
7 pm-8:30 pm
Soto serves up the funk on August 1. Twist and shout August 8 to Beatles tunes by Hard Day’s Night. The Trip delivers Top 40 rock hits on August 15, and then you can double up on the music on August 22 with the Wimberley’s bluegrass jams and Superlark’s classic rock.
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.
Wednesday August 1–Saturday September 1
“Under the Sun” is the theme for this long-running, highly popular event in the Laguna Beach’s Festival of Art. A unique theatrical experience, the 90-minute performance creates tableaux vivants (“living pictures”) using real actors to “bring to life” well-known works of art. The production also features live orchestral music, narration and elaborate stage design.
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.
Wednesday August 1–Sunday September 2
10 am-10 pm
Still going strong after more than 50 years, the Sawdust Festival presents over 200 artists who work in a wide range of mediums. There will be live entertainment performed on several stages as well as numerous art classes and demonstrations (even some for children). Visit its website for additional festival details.
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.
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.