Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
This exhibit recalls an old-school sideshow, except it’s all about insects. Visitors can view a wild array of creepy creeping creatures and other bizarre bugs. The show also examines some of the facts, myths and mysteries involving these oddities of the earth. The museum’s hours are 12 pm-4 pm Tuesday-Wednesday, Friday-Sunday & 12 pm-8 pm Thursday.
Kids can venture into a Medieval Castle and learn about life 1000 years ago. They can explore the Castle’s garden, kitchen and forge. Pretend to be a knight or act like royalty by trying on a crown and sitting on a throne. You’ll find the museum hours on its website; it is closed on Mondays.
Sports fans and art fans can team up their interests at this exhibition. It showcases an all-star lineup of internationally-known, award-winning artists whose work reveal different facets of professional sports – from the venues and stadiums to the athletes and teams. Gallery hours are 12 pm-4 pm Thursdays-Fridays; 10 am-4 pm Saturdays-Sundays
After becoming an American theater star in the 1880s-1890s, the great Polish actress Helena Modjeska built a home in Orange County. A talented artist, she created an original fairy tale, complete with her beautiful drawings, for her grandson. The unique manuscript will be displayed temporarily before it’s re-bound. Museum hours available online.
Costumes, noisemakers and food are important parts of this Jewish holiday. Kids can make a mask and a grogger (a noisemaker) in the art studio that can used in the end-of-the-day Purim parade. The two storytimes books Purim is Coming! and Not for All the Hamentaschen in Town will amusingly reveal various holiday traditions, and kids will get a sample a hamentaschen treat too.
Come celebrate the Persian New Year (also known as Nowruz). Kids will learn about the holiday’s history, customs, and traditions at the storytime reading. One traditional holiday symbol is the hyacinth, and children can create their own hyacinth flowers in the Art Studio. Fishes, meanwhile, are a symbol of life, so goldfish crackers will be utilized in a “One Fish, Two Fish” counting game.
This annual community exhibition celebrates a wide array of art. It will display visual arts (like painting, photography, sculpture, and pottery) as well as presenting performing arts (such as music, dance, and theater). All ages and abilities are welcome to participate; online registration deadline is March 6. Friday’s hours 5 pm-8 pm; Saturday’s are 10 am-8 pm.
The public is invited to view the hundreds of young inventors (ages 7-17) from across the nation, who will have their coolest projects on display. The day also presents talks from inspirational speakers and leading educational technology experts, as well as the chance to discover a global community of digital makers.
The Muck is opening its art studios open so artists of all ages can get creative (and maybe a little messy!) doing some painting, drawings and ceramics, along with a range of other artistic crafts. It is also a chance to check out the Center’s space and meet some of their on-staff artists
Dive into the wonderful world of pop culture at WonderCon. This three-day convention bursts with the new, coolest and upcoming things happening in comic books, animation, movies, games, TV, books, action figures and collectibles. Visitors can attend panel discussions, meet-and-greets, and anime screenings. Notable too are the masquerade competition, the artist alley, and a children’s film festival. Check website for hours and updated schedule.