Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Taking place on the Los Alamitos Training Base, this unique event features 5K & 10K options along with Reverse Triathlons for both adults and youths and a Health & Fitness Expo. Friday holds a Glow In The Dark Fun Runs, live music, and an evening festival. It also raises money for several charities.
The OC Fair’s Event Center will be aglitter with gold, silver, crystals, and precious & semi-precious gemstones, along with fine jewelry, minerals and millions of beads. Among the largest shows of its kind, the Gem Faire attracts nearly 200 exhibitors from around the globe. Hours are 12 pm-6 pm (February 22), 10 am-6 pm (February 23) & 10 am-5 pm (February 24).
The Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates African-American and African cultures for the 17th year.
Jazz music, storytelling, interactive drum circles, and West African, hip-hop, and Mardi Gras second line dance performances are some of the entertainment at this weekend-long event (9 am-5 pm). And you can enjoy all the Aquarium’s marine attractions too.
This community event (7:30 am-11 am) holds many benefits – improve your own health and wellness while raising money for non-profits. Children of all abilities can participate in a quarter- or a half-mile Kids Walk/Run. The morning-long health fair features over 60 exhibitors and kids activities will be happening from 9:30 am-11 am.
Join the railroad is celebrating its 23nd anniversary on February 23rd (and 24th). The party (10 am-4 pm) contains all types of old-fashion fun: carnival games, a moon bounce, hay rides, face painting, panning for gold, treats, and train rides, of course. Activity tickets will be the original 1996 prices of $2 too.
The Pretend City Youth Leadership Council hosts this event (10 am-3 pm) that serves to inspire a love for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics among youngsters. The engaging and educational activities include live science demonstrations, robots, a mathematics carnival, computer coding training, and other hands-on S.T.E.A.M. activities. Laura Knight, author of Kid Astronaut, will be making an appearance too.
Friday March 29-Saturday March 30
The Jazz Festival is Ocean Institute’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds directly going to their Adopt-A-Class program, supporting 10,000 underserved students from Title I schools throughout Orange County, Los Angeles County and San Diego County.
The two-day event, held March 29-30, 2019, will include two unique evenings of jazz performances, five-star dining experiences and hosted bars. Funds raised from the event will support the sharing of innovative, immersive marine learning experiences and programs with the students.
Ocean Institute impacts the lives of 100,000 children annually with innovative ocean-focused science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs and gives kids without access to the ocean an experience they would otherwise not have.