Family Friendly Shows, Festivals and Events Around Orange County
Hip-Hop has been a huge cultural influence for nearly 50 years, extending beyond the music into the worlds of fashion, art and language. This exhibit explores the Hip-Hop universe that has gone from the street of New York to a global phenomenon. The museum’s hours vary Tuesday-Sunday, and it is closed on Monday.
On June 1, Cypress celebrates the season with Summerfest. Starting at 4 pm, there will be family attractions, like an animal show, games, crafts and food, and Mary Poppins Returns screens at 8 pm. Subsequent Saturday nights feature the summer concert series at 6 pm., presenting a varied lineup of bands.
The summertime fun continues at Knott’s after the sun sets. The park will stay open until at least 10 pm during its Summer Nights. There will be oversized classic games to play, live music performed on several stages, and some yummy treats (be ready for build-your-own S’mores stations, nacho boats, and grilled peach cobbler) to chow down on.
Peppertree Park heats up with eight Wednesdays of free live music from 6 pm-8 pm. Get into the R&B groove with Blue Breeze Band June 12. Join the country hoedown that the Mark Easterday Band throws down June 19 and, on June 26, take a musical trip back to the ‘70s with the K-Tel All-Stars.
Youngsters (ages 3-4) can explore animal-themed art projects on June 14 and then go “Under The Sea” to learn about marine life on June 19. The hour-long classes (10:15 am-11:15 am) generally include hands-on learning, craft projects, and animal encounters. Parents must accompany their child during this program, and phone registrations are required.
The Great Park will turn a festive shade of green for the 46th edition of this big Celtic party. The weekend-long celebration will include all types of Irish-inspired activities and entertainment. Headlining the spirited musical lineup will be The Young Dubliners and The Fenians. Fair hours are 11 am-7 pm (June 15) and 10 am-7 pm (June 16).
Picnic on the Green or find dinner at one of the fine food trucks, and then enjoy the rock band The Side Deal, featuring former members of Train, Sugar Ray, and the Pawnshop Kings (so expect a song or two done by their old bands). The concert runs from 6 pm-7:30 pm and admission is first come, first served.
Today’s activities (10 am-1 pm) aim to make vegetables seem fun along with being nutritious. Children can make artwork from veggie stamps created out of real vegetables. Vegetables will be used to teach kids about their five senses and at noon there will be potato dance party where kids can get their sillies out.
Children can find activities and entertainment at Kaleidoscope on Tuesdays (through July 30). This kids program (11:30 am-12:30 pm) kick off June 18 with a Toy Story-themed event, featuring a meet-and-greet and photos with costumed characters, themed crafts, and a sing-along. June 25 has a unicorn theme – kids can paint a unicorn picture and take photos with a magical unicorn.
The Yorba Linda Library will remedy your kids’ mid-morning mid-week blues with this summer-long program. Aimed for youngsters ages 3-6, this weekly program presents a colorful variety of amusements, from spirited songs to comical puppet shows and entertaining tales, from 11 am-11:45 am.