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Free Activities for Kids and Families in Orange County

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Activity Name City Next Occurrence Ages
Kids Rock Playground @ Orange County Great Park
Environmentally friendly unique playground
Irvine 08/30/2016 1-6
Farm + Food Lab @ Orange County Great Park
Outdoor classroom
Irvine 08/30/2016 0-17
Heritage Park - Irvine
Ocean themed, large playground, water play area, lake
Irvine 08/30/2016 1-13
Turtle Rock Nature Center
Nature trail, Labyrinth, Native Plan Garden
Irvine 08/30/2016 1-17
Heritage Hill Historical Park
Historical park
Lake Forest 08/30/2016 6-17
Mason Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area
Irvine 08/30/2016 0-17
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Hiking, biking, interpretive center
Laguna Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Fun at the airport @ John Wayne Airport
Watch take-offs and landings
Santa Ana 08/30/2016 2-17
Etnies Skate Park
62,000 sf of skate-able terrain
Lake Forest 08/30/2016 7-17
Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex
Community center offering a fossil exhibit, a sports complex, and a prehistoric playground
Laguna Hills 08/30/2016 0-17
Laguna Koi Ponds
35,000 gallons of koi ponds
Laguna Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Marine mammals rehabilitation center
Laguna Beach 08/30/2016 2-17
Muth Interpretive Center
Reptile and amphibian displays, puzzles, books, crafts
Newport Beach 08/30/2016 1-12
Centennial Farm
Three-acre working farm
Costa Mesa 08/30/2016 0-17
Big Canyon Trail
Nature walk
Newport Beach 08/30/2016 2-17
Old Orange County Courthouse Museum
Historic landmark
Santa Ana 08/30/2016 6-17
Irvine Regional Park
Pony rides, train ride, rentals, zoo, fishing
Orange 08/30/2016 0-17
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Hiking, biking, picnic area
Laguna Niguel 08/30/2016 0-17
Environmental Nature Center
Walking trails & discovery room
Newport Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Butterfly House @ Environmental Nature Center
Witness butterflies emerge from chrysalises
Newport Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Spanish Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 08/30/2016 0-10
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Hiking, nature center, bird & animal watching, lake
Silverado 08/30/2016 0-17
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, fishing
Laguna Niguel 08/30/2016 0-17
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Hiking/biking, picnic area
Orange 08/30/2016 0-17
Family Fun @ IKEA
Play Areas, free birthday parties
Costa Mesa 08/30/2016 1-10
Coastkeeper Garden
Natural Play Garden
Orange 08/30/2016 4-17
Pajama Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Stories & songs
Orange 08/30/2016 4-6
Playtime for Babies @ Granola Babies
Drop-in playgroup
Costa Mesa 08/30/2016 0-1
Sprayground @ Crown Valley Community Park
Splash pad, playground
Laguna Niguel 08/30/2016 1-12
R.O.A.R. Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Stories
Orange 08/30/2016 0-6
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, interpretive center
Orange 08/30/2016 0-17
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Hiking, interpretive center
Anaheim 08/30/2016 0-17
Mile Square Regional Park
Playgrounds, picnic area, bike rentals, fishing
Fountain Valley 08/30/2016 0-17
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Hiking/biking, interpretive center, picnic area
Coto De Caza 08/30/2016 0-17
O'Neil Regional Park
Playground, Interpretive center, picnic area, biking/hiking
Trabuco Canyon 08/30/2016 0-17
Yorba Regional Park
Playgrounds, biking, picnic area, fishing, rentals
Anaheim 08/30/2016 0-17
Surf City Nights @ Huntington Beach Pier
Fresh produce, kids activities, entertainment
Huntington Beach 08/30/2016 1-17
Shipley Nature Center
Nature trails & interpretive center
Huntington Beach 08/30/2016 1-17
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Hands on activities, binoculars, natural history exhibits
Dana Point 08/30/2016 2-17
Sigler Park Splash Pad
Water play area
Westminster 08/30/2016 1-13
Caspers Wilderness Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, interpretive center, picnic area
San Juan Capistrano 08/30/2016 0-17
Wieder Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking, picnic area
Huntington Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Splash Pad Water Park @ Harry M. Dotson Park
Spray Pad, playground
Stanton 08/30/2016 1-13
Fullerton Arboretum
4000 plants, beautiful trails, children's garden
Fullerton 08/30/2016 2-17
Interactive Pop Jet Fountain @ Fullerton Downtown Plaza
Water play area
Fullerton 08/30/2016 1-13
Interactive Water Play Area @ Stanton Central Park
Splash Pad, playground
Stanton 08/30/2016 1-13
Craig Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, fishing
Fullerton 08/30/2016 0-17
Bilingual Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, songs
Garden Grove 08/30/2016 2-7
Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Marine life species, live reptiles, different species of taxidermy
Huntington Beach 08/30/2016 0-17
Preschool Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 08/30/2016 3-5
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking trails, picnic area, fishing, interpretive center
Brea 08/30/2016 0-17
Clark Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking, picnic area, fishing, interpretive center
Buena Park 08/30/2016 0-17
Story Time @ Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Nobles Storytime
Irvine 08/31/2016 1-6
Animal Action Gestures @ Storymakery
Fun game of animal charades
Irvine 08/31/2016 3-5
Story Time: Toddler Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Fun stories and songs for toddlers
Newport Beach 08/31/2016 2-3!
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Corona Del Mar Library
Stories, poems and songs
Corona Del Mar 08/31/2016 3-5!
Community Days @ Crystal Cove State Park
Science, water color, craft
Laguna Beach 08/31/2016 5-12
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
It's never too early for storytime!
Newport Beach 08/31/2016 0-2!
Pre-school Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 08/31/2016 3-5
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Balboa Library - Balboa
It's never too early for storytime!
Balboa 08/31/2016 0-2!
Breastfeeding Group @ Granola Babies
Education and breastfeeding support
Costa Mesa 08/31/2016 0-1
Storytime and Songs @ Granola Babies
Storytime and Songs
Costa Mesa 08/31/2016 0-2
Toddler Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 08/31/2016 2-3
Bilingual Storytime @ Newhope Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 08/31/2016 0-10
Storytime @ March Art Studios
Stories, songs, and craft
Huntington Beach 08/31/2016 0-5
Toddler Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, songs, fingerplays
Garden Grove 08/31/2016 1-3
Baby & Toddler Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 08/31/2016 0-2
Family Fun Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 08/31/2016 0-10
Interpretive Center @ Clark Regional Park
Paleontology museum
Buena Park 08/31/2016 0-17
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Stories, poems and songs
Newport Beach 09/01/2016 3-5!
Milk and Cookies Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Storytime, milk, and cookies
Tustin 09/01/2016 3-8
Story Time: Toddler Storytime @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
Fun stories and songs for toddlers
Newport Beach 09/01/2016 2-3!
Family Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 09/01/2016 0-10
Lapsit Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Books, rhymes, songs & fingerplays
Orange 09/01/2016 0-2
Family Movies @ Costa Mesa Donald Dungan Library
Children's movies
Costa Mesa 09/01/2016 2-12
Music with Christa Mae @ Granola Babies
Music class
Costa Mesa 09/01/2016 0-5
Summer Concert Series @ Salt Creek Beach
Free concerts in the park
Dana Point 09/01/2016 2-17
Friday Night Lawn Games @ Orange County Great Park
Lawn games
Irvine 09/02/2016 3-17
Story Adventures @ Storymakery
Improvisational storytelling
Irvine 09/02/2016 5-17
Songs and Stories @ Corona Del Mar Library
Stories, music, yoga & instruments
Corona Del Mar 09/02/2016 2-5
Festival of Children @ South Coast Plaza
Jugglers, puppeteers, dancers, singers, arts & crafts
Costa Mesa 09/02/2016 0-17
Preschool Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Songs, stories and more
Tustin 09/02/2016 2-5
Songs and Stories @ Newport Beach Central Library
Music, yoga, instruments
Newport Beach 09/02/2016 2-5
Orange International Street Fair @ Orange Plaza District
Arts & Crafts, games, international food and entertainment
Orange 09/02/2016 2-17
Preschool Storytime @ Canyon Hills Library
Storytime for preschoolers
Anaheim Hills 09/02/2016 3-5
Free Movie Nights @ The Riverbed Farm
Free movies
Anaheim 09/02/2016 2-17
Fantabulous Fridays @ Buena Park Library
Wii games, board games, crafts
Buena Park 09/02/2016 4-15
Creation Stations @ Orange County Great Park
Hands-on activities
Irvine 09/03/2016 2-15
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Irvine
Fun and education hands-on projects
Irvine 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Tustin
Fun and education hands-on projects
Tustin 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Laguna Hills
Fun and education hands-on projects
Laguna Hills 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Lake Forest (South)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Lake Forest 09/03/2016 5-12!
Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Store - Laguna Hills
Crafts for kids
Laguna Hills 09/03/2016 3-12
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Lake Forest (North)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Lake Forest 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Santa Ana (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Santa Ana 09/03/2016 5-12!
Story Time: Family Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Stories, songs, and craft
Newport Beach 09/03/2016 3-7
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Laguna Niguel
Fun and education hands-on projects
Laguna Niguel 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Santa Ana (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Santa Ana 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Costa Mesa
Fun and education hands-on projects
Costa Mesa 09/03/2016 5-12!
Science Saturdays @ ExplorOcean
Hands-on program for families
Newport Beach 09/03/2016 2-15
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Mission Viejo
Fun and education hands-on projects
Mission Viejo 09/03/2016 5-12!
Drop In And Draw @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Drop in and draw!
Costa Mesa 09/03/2016 2-17
Family Reading and Playtime @ Newhope Library
Books, songs, rhymes and playtime
Santa Ana 09/03/2016 0-10
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Orange (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Orange 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Orange (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Orange 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Huntington Beach (South)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Huntington Beach 09/03/2016 5-12!
Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Store - Fountain Valley
Crafts for kids
Fountain Valley 09/03/2016 3-12
Interpretive Center @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
Live animals & natural history exhibits
Anaheim 09/03/2016 3-17
Discover Nature @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
Hike through Oak Canyon
Anaheim 09/03/2016 4-17
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Garden Grove
Fun and education hands-on projects
Garden Grove 09/03/2016 5-12!
Nature Walk @ O'Neil Regional Park
Walk while learning about animals and nature
Trabuco Canyon 09/03/2016 3-17
Huntington Beach Civil War Days @ Huntington Beach Central Park
Living History and Reenactment
Huntington Beach 09/03/2016 3-17
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Huntington Beach (North)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Huntington Beach 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Anaheim (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Anaheim 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Fullerton
Fun and education hands-on projects
Fullerton 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Stanton
Fun and education hands-on projects
Stanton 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Westminster
Fun and education hands-on projects
Westminster 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Anaheim (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Anaheim 09/03/2016 5-12!
Lemon Park
Spray Pad, playground
Fullerton 09/03/2016 1-13
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Brea
Fun and education hands-on projects
Brea 09/03/2016 5-12!
Spray Pool @ Adlena Park
Water play area
Fullerton 09/03/2016 1-13
Animal Feeding @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Feed reptiles and marine animals
Huntington Beach 09/03/2016 3-17
Craft Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, crafts
Garden Grove 09/03/2016 4-8
Donuts with Dad Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, donuts
Garden Grove 09/03/2016 1-12
Explore Your World @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, activities
Garden Grove 09/03/2016 4-12
Redwood Hike @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park
1.1 mile easy hike
Brea 09/03/2016 3-17
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Cypress
Fun and education hands-on projects
Cypress 09/03/2016 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-La Habra
Fun and education hands-on projects
La Habra 09/03/2016 5-12!
Community Day @ Back Bay Science Center
Tide pool touch tank, bird watching
Newport Beach 09/04/2016 4-17
Family Festival @ Bowers Museum
Music, crafts, face painting
Santa Ana 09/04/2016 2-17
Concerts in the Park @ Huntington Beach Central Park
Free concerts
Huntington Beach 09/04/2016 2-17
Free Kids Fishing Clinic @ Dana Wharf
Dockside experience for young anglers!
Dana Point 09/04/2016 4-17
Nature Hike @ Caspers Wilderness Park
Easy 1-mile hike
San Juan Capistrano 09/04/2016 4-17
Target Free Day @ Children's Museum at La Habra
Workshops, performances, free entrance
La Habra 09/04/2016 1-10
Itty Bitty Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Rhymes, songs, rhythm instruments, tactile experiences, puppets
Tustin 09/05/2016 0-2
Little Wigglers Movement Class @ Granola Babies
Class for babies through preschool
Costa Mesa 09/05/2016 0-5
Preschool Storytime @ Irvine University Park Library
Stories & songs
Irvine 09/06/2016 3-5
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Corona Del Mar Library
It's never too early for storytime!
Corona Del Mar 09/06/2016 0-2!
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Costa Mesa
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Costa Mesa 09/06/2016 6-14!
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
Stories, poems and songs
Newport Beach 09/06/2016 3-5!
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Balboa Library - Balboa
Stories, poems and songs
Balboa 09/06/2016 3-5!
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Mission Viejo
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Mission Viejo 09/06/2016 6-14!
Storytime @ Taft Branch Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 09/06/2016 0-5
Toddlertime @ Canyon Hills Library
Storytime for toddler
Anaheim Hills 09/06/2016 1-3
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Anaheim
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Anaheim 09/06/2016 6-14!
Hug-a-Bye Baby Storytime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime for preschoolers
Anaheim Hills 09/06/2016 0-1
Preschool Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Garden Grove 09/06/2016 3-5
Story Time in the Garden @ Orange County Great Park
Stories, songs, games
Irvine 09/07/2016 3-8
Storytime in the park @ Stanton Central Park
Stories
Stanton 09/08/2016 1-17
Indoor Community Park Day @ Compass Bible Church
Face Painting, balloon artists, bounce houses, sensory learning center, free summer portraits
Aliso Viejo 09/09/2016 1-10
Family Park Play @ Orange County Great Park
Games, crafts, family activities
Irvine 09/10/2016 2-10
Chapters Book Club for Middle Graders @ Once Upon a Storybook
Chapter book readers
Tustin 09/10/2016 7-12!
Shellmaker Island Discovery Tour @ Back Bay Science Center
Learn about Shellmaker Island’s rich history
Newport Beach 09/10/2016 5-17
Wetland Tour @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Free public tours
Huntington Beach 09/10/2016 4-17
Old Town Irvine Tour @ La Quinta Inn
Docent-led walking tour
Irvine 09/11/2016 5-17
Restoration Program @ Muth Interpretive Center
Help enhance the Bay's habitat for local wildlife
Newport Beach 09/11/2016 4-17
Concerts on the Green @ Newport Beach Civic Center
Free family concerts
Newport Beach 09/11/2016 2-17
Dia De La Familia @ Sigler Park Splash Pad
Dancers, band, vendors
Westminster 09/11/2016 1-17
Restoration Day @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Restore the Wetlands
Huntington Beach 09/11/2016 6-17
Toddler Storytime @ Irvine University Park Library
Stories & songs
Irvine 09/12/2016 1-3
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Newport Beach Central Library
It's never too early for storytime!
Newport Beach 09/12/2016 0-2!
Story Time: Pajama Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Just-before-bed storytime
Newport Beach 09/12/2016 3-7!
Morning Storytime @ El Modena Branch Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 09/12/2016 0-5
Toddlertime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime for toddler
Anaheim Hills 09/12/2016 1-3
Monday Movie Night @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
PG or G rates movies
Garden Grove 09/12/2016 4-12
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 09/13/2016 1-3
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Helen Murphy Branch
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 09/13/2016 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Helen Murphy Branch
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 09/13/2016 3-5
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 09/14/2016 3-5
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Main Street Branch Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 09/14/2016 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Main Street Branch Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 09/14/2016 3-5
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Banning Branch Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 09/15/2016 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Banning Branch Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 09/15/2016 3-5
School Age Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Oak View Branch
Stories and crafts
Huntington Beach 09/15/2016 5-9
Crafty Kids Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories for ages 5-9
Huntington Beach 09/15/2016 5-9
Family Movie @ Fullerton Public Library
Family movie and games
Fullerton 09/15/2016 2-15
Paws & Pals @ Once Upon a Storybook
Read aloud to a dog
Tustin 09/16/2016 5-12
Train Rides @ Fairview Park
Train Rides
Costa Mesa 09/17/2016 2-17
Kids'Art Studio @ Laguna Art Museum
Create a piece of art
Laguna Beach 09/18/2016 5-17
Summer Nights Concert @ Historic Town Center Park
Family concert
San Juan Capistrano 09/21/2016 2-17
Movies in the Park @ Brio Park
Kids movies
La Habra 09/23/2016 1-17
The "Friends" Tour @ Vista Point
Outdoor classrooms
Newport Beach 10/08/2016 4-17
Clinic in the Park @ Orange County Great Park
Free health screenings, medical/dental resources
Irvine 10/09/2016 3-17
Pioneer Road Park
Pioneer themed, 2 playgrounds, water play area
Tustin 05/26/2017 1-13
Wading Pool @ Valencia Park
Wading pool
Fullerton 05/31/2017 1-13
Larwin Spray Pool @ Larwin Park
Spray Pad
Buena Park 06/16/2017 1-13

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