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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 02/28/2017 1-6
Farm + Food Lab @ Orange County Great Park
Outdoor classroom
Irvine 02/28/2017 0-17
Heritage Park - Irvine
Ocean themed, large playground, water play area, lake
Irvine 02/28/2017 1-13
Turtle Rock Nature Center
Nature trail, Labyrinth, Native Plan Garden
Irvine 02/28/2017 1-17
Heritage Hill Historical Park
Historical park
Lake Forest 02/28/2017 6-17
Mason Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area
Irvine 02/28/2017 0-17
Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Hiking, biking, interpretive center
Laguna Beach 02/28/2017 0-17
Fun at the airport @ John Wayne Airport
Watch take-offs and landings
Santa Ana 02/28/2017 2-17
Etnies Skate Park
62,000 sf of skate-able terrain
Lake Forest 02/28/2017 7-17
Baker Ranch Community Park
Long tube slide, artificial grass, rock wall, sand area
Lake Forest 02/28/2017 1-15
Laguna Hills Community Center and Sports Complex
Community center offering a fossil exhibit, a sports complex, and a prehistoric playground
Laguna Hills 02/28/2017 0-17
Laguna Koi Ponds
35,000 gallons of koi ponds
Laguna Beach 02/28/2017 0-17
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Marine mammals rehabilitation center
Laguna Beach 02/28/2017 2-17
Muth Interpretive Center
Reptile and amphibian displays, puzzles, books, crafts
Newport Beach 02/28/2017 1-12
Centennial Farm
Three-acre working farm
Costa Mesa 02/28/2017 0-17
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Corona Del Mar Library
It's never too early for storytime!
Corona Del Mar 02/28/2017 0-2!
Big Canyon Trail
Nature walk
Newport Beach 02/28/2017 2-17
Story Time @ Pottery Barn Kids - Costa Mesa
Pottery Barn Book Club
Costa Mesa 02/28/2017 2-7
Preschool Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Songs, stories and more
Tustin 02/28/2017 2-5
Old Orange County Courthouse Museum
Historic landmark
Santa Ana 02/28/2017 6-17
Irvine Regional Park
Pony rides, train ride, rentals, zoo, fishing
Orange 02/28/2017 0-17
Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park
Hiking, biking, picnic area
Laguna Niguel 02/28/2017 0-17
Environmental Nature Center
Walking trails & discovery room
Newport Beach 02/28/2017 0-17
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
Stories, poems and songs
Newport Beach 02/28/2017 3-5!
Spanish Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 02/28/2017 0-10
Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
Hiking, nature center, bird & animal watching, lake
Silverado 02/28/2017 0-17
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, fishing
Laguna Niguel 02/28/2017 0-17
Peters Canyon Regional Park
Hiking/biking, picnic area
Orange 02/28/2017 0-17
Fishing @ Laguna Niguel Lake
Fishing for the whole family
Laguna Niguel 02/28/2017 2-17
Family Fun @ IKEA
Play Areas
Costa Mesa 02/28/2017 1-10
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Balboa Library - Balboa
Stories, poems and songs
Balboa 02/28/2017 3-5!
Story Time @ Pottery Barn Kids - Mission Viejo
Pottery Barn Book Club
Mission Viejo 02/28/2017 2-10
Pajama Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Stories & songs
Orange 02/28/2017 4-6
Free Fashionista Fun Hour @ Bold Girlz - Mission Viejo
Dress up clothes, singing, nail polish, fashion show
Mission Viejo 02/28/2017 3-5!
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, interpretive center
Orange 02/28/2017 0-17
Oak Canyon Nature Center
Hiking, interpretive center
Anaheim 02/28/2017 0-17
Mile Square Regional Park
Playgrounds, picnic area, bike rentals, fishing
Fountain Valley 02/28/2017 0-17
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Hiking/biking, interpretive center, picnic area
Coto De Caza 02/28/2017 0-17
Storytime @ Taft Branch Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 02/28/2017 0-5
Toddlertime @ Canyon Hills Library
Storytime for toddler
Anaheim Hills 02/28/2017 1-3
O'Neil Regional Park
Playground, Interpretive center, picnic area, biking/hiking
Trabuco Canyon 02/28/2017 0-17
Hug-a-Bye Baby Storytime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime for preschoolers
Anaheim Hills 02/28/2017 0-1
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 1-3
Yorba Regional Park
Playgrounds, biking, picnic area, fishing, rentals
Anaheim 02/28/2017 0-17
Surf City Nights @ Huntington Beach Pier
Fresh produce, kids activities, entertainment
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 1-17
Muzeo
Museum and cultural arts center
Anaheim 02/28/2017 5-17
Shipley Nature Center
Nature trails & interpretive center
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 1-17
Baby Storytime @ Westminster Branch Library
Stories, songs and craft
Westminster 02/28/2017 0-2
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Hands on activities, binoculars, natural history exhibits
Dana Point 02/28/2017 2-17
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Helen Murphy Branch Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Helen Murphy Branch Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 3-5
Caspers Wilderness Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, interpretive center, picnic area
San Juan Capistrano 02/28/2017 0-17
Wieder Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking, picnic area
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 0-17
Toddler Time @ Yorba Linda Library
Stories, songs, puppets
Yorba Linda 02/28/2017 2-3
Laptime Storytime @ Yorba Linda Library
Stories, songs, bounces, puppets
Yorba Linda 02/28/2017 2-3
Stepping Up Storytime @ Haskett Library
Storytime for toddler
Anaheim 02/28/2017 1-2
Family Storytime @ Haskett Library
Stories for all ages
Anaheim 02/28/2017 1-7
Fullerton Arboretum
4000 plants, beautiful trails, children's garden
Fullerton 02/28/2017 2-17
Baby Lapsit @ Stanton Library
Songs, stories, and play
Stanton 02/28/2017 1-3
Pajama Family Storytime @ Stanton Library
Stories and crafts
Stanton 02/28/2017 1-10
Craig Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking, picnic area, fishing
Fullerton 02/28/2017 0-17
Preschool Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Garden Grove 02/28/2017 3-5
Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Marine life species, live reptiles, different species of taxidermy
Huntington Beach 02/28/2017 0-17
Preschool Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 02/28/2017 3-5
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking/biking trails, picnic area, fishing, interpretive center
Brea 02/28/2017 0-17
Clark Regional Park
Playgrounds, hiking, picnic area, fishing, interpretive center
Buena Park 02/28/2017 0-17
Family Storytime @ La Palma Branch Library
Stories, songs
La Palma 02/28/2017 3-10
Story Time @ Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Nobles Storytime
Irvine 03/01/2017 1-6
Story Adventures @ Storymakery
Improvisational storytelling
Irvine 03/01/2017 3-5
Spanish Storytime @ El Toro Branch Library
Stories, songs and rhymes
Lake Forest 03/01/2017 2-5
Preschool Storytime @ El Toro Branch Library
Stories, finger plays
Lake Forest 03/01/2017 3-5
Story Time: Toddler Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Fun stories and songs for toddlers
Newport Beach 03/01/2017 2-3!
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Corona Del Mar Library
Stories, poems and songs
Corona Del Mar 03/01/2017 3-5!
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Costa Mesa
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Costa Mesa 03/01/2017 6-14!
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
It's never too early for storytime!
Newport Beach 03/01/2017 0-2!
Pre-school Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 03/01/2017 3-5
Coastkeeper Garden
Natural Play Garden
Orange 03/01/2017 4-17
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Balboa Library - Balboa
It's never too early for storytime!
Balboa 03/01/2017 0-2!
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Mission Viejo
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Mission Viejo 03/01/2017 6-14!
Breastfeeding Group @ Granola Babies
Education and breastfeeding support
Costa Mesa 03/01/2017 0-1
Toddler Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 03/01/2017 2-3
Bilingual Storytime @ Newhope Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 03/01/2017 0-10
Lapsit Storytime @ Laguna Niguel Library
Stories, fingerplays, puppets
Laguna Niguel 03/01/2017 0-2
Preschool Storytime @ Laguna Niguel Library
Stories, music, dance
Laguna Niguel 03/01/2017 2-5
Mini Model Build @ Lego Store - Anaheim
Build a cool mini model and take it home
Anaheim 03/01/2017 6-14!
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 03/01/2017 3-5
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Main Street Branch Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 03/01/2017 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Main Street Branch Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 03/01/2017 3-5
Wednesday Storytime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime
Anaheim Hills 03/01/2017 2-5
Preschool Storytime @ Westminster Branch Library
Stories, songs and craft
Westminster 03/01/2017 3-5
Preschool Storytime @ Yorba Linda Library
Stories, songs, and craft
Yorba Linda 03/01/2017 3-6
Hug-a-Bye Baby Storytime @ Haskett Library
Storytime for Babies
Anaheim 03/01/2017 0-1
Preschool Storytime @ Stanton Library
Stories, music, and play
Stanton 03/01/2017 2-5
Toddler Storytime @ Garden Grove Chapman Library
Stories, songs, fingerplays
Garden Grove 03/01/2017 1-3
Baby & Toddler Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 03/01/2017 0-2
Family Fun Storytime @ Buena Park Library
Stories, songs, crafts
Buena Park 03/01/2017 0-10
Storytime @ Casa Romantica
Enjoy reading with your child
San Clemente 03/01/2017 0-8
Interpretive Center @ Clark Regional Park
Paleontology museum
Buena Park 03/01/2017 0-17
Story Time: Preschool Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Stories, poems and songs
Newport Beach 03/02/2017 3-5!
Milk and Cookies Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Storytime, milk, and cookies
Tustin 03/02/2017 3-8
Story Time: Toddler Storytime @ Mariners Library - Newport Beach
Fun stories and songs for toddlers
Newport Beach 03/02/2017 2-3!
Family Storytime @ Santa Ana Public Library
Books, songs and craft activity
Santa Ana 03/02/2017 0-10
Lapsit Storytime @ Orange Public Library
Books, rhymes, songs & fingerplays
Orange 03/02/2017 0-2
Toddler Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Banning Branch Library
Stories for toddlers
Huntington Beach 03/02/2017 1-3
Preschool Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Banning Branch Library
Stories for preschoolers
Huntington Beach 03/02/2017 3-5
School Age Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Oak View Branch Library
Stories and crafts
Huntington Beach 03/02/2017 5-9
Stories and Craft @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Stories and crafts for K-4th grade
Huntington Beach 03/02/2017 5-10
Bilingual Storytime @ Huntington Beach-Oak View Branch Library
Stories Spanish/English
Huntington Beach 03/02/2017 5-9
Bookbug Club @ Yorba Linda Library
Stories, crafts, games, snack
Yorba Linda 03/02/2017 5-10
Songs and Stories @ Corona Del Mar Library
Stories, music, yoga & instruments
Corona Del Mar 03/03/2017 2-5
Discovery Days @ Centennial Farm
Milking demonstration, pet a chick, learn about plants and animals
Costa Mesa 03/03/2017 0-15
Preschool Storytime @ Canyon Hills Library
Storytime for preschoolers
Anaheim Hills 03/03/2017 3-5
Fantabulous Fridays @ Buena Park Library
Wii games, board games, crafts
Buena Park 03/03/2017 4-15
Creation Stations @ Orange County Great Park
Hands-on activities
Irvine 03/04/2017 2-15
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Irvine
Fun and education hands-on projects
Irvine 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Tustin
Fun and education hands-on projects
Tustin 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Laguna Hills
Fun and education hands-on projects
Laguna Hills 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Lake Forest (South)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Lake Forest 03/04/2017 5-12!
Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Store - Laguna Hills
Crafts for kids
Laguna Hills 03/04/2017 3-12
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Lake Forest (North)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Lake Forest 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kick-off Party @ Aliso Viejo Aquatic Center
Bouncers, Face Painting, Balloon artists
Aliso Viejo 03/04/2017 1-12
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Santa Ana (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Santa Ana 03/04/2017 5-12!
Family Hike @ Muth Interpretive Center
Explore the Bay
Newport Beach 03/04/2017 3-17
Story Time: Family Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Stories, songs, and craft
Newport Beach 03/04/2017 3-7
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Laguna Niguel
Fun and education hands-on projects
Laguna Niguel 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Santa Ana (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Santa Ana 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Costa Mesa
Fun and education hands-on projects
Costa Mesa 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Mission Viejo
Fun and education hands-on projects
Mission Viejo 03/04/2017 5-12!
Summer Opportunities Fair Jamboree! @ Discovery Cube Orange County
Family fair, entertainment
Santa Ana 03/04/2017 3-17
Drop In And Draw @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity
Drop in and draw!
Costa Mesa 03/04/2017 2-17
SOCO Farmers' Market @ SOCO Collection
Kids' booth, scavenger hunt, free balloons
Costa Mesa 03/04/2017 0-17
Family Reading and Playtime @ Newhope Library
Books, songs, rhymes and playtime
Santa Ana 03/04/2017 0-10
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Orange (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Orange 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Orange (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Orange 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Huntington Beach (South)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Huntington Beach 03/04/2017 5-12!
Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Store - Fountain Valley
Crafts for kids
Fountain Valley 03/04/2017 3-12
Interpretive Center @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
Live animals & natural history exhibits
Anaheim 03/04/2017 3-17
Discover Nature @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
Hike through Oak Canyon
Anaheim 03/04/2017 4-17
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Garden Grove
Fun and education hands-on projects
Garden Grove 03/04/2017 5-12!
Nature Walk @ O'Neil Regional Park
Walk while learning about animals and nature
Trabuco Canyon 03/04/2017 3-17
Family Storytime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime
Anaheim Hills 03/04/2017 1-7
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Huntington Beach (North)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Huntington Beach 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Anaheim (West)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Anaheim 03/04/2017 5-12!
Dana Point Festival of Whales @ Dana Point Harbor
Celebrate the migration of the whales
Dana Point 03/04/2017 0-17
Family Storytime @ Westminster Branch Library
Stories, songs and craft
Westminster 03/04/2017 0-10
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Fullerton
Fun and education hands-on projects
Fullerton 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Stanton
Fun and education hands-on projects
Stanton 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Westminster
Fun and education hands-on projects
Westminster 03/04/2017 5-12!
Family Storytime @ Yorba Linda Library
Stories, crafts & movies
Yorba Linda 03/04/2017 1-10
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Anaheim (East)
Fun and education hands-on projects
Anaheim 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Brea
Fun and education hands-on projects
Brea 03/04/2017 5-12!
Animal Feeding @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Feed reptiles and marine animals
Huntington Beach 03/04/2017 3-17
Redwood Hike @ Carbon Canyon Regional Park
1.1 mile easy hike
Brea 03/04/2017 3-17
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-Cypress
Fun and education hands-on projects
Cypress 03/04/2017 5-12!
Kids Workshops @ The Home Depot-La Habra
Fun and education hands-on projects
La Habra 03/04/2017 5-12!
Great Park Farmers Market @ Orange County Great Park
Variety of fresh and seasonal fruits and vegetables, breads and much more
Irvine 03/05/2017 0-17
Story Time in the Garden @ Orange County Great Park
Stories, songs, games
Irvine 03/05/2017 3-8
Free Family Days @ Orange County Museum of Art
Free admission
Newport Beach 03/05/2017 2-17
Community Day @ Back Bay Science Center
Tide pool touch tank, bird watching
Newport Beach 03/05/2017 4-17
Family Festival @ Bowers Museum
Music, crafts, face painting
Santa Ana 03/05/2017 2-17
Free Kids Fishing Clinic @ Dana Wharf
Dockside experience for young anglers!
Dana Point 03/05/2017 4-17
Nature Hike @ Caspers Wilderness Park
Easy 1-mile hike
San Juan Capistrano 03/05/2017 4-17
D. Yoder Family Sundays @ Casa Romantica
Free admission, kids program
San Clemente 03/05/2017 4-17
Target Free Day @ Children's Museum at La Habra
Workshops, performances, free entrance
La Habra 03/05/2017 1-10
Toddler Time @ El Toro Branch Library
Stories, songs, playtime
Lake Forest 03/06/2017 0-3
Story Time: Books & Babies @ Newport Beach Central Library
It's never too early for storytime!
Newport Beach 03/06/2017 0-2!
Story Time: Pajama Storytime @ Newport Beach Central Library
Just-before-bed storytime
Newport Beach 03/06/2017 3-7!
Itty Bitty Storytime @ Once Upon a Storybook
Rhymes, songs, rhythm instruments, tactile experiences, puppets
Tustin 03/06/2017 0-2
Morning Storytime @ El Modena Branch Library
Stories, fingerplays and songs
Orange 03/06/2017 0-5
Toddlertime @ East Anaheim Library Branch
Storytime for toddler
Anaheim Hills 03/06/2017 1-3
Stepping Up Storytime @ Anaheim Central Library
Storytime for one year olds
Anaheim 03/06/2017 1-1
Preschool Storytime @ Haskett Library
Storytime for preschoolers
Anaheim 03/06/2017 2-5
Preschool Storytime @ La Palma Branch Library
Stories, music, crafts
La Palma 03/06/2017 2-5
Family Park Play @ Orange County Great Park
Games, crafts, family activities
Irvine 03/11/2017 2-10
Shellmaker Island Discovery Tour @ Back Bay Science Center
Learn about Shellmaker Island’s rich history
Newport Beach 03/11/2017 5-17
Kite Party @ Huntington Beach Pier
Watch some of the best kite fliers
Huntington Beach 03/11/2017 4-17
Wetland Tour @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Free public tours
Huntington Beach 03/11/2017 4-17
Old Town Irvine Tour @ La Quinta Inn
Docent-led walking tour
Irvine 03/12/2017 5-17
Babychella @ Mason Regional Park
Family Art & Music festival
Irvine 03/12/2017 2-6
Restoration Day @ Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
Restore the Wetlands
Huntington Beach 03/12/2017 6-17
Story Apptations @ Huntington Beach-Central Library
Storytime using iPads
Huntington Beach 03/13/2017 3-5
Paws & Pals @ Once Upon a Storybook
Read aloud to a dog
Tustin 03/17/2017 5-12
Chapters Book Club for Middle Graders @ Once Upon a Storybook
Chapter book readers
Tustin 03/18/2017 6-9
Train Rides @ Fairview Park
Train Rides
Costa Mesa 03/18/2017 2-17
Kids'Art Studio @ Laguna Art Museum
Create a piece of art
Laguna Beach 03/19/2017 5-17
Swallows' Day Parade @ Historic Town Center Park
Largest non-motorized parade
San Juan Capistrano 03/25/2017 0-17
Family Science Sunday @ Muth Interpretive Center
Self-guided activities, craft, storytime
Newport Beach 03/26/2017 2-10
Birdhouse Making Workshop @ Casa Romantica
Make a birdhouse
San Clemente 04/07/2017 4-15
Interactive Pop Jet Fountain @ Fullerton Downtown Plaza
Water play area
Fullerton 05/01/2017 1-13
Interactive Water Play Area @ Stanton Central Park
Splash Pad, playground
Stanton 05/20/2017 1-13
Pioneer Road Park
Pioneer themed, 2 playgrounds, water play area
Tustin 05/26/2017 1-13
Sigler Park Splash Pad
Water play area
Westminster 05/28/2017 1-13
Lemon Park
Spray Pad, playground
Fullerton 05/28/2017 1-13
Spray Pool @ Adlena Park
Water play area
Fullerton 05/28/2017 1-13
Splash Pad Water Park @ Harry M. Dotson Park
Spray Pad, playground
Stanton 05/30/2017 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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