FUN and FREE in the OC! (mostly)


Outdoor Activities

-Bella Terra Kids Club Mondays 10:30 near the theater

-Centennial Farm M-F 1-4

-Crystal Cove: free jewelry making Wednesdays 10-4

-Irvine Railroad Park: free train ride and buy 1 get 1 free zoo entry (with coupons found online)

-ExplorOcean: free Science Saturdays and Sundays and $4 preschool story telling and activities.

-Muth Interpretive Center: free (closed Mondays)
$5 activities at 10:30 on Thursdays and Fridays and free movies once a month.

-ENC: free
$5 field trips for preschool groups (min. 10)

-Great resources for hikes and outdoor activities!


-Sunset and Picnic Hike in Silverado Canyon with cake and a campfire Sat. May 3 4-7

-ENC Spring Faire Sunday May 4 10-3

Centennial Farm Discovery Day May 9, 12, 29 and June 3 from 9-noon (reservations not required for groups of <6)

-Estuary Awareness Day at Back Bay Science Center Sat. June 7 10-3

-Coyote Canyon Community Expo Saturday May 17 9:30-2

Indoor Activities

1st Sunday at Bowers Museum and Kidseum
1st Tuesday free at Page Museum, Natural History Museum (except July and August)
1st Thursday free at Hutnington Library
1st Saturday at La Habra Children’s Museum
2nd Sunday at OCMA
2nd Tuesday free at the Autry Museum, LACMA
Newport Sports Museum, The Ghetty, Griffith Observatory, and California Science Center always free!

-Pretend City: free tickets when you complete the developmental questionnaire

-A list of great local nature centers

-Newport Beach Libraries have amazing events and story/activity times for little ones


-OC Fair: Opening day and “We Care” Wednesdays promotions July11-Aug10

-Buster Balloon appearances at OC libraries: San Juan 7/2, Buena Park 7/17, Westminster 7/23, Seal Beach 7/28, Ladera Ranch 7/31

-Adventure Playground in Huntington Beach Central Park: $3/child adults are free
June 17-Aug 14 (closed Sunday)

-Shakespeare by the Sea June 12-Aug 16(from Manhattan Beach to Laguna Niguel)

-Great American Backyard Campout Sat June 28

-A list of splash pads in Orange County

-Movies at the Dunes

-Triangle Square free summer movies (and free popcorn with drink purchase with coupon found online)

-Reading Programs at the library, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa Chapel Store, OC Fair and Barnes and Noble

-And last but not least, summer concerts in the park!

Homeschool deals

$5 skating with rentals Mondays 10:50-11:50

Legoland $25 Mondays (10 ticket min. advanced purchase required)

Sea world $6 on homeschool days limited hours (10 ticket min. advanced purchase required)

Chic-Fil-A and California Pizza Kitchen tours available, ask your local restaurant!

Websites worth checking out:


Beall Center Family Days in Spring and Fall

Patchwork Festival in Spring and Fall May 25 in Long Beach and June 15 in Santa Ana

Knott’s Merry Farm

What else???

2 responses »

  1. Thanks for including a link to Nature Play Trips by! I’m a mom of two like you, who just want to share all the amazing outdoor opportunities we have in OC.

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