Family Activities 2017-12-16T08:34:19-08:00

Community Festivals & Fairs

Southern California’s beautiful weather and diverse communities allows for ongoing outdoors events and community festivals. This section provides a partial list of local family-friendly festivals. Be sure to check the website for accurate festival dates and times.

Eid Festival
July 1 & 2, 2017
Downtown Anaheim: 205 Center St. Promenade, Anaheim
(805) 619-8343

Irvine Global Village Festival
September 23, 2017 @ 10 am to 6 pm
Bill Barber Park
4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA

Orange County Fair
July 14 – August 16, 2017
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Orange County Lebanese Cultural Festival
St. John Maron Maronite Catholic Church
300 S Flower St., Orange, CA
(714) 940-0009 (check website for dates)

Greek Festival
405 N Dale St, Anaheim, CA 92801
(714) 827-0181 (check website for dates)

LA County Fair
1101 W. McKinley Ave., Pomona, CA 91768
Sept. 1 to 24, 2017

Norooz Festival & Persian New Year
Los Angeles, CA
(818) 288-4050 (see website for dates)

LA Greek Festival
Los Angeles
(323) 737-2424

Arab Film Festival
Los Angeles
November 2017
415 564.1100

Hermosa Beach Festival
Pier Plaza and Hermosa Ave and lower Pier Ave
Hermosa Beach
Memorial Day, Labor Day

Dollar Theaters

Valley Plaza 6
6355 Bellingham Ave, North Hollywood
$3 / $1.50 Tuesday & Sunday

Vintage Theaters Los Feliz 3 Cinemas
1822 Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles
Bargain price prior to 5pm: $6.50 / Children and seniors: $5.50

Regency Theatres Norwalk
13917 Pioneer Blvd, Norwalk
Matinee: $2.00 Before 6pm / Evening: $3.00 At and after 6pm

Simi Valley 10 Cinemas
1457 Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley
Matinee: $3.50 / Evening: $4.25

Academy Cinema in Pasadena
1003 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
Matinee: $2.00 Before 6pm / Evening: $3.00 At and after 6pm

Regency Theaters Towngate 8
12625 Frederick Street, Moreno Valley, CA 92553
(951) 653-5500

Terra Vista 6 Cinemas
10701 Town Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
$7-$8.50 new releases

Cinemark Movies 8
5546 Philadelphia St., Chino

Fontana 8
16741 Valley Boulevard, Fontana

Regal San Bernardino 14
450 N E St, San Bernardino
$6.25 and up, $1 Summer specials
(844) 462-7342

Dollar Theaters, also known as discount theatres, dollar movies, second-run theatres, and sub-run theatres, are movie theaters that show motion pictures for reduced prices after the films leave first-run theatres.

Parks and Recreation

Southern California is full of outdoor places to enjoy. It is one of the few places in the world where in one day you can swim in the ocean and drive a few hours to play in snow. Enjoying nature with a walk at the beach, a hike in a canyon or a barbecue at the park is a free and low cost activity for the whole family to enjoy. Local parks provide picnic areas, playgrounds, and sports fields. Your local parks and recreation department may also sponsor free or low-cost activities, such as play groups for children, sports teams, and activities for the elderly. In addition, state and national Parks office space for recreation and enjoyment of mountains Forest Lakes rivers and beaches. Many parks have regulations about the kinds of activities permit it. Some parts are free but others charge an admission fee.

There are a number of parks in the area that you and your family are welcome to visit. Depending on the scale of the park (local v. state), you can have picnics here, your children can play here, and your family can even enjoy a hike here. You are welcome to bring soccer balls, volleyballs, etc. Most parks are free to enter and are open to the general public, but some parks (state and national) often require an entrance or parking fee. Check online ahead of time.  Most parks close at sunset. Be sure to read the signs


Hiking is a physical activity that you can do by yourself or with your family or friends to connect with nature and detach yourself from the busy life in the city. Because we enjoy a sunny and warm weather almost all year round, we in Southern California are very lucky to have hiking trails accessible to us 365 days of the year.

Hiking in Southern California:

What you need to pack/prepare for hiking:

  • Wear supportive, closed footwear and comfortable socks. Hiking boots are best. If you do not have boots, wear comfortable shoes with thick supportive soles.
  • Make sure your attire is workout attire (jeans are not recommended)
  • Take plenty of water and hydrate prior to hike
  • Take snacks with you to enjoy throughout the hike
  • Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat during the summer season
  • Pack light so you do not burden yourself with heavy backpack
  • During hot weather, start early.
  • Let someone know that you are hiking, where, and how long you expect to hike.
  • Pack basic first aid supplies, including bandages, moleskin, tweezers, and antiseptic wipes
  • Make sure you are conditioned for long hikes. For example, if you are going on a 9-mile hike, try a 5-mile hike a week or two before, carrying the same gear on your back that you will have for the 9-mile. This gives you time to get comfortable with your bag, and to fix any weight-distribution problems in your packing, and also time to find a comfortable strap adjustment

Most famous Hiking trails in Southern California:

  • Potato Chip Rock on Mt. Woodson
  • Torrey Pines Hiking Trails
  • Iron Mountains Trail
  • Escondido Falls
  • Bridge to Nowhere in San Gabriel Mountains
  • Mt. San Jacinto
  • Ice House Canyon Trail
  • Mt. Wilson Trail
  • Mishe Mokwa Trail to Sandstone Peak
  • Kelso Dunes
  • San Clemente Beach Trail
  • Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

Huntington Central Park Shipley Nature Center
Parking at Goldenwest & Talbert
Huntington Beach
(714) 842-4772

The Great Park Irvine
1 Civic Center Plaza
(949) 724-6247

Haster Basin Recreational Park
12952 Lampson Ave
Garden Grove
(714) 973-6600

Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd,
(714) 973-3160

Fullerton Arboretum
1900 Associated Road
Fullerton, CA 92831
(657) 278-3407

Niguel Botanical Preserve
29751 Crown Valley Parkway
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 425-5100

The Hortense Miller Garden
22511 Allview Terrace, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-0716

Sherman Library and Gardens
2647 E Coast Highway, Corona del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 673-2261

Cerritos Sculpture Garden
18125 Bloomfield Ave, Cerritos, CA 90703

The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Rd, San Moreno, CA 91108

Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
(626) 821-3222
$9 and under

South Coast Botanic Garden
26300 Crenshaw Boulevard, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
(310) 544-1948
$9 and under

Exposition Rose Garden
701 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
9am-Sunset. Closed Jan 1 to Mar 15.

Descanso Gardens
1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
(818) 949-4200
$9 and under

The Japanese Garden
6100 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91406
$5 and under
M-Th 11am-4pm, Sun 10am-4pm

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-4200
$20 and under

The Huntington Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108
$25 and under
M-F 12-4:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30-4:30pm, Tu closed

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
1500 North College Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-8767
8am-5pm daily

UC Riverside Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens Drive, Riverside, CA 92521
$5 donation
(951) 784-6962

San Bernardino Valley Water Conservation Demonstration Garden
5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino, CA 92407
Free, classes/workshops

Chino Basin Water Conservation District Gardens/Park
4594 San Bernardino St., Montclair, CA 91763
Free, classes/workshops

Maloof Discovery Garden
5131 Carnelian Street, Alta Loma, CA 91701
Free, Th/Sat 12-4pm

Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park
6075 Kimball Avenue, Chino, CA 91708
Free, open daily

Western Municipal Water District Conservation Garden
450 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside CA 92508
Free, 10am-4pm daily


This section contains information pertaining to a variety of art, cultural, natural history, and science museums located in Orange County and Los Angeles County. These museums are institutions that care for and collect artifacts and objects of artistic, cultural, historical and scientific value. Fees and visiting hours vary per each museums. Some of these museums are free on some days to the public.

To see a list museums that offer free admission, please visit before planning your visit.

Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Dr
(949) 759-1122
Adults $10, Children Free
Contemporary, Modern Art

241 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Changing exhibitions about the arts, knowledge, entertainment, culture and local history

Bowers Museum
2002 N. Main Street
Santa Ana
(714) 567-3600
Orange County history, Native American, African, Pre-Columbian and Asian art, paintings, South American ethnographic items, decorative arts, natural history

Muckenthaler Cultural Center
1201 W. Malvern Avenue
Cultural arts center with exhibit gallery

Laguna Art Museum
307 Cliff Dr. Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Laguna Beach
Free to public first Thursday evening of every month

5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90036
323 857-6000

Natural History Museum
900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
(213) 763-DINO

California Science Center
700 Exposition Park Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90037

250 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 626-6222

24 Orange Tree Lane, Redlands, California 92374

Riverside Art Museum
3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA, 92501
Free – $5

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Tu-Sat 12-5, Free-$3
(951) 827-4787