Summer Activities For Kids In Orange County

20 Things To Do With Your Kids This Summer!

Looking for some fun activities to do with your kids in Orange County this summer? Check out some of our favorites here!

1-The OC Fair The Orange County Fair opens July 11 and runs through August 10th! With some pre-planning, you can take advantage of some of the cool deals like the Read and Ride Program (read 2 books, gets 3 carnival rides) and We Care Wednesdays (free admission and (1) carnival ride with a donation of the selected item. Check out a complete list of discounts here

2-Crafts at the Sawdust Festival

Head over to the Laguna Beach Sawdust Festival for some fun art activities! The Sawdust Festival runs from June 27th to August 31st, and  offers daily art activities for kids (most are at no charge, some have a materials fee). Classes are offered by age range, and it is suggested that you schedule your child ahead of time to ensure availability. To see the full list of classes visit here. Admission is required for entrance, but they have some great promotions, including free admission for kids who download and bring in this coloring page

3-Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express

 For 9 weeks during the summer months, Regal Theaters offer a fun list of summer movies for kids for just a $1! The movies are pre-selected and are only offered on specific days and times. To find a participating theater by you, visit

4-Crafting at Michaels Stores

Beat the heat and head in to your local Michaels Store for their fun classes for Kids--Kids Club and Passport to Your Imagination. Classes as low as $2.  Learn more here

5-Fresh Beat Band Concert

 If you kids love Nick Jr., they probably love the Fresh Beat Band! The fresh beat crew will be performing live at the OC Fair on Friday, August 1st! Ticket prices start at $24, which includes entrance into the fair. Right now, Gold Star is running a promotional ticket price

6-Ride the MetroLink

For all those train loves out there, why not take a short train ride on the Metrolink! With several stops in Orange County, you can plan a return train ride. With each paid adult, 3 children under the age of 5 ride free. We love starting at the Irvine Station, and taking a quick ride to San Juan Capistrano to visit the Zoomars Petting Zoo or just stop for lunch. Kids love it! For those who want to keep riding all day, the Metrolink offers a $10 weekend day pass which allows  a rider to ride anytime, anywhere system-wide on either Saturday or Sunday. Check it out here

7-Family Art Day at the Festival of Arts

)Saturday, July 19th.  Family Art Day at the Festival of Arts is the most fun-filled, art-filled and enchantment-filled day of the entire summer for Orange County families! Family Art Day is designed for and around children. When they arrive, kids will get a booklet full of coupons redeemable for special activities and treats.

  • Ceramics in the Art Center
  • “Art Quest” – an art exhibit treasure hunt where they will answer kid-friendly questions by investigating different exhibits throughout the grounds
  • Marionette Show
  • Face painting, Balloon art, Hat making and more!
  • Even free lunch for the kids

Learn more here

8-Hop on the Laguna Beach Trolley

Park close to one of the southern trolley stops, and take a free ride into the heart of Laguna Beach. Grab some ice cream, check out the tide pools or just enjoy the ride and the cool breeze! For a complete listing of hours od operation and stops, visit

9-Picnic at the Irvine Park Railroad

The Irvine Park Railroad is well known for their amazing holiday festivities, but it's also a great place to visit all year round with a fun train ride, pony rides, and lots of shade and grass for picnics. Be sure to download coupons before you go here

10-Free Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning

Every week on Saturdays, Lakeshore Learning hosts a free craft activity for kids! Each day is a different theme and a different activity. This summer's line up includes a silly summer cap, octopus decorating and more. Learn more here

11-Kaleidoscope Free Summer Time Fun Series  

On Tuesday's during the summer, the Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo offers a series of fun kids activities including song writing, lego time and more! Check it out here

12-Home Depot Free Workshops for Kids

Home Depot offers fun free kids classes for the builders in your family. Find a location by you and see a listing of their upcoming classes here

13-Lowe's Build and Grow Clinics

Another great one for those who love to build, create and imagine! These fun activities are offered on Saturdays at 10:00am. For a complete schedule of Clinics Visit

14- Cool Off at Splash Parks

There are some fun splash parks around town! Check out a few of them that we love! Some are only accessible to community residents.

15- Summer Camps in OC

Check out our list of great camps in Orange County!

16- Kids Bowl Free at Participating Bowling Alleys

Beat the heat and with a fun day of bowling. Kids bowl free at participating lanes.

17- Watermelon Tours at Tanaka Farms

Nothing is some symbolic of summer than watermelons! Visit Tanaka Farms in Irvine for a fun wagon ride, fruit and vegetable tasting and take home your own watermelon! For more information of dates, times and reservations, visit

18- Summer Deals at Big Air Trampoline Park 

Big Air Trampoline Park in Laguna Hills is offering some great deals this summer. Check out a complete listing here

19- John Wayne Airport Free Guided Tours

Watch the planes take off and take a free guided tour of the Thomas F. Riley Terminal. A "Fun Guide," with educational pages and games, is available free of charge to youngsters. Reservations are required

20- Local Library Story Times

Local libraries around the county, offer free weekly story times. Find your local library for schedules.

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