Summer is in full swing, and Orange County is brimming with family fun events that are perfect for kids that aren’t just beaches or amusement parks. Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, Orange County offers a ton of exciting options that won’t break the bank before kids return to school this fall.
Movies Under the Stars
Grab a blanket, some snacks, and head to one of Orange County’s inviting locales that host free outdoor movie screenings! OC Parks offers an annual Sunset Cinema Series in several different city parks around OC while Irvine Spectrum Center hosts their Spectrum Summer Cinema on their Giant Wheel lawn, where families can enjoy beloved films at no cost.
Explore the vibrant art scene in Orange County by attending one of the many affordable or free art walks held throughout the summer! The Downtown Fullerton Art Walk, held on the first Friday of each month, showcases local artwork and often features live music and street performers. The Laguna Beach First Thursdays Art Walk offers a similar experience, with galleries open to the public and free shuttle services to explore the art district.
Nature Trails and Parks
Orange County is home to several breathtaking nature trails and parks that provide opportunities for outdoor adventures that cost little to nothing to enjoy to their fullest. Irvine Regional Park, located in Orange, offers a range of activities such as hiking, picnicking, and even train and pony rides for a small fee. Carbon Canyon Regional Park in Brea is known for its scenic trails, including a short hike to see the famous Redwood Grove. Both parks have nominal parking fees.
Summer Concerts in the Park
Many cities in Orange County organize free summer concerts in local parks. Tustin’s Concerts in the Park series at Peppertree Park offers a variety of musical genres, inviting families to bring their blankets and enjoy the performances for free. The Cypress Summer Concerts on the Green series at Cypress Civic Center Green features live music and offers a family-friendly atmosphere at no cost.