LOS ANGELES DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER
Located in Santa Ana, the Discovery Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young minds about science, math and technology through more than 100 interactive exhibits and programs. Recently recognized as one of the Best Science Centers in the country by Parents Magazine, the Discovery Science offers more than 59,000 square feet of science-fun.
Discovery Science Center is open 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Discovery Science Center
2500 N. Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92705
FUN WITH SCIENCE
A great, free place to bring the kids – or kids at heart – this summer is the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The center was revamped in 1998 to include hands-on activities that make learning science fun!
For hours of operation and information on exhibits at the "California Science Center":
For more information on the dolphins and whales of Southern California:
COMMUNITY BEACH HOUSE
The Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica was once the home of actress Marion Davies. William Randolph Hearst built the 110-room mansion for her in the 1930s. Today the property is open to the public to enjoy its original pool surrounded by state of the art facilities including a café, locker room, meeting rooms, volleyball courts and children's play areas.
Admission: Adults $10, Children $4, Senior citizens $5 and a family of four is $24. Parking is $10.
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402
"The Children's Museum at La Habra" opened in December 1977 and is located in a historic 1923 Train Depot. It features seven galleries and 14 different hands-on exhibits. Children are encouraged to express their creativity and the museum shows how important play is to learning, developing skills and expressing creativity.
$7 per person, $6 La Habra residents, children under 2 are free
Children's Museum at La Habra
301 South Euclid Street
La Habra, CA 90631
EYE TO THE STARS
The Mount Wilson Observatory, located in the San Gabriel Mountains, is a world-class historical landmark celebrating its centennial anniversary. Some say this is where modern astronomy was born. Mount Wilson is geared-up to continue its discoveries well into the 21st century and beyond.
The observatory is open to visitors every day from the first weekend of April through the last weekend of November, weather permitting.
Mt. Wilson Observatory
MWI Mountain Operations Office
Mt. Wilson, CA 91023
THROUGH THE LENS
If you're a photographer or simply a photography fan, there's a new place in Century City to view images from some of the most renowned names in the field. It's called the "Annenberg Space for Photography" and admission is free.
For more information on the "Annenberg Space for Photography," their current exhibits, and upcoming "Iris Nights" discussions:
AN ACTOR'S HACIENDA
"Leo Carrillo Ranch," also known as "Rancho de los Kiotes," is an historic ranch in Carlsbad. The ranch was the creation of the late actor Leo Carrillo. Inspired by his childhood, Carrillo developed this ranch to honor his Hispanic heritage and ancestors. This tranquil hacienda is reminiscent of early California and has become a getaway for many Southern California residents. Considered Carlsbad's "Sleeping Beauty," the ranch is open to the public for self-guided tours, special movie nights, school trips and much more.
To visit or for more information about the Leo Carrillo Ranch:
Target Free First Sundays: Free access to the museum, Kidseum, and all activities on the first Sunday of every month through December 2009, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children under 6 are always free.
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA 92704
CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM
Admission is free.
600 State Drive-Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037
FAMILY FUN AT FORD AMPHITHEATRE
Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
Children are free, adults $5
Ford Amphitheatre - Summer 2009
2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East
Hollywood, CA 90068
7/4: Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company [Native Dances]
7/11: The On Ensemble [Japanese Drumming]
7/25: Masanga Marimba [Zimbabwean marimbas]
8/1: J.U.I.C.E [Deejaying & Breakdancing]
8/8: DreamDance II [Graceful Choreography]
8/15: Celtic Spring [Irish Performers]
8/22: Helios Dance Theater [Storytelling]
8/29: Hula Halau Ka Lehua Uluwehi I Ka Lani [Expressive Hula]
JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM
Free general admission every Thursday from 5 - 8 p.m. and every third Thursday of the month. Target Free Second Saturdays thru December 2009, except August, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
369 East First Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
SUMMER CONCERT SERIES AT LEVITT PAVILION IN MACARTHUR PARK
July 8-September 13, free admission, over 50 concerts
Levitt Pavilion-Macarthur Park Los Angeles
2230 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
Every Wednesday @ 7:30pm Latin Music
7/8: Gabby Villanueva [Pop Rock]
7/22: Estani [Contemporary Tejano]
8/12- La Santa Cecilia [Latin Jazz]
8/26: Flaco Jimenez [Tex-Mex]
9/9: RADAID [Electronic Jazz]
Every Thursday @ 7:30pm World Music
7/9: Lili Haydn [Electronic Rock]
7/23: Morley [Modern Soul]
8/6: Black Violin [Hip Hop Classical]
8/20: Elan [Dance Reggae]
9/10: Brokedown Cadillac [Country Rock]
Every Friday @ 7:30pm Night Rhythms
7/10: Mandrill [Funk/R&B/Latin/Jazz]
7/24: La Fanfare du Belgistan [Macedonian/Belgium]
8/7: Vagabond Opera [Electronic]
8/14: UPGROUND [Latin Ska]
9/4: Volumen Cero [Rock'n Roll]
Every Saturday @ 7:30pm American Roots
7/11: Trey Hensley [Country]
7/18: Jim Lauderdale [Bluegrass]
8/1: The Chapin Sisters [Alternative Country]
8/15: BettySoo [Pop Folk]
9/12: La Sonora Dinamita [Latin]
Every Sunday @ 6:30pm Target Children's Night
7/12: Hudson Vagabond Puppets [Spanish Storytelling]
7/26: Youth Talent Night [Various]
8/9: Aaron Nigel Smith & The FUNdamentals Band [Up-tempo]
8/23: David Kirton [Folk]
9/13: Conjunto Hueyapan [Latin]
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Free admission after 5 p.m., vehicles entering 6th Street parking garage at 7 p.m. park for free. On the second Tuesday of each month, general admission to the permanent galleries and non-ticketed exhibitions is free to all.
Target Free Holiday Mondays with special programming and free admission for all on September 7, Labor Day, and October 12, Columbus Day.
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
MUSEUM OF LATIN AMERICAN ART
Target Free Sundays every Sunday through December 2009, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children under 12 are always free.
628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
ORANGE COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
Admission is free for all on Target Free Second Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is always free for children under 12.
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
PACIFIC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Target Symphony in the Cities free performances take place in Mission Viejo (Aug. 1), Irvine (Aug. 2) and Lake Forest (Aug. 16). Each concert begins at 7 p.m. The Musical Playground for kids starts at 5:30 p.m.
3631 S. Harbor Blvd. Suite 100
Santa Ana, CA 92704
SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA
Admission is free and all seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.
397 W. 11th Street
San Pedro, CA 90731
Eye on L.A.: Fun stuff for summer