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Free in the O.C. August 2015

Every day of the week there is something free to do!

Alex McNally, 4, holds up his "Rock Star Fishes" painting during the Kids' Art Studio day at the Laguna Art Museum. The free program on the third Sunday of every month allows children and their families to produce a piece of art from start to finish.


The Children’s Museum La Habra offers Target Free Day on one Sunday each month so kids can play in the museum’s interactive exhibits. This month’s free day is Aug. 2 and the theme is Critter Quest. The museum is open 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. lhcm.org

The Laguna Art Museum offers a free children’s art studio every third Sunday of the month. Kids and parents can create a work of art based on pieces in the museum. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate. The art studio takes place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. lagunaartmuseum.org


Children will love Pajamarama Storytime at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach every Monday. Kids can listen to stories and are encouraged to wear their pajamas. Story time begins at 7 p.m. bn.com

Learn about marine mammals at the Pacific Marine Mammal Center in Laguna Beach, where sick or injured sea lions and seals are rehabilitated and nursed back to health. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. pacificmmc.org


Have a blast at Surf City Nights in Huntington Beach from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Tuesday night. Kids can jump in bounce houses, ride a pony or just dance to the live music performances. A farmers market is also featured along with dozens of other vendors. surfcitynights.com

Enjoy a free, musical family story time at the Tustin Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. every Tuesday. For the 7 p.m. reading, kids are encouraged to wear their pajamas and bring blankets and stuffed animals. ocpl.org


Brea Concerts in the Park series continues with performances from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5, Aug. 12 and Aug. 19. Each week features different music including Latin Jazz and salsa, ’80s hits and big band and swing music. It’s fun for the whole family. cityofbrea.net 

At the Orange County Museum of Art, kids ages 12 and younger are always free. Check out new exhibits and learn about different art. Museum hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays. ocma.net


Kids bowl for free all summer long at participating bowling alleys in Orange County, including Anaheim Concourse Entertainment Center, Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley and Irvine Lanes in Irvine. Registration is required. kidsbowlfree.com

Make Thursdays about art and head down to the Huntington Beach Art Walk in downtown Huntington Beach from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every third Thursday of the month. Check out various kinds of artwork from experienced and new artists and even get the chance to meet some artists face to face. hbdowntown.com


Continue the summer fun with free movies in the park in Fountain Valley on Fridays this month. Movies being shown include “How to Train Your Dragon” at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at Green Valley Park, Disney’s “Up” at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Vista View Park and Disney’s “Frozen” at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Harper Park. fountainvalley.org

Stock up on fresh fruits and veggies at the farmers market every Friday in Laguna Hills. Open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Laguna Hills Mall. orange.cfbf.com/FarmersMarkets.aspx


Every first Sunday of the month the San Clemente Village Art Fair offers a variety handmade arts and crafts. Dozens of vendors and booths will have artwork and crafts on display starting at 9 a.m. villagesanclemente.org

Take a tour through the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in Huntington Beach and discover amazing displays of wildlife and different ecosystems. The interpretive center offers unique exhibits that are bound to dazzle kids of all ages. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. amigosdebolsachica.org/tours.HTM

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