Boredom in Orange County is a rarity. You can go to theme parks, to the movies or beach, but sometimes you have to be careful of how much money you’re spending. Thankfully, there’s plenty to do that won’t empty your wallet; or bank account. In fact, there are so many free things to do in Orange County that are free. Keep your debit card in your wallet and have a great time in Orange County.
Keep your debit card in your wallet and have a great time in Orange County.
Great Park Movies On The Lawn
You could stay at home and try new recipes this summer, or go to Orange County’s Great Park for Movies on The Lawn June 5th through July 25th. While Food Trucks are on site for some great dining options, you don’t have to eat there. Instead, bring your own snacks from home, a blanket and you’re all set.
Visit Bowers Museum of Folk and cultural arts on the first Sunday of every month this summer and enjoy free access. There will be fun activities for the kids and beautiful works of art for the parents.
Music in The Park
Saturday nights can now be filled with music and crafts at Cypress Civic Center Green. Kids can do crafts starting at 5:30 pm and the music begins at 6 pm. Enjoy live music in the park starting June 6th through August 22nd.
Movies in The Mall
Not everyone enjoys entertainment outside, and that’s alright; just head down to Buena Park Mall and visit the Krikorian Metroplex 18. Every Tuesday this summer at 10 am or 12:30 pm you can bring the kids in for a free movie. Just make sure you’re early because seats disappear fast.
Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Laguna Canyon is home to this rescue center for sick and starving seals and sea lions. Bring the kids to see these beautiful creatures as they play in the water. The best part is, it’s free every day between 10 am and 4 pm. Catch these animals before they get set back into the wild.
Saddleback College is putting on a show, Mary Poppins, and it’s free. You can even find free parking in lot 9 with a tram that will take you right to the show. Shows start at 7:30 pm on July 10th through July 11th.
Discover the nature that’s right next door at the Newport Bay Conservancy. There you’ll find free nature walks that teach you about birds and nature that can be found in Newport Bay. Just one of the many things to do in the Newport area.
Man’s Best Friend
On August 8th from 10 am to 2 pm you can bring your four-legged friend to Stanton Park. There will be prizes, hot dog bobs, local vets and trainers ready to answer questions from the whole family. Be sure to wear a matching costume with your dog, as this is one of the categories to be judged.
Sherman Library and Gardens
This Summer, enjoy a stroll through one of the best garden walk experiences around. You can even enjoy free admission on Monday’s and kids under 12 years old are always free. If you can’t make it on Monday, admission is only $3 for adults and $1 for kids 12-16 years old.
The wetlands of Bolsa Chica are open to the public on the second Saturday of every month this summer. Enjoy a public tour from 10 am to noon.
If you thought you’ve seen bubbles, think again. Bubble-ology 101 can be found at Yorba Linda Public Library on July 2nd with performances at 1 pm, 3 pm, and 6:30 pm. See bubbles in a whole new way.
The new sprayground in laguna Niguel is holding a dedication ceremony on June 23rd at 9 am. There will be activities for kids and previews of the new features at Crown Valley Park. A big crowd is expected, so get here early to get your wristband to play in the new sprayground.
Sundays at 8 am visit Caspers Wilderness Park and take a guided family hike. One mile long, these hikes are a great way to get out of the house and into nature. While the hike is free, parking is $5. It’s also recommended to bring water and sunscreen.
Orange County is full of beaches and shops, festivals and walks some costing nothing and others costing a bit. No matter what your budget for the day or the weekend, you will never get bored in Orange County this Summer.