Family Activities

First Night Monterey 2024

 
12/31/23
 
 
Old Monterey District

A community celebration of the arts, First Night Monterey is an affordable, alcohol-free family celebration held on New Year’s Eve, 3pm-midnight, in the heart of Downtown Old Monterey. Join us as we dance, play, act, perform, create and sing our way into 2024! Featuring multiple performance venues. Purchase your admission button here.

$2 Tuesday Movie Night at Stanton

 
7/18/23
 
$2
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

Grab $2 and join Stanton Center for a screening of a classic movie in our intimate theatre! This is a great chance for you to sit back and relax. Films subject to change - call for film title, 831-372-2608.

Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. Cash at the door only; please have exact change. Refreshments available for purchase on site.

Monterey Trunk-or-Treat & Outdoor Screening of "Hocus Pocus"

 
10/22/22
 
free
 
Colton Hall Lawn

Monterey Recreation and Monterey Firefighters Community Foundation present a Trunk-or-Treat and Movie in the Park on Saturday, October 22 on the lawn of Colton Hall. This family-friendly event is free.

Come dressed in costume to trunk-or-treat, 5pm-6:30pm, when we'll have fire engines and activities for kids. The screening of the Disney film Hocus Pocus will begin at 7pm. Free popcorn and cotton candy available.

Red Engine Rides at MY Museum

 
2/24/24
 
$25
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites you and your children ages 3+ to join us on Saturday, February 24, as we partner with Red Engine Rides for a cruise around town. We're offering 15 minute rides in an open-air fire engine for $25 per person. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Rides depart every half hour, 10am-11:30am. Advance reservations required.

Sundays at Stanton: a Classic Film Event

 
2/4/24
 
$5
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

The Stanton Center invites you to Sundays at Stanton , a weekly classic film experience. Join us every Sunday for an afternoon of timeless cinema and community connection. It's a celebration of the art of storytelling, offering a nostalgic escape into the world of classic films.

Doors open at 12:30pm, and the film starts promptly at 1pm. Admission is $5 or free with paid museum entry.

Author Talk with Nidhi Chanani at Stanton Center

 
1/19/24
 
free
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

The Monterey Public Library and Monterey History and Art Association are teaming up to bring you an author talk with Nidhi Chanani on Friday, January 19 at 3:45pm at Stanton Center. Doors open at 3:15pm. The...

Free Family Fun Day at Monterey Museum of Art

 
2/3/24
 
free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art presents a Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm. Enjoy free admission to the Museum and experience our exhibitions with the whole family.

Featured activities include colorful landscape collage, tote bag painting, 3D produce crafts, and journal making with the National Steinbeck Center.

Sundays at Stanton: a Classic Film Event

 
1/7/24
 
$5
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

The Stanton Center invites you to Sundays at Stanton , a weekly classic film experience. Join us every Sunday for an afternoon of timeless cinema and community connection. It's a celebration of the art of storytelling, offering a nostalgic escape into the world of classic films.

Doors open at 12:30pm, and the film starts promptly at 1pm. Admission is $5 or free with paid museum entry.

Artist Storytelling with Edi Matsumoto at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/10/23
 
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art presents a storytelling time with Iluminado exhibition artist Edi Matsumoto on Sunday, December 10, 2pm-3pm. Edi will be assisted by students from Monterey High School, who will act out the story.

Join Edi to hear the story of the traditional Japanese story of the Tanabata, in which the deities and lovers Orihime and Hikoboshi are separated by the Milky Way, only allowed to meet once a year on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar.

Noon Year's Eve Party at MY Museum 2023

 
12/31/23
 
$10/$20
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

Ring in the New Year at a kid-friendly hour this year! Join MY Museum 10am-12:15pm for an unforgettable celebration complete with noisemakers, face painting, and party hats. Watch the Noon Year’s Ball light up as we countdown together. Reservations are required.

Winter Art Market at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/16/23
 
Free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Join Monterey Museum of Art on Pacific Street for a cozy and creative shopping experience at our Winter Art Market on Saturday, December 16, 11am-2pm. Held inside the wondrous Iluminado exhibition, visitors are invited to participate in various art prompts, support local businesses, and find the perfect gifts for the holiday season! Admission is free.

Iluminado: Free Family Fun Day at Monterey Museum of Art

 
12/2/23
 
free
 
Monterey Museum of Art

Monterey Museum of Art presents a Free Family Fun Day on Saturday, December 2, 11am-3pm. Drop by the Museum for a fun-filled afternoon with our interactive art installation, Iluminado .

Meet the artists behind the magical trees of the exhibit, exercise your creativity, and contribute to the evolving exhibition. Featured activities include: paper leaves with messages, mural painting, and pattern-making with wooden blocks.

Brighten the Harbor Boat Parade 2023

 
12/3/23
 
free
 
Custom House Plaza

The Monterey Peninsula Yacht Club presents Brighten the Harbor , a lighted boat parade. Watch boats beautifully decorated for the holidays cruise along the Monterey Coast.

Holiday Book Sale at Monterey Public Library 2023

 
12/8/23
 
 
Monterey Public Library

Monterey Public Library Friends and Foundation is hosting a Holiday Book Sale Dec. 8 & 9, 10am-4pm, in the Community Room of the Library. You'll find gently used books across all genres. Proceeds will benefit Monterey Public Library.

Holiday Show Open House at Youth Arts Collective 2023

 
11/18/23
 
free
 
Youth Arts Collective

Youth Arts Collective invites you to view our artists' 2023 Holiday Show in person during our open house events on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9, 12pm-4pm. Enjoy the artwork and don't miss the opportunity to take home a stunning piece right away if you decide to make a purchase.

YAC's Holiday Art Show will run through December. Can't make it to one of our open houses? View the show online here.

Youth Day at International Market and Deli

 
11/25/23
 
free
 
International Market & Deli

On Saturday, November 25, International Market and Deli will host children's art activities and snack-making, offer food samples for all ages, and hold a cooking demonstration for adults at 2pm. We'll also serve complimentary tea to all our guests. More details here.

In celebrating the arrival of the holiday season, we're focusing on activities for all ages encouraging peace, tolerance, and mutual understanding for a better future.

Christmas in the Adobes 2023

 
12/8/23
 
$30/$45
 
Custom House Store

Christmas in the Adobes on December 8 & 9 is Monterey's signature holiday event! Stroll the streets of Monterey and stop in at any one of the many decorated adobes with soft holiday lights and entertainment. The event supports Monterey State Historic Park children's educational programs and the restoration of the historic First Theatre.

Tickets are $30 per night for adults and free for children and youth age 17 and under. A 2-night Gold Pass is available for $45. Reserve your tickets online today.

Ice Skating by the Bay 2023

 
11/24/23
 
$15/$13
 
Custom House Plaza

Celebrate the holidays at Ice Skating by the Bay's seasonal ice skating rink, open daily November 24 - December 31 . At Custom House Plaza, located behind Portola Hotel & Spa in Old Monterey, skaters can spend the day in a winter wonderland by the Bay.

Admission is $15 for adults, $13 for children 12 & under. Skate rental fee is $5.

Traditional Tree Lighting on Colton Hall Lawn 2023

 
12/1/23
 
Free
 
Colton Hall Lawn

All are cordially invited to the Historic Downtown Monterey Traditional Tree Lighting Celebration on Friday, December 1, 5pm-6pm. Join us on the lawn in front of Colton Hall to share in this much-loved holiday event.

Enjoy cookies, cider, live music and caroling, and the lighting of the tree to bring in the holiday season. Monterey's Mayor and members of the City Council will be present and KMBY 1240 AM / 95.9 FM will broadcast the event live.

Red Engine Rides at MY Museum

 
12/9/23
 
$25
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites you and your children ages 3+ to join us on Saturday, December 9, as we partner with Red Engine Rides for a cruise around town. We're offering 15 minute rides in an open-air fire engine for $25 per person. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Rides depart every half hour, 10am-11:30am. Advance reservations required.

Kids' Gingerbread House Extravaganza 2023 at MY Museum

 
12/2/23
 
$40/$45
 
Monterey County Youth Museum

MY Museum invites children to get festive and join us in decorating your own gingerbread houses. There will be lots of icing and candy canes, swirly twirly gum drops, and tons more candy to make your house look truly extraordinary. Reservations are required - register online here .

Celebrate the Return of Historic Western Flyer Boat to Monterey

 
11/4/23
 
free
 
Fisherman's Wharf

After 75 years, the historic Western Flyer - the sardine fishing boat immortalized by John Steinbeck's 1951 classic book, The Log from the Sea of Cortez - will return to her home port of Monterey. Join the free celebration at the end of Old Fisherman's Wharf (California Dock) on Saturday, November 4, 11am-4pm.

Festivities will include a boat parade, tours of the docked Western Flyer , live music, a prize drawing, art and science activities, giveaways, and more. All are welcome!

Winter Stanton Art Market

 
12/3/23
 
free
 
Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center

Immerse yourself in a captivating showcase of local talent and creativity at the Winter Stanton Art Market, where artists from our very own community come together to share their extraordinary work. Explore a diverse array of paintings, sculptures, crafts, and more, all created with passion and skill right here in our vibrant town.

Halloween Storytime and Parade for Kids

 
10/26/23
 
free
 
Colton Hall Lawn

Join Monterey Public Library staff for a special spooky Halloween Storytime and Parade for children on the lawn of Colton Hall, 10:15am-11:15am. Be sure to wear your favorite costumes.

Visit "Rababank" at Escape Room 831

Monterey, CA

Escape Room 831 invites you to channel your inner criminal and rob a bank! Here at 599 Lighthouse Avenue, we're located in a former bank building with an old vault, so what better place to see if you can put your criminal tendencies to a completely legal use?

"Rababank" presents 2-6 guests at a time with a series of analog and digital puzzles to solve in 1 hour. With an exciting story, lighting and sound effects, and an experienced escape room guide, it's a lot of fun. Book your visit online today.

Horror Author Francesca Maria at Current Comics

 
10/28/23
 
 
Current Comics

Current Comics presents a book signing by author Francesca Maria on Saturday, October 28, 1pm-4pm. Francesca Maria is the creator of The Black Cat Chronicles , a true horror comic book series, as well as a short story collection, They Hide: Short Stories to Tell in the Dark.