After more than a year of closures around Orange County and beyond, June 15 will mark the reopening of well-known attractions around Irvine, including several aspects of the Irvine Spectrum. The Irvine Spectrum has been highlighting soon-to-be reopened attractions, like the Giant Wheel and Carousel on social media, with a recent post on June 5, announcing an official reopening date.

In addition to the Spectrum’s Giant Wheel, the popular Carousel will also reopen for business on June 15. The Spectrum’s carousel has also been updated since it was open last March. Ticket and availability information will be posted here.

Another aspect of the Irvine Spectrum reopening to the public is the Spectrum Climber, a dimensional interactive sculpture. Standing more than 15 feet tall, the Spectrum Climber is a fun, safe physical activity that encourages problem solving and spatial thinking. 

Also open now is the Hello Kitty Cafe, which features dine-in seating, along with a full-bar. Comedy shows are also back at the Irvine Improv. Check out the list of June performances, which include Comedian Dane Cook, and Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.  

In terms of other services, Irvine Spectrum Valet services reopened on May 28.

Other group activities, like the Irvine Spectrum’s well-known The Escape Game, a challenging, interactive game in which groups need to “Escape” themed scenarios, has also reopened at the Irvine Spectrum. Both in person and virtual escape games are now available for booking.

Aside from the Irvine Spectrum there is still plenty going on around Irvine, including the return of Movies on the Lawn at the Orange County Great Park. This summer, Movies on the Lawn will begin on Saturday, June 26 to August 21.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, June 9, the Orange County Great Park posted more information regarding Movies on the Lawn, which would begin at the end of June:

“We can’t wait to bring the community back together for the return of Movies on the Lawn at the Orange County Great Park this summer. Join us various Saturday evenings, June 26-August 21, for a series of family-friendly movies screening outdoors. Bring a blanket or low-back chair, and enjoy one of our favorite summer activities from individual socially distanced picnic circles with your family and friends. Movies begin after sunset. Admission is free but advance registration is required. See a full schedule and get your tickets at

As Irvine gets ready for summer, reopening these Irvine-based activities should provide more fun-filled experiences for all ages, for the rest of year.

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