Young Explorers Academy

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The Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center  is for children ages 3-6. They will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

Bring your young explorer on the first Saturday of every month for the Young Explorers Academy! July’s theme is “Living in Space”,

Spaghetti, milkshakes, walking: all things astronauts of the International Space Station must go without while orbiting around the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour. Students in this class will learn what astronauts and cosmonauts do as part of the ISS crew. Eating, personal hygiene, and exercising are adaptive to the loss of gravity. Students will also be introduced to other careers in aerospace engineering and science related fields.

  • When: Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.

Ways to Register:

– Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

– Online through ActiveNet

– In-person

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Take the Pledge!

Every year, nearly 200 people are killed in drunk driving crashes during the Fourth of July holiday. That’s why this Fourth of July weekend, MADD has partnered with Uber to keep drunk drivers off the road. As part of this nationwide public service campaign, MADD is asking everyone to help us support this important mission by taking the pledge to designate a non-drinking driver this holiday weekend.

In addition, Uber will match all donations made through this campaign during the holiday weekend – July 1 through July 5 – up to $25,000!

Take the Pledge  to help keep my loved ones, and everyone on the road safe. PLEASE, pledge not to drive if you’ve been drinking this 4th of July.

Nature Tour at Nature Interpretive Center

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 The City of Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center offers a docent led Nature Tour on the first Saturday of each month. This walk explores the ecology and natural history of the area and is approximately 2 hours and covers approximately 1.5 miles in distance.

This walk requires RSVP to either wqintern@danapoint.org or (949) 248-3527, and has a maximum capacity of 10 individuals.  Please call the Nature Interpretive Center at (949) 248-3527 for more information.

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  • When: 1st Saturday of Every Month from 9:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Where: Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center is located at 34558 Scenic Drive, Dana Point, California 92629
  • Cost: FREE

Junior Chef Classes

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Williams-Sonoma has a new menu in store for the July Junior Chef classes. These FREE classes for kids show them how fun and easy cooking can be. They’ll to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.Image from Williams-Sonoma.com

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Saturday, July 4, 2105 – Join us to make a lattice-crusted blueberry pie and a berry fruit crisp! Kids will learn how to roll out pastry dough, cut a lattice crust, and use seasonal fruit to create delicious filling for their favorite desserts. Suitable for ages 5-13.

July_Jr_chef1Saturday, July 11, 2015 – Salt is an amazing way to bring out the flavors in everything you cook. We’ll teach you how to cook on a salt plate, from Chicken and Corn Quesadillas to Chocolate Chip Cookies! Then we’ll teach you how to use different flavored salts on your favorite foods, from popcorn to veggies skewers. Suitable for ages 8-13.

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Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Looking for fun snacks to make in the Vitamix? This class is for you! You’ll learn how to make the perfect hummus, sorbet, a purple smoothie, and more! Suitable for ages 8-13.

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Saturday, July 25, 2105 – This summer, impress your friends by whipping up ice cream sandwiches from scratch! We’ll show you how to make the outside layer-our delicious brownies and cookies-and then the delicious ice cream filling and toppings. Suitable for ages 5-13.

Food for Thought Film Series

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The Great Park presents the film “Hungry for Change” as part of the “Food for Thought” film series. Hungry for Change explores the pitfalls and deceptive strategies used in the diet, weight loss and food industries that may be keeping many from having the body and health they desire.

The Food for Thought Documentary Series features powerful films highlighting topics concerning both the abundance and scarcity of food in America. Chosen for their cinematic beauty, significant relevance, and credible resources, this thought-provoking series will leave you inspired and empowered.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, healthy snacks and expand your perspective on long-term health, beauty and food sustainability. Film begins at dusk.

  • When: Thursday, July 2, 2015 from 7:15 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Where: The Great Park – Back 40 Lawn | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Next Food For Thought Film:

August 6, 2015 – Place at the Table

For additional information, please email: urbanagriculture@ci.irvine.ca.us

Sunsets and Blues at the Zoo

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Get Ready to Swing into Summer with Cool Line Up of Musical Talent and Local Craft Breweries at the Santa Ana Zoo.

Sunsets at the Zoo and Brew at the Zoo deliver a cool Sunday summertime activity for friends, families, and couples who enjoy listening to live music, picnicking on the lawn, and tasting great brews -Steve McGuigan,

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Friends of Santa ana Zoo’s after-hours Sunday Summer concert series and tasting events feature live music, Zoo animals, a silent auction, and train and carousel rides. Zoo members and guests are welcome to grab their cameras, bring a blanket, pack a picnic or purchase BBQ items provided by the Elks, and enjoy a relaxing, fun-filled musical evening outside under the California sky.

Zoo members and guests 21 and older with a valid ID are welcome to enjoy a unique craft brew-tasting experience from a handful of Orange County’s finest craft beer brewers. All proceeds raised will benefit The Santa Ana Zoo.

Event dates and artists include:

  • Sunday, June 28, 5:30-7:30 pm, Featuring: The Fabulous Peggie Perkins, Tasting: Valiant Brewing & Ambitious Ales
  • Sunday, July 12, 5:30-7:30 pm, Featuring: Full Spectrum, Tasting: The Bruery & Bootlegger’s Brewing Co.
  • Sunday, July 26, 5:30-7:30 PM, Featuring: High in the 80’s, Tasting: Native Sons Ales & Left Coast Brewing Co.

Admission to Sunsets at the Zoo is $12.95 per person ages 3 & up, and just $6.95 for FOSAZ Members. Children under 3 are free. The cost to enjoy the Brew at the Zoo tasting experience is an additional $10 donation per person and is reserved for adults 21 and over with valid IDs.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.santaanazoo.org or at the gate on the night of the event.

Blues at the Zoo

For Zoo members and guests looking for fun on an early Sunday afternoon, Knowlwood Cafe at the Zoo is pleased to announce the return of its “Blues at the Zoo” concert series. and feature some of the finest Blues performers and bands in Orange County.

  • Sunday June 28, 2:00 – 4: 00 pm featuring Babylon Blues
  • Sunday, July 12, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring Chico’s Bail Bonds
  • Sunday, July 26, 2:00 – 4:00 pm featuring Papa J and Richard

“Blues at the Zoo” is included in the regular price of Zoo admission on the day of the event.
The Santa Ana Zoo is home to more than 150 animals, including 50 of the most interesting and engaging monkeys and several endangered species, like the Golden Lion Tamarins.

The gates open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free.

The Conservation Carrousel Rides are $3 each and Zoofari Express Train Rides are $4 each, and combo tickets are $6 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free.

Summerfest Art Faire

Get Ready….Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6th annual Summerfest Art Faire is this weekend!

Enjoy Live music, live wolves and reptiles,nature programs, games, children’s crafts, wine tasting and interactive art activities. Artisans will showcase their original works, fine art and handmade crafts will also be available for sale.

Other options include barbecue, opportunity drawings and Santiago Equestrian Center will provide pony rides for $5.

Free parking is available at the corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road. A shuttle will be available to transport you to the art fair.

In addition OC Parks is offering FREE tours of Madame Helen Modjeska’s home, Arden, will be open for free tours from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. The Summerfest shuttle will stop at Arden.

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  • When: Saturday, June 26 – Sunday, June 27 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.

  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676

  • Cost: admission is $5 for ages 5+. barbeque and wine tasting are $3.00 – $8.00 

Please leave your pets at home, outside food and drinks are not permitted.

 

Weekend Hikes & Bikes

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It’s Hikes & Bikes Weekend!  If you’re looking for a guided Hike or a guided Mountain Bike ride this weekend, look no further! Here’s a list of guided Hikes & Mountain Bike rides through our OC Parks.

Saturday, May 27, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike – Irvine Regional Park
Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Regional Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  6/27/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Family Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Come and enjoy an easy, 2.5 mile family hike over moderate but uneven terrain (45-ft. elevation gain). Starting at the James Dilley Preserve we will hike one of the most diverse areas of the park to Barbara’s Lake and back. Hike is led by Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (I-5 or 405 south to 133 south to stoplight at 73 toll road; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right.)
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

 


Online Registration

Date:  6/27/2015
Time:  3:00 PM – 5:00 PM


Sunday, May 28, 2015

Ranger Led Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Birding Walk – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Spot native birds, with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.

  • Ages 12 and up.
  • Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, just south of El Toro Road).
  • Parking: $3

Online Registration

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as its previous inhabitants – the native Acjachemen people. Earn a ranger badge for being an accomplice on the journey.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) of dirt trails with some sandy sections
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes required
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Meditating in Nature – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park

Relax in nature.  Enjoy a short walking meditation, breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket and a pillow.  No experience necessary.

  • Ages 16 and up.
  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Rd/SR-133, approximately 3.5 miles south of I-5/405).
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.

Online Registration

Date: 6/28/2015
Time: 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM

 

Inventors Week at the Cube!

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Calling all junior inventors! The 3rd annual Inventors Week is coming to the Discovery Cube Orange County!

Enjoy two weeks from June 27th through July 12th of tinkering, building, and exploring. Learn about electronic and robotic principles that every inventor and engineer should know.

Inventors Week will include the following interactive activities:

Learning Stations (daily from 10am – 5pm):
Snap Circuits / LED Pins Wearable Tech / Biomimicry

Displays (running daily)
Purple Platypus 3D printers!

Stage Shows (running daily)
“Bright Ideas” stage show – check back soon for times!

Exhibits
Lily Pads / Cannons / Imagination Playground / Color Mixing / LEGO Wall / Hefty Weights

Special Events

GOOGLE SERVE
Google serve presentations will take place Monday, June 29 – Wednesday, July 1, and will require registration.

UCI Under the Cap Fungi Workshop
The UCI Under the Cap Fungi Workshop will take place on Friday July 10th – Sunday, July 12th.

Workshops on each of these days will begin at 11am, 1pm, & 3pm.

Meet the Makers Weekends!

Saturday, June 27th

BOOTHS (10am-5pm):
Airwolf
Brain Builders
Gears & Roebuck
MATHmania Robotics

PRESENTATIONS:
11am: Google: Anthony Mack
11:45am: Airwolf: Jillian Mack
1pm: Gears & Roebuck
2pm: Airwolf: Jillian Mack
3pm: Google: Anthony Mack

Sunday, June 28th

BOOTHS (10am-5pm):
Airwolf
Brain Builders
Gears & Roebuck
MATHmania Robotics

PRESENTATIONS:
11am: Google: Anthony Mack
11:45am: Airwolf: Jillian Mack
1pm: Gears & Roebuck: “Obsolete Technology”
2pm: Airwolf: Jillian Mack
3pm: Google: Anthony Mack

Saturday, July 11

BOOTHS (10am-5pm):
Brain Builders

WORKSHOP:
UCI Fungi Workshop
-Schedule:11am, 1pm, 3pm

Sunday, July 12

BOOTHS:
Brain Builders (10am-5pm)
Joan & 3D Wearable Tech (11am-4pm)
FLL Wolf Corp (11am-4pm)

WORKSHOP:
UCI Fungi Workshop
-Schedule:11am, 1pm, 3pm

PRESENTATIONS:
1pm: 3D Wearable Tech
1pm: FLL Wolf Corp

Participating Clubs & Organizations: 

JoanHorvath – What 21st Century Shop Class could be presented by Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron, Cofounders Nonscriptum LLC (www.nonscriptum.com) Twitter @JoanHorvath. What should 21st century shop class look like? See demonstrations of 3D printing and Arduino-based wearable technology to get some ideas about cool things you can do at home and in your classroom. Nonscriptum is a partnership between a rocket scientist and a 3D printer hacker. They consult on educational and scientific applications of maker technologies. Joan and Rich’s recent book “The New Shop Class: Getting Started With 3D Printing, Arduino, and Wearable Tech,” came out from Apress in mid-May (http://www.apress.com/9781484209059). They will bring along some of the projects they helped develop with their collaborator, the Windward School in West LA.

BrainBuilders – Since 2002,BrainBuilders takes pride in offering quality enrichment classes to children. The company empowers youth to think independently and achieve their goals! BrainBuilders offers educational programs that provide goal setting, teaching concepts and interactive environments.As schools shift their focus more and more toward testing, these fun and challenging programs help develop a well-rounded mind, which is becoming harder to do from school alone. For more information about this company, visit http://www.BrainBuildersED.org.

All shows, presenters & times subject to change or cancellation without notice.
All activities while supplies last.

  • When: June 27, 2015 – July 12, 2015
  • Where: Discovery Cube OC, 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
  • Cost: included in admission

Family Movie Night at Calvary

Come out for a FREE family friendly movie night under the stars. Calvary Church of Santa Ana provides the movie and FREE popcorn, you bring your own chair or blanket for seating.

  • June 24, 2015 – Big Hero 6
  • August 19, 2015 – The Lego Movie

Movies start at 7:30 pm on the Calvary Church Patio. Calvary Church is located at 1010 North Tustin Ave, Santa Ana, CA 92705

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Ice Cream Social

Celebrate Independance Day Victorian Style at the Annual Old Style Independence Day Ice Cream Social.

ICS-Flyer2015-web-page-001This is not your ordinary Ice Cream Social! All ages will enjoy this free community event which features ice cream, homemade lemonade, and musical entertainment as one may have celebrated in Victorian Riverside during the 1890s. Guests will have the opportunity to play authentic Victorian games, learn how old-fashioned hand cranked ice cream is made, operate a citrus sizer, and watch a special patriotic program by the Sons of the American Revolution that will include: musket firing, cotillion dance, and a parade through the grounds, all in revolutionary-war era costumes. Musical entertainment will include bagpipes, dulcimer, piano, vocal performances, and of course a barbershop quartet!

The celebration will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm  at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum’s Heritage House located at 8193 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504.

Enjoy a Bowl of Complimentary Ice Cream – Choose from vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and pineapple coconut! Yum!

Victorian Games for All Ages – Play games popular during the Victorian era

Handmade Ice Cream Demonstration – Learn how it’s made & get a little taste

Book signings by Local Authors/Historians – Meet local authors Joan Hall and Glenn Wenzel

Living History Reenactments – Watch docents in character throughout the house

Event Parking: Due to limited parking at the Heritage House, please plan to park on the street or across the street at the YWCA. Please note that the YWCA’s parking gate will be locked after 4:30 pm.

doTERRA Living Magazine

The 2015 Summer doTERRA Living Magazine is now available!!

There are some great articles this month like “Summer Skin Care”, “Essential Oils Internally” and “Yoga and Essential Oils”. There are also some yummy looking recipes but I the one I can’t wait to make is the Coconut Lemongrass Red Lentil Soup from the “Essential Oil Recipe Challenge” article.

Happy Reading and Happy Oiling!

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Essential Oils, send me a message or visit my Essential Oils page.

Summer Concerts on the Lake

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It’s time for Summer Concerts on the Lake at the North Lake in the Village of Woodbridge in Irvine.

There is a scheduled a number of free Concerts on the Lake at the North Lake Gazebo for your enjoyment this summer. These popular events feature different styles of music, while providing the perfect opportunity for a picnic on the lawn with friends! Concerts are currently scheduled for the following Saturdays (dates are subject to change).

  • Saturday, June 27th – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – StoneSoul (Classic Soul)
  • Saturday, July 18th – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Kelly Rae (Country Band)
  • Saturday, August 8th – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – World Tour Legends of Rock (Rock n’ Roll)
  • Saturday, August 29th – 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Catch a Wave (Beach Boys Tribute)

Woodbridge Village North Lake is located on Barrance between West Yale Loop and East Yale Loop in Irvine, CA – across the street from Ruby’s Diner

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One of the Best Street Foods in Mexico

Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo

Bionicos from Torta y Jugos Sahuayo

Bionicos are one of the best street foods in Mexico. I craved this yummy medley of fruits with a creamy sweet dressing topped with coconut, raisins and walnuts during my pregnancies with my two girls.

Just thinking about has me about ready to run out to the store and pick up some sweetened condensed milk. One of favorite food blogs mexicoinmykitchen.com, has a great recipe for this tasty treat in her Why this is one of the best street foods in Mexico?blog post. This simple and delicious recipe uses sweetened condensed milk, I know what your thinking but….every once in while, well you know!

The recipe from mexicoinmykitchen.com provides the traditional version plus a healthier alternative for this sweet yummy milk.

If you’re out and about in the Tustin area give Torta y Jugos Sahuayo a try. Their Bionics included a family recipe for their sweetened milk. It’s not as sweet as the regular sweetened condensed milk and it’s outstanding!

Tortas y Jugos Sahuayo is located at 14520 Newport Ave, Ste B, Tustin, CA 92780. Ohhh, by the way make sure to try their Magoneadas. She gave me sample and it was delicious!

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

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Looking for something fun to do in the afternoon? Come to Tanaka Farms this week for U-Pick tours and Walk-On Strawberry tours. There are No reservations required  and you only pay for what you pick.

U-Pick Tours:

This FREE, guided wagon ride around the farm, takes between 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. You’ll be able to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables in the fields, so be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Vegetable picking is seasonal and based on availability, but U-Pick produce may include:carrots, tomatoes, beets, baby bok choy, lettuce, kale, butternut squash and more. It’s a surprise every day! Pay for what you’ve picked at the end of your tour.

This week tour time are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22) 2:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 2.00pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 2:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25): 2:00pm
  • Friday (6/26): 2:00pm

Walk-On Strawberry:

Again, no reservations are required, just arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Strawberries are wonderful right now – sweet and juicy and you get to pick them right off the vine! Don’t miss out!

This weeks tour times are as follows:

  • Monday (6/22): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Tuesday (6/23): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday (6/24): 11:00 am and 1:00pm
  • Thursday (6/25) 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
  • Friday (6/26): at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA. Come on out for an educational and hands on experience!

OC Zoo Summer Program

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This weeks scheduled programs:

Under the Sea Preschool Program – children ages 3-4 will learn all about animals in the ocean including fish, dolphins, sharks, and more! Class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!

  • Ages 3-4 years old only. Parent must accompany child for duration of program
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Date: 6/24/2015
  • Time: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM

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Upcycling Animal Craft Fun – Kids ages 5 -8 will make fun crafts out of recyclable materials you have at home! Please bring a large bottle cap and quart-sized plastic jug to class.

  • Ages 5-8 years old only. Parent may accompany child for duration of program.
  • Fee: $5 per child (includes one adult).
  • Date: 6/25/2015
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Be sure arrive at the zoo gate by 9:45 am to purchase your ticket as the program begins promptly at their scheduled times. Parents must accompany their children for the entire program.

  • OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: $5.00, per child (includes the program fee and entrance to the zoo for one child and one adult/guardian) and a park entrance fee of $3.00 per vehicle.

Phone registration is required. To register for a class call (714) 973-6846.

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