Earth Night in the Garden

Earth Night in the Garden


Enjoy an Earth Night in the Garden at Western Landscapes Southern California Style on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 3:00 pm – 7: 00 pm.

The evening will include a celebration of water efficiency and the environment along with a ladybug release, face painting and fun for the entire family.

Landscapes Southern California is located at 450 E. Alessandro Blvd., Riverside, CA


Celebrate Earth Day with Pretend City

Celebrate Earth Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum on April 22, 2015 10:00 am4:00 pm.

Earth Day celebrates our amazing planet Earth, and the plants and animals that live here with us! As budding environmentalists, children will be motivated to recycle, reduce and reuse waste through diverse activities. Children will experience the outcomes of wasteful actions and make the learning connection that their actions can have a dramatic impact on the environment. Special offerings will include:

  • Sensational Story Time: Compost Stew will introduce children to the idea of composting. They will work on science skills as they sort items to create their own composting bin and math skills as they put the composting steps in order.
  • Let’s Move: Don’t miss the Recycle Relay! Children will see just how much trash we can cut down on going into the landfill by recycling.
  • Smart Art: This handmade Planet Earth will serve as inspiration for your child to be green every day.

Get your hands earthy making seed balls with Earthroots Field School! Seed balls are fun and easy to make for all ages.  Seed balls are marble sized mixtures of native seeds, clay and compost used to replant habitat. Take them with you and toss them into empty landscapes to plant a habitat. Seed balls protect the ungerminated seeds from being eaten by birds or other critters and keep them in place until the right amount of rain falls to wash away the clay leaving the seeds surrounded by a moist bed of compost, ready to grow.

Play Partner: Earthroots Field School; Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups

Grown-up Tip: Being a role model for your child is important. Showing your child how and why we recycle is a great way to become a part of the “Go Green” movement. Check out our Go Green Pinterest Board for more tips and activity ideas!

  • When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Cost: Included with regular museum admission

Robotics Presentation

The Tustin Library proudly presents Mike Senna and his robots, R2-D2 & Wall-E.

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Mike build his first R2-D2 in 2003 because he was looking for a challenge & wanted to bring joy to children. In 2010, he sought a new challenge as he spent 3 years building two fully functional, remote-controlled WALL-Es which were finished in 2013.

Mike’s R2-D2 made more than 100 appearances in its first 4 years, including mostly charity events, such as City of Hope, Make-a-Wish, and Downs Syndrome/Autism fundraisers. His R2-D2 has made hundreds of appearances throughout Southern California, as well as in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Orlando and Montana. It has appeared on stage several times with Pacific Symphony orchestra and at numerous LEGOLAND Star Wars weekends. R2-D2 has participated in weddings and met numerous celebrities. Mike’s R2-D2 has been filmed for VH1, MTV, Access Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on Verizon and Toyota TV commercials. It appeared on the Lucasfilm float in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade, while Mike marched as a stormtrooper. Recently, Mike and R2 have been hired for several events with Disney.

WALL-E has appeared 3 years at Maker Faire Bay Area, where it was filmed by Mythbuster’s This video caught the attention of Yahoo, which later filmed an interview with Mike that appeared on the Yo Show on omg! from Yahoo. The video went viral and brought hundreds of emails from adoring fans around the world. Mike has been interviewed on a live morning ATV program in Bolivia. He has been invited to bring WALL-E around the world on numerous occasions. For now, he is happy to bring WALL-E to CHOC for quarterly visits, Muscular Dystrophy Association events, and many other charity functions.

Mike makes educational presentations to share how he built his creations and to encourage kids to pursue their education.

  • When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Tustin Library – Community Room, 345 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet while visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific for its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

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Families can journey through the Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day by learning more everyday tips to protect our environment. They’ll have the chance to visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations such as NOAA’s National Weather Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and more will participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

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Environmental films will be shown to give guests a chance to learn about climate change, sustainable seafood, and reducing marine debris. Aquarium program animals will also be on hand with experts, who will bring them out of their exhibits so guests can get upclose and even touch some of them as they learn about these creatures. Some of the program animals include birds, lizards, snakes, and more.

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Want a discount to Aquarium of the Pacific? Use the E-WASTE DISCOUNT and help save the environment! You can receive a coupon for $10 off one Aquarium adult admission ticket valid on April 25 or April 26, 2015, simply present an e-waste item* at the e-waste booth on the Aquarium’s front plaza for your coupon.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: $28.95 for adults (12+), $14.95 for children (3-11), $25.95 for seniors (62+), Children under three years old and Aquarium members are free.

For more information visit Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration.

* E-waste items accepted for recycling include: computer towers and monitors, televisions, video game consuls, printers, fax machines, scanners, paper shredders, copy machines, radios, turntables, amplifiers, cassette recorders, compact disc/DVD players, speakers, camcorders, cameras, cell phones, cell phone charges and batteries, electric typewriters, small household appliances, and calculators.

Saturday Science at CMSC

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 is Saturday Science day at Columbia Memorial Space Center. All guest in attendance on the fourth Saturday of every month get an extra treat of knowledge.

 This month’s Saturday Science falls in line with Earth Day. The them of the month is Earth in Danger. This month they will go over the negative impact that humans have had on our planet and what we can do to make it better.

  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2105, center is open from 10:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Access to Saturday Science presentations and activities are included with your regular $5 admission, ages 3 and under are free.

3rd Annual Day of Art

Roger’s Garden is proud to present the 3rd Annual “Day of Art.” This Springtime event attracts 50 talented artists to paint and draw in the Gardens for the day. A painting by each of the participating artists will be on display and available to the public for purchase.

These paintings and drawings will represent their creative interpretation of Roger’s Gardens. This year we will be judging the 50 original artworks and presenting awards and recognition’s.

All visitors will have the opportunity to be an artist for the day with scheduled workshops and demonstrations! For the event schedule, click here. *In case of rain, this event will be cancelled until further notice.

  • Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Rogers Gardens, 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625
  • Cost: Free
For more information visit:

Festival of Books

LAFestivalofBooksLos Angeles TIme’s signature event, the Festival of Books is this weekend, April 18th & 19th at USC. The Festival of Books is a family-friendly celebration of Books, Art, Travel, Music and Food.


Artists’ Row showcases all types of artists such as: photographers, Illustrators, mixed media and more. The Travel Smart Stage will offer travling tips and tricks. Music will be provided on the L.A. Sound Stage with Castro, a post-punk/new wave band, reggae/ska artist Jackie Mendez, and Ethio Cali, featuring Ethiopian jazz. Some of amazing chefs on the Cooking Stage such as: Pauley Perrette, Food Network and Cooking Channel star; Zoe Nathan, Matthew Kenney and plenty of food trucks.

 Make sure to visit Natural History Museum’s booth and get your nature eyes on! Meet a live animal, hear author talks and get your books signed. Learn how to draw dinosaurs and Dinosaur Encounters.

For complete details and schedule of events visit the Festival of Books website.

Earth Day at Bay

Come to the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center for Earth Day at the Bay. Newport Bay Conservancy, in partnership with OC Parks, present the 25th Annual Earth Day at the Bay.

Earth Day is a time when we can all reflect on the importance of our natural surroundings and how we can preserve and protect them. This Earth Day event features many exhibits and booths designed to help us connect with the natural world and help preserve it for future generations. Live music, children’s arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, live presentations, environmental movie shorts, and so much more.

  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr. Newport Beach,CA
  • Cost: Free parking, free admission


Environmental Booths Include:

  • Orange County Parks OC Bird of Prey Center
  • City of Newport Beach OC Used Oil Recycling Program
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife Orange County Zoo
  • California Coastal Commission Pacific Marine Mammal Center
  • American Cetacean Society, OC Chapter Reptile Rescue of Orange County
  • Banning Ranch Conservancy Sea & Sage Audubon Society
  • Environmental Nature Center Sierra Club
  • Inside the Outdoors Foundations Surfrider Foundation- NB Chapter
  • Irvine Ranch Water District U.S.C.G. Auxiliary
  • Friends Harbors, Beaches & Parks Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center
  • OC Health Care Agency Water Quality Lab
  • Conserve Water: Rain Barrels Intl. will be on hand for water conservation tips and tricks. Rain barrels will be available for pick-up, only $10 after a rebate. Prior purchase is necessary. More information available here.

Newport Beach Film Festival: Showing submissions for this year’s short environmental short films beginning at 11 a.m., repeating at 1 p.m.

Food will be available for purchase from: Tamarindo, Burnt Truck & Front Porch Pops

Butterfly Pavilion

Natural History Museum’s Butterfly Pavilion is open daily now through September 7, 2015. More than 30 native North American butterfly species and an array of plants take up residence every summer for our much-anticipated living habitat, the Butterfly Pavilion.

Wander through a unique changing ecosystem, witness free-flying creatures interacting with plant life, and emerge with a better understanding of the environment needed for the survival of these spectacular animals.

 The Butterfly Pavilion showcases hundreds of butterflies and the plants that surround them, an interaction that has been refined over the course of millions of years. Various butterflies are present at different points during the season and the plants will grow and change. This means that each visit to the Butterfly Pavilion throughout the summer can be a different experience!

  • 20 species of California natives such as the Monarch, Mourning Cloak, and Buckeye
  • 10 species of subtropical varieties from south Florida and Texas, such as the Malachite and the Grey Cracker

Visit the Monarch Waystation located just outside the entrance to the Butterfly Pavilion, a team of NHM citizen scientists and gardening experts are opening the new Monarch Waystation, where visitors can see every milestone and metamorphosis in a Monarch’s life — from eggs to caterpillars to chrysalises to the adult butterfly.

  • When: Daily through September 7, 2105
  • Where: Natural History Museum, 900 Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • Cost: Admission to the Butterfly Pavalion plus general admission to Natural History Museum is: Adult $17.00, Senior (Guests 62+) $14.00, College Student $14.00, Child (ages 3-12) $8.00, Child (Ages 2 and Under) are free, Members are Free

Click HERE to purchase your Butterfly Pavilion tickets today!

Earth Day at Ocean Institute


Celebrate  the 45th anniversary of Earth Day at the Ocean Institute on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. The celebrations will included hands-on conservation activities.

• Create fun, eco-friendly crafts
• Learn about the importance of protecting natural environments through
hands-on activities.
Volunteer for the beach/harbor clean-up and get free admission for the day!
Clean-up hours are 9am – 11am; check-in at the front of the Ocean Institute;
supplies will be provided. Registration is not required, however for groups of
10+ please inform Katie Markisz in advance at (949) 496-2274 x 367 or so that we can have ample supplies available for the clean-up.

The Ocean Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr. Dana Point, CA 92629.

Public hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); Children 2 and under are free. Members are free.

Weekend Hikes


With all the fantastic Earth Day events going on this weekend, the hikes this weekend are at a minimum. Both of the hikes available are family friendly, easy and FREE, just cover the parking and your set.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional ParkJoin 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:  4/18/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Morning Walk Around the Lake at Laguna NIguel Regional Park Come enjoy a wonderful morning walk around the lake and learn about the native plants and critters in the park. This is an easy 2.5-mile walk (both paved and dirt trail) with no elevation gain. Led by Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteer Naturalists. Dogs on leashes welcome.

  • Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel. Meet at the Shelter 3 parking lot.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri or (949) 923-2240 Sat/Sun
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Ages 8 and up
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Reservations Link

Date:  4/19/2015
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM



Earth Day Expo


Join the L.A.Zoo and Botanical Gardens for two days of festivities. Celebrate local wildlife and explore the role it plays in the health of our planet.

Earth Day Celebration features interactive stations throughout the Zoo providing guests an opportunity to explore information and ideas about animal conservation and preservation, sustainable living for humans, recycling, and how to make Earth a better place to live.

This year the L.A. Zoo is joining with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) program “Party for the Planet,” its signature Earth Day event and the largest combined Earth Day celebration in North America (held at AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across the country) with activities designed for kids of all ages.

  • When: Saturday, April 18th & Sunday, April 19th, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: LA Zoo, 5333 Zoo Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Cost: event is included in general admission – Adult (Ages 13-61) $19.00, Senior (Ages 62+) $16.00, Child (Ages 2-12) $14.00, Children 2 and under are free. Zoo members are free. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ripple Kids at SOCO


Join Ripple Kids and participating retail partners at SOCO and The OC Mix for a FREE, fun-filled family and community event. Ripple Kids is an Orange County-based nonprofit seeking to inspire and empower kids to take action in their communities.

The Ripple Kids in Action event brings FREE service projects hosted by several retail partners all in one place! The event takes place on Sunday, April 26, 2105 from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and will feature live music, delicious food, great shopping and more.

Bring your kids (13 and under) for an event that will inspire and empower them to make a difference, you can register for this event here.

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Here are some of the Great Ripple Kids Projects benefiting multiple causes, going on all at the same time in one location!

  • Plant Milkweed to Save the Monarch Butterfly – Organized by Uni Home Store
  • Make Cards for Seniors and Soldiers-  Organized by Granola Babies 
  • Pack Birthday Party Kits for Kids in Need – Organized by Party Pepper Uppers  
  • Make Brick Bots for Kids in Need – Organized by Brick Share
  • Make Toys for Animals in the Shelter – Organized by Girl Scout Troop 1884
  • Package Snack Bags for Kids in Need – Organized by Smocking Birds & Project Hope Alliance
  • Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets – Organized by The Max Love Project & Girl Scout Troop #3115


There will also be Fierce Foods Cooking Demonstrations where you will learn how to cook healthy delicious meals as demonstrated by some of the Ripple Kids and local professional chefs! There will be 3 demonstration times to choose from, each highlights a different class/chef partnership.  Demonstrations will be held at Surfas Culinary District.  Click here to Register Now!

If you would like to volunteer to help during the event? People are needed to help set up, implement projects, clean up and check in our guests. 4 shifts to choose from! Register on Volunteer Spot by clicking on button below:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

If you have questions about Ripple Kids In Action SOCO 2015? Contact Ripple Kids INC

SoCo/OC Mix is located at 3303 Hyland Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Great Park – Earth Day Celebration

ocgreatpark-logoCelebrate our beautiful planet EARTH at the Great park Farm + Food Lab with an assortment of activities to engage, inspire and activate the minds of people of all ages.

  • Attend a home composting workshop provided by the UCCE Master Composters.
  • Bring your little ones for stories, special Earth Day group craft, Earth Day pledges and a hands-on gardening activity during the Children’s Garden Workshop.
  • Join an educational “Arbor Walk” led by Great Park Urban Agriculture staff and explore the rich heritage of Great Park trees.
  • Up-cycle donated materials with your imagination at the Creation Station, in the artist studios.
  • Participate in a free e-waste collection provided by Tierra Verde Industries.
  • Get your thumb green by lending a hand installing an innovative new agricultural exhibit at the Farm + Food Lab.
  • Shop local at the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market.
  • Enjoy the Farm + Food Lab exhibits, backyard games and snacks from the neighboring Farmers Market and mobile food trucks.

Schedule of Events:

10:00 am – Compost Workshop, Farm + Food Lab

11:00 am and 12:00 pm – Children’s Garden Workshop, Farm + Food Lab

12:00 pm – Arbor Walk, gathering at the tall magnolia behind the Farm + Food Lab

10 am – 2 pm – Orange County Certified Farmers Market, Picnic Meadow

10am- 4pm – Up-cycling crafts at the Creation Station in the  Artist studios

Events_EarthDay_041915_tree_lrgWhen: Sunday,April 19, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Great Park, Irvine – Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions

Cost: Free

Whole Kids Cooking Class

WholeKids_cooking_classJoin Whole Foods Tustin and Chef Cintia for the Whole Kids Cooking Club when Kids will be whipping up some kid friendly recipes that are easy, fun and delicious.

One of the best way to get a picking eater to try something new is by getting them involved in making the meal. Bring them to this hands-on class where they’ll tallk about why it’s important to color your plate with healthy foods.

The next class is on April 3rd, 2105 from 4:00pm – 5:00 pm, on the menu is Veggie Wraps. The cost of program cost: $5.00 per child. RSVP’s are Required. Email:

Whole Foods is located at 2847 Park Ave., Tustin, CA (map)

Buster the Little Garbage Truck


Bring the kids to this fun book signing event at Once Upon A Storybook, Marcie Berneger, author Buster the Little Garbage Truck, shares how to overcome your biggest fears with the help of Buster, the Little Garbage Truck!

Along with the book signing, the local refuse company will be providing coloring books, squishy garbage truck toys, and a REAL garbage truck right of the store!

Kindly RSVP for this event at 714-669-4377.

  • Once upon a Storybook, 17300 e. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Free

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