Month: September 2014

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Never Forget


On this day in 2001, the city, the country, and the world united together in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Today, on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, we gather together once again to honor and remember the 2,983 men, women, and children who were killed in the attacks of 2001 and 1993. As part of the commemoration, please observe the following moments of silence:

8:46 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 11 into floors 93 through 99 of the North Tower.

9:03 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash United Airlines Flight 175 into floors 77 through 85 of the South Tower.

9:37 a.m.: Hijackers deliberately crash American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon.

9:59 a.m.: The South Tower collapses.

10:03 a.m.: After learning of the other attacks, passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 launch a counterattack on hijackers aboard their plane to try to seize control of the aircraft. In response, the hijackers crash the plane into an empty field near Shanksville, P.A.

10:28 a.m.: The North Tower collapses.




Are you ready for the Kidvasion in San Diego?


San Diego has some great FREE offers for kids during Kidvasion the entire month of October. Kidvasion is a campaign created by the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau that encourages families to explore all that San Diego has to offer.

Kids can eat, stay and play for free in San Diego at more then 100+ participating locations. With a paid adult admission, kids can get in free to theme parks located through out San Diego such as: Legoland and Sea Life Aquarium, Sea World, San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park

In addition to the theme parks, kids are invited to explore San Diego’s museums as well. Children ages 12 and under receive free admission with a paid adult (limit 2) at 39 museums through San Diego.

Museums include:

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Aside from the theme parks and museums there are a variety of kid-friendly activities being offered. Be sure to have to the kids ride the Old Town Trolley Tours for FREE. There are also pages and pages of Kids eat free offers.

October is a great month for kids in San Diego. Click here to browse all of the Kids Free offers.


An Ounce of Prevention…

Benjamin Franklin said it best “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

This is the quote that comes to mind for me when I hear about the highly contagious Enterovirus 68. Symptoms include coughing, wheezing and low blood oxygen levels (hypoxemia). The symptoms can be severe, in particular for those children who suffer from asthma. It has already affected children in over 12 states with over 900 confirmed cases in Colorado alone.

Enterovirus 68 spreads through coughing, sneezing, or by touching things or people  who have been infected. So far, the only confirmed cases been children. I’m not going to wait to see if my children are affected, I’m taking action now!

Here’s my plan:

  • I started today by applying On Guard Essential Oil blend onto my girls feet (3x times a day).
  • I placed an order for On Guard Beadlets and A2Z Chewables. As soon as they arrive my girls will start taking those every morning.
  • I’ll be preparing some On Guard Hand Cleanser/Sanitizer for my daughter’s backpack and my purse.
  • I am cleaning everything in my home with On Guard cleaner.
  • I am diffusing On Guard and Breathe.
  •  I am applying Breathe on their chest and back. I will add Frankincense on top of Breathe (if needed).



This threat is serious and spreading quickly. God gave us these “Gifts of the Earth” and I will be taking every precaution I can.





Engineering Month at the Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe Quest To Build A Better Mouse Trap in the theme for the September 14th Children’s Garden Workshop at the OC Great Park Farm & Food Lab. 

The Children’s Garden Workshop  is a 20 minute sit down, interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity. The workshop is made to be  fun and engage in STEAMM inspired topics.

This season’s workshop series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

People love their gardens but unfortunately pest love them too!  Come and learn how people from all over the world creatively rid their gardens of unwanted pests.  Then, head on over to our Creation Station to construct your very own “critter-ridder” out of recycled materials.

  • All ages are welcome
  • workshops start every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

Don’t forget to visit the Farmers Market while your there.

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Note: There is currently no physical address to the Great Park. Please do not rely on GPS, online maps, or directions other than those provided on this website.

5 North

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Ave and turn Right
  2. Turn Left on Marine Way
  3. Turn Left after the Guard Shack
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

405 North

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Ave and turn Right
  2. Turn Right on Marine Way
  3. Turn Left after the Guard Shack
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

5 South

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Ave and turn Left
  2. Turn Right on Marine Way
  3. Turn Left after the Guard Shack
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking

405 South

  1. Exit Sand Canyon Ave and turn Left
  2. Turn Right on Marine Way
  3. Turn Left after the Guard Shack
  4. Follow the road signs to Parking
The Great Park is situated in the geographic center of Orange County within the city limits of Irvine—approximately halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, about 15 minutes away from John Wayne Airport (SNA) and accessible via the Interstate 5 and 405 freeways, and the 133 and 241 toll roads.

Lost? Call the Visitors Center at (866) 829-3829 (toll-free).


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FREE Preschool Program in Tustin

Are you the parent of a child ages 3 to 4.75 years looking for a preschool? This preschool program is FREE and absolutely fantastic!

Last year my little one and I where fortunate enough to attend a full years  worth of the Think Together Early Literacy & Math Program. Make no mistake this is a complete preschool program.

The program is two days a week, 3 hours a day. One parent/responsible adult is required to stay with your child through the duration of the program. On one day you are involved in a parent component and the other day you sit, side by side with your child and assist in their learning.

I’ll be honest, when I first signed up last year I thought – Let’s see how it goes for a couple of weeks and then I’ll decide if it’s worth my time  (I wasn’t very optimistic of the quality of the program) but I was so completely and thankfully 100% wrong!

The program is wonderful! the program itself, the program director, the parent component (my favorite part) and the volunteer teachers are all awesome. I am so grateful that my little one and I have been invited back for an additional 15 weeks this year. My time spent at Think Together has truly refined my life. 

So here’s your opportunity, There’s still room and the program is FREE! Your time and investment in your child’s education is your payment. You do not have to income qualify for this program.  If you’re looking for preschool program, give this try. Everyone that I was in the program with last year, anxiously awaited the call to come back this year.

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  • To enroll call Chelsea Errington (714) 731-7655/(714)580-4630

  • Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday (depending on the age of your child)

  • Classes will begin on September 22nd or September 23rd

  • This is a 15 week program

  • Classes are held at Veeh Elementary in Tustin

  • You do not have to be a resident of Tustin to attend


Orange County Museum of Art – Free Second Sundays

Join in the fun at the Orange County County Museum of Art at the “Free Second Sunday” event  for the Fall Season Kick -off on Sunday, September 12, 2014, from 11:00AM – 4:00PM.

Visit the new exhibition The Avant-Garde Collection, arts & crafts activities and join in on the the frenzy with special dance performances by Girl Scouts Orange County. Food trucks will be on site.


Orange County Museum of Art

850 San Clemente Drive

Newport Beach, CA


For more information, visit


It’s Target First Sunday at Bowers Museum & Kidseum

Bowers_logoToday, Sunday, September 7, 2014 is Target First Sunday. Bowers Museum is hosting the Caribbean Family Festival. 


Today’s schedule of Events:

Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard
11 AM – 4 PM
* Face painting, Jelly Fish and Wood Fan art projects

* Free frozen tropical fruit bars

12 PM
UPSTREAM Welcome to the Upstream experience as they spread the message of love and positivity through the exciting musical sounds of the Caribbean, namely, Reggae, Soca, and Calypso. The band was formed in the republic of Trinidad & Tobago in 1989 by Haille Blackman, son of the legendary Ras ShortyІ, the creator of Soca music. The Lineup also includes steel drum extraordinaire, ” Derek Brewstafari.”

2 PMCARIBBEAN JEMS will wow the audience with their vibrant costumes and unique high energy dances. They will perform to popular Caribbean music played by Upstream.

 Free admission to special exhibition  HEAVENLY HORSES: TWO THOUSAND YEARS OF CHINESE AND JAPANESE EQUINE ART is offered on a first come, first served basis.

June 14, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions, Kidseum and limited engagement exhibitions including: Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachand; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos; Vision of the Shaman, Song of the Priest; California: The Golden Years; Ancient Arts of China, and Framed: Step into Art at Kidseum.

kidseum-BowersOur girls always enjoy Kidseum. You can look forward to such activities as Face Painting,  Crafts, Archaeology Dig and Discovering, International Dress-Up (they love dressing up in the multi-cultural clothes),  playing the Tribal Instruments from around the world, putting on the Ethnic Masks, and Language Exploration where they write their names using rubbing techniques.

The Bowers Museum is located at the corner of 20th & Main Streets in Santa Ana – one minute from the 5 freeway, (Main St. South exit) and just minutes from the 57, 55 and 22 freeways.

Kidseum is located on the corner of 18th and Main Streets – south of the main Bowers Museum. Parking is available in a well-lighted conveniently located area, adjacent to the Museum. Wheelchair accessible.

Parking: Lots are available directly north and south of the museum for a $6 fee. Nearby metered and timed street parking is also available. Bowers Museum Members have the exclusive opportunity to purchase an Annual Parking Pass for $20.

Museum Hours for both Bowers Museum and Kidseum: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm

For more information, contact 714.567.3600.


Irvine’s Global Village Festival & Walk for Unity


Voted “Best Festival” by OC Weekly, Irvine Global Village is one of Orange County’s fastest growing multicultural events. Get ready to travel the world at the City of Irvine’s annual Global Village Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at Bill Barber Park.

Now celebrating its 13th year, this multicultural event features international cuisine, live entertainment, a kids village with crafts and activities, cultural and religious exhibits and an international marketplace. Festival admission and parking are FREE.


For a great pre-event activity, join “Walk for Unity” hosted by the Tiyya Foundation to bring Irvine’s community together in support of global harmony and celebrate cultural diversity. The 5K walk begins at the corner of Harvard and San Juan at 9 a.m. Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Please park your vehicle at the Woodbridge satellite parking lot and ride the shuttle to the Festival. The shuttle from Woodbridge drops off near the Walk of Unity check-in tent.

Satellite Parking Locations:  Bill Barber Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. Note: there will be no on-site parking at the event.

Public parking is not available at the event site; however free shuttle buses will be in service to transport guests to and from the Festival’s satellite parking locations at Main and Jamboree and Woodbridge Community Park. Shuttles will be running from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Disabled person parking will be available at the San Juan or Civic Center parking lots adjacent to Bill Barber Park.

To avoid parking congestion, guests are encouraged to carpool, bike or walk to the event.


Anteater Express : A shuttle service is available for UCI students and staff.


Children’s Museum at La Habra

Visit Children’s Museum La Habra on the next “Target Free First Sundays” on Sunday September 7, 2014 from 1 pm – 5pm.

A total of 500 people are admitted on Target free Sundays and wristbands for both sessions are distributed at 1pm. Wristbands are on a first come first served basis. There is no museum admittance once all wristbands are distributed, Museum Members excluded. Session times are 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5pm. Please plan accordingly.

 Latin Rhythms, go on a musical journey through Latin America. Indigenous people of these areas are known to imitate the sounds of nature in their music and use their natural resources to craft their instruments. Play a gourd drum, learn vibrant dances and create colorful dance masks!

The Museum features 7 galleries and 14 different hands on exhibits, many of which remain unique to the field today. In addition to these exhibits, an outdoor dinosaur topiary and historic 1942 caboose, the Museum features an exhibit which changes 3 times a year.


Nature Walk
Visit with “real” wild animals as children are able to explore through their senses as they see, touch and hear taxidermy mounts from Africa, the Pacific Northwest and our own Southern California wildlife zones. The Grotto holds our LIVE animal exhibit.

Nannies Travels
Enter Nannie’s cozy living room and share cultural stories, art, clothing and customs from a lifetime of travel to Russia, Asia and the Middle East.

Model Train Village
Children and adults can enjoy a charming model train display which features electric model trains and an ever-changing miniature village, plus interactive wall units about local history and trains. Press the buttons and see what happens!

Carousel Room
Ride our authentic, hand-carved Dentzel Carousel (ages 5 and under), or shop for healthy foods in our Mini-Market – don’t forget to check out at the Register! Pretend to ride home in Buster, our REAL O.C.T.A. bus, with you in the driver’s seat.

The Caboose
Scheduled Guided Tours of our historic 1942 Caboose, featuring a restored interior, railroad artifacts and local history. “All Aboard” for a fascinating visit with a time gone by.

Science Station

Visit the Sciences from Paleontology to Green Living! Uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dig Site; discover the amazing properties of water at Clear Water Mountain; explore phosphorescence in the Shadow Box; learn about environmental choices in the Green and Clean Energy Station and Clubhouse H2O. Now thru the end of October 2014 visit the Southern California Gas Company Advanced Meter exhibit.  Learn how you can conserve energy at home!  Learn more here>

Kids On Stage
Dress up in costume then debut on stage in our super-fun Theater Gallery! Lighting, sound effects, costumes, scripts and a microphone help to make you a star!

Pre-school Playpark
A playful Gallery for ages five and under! Plenty of storybooks, puppet play, toys, building blocks and a play-house area just for little kids (and their parents!).

Family Art Center
Unleash your creativity with daily art activities for the entire family!

Little Picassos- Open Studio
Wednesdays 11am-3pm
Free with paid admission
Make a “paint” date every Wednesday at the Museum for lots of messy time exploring color and texture! There are easels, washable paints, brushes and paint smocks ready for little artists to use. *This is a drop in art studio and subject to change.


Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm
Fridays open at 9 am for CMLH Members
Closed Mondays.


Members Free
Children & Adults $8
La Habra Residents $7
Children under 2 Free
Become A Member!

Childrens Museum La Habra is located at : 301 South Euclid Street, La Habra CA 90631

Phone Number (562) 383-4236


Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live!


Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! is an annual event on September 27, 2014. The event is hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, you and one guest can enjoy FREE admission to participating museums around the country. There 92 participating museums in California alone!

The Museum Day Live! Ticket provides free admission you and one guest per household. Which means any else with you that lives at the same address will have to pay full price and you can only choose one museum to visit for FREE on this day.

Creation_and_Earth_History_MuseumTo find a participating museum in your area Click here to view the list of 2014 participating museums.

Download your tickets here. You must present your ticket upon check-in to receive free admission.

Orange County Museum of Art

The Museum Day Live! ticket is available on the Ticket Information page. Fill out the form and you will be emailed instruction on downloading your ticket.



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Festival of Children

Festival of ChildrenIt’s time for the Festival of Children, a month long event that runs from September 06 through September 28, 2014 at South Coast Plaza. The event showcases over 70 children’s charities, offers free entertainment and arts & crafts for children of all ages!

Each weekend in September, from 12-4 pm, families can participate in more than 100 events and learn about child-focused charitable groups. Activities include arts and crafts, singing and dance performances, and more.

September is National Child Awareness Month (NCAM). NCAM is an effort led by Festival of Children Foundation to focus the attention of our nation on the most critical issues facing children today.

Click here for a complete list of the 2014 Event Schedule. Contact Info: (877) 492-KIDS

wpid-20140901_184112.jpgDuring Festival of Children be sure to walk around the mall and take in the amazing Canstruction displays. Canstruction’s are giant structures all made out of donated cans of food. At the end of the festival all of the cans used in the displays will donated to the Orange County Food Bank.


Canstruction is using one can of food as a catalyst for change.
One Can® to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures.
One Can® to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference.
Since 1992, Canstruction has contributed over 17.5 million pounds of food to community food banks demonstrating that we can win the fight against hunger.

Canstruction Orange County combines the fun of a design/build competition with an ingenious way to help feed hungry people. Local prominent architectural, engineering, planning, and design firms, and students mentored by these professionals, create phenomenal structures built entirely out of canned food.

Judging occurs in categories such as Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, Best Meal, and Jurors Favorite and awards are presented at an annual fundraising gala.

The structures go on view to the public at South Coast Plaza each year throughout the month of September in conjunction with the Festival of Children.



Preschool Program at the OC Zoo

The OC Zoo’s fall preschool program’s registration is now open and filling up quick.


The Fall Preschool Programs are for children ages 3-4 years old. The cost is $5.00 (admission covers one enrolled child and one parent). The programs are approximately one hour in length and include educational information, hands-on learning and crafts. Parent must accompany child for the duration of the program. The gate entry fee for Irvine Regional Park is NOT included with fee for zoo class. Irvine Park entry fee is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays & $5.00 per vehicle on weekends. Classes offered as follows:

Feathery Friends 10:00 a.m.

  • Thursday,  September. 11, 2014
  • Friday, November 21, 2014

Animal Art I 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, September 19, 2014
  • Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bats, Cats & Spiders 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, October 3, 2014
  • Thursday, October 9, 2014
  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014
  • Friday, October 31, 2014

Wild North America 10:00 a.m.

  • Friday, November 7th, 2014
  • Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Registration must be made by calling (714) 973-6846. Fees are to be paid the day of the scheduled program.

The OC Zoo traces its roots back to 1905 when Red Foxes were introduced in the Irvine Park Region and bred by J.A. Turner. A small collection of animals started in 1920 by Tustin rancher Sam Nau featured a pair of pet mule deer. Nau eventually built a corral for the park that held an additional male mule deer. An alligator exhibit was the chief attraction until a bird exhibit adjoining the deer pens was added in 1935. The bird exhibit structure exhibited cockatoos, quail, doves and parakeets.

The current modern zoo officially opened in 1985 as the Irvine Park Zoo and has since changed its name to the OC Zoo. The zoo is owned, staffed and operated by the County of Orange.


  • Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Bathrooms are located outside of the Zoo

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847


Beginning Archery

For some FREE family fun (or a great date) take up some free Archery classes at Mile Square Regional Park. Park Rangers and Volunteers offer free classes to participants 12 years old and up. The Class is Free and equipment is provided. Upcoming classes for September will be offered on September 6th and the 20th from 9:00 am – 10: 00 am.


The archery range at Mile Square Regional Park is open to the public. The 6.71-acre redesigned range features 24 in-line shooting stations beneath a continuous metal shade canopy with 24 targets, bow racks, tables for servicing bows, perimeter fencing, north orientation and a 20-foot safety berm. The new range is the largest in Orange County.


The new archery range was designed in consideration of public input and archery dynamics. Much of the dirt used to construct the safety berm came from the nearby Haster Basin Project, in which OC Public Works relocated a portion of a flood-control outlet to add space for an open field and improve upon the existing park with increased recreation opportunities.

  • Hours are 7 a.m. to sunset, daily.
  • Parking is $5 per  vehicle

Mile Square Regional Park
16801 Euclid St.
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
(714)973-6600 or (714)973-3197

For more information about the archery range, call the park at (714) 973-6600. Read the range rules here.

 Click Here To Register



Sign Up Now for Spooktacular Saturdays!!


I know…school just started but Halloween is right around the corner and registration for the debut of Spooktacular Saturdays, four days of FREE family fun and entertainment, is now open! Each Saturday, families can enjoy traditional fall festivities at the Orange County Great Park.

  • Sign up! Tickets are limited; registration is requiredfor free admission and parking.
  • Come one, come all in costume! Join us for our Instagram family costume contest.
  • Donate to scare away hunger! Support hunger relief by having each child bring a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food items to benefit local Orange County food banks.
  • Be rewarded! Each ticketed child (12 and under) bringing a donation will have access to our free Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treat Town, while supplies last.
  • Have fun! Enjoy the festivities including: kids crafts, petting zoo, carnival games, Harvest Walk, entertainment, gourmet food trucks and much more.
  • Ages 12 months-12 years can participate. In addition, infants under 12 months require registration to participate in limited activities.

In addition to the regular festivities, you can bring your children to the Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treat Town provided they bring a bag of canned goods or non-perishable food items (or cash donation), while supplies last. All donations benefit Orange County Food Bank and Second Harvest Food Bank.

Registration is required. To register for tickets, please click here.

spooktacular_saturdaysTicket registration is required for free limited admission and parking. Due to a limited capacity and ability to offer this program to the entire community, multiple date requests cannot be accommodated. Tickets are limited to one per child for the entire event series.

Each week, registration will close on Friday at noon prior to the actual Saturday event date or sooner if capacity is reached. Any remaining available tickets for that particular Saturday will be made available on-site on a first-come, first-serve basis only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. If online registration has reached capacity, no walk-up tickets will be available on-site.

Parents/guardians you must create an online account for your family to register each child for a ticket. It doesn’t take long to create your family account. To register, please click here.

For each Saturday, any available tickets not reserved for that particular day, will be made available for walk-ups on a first-come, first serve basis only, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There is no guarantee of tickets for walk-ups, therefore, registration is strongly recommended.

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