Month: January 2015

Monarch Butterfly Day

Come to Mile Square Regional Park for the 6th annual Monarch Butterfly Day


OC Parks invites children and families to learn all about Monarch Butterflies and their natural habitat with an up close look at the magnificent creatures at the Sixth Annual Monarch Butterfly Day!

  • Saturday, February 7, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Mile Square Regional Park, 16801 Euclid St., Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • Event is free.
  • Parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Recommended for children ages 4-12.

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Hikes & Bikes

This weekend, OC Parks provides opportunities to get outside with Hikes and Bikes. Take advantage of these FREE programs to get out there and explore!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park  Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine 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
  • contact (714)973-6835 with any questions
Date:  1/31/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Guided Interpretive Hike at Irvine Regional Park Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine 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
  • Call (714)973-6835 with any questions
Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave at 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 Ajachamen 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
  • For ages 8 and up (or peddled by adult) who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain), dirt trails with some sandy sections.
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required.
  • Reservations Required Online (link below)

Online Reservations Link

Date:  2/28/2015
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM



Leafing Around


Join Laguna Canyon Foundation Volunteers and OC Parks staff and be ready to Leaf Around. Explore leaves in their many shapes, sizes and textures.

Enjoy a leaf story, a leaf song, leafing around, a leafy snack and make your own leafy Valentines Day card then go on an easy half-mile walk.

  • Friday, February 6, 2015 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am.
  • Event is FREE – Parking is $3.00
  • Ages 3 and up with a parent or adult.
  • 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). 18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651

This event requires Online Registration and will fill up quickly. For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.


Indoor Edible Gardening

The Ecology Center in Irvine Presents: Indoor Edible Gardening

Edible Indoor Gardening

Valuable nutrition can be obtained from growing food indoors. You can produce high yields of sprouts from a variety of heirloom seeds in a matter of days with minimum time and effort invested. You can extend the harvest season with a variety of vegetables and herbs grown in efficient container mediums. And most sustainably, you can watch your food magically regrow itself by upcycling your food scraps.

Indoor edible gardening allows you to control what goes into growing your food. By growing your own food you contribute to the reduction of the waste and pollution associated with the industrial agriculture mass production and distribution practices.

Learn how to choose the right heirloom (non-gmo) seed and vegetable varieties and gain hands on instructions on the materials and tools to use for maximum yield from your indoor edible garden. You will get to take home a variety of seeds to sprout! (Please bring a wide-mouthed jar to get your sprouting ready!).


S’More Thanks-A-Lot

For as long as I can remember I have loved having S’More’s. Who can resist the delicious crunch of graham crackers with melted marshmallows and ooey, gooey chocolate (yes, that’s a technical term). It’s a thing of beauty and an epicurean delight. S’mores were originally found in the Girl Scouts handbook of 1927, so I’m assuming it’s a smart Girl Scout who invented them.

Being a Girl Scout Leader gives me all the more reason to love this yummy treat, being that it uses none other than Girl Scout Thanks-A-Lot cookies – makes it even better. I would have never even thought of this – but it definitely works!


2 Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout cookies
1 large marshmallow


  • Place one cookie face down on a plate so the chocolate side is up.
  • Toast marshmallow and put onto cookie.
  • Top with the other cookie, chocolate side down.
  • Squish together until marshmallow reaches edges.


Number Served


Recipe courtesy of ABC Bakers, recipe submitted By Lindsey Briggs


February LEGO Mini Build


The LEGO® Store FREE February Mini Model Build is out of this World! Get ready to build a space shuttle on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only.

To find a LEGO store near you click here.


Scales, Feathers & Fur


The OC Zoo presents “Scales, Feathers & Fur” preschool program on Friday, January 30, Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 10:15 – 11:15 am.

Bring your lunch and enjoy the zoo, storytime and Irvine Regional park afterwards.

  • Learn about the differences between reptiles, birds, and mammals! 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).
  • Parking fee: $3
  • Registration is required! Call 714-973-6846 to register.
  • The OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Pk, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Winter Night Hike


This Saturday, January 31, 2015 , Carbon Canyon Regional Park will host a “Winter Night Hike”. Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.  The night will feature activities including:

• A visit to the Nature Center
• A live animal presentation
• Hot cocoa and cookies
• A hike through the wilderness area
• Parking and the event are FREE!

This is an outdoor event so dress appropriately and bring a flashlight. Event is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Carbon Canyon Regional Park is located at: 4442 Carbon Canyon Road, Brea, CA 92823

Space is limited, please call to register  (714) 973-3160 or email


Storytime in the Garden

Storytime in the Garden-OC Great Park
Storytime in the Garden-OC Great Park

Enjoy a fun-filled, enchanting hour of food related stories, songs, games, and activities designed to help kids build strong language and literacy skills, and lifelong healthy eating habits.

The garden setting stimulates curiosity and imagination, and enables participants to make personal connections with the stories by seeing firsthand how fruits and vegetables are grown.

Structured 30 minute interactive presentation followed by craft activities.
All ages are welcome to attend.

  • Sunday, February 1, 2015 from 10:00 am- 11:00 am

Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions

This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with the University of California Irvine’s Jumpstart Children First program.


Target First Sunday

Bower's Museum
Bower’s Museum

This Sunday, February 1st is Target’s First Sunday, which means FREE admission to local museums!!! Here’s some local museum events, There are participating museums nationwide, click here to find a location near you.

Bowers Museum – FREE – Celebrate the Asian Lunar New Year Family Festival from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

2002 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

Schedule of Events:

  • Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard
    11 AM – 4 PM: Face painting, art projects (Dragon Puppets and Brush Painting) Fortune and Almond cookie tasting
    12:00 PM Lion Dance by JC Culture Troupe
    12:20 PM Sunshine Academy String Ensemble play “Jasmine” and “Joy of Spring,”
    under the guidance of Mr. Leonard Liu
    12:45 PM Traditional dances of Vietnam
    1:00 PM Pacific Symphony String Quartet plays classical Asian music
    1:40 PM Hoang Hac Khi Cong by Golden Crane Qi Gong. Based on 4 basic movements: press, circle, stress and release
    2:00 PM “Changing Faces,” by Master Zhong Wei Qi
    2:30 PM Dance Impressions Production performs Chinese Folk Dances
  • Norma Kershaw Auditorium
    11 AM Oliver Chin: A presentation on his children’s book, The Year of the Sheep
    (For Sale in the Gallery Store)
  • Free admission to specially-ticketed exhibition China’s Lost Civilization is limited to the first 1,500 people on a first come, first served basis. Each recipient must be present. Tickets can be picked up in the North Wing. Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions including: Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachan; 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 limited engagement exhibition Heavenly Horses, which closes February 22nd.

Kidseum  – FREE – High-Tech & Interactive Focus from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

1802 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

The newly renovated Kidseum will be high-tech and interactive with a focus on its new mission, “Igniting imagination through exploration,” stressing the excitement of art and archaeology. Be sure to check out the new “Glow Cave” with its fun art making activities, ride the magical Wells Fargo stagecoach through time in the “Green Screen Time Machine,” and explore archaeology like never before in our new Archaeology Lab. There will be a lot of visual stimulation and engaging education with new smart tables, smart boards and computers.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year – look forward to Art Projects: Mini Paper Lanterns, Year of the Ram Head Pieces, and Face Painting. Join Master Storyteller, Miss Cynthia, for presentations at:

  • 10:30 AM Mr. Seahorse Written by Eric Carl
  • 11:30 AM Coyote and the Colorado River (Native American)
  • 1:30 PM How the Tortoise Got Her Shell (The Greedy Farmer)
  • 3:30 PM The Big Turnip (Russian)

Children’s Museum at La Habra– FREE – African American Heritage

301 South Euclid Street, La Habra CA 90631

Oral traditions kept early African American history alive amongst its people. Master storytellers will continue the traditions and share tales of strength and inspiration. Enjoy lively music by Jazzy Ash and her band and learn the contribution jazz music made to the music world. Oral traditions kept early African American history alive amongst its people- visitors will have the opportunity to create story quilt squares and corn husk dolls.

A total of 500 people are admitted on Target FREE Sundays.Hand stamps for both sessions are distributed at 1pm and are on a first come first served basis. There is no museum admittance once all 500 slots are filled. (This does not apply to CMLH Members.) Session times are 1-2:45pm and 3:15-5pm.

MOLAA  – FREE every Sunday from 11:00 am -5:00 pm

628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Explore MOLAA through gallery tours! Docent Tours of the galleries meet in galleries at 1:00 pm..




Selling GS Cookies 2015

Yesterday marked the beginning of Girl Scout Cookie Sales for my daughter and all Girl Scouts in the Orange County area. Did you know  that Girl Scouts have been selling home-baked cookies to raise money to help their troops and communities since 1917?

Although, we all love the cookies, the Girl Scout Cookie program is about so much more than cookies. Selling cookies teaches girls valuable lessons and life skills such as: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. The Girl Scout Cookie program is the largest – most successful leadership program for girls in the country!

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing Girl Scout Cookie recipes with you. Just one more reason to buy some of these yummy cookies that everyone looks forward to once a year. Before I share the recipe I just want say “Thank you” for your continued support to Girl Scouts and the Girl Scout program.

The First recipe that I will be sharing with you features Thanks-A-Lot ® cookies as we are celebrating their 10th Anniversary. The recipe is courtesy of ABC Bakers




  • 1 pkg. Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies, crushed 

  • 1 c. butter, melted 

  • ½ c. white sugar

  • ½ gal. vanilla ice cream, softened 

  • ½ c. milk 

  • 2 (3.4 oz.) pkgs. instant vanilla pudding mix 

  • 1 (12 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed


  • Combine Thanks-A-Lot Girl Scout Cookies, butter, and sugar in a 9×13-inch baking dish and press mixture into sides and bottom of dish.

  • In a large bowl, combine ice cream and milk with electric mixer.

  • Blend in pudding mix; then pour mixture into prepared crust.

  • Top with whipped topping and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

  • Refrigerate until served.

Number Served – 6 to 8


Astronaut Commemoration Day


Astronaut Commemoration Day (actually days) will be held on Saturday, January 31 & Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Columbia Memorial Space Center from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

In association with NASA’s annual Day of Remembrance, the Columbia Memorial Space Center will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia on Saturday, January 31st with our Astronaut Commemoration Day.

On this day, we honor and give thanks to fallen astronauts who dedicated their lives to discovery and furthering our understanding of space.  Join us for the following:

  • The Legacy of the STS-107 Columbia crew; the STS-51L Challenger crew; and the Apollo 1 crew
  • Special Guests: Renee Sotile and Mary Jo Godges; writers and directors of the award winning documentary Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars
  • Free copies of Christa McAuliffe: Reach for the Stars (while supplies last)
  • Space science activities for all ages

IMG_0081[1] columbia plaque

Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242

Admission is: Adults and Children 4 years and older: $5.00, Children 3 years and younger: FREE, CMSC & ASTC Members: FREE

Don’t forget to use your AAA card for a discount on admission.


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Weekends at Nix Center

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Come to “Weekends at the Nix Nature Center” at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for American Indian Stories, Toys and Games.

Jacque Tahuka-Nunez
Jacque Tahuka-Nunez

Join the talented Acjachemen performer, Jacque Nunez, as she transports you into the life and traditions of the Acjachemen people – and into the world of our shared past.  Jacque Nunez’s presentation will be at 2:00 p.m. Make your own American Indian toys, games, and craft items to take home!  Learn to use a pump drill!

  • Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324.
  • Parking: $3/vehicle.
  • Program is free.

Online Registration



Stormy Night Reading

Stromy Night

I just posted about the children’s bookstore, Once upon a Storybook, in Tustin. Well, today, Salina Yoon, author/Illustrator of Stormy Night – as well as over 100 other books and is being considered for the 2015 Caldecott Award, will be in-store for a very special reading today at 11:00 am..

If you have already purchased, bring it in for her to sign. If you need one, Once Upon a Storybook has some in stock.

Once Upon a Storybook is located at 17300 E. 17th Street #C, Tustin, CA


Once Upon a Storybook


I just recently discovered the most amazing children’s bookstore, Once upon a Storybook in Tustin. Apparently, this charming children’s book store opened in October (I don’t how I missed this). Well, as soon as I found out about this place – I had to go and take a look. I found their website and looked up the next scheduled storytime so that my little one & I could go and explore this new spot..


This bookstore is located at the Enderle Shopping Center, a quaint shopping center located in North Tustin. As I drove up to the book store, first thing I saw was a cute storefront with the sweetest pink doors. I was immediately welcomed by Tina as we walked in. She quickly directed us upstairs for one of the best storytime’s we’ve experienced in a while.


The owner, Susie, welcomed each child individually and briefly described the theme of the day. She was entertaining, patient and knew how to “read” her audience. The kids where a little restless, so she stopped at two books and finished up with quick & easy winter craft.


My little one & I were both eager to go back down stairs and take in the book store. The bookstore is well stocked with books for kids ages birth through teens. They have three adorable little reading cubbies and my daughter experienced each one. We sat on floor and read books, we stayed for almost 2 hours after storytime. It was so comfortable. No one was looking at us or quickly gathering up our books – they just let us be and allowed us to feel at home.


 This past weekend, my 8 year daughter needed a book for her book club, so we went in for a visit. Again, we got comfortable and stayed for almost 2 hours. Neither one of my girls wanted to leave. I absolutely “LOVE” this place. It’s warm and welcoming and the Owner Susie is so sweet. Both she and Tina have a deep love for books, children’s literature and children.

Once upon a Storybook has regularly scheduled Preschool storytimes and a “Milk & Cookies” (PJ) storytime every week. They also have special events and/or author’s readings on a monthly basis.

I’ve been to other children’s book stores but this has a different feel to it. There is something special about this place; maybe it’s the friendly and knowledgeable staff or perhaps the fairies who have taken up residency here (be sure to look for the fairy door) – either way this place feels homey and magically. Once upon a Storybook will definitely become one of our “regular” spots.

  • Preschool Storytime: Tuesdays @11:00 or Fridays @11:00   Join us for songs, stories, and surprises at one of these two weekly identical storytimes!  Sometimes we do experiments, sometimes we make crafts–There’s always something fun when we get the preschoolers together!  Perfect for ages 2-5
  • Milk & Cookies Storytime: Thursdays @7:00  Hear some quiet stories to relax you after a busy day.  Milk & cookies provided (if your child has food sensitivities, please bring an appropriate snack.)  Great for ages 3-8.

Once upon a Storybook is located at the Enderle Shopping Center, 17300 E. 17th St, #C Tustin, CA 92780. Call (714) 669-4377 if you have any questions about upcoming events or hours.