Month: May 2016

Free Day on the Queen Mary

Enjoy historic programming in the Queen’s Salon, Royal Salon and Verandah Grill. Space is limited for each presentation. Seats available on a fist come, first serve basis.

Queen’s Salon: Film screenings – “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (1 – 2pm), Queen Mary Voices Special Presentation with June Allen & Commodore Everette Hoard (2:15 – 3:15pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (3:30 – 4:30pm), “Our Relations” Laurel & Hardy, 1936 film (4:30 – 5:45pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (6 – 7pm), “Queen Mary: The Greatest Ocean liner” (7 – 8:15pm).

Royal Salon: Live lecture series – Lord Alan Watson + book signing (2-3pm), Commodore Warwick (4-5pm), Commodore Everette Hoard  (6-7pm).

Sports Deck: Deck games available for guests to enjoy from 10am – 6pm – Shuffleboard, Quoits, Badminton, Ping Pong. Equipment is limited, all rentals available on a first come first serve basis.

Additional Tours & Attractions Include: All Queen Mary day tours and Diana: Legacy of a Princess Exhibit will be available for just $10 and don’t miss out on the Special 80th Anniversary Tour for $12. All tour ti mes and reservations available at the Tour Center on Promenade Deck Forward, you can also enjoy The Queen Mary 4-D Theater for just $6 per show. If you want to go all out – start your day with a reservation at the 80th Anniversary Brunch in the historic Grand Salon. CLICK HERE for Brunch Tickets.

  • When: Saturday, May 27, 2016, from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Where: The Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway • Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: Entering the Queen Mary is FREE for this event, some attractions may include fees, parking is at the special rate of $12 (when entering between 10AM – 8PM). 

Hikes & Bikes

hikesnBikesPRLHike it or bike it this weekend with plenty of options for both. Take advantage of these great guided hikes & mountain bike rides while you discover our beautiful Orange County Parks & Trails.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Walk with a Naturalist – O’Neill Regional Park
Join our Naturalist on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Explore the Bay Family Hike – Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
An easy hike for families of all ages to learn more about Upper Newport Bay and enjoy its trails. 

  • Hike will be on paved and dirt trails
  • Bring sun protection and water
  • Meet on the patio of the Muth Interpretive Center
  • No fee or pre-registration required
Date:  5/21/2016
Time:  10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Introduction to Mountain Biking
OC Parks – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer Mountain Bike Trail Assistants on this beautiful 8-mile bike ride (400-ft. elevation gain) on uneven terrain. Learn mountain biking basics and trail etiquette while enjoying the canyon views.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Please come prepared with a bike suitable for off-pavement riding, sturdy shoes, helmet, gloves, water and snack.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Intermediate Mountain Biking – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park

Catch beautiful canyon views on this 10-mile ride over steep and uneven terrain (1,600-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer mountain bike trail assistants. This is for INTERMEDIATE riders with mountain biking experience. Appropriate mountain biking equipment required.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Must have helmet, gloves, hydration; a snack is strongly suggested. Be prepared for varied weather in the canyons.
  • This bike ride is not for beginners.
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Evening Family Beginner Mountain Bike Ride: Limestone Canyon to The Sinks – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slow-paced, family-oriented ride through sycamores, oaks, and native habitat in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve. This 9-mile ride takes visitors to The Sinks, Orange County’s own “mini Grand Canyon.”

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Limestone Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Meditating in Nature
OC Parks – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
 Location:  Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Relax in nature this spring with park staff and Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers.  Enjoy a short walking meditation (1/2 mile), breathing and energization exercises, and sitting meditation. Bring a blanket, pillow, and clothing in layers in case the evening is cool.  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).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/22/2016
Time:  5:45 PM – 7:15 PM
Contact: (949) 923-2235

All About Snakes

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OC Parks invites you to join local herpetologist Steve Bledsoe at O’Neill Regional Park to learn all about snakes that can be found in Orange County.

This family-friendly event will feature a live reptile display with local snake species. Come learn how to identify snakes, where they live and what to do when you encounter one on park trails.

There will also be an informative presentation on rattlesnakes of Orange County. All About Snakes will be offered on two different dates, May 21 and July 23. The same program will take place on both dates.

  • When:Saturday, May 21, 2016 and Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Where: O’Neill Regional Park, 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678. Meet at the O’Neill Nature Center and Amphitheater. Park at the O’Neill Nature Center lot.
  • Cost: The event is FREE, parking fees may apply.

Reservations are not required!

Hikes & Bikes

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes kind of weekend! Although the list is short it’s a sweet one. No matter what you choose – make sure to get out there this weekend and experience nature.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slower intro-to-cardio hike that incorporates a little more for interpretation along a trail that passes by coastal sage scrub, grasslands and oak woodlands in Weir Canyon.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


Online Registration

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 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 about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people.

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


Sign-up Link

Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/15/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Spring Faire at ENC

Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page
Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page

Come and join the fun at Environmental Nature Center’s 11th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening! This day’s events if filled with enviromental fun, music and food the entire family will enjoy.

This is one of our favorite places to visit in Orange County! During the Spring Faire you’ll be able to to visit Orange County’s only butterfly house, view the Youth Art Exhibit, Purchase native plants that attract butterflies and birds to your own yard, Decorate your body with face paint or henna, Get a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!  Play nature games, and see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center.

Gather ’round the Fire Circle Stage and listen to the Youth Singers of Orange County. Watch a live Bird of Prey presentation from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, and so much more!

For the kids –  the purchase of a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5.00 per child is your “ticket” for a full day’s worth of awesome crafts!

Presentations scheduled for the day include:

10: 15 – Biodiversity Presentation by Community Roots Academy

11:00 – Dealing with the Drought – Metropolitan Water District

11:45 – Young Singers of Orange County

12:30 – Birds of Prey

1:15 – Save the Queen Green!

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  • When: Sunday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: FREE

 

Family Fossil Days

Clark ParkDid you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come and explore the rich fossil history at Family Fossil Days. Clark Regional Park provides a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

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The Park Staff will lead a three-hour program that brings you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil.

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Participants older than 6 years old can discover Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site which is located right across the street from Clark Regional Park. Attending Family Fossil Day gives you access to a limited amount of this area which is normally closed to the public.

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It is amazing just how many fossils there are at Clark Regional Park and how much history we have right here in Orange County The program begins at the Interpretive Center and takes place rain or shine. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day at the park following the program.

  • When: Saturday, May 7th, Saturday, September 10th, Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5 per vehicle. 

For more information: Call (714) 973-3170 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional

Fishing Derby

Image courtesy of Orange County Parks Facebook page
Image courtesy of Orange County Parks Facebook page

OC Parks, Sport Chalet and local fishing organization Team 57 host the 2nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake.

Kids ages 15 and under fish for free at the Fishing Derby. The lake will be stocked with catfish. Following the derby, a free hot dog lunch will be provided by Team 57 and participating vendors (while supplies last).

Fishing experts will be on-site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! There will also be an opportunity drawing for kids to win prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Registration begins at 8:00 am, Fishing Derby is from 8:00 am -12:00 pm 
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Kids 15 and under fish for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult, parking is $5.00 
  • To register: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

 

May the 4th be With You!

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Once Upon a Storybook has a special event planned for the 4th of May. “May the Fourth Be with You! Come and celebrate May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars holiday with an exciting Star Wars storytime and create Yoda origami!

This event is perfect for children in 1st – 4th grades.

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  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: $5.00 per child

OC Zoo Bear Awareness Day

OC Zoo Black BearCome learn all about bears at the OC Zoo’s Bear Awareness Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am -4:00 pm

There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids including crafts, special keeper chats about bears, a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.

Reservations are not required for this event, Admission to OC Zoo is $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free. Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle on weekends.

OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

Rocket Launch!

Image Courtesy of Discoverycube.org
Image Courtesy of Discoverycube.org

Join the Boeing Company and Discovery Cube for their annual Rocket Launch! This FREE family-friendly event is a hands-on, engaging day of designing, building and launching your own Rocket!

There are activities for all ages including a competition to make and launch your very own rocket made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Bring your pre-built rocket from home or built it there (please bring your own bottle). Design and attach a parachute to your rocket for the full effect. The payload with the longest “hang time” in the air wins!

Bring your own chairs and sunscreen (no pop-ups or large umbrellas please). Indulge in Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE
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