It’s time to use your “Imaginology and go Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead” at the O.C. Fair & Event Center. Imaginolgy is one of our girls favorite annual STEAM events. Through hands-on workshops and exhibits, this event creates a stimulating world perfect for kids of all ages.
Kids can explore and discover their abilities in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and agricultural fields and more.
Local professionals and Imaginology staff lead hands-on makeshops and workshops suitable for all ages including ceramics, sewing, technology, painting, sculpting and other crafts. Supplies are provided for free and most artwork and crafts created may be taken home.We love walking through the vegetable and fruit gardens in Centennial Farm. The farm is filled with gardening activities including radish seed planting, digging and identifying vegetable roots and examining a variety of plants through touch and smell at the Garden Touch Table.
There’s so much to do at this event. In addition to the hands-on learning there’s blacksmithing presentation and a cow-milking display where guests learn the process of how milk travels from the cow to the store. Attendees can also pet a chick or visit The Great Egg-Scape exhibit and watch chicks hatching.
When: April 21-23 and is open Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr., Costa Mesa – which is located off the 405 and 55 freeways
Cost: The event is FREE to attend. Parking is free on Friday and $8.00 on Saturday & Sunday
Visit the Imaginology website for more details and a full event schedule.
My family and I just got back from our “Kick-off” to Summer trip by visiting a couple of our National Parks – compliments of our 4th grader. We used my daughter’s Every Kid in a Park pass to visit Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park.
I was more than excited last year when President Obama introduced the “Every Kid in a Park” program that provides every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year! I’ve talked about this program before but it’s such a wonderful program I have to remind everyone to take part in this program.
If your child will be entering the fifth grade in the fall, you still have time to visit our National parks for FREE! The “Every Kid in a Park” program began in the fall and runs through August 31st. For all of you with children heading into the 4th grade in the fall, their pass will be valid on September 1st.
We were in Yosemite this weekend while President Obama and his family were visiting the park. I thought is was awesome that he was there talking about the program that we were there taking advantage of. Although we didn’t stand in the meadow and wait to see the president, we did see the helicopters and experienced the excitement and security measures of having the President in the park at the same time.
According to the White House 80% of American families live around cities where children spend more than 53 hours every week glued to their electronic devices. This initiative is a push to get kids and their families outdoors and active and hopefully inspire a love for nature.
If you’re the parent of a child who just finished up their 4th grade year – get out there and experience our National Parks this summer for FREE. I’ll be writing a post soon about our experience at the parks, where we stayed and any tips that might be helpful for you and your family. In the meantime, #Findyourpark here. I’m looking at our calendar to schedule some more time at our National Parks this summer!
Bring the entire family to experience President’s Day aboard the “Battleship of Presidents.” There will be presidential impersonators and famous military reenactors, vintage vehicles. food trucks, and more.
At 10:30 am there will be a special ceremony honoring President’s Day and the 73rd birthday of our ship. at 11:00 am we will serve birthday cake and pastries while they last.
Don’t forget to tour the battleship, enjoy the new Interactive Tour and Vicky scavenger hunt.
When: Monday, February 15, 2015 from 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Battleship Iowa, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
Here’s a reminder that it’s the 11th annual Museum FREE-for all Day!!! Over twenty museums – presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge.
Here’s a list of the 2016 Participating Museums
Autry Museum of the American West
Annenberg Space for Photography
Armory Space for Photography
California African American Museum
California Science Center – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions or IMAX films. Timed reservations are required for space shuttle Endeavour.
Craft & Folk Art Museum – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
Fowler Museum at UCLA
The Getty Villa – Timed tickets are required. Visit www.getty.edu.
Laguna Art Museum
The La Brea Tar Pits and Museum – Does not include Ice Age Encounters or 3D Theatre
LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) – Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions
Japanese American National Museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)
Museum of Latin American Art
Museum of Tolerance – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Orange County Museum of Art
The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits
The Paley Center for Media
Pasadena Museum of California Art
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Skirball Cultural Center – Offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All. Noah’s Ark timed-entry, one-hour tickets are limited and distributed first-come, first-served
Torrance Art Museum
USC Pacific Asia Museum
William S. Hart Museum
Zimmer Children’s Museum – Closed Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, January 31, 2016 as part of Museums Free-for-All
Rancho Wildlife will host their annual 6th Christmas in the Cages tomorrow, Sunday December 13, 2015. They have a fun festive day planned for everyone. FOCHP (Friends of Orange County’s Homeless Pets) will be here will precious dogs in need of forever homes,
A delicious lunch is included with your tickets and provided by 24 carrots catering & events! Let the children enjoy crafts, a bounce house and sharing their Christmas wishes upon Santa’s lap provided by Great Officiants!
Adults can enjoy the silent auction, holiday shopping at the vendor tables and tastings from Towne Park Brew!
Live entertainment will be provided by the talented group A. Rae and The Dog Rescue.
When: Sunday December 13, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Sanctuary will be aglow up with thousands of twinkling lights – making it the perfect setting to discover the wonder of these nocturnal animals. Learn why bats are so important and why we need to protect them.
Admission to the sanctuary on Bat Night will include the following activities: arts and crafts, games, live animal demonstrations and a family friendly interactive Bat program that will begin at 4:30 pm. and again at 6:30 pm.
Other activities available for a fee are: Face painting, pumpkin craving, wagon rides and a BBQ dinner. (see their website for more details).
A Post Event Program will begin at 8:15 pm for adults 18 and over.
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
The City of Tustin’s first water conservation expo,”Let’s Get Smart About Water – Every Drop Counts” will take place on Saturday September 19, 2105. This family friendly community event is free to the public and will take place from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Peppertree Park.
The Expo will feature tented exhibits from landscape, turf, irrigation, and green technology companies. Workshops and demonstrations will also be offered on water wise and heat tolerant plants for your yard, water saving tips, rebate programs, lawn alternatives and water saving irrigation systems.
A special children’s area will include bounce houses, face painting, kids’ crafts, water conservation games and a coloring contest. A DJ and local entertainment will perform throughout the day to delight the entire family.
Various food trucks will be on hand for a delicious lunch, snacks or a picnic on the grass and prize drawings will take place each hour.
An Art Contest is open to children & teens from k-12 grades. Water is the theme of the contest and must appear on the work in some capacity. Prizes will be awarded and winners will be asked to attend and be recognized at a City Council meeting.
Click on the image below for a PDF format of the entry form.
Peppertree Park is located at 230 W. First Street, Tustin, CA 92780
I originally wrote about the exciting Every Kid in the Park program back in February. This fantastic program provides every fourth grader and their family free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!
Join Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary as Project Wildsong hosts an educational presentation with live ambassador Grey Wolves. This interactive family-friendly program will delight all!
Listen as wolf folklore captures your imagination. Hear Native American stories of this fascinating and misunderstood animal. Learn about the reintroduction of wolves into their natural habitat and take a picture with a live wolf.
When: Saturday, August 29, 2105 from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
You can’t have a 4th of July celebration without Watermelon. Why not pick you own watermelon before heading out to your celebration. Tanaka Farms is offering Watermelon tours beginning today and run through August 30, 2015.
The Summer Watermelon Tours begin. Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of our delicious home grown watermelon. Take home a mini watermelon to experience everything all over again. Tours begin at 9:30 every morning
Watermelon Tours start and will run at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Strawberry Tours will run 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.
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
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.
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
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!
School is out and the OC Zoo has a Summer Programs for kids preschool age & up. The programs feature crafts and hands-on learning as the staff introduces OC Zoo animals to the children. The children are all given a chance to touch (almost all) the animals while providing the children with animal facts. After the program be sure to catch storytime under the beautiful trees.
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).
Time: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
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).
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.
It is a common conception that living sustainably is inconvenient, expensive or plain old boring! John Malek will shed light on luxurious, fun and affordable ways to live a sustainable life you love.
The AWE Lecture Series is intended to bring together a community of like-minded and highly engaged forward-thinking innovators, designers, educators, and environmentally and socially concerned individuals to explore topics that are intimately relevant to our beautiful Orange County land and the people who live here.
When: Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
More Than Honey is a film about the alarming disappearance of bees and its effect on all of us.The film is sponsored by the Ecology Center’s partner, Chipotle. Engage with a representative from Chipotle as they share insights into the future of sustainably raised food. Plus, enjoy FREE delicious, GMO-free tacos from Chipotle!
Be sure to bring your own chair and blanket for an educational evening in the garden with food, drinks and a film screening under the stars!
This event was previously set for May 7th but had to be reschuled due to rain.
This Saturday, May23, 2015, The Ecology Center presents “Home Remedies & Herbal Medicine Workshop”. Learn how to make use of the healing and long term health benefits of alternative and herbal medicine.
Herbology (herbal medicine) is extremely effective, gentle to both people and the environment, non-addictive, natural, and sustainable. It is virtually cost-free as your medicine cabinet can be sourced from your garden. Understanding the medicinal value of plants and the best ways to use them can keep your family, community, and the environment healthy.
Join the Ecology Center for this intensive 4 hour alternative healing and herbology hands-on workshop. You will gain accessible and practical knowledge on alternative ways to treat simple and more complex health conditions.
Start by learning about a few simple alternative ways to deal with simple headaches, allergies and injuries.
Explore the garden, a few medicinal herbs and their uses, and engage in a hands-on herbal medicine making lesson.
Discuss culinary plants that work in your medicine cabinet including sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic, and hyssop among others.
Gather in the orchard and learn how to use apples, peaches, lemons and more to make medicine.
Make and take home an herbal medicine that fits your needs and start your own Natural Medicine Chest.
This popular workshop occurs just once a year. Register now for the opportunity to learn at home remedies from two highly qualified experts in the field of natural healing.
Dr. Doug has over 30 years of experience in healing as a chiropractor and applied kinesiologist. His passion, research, and years of practice with herbology and food as medicine are integral elements in his approach to health. He is a vital part of the education provided by The Ecology Center, through his contributions of research, writing, and class instruction.
Rebecca Altman is a herbalist and writer who has been practicing herbalism for 9 years, and studying for even longer. She’s had the great fortune to learn from some of the most brilliant people in modern herbalism— Kiva Rose, Jim McDonald, Matthew Wood— and the even greater fortune to have spent a lot of time working with the plants she regularly gathers from the wild, learning their secrets from observing their patterns. Her approach to herbalism is in looking at the connections between things— between humans and the planet, between humans and each other, and between abstract concepts and grounded practices, to make them accessible to all of us. She writes about herbalism and the human condition at www.cauldronsandcrockpots.com and she sells her herbal creations at www.kingsroadapothecary.com.
When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Where: The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St. San Juan Capistrano, 92675