Category: All things educational

More Than Honey

wpid-2015-05-01_13.40.38.jpgJoin The Ecology Center in the garden for the Farm Film Series: More Than Honey.

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!

Space is limited, please sign up early. Register Online

  • When: Thursday, May 7, 2105 at 6:00 pm
  • Where: The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz St., San Juan Capistrano, 92675
  • Cost: FREE

Dia De Los Ninos


Día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Dia (Diversity in Action), is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. The common goals of all Día programming are to:

  • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries.
  • Nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
  • Introduce families to community resources that provide opportunities for learning through multiple literacies.
  • Recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities.

The following is a list of events in and near the Orange County area. There are events being held nationwide – for a location near you click here.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:00 pm  – 7:00 pm

Tustin Library, 345 E. Main St., Tustin, Ca 92780

There will be crafts for kids that will begin at 5 pm in the courtyard, Mariachi Romanza performance begins at 6pm in the Community Room and Food trucks will be present!

Thursday, April 30, 2105 3:30 -4:30 pm

Orange Public Library, 407 E.Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866

Join in for a bilingual story time for families. Bilingual Spanish/English stories celebrating “Día” will be presented in our Library Community Room.

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 3:30 PM

Downey Library, 7400 East Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242

The Downey Library will celebrate children, literature, and diversity by creating art and exploring food from different cultures!

Thursday, April 30th @ 4:00 pm

Anaheim Central Library, 500 W. Broadway, Anaheim, CA 92805

Kids are encouraged to have fun reading with the TIC clowns! Have fun with comedy skits, balloon twisting, bilingual stories, raffles, crafts, free snacks, free books, games and lots of fun! All Ages welcome!

TIC clowns ChaCha the rainforest cafe mascot, Think together community organization and Mexican Consulate staff Mrs. Angel  will be present as the bilingual storyteller.

Wednesday, May 13, 2105 at 6:30 PM

Hawaiian Gardens Library, 11940 Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716

Come to the library for stories and songs from around the world, followed by a fun art activity!


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!


Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours


The strawberries are sweet at Tanaka Farms! Come this weekend for a Strawberry U-Pick Tour. This guided tour around the farm takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hour on a tractor- pulled wagon.

You will see how fruits & vegetables grow and sample many of those that are in season. The last stop on this tour is in the strawberry patch will you be able to pick and eat strawberries! My Girl Scout troop and I took this tour last year and let tell you, I have NEVER tasted sweeter strawberries! Each person will take home a one (1) pound basket of strawberries!

Tour Times are: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30

Walk-ins are welcome this weekend

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours
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Tanaka Farms is located at: 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, CA

Cost for tours are Adult – $18, Child – $18, Children (age 2 yrs old and under) – Free

Public Drinking Water Is Not Available, please bring your own or bottled water is available for purchase at $1.50/bottle.. This is an actually working farm, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting a little dirty.

They do not allow pets or wagons on the property. for safety reasons.


Get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit


Help the Monarch Butterfly and get a FREE Butterfly Garden Kit! Monarch butterflies need our help. Join the National Wildlife Federation and help plant monarch butterfly food so we can continue to enjoy these iconic butterflies. Pledge now to be a Butterfly Hero and plant a garden that provides food, water and places for monarchs to lay their eggs.

Become a Butterfly Hero!

PLEDGE TODAY! Upload a photo of you, making the American Sign Language sign for butterfly, as your pledge to help the Monarch butterfly. The sign for butterfly is made by linking your thumbs and crossing your two hands in front of you at the wrists with your palms facing you. After taking the pledge, you will receive a Butterfly Garden Starter Kit, while supplies last. Once you have your kit, learn how to garden and watch your wildlife garden bloom!

Win a trip for 4 to Walt Disney World by pledging by May 15, 2015!

Note: Only individuals and families are eligible to be entered in the sweepstakes. See official rules for Butterfly Heroes and Disney Sweepstakes

Kids Activities

As a Butterfly Hero, you and your child have many opportunities to enjoy nature together. Share your child’s delight as plants grow and butterflies, bees, and birds arrive in your garden. Look for the following to experience the wonder first hand. Ask your child:

  1. Which flowers are most popular? Check out whether certain kinds of butterflies seem to prefer visiting certain flowers.
  2. Do the butterflies’ colors blend in or stand out? Are they more camouflaged with their wings open or closed?
  3. Can you identify the butterflies you spot? Note their size and shape, the colors and patterns on their wings, and how they fly. Then use a field guide to search for their names. You could also go online to for lots of helpful information.
  4. Can you get close enough to watch a butterfly’s long tongue unroll? Can you use a magnifying glass to see the tiny scales that cover its wings.
  5. Observe leaves for tiny eggs and check back to discover caterpillar growth. Milkweed leaves with bites taken out is a first clue for finding caterpillars!

Here are some more ideas for children to make the most of their butterfly garden habitat! 

Photo by Robin Anderson

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Play Safe

  • Avoid Insect Stings and Bites
    Note: Remind children to always wash their hands after working and playing in the garden and not to eat or taste plants outside of the vegetable garden.

Check out NWF’s Activity Finder for more activity ideas to help you connect with nature. Use our Activity Finder to get the most out of your time to play outdoors, watch wildlife, and discover the wonder of nature.


World of Wolves

Wolf Haven International
Wolf Haven International

Wolf Haven International is a nationally recognized wolf sanctuary located in South Puget Sound, between Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Wolf Haven rescues and provides a lifetime home for over 180 displaced, captive-born animals since 1982. In addition to their guided walking tours that offer visitors a rare, close-up view of wolves. Wolf Haven also provides a variety of educational programs and presentations focused on conservation-related themes.

Wolf Haven’s has several educational programs in and LA and Orange County at the Fountain Valley LibraryLocal REI’s and O’Neill Regional Park over the next couple of weeks. These programs are all FREE!

 Please call or check the website and/or venue to ensure that Wolf Haven is still scheduled for that day’s event before heading to the event.

Wolf Haven free presentations are a family-friendly educational program about the history and future of wolves in North America. The program includes engaging video footage of both wild wolves & wolves at Wolf Haven International, plus hands-on portion with animal skulls, tracks and antlers.

  • March 10, 2105 at Fountain Valley Library – 17635 Los Alamos St. Fountain Valley, Ca 92708 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

  • March 11, 2015 at REI Northridge – 18605 Devonshire St. Northrdie, CA 91324 from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

  • March 12, 2015 at REI Arcadia – 214 N Santa Anita Ave., Arcadia, CA 91006 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm

  • March 18, 2105 at REI Manhatten Beach – 1800 Rosecrans Ave Ste E, Manhattan Beach, California 90266 from 7:00 -8:30 pm

  • March 19, 2015 at REI Tustin – 2962 El Camino Real, Tustin, California 92782

  • March 21, 2015 at O’Neill Regional Park – 30892 Trabuco Canyon Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678 – Wolf Haven International will present World of Wolves II, a family friendly educational program about wolf behavior, biology and social structure at O’Neill Regional Park.

  • March 24, 2105 at La Palma Library  – 7842 Walker St. La Palma, CA 90623 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm


OC Zoo Spring Preschool Program

wpid-2014-11-25_21.15.11.jpgThe OC Zoo Spring Preschool Program is ready for registration! This program is geared for children ages 3-4 years old, the fee is $5.00 which includes the program and the entrance to the zoo for one child and their adult/guardian.


The program includes 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 preschool program you can enjoy the zoo and storytime under the beatiful trees.


Arrive at the zoo gate by 10:00 am to purchase your ticket as the program begins promptly at 10:15 am and are an hour in length. Parents must accompany their children for the entire program.

Spring Preschool Program line up: 

Bonkers For Bunnies
Dates: Fri, March 13th; Wed, March 18th;
Fri, March 27th; & Thurs, April 2nd
*Please note these Easter-themed classes and it fills up quickly!

Animal Art I
Dates: Wed, March 25th & Thurs, May 7th

Down On The Farm
Dates: Fri, April 10th & Wed, May 20th

Magnificent Mammals
Dates: Wed, April 15th & Fri, May 15th

OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Pk, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869

Park entrance fee of $3.00 does apply.

PHONE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. To register for a class call (714) 973-6846.
*Please call to cancel no later than 1 week prior to class so that we can allow someone from
the waiting list to attend instead.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 is on March 2, 2015.  Oh, the Places You’ll Go. the Dr. Seuss classic, has been the chosen book for this year’s celebration.

Get involved with NEA’s Read Across America Day, a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2nd — Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

 Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Incorporate these guides and activities to celebrate reading with young people.

Here’s what you can do:

Take the Pledge:

Help create a nation of readers – Take the Read Across Pledge, and tell NEA your plans for celebrating Read Across America Day, they’ll publish them so others can be inspired by your event.

Attend an event:

Lakeshore Learning Centers nationwide will host a Dr. Seuss Celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Take part in a Dr. Seuss storytime every hour on the hour. Make a Cat in the Hat mask and a “Hat’s Off pencil holder. Don’t forget to use their BOGO 50% off coupon code 9695 for your purchases from 2/26/15 thru 3/1/15.



Irvine University Park Libary will “Seuss-abrate” their favorite author Dr. Seuss on March 1st from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with a fun afternoon of books, crafts, and activities. We will read “Green Eggs and Ham” together at 3pm and then have fun with activities based on Dr. Seuss books. For kids ages 3 – 8. Free! No registration required. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin will host a FREE Dr. Seuss birthday & Read Across American event on March 2nd at 3:30 pm,  come in to enjoy a book reading  and Dr. Seuss related arts & crafts.


Pottery Barn celebrates Read Across America Day! This year on March 2nd from 11:00 am – 11:30 am*, they will be tipping their hats to Dr. Seuss and celebrating his birthday with a special storytime. Kids will enjoy Dr. Seuss classics an crafting activities, plus they’ll take home a special Certificate of Participations. *New York Store has storytime at 10:00 am


Pretend City has activities scheduled throughout the day. On March 2nd enjoy Sensational Story Time: Join us in the library every hour for a reading of Oh, The Places You’ll Go. See what adventures are in store for your little ones as we map out the places they would like to travel to, Good to Grow Game: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” What direction will you choose to go in? See you can make it through the Seussville maze and Picture Perfect: Let your child share their dreams in this fun and interactive photo op with the Seussville characters! Don’t forget to swing by the art studio to make your very own high flier!

RSVP’s are not required, Fees are Included with museum admission. You can purchase tickets hereDress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character to receive $1 off general admission! 

Grown-up Tip: Looking for a fun way to travel the United States without the travel? Visit Seussville and play the “Oh The Places!” Game with your school aged child. They will have fun testing their knowledge of the states.

 Pretend City-ReadAcrossAmerica

Barnes & Noble will host storytime & activities nationwide on March 2nd at 7:00 pm.

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Cypress Library will host a Family Film Club to Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 111th birthday on March 2nd from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Watch The Lorax (PG), in the meeting room. Children and families are welcome. Registration is encouraged at the Info Desk. for more information call 714 826-0350



Or locate a bookstore event near you through

Make your own event: 

Go to Plan a Reading Event for Read Across America for tips and ideas to help you plan a Seussational event.

This is also a great time to take your family to see Seussical the Musical at Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center from February 28 , 2015 through March 8 , 2015.

Be sure to follow Read Across America on Facebook and Twitter with #readacrossamerica.


Every Kid in the Park


President Obama just introduced a very exciting new initiative today called “Every Kid in the Park“. This program will provide every fourth grader and their families free admission to our national parks and recreational sites for a full year!

The “Every Kid in a Park” program will begin in the fall, just in time for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. This also happens to coincide with 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service.

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.

The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Every 4th grader family interested will receive a FREE annual pass! Currently an annual pass is $80.00. If you are not a family with an incoming 4th grader you can still take advantage of the annual FREE days (which I always blog about).

In addition President Obama also released that there will be 3 sites throughout the country that will be designated as new national monuments: Pullman town in Illinois, which played a role in the civil rights movement; Honolulu National Monument in Hawaii, the site of an internment camp during World War II; and Browns Canyon National Monument in Colorado, a huge area scenic area in the Arkansas River Valley.

If you want to get a head start and start planning your year, here’s a link to find a National Park near you. As a the Mom of an incoming 4th grader and a Girl Scout Leader I am extremely happy to hear this news. I look forward to discovering more of our National Parks this coming year and deepening my daughter’s love of the outdoors.


President’s Day Festival

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What better way to celebrate President’s Day and the 72nd Birthday of Battleship IOWA than at the Battleship of President’s!

This day long festival is FREE for the whole family to enjoy!  Come and explore the history that the Battleship tour has to offer (at an additional price), and then stay for a drink, some music, dancing and fun.  Celebrate in the Sailor’s Bar and have a drink, order a snack at one of the food trucks, dance along to the music of a 40’s jazz band, try your aim at the WWII shooting gallery or simply walk around and visit with the local vendors.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy so come on down.

The Festival is FREE to the public.  Parking is available for $1/hour directly in front of the Battleship.  Regular admission rates will apply to all daily tours.   Food and beverages will be available at an additional fee.

  • When: Today, February 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
  • Where: Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: The event is Free, Parking fees apply

If you have questions call 877-446-9261