Category: All things educational

Free admission to Ocean Institute for Red Ribbon Month

 

redribbonOcean Institute is offering FREE admission to the Ocean Education Center for students 18 years and under with a student ID and wearing Red Ribbon Wristbands in honor of Red Ribbon Month.

This offer applies to the Public Program on Saturdays & Sundays in the month of October from the hours of 10:00am-3:00pm.

Ocean Institute

24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone:(949) 496-2274

Admission

$6.50/Adults
$4.50/Children (age 3-12)
FREE for Members

The Ocean Institute features a number of hands-on activities, presentations, tidepool walks and educational cruises in an effort to educate and inspire people of all ages to participate in their community and learn how to become involved in the Marine Life Protection Act Initiative.

Click here to sign the Red Ribbon Pledge

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Take the Red Ribbon Pledge now and be a part of the creation of a drug free America.

WHAT’S THE PLEDGE ABOUT?

  1. As parents and citizens, we will talk to our children and the children in our lives about the dangers of drug abuse.
  2. We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  3. We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  4. We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences, so that our rules are respected.
  5. We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.
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National Chemistry Day at Santa Ana Zoo

Santa_Ana_Zoo_LogoJoin in on a family fun filled day of hands on STEM exhibits in celebration of Chemistry Week at the Santa Ana Zoo on October 12, 2014 from 11am – 3pm

Chemistryday_SAzooSponsored by the American Chemistry Society, this is a hands-on science learning fair at the Santa Ana Zoo. This event serves as a warm up for National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is “The Sweet side of Chemistry – Candy”. There will be College students from nereby colleges assisting kids with hands-on chemistry experiments. Individual tables with different college groups and different chemistry projects through out the zoo.

Price of the event is included with the price of general admission | FOSAZ Members-FREE

for more information visit Santa Ana Zoo or Orange County American Chemical Society

PRICES$10 Adult, $7 Child, $7 Senior, Members FREE, Parking FREE


HOURS10am-4pm 


ADDRESS 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, 92701 DIRECTIONS HERE


PHONE NUMBERS(714) 836-4000 

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Wolves: Myths and Legends at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary and Wolf Totem Ambassadors will host: Wolves: Myths and Legends on Saturday October 4, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

This is an outstanding interactive program will feature wolf folklore, stories and live Grey Wolves.

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Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 29322 Modeska Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676

When: Saturday, October 4, 2014

Date: 7:00 – 8: 8:30 pm.

Fee: $5.00 per person

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Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum

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 The Fall Family Festival at San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum features live music by Hullabaloo, a petting zoo, pumpkin patch, food, gardening workshops to educate children and families on current environmental and conservation issues, Halloween costume exchange, and other fun fall activities!

One of the activities at the Fall Family Festival will be a costume exchange. Bring your gently used Halloween Costumes from last year and browse our costume rack for a new costume. A costume exchange not only mean less resources are used to make new product, it also means less packaging, less transportation of the product and less waste (from products being trashed as they sadly often are!).

Tickets are $5 for members, $10 for non-members, and kids 0-12 are FREE. Proceeds from this event benefit San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, bringing in critical dollars to support the Museums exhibits, programs, and scholarship fund.

 Date: Sunday, October 5, 2014

Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Location: San Diego Children’s Museum, 320 North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025

Fall Family Festival Schedule

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Live Music by Hullabaloo Band
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Visit from our friends at Hooves and Paws Petting Zoo
12:00 pm-3:30 pm Gardening Workshops (Please check back soon to see a full list of gardening workshops)
All day activities include Costume Exchange, Seed Art, and other hands-on activities.

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San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (SDCDM)  is the only hands-on educational children’s museum in North San Diego County, the focus is on science, world culture and art.  the museum offers curiosity through interactive exhibits and hands-on programming. Children have the opportunity for creative problem solving, critical thinking, and hands-on exploration and experimentation in where there are no right or wrong answers.

The San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum offers KPBS Kids Workshops! Join Curious George, the Cat in the Hat, Clifford, and other special guests as children explore the world around them through science, math and literacy.

Workshops will take place on the Second Saturday of selected months from 10am-12noon. Most workshops are scheduled at 10:15 and 11:15 and will last approximately 30-45 minutes. Hands-on activities are designed for children ages 3 and up. Price of KPBS Kids Workshops are included in Museum admission. 

Registration is encouraged so that they can better prepare for the correct amount of attendees. For information and to register, please email education@sdcdm.org.

The KPBS Kids October Workshop “Clifford the Big Red Dog” will be held on October 11, 2014. Children will experiment with surface tension, viscosity and density by making a glitter mindfulness jar.

 

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Read for the Record at the Festival of Children


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Celebrate literacy awareness by participating in a shared reading experience by reading Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells with THINK Together at the Festival of Children  taking place at South Coast Plaza at the Carousal Court on September 27, 2014 from 12pm – 4pm.

This event serves as a precursor to the upcoming nationwide Read for the Record event that will take place on October 21, 2014, look for my upcoming post with more details about how to sign up for the event and fun at home activities. 

IfFestival of Children you have any questions about the Festival of Children Read for the Record event, please contact Gloria Martinez at gmartinez@thinktogether.org or at 714-824-3522 ext.8630

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Urban Landscape and Garden Education Expo

If you enjoy learning new sustainable gardening practices, listening to garden demonstrations and tasting some fresh, seasonal fruit, then you’ll love this!

The 6th annual Urban Landscape and Garden Expo on September 27, 2014, presented by  UC ANR and Irvine Ranch Water District

Bring the whole family  to UC ANR South Coast Research & Extension Center. 7601 Irvine Blvd., Irvine, CA from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

There’s fun activities planned for all and it’s FREE.

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Discover Nature at the Natural History Museum

We visited the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles this past weekend. I was excited about my girls seeing the traditional exhibits that the museum has to offer.

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  Even more excited when we saw the new dinosaur area (it’s been awhile since my last visit) with the interactive displays that my 4 year loved tinkering with.

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But then, we reached the nature gardens labs. WOW, I fell in love with this area of the museum. There are several different garden areas: The Pond, The Erika J. Glazer Family Edible Garden, The Get Dirty Zone and the Pollinator Garden.

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I snapped so many pictures of the garden, my phone had lost it’s power by the time we reached the nature lab so I was only able to take a few pictures. If you’ve never been to the Garden & Nature Lab, I encourage you to visit. It is spectacular! The gardens are gorgeous and the edible garden (my favorite) is beautiful. You are encouraged to pick and eat the fruit and veggies. The Nature Lab is incredible. They have so many interactive displays, microscopes, and a living rat community simulating a sewer system. It’s bright and alive and full of learning opportunities.

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ADDRESS

900 Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 763-DINO

Get Directions & Maps >

HOURS + ADMISSIONS

9:30 am – 5:00 pm daily

Members FREE
Children 2 and under FREE
School Groups FREE
California Teachers* FREE
Children 3 – 12 $5.00
Youth 13 – 17 $9.00
College Students w/ ID $9.00
Seniors (62+) $9.00
Adults $12.00
*Grades PreK-12 with valid school ID or paystub

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Redbox hosts LEGO Movie Contest

Calling all Legomanics , it’s time to get creative! The Lego Movie is at Redboxes everywhere and Redbox is holding a “Build a Redbox Kiosk” contest now through July 28th.

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To enter, you need to create a Redbox kiosk out of Lego’s and submit a photo to Instagram. Use #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. There will be 10 winners who will receive a prize pack. The Prize pack will include a year’s worth (one per week) of Redbox Blu-ray disc rental codes a Blu-ray combo pack of The Lego Movie, and two The Lego Movie mini-figures. Bring out your Lego’s and get to work!

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Here are the full details:

Calling all The LEGO Movie fans! With “The LEGO Movie” Blu-Ray and DVD available at Redbox starting this week, we’re celebrating with a kiosk building contest and an exclusive discount to own the movie at a great value: • The “Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest”- From now until July 28, build a Redbox kiosk and post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. Ten winners will receive a The LEGO Movie prize pack, including a year of one-night Redbox Blu-ray rentals (52 promo codes), a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of The LEGO Movie and two The LEGO Movie mini-figures. • “Love It Forever” Promotion – Rent The LEGO Movie from Redbox and provide your email addresses at checkout for a $5-off coupon to purchase the 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at participating retailers. Please see the press release below for more information and visit the website for details on the contest: http://www.redbox.com/build. Tiny Bricks at Tiny Prices: “The LEGO® Movie” Comes to Redbox Redbox Customers Can Get a $5-Off Coupon to Buy the Movie or Enter to Win “The LEGO Movie” Prize Pack with a Year of Free Blu-ray™ Nights OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. (July 15, 2014) – Redbox, America’s destination for new-release entertainment, is celebrating the Blu-ray and DVD release of “The LEGO® Movie” at kiosks nationwide with the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest and an exclusive discount to own the movie at a great value. From now until July 28, Redbox asks fans to build a Redbox® kiosk from toy blocks and post a photo to Instagram using the hashtag #RedboxLEGOMovieContest. Ten winners* will receive a “The LEGO Movie” prize pack, including a year of one-night Redbox Blu-ray rentals (52 promo codes), a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of “The LEGO Movie” and two “The LEGO Movie” mini-figures. The best entries will be shared on Redbox’s social channels. Also through July 28, customers who rent “The LEGO Movie” from Redbox and provide their email addresses at checkout will get a $5-off coupon to purchase the 3D Blu-ray or Blu-ray/DVD combo pack at participating retailers. “Redbox consistently offers the latest and best movies on Blu-ray and DVD at an incredible value, and ‘The LEGO Movie’ is no exception,” said Kiera Hynninen, SVP of Marketing at Redbox. “We’re thrilled to offer consumers even more value with the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest and the opportunity to own the ‘awesome’ movie at a great discount.” Additional details about the Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest can be found here: http://www.redbox.com/build *Redbox “The Build a Redbox Kiosk Contest” Rules NO PURCHASE/RENTAL NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE/RENTAL WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Begins 12 am CT on 7/15/14. Ends at 11:59:59 pm CT on 7/28/14. Open to legal residents of any 1 of the 50 US, DC, or PR who are at least age of majority. Internet access and a valid Instagram account req’d. Void where prohibited by law. SUBJECT TO FULL OFFICIAL RULES, which contain important requirements for all photos and posts. Winners will be chosen based on following criteria/weights: skill in execution of design and construction using building brick toy pieces (60%); creativity in representing an actual Redbox disc-rental kiosk (30%); creativity of the composition of the Photograph(s) (10%). Creativity is encouraged and entries are not required to look exactly like an actual kiosk. ARV of each prize package: $122. Total ARV of all prizes: $1220. Limit 1 entry per person, per account; multiple entry photos from same person/account will be judged together. Sponsor: Redbox Automated Retail, LLC, One Tower Lane, Suite 900, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by Instagram or The LEGO Group.

 

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Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center and Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

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If your driving along Irvine Ave., in Newport Beach, you might not even notice this 10,000 square foot building. The Interpretive Center is built into one side of the bluffs, and has the most spectacular views of the Bay. I’ve discovered that many people who live in the area are unaware of the Interpretive Center and all it has to offer.

Visiting the Interpretive Center is FREE. Kids can make themselves at home and explore the many puzzles, books, puppets, coloring pages and study the various “pets” in terrariums: snakes, frogs, spiders, etc.

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There is an interactive display that shows children the various wildlife to be found in the bay and the importance of keeping it clean. In the theater, you can watch a short film “Saltmarsh Seasons” that the friendly staff will invite you to view at any time.

A few years ago, I was drawn to the Interpretive Center to have my oldest daughter attend one of their weekly classes – Tideland Tykes/Wild Tales ( ages 2-8, $5.00 per child).  They read a story, go for a nature walk on one of the trials, point out animal tracks and talk about the bay. Afterwards, they go back to the Interpretative Center and do a craft or coloring page. This place is in our “favorites” list. The Interpretive Center is also home to Family Science Sundays (which are FREE).

When we go as a family on the weekend, we usually let our girls play inside, have our lunch in the covered outdoor amphitheater, then we go for a walk on one of the many trials. It is truly lovely here.

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They also hosts regular coastal clean up and restoration days(great for scouting groups or as a family event). The clean up days are a great way to teach your kids one of the many ways to take action in your community and how important it is.

The center is open from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Admission and parking are free.

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 For more information on their Program and Events. For more information, call (949) 923-2290.

The Interpretive Center is located at the corner of University and Irvine Ave. Directions can be found at newportbay.org

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OC Great Park has a great weekend of FREE events

Yesterday, I shared the Fresh Plates: Culinary Workshop that will take place to today at 10:00 am in the Farm & Food Lab at the OC Great Park but there are so many other great events going on at the Great Park this weekend, I had to share them with you.

I do want to highlight one event – Clinic in the Park. If you or anyone who needs health or dental care,  please let them know about this FREE event held on the second Sunday of each month.  Clinic in the Park is an Orange County-based nonprofit community health collaborative.

 

Now on to the weekend events:

 

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SPIRIT: Tae Soon Kim (Opening Reception)

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Great Park Gallery | Map & Directions
Gallery admission, parking and the opening reception are free to the publicThe artwork of Tae Soon Kim reveals the “spirit” of traditional Korean culture by transforming, through the technique of collage, handmade paper (Han-ji) and old damaged books into objects of everyday life such as clothing, furniture, and books. Tae-Soon Kim was born in Kyungnam, Republic of Korea. Her artwork has been displayed worldwide, including at […]

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Movie on the Lawn – The Lego Movie

Saturday, July 12

Time(s): 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: Terraced Lawn | Map & Directions
Starts at Dusk; Weather PermittingJoin us for an outdoor movie experience under the stars. Grab your beach chair, blanket and snacks for a night out with the family. Come see blockbuster hits and family favorites on the big screen at our Movie on the Lawn nights! This year’s Movie on the Lawn series will feature seven film screenings beginning […]

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Certified Farmers Market

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Farmers Market | Map & Directions
Free Parking & AdmissionSundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Take home fresh […]

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Clinic in the Park

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Great Park Certified Farmers Market | Map & DirectionsOn the second Sunday of each month, Clinic in the Park connects children and their families to medical and dental resources, provides application assistance for low cost insurance, developmental health screenings for children, community resource referrals and facilitates health chats with doctors and nurses. These programs are offered and staffed by health-related professional organizations and […]

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Children’s Garden Workshops

Sunday, July 13

Time(s): 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Location: Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
FreeThis season’s Children’s Garden Workshop Series is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.  A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and […]

pictures and information from OCGP.org & clinicinthepark.org

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