Category: Family fun

International Festival

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Soka University’s 14th Annual International Festival in Aliso Viejo will feature over 900 international musicians and dancers, 250 exhibitors, international food, children’s Adventure Land with games and inflatable rides, children’s clay workshop, art exhibitions, ceramic sales and demonstrations!  The International Festival is a proud partner of Orange County Imagination Celebration.

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Soka University, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
  • Cost: Free, Parking is $10 cash – please have exact cash on hand



MOLAA Cinco De Mayo Celebration


This Sunday celebrate Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Culture at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) where you’ll enjoy performances, art, workshops, craft vendor booths and more!

Schedule of Events:

  • 11:00am-4:00pm Craft Vendors, Face Painting, Art Workshops, and Food for Purchase
  • 12:00 & 12:30pm Children’s Storytime in the Screening Room
  • 1:00-4:00pm Performances in the Robert Gumbiner Sculpture Garden
  • 1:00pm – El Tamborazo Lucero
  • 2:00pm – MEXIKA with Martin Espino: Music and Dance of Ancient Mexico
  • 2:00pm Docent Tours of the galleries
  • 3:00pm – QUITA PENAS (Tropical)

Visit for more information.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 10:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Where: MOLAA, 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: FREE

Rancho Days Fiesta


Heritage Hill Historical Park celebrates Rancho Days Fiesta. Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s ranchos and native American tribes! Visitors will experience the past through music, dance, crafts, food, and first-person presentations.

All of the historic buildings will be open for tours, courtesy of the Amigos de la Colina docents.

All tickets will be sold at the gate on the day of the event only.

  • When: Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Hertiage Hill Historical Park
  • Cost: $5 – adults and children (3-12), FREE – children (under 3)

Bear Awareness Day!

Come learn all about bears at the OC Zoo’s Bear Awareness Day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 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

Bear Awareness Day


Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies!

See the beautiful monarch butterfly

The Coastkeeper Garden has a morning of learning and fun planned for their Butterfly Family Workshop all about the Monarch Butterfly. Orange resident and author, Susie Vanderlip will introduce families to the world of monarch butterflies!

Monarch Butterflies add such beauty and grace to our gardens, and they need our help! With a touch of science, art and spirit,Susie Vanderlip shares all you need to know to enjoy and help save these lovely creatures.

Learn how to attract these beautiful creatures into your yard. Children will be able to meet Chester the Caterpillar and plant milkweed seeds to take home.

  • When: Saturday, May 02, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: Coastkeeper Garden in Orange located next to Santiago Canyon College soccer field –  the entrance is on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Ave and Jamboree (see the map)
  • Cost: Free
Contact Austin Brown at with any questions.

Spring Garden Show

Come to the Land of Nod at South Coast Plaza this weekend Saturday, April 25, 2105 & Sunday April 26, 2105 for a Spring Garden Show Children’s Events.

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 The Land of Nod has two FREE and fun family friendly days planned. Come and enjoy animals from Prehistoric Pets and The Santa Ana Zoo as well as balloon art and nature based storytimes.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm enjoy the following activities:

  • 11:00 a.m.- Join the South Coast Storytellers Guild for fun and interactive stories about nature.
  • 1 p.m.- Come by for an educational hands-on adventure with “Prehistoric Pets” of all sizes including snakes, lizards, frogs, tortoises, and bugs.
  • 3:30 pm.- Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or balloon animal made especially for you! 

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On Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. enjoy the following activities:

  • 11:30 a.m.- Join the South Coast Storytellers Guild for fun and interactive stories about nature.
  • 1 p.m.- The Santa Ana Zoomobile is an exciting live animal presentation brought directly to our Garden Show. Come for an unusual educational experience blending scientific knowledge with intimate opportunities to study animals.
  • 2:30 p.m.- Come have your favorite balloon flower, garden insect or balloon animal made especially for you!

The Land of Nod is located at 3333 Bear St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626


Earth Day at The District Tustin Legacy


Mission Viejo Earth & Arbor Day Celebration

Mission Viejo will celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day with a planting and cleanup effort and Green Expo from 8;00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

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Volunteers will have an opportunity to plant trees, shrubs and clean up litter on Mustang Run at Los Alisos Boulevard.  Participants should bring a hat, gloves, boots, sunscreen and shovels for landscape renovation.  Free hotdogs and ice cream will be available for volunteers while supplies last.

Along with the planting, the City is hosting a Green Expo that will feature earth-friendly activities and environmental exhibits with tips on water conservation, pollution prevention and recycling.

In honor of Earth Day and Arbor Day, residents can also take advantage of the City’s free compost giveaway at 8:00 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center at 28095 Hillcrest. – Bring a container and shovel to scoop your own compost (up to 36 gallons per resident) while available.

For more information or to register for the planting, visit


Celebrate Earth Day with Pretend City

Celebrate Earth Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum on April 22, 2015 10:00 am4:00 pm.

Earth Day celebrates our amazing planet Earth, and the plants and animals that live here with us! As budding environmentalists, children will be motivated to recycle, reduce and reuse waste through diverse activities. Children will experience the outcomes of wasteful actions and make the learning connection that their actions can have a dramatic impact on the environment. Special offerings will include:

  • Sensational Story Time: Compost Stew will introduce children to the idea of composting. They will work on science skills as they sort items to create their own composting bin and math skills as they put the composting steps in order.
  • Let’s Move: Don’t miss the Recycle Relay! Children will see just how much trash we can cut down on going into the landfill by recycling.
  • Smart Art: This handmade Planet Earth will serve as inspiration for your child to be green every day.

Get your hands earthy making seed balls with Earthroots Field School! Seed balls are fun and easy to make for all ages.  Seed balls are marble sized mixtures of native seeds, clay and compost used to replant habitat. Take them with you and toss them into empty landscapes to plant a habitat. Seed balls protect the ungerminated seeds from being eaten by birds or other critters and keep them in place until the right amount of rain falls to wash away the clay leaving the seeds surrounded by a moist bed of compost, ready to grow.

Play Partner: Earthroots Field School; Pretendgineers and Brain Builders, our experienced stage staff of trained early childhood and child development educators, grown-ups

Grown-up Tip: Being a role model for your child is important. Showing your child how and why we recycle is a great way to become a part of the “Go Green” movement. Check out our Go Green Pinterest Board for more tips and activity ideas!

  • When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Pretend City Children’s Museum, 29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
  •  Cost: Included with regular museum admission

Earth Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific

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Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet while visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific for its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25th and Sunday, April 26th, 2015.

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Families can journey through the Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day by learning more everyday tips to protect our environment. They’ll have the chance to visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations such as NOAA’s National Weather Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, and more will participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages.

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Environmental films will be shown to give guests a chance to learn about climate change, sustainable seafood, and reducing marine debris. Aquarium program animals will also be on hand with experts, who will bring them out of their exhibits so guests can get upclose and even touch some of them as they learn about these creatures. Some of the program animals include birds, lizards, snakes, and more.

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Want a discount to Aquarium of the Pacific? Use the E-WASTE DISCOUNT and help save the environment! You can receive a coupon for $10 off one Aquarium adult admission ticket valid on April 25 or April 26, 2015, simply present an e-waste item* at the e-waste booth on the Aquarium’s front plaza for your coupon.

  • When: Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
  • Cost: $28.95 for adults (12+), $14.95 for children (3-11), $25.95 for seniors (62+), Children under three years old and Aquarium members are free.

For more information visit Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration.

* E-waste items accepted for recycling include: computer towers and monitors, televisions, video game consuls, printers, fax machines, scanners, paper shredders, copy machines, radios, turntables, amplifiers, cassette recorders, compact disc/DVD players, speakers, camcorders, cameras, cell phones, cell phone charges and batteries, electric typewriters, small household appliances, and calculators.