More than 20 years ago the kelp forests of Orange County disappeared due primarily to overfishing and pollution, In 2002 marine biologist Nancy Caruso of Get Inspired! started a project which would eventually restore this once lush forests.
In 2002 with what came to be 5000 volunteers, Caruso and her volunteers began restoring the kelp forests in Newport and Laguna Beach. By 2010, the kelp had reached historic densities and the animals were starting to return to the area.
In celebration of this event, KelpFest was created to celebrate the return of the kelp forests and to honor the thousands of people who helped to restore them. The 7th annual KelpFest, will be on April 17th, 2016 this year on Main Beach in Laguna Beach from 9am-3pm.
There will be many like-minded environmental organizations with exhibits at the event to help educate the participants and help to nurture an appreciation for giant kelp forests. Other activities throughout the day include live painting , a life size interactive kelp forest model, live performances, guided tide pool tours, a swim to the kelp forest, talk to a real mermaid, beach clean up, as well as lots of arts and crafts for kids.
Schedule of events:
9:00am Kelpfest begins
9:00-10:00 Kelp forest comes to life as we construct one for visitors to walk through
10:00am Musical performances begin
Live kelp forest paintings and raffle
Docent led tide pool tours
Arts and crafts for kids
Live musical performances
Get the kids ready for the event by downloading a FREE Gaby Garibladi coloring book here!
When: Saturday, April 17, 2016 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
We LOVEDiscovery Cube’s OC’s Bubblefest! My girls and I attended for the first time last year and we will not miss Bubblefest’s 20th anniversary this year! This amazing show is Discovery Cube’s most popular event and you don’t want to miss it!
Your Bubblefest experience includes tons of bubble fun and what kid doesn’t love bubbles? The hands-on bubble activities include: Bubble Science Experiments, Bubble Lab, Bubble Wall, CO2 Chambers and Laser Table, to name a few. My girls favorite outside activity was the bubble rider, they had a blast!
The highlight of Bubblefest is the 40 minute Mega Bubblefest Laser Show by Deni Yang – it is absolutely incredible! The show is a combination of artistry, science and an astounding laser show. This world-renowned show is both unique and stunning.
The show features awesome bubble tricks that include smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, a snow show of bubbles and a rainbow a table. I never thought about the science of bubbles until attending this show.
Bubblefest admission includes access to the following:
Mega Bubblefest Laser Show
Cube Jr. Playground – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.
Bubblefest runs March 26 – April 10, 2106. The Mega Bubblefest Laser Show runs 4 times a day during Bubblefest, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm.
In addition to the general admission, there is an additional charge for Mega Bubblefest activities of $5 for members and $7 for non-members, children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket. You can purchase tickets the day of the event for $10.00.
Discovery Cube OC, located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA92705
Adventure Day is a fun-filled family event that celebrates the 42nd anniversary of Caspers Wilderness Park. Enjoy a full schedule of guided hikes, arts and crafts, wildlife exhibits, games, and food.
Families and friends of all ages can partake in the numerous activities, including: wildlife-inspired games of ring toss, cowboy lasso, a scavenger hunt and storytelling. Learn about bugs, raptors, conservation, navigation, Native Americans and OC history!
Come to Caspers to not only have an ‘Adventure’ but also “Find a New Adventure” while talking with the exhibitors and exploring the trails. Whether it be buzzing with a Bee Keeper about the life of a bee, or listening to stories about the history of the Native Americans, or learning how to hike…Explore, Dream, Discover!
Some participants include: Reserve of Mission Viejo, OC Bird of Prey Center, Caspers Park Foundation, Inside the Outdoors, Journeys to the Past and more!
When: Saturday, April 2, 2016 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Where: Caspers Wilderness Park, 33401 Ortega Highway San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
The Queen Mary is celebrating their 80th Anniversary of the Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage and to kick off the celebration, they are offering free entry to the ship on March 24th after 3:00 pm.
They will be will be offering enriching historical tours for just $5 and although it’s full on the 24th, they will launch “The Salon Series” a monthly evening of entertaining public programming for guests of all ages.
In the new “The Salon Series” guests will enjoy curated entertainment situated in the elegant design and classic sophistication of one of the Queen Mary’s historic salons – Queen, Royal and Grand – unrivaled in their beauty and comfort.
The Salon Series will present a collection of films, musical performances, lectures and more designed exclusively for the series.
March 24th FREE After 3 will feature:
FREE ACCESS to the Queen Mary from 3PM until closing*
Movie screening in the Queen’s Salon. Limited seating for the film screening. (SOLD OUT)
$5 ship tours all evening
$5 4D-Theater Experience
Discounted Parking – $10 flat rate parking after 3PM
The Queen Mary is located at: 1126 Queens Hwy Long Beach, CA
Children ages 15 and under will enjoy a lake that has been freshly stocked with more than 1,000 lbs. of fish just for the derby. Kids can take part in fishing clinics that will be hosted throughout the event. A limited quantity of fishing rods will be available for loan….and a complimentary barbecue lunch will be served to all who attend!!!
This FREE event is a friendly competion and multiple prizes will be awarded to top competitors in different age groups.
When: Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm; Derby Registration is from: 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Where: Mile Square Regional Park, North Lake, 16801 Euclid, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Cost: Free, parking is $5.00 per vehicle
For more information, call OC Parks at (714) 973-6600 or (714) 973-3197.
Irvine Park Railroad is celebrating their 20th Anniversary and to show their appreciation prices are being rolled back to their original 1996 prices.
Enjoy a 12-minute train ride through beautiful and historic Irvine Regional Park for just $2.00 per person! Other $2.00 activities included in the anniversary celebration will be carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy.
They will be some FREE giveaways which will include Irvine Park Railroad balloons.
When: Saturday, February 20 and Sunday, February 21, 2015, the festivities begin at 10:00 am.
Where: Irvine Park Railroad at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
Cost: The event is FREE, parking fee to Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle.
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
The Richard Nixon Foundation is hosting their annual Presidents Day Celebration on Monday, February 15, 2016 with FREE admission all day!
Get there early and you’ll have the chance to meet Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln at the front entrance of the Nixon Library starting at 10:00 am (okay so of course it’s not really them but they look like them).
A fascinating talk with the three presidents will follow in the magnificent White House East Room at 11:30 AM.
If you are among one of the first 250 visitors, you can enjoy a free slice of cherry pie compliments of Polly’s Pies. Click here for FREE event registration.
When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: The Richard Nixon Library & Museum – 18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard Yorba Linda, CA 92886
During this time the museum galleries are currently undergoing a major renovation and are not open to the public. However, visitors will be able to tour Richard Nixon’s original birthplace, the final resting places of President and Mrs. Nixon, the presidential helicopter, the First Lady’s gardens, and the full-scale replica of the White House East Room.
Come mingle with our Founding Fathers during the 23rd Annual Presidents Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Presidents Day, Monday, February 15, 2016
This celebration includes fun for the whole family, including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady lookalikes. Hot dogs, pie, and other all-American food will be available for purchase.
When: Monday, February 15, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, 40 Presidential Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93065
Cost: Presidents Day activities are FREE and open to the public. Regular Museum admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum and the spectacular Air Force One Pavilion.
Looking for something special and fun for the entire family this Valentines Weekend? Join ENC Naturalist Leslie Helliwell for a walk in the ENC (Environmental Nature Center) to search for hummingbirds and their nests.
Hummingbirds, called “flying jewels” by the early Spanish explorers hover in space, power dive and fly backwards and sideways! Learn where these tiny bits of non-stop energy get their fuel, discover how they “broadcast” their color, and learn which plants depend on them for pollination.
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016, there are two walks for yout to choose from: the first walk is scheduled from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, a second walk is scheduled from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Where: ENC, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, California, 92663
Cost: $6 per guest ($5 for members). Registration at encenter.org required
The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.
Enjoy Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks as they are available for purchase.
It’s almost time for the 3rd annual Great Park Neighborhoods Lunar New Year celebration. This years celebration promises even more fun than last year.
We attended last years celebration and had a fantastic time. The park was beautifully decorated with lanterns, live music was playing, delicious tea and coffee were being served and there was plenty of activities for the kids.
This year there be beautifully adorned cupcakes (almost to beautiful to eat), plenty of arts & crafts for the kids (and your inner child-like spirit), a parade of lanterns, live music, traditional Chinese Lion Head Dance, Pacific Rim beer & wine garden, a night market, and food truck court.
There is something for everyone to enjoy at this celebration.
When: Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
Did you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come explore Clark Regional Park’s rich fossil history! Family Fossil Days provide a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.
The three-hour program, led by park staff, will bring you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil. Participants older than 6 years old will also be able to visit Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site. Meet at the interpretive center, rain or shine. Pack a picnic lunch and stay for the day at the park following the program.
When: Saturday, February 6th, 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 email@example.com www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional
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
The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve offers a FREE Family Science Sunday once a month. Each month a different educational theme is offered. This month the theme is “Bird is the Word” and will focus on birds and migration.
Self guided Free activities take place in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom and may include crafts, hands on exhibits, hikes or more. Theese activities are recommended for ages 2-10.
When: Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660