Category: Family fun

November Junior Chef Classes


Let Williams-Sonoma can show your kids how fun and easy cooking can be: Learn to make delicious recipes, from main courses to desserts and snacks, with plenty of tasting along the way.

For specific times and more details, find your local store>
• Available at all stores; class times vary by store location.
• Class size is limited – call your local store to register.


Be in charge of Thanksgiving dinner’s first course – delicious Butternut Squash Soup with Crispy Herb Croutons. They’ll teach you how to make it  step by step, as well as tell you all about winter squashes. Suitable for ages 9–13.

Did you know that different types of potatoes can make mashed potatoes either creamy or gummy? Learn the secrets to making delicious creamy mashed potatoes. Suitable for ages 9–13.

Learn how to make a lattice top or decorate the top of mom’s Thanksgiving pie with beautiful cutouts, sugar crystals and other finishing touches. Suitable for ages 5–13.


Target Free – First Sunday: Day of the Dead Family Festival


Sunday, November 2, 2014 Bowers Museum FREE First Sunday will celebrate Dia De Los Muertos “Day of The Dead” Festival  from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Schedule of events

Missions and Ranchos Exhibit Hall 

10:00am – 4:00pm – View the beautiful Ofrenda (memorial altar) and leave a note for a departed loved one


1:00 am – 3:30 pm • Joel Aceves, classical guitarist, plays the romantic music of Latin America


11:00am – 4:00 pm Face painting, Sugar Skull decorating, Calavera magnets and Muertos art

12:00 – Ek Balam Dance Company, under the direction of Martin Espino and Rosa Garcia

1:00 pm Ballet Folklorico, Las Estrellas of Orange County School of the Arts
1:30pm OC Mariachi with the Mariachi Kids, under the direction of maestro Gabriel Zavala

2:45 pm Xipe Totec, Danza Azteca

Free admission to limited engagement exhibitions is limited to the first 1,500 people on a first come, first served basis. Each recipient must be present. Tickets can be picked up in the North Wing.

Free admission is also included to Bowers Museum permanent exhibitions including: Sacred Realms: Temple Murals by Shashi Dhoj Tulachand; Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands; California Legacies: Missions and Ranchos; Vision of the Shaman, Song of the Priest; California: The Golden Years; Ancient Arts of China.



For more information, contact 714.567.3600.


Tricks, Flix & a Family Pix

One_courtyardFor some Tricks, a flix and a FREE family pix on Halloween night go to “One Colorado Courtyard” in Pasadena, located at 24 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103. The fun starts at 5:00 pm on October 31, 2014

Dress up the little ones and trot them over to One Colorado for some store-to-store Halloween Trick-or-Treating. And once the candy bag runneth over, pose for a family portrait. Plus on the big screen – MAD MONSTER PARTY (1967)! starts at 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm 

Mad Monster

Mad Monsters is a classic 1967 Rankin/Bass romp is a fantastic flashback to stop animation before Burton was all the rage. Mad Monster Party takes place on Dr. Frankenstein’s Island of Evil, where he’s corralled his monster buddies for his retirement and naming of his successor. All the groovy ghoulies are there – Dracula, Werewolf, Mummy, Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s Monster and Mate (Phyllis Diller) among others. In addition to his monster-making sayonara, Dr. F (Boris Karloff) will share his “secret of total destruction!” Be there or be square. And did you know – Mad Magazine creator Harvey Kurtzman penned the script (with writer Len Korobkin) and Mad artist Jack Davis designed many of the characters.


Harvest Fest on Halloween Night

Harvest Christian Fellowship  is hosting  a “Harvest Fest” at both the Riverside and Orange County campus on Halloween night. The festivities begins at 5:00 P.M.


Riverside’s Harvest Fest will feature free raffles, obstacles courses, large slides, lots of good food, and a production for kids called “The Wonderful Wisdom from God.”

Harvest Riverside Campus is located at 6115 Arlington Avenue, Riverside. Get Directions »


In Orange County, there will be games, an obstacle course, petting zoo, climbing wall, train rides, a photo booth, bungee jumper, and treats. The evening will also have a glow-in-the-dark show with a gospel message.

Harvest Orange County Campus is located at: 2727 Campus Drive, Irvine. Get Directions »



Calvary Chapel Harvest Festival

Another Family Friendly option for Halloween in South County is the Harvest Festival at  Calvary Chapel South Orange County in San Juan Capistrano on Friday, October 31st, 5 to 9 p.m. at Buchheim Field.

This FREE event features rides, games, face painting, candy,  food trucks, live entertainment and more, This family event is open to the public.

Calvary Chapel South Orange County is located at 31522 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano.




Build and Grow – Science Lab

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I usually don’t post these but Lowe’s has a FREE Kids Build and Grow session every month, when I saw the picture of November’s Build and Grow,  I had to post it. It’s a mini Science Lab that comes complete with experiment cards, I know my girls will love this!


You must register online. The Science Lab – Build and Grow session is scheduled will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00 – 11: 00 a.m. at your local Lowe’s.


Day of the Dead Festival & Teen Festival at the MUCK


In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center will host a FREE event especially for young people at this family-friendly event. The MUCK has combined the highly successful Day of the Dead Celebration and the Teen Festival!

There will be youth bands, teen organizations, Latino arts and crafts, alters, poetry slam, art competition, free art workshops and food vendors.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

1201 West Malvern Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833

Admission is FREE

Phone: 714-738-6595



Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire


Sorry for posting this one so late but this is great event and it’s there still time to get there. Located on the beautiful tree-lined streets of the Claremont Village, hundreds of booths filled with unique art, handmade crafts, international cuisine along with specific areas focusing on local businesses, this is Autumn’s Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in the Inland Empire!

Village Venture Arts & Crafts takes place on the Tree-lined streets in Claremont Village. Hundreds of booths filled with unique art, handmade crafts, international cuisine along with specific areas focusing on local businesses, this is Autumn’s Largest Arts & Crafts Fair in the Inland Empire! For over 30 years artists and craftspersons from near and far have participated — and over 20,000 visitors stroll the tree-lined streets enjoying the festivities.

The day begins with grins and laughter as children dressed in Halloween costumes parade in the streets beginning at 9:30am. Start with the parade and stay for the day.

Village business owners look forward to showcasing their unique shops and tempting visitors to taste the culinary delights prepared here.


Calendar of Events for 2014 Village Venture

Children’s Halloween Costume Contest
Parade begins at 9:30 a.m.
Sponsored by Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice & Dance
Assemble at the corner of Harvard and Bonita Avenues at 9:15 a.m.
Parade led by the El Roble Marching Band

Great Pumpkin Carving Contest
Sponsored by the Claremont Sunrise Rotary
-Bring your PRE-CARVED pumpkins to Shelton Park (N/E corner of Bonita and Harvard Avenues) between 8:30-9:30 a.m.
-Prizes awarded at 2:00 p.m. Winners must be present to win.

Musical Entertainment
Moultrie Academy of Music, Voice and Dance 11:30-1:30 at Claremont Depot
Hank’s Cadillac 2-4:30 at the Claremont Depot
Claremont Young Musicians Orchestra (s/e corner of Harvard and Bonita Ave)
Folk Music Center in front of 220 Yale Avenue

Shuttle Service & Parking
Parking is available on streets surrounding the closed streets of Village Venture, however, you can eliminate the parking hassles by taking advantage of the free shuttle service offered by the Pomona Valley Transit Authority (PVTA).

FREE shuttle service is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Village drop off point will be the Metrolink Parking lot. Buses run every 10 -15 minutes from all three parking sites.

Parking for the shuttle pick-up will be located at:

Claremont University Facilities on First St. (at Mills Ave/east of College Ave)
Taylor Hall at Cahuilla Park on Scripps Ave at Indian Hill Blvd. (north of Claremont High School)
St. Ambrose Episcopal Church on Bonita Ave at Mountain Ave (west of Indian Hill Blvd.)


Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures


Tomorrow, October 26th  from 10:00 am.m – 4:00 p.m., come and explore the world of nocturnal animals and 8 legged insects at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve .

FREE activities in the Muth Interpretive Center classroom once a month, each with a different educational theme to explore.  The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more.  Then join Preserve staff for storytime at 11am and 2pm.  Recommended for ages 3-12.


Muth_mapThe Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center is located at 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660. It is at the corner of University and Irvine Avenue.

Please note the building is not visible from the street.




Target FREE day: Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos Celebration with a FREE day at Children’s Museum at La Habra on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1:00 – 5: 00 p.m.

An indigenous observance dating back hundreds of years to the times of the Aztecs- Dia de los Muertos is a colorful day celebrated in Mexico in honor of departed loved ones. Visitors will enjoy the festivities while making decorated sugar skulls and whimsical calavera masks, and sampling sweet bread and Mexican hot chocolate.

*IMPORTANT NOTE-To allow for a more comfortable and enjoyable free visit, handstamps are issued for specified time slots, with a maximum of 250 per session. Session times: 1pm-2:45pm, and 3:15-5:00pm.

 Children’s Museum at La Habra

301 South Euclid Street
La Habra CA 90631

Phone Number
(562) 383-4236