Category: Family fun

There’s More than Meets the Eye

On Sunday, August 31, 2014, be ready to see Clark Park through the eyes of a Park Ranger as they lead you on a moderate 3/4 mile (30 minute) hike as you look for clues and find out where all  the animals are.

 Start by visiting with the Ranger at the Share and Show exhibit at Clark Park’s Fossil Museum (Los Coyotes Paleontology Museum) front patio for some history, find out what animals lived in the park 10,000 years ago, the animals that rule the park today and find out some of the secrets of the Clark Park. There will be fun actives for both adults and children alike.


  • August 31, 2014
  • 1:00 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5.00

Clark Regional Park
8800 Rosecrans Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 973-3170 or (714) 973-6618


A variety of recreational activities are available at Ralph B. Clark Park. These include large shaded picnic areas, hiking and biking trails, and children’s playground areas. Children of all ages can enjoy fishing in the stocked three acre lake. Four tennis courts are located within the park and the amphitheater which overlooks the lake.


The Interpretive Center, which opened in September of 1988, contains a paleontology museum that provides an educational view of prehistoric Orange County through exhibits, programs and guided tours. Also the opportunity is provided to watch scientists and volunteers excavate and prepare fossil specimens for study and educational exhibits.




Tall Ships Festival


Bring your little pirates to the 30th Annual Toshiba Tall Ships Festival on Saturday September 6 – Sunday, September 7, 2014. 

The Ocean Institute is celebrating its 30th year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival, the largest annual gathering of tall ships on the West Coast! Come and explore the majesty and wonder of tall ships through the smells, sounds and sights of real working tall ships. Interactive living-history encampments including blacksmiths, schrimshaw artists, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages and are not to be missed. Come celebrate with us as we celebrate the area’s rich maritime history!

Participating tall ships typically include the brig Pilgrim, Spirit of Dana Point, Californian, Curlew,Exy Johnson, Irving Johnson, and the American Pride.

Activities for Kids

Bring your pirates to learn about life on the high seas, how to tie a bowline, tie knots and make rope.

Inside the Ocean Institute
Your little ones will explore the past with the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and several archaeology exhibitors.  Don’t forget to check out our interactive ocean exhibits throughout the day. *Pirate Adventure Pass required

On the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and Maritime Wharf
Additional maritime activities will be available on the wharf throughout the day.  Raise a sail using an old capstan or help haul up the yard!  Listen to storytime or sing chanties with our very own first mate!  *Please note that the wharf is accessible only when visiting the tallships and requires a Pirate Adventure Pass.

Around the Grounds
Learn how to swordfight with real pirates (using balloon swords of course)!  Get your face painted to look like a pirate, and be on the look out for our roving musicians and the infamous Captain Jack!

Event location: 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point  California  92629

Hours:  The main festival hours are from 10am-5pm on Saturday, September 6th and 7th.  The Ocean Institute will be open until 5pm on both days, however, the ships will close for tours at 3:30pm so they may prepare for Cannon Battles!  The brig Pilgrim will remain open until 5pm, as she does not sail on the weekend.  Vendors will begin to set up on Friday, September 5th and will be allowed to sell items to visitors.  So come, visit our vendor area and view the Sunset Parade of Sail on Friday from 5pm-7pm.

Admission: The Pirate Adventure Pass is $5 for Ocean Institute members, ages 3 and up and $8 for non-members, ages 3 and up.  This admission includes entrance into the Ocean Institute and touring all the participating tall ships.

parking is free at our festival; however parking is limited in the harbor.  Please click on the link for parking and directions information and head straight to one of our two lots.  There will also be shuttle busses.

for more information visit the Tall Ships Festival website.


Parent and Me Time at the Shipley Nature Center




When:   Wednesdays

Where:  Shipley Info Center

Time:     11:00 AM

Cost:      $3.00 Per Parent

Shipley Nature center has an Interpretive Center with a children’s corner, nature trails, water wise gardens as well as weekly children’s actives on Saturday’s, composting classes and native plant sales.


Shipley Nature Center includes 4,000 feet of well-maintained trails that meander through several habitats, including oak woodlands, Torrey pines, meadows, and Blackbird Pond, a natural freshwater wetland with mature willows and sycamores.  Within the Nature Center is a 1,500 sq. ft. Interpretive Building with exhibits on local wildlife and ecology.

Upcoming Events

There is no charge for admission; however, donations are encouraged to assist in keeping the gates open and the habitat safe.


Monday – Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday 9:00am to 1:00pm
Saturday* 9:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday Closed
Closed on Sundays and all major holidays:
New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day,Thanksgiving Day, & Christmas Day
* August and September




Tideland Tykes & Wild Tales at the Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center


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With your school aged kids going back to school soon, this is a perfect event for the little’s in your life (although my older girl still enjoys it).

The Upper Newport Bay Nature Center hosts “Tideland Tykes” and “Wild Tales” on most Thursday & Friday’s at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive center. Preserve Staff presents a fun filled parent and child event.

The event usually includes exploration of the bay, wildlife and environmental issues with story telling, arts & crafts or a hands on activity and an outdoor walk.



After the event you can let your little one’s explore in the kids room to play with puzzles, read books, play with puppets and observe the Nature Center pets.

  • Recommended for ages 2-8

  • Tideland Tykes: Ongoing program most Thursdays

  • Wild Takes: Ongoing program most Fridays

  • 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • cost is $5.00 per child

  • Parking is free

Please phone (949) 923-2275, or e-mail to register


Click Here for more Info



Sizzlin Summer Concerts Tonight


Grab your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and dancing shoes for a fun-filled and free evening of music in the park featuring Kelly Rae Band (Country) on Sunday, August 24th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mike Ward Community Park – Woodbridge. Gourmet food trucks will be onsite with proceeds benefitting nonprofit organizations.

kellyRaeBandThis concert is co-hosted with Woodbridge Village Association. For more information, call 949-724-6606.


Carbon Canyon Regional Park Movie Night

Come to Carbon Canyon Regional Park to enjoy a movie under the night sky on Friday, August 22, 2014.

The feature presentation is Disney/Pixar’s movie Toy Story 3.


There will be free popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase.

  • Event is FREE!

  • Parking will be free after 6:30pm. Come early and get a front row seat! The movie will begin promptly at 8pm.

  •  You may bring your own food and drink but alcohol is not allowed.

  • This is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.

  •  Please register by calling (714) 973-3160 or



Movies in the Park tonight in Tustin

Final Tustin Summer 2014 Movies in the Park is tonight, August 21st at Centennial park in Tustin

Get ready to hear the kids sing along as the feature movie presentation is



Booths and Activities start at 5:30, Movies start at dusk.


Storytime at the OC Zoo


The OC Zoo is a great Zoo located within Irvine Regional Park in the city of Orange.

The zoo has plants and animals that are native to the Southwestern United States, including deserts, mountains, coniferous forests, chaparral/oak shrub lands, grasslands and coastal sage scrub.

The OC Zoo give you the opportunity to up close to the animals, they range from wild to domestic. Zoo animals include: black bears, mountain lions, bald eagles, island foxes, ocelot, red-tailed hawk, great horned owls, porcupines, coyotes, turkey vultures, reptiles and a goat petting zoo.


Many of the animals here were injured or overly dependent on people, making it impossible for them to be released back to their environment.

wpid-wp-1408408127205.jpegWe where there a couple of weeks ago for a Chuck Jones Event, I just love the big trees and overall cozy feel of this zoo.


While your walking around the zoo, zoo keepers are also walking around with some the zoo animals for you to view and pet. The zoo keepers are all very friendly and informative.


Story time events are nestled in a corner of the zoo, under a huge tree where the you and kids sit on logs. It’s gorgeous.


Upcoming story times are:

Thursday, August 21st at 12:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 23rd at 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 30th at 1:00 p.m.

  • OC Zoo – Admission Fee: $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free
  • Open Daily: weekdays 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park: $3 per vehicle weekdays and $5 per vehicle weekends (Major Holidays: $7 to $10 per entry as posted)
  • Bathrooms are located outside of the Zoo

Orange County Zoo

1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 973-6847


Logan’s Candies – Candy Cane Demonstration’s


Every year in December Logan’s Candies, host candy cane making demonstrations. I know, Summer isn’t even over yet but now is the time to schedule a tour if you’d like to visit Logan’s Candies. Last year my Girl Scout Troop visited Logan’s Candies for this one if a kind tour.


Logan’s Candies have been making candy cane’s by hand for over 80 years. They make candy cane’s all year long, taking special request for specific shapes, colors and flavors from all over the world.  One of their most popular holidays in Valentine’s Day.


 They are located in a small shop in downtown Ontario, the beginning portion of the demonstration is watching him from outside shop window (so dress warmly).  Once inside, you truly get the experience of an old time candy shop.


The owner/master candy maker explains how they make the candy canes, all the while he’s working with huge slabs of melted candy, puts it on a large hook, stretching and twisting it into what becomes candy canes.


Each one of my girl scouts were able to form their own candy cane and take them home. My favorite part was when they passed around warm freshly cut chunks of candy cane for everyone to sample.


If you would like to tour Logan’s Candies as a group – be warned they sell out quick. You need to call now for a tour in November or December. The demonstration lasts approximately an hour.

Logan’s Candies
125 W. “B” Street
Ontario CA 91762

(909) 984-5410

Please note: public restrooms are not available, please plan accordingly, the cost to attend is $6.50 per child and includes a little goodie bag at the end.

Family Week –November 29-30, 2013

5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

December 7, 2013
during the annual Christmas on Euclid craft fair
(candy cane demos held in the candy store)
9:45 a.m.
11:45 a.m.
1:45 p.m.

December 11,12,13,16,17,18,19,20 and 23, 2013
5:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m.

Demonstrations are limited to available space. Please show up 15-20 minutes prior demonstrations to ensure availability.