Category: Family fun

Halloween Zoo-tacular


Come to the OC Zoo for a Zoo-tacular celebration!

In addition to a great string of events planned for kids including: trick-or-treating*, spooky crafts, a scavenger hunt*, and face painting! (*Kids ages 12 & under) the zoo animals receive treat filled pumpkins throughout the day!

Raccoons get pumpkins filled with berries and mealworms while the black bear will get a peanut butter and honey filled pumpkin. Every 30 minutes, a different animal will get their Halloween treat.

zootacular8The First 100 children in costume (ages 12 & under) receive a free gift!

  • When: Saturday October 31, 2015 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: OC Zoo, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92689
  • Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, Activities are free with paid zoo admission. Reservations are not required.

Sunday Funday

The Great Park Neighborhood invites everyone to join in the fun for the second of our Sunday Funday series.

Enjoy live music by The Salty Suites on the lawn. Tasty lunch treats from GD Bro Truck and Spudrunners. Don’t forget ice cream sweets! Live silk painting by Olivia Batchelder. Beer and wine garden at the outdoor kitchen. Bring your two-legged and four-legged friends to play in the park with us–all ages welcome.

  • When: Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Great Park Neighborhood, Beacon Park Patio, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

OC Fire Authority Open House

Bring your family and friends to The Orange County Fire Authority’s Open House. See live fire demonstrations, use a fire hose to put out make-believe fires, try on firefighter turnouts, enjoy free food and discover fire safety information in a fun-filled environment!

The Orange County Fire Authority Open House will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Open House attendees are encouraged to park at the Salvation Army lot at 10200 Pioneer Road. Shuttle service from the lot to OCFA will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

For more information, visit or call 714-573-6200.



Looking For Something To Do Today?

Looking for something to do Today? There’s so much going on, you’re gonna have to choose! Check the Calendar for details.


  • Kidvasion at locations throughout San Diego  

  • Solar Decathlon at The Great Park  

  • Spooky Science at Discovery Cube OC 

  • Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store 

  • Insect Fair at Cal Poly Pomona  

  • Drop In and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 

  • Halloween Celebration in the Garden at Coastkeeper Garden 

  • Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch at Irvine Park Railroad  

  • Kids Club Crafts at Michaels Nationwide 

  • Tustin Art Walk at Old Town Tustin 

  • Discover Nature Family Program at Oak Canyon Nature Center 

  • FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning Centers  

  • Oktoberfest at Oak Canyon Nature Center  

  • Star Party at Griffith Park  

  • 7th Annual Bat Night at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Boo at the Zoo at Santa Ana Zoo

  • Halloween Bootique at Rogers Gardens


Pumpkin Festival

Image from The Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona facebook page
Image from The Pumpkin Festival at Cal Poly Pomona facebook page

The Pumpkin Festival is a two-day event held every October at the Farm Store at Cal Poly Pomona.

The festival draws thousands of visitors to pick pumpkins from a patch near the Farm Store. The College of Agriculture grows 80,000 pumpkins for the event and EVERY pumpkin is only $5.00 each!!!.

The festival features a corn maze that is specially grown for the occasion, horse rides, pie eating contest and a petting zoo. Visitors can compete and play games run by student clubs or listen to live music. Food and drinks are available to purchase from vendors.


Keeping with the theme “Celebrating California Agriculture”, they’ve added a major new activity area “AG Lane” filled with Free Family-Fun Agriculture related exhibits and displays. Included will be Antique Farm Tractors & Equipment, Animal Displays, Home Gardening Demonstrations and a Kids Farm with squash tunnels and fun interactive play for those 10 and under

Opening Ceremony begin at 11:00 am on Saturday morning October 17th at the gazebo for a special Opening Ceremony to kick-off the ‘Season of Orange’ Celebrating California Agriculture. There will be live music, festival giveaways and an appearance by the official festival mascot.

While your at the Pumpkin Festival make sure to visit the Insect Fair which features nearly 500,000 live and preserved insects (open on Saturday & Sunday from 9am-5pm).

  • When: Saturday, October 17 &  Sunday, October, 18, 2015 from 8:00 am – 5: 00pm
  • Where: Cal Poly Pomona Farm Store, 4102 S. University Drive, Pomona, CA 91768
  • Cost: Entrance to the Festival is FREE, Prices vary for individual activities such as the corn maze, horse rides, petting zoo and Insect Fair.

No animals are permitted at the pumpkin Festival, this is a cash only event but ATM machines are available. All proceeds support College of Agriculture student clubs and activities, as well as farm operations.


25th Annual Dino Dash


Dino Dash, Tustin Public Schools Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year is having its 25th anniversary. 

The Dino Dash rallies the community together in support of over 24,000 students within Tustin Unified and helps support local public schools. There is an event for everyone – the timed 10K and 5K, the 2K fun run and the non-timed 15K and 50K bike tours. 

Join the Expo before and after the event for food, games, entertainment and plenty of giveaways.

The Seven Gables 50K bike tour goes through picturesque Santiago Canyon. The bike tour is not timed, so you take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery. All participants will receive a dry-fit tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal, and a FREE food court ticket. We will have well-stocked rest stops and SAG support throughout the course.

If your not ready for a 50K ride, try out the 15K shorter course.  You will still get the tech shirt, Dino Dash socks, a finisher medal and a FREE food court ticket. Just watch for the signs indicating the shorter course.

Both the 50K and the 15K finish at the Bike Finish on Myford and a secured Bike Valet is available to store your gear and bike while you visit the expo.

You can sport this cool cycling Jersey in support of Dino Dash, just click on the picture to purchase the jersey, socks, lunch tickets or VIP parking.


Below are links for each course map , including start and finish lines.

Event Schedule:

  • 6:15 am – Race-Day Registration Opens (near El Camino and West St.)
  • 6:15 am – Bike Valet Opens
  • 6:45 am – Bike Tour Begins (near Auto Center Dr. and El Camino Real)
  • 7:00 am – Dino Dash Expo Area Opens
  • 7:15 am – 10K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 8:30 am – 5K Chip-Timed Run Begins
  • 9:00 am – Food Court Opens
  • 9:30 am – 2K Fun Run Begins (not timed)
  • 11:00 am – Event Ends

The event takes place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 at The Market Place in Tustin (Dick’s Sporting Goods lot), off the I-5 at Jamboree.

You can REGISTER NOW or at the event, registration opens at 6:15 am. If you register by the 20th you can save 10% by using the discount code SCHOOLS.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Tustin Public Schools Foundation and local public schools.

7th Annual Bat Night

batsJoin Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary for their most popular annual event, the 7th annual Bat Night!

The Sanctuary will be aglow up with thousands of twinkling lights  – making it the perfect setting to discover the wonder of these nocturnal animals. Learn why bats are so important and why we need to protect them.

Admission to the sanctuary on Bat Night will include the following activities: arts and crafts, games, live animal demonstrations and a family friendly interactive Bat program that will begin at 4:30 pm. and again at 6:30 pm.

Other activities available for a fee are: Face painting, pumpkin craving, wagon rides and a BBQ dinner. (see their website for more details).

A Post Event Program will begin at 8:15 pm for adults 18 and over. 

  • When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 4:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary 29322 Modeska Canyon Rd., Silverado, CA 92676
  • Cost: Adults $5.00, Children $3.00, Children 5 and under are FREE – cash and checks will be accepted

Fall Faire at ENC


Mark your calendar and join the fun at the 41st Annual Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch at the Environmental Nature Center, October 18, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

The Fall Faire & Pumpkin Patch is everything fall. Pumpkins, food, native plant sales, children’s games, crafts & face painting, live entertainment, story time, petting zoo & animal demonstrations.

Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes will be available for sale. Proceeds benefit the environmental education programs.

Bring your appetite for the “Savor OC” restaurant showcase. You can purchase delicious food and drinks from their Restaurant Sponsors:  Blue Water Grill,Haute Cakes, Pie Not, Sensitive SweetsKean Coffee, Which Wich, the Newport Beach Fire Department, Mi Casa, Shirley’sBagels, Jan’s Health Bar,Pom and Olive, Pangaea Juice, Paige’s Cake Pops, and Ander’s Catering!


Kids can participate in a variety of fun crafts!  Purchase a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5 – your “ticket” to make awesome crafts like Water Bottle Piggy Banks, Egg Carton Helicopters, Newspaper Hats, Water Bottle Watering cans, Native plants and Toilet Paper Roll Monsters! Saddleback fashion department will be on hand with their fun photo booth, too! 

The Orange County Bird of Prey Center will be on hand with their live hawks and owls. A presentation by the Youth Singers of Orange County, will have kids meet live reptiles and amphibians with Camp Teacher Bob, and live arthropods with Camp Teacher Tami! Participate in the Going Green Game Show with Sama Wareh!  Check out the schedule HERE.

ENC is located at 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663


images courtesy of


Get Out There!

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

There are more than just a few things to do today, get out there! Visit the calendar to get all the details!

  • Kidvasion @ locations throughout San Diego 
  • Solar Decathlon @ The Great Park
  • Spooky Science @ Discovery Cube OC
  • Star Wars Reads Day @ Locations throughout the nation 
  • Weekend Hikes @ OC Parks 
  • JPL Open House @ JPL
  • Poker Ride @ Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park 
  • Drop In and Draw @ Chuck Jones Center for Creativity 
  • Garden Share @ The Coastkeeper Garden 
  • Irvine Park Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch @ Irvine Park Railroad
  • Kids Club Crafts @ Michaels
  • Prehistoric OC @ Ralph Clark Regional Park
  • Discover Nature Family Program @ Oak Canyon Nature Center
  • 2nd Saturday’s @ Ameal Moore Nature Center
  • FREE Crafts for Kids @ Lakeshore Learning Centers
  • Autumn Festival at Heritage Hill @ Heritage Hill Historical Park 

Halloween Celebration in the Garden


Families are invited to a morning Halloween celebration at the Coastkeeper Garden!

The morning will include pumpkin decorating, kids can explore a “spooky” maze, they can go bobbing for apples and much more!

Professional Fall themed photos will be available for FREE compliments of Elusion Photography. Families can download and print the photos at home.

Costumes are welcomed, but not required.  This entire event is FREE of charge thanks to our neighbor and sponsor: HomesbyKathyWren

  • When: Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: The Coastkeeper Garden, 1560 E Santiago Canyon Rd., Orange, CA 92869  – map & directions
  • Cost: FREE – RSVP’s are suggested

Halloween at Heritage Hill

Heritage_HillCome to Heritage Hill Historical Park as it gets transformed into two separate Fall events.

First, there is fall fun to be had for all ages at the family-friendly Autumn Harvest Festival on Oct. 10, this is a great family friendly event.

Second, Heritage Hill presents an event just for those who want some serious scares: The 8th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill (Recommended for 12 years and up) on Oct. 16th  & 17th.

Heritage hill is located at  25151 Serrano Rd, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Autumn Harvest at Heritage Hill

The Autumn Harvest Festival, is the ultimate Halloween adventure at Heritage Hill Historical Park. The park will once again be decorated for the fall season as an adventure-filled festival.

Enjoy exciting attractions throughout the park, including: Legends of Oz, Department of Jurassic Parks & Recreation, Adventures of Indiana Jones, Tikis, Tides, and Tales, Gotham City Laser Tag, and the Lake Forest All-Star Glow Party. The adventure continues with trick or treat stations, game booths, face painting, balloon artist, princesses, and the costume parade on stage.

Come ready in costume with trick or treat bag in hand as the adventure takes you to places beyond your imagination!

Autumn Harvest Festival  takes place on Saturday,October 10, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 9:00pm. Event Cost is $5 per person ages 3 and up; Fees for attractions and games range from $.25 to $1. Parking is FREE

For more information check the Autumn Harvest Festival at Heritage Hill Facebook page

Haunt at Heritage Hill

Now for all you who love to get scared, dare to be a part of the 8th annual Haunt at Heritage Hill as the park is once again transformed into a haunted adventure.

This Halloween teen/adult event will include: the Haunt at Heritage Hill Maze, The Joker’s Sideshow Maze, two scare zones, fortune telling, photo booth, DJ with light show, screenings of classic horror movies, and many other scary surprises!

Feel free to join in the fun and come dressed as your favorite character or in your best costume, but please no masks. Be the first in the know and get the inside scoop by going to.  Be ready to have fun, be ready to be scared, be ready to laugh, and be ready to scream!

Haunt at Heritage Hill takes place on Friday & SaturdayOctober 16 & 17, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 10 pm. Cost is $8 per person, parking is free. Remember this event is recommended for 12 years and up.

For more information check the Haunt at Heritage Hill facebook page


Tustin Tiller Days

2015 Tustin Tiller Days Flyer-page-001The 59th annual Tustin Tiller Days Festival starts tomorrow!!! Tustin Tiller Days has been an annual event in Tustin since 1957.

The three day festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to promote their cause and raise much needed funds. Over the years, local civic organizations, schools, churches, and youth groups have raised thousands of dollars to benefit a wide variety of local needs.

  • When: Friday October 2nd from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday October 3rd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday October 4th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Where: Columbus Tustin Middle School, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Admission to the Festival is FREE. There are fees for carnival rides, games, food. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking along streets where allowed is free there is alos event parking for $7.00.

The Tustin Tiller Days parade takes place on Saturday, October 3rd.Parade at 10:00 am. The parade starts at the corner of Main and Pacific and ends at Prospect and Beneta at festival grounds.

Wake up early on Saturday and attend the Pancake Breakfast before the parade. Breakfast starts at 7:30 am – 9:30 am. The breakfast will be held at the Tustin Library Courtyard, the cost is $5 per person.


Sunday Funday at Beacon Park


Join in on the first Sunday Family Funday at Beacon Park! Relax on the lawn to the Bohemian Dance Rock tunes of Denmantau. Enjoy live embroidery art. Fill your belly with eats and sweets from The Viking Truck, Tornado Potato, and I Like Pie Bake Shop. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Oktoberfest beer in the beer and wine garden.

Bring your friends, family, dogs and cats to enjoy some fun in the park.

  • When: Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 12:00 p, – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

31st Annual Tall Ships Festival

Photo courtesy of the Ocean Institute / Cliff Wassmann
Photo courtesy of the Ocean Institute / Cliff Wassmann

Join the Ocean Institute in celebrating the 31st year hosting the Toshiba Tall Ships Festival. Come and explore the majesty and wonder of life at sea through the sights and sounds of real working tall ships.

There will be interactive living-history encampments, including blacksmiths, scrimshaw artists, knot tiers, and the infamous Port Royal Privateers, are sure to entertain and amaze guests of all ages.

The Sunset Parade Sail  starts tonight, Friday, September 11, 2015. The Tall Ships Festival runs Saturday & Sunday, September 12th & 13th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (ship tours end at 3:30pm)

From listening to gruff pirate songs about life on the high seas to learning how to tie a bowline, the festival has it all for boys and girls, kids of all ages. Around the grounds the pirate encampments will have ongoing activities throughout the day for adults and kids alike. Mermaids, pirates and tall ships… oh my!

On board our Vessels
Most of our visiting ships, as well as on the Brig Pilgrim, will have opportunities for kids to take a turn at the helm, talk to some ‘real’ sailors and watch interactive demonstrations. After the Naval Education Shows on board the Pilgrim, the crew will be staying inboard for photo opportunities.
*Pirate Adventure Pass required

Inside our Maritime Barn
Get ready to participate and sharpen your sailor skills at our ‘Art and the Sea’ Workshop series. Learn how to scrimshaw, tie knots and make rope!
*Pirate Adventure Pass required

Inside the Ocean Institute
EXPERIENCE THE MERMAID ENCOUNTER!! A mermaid and merman will take turns inside our large surf-science tank interacting throughout the day! And one of them will also come on land with our favorite pirate to talk about ocean awareness and showcase some of her favorite animal friends! We also will be welcoming back our renowned woodcarvers. “School” is back in session – Captain Jack’s School for Scalliwags has some new lesson plans for all his pirates in training! Don’t forget to check out our interactive ocean exhibits throughout the day, including amazing artifacts of maritime and whaling history inside our Samueli Center. This year we are celebrating Richard Henry Dana’s 200th birthday!
*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 an old sea story 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 sword fight with real pirates (using balloon swords of course)! Get your face painted to look like a pirate, experience up close some cannon demonstrations and be on the look-out for our roving musicians!

  • Where:  24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point  California  92629
  • Hours:  The main festival hours are from 10am-5pm on Saturday, September 12th and 13th.  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 Sunset Parade of Sail takes place on Friday from 5pm-7pm.
  • Admission: Admission to the Festival is FREE. 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. Separate activities have varying admission, please check the website for fees.
  • Parking: 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.


Roger’s Gardens Halloween Boutique

Halloween Boutique

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” at Roger’s Gardens

2015 Halloween Boutique.


 Surrounded by unseen forces, a mysterious traveling carnival has pulled into town. Tent doors flap amidst the dry, swirling autumn wind.  The night crackles with an odd vibration, as if a veil of peculiarity has settled over these hallowed grounds.  A maelstrom of sights, sounds, smells, and people…this is Halloween at Roger’s Gardens…this is Carnival.

Visiting the Halloween Boutique at Roger’s Gardens is now one of our Fall family traditions. There is something different in each nook and cranny. Every room features something different than the last.

Need a place for inspiration to get your “spook” on? This is it! In addition to pumpkins and gourds, look forward to seeing work from artists like: Eric Cortina, Scott Smith, Joyce Stahl, William Bezek, Tina Haller, Bethany Lowe, Vergie Lightfoot and Nicol Sayer.

BethanyLoweThis was my little one’s favorite last year by Bethany Lowe

Halloween Boutique Date/Time

  • When: Open daily from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Where: Roger’s Gardens 2301 San Joaquin Hills Rd., Corona del Mar, CA 92625

Some Images from roger’


Orange International Street Fair


Orange International Street Fair (OISF) is coming up!!! The event is held in Old Town Orange was founded in 1973 and Incorporated in 1985, Orange International Street Fair features booths of international food, crafts, entertainment and more. The event schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, September 4th  2015
    5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, September 5th 2015
    10am to 10pm
  • Sunday, September 6th 2015
    10am to 10pm

OISF is a diversified event featuring:

  • 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths. Food and alcohol booths are run by local non-profits with all proceeds going directly back to them.
  • Handmade Arts and Crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts.
  • Community Booth section showcasing local non-profits and the causes they support.
  • Commercial Section featuring local companies promoting their businesses.
  • A street dedicated to kids with crafts and games.
  • 8 Stages of entertainment featuring local bands playing ethnic music and your favorite songs.

Here is a list of the schedule of the weekends entertainment. Make sure to take the kids to the Children’s Street. The Children’s Street is located on North Orange St. at East Chapman Ave and geared towards the younger crowd. It features games, crafts, and snacks for purchase

Click on the map for more detailed information on location and booths


Parking: Please be prepared to walk several blocks to get into the event.  Parking can be found at several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Additional parking can be found on residential streets. (Parking lots are not controlled by OISF, Inc)