Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, August 8th as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!
Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector. Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull!
When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
Sorry for the late post but…..The Marconi Automotive Museum Open House is today!
The Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids opened in 1994 by founder, Dick Marconi. This impressive collection features automobiles from around the world including some very rare Ferrari’s.Among the points of interest are the sapphire blue FX Ferrari, designed by Frank Williams of Formula 1 fame, Kenny Bernstein’s “Louie the lizard” Top Fuel Dragster, a Jaguar XJ220, the 53rd car Enzo Ferrari built, and many, many more.
This 30 million dollar car collection promises to delight your senses as you walk among many fantastic and rarely seen cars. Come see American muscle cars alongside a Foxfire firetruck, one of the oldest around.
Festivities are going on now till – 2pm and admission is free!
Marconi Museum: 1302 Industrial Drive Tustin, Ca 92780
The Los Angeles-based Goodyear blimp “Spirit of America” is retiring. Goodyear invites the community to get a final up-close look at the blimp during a community retirement celebration.
The base will be open to the public for ground tours on Friday, August 7 and Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.. They will also be giving away three blimp rides each day!
“Spirit of America” will be formally decommissioned in mid-August. The blimp will be replaced in the Los Angeles market by its sister ship “Spirit of Innovation” in late September 2015. The transition is taking place as Goodyear celebrates 90 years of lighter-than-air publicity and introduces a new fleet of high-tech, next generation NT Zeppelin model airships.
When: Friday, August 7, Saturday, August 8, 2105 from 11:00 am – 6 pm
Where: Goodyear Airship Operations Base is located at: 19200 S Main St Gardena, CA 90248
Learn all about the Real World of Bats with Steve (the Batman) Norton, at Shipley Nature Center.
Stephen is a wildlife biologist with extensive knowledge of bats. He will provide a fascinating look at different varieties of bats that can found in our area; where they live, what they eat, and what they look like! For extra fun, kids can wear their batman costumes or pajamas, masks, capes, etc!
When: July 30, 2015 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Where: Shipley Nature Center, 17851 Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
The primary parking lot is accessible from the south-bound side of Goldenwest, between Slater and Talbert. Additional parking is located in Central Park.
Here’s the August schedule for Williams-Sonoma FREE weekly Junior Chef Class. These kid friendly cooking classes are offered most Saturdays and show kids how fun and easy cooking can be. Kids will learn how 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 Stores> • Available at all stores; class times vary by store location. • Class size is limited – call your local store to register.
Here’s the August Junior Chef Class line-up:
Saturday, August 1, 2105: Tomatoes are ripe and ready for eating and cooking this summer! Join us and learn to make some delicious dishes that are sure to impress your family. You’ll also learn some fun facts about tomatoes. Suitable for ages 8–13.
Saturday, August 8, 2105: It’s lots of fun to create homemade pasta. We’ll make the dough and roll it out with a hand-cranked machine.
You’ll also watch us make dough in a machine that mixes and extrudes the pasta for you. Then we’ll whip up some basil pesto in a food processor. Finally, we’ll toss the cooked pasta with the pesto and eat. Super-simple and yummy! Suitable for ages 8–13.
Saturday, August 22, 2105: Toasty on the outside with a warm filling inside, pressed Italian sandwiches are always a favorite. Our kid-friendly combos will hit the spot—how about salami and cheese, Nutella and strawberry, or ham, tomato and cheese. Young chefs will have fun making and eating them. Note: Nuts will be served in this class. Suitable for ages 5–13.
Saturday, August 29, 2105: Who doesn’t love pizza! Kids will have a blast rolling out the dough and topping their pizzas as they please. We’ll bake them off and dig in to the best pizza ever! In this class we’ll be featuring Golden Boy Pizza’s San Francilian-style focaccia pizza. Suitable for ages 5–13.
It’s time for Movie Night at Mason Regional Park’s amphitheatre on Friday, July 24, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Bring your picnic, chairs and a blanket and get ready to watch Big Hero 6 under the night skies.
Parking at mason Regional Park will be free after 5:30 p.m. and the movie will begin around sunset (approximately 8:00 p.m.). Come early for a drawing. Remember, this is an outdoor event, please dress accordingly.
Mason Regional Park is located at 18712 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612
It’s National Zookeeper Appreciation Week Celebration at the OC Zoo on July 25, 2105.
Help the OC Zoo thank the zookeepers for all their hard work caring for the zoo animals!
Kids activities include making thank you cards for our zookeepers, creating a Junior Zookeeper safari hat, playing games, and a special scavenger hunt where you can enter to win a Zookeeper Shadow Experience! Kids are encouraged to come dressed in zookeeper attire/costume!
The first 100 children ages 12 & under will receive a free train ride ticket for Irvine Park Railroad!
Zookeepers will be giving “keeper chats” throughout the day and giving out special treats and toys to the zoo animals.
At 1:30 p.m. zookeepers will introduce the zoo’s newest animal, a young California black bear named Elinor!
Special talk on “So You Want To Be A Zookeeper” will be given by two of our zookeepers at 10:30am. Visitors can learn what a zookeeper’s day is like, see some of the “tools of the trade”, & meet some zoo animals up close!
Reservations are not needed. All activities are free with paid zoo admission
When: Saturday, July 25, 2105, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: OC Zoo, located at Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd. Orange, CA 92869
Cost: $2 per person, ages 2 & under free, Parking $5
It’s “One Big Party” for the 2015 OC Fair, July 17-August 16, as it celebrates its 125th anniversary with 23 days of food, rides, shopping, exhibits and animals. Enjoy world-renowned performers in the Pacific Amphitheatre and exciting events in The Hangar and Action Sports Arena.
One of things I love about the fair is the opportunity for learning. Centennial Farm & Agricultural Exhibits offer some fantastic options. The Centennial Farm at the OC Fair & Event Center is a year-round demonstration farm dedicated to agricultural education and highlights California’s rich agricultural heritage. During the OC Fair, Fairgoers can peruse four acres of raised crop beds and livestock pens (cattle, goats, sheep, chicks, rabbits and pigs) and see the diversity of California agriculture.
Fairgoers can also expect a litter or more of piglets to join the Farm family during the Fair. The Farm is host to various exhibits and demonstrations through the run of Fair. Here’s a brief list of activities, visit the Daily Schedules page or download the OC Fair mobile app for specific dates and times:
Agriculture in the Community: Learn more about how to bloom a green thumb from gardening experts and enthusiasts or get your hands a little dirty in the vermiculture display to see how red worms contribute to a healthy garden.
UCCE Master Gardeners: Gardening and agricultural experts are on-hand to answer questions about their industries daily in the Farm & Garden Pavilion.
Milking Demonstrations: Daily Fairgoers can watch milking demonstrations in the Millennium Barn or check out the interactive milking exhibit where they can try their hand at milking Maxine, the Farm’s stand-in cow replica.
Leather-crafting: Learn to make your own leathercraft from experts in the Millennium Barn daily.
Heifer International: Learn more about what this international organization is doing to help end world hunger by empowering people around the world. Located in the Millennium Barn daily.
Orange County Rare Fruit Growers Association: Check out unusual and exotic fruits and learn more about growing fruit trees. Located southeast of Gallery 15.
OC Beekeepers: Learn from experts what the buzz is all about bees and beekeeping plus check out their observation hive with a colony of live bees. Located southeast of Gallery 15.
Mesa Water & Water-Wise Garden: See how you can grow a beautiful garden that’s water-wise and California-friendly in Mesa Water’s Demonstration Garden located east of Gallery 15. Stop by Wednesday afternoons to learn from Mesa Water representatives on how to grow your own low-water garden at home.
More Exhibitors: The Farm welcomes more exhibitors from these agriculture and gardening groups. Check the Daily Schedules page for their exhibit dates and locations.
In addition kids (and their parents) can enjoy Explorium: Destination Kids: Fairgoers of all ages can enjoy free exhibits, hands-on activities and free entertainment like the Magic of Frank Thurston, Prehistoric Pets and Dino Dig Sandbox. In The Good, The Bad & The Unbelievable exhibit, Fairgoers can see which creepy crawlies fall into the good, bad and unbelievable categories.
Contests just for children are held every other hour and the One Big Party eating contest sponsored by OC Fair food vendors is held nightly at 6:30 p.m. Young Fairgoers can make wooden swords and princess hats in the free craft area, discover new information on outer space and climb aboard a Mars Rover in the new The Space Place exhibit or play with puppets and blocks inspired by the medieval era in The Castle Corner.
As much as I enjoy the fair I am ALWAYS looking for a good deal. So here are some ways to not only get a discounted admission to the fair but more importantly how you can help contribute to your community and get into the fair for FREE by taking part in We Care Wednesdays.
Here are current promotions being offered:
Discounts are honored during the specified timeframe. Please arrive early to enjoy all promotions. We Care Wednesday donations are accepted at public entrances (Blue Gate, Yellow Gate or Green Gate) during promotion hours. Donations are not be accepted at Gate 5 off Arlington Drive.
Free Opening Hour
FREE admission & parking for everyone
Friday, July 17, Noon-1 pm
Active Military & Veterans: Free admission for active-duty military and veterans with appropriate military ID (DD214, etc.) Not valid for spouses or dependents
Read & Ride: Bookworms ages 5-11 can read 2 books to earn 3 free carnival rides.
Click here to download the book report form.Completed book report forms can be redeemed for ride tickets at the Centennial Farm Information Booth during Fair hours. Tickets are valid July 17-August 16, 2015 only. Official OC Fair Read & Ride Form must be used in order to participate in program.
Enjoy 23 days of Fair fun, food and more with a 2015 OC Fair Super Pass.
We Care Wednesday Presented by
FREE admission and one (1) free carnival ride per person each Wednesday with appropriate donation (donation changes weekly.)Acceptance of donated items is at the discretion of the OC Fair. Promotion is limited to one free admission and one free carnival ride per person. Guest must be present with donation to receive free ticket.
Food Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food
Children’s Book Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books
Clothing Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items
School Supply Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of NEW school supplies valued at $5 or more.Accepted items: pens, pencils, crayons, notebooks, notebook paper and school backpacks. Receipt Required.
$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride Wristband: Enjoy all the rides you can handle for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)
Children 12 & Under FREE Fair admission All day.
$30 Unlimited Carnival Ride WristbandEnjoy all the rides you like for one price plus 2 free games. (Sold until 5 pm. Valid until 8 pm. Required Fair admission sold separately.)
Seniors Day (60+)$2 discount on Senior admission plus FREE Ferris wheel and merry-go-round rides all day
$2 Taste of Fair Food
Enjoy $2 samples of select Fair treats. Click here for the $2 Taste of Fair Food List.
Valid Noon-4 pm
$2 Rides and $2 Games
Rides and games are only $2 each in the Main Carnival and Kiddie Carnival.
Valid Noon-4 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Rise & Shine Early admission pricing every weekend of the Fair. $3 general admission for everyone from 10 am – 11 am. Discounted tickets are sold until 11 am and must be use by Noon on the day of purchase
FREE Off-Site Parking (Weekends Only)
Free parking and shuttle service is available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol Street exit of the 405 Freeway. Follow the signs to “Experian.” The shuttle operates from 10 am-1 am Saturday & Sunday only.
The Fair is open Wednesday-Sunday. Concert tickets, action sports reserved seats, single-day general admission and the popular Super Pass are available for purchase online at ocfair.com or from the on-site Box Office. Free parking and shuttle service are available on Saturdays and Sundays from the Experian parking structure located off the Bristol St. exit of the 405 freeway. Also, download the free OC Fair iPhone and Android apps available this summer.
The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa. For more information, please visit ocfair.com, become a fan at Facebook.com/OCFair, follow us at twitter.com/ocfair or call (714) 708-1500.
You can’t have a 4th of July celebration without Watermelon. Why not pick you own watermelon before heading out to your celebration. Tanaka Farms is offering Watermelon tours beginning today and run through August 30, 2015.
The Summer Watermelon Tours begin. Take a guided wagon ride around the farm, stop at different areas and try different summer fruits and vegetables they grow, and finally step into the watermelon patch under a tent to sample some of our delicious home grown watermelon. Take home a mini watermelon to experience everything all over again. Tours begin at 9:30 every morning
Watermelon Tours start and will run at 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:30pm
Strawberry Tours will run 10am, 11am, 12pm, and 1pm.
Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.
Get Ready….Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary’s 6th annual Summerfest Art Faire is this weekend!
Enjoy Live music, live wolves and reptiles,nature programs, games, children’s crafts, wine tasting and interactive art activities. Artisans will showcase their original works, fine art and handmade crafts will also be available for sale.
Other options include barbecue, opportunity drawings and Santiago Equestrian Center will provide pony rides for $5.
Free parking is available at the corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon Road. A shuttle will be available to transport you to the art fair.
In addition OC Parks is offering FREE tours of Madame Helen Modjeska’s home, Arden, will be open for free tours from 12:30pm – 3:30pm. The Summerfest shuttle will stop at Arden.
When: Saturday, June 26 – Sunday, June 27 from 10:00am – 4:00pm.
Where: Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, 29322 Modjeska Canyon, Silverado, CA 92676
Cost: admission is $5 for ages 5+. barbeque and wine tasting are $3.00 – $8.00
Please leave your pets at home, outside food and drinks are not permitted.
Looking for something fun to do in the afternoon? Come to Tanaka Farms this week for U-Pick tours and Walk-On Strawberry tours. There are No reservations required and you only pay for what you pick.
This FREE, guided wagon ride around the farm, takes between 45 minutes to 1 1/4 hours. You’ll be able to pick your own fresh fruits and vegetables in the fields, so be sure to wear closed-toed shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Vegetable picking is seasonal and based on availability, but U-Pick produce may include:carrots, tomatoes, beets, baby bok choy, lettuce, kale, butternut squash and more. It’s a surprise every day! Pay for what you’ve picked at the end of your tour.
This week tour time are as follows:
Monday (6/22) 2:00 pm
Tuesday (6/23): 2.00pm
Wednesday (6/24): 2:00pm
Thursday (6/25): 2:00pm
Friday (6/26): 2:00pm
Again, no reservations are required, just arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Strawberries are wonderful right now – sweet and juicy and you get to pick them right off the vine! Don’t miss out!
This weeks tour times are as follows:
Monday (6/22): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Tuesday (6/23): 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Wednesday (6/24): 11:00 am and 1:00pm
Thursday (6/25) 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Friday (6/26): at 11:00am, 12:00pm, and 1:00pm
Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA. Come on out for an educational and hands on experience!
Spend a Day at the Ramon Peralta Adobe Historic Site. Find out what life was like during the Rancho period when the Peralta Adobe was built in the 1870s through fun-filled activities and crafts.
The Ramon Peralta Adobe is located on land that once was part of the Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana. While the Peralta Adobe was not the oldest adobe built in the Santa Ana Canyon, it is the only one still standing in the canyon today.
There will be entertainment for the whole family, including brick making, face painting, a photo booth with background images from the adobe’s past, Rancho period music from the Slackjaw Brothers, crafts and more! Docents will be on hand at this free event to guide you through the adobe and explain what daily life was like in the Santa Ana canyon in the late 19th century.
When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Ramon Peralta Adobe Historic Site, 6398 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road Anaheim, CA 92807
Garden Beats is hands-on, family friendly, entry-level percussion learning experience is a great way to learn how to connect and communicate through the universal language of rhythm and rhyme. Come and experience just how fun communal song and drumming can be, and why it’s core to so many cultures throughout the world.
When: Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am