Category: Family fun

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

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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)


Segerstrom Center’s Kite Festival

Image courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Facebook page
Image courtesy of Segerstrom Center for the Arts Facebook page

In association with the Orange County Museum of Art, Segerstrom Center is pleased to present high-flying family fun at their FREE Kite Festival.

This event is being held in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit: “My Generation: Young Chinese Artists” and takes place on Sunday, August 23, 2105 from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Highlights include:

  • Kite design and building stations
  • A performance from Segerstrom Teaching Artists The Pacific Trio
  • Professional kite flying demonstrations
  • Imagination playground
  • A martial arts demonstration from Yulin Chinese School
  • Kite Display provided by Up, Up, and Away and The Kite Connection
  • Student Art Display provided by The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana
  • Food trucks on site
  • Caricature drawings

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.


Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours
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The cooler temps this week make it a great time to take advantage of the U-Pick tours and and the Melon tours at Tanaka Farms.

The FREE U-Pick tour crops include tomatoes, bellpeppers, lettuce and more. U-Pick Tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 2:00 pm. No reservations are required and you pay only for what you pick.


The guided Melon Tours include a 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 the delicious home grown watermelon. then pick a Melon to take home.

Melons tours will take place on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday at 12:30 pm. No reservations are required. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Melon tours cost are $18 for adults, $18.00 for children over the age of 2, children (age 2 yrs old and under) are free.

Tanaka Farms is located at 5380 3/4 University Dr, Irvine, CA.


Huck Fin Fishing Derby


Huck Fin Fishing Derby is a Free Event hosted by the Community Services Department and Let’s Go Fishing. The event takes place at the Huntington Beach Pier.

Children ages 4 through 15 are invited to experience the fun of recreational fishing off the Huntington Beach pier with prizes given to the largest fish caught in each division and the best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher!

  • Prizes provided for the largest fish caught in each division and best dressed Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher!

  • All types of saltwater fish have been caught over the years including; sharks, stingrays, perch, croakers, sea bass, lizard fish, topsmelt, and sardines!

  • Sponsors for this event include; CA Fish and Wildlife, Newport Landing, Sports Chalet, Phil Freidman Outdoors, Sea Cliff Albertsons, Surf City Store, and many more!!!

  • Face painting provided by the Community Services Department.

The Huck Finn Fishing Derby begins at 9:15 am and will conclude at noon; check in begins at 8:00 am.  Bait will be provided to participants as well as a limited amount of loaner rods offered by CA Fish and Wildlife.

For additional information, please contact Molly Uemura at (714) 960-8870. Download the flyer with the registration form here.


Girls Inc. Carnival


School is about to start for many of us here in Orange County. If your looking for a quality after school program in and near Costa Mesa, come to the Girls Inc..carnival!

The Carnival takes place on Saturday, August 15th, 2015 from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Girls Inc. Youth and Family Center in Costa Mesa. Families with K-6th grade girls may learn more about our after school program and they enjoy complimentary lunch, games, activities, and raffle prizes. In addition, you will be able to meet Girls Inc. program staff and explore possible transportation options from your child’s school!

The first 50 girls to register for our school year program will receive a FREE backpack filled with school supplies.

To RSVP for this event, please call (949) 646-7181. For more information, please visit:




Mud Mania

Image courtesy of Rancho Los Cerritos Facebook page
Image courtesy of Rancho Los Cerritos Facebook page

Come to Rancho Los Cerritos and learn about our local adobe soil and its many uses throughout history at one of the muddiest, wackiest events in Southern California! Guests can make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall with mud, construct a mini-adobe home, compete in mud relay races, throw a clay pot, explore archaeology, and even examine critters that live in the soil.

There are also plenty of “clean” activities, and live bluegrass music will be featured throughout the afternoon courtesy of the Grasslands Bluegrass Band. Food will be available for purchase from the B&R Old Fashioned Burgers food truck. (Vegetarian options will be available).

De-mudding stations will be available. No showering. Plan on getting muddy. Wear old clothes. Bring towels. Shoes are required. No outside food or beverages. Pets are not allowed.

  • When: Saturday, August 16 & Sunday August 17, 2015 from 12:30 pm -4:30 pm
  • Where:  Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 N Virginia Rd, Long Beach, California 90807
  • Cost: 5 children per adult -$7 – Adults, $5 Children 4-12

Bats of Orange County

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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
  • Cost: Event if FREE, parking is $5.00

Open House at Marconi Auto Museum


Sorry for the late post but…..The Marconi Automotive Museum Open House is today!

Festivities are going on now till – 2pm and admission is free!

Marconi Museum: 1302 Industrial Drive Tustin, Ca 92780


Goodyear Blimp Open House

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
  • Cost: The event is FREE and open to the public.

Mark your calendar and RSVP at Visit for more information.


Follow the Goodyear Blimp on social media:


Twitter @GoodyearBlimp

Instagram @Goodyear_Blimp


The Real World of Bats


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
  • Cost: FREE

The primary parking lot is accessible from the south-bound side of Goldenwest, between Slater and Talbert. Additional parking is located in Central Park.


FREE Junior Chef Classes

WSJuniorChefApr14Here’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:

Free Junior Chef Classes

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.

Free Junior Chef Classes

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.


Family Science Sunday

Muth Interpretive Center
Muth Interpretive Center

Family Science Sunday at Muth Interpretive Center offers Free activities in their classroom once a month.

Each month offers different educational theme to explore. This months theme is Astronomy.

The activities are self-guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. Join Preserve Staff for a short hike at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm. Recommended for ages 3-12.

The 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.


Movie Night at Mason Regional Park

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.

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Mason Regional Park is located at 18712 University Dr, Irvine, CA 92612

Visit for more information.

Rain will cancel event.


National Zookeeper Week

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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.

OC Zoo Black Bear

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

One Big Party

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. UCCE Master Gardeners: Gardening and agricultural experts are on-hand to answer questions about their industries daily in the Farm & Garden Pavilion.
  3. 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.
  4. Leather-crafting: Learn to make your own leathercraft from experts in the Millennium Barn daily.
  5. 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.
  6. Orange County Rare Fruit Growers Association: Check out unusual and exotic fruits and learn more about growing fruit trees. Located southeast of Gallery 15.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

We Cae Wednesday
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.

Opening Day
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.
Super Pass
Enjoy 23 days of Fair fun, food and more with a 2015 OC Fair Super Pass.

JAN. 15 – FEB. 28 MAR. 1 – MAY 31 JUNE 1 – AUG. 14
General (13-59) $25 $30 $35
Senior (60+) $18 $23 $28
Youth (6-12) $18 $23 $28

Buy Now

We Care Wednesdays
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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.

 July 22nd Food Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 cans of food
Second Harvest Food Bank
 July 29th Children’s Book Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 3 new or gently used children’s books
Think Together
 August 5th Clothing Drive – Noon-3 pm
FREE admission with donation of 5 new or gently used clothing items
 August 12th 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.
Share Ourselves

$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.)

Kids Day
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 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, become a fan at, follow us at or call (714) 708-1500.