Category: Family fun

Halloween Howl


The city of Tustin is hosting their annual Halloween Howl at Columbus Tustin Activity Center. This FREE Family Friendly event is the perfect warm up for Trick or Treating.

Come in costume for a costume contest, candy, games, prizes and a bounce house.

  • When: Friday, October 30, 2105, from 3:00 pm – 5: 00 p,
  • Where: Columbus Tustin Activity Center, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

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


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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