Category: Family fun

Summerfest Art Faire

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.



Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours

Tanaka Farms U-Pick Tours
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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.

U-Pick Tours:

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

Walk-On Strawberry:

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!


Summer Family Workshop

Come celebrate everything summer at the Coastkeeper Garden.

Family enjoying the Caostkeeper Garden

Families are invited to Coast Keepers Garden to welcome in the new season and explore the Garden in search of summer plants and insects.

Create a summer themed craft with your little ones to take home.

  • When: Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Where: The Coastkeeper Garden is located  next to Santiago Canyon College soccer field –  the entrance is on East Santiago Canyon Road between Newport Ave and Jamboree (see the map)
  • Cost: FREE

A Day at the Adobe


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
  • Cost: FREE

Garden Beats

oneworldrhythmGarden 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
  • Where The Great Park, Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

This 60 minute, guided, interactive musical exploration session is open to families and individuals of all ages.

This program is produced and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division in collaboration with One World Rhythm.


Parent & Me Time

Parent & Me Time at Shipley Nature Center takes place on Wednesdays at 11:00 am. and the cost is $3.00.

Themes for the rest of the month are:

  • Wednesday, June 17  – Bats
  • Wednesday, June 24 – Walking Stick Bug


June Parent & Me

Shipley Nature Center is located at 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.


Free Ferris Wheel Rides

Irvine Spectrum Center would like to invite you to the Giant Wheel Grand RE-OPENING! Experience the new state-of-the-art LED light displays and enjoy FREE RIDES from Friday, June 12 through Sunday June 14.

Also, you can enter to win a $100 gift card and be featured on Irvine Spectrum Centers social media pages by snapping a picture of the Giant Wheel from June 12th-14th and tag us on instagram @irvinespectrumcenter and use #SpectrumGiantWheel for your chance to win.

  • When: Friday, June 12, 2015 – Sunday, June 14, 2015
  • Where; Irvine Spectrum – Ferris Wheel, 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE

Movies at Latern Bay Park


Enjoy an evening under the stars with the nostalgic feel of a drive-in movie, except with low back beach chairs or a blanket!

Each movie night is FREE and has live pre-movie entertainment beginning at 7:30pm, and the movie starting at approximately 8:00pm. Visit the snack bar to purchase water, sodas, hot chocolate, coffee, candy and snacks. FREE popcorn courtesy of the City of Dana Point.

100% of the proceeds from the snack bar benefits local Dana Point Elementary Schools or non-profit organizations. For more information call the City of Dana Point Community Services & Parks Department at 949-248-3530.

Movie Schedule:

June 5 – Big Hero 6 

June 12 – Mr. Peabody & Sherman 

June 19 – Disney’s Maleficent 

June 26 – Paddington 

Lantern Bay Park is located at: 25111 Park Lantern Road, Dana Point


Insect & Anthropod Zoo

OC Parks presents: Under the Sycamores: Insect and Arthropod Zoo

Dr. Sue Van Vorhis Key, Ph.D. (The Bug Lady) will be at Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park with a zoo full of amazing live insects and other arthropods. From walking sticks to scorpions, kids will be able to look and learn!

Kids will touch an insect, experience an insect scavenger hunt in the shade of the sycamores, make their own insect and complete a life cycle puzzle.

Dr. Sue’s talk about arthropods will be at 2:00 p.m. For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Monday – Friday and (949) 923-2200 on Saturday & Sunday

  • When: Sunday, June 7 2015 from 1:00 – 400 pm
  • Where: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Parkway (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, left into parking lot)
  • Cost: FREE, parking is $3.00 per vehicle
  • Reservations are required

To Register click here.


Tustin Chili Cook-Off

The Tustin Street Fair and Chili Cook-Off will take to the streets of Old Town Tustin on Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


The 31st annual event will feature the Chili Cook-Off, craft booths, non-profit food vendors, entertainment, kids area, music and much more. Admission is free.

The Tustin Streeet Fair & Chili Cook-Off is located at: El Camino Real and Main Street, Tustin 92780

[2015 Event Map]


Pick Your Own Strawberries Day

Today from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm could be the final day for the “Pick your own Strawberry” field days of the season at South Coast Farms!!!!!wpid-2015-04-07_08.25.51.jpg

The strawberry fields are enjoying the return to May gray! The associated cool daytime and moderate night time temperatures of our local May gray and June gloom weather pattern create perfect weather for late season berries. The plants are loaded up with red ripe, super sweet, certified organic, never been sprayed strawberries!!!


South Coast Farms is an all certified, all organic farm. They are also are a “no spray” organic farm. They use no sprays on their crops, what so-ever! Not even approved sprays for organic production!  They believe food taste better naked, and I couldn’t agree more!!

wpid-2015-04-07_08.26.57.jpgThe strawberries at South Coast Farms are tasty, sweet and the deepest, reddest strawberries I’ve ever seen.

wpid-2015-04-07_08.38.50.jpgSouth Coast Farms also happens to be the last standing farm in the San Juan Capistrano. In addition to their famous red ripe strawberries, they sell lettuces, cauliflower, broccoli, beets, carrots, chard, kale, spinach, spring onions, radish, cucumbers, green beans, squash, parsley, organic eggs and more! I have never seen a head of romaine lettuce that comes comes to the size of theirs, incredible!

The cost is $2.50 per pound. Load up and freeze them these stunning strawberries are delicious! Be sure to ask about their CSA baskets.

Please wear strudy shoes you don’t mind get dirty. Your sandles, flip flops or high heels will not stand up to to the mud in the fields.

South Coast Farms is located at 32701 Alipaz Rd. San Juan Capistrano, CA – right next to the Ecology Center.


Eco Challenge Day


Come out to Irvine’s Bill Barber Park on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. with your e-waste, gently-used clothing, or household goods for Goodwill of OC. The first 100 cars who donate their items will get the chance to choose between a 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Cube or a future Angel’s game! *while supplies last*

After dropping off your donations to Goodwill, stop by the park and join in on the family-fun activities! Former Angels Player Mark Langston will be signing autographs for a limited time and Discovery Cube will be providing children with reusable totes to decorate. We hope to see you there!

Click on this picture below to take the Eco Challenge and download a FREE Child’s admission ticket to Discovery Cube Orange County.

Bill Barber Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine, CA 92606


Memorial Day at Bill Barber Park

Image from CIty of Irvine Facebook
Image from CIty of Irvine Facebook page

The City of Irvine will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony to pay tribute to fallen military service members at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.

  • When: Monday, May 25, 2105 from 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Where: Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine.
  • Cost: Free

Guests are encouraged to park in the lot at Harvard Avenue and San Juan Street.


Strawberry Festival


The 57th Annual Garden Grove Strawberry Festival will be held Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 22nd through May 25th at the Village Green between Main and Euclid in downtown Garden Grove.

StrawberryFestivalFestivities will begin Friday, May 22nd at 1:00 p.m, bring the family for games and carnival rides. On Friday at 6:00 p.m. is the grand opening ceremony when the mayor and Miss Garden Grove cut a giant strawberry shortcake and free cake is served to all. Many parade celebrities will also be on hand to greet their fans.

The City’s 5K Run starts on Saturday at 8 a.m. as does the festival’s Celebrity VIP Breakfast at the Community Center which is open to the public. The parade begins at 10 a.m. starting at 9th and Chapman. There Will be floats, equestrians and bands, clowns, TV and film celebrities and 25 veterans and their families since this year’s theme is Honoring Our Returning Veterans.

Image from StrawberryFestivalGardenGrove Facebook page
Image from StrawberryFestivalGardenGrove Facebook page

The Theme Grand Marshal is Lt. Col. Patricia Murray, and the Celebrity Grand Marshal is M*A*S*H* star Sally Kellerman. Many celebrities will remain after the parade to sign autographs. All four days offer 35 new and exciting carnival rides, food, 200 booths and live entertainment plus contests for the Berry, Berry Beautiful Baby, Tiny Tots King and Queen, prettiest redhead and best Karaoke singers.

Strawberry Festival

For a full schedule of events click here.


Party for the Planet


Friends of Santa Ana Zoo has host the 14th annual “Party for the Planet” in honor of Earth Day on Sunday, May 17, 2105.

Party for the Planet is a fun-filled day that celebrates wildlife while promoting conservation and ways to help protect the environment. Participants include the Santa Ana City Water District, Fullerton Arboretum and the USGS Western Ecology Research Center.

Children can visit education stations to learn about recycling, composting, sustainable living, beneficial bugs, birds and frogs. There also be conservation-friendly crafts, fun games, hands-on demonstrations,

“The Santa Ana Zoo strives to lead by example when it comes to conservation, sustainability and going green,” says David Exline, FOSAZ President. “Party for the Planet allows us to share environmentally-friendly best practices with the community and show our guests the benefits of living green first-hand. From the drought-tolerant plants we grow, to the wood we select for use in our habitats-for us, conservation and protecting our environment are a personal and professional choice.”

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The Zoofari Express Train rides will be available for $4 each, Conservation Carrousel rides for $3 each and combo tickets for just $6 each. Children under 2 are free to ride with paid adult on the Train and adults standing with children on the Carrousel are free.

  • When: Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Zoo remains open until 4:00 pm
  • Where: Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. Santa Ana, 92701
  • Cost: $10.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under 3 are free. (Members are free)

For more information on the Zoo’s conservation efforts visit




Join in the fun at the first annual BLOOM springtime festival of art, music and food within the walkable SoBECA District stretching from Bristol St. to Randolph to Baker in an artsy geographic triangle.

The event is FREE to the public with multiple live music venues, yoga demonstrations, art installations, culinary specials and retail promotions on Sunday, May 17 from 4pm to 9pm.

Participant Information 


  • 3 x 30 Yoga Studio: Live acro-yoga demonstration at The LAB.
  • The ARTery: Costa Mesa High School Senior Art Students showcase artwork in The ARTery. Selected pieces on display include 2-D art, photography, ceramics, and graphic Design.
  • As Issued: Glenn Arthur painting demonstration & Trekell Fine Art Supplies.
  • BrandsWalk: In-store carnival –giveaways, raffles, goodie bags & more!
  •  Buffalo Exchange: Free festival photo booth for all BLOOM event attendees! Spend $75 or more in-store and receive a free bolsa bag!
  • Cafecito Organico: $2 8oz servings of pour over coffees and espresso shots.
  •  Crew Salon: Dreadlock styling by Krista. Complementary clean-ups with men’s groomer Joel & Roland at The LAB Barbershop. Vintage wall art installation from Tower Alternative Records on display with music photographer, Greg Jacobs. Meet & greet with The Renegade Roller Girls!
  •  Gypsy Den: Spring influenced homemade desserts and salads. Strawberry red sangria & white pineapple sangria available for purchase in the LAB Beer/Wine Garden.
  •  Heirlooms & Hardware: DIY succulent making in LAB Living Room; Succulent & vessels starting at $10
  • Lobby: Sample sale and new summer collection of sunglasses with Wildfox and in-store sale.
  •  May-Martin Inc.: DIY Temporary tattoos; large designs $2; $1 small designs.
  •  Seabirds Kitchen: $4 meatball sliders (A portobello-tempeh patty, arugula, caramelized onions, whole wheat bun, served with cilantro chutney).
  • FREE henna tattoos provided by Henna by Dixita
  • Live painting & art from 4-9pm
  • Live music:
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm: Miranda Kalagian
  • 6:45pm-7:45pm: Roah Summit
  • 8:00pm-9:00pm: Arko Polo


  • Active Ride Shop: 15% off the entire store from 4-9pm. In-store art exhibit. Live music by “Cosmic Rays”.
  •  Blackmarket Bakery: Sample sizes of assorted tarts & confections.
  • Lollipop Nail Studio: Mini manis, acupuncture & flash tattoos.
  • Organic Designs by Aggelige:  $2 baby succulents for sale.
  •  Outer Limits: Thinking about getting new ink? Come see the shop in full swing! Ask questions & get ideas/concepts for tattoos. Selected art & prints for sale in-store.
  •  Project Juice: DIY juice mixology lesson. Stop by for tastings of mixed drinks & juices. Free recipe cards & raffle for 1-day juice cleanses.
  •  Retreat Salon: Bubbles + Braids- Grab a glass of champagne & have your hair braided by the pros. Client gifts, demonstrations  & more!
  •  SEED People’s Market: SEED Maker’s Market featuring live demonstrations by local artisans, giveaways & exclusive products from: Vintageous (Breathesafe), Little Distractions & Flower Child Hair. Live music by John Hand.
  •  The Studio: Grab bags filled with shiny, pretty things! Color The Studio contest for kids! All day jewelry demos!
  •  Studio La Fleur: $20 DIY flower crown workshop .
  • Taco Asylum: $3 BBQ chicken tacos & $4 draught beers.
  •  This Way: Complementary abstract portraits by Davia.
  •  Vitaly: Beer and wine based flavors sorbets and gelato.
  •  Umami Burger: Free Umamified Fries (while supplies last).
  •  Wine Lab: $6 wine & cheese pairings.
  • Live painting from 4-9pm
  • Live Music:
  • 5:30pm-7:30pm: Gin Mill Grifters
  • 7:45pm-9:00pm: Seaside Audio 

Randolph Ave Participants: 

Event Map : BLOOM: A SoBECA Festival will take place within the SoBECA District. The event will take place at The LAB Anti-Mall, The CAMP and down Randolph Ave. All event locations are in comfortable walking distance within each other.


To download the event map, please click here.

Parking & Transportation: BLOOM event attendees can enjoy a FREE first ride with Uber (up to $25) using promotional code BLOOMFESTIVAL or by clicking HERE.

$3 Valet parking parking available on-site at The LAB Anti-Mall & The CAMP.

For more information & to see a complete list of participants please visit our event website: