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Children’s Garden Workshop

OCGreat Park_garden4KidsThe third Sunday of every month is the Great Park’s FREE Children’s Garden Workshop Series. The monthly workshop is designed to highlight the connection between nature and the core education disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts, music, and math.

A garden is a perfect backdrop for exploring the ways in which the natural world impacts every aspect of our daily lives.  This new set of fun and engaging STEAMM inspired topics are sure to delight and inspire young and old alike, so please join us.

  • Where: OC Great Park Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions 
  • When: Sunday, May 17, 2105
  • Time: Workshops are offered every half hour from 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Cost: Free*

 The workshop is 20 minutes of a sit down interactive presentation followed by a craft and planting activity, all ages welcome.

*Gently used book donations to the little free library are encouraged.
Ages 3-9

This program is produced  and presented by the City of Irvine’s Community Services Urban Agricultural Programs Division, and is supported by volunteers from the University of California’s Cooperative Extension Master Gardener program and Irvine Youth Action Team.

Young Authors’ Faire

Young Authors' Faire“Celebrate Your Story” at The 14th Annual Young Authors’ Faire on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Young Authors’ Faire is a community literacy showcase celebration for students that include opportunities to engage in hands on activities, learn about literacy programs, meet authors, illustrators, storytellers and more.

This is the second year that we are partnering with the Orange County Public Libraries at three regional locations, including: Aiso Viejo, La Habra, and Tustin.

Each Location has an afternoon of fun activities and performances scheduled:

Aliso Viejo Preformers include: Cowboy Ken  DreamShapers, Author: Anna Hayes, and activities by Chuck Jones Center for CreativityZaner-BloserLakeshore Learning

La Habra performers include: Ina Buckner BarnetteDreamShapers, Author: Drew Daywalt (The Day the Crayons Quit! & The Day the Crayons Came Home)  and activities by RIFSoCalDiscovery Cube Orange CountyLakeshore LearningTJ Ticket, Ticket to ReadVoyager Sopris LearningRead ConmigoLa Habra Girl Scouts

Tustin Performers include: Illustator Joe CepedaMichael McCarty,  Dreamshapers and activities by Orange County Children’s Book FestivalKids Talk RadioOccupy Mars Learning AdventureRIF SoCalPBS SoCalLakeshore LearningOnce Upon a StorybookInside the OutdoorsIrvine Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast


Creativity Station

Imagine Celebration Creativity Station

The Child Creativity Lab offers an array of guided and self-directed creative development stations and exhibits. These hands-on activities emphasize problem-solving skills and innovation. Families with children of all ages are welcome.

Come create, experiment and learn as you design self-portraits out of reclaimed and repurposed materials in Creative Reuse Selfies. Develop imagination and problem solving skills with craft materials in Popping the Creativity Can, or upcycle wine corks into unique projects in Corks for Creativity. All workshops are available until supplies run out.

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: OC Great Park, Artists Studios | Map & Directions
  • Cost: Free

Young Explorers Academy

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 The Young Explorers Academy at Columbia Memorial Space Center  is for children ages 3-6. They will EXPLORE, EXPERIMENT, and CREATE during hands-on and participant-lead activities based on various early childhood topics.

Bring your young explorer on the first Saturday of every month for the Young Explorers Academy! May’s theme is “Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids”,

Have you ever wondered what comets, meteors, and asteroids are made of? Or what the difference is between these three types of space debris? Come examine the characteristics that make these three unique and where they originated.

  • When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center is located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, CA 90242
  • Cost: $12 is per guardian and child pair (includes all day admission to the CMSC) or $7 for CMSC members. Guardian participation is required. Pre- registration is suggested as seats and supplies are limited.

Ways to Register:

– Call  (562) 231-1200,  Tuesday-Saturday between 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

– Online through ActiveNet

– In-person

Rocket Launch!

RocketLaunchJoin Discovery Cube for a FREE family event at The Boeing Company for our annual Rocket Launch! This hands-on day is full of activities for all ages and includes a competition where you’ll design, build and launch your own rocket!

  • Build your own rocket from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle at home or on-site (please bring your own bottle).
  • Design and attach a parachute. The payload with the longest “hang time” in the air wins!
  • Bring your own chairs and sunscreen (no pop-ups or large umbrellas please).
  • Indulge in Southern California’s top gourmet food trucks.
  • Meet astronaut Yvonne Darlene Cagle, M.D. and take your photo with her!

  • When: Saturday, May 9, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE

CLICK HERE to register now! 

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Full STEAM ahead!


Are you ready to go Full STEAM ahead? I know I already posted about Imaginology but I have to say that I more than just a little excited about attending this event with my girls and I don’t want you to miss it. Imaginology starts Friday, April 24th at the OC Fair Grounds and runs through Sunday, April 26th.

Imaginology is three days worth of FREE family fun filled with competitions, educational activities, exhibits and entertainment all focused on S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). In addition you’ll get to tour Centennial Farm & learn about agriculture and farm animals

  • Watch milking and oxen team demonstrations
  • Take a FREE tractor pulled wagon ride
  • Experience the Bug Barn
  • See a real worm farm
  • Plant seeds and make terrariums
  • Pet baby chicks and petting zoo animals
  • Play farmer in the Pretend Farm
  • Learn leather-stamping

Here’s a sample of some of the hands on STEAM activities to look forward to:

  • AIAA OC Rocketry will show kids why rockets fly and have kids build and launch a paper rocket
  • ENC – Environmental Nature Center will be present on Friday with a live snake and other animal artifacts
  • ExplorOcean will have underwater robots
  • Girls Inc. will provide a structural engineering activity
  • Ocean Institute – will be there to design and build a model bathyscaphe and to observe the principles of buoyancy in the ocean.

Exhibitors and demonstrators are scheduled frm all over Orange County. Plus there will be gourmet food trucks, inflatable amusements, bubble rollers, free tractor rides, workshops, scavenger hunts and plenty of hands on activities.

There is also an Academic Chess Tournament of Champions scheduled for Saturday, April 25th from 1 pm-4 pm. Check in starts at noon. If you would to get more information or register, click here.

  • Imaginology is open Friday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • Admission is FREE and most hands-on activities are included.

  • Parking is free on Friday,  $7.00 on Saturday and Sunday

  • The OC Fair & Event Center is located off the 405 and 55 freeways at 88 Fair Drive in Costa Mesa.


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This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is asking people around the world to share pictures and videos on social media that show there is no there’s #NoPlaceLikeHome.

Crystal Cove State Park
Crystal Cove State Park

Share a picture of your favorite place on Earth with NASA and the world views of your corner of Earth – your favorite place, whether it’s a local park, your vacation spot or Mt. Everest.

Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center
Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center

NASA’s Earth Day #NoPlaceLikeHome project seeks to get the public involved in highlighting the great diversity of the places, landscapes and ecosystems of our home planet. Participants are invited to post photos and videos that answer a simple question: What is your favorite place on Earth?

ENC - Environmental Nature Center
ENC – Environmental Nature Center

Your images can be shared using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome on Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr, just be sure to include the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome – no matter what social media platform you’re posting on. Emojis are optional, but they would love to see <heart><Earth> in timelines everywhere. Invite your friends and family to participate.

Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA
Peter & Mary Muth Interpretive Center, Newport Beach, CA

Change your profile photo to the #NoPlaceLikeHome emoji image to show your support and celebrate the planet that over 7 billion people call home.

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

For more information on the #NoPlaceLikeHome project, visit:

#NASA #EarthDay #EarthRightNow #NoPlaceLikeHome

Dinosaur Science

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Bring to kids to discover Dinosaur Science with Richard Wade  at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library.

Richard Wade combines his education in Psychology and Art along with unique props that grabs children attention to help them easily understand scientific ideas.

  • When; Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Rancho Santa Margarita Library, 30902 La Promesa, Rancho Sta Marg, CA 92688
  • Cost: FREE

Robotics Presentation

The Tustin Library proudly presents Mike Senna and his robots, R2-D2 & Wall-E.

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Mike build his first R2-D2 in 2003 because he was looking for a challenge & wanted to bring joy to children. In 2010, he sought a new challenge as he spent 3 years building two fully functional, remote-controlled WALL-Es which were finished in 2013.

Mike’s R2-D2 made more than 100 appearances in its first 4 years, including mostly charity events, such as City of Hope, Make-a-Wish, and Downs Syndrome/Autism fundraisers. His R2-D2 has made hundreds of appearances throughout Southern California, as well as in Las Vegas, Indianapolis, Orlando and Montana. It has appeared on stage several times with Pacific Symphony orchestra and at numerous LEGOLAND Star Wars weekends. R2-D2 has participated in weddings and met numerous celebrities. Mike’s R2-D2 has been filmed for VH1, MTV, Access Hollywood, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on Verizon and Toyota TV commercials. It appeared on the Lucasfilm float in the 2007 Tournament of Roses Parade, while Mike marched as a stormtrooper. Recently, Mike and R2 have been hired for several events with Disney.

WALL-E has appeared 3 years at Maker Faire Bay Area, where it was filmed by Mythbuster’s This video caught the attention of Yahoo, which later filmed an interview with Mike that appeared on the Yo Show on omg! from Yahoo. The video went viral and brought hundreds of emails from adoring fans around the world. Mike has been interviewed on a live morning ATV program in Bolivia. He has been invited to bring WALL-E around the world on numerous occasions. For now, he is happy to bring WALL-E to CHOC for quarterly visits, Muscular Dystrophy Association events, and many other charity functions.

Mike makes educational presentations to share how he built his creations and to encourage kids to pursue their education.

  • When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Where: Tustin Library – Community Room, 345 E. Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Saturday Science at CMSC

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Saturday, April 25, 2015 is Saturday Science day at Columbia Memorial Space Center. All guest in attendance on the fourth Saturday of every month get an extra treat of knowledge.

 This month’s Saturday Science falls in line with Earth Day. The them of the month is Earth in Danger. This month they will go over the negative impact that humans have had on our planet and what we can do to make it better.

  • When: Saturday, April 25, 2105, center is open from 10:00am – 5:00 pm
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, located at: 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Access to Saturday Science presentations and activities are included with your regular $5 admission, ages 3 and under are free.

1st Annual Riverside Insect Fair

The 1st Annual Riverside Insect Fair organized by UC Riverside graduate students and Riverside Metropolitan Museum is a one-day fair that will take place in downtown Riverside.

The event will take place on Saturday, April 18th, 2015, in downtown Riverside (On Mission Inn between Orange and Lemon) from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

This FREE day full of insect fun! They will have a large variety of educational booths, activities and vendors.


The fair will include lots of creepy, crawling friends such as: some of the largest grasshoppers on earth (Lubbers), giant stag beetles, Birdeater tarantulas, swallowtail butterflies, giant water bugs, stick insects and more.

With more than 60 booths, they will plenty of learning opportunities all related to entomology. Educators will include the UCR Entomology Graduate Student Association; Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District; Lorquin Entomological Society; Southern California Arachnid, Bug, Invertebrate, Entomological Society; California Master Gardeners; and UCR’s Department of Entomology, Community Garden and Friends of the Entomological Research Museum.


Young Field Biologist

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OC Park presents the “Young Field Biologist Series: Early Earth Day Hike” at Aliso & Wood Canyons Park. Celebrate the upcoming Earth Day by assisting the park’s Resource Specialist with fun field studies at the Ranger Station and in Aliso Creek.

For this installment, young biologist will scoop water from the creek to survey aquatic insects, check their wildlife camera and examine watershed environmental issues. Kids should bring their camera and a notepad to document and compare your findings.There is minimal hiking involved (1/2 mile, 50-ft. elevation gain).

If you have any questions in regard to this program, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun. This program is best for kids ages 9 and up.

  • When: Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 8:30 am – 10:00 am
  • Where: Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters (newly renovated staging area!), 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • Cost: the program is Free, parking fee of $3.00 

Reservations are Required – click here to register.

Family Day at the Beall

Children and families of all ages are invited to enjoy free, hands-on art and science activities at UC Irvine’s Family Day at the Beall.  The event offers a “kid-friendly” introduction to new media art relating to the Beall Center’s current exhibit, as well as presentations, hands-on activities, and more. Admission is free and open to the public.

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  • When: Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Where: The Beall Center for Art + Technology – Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI campus, Building 712 Arts Plaza – Click here for a campus map
  • Cost: FREE

Family Day is made possible through the generous support of the Beall Family Foundation.


Don’t miss Bubblefest!

wpid-2015-04-10_15.01.10.jpgThis is the final weekend of Bubblefest at Discover Cube OC. My girls and I went this morning and let me tell you, you don’t want to miss this event!


The show is amazing! Bubblefest is Discovery Cube OC’s most popular event and I understand why. I was wondering how I would be amused by a bubble show for 40 minutes but it went by in  a flash.


Deni Yang is mesmerizing! This show is a combination of artistry, the science of bubbles and an astounding laser show to boot. This world-renowned show is unique and stunning. It features some incredible tricks including smoking bubbles, spinning bubbles, bouncing bubbles, a snow show of bubbles and a rainbow a table.

wpid-2015-04-10_15.48.12.jpgBy the way, The show is held inside part of the new addition to Discovery Cube OC in the Julianne Argyros Showcase Theater and it’s gorgeous, I can’t wait to attend more events here.


Outside, the festivities continue with hands-on bubble activities including inflatable play zones, jumpers, slides and hands-on bubble science experiments and my girls favorite part outside was the bubble rider.


This event will be on our agenda every year. I loved it!

Bubblefest admission includes access to the following:

  • Mega Bubblefest Laser Show! Showtimes: 9:30 am*, 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:30 pm – There is a special member pricing of $4.00 for the 9:30 am show.
  • Water Spheres 
  • Bubble Zone – An outdoor, hands-on bubble area where kids can create giant bubbles and learn about the science behind the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show!
  • Inflatable Play Zone
  • 5 & Under Play Zone – Exclusive bubble play area for kids ages 5 and under.

In addition to the general admission, there is an additional charge for Mega Bubblefest activities of $5 for members and $7 for non-members, children 2 & under do not need a Bubblefest ticket, however they must sit on an adult’s lap during the Mega Bubblefest Laser Show. Any child that requires their own seat must have a Bubblefest ticket.

Click here to BUY TICKETS NOW!

Discovery Science Center is located at 2500 N. Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705

For more information visit the Discovery Cube OC’s website.

Family Science Discovery Day

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Image from Alf Museum facebook page

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology presents Family Science Discovery Day – Ancient Traces on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This Family-Friendly hands-on science learning and fun day for the general public features learning stations, touch tables, and related crafts activities. Activities subject to change. Special Admission Fee: $3 per person; 4 & under are free

The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology is located at 1175 W. Baseline Rd., Claremont, CA 91711