We stop here often after church to let the kids play and explore. Yesterday I read a blog about Movies on the Lawn at the OC Great Park. They start tonight at 7:30 from http://cruzinmama.wordpress.com/ (thank you for the reminder CruzinMama). I thought I’d share some great (and mostly free) family fun things to do at the OC Great Park along with of the some fantastic educational opportunities they offer.
Educational opportunities are:
Children’s Gardening Workshops: FREE monthly hands-on workshops for kids 3-9 years old. Each month is a different theme, they learn about sustainable gardening and do ààààaààvarious actives.The workshops take place from January through June on the second Sunday of the month from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., every 30 minutes. Unfortunately, the last one for this season is on June 8th.
The Web of Life: Did you know that plants, animals, insect, humans, and the environment are all interconnected and depend on each another for survival? Come discover how it’s all woven together, as you make your very own Web of Life to take home with you.
(photos and information courtesy of OC Great Park)
Farm + Food Lab: The Farm + Food Lab is a two-acre agriculture garden that showcases themed planters with items like fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs. a Pizza and Spaghetti Garden, an “Ethnic Garden, a Fruit Salad Garden and a Sensory Garden. The Farm + Food Lab usually has someone there from the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Orange County that you are able to talk to and ask questions. There is a chicken coop with beautiful chicken. (I long to have a chicken coop).
Walkable Historical Timeline: The Walkable Timeline is 2,604 feet. It includes 162 historical events.
Palm Court Arts Complex: This area includes the Great Park Gallery and Great Park Artists Studios, they feature publicly-accessible artists-in-residence program. Preserving El Toro’s World War II era atmosphere and architecture. This area serves as the Park’s cultural campus, supporting development of the public arts programming.
Incredible Edible Farm: This 4.5 acre farm provided fresh fruit & veggies to Second Harvest Food Bank. The City of Irvine and Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County have partnered to operate the Farm. They also provide volunteer opportunities (a great way to serve your community).
Great Park Balloon: The balloon holds between 25 to 30 passengers and goes up 400 feet high. Due to my fear of heights, I haven’t been on the balloon but my family tells me the sights are beautiful.
- Adults (19 and older): $10
- Children (12-18 years old): $5 without paid accompanying adult
- Children (18 years old and younger)*: Free with paid adult
- Family & Friends Pass: $40 for five adult flights
Thursday–Friday: 10 am–3 pm, 7 pm–10 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 9 am–3 pm, 7 pm–10 pm
*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on Balloon flights.
Kids Rock Playground: a playground that is inspired by and focused on educating kids on conservation ecology and water cycles They can climb rocks and go into “underground tunnels”. The playground floor is made of recycled rubber flooring that resembles lakes and streams. There is plenty of seating and tables available for the entire family.
Check out Free Sports Equipment at the Visitors Center: You can check out a football, soccer ball, Bocce ball set, Frisbee or jump rope and play on the many acres of open lawn around the Great Park. Hours are :
Thursday-Friday: 10 am-10 pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9 am-10 pm
Great Park Carousel:
- All-Day Pass: $3
- Single Ride: $2
- Family & Friends Pass: $20 for 10 all-day passes
Thursday–Friday: 10 am–10 pm
Saturday–Sunday: 9 am–10 pm
Reflecting Ponds and Viewing Pier: There are two reflecting ponds and a 2,200 square-foot redwood viewing pier.
Farmers Market: Every Sunday, the Certified Farmers Market offers locally grown fruits and vegetables and handcrafted artisan products. There is live entertainment, gourmet food trucks and picnic tables.
Terraced Lawn: This area serves as an outdoor performance venue for Great Park events such as: Movie on the Lawn series and Flights & Sounds Summer Festival.
I hope you can visit soon.