Hikes & Bikes

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It’s a Hikes & Bikes kind of weekend! Although the list is short it’s a sweet one. No matter what you choose – make sure to get out there this weekend and experience nature.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Intro Cardio Fitness: Weir Canyon Rifle Range Loop – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a slower intro-to-cardio hike that incorporates a little more for interpretation along a trail that passes by coastal sage scrub, grasslands and oak woodlands in Weir Canyon.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Weir Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


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Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
California Native Plant Hike – Laguna Coast Wilderness Park
Learn about the seasonal life of California Native Plants with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this enjoyable 2.5 mile hike (45-ft elevation gain) over moderately uneven terrain.

  • Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve (405 South to 133 south to stoplight at 73 turn-off; make a U-turn, go 1 block. Dilley is on the right).
  • For questions call: (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.


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Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Family Bandito Bike Ride to Dripping Cave – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
Join a band of bike wielding young explorers on a ride to Aliso’s most intriguing attraction. We’ll learn the mysterious legends of this famed bandit hideout as well as about its previous inhabitants – the Acjachemen people.

  • For those who can comfortably ride 5 miles (150 ft. elevation gain) on dirt trails with some sandy sections.
  • Children ages 8 and up, or younger if peddled by an adult.
  • Bike, helmet, water, snack, and weather appropriate clothing/shoes are required.
  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy (from southbound Aliso Creek Rd, turn right on Alicia Parkway, first right on Awma Road, then left into parking lot).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • Parking: $3 per vehicle.
  • Please sign-up online using link below.


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Date:  5/14/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/15/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
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Spring Faire at ENC

Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page
Image Courtesy of Environmental Nature Center Facebook page

Come and join the fun at Environmental Nature Center’s 11th Annual Spring Faire and Butterfly House Opening! This day’s events if filled with enviromental fun, music and food the entire family will enjoy.

This is one of our favorite places to visit in Orange County! During the Spring Faire you’ll be able to to visit Orange County’s only butterfly house, view the Youth Art Exhibit, Purchase native plants that attract butterflies and birds to your own yard, Decorate your body with face paint or henna, Get a massage from the nice folks from Greet the Day!  Play nature games, and see a live Bird of Prey presentation from the OC Bird of Prey Center.

Gather ’round the Fire Circle Stage and listen to the Youth Singers of Orange County. Watch a live Bird of Prey presentation from the Orange County Bird of Prey Center, and so much more!

For the kids –  the purchase of a re-usable ENC canvas bag for $5.00 per child is your “ticket” for a full day’s worth of awesome crafts!

Presentations scheduled for the day include:

10: 15 – Biodiversity Presentation by Community Roots Academy

11:00 – Dealing with the Drought – Metropolitan Water District

11:45 – Young Singers of Orange County

12:30 – Birds of Prey

1:15 – Save the Queen Green!

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  • When: Sunday, May 15, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • Where: Environmental Nature Center, 1601 E. 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663
  • Cost: FREE

 

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Family Fossil Days

Clark ParkDid you know that mammoths, ring-tailed cats, giant ground sloths and a unique type of ancient llama once lived in the area? Come and explore the rich fossil history at Family Fossil Days. Clark Regional Park provides a hands-on experience for all ages with real fossils.

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The Park Staff will lead a three-hour program that brings you face to face with a casting of a real Megalodon jaw and a 9 million year-old baleen whale fossil.

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Participants older than 6 years old can discover Clark Regional Park’s marine fossil site which is located right across the street from Clark Regional Park. Attending Family Fossil Day gives you access to a limited amount of this area which is normally closed to the public.

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It is amazing just how many fossils there are at Clark Regional Park and how much history we have right here in Orange County The program begins at the Interpretive Center and takes place rain or shine. Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day at the park following the program.

  • When: Saturday, May 7th, Saturday, September 10th, Saturday, December 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Clark Regional Park 8800 Rosecrans Ave. Buena Park, CA 90621
  • Event is FREE, parking is $5 per vehicle. 

For more information: Call (714) 973-3170 or email clarkpark@ocparks.com www.facebook.com/OrangeCountyParks twitter.com/OCParks Carbon Canyon Regional

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Fishing Derby

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Image courtesy of Orange County Parks Facebook page

OC Parks, Sport Chalet and local fishing organization Team 57 host the 2nd Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby at Carbon Canyon Regional Park Lake.

Kids ages 15 and under fish for free at the Fishing Derby. The lake will be stocked with catfish. Following the derby, a free hot dog lunch will be provided by Team 57 and participating vendors (while supplies last).

Fishing experts will be on-site to assist kids. Don’t forget your fishing rod! There will also be an opportunity drawing for kids to win prizes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Rain will not cancel event.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2016 – Registration begins at 8:00 am, Fishing Derby is from 8:00 am -12:00 pm 
  • Where: Carbon Canyon Regional Park, 4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA 92823
  • Cost: Kids 15 and under fish for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult, parking is $5.00 
  • To register: call (714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com

 

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May the 4th be With You!

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Once Upon a Storybook has a special event planned for the 4th of May. “May the Fourth Be with You! Come and celebrate May the 4th, the unofficial Star Wars holiday with an exciting Star Wars storytime and create Yoda origami!

This event is perfect for children in 1st – 4th grades.

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  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E. 17th St. #C, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: $5.00 per child
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OC Zoo Bear Awareness Day

OC Zoo Black BearCome learn all about bears at the OC Zoo’s Bear Awareness Day on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10:00 am -4:00 pm

There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids including crafts, special keeper chats about bears, a learning station where you can find out more about bear conservation and research, how to “bear proof” camping sites, and what to do if you see a bear.

Reservations are not required for this event, Admission to OC Zoo is $2 per person ages 3 years and over; Ages 2 years and under are free. Entry Fee for Irvine Regional Park is $5 per vehicle on weekends.

OC Zoo is located inside Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869

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Rocket Launch!

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Join the Boeing Company and Discovery Cube for their annual Rocket Launch! This FREE family-friendly event is a hands-on, engaging day of designing, building and launching your own Rocket!

There are activities for all ages including a competition to make and launch your very own rocket made from a 2-liter plastic soda bottle. Bring your pre-built rocket from home or built it there (please bring your own bottle). Design and attach a parachute to your rocket for the full effect. 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.

  • When: Saturday, May 7, 2105 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: The Boeing Company, 5301 Bolsa Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
  • Cost: FREE
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Citrusfest

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The 5th annual Citrus Festival at the historic Anaheim Packing District takes place today!! Celebrate all things citrus at this free event! 

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Head over to the Packing District between 4:00 pm -10:00 pm for some sweet giveaways, local makers and artisans, live music, hard lemonade garden and kids activities and games!

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Enter the raffle to win a 7 day luxury vacation getaway all benefiting the Anaheim Historical Society. Grab good eats from over 20 of the Packing House restaurants. If you want something yummy to drink make sure to try out the new Mini Monster!

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Mini Monster was kind enough to invite us to their soft opening at couple of weeks ago and treated my family to some of the yummiest Matcha Green Tea and Jasmine Tea’s we’ve ever had! My girls absolutely loved their Strawberry Lemonade Snow Clouds.

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The festival takes place at the Anaheim Packing District, located at 440 S Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, California 92805

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Rancho Days Fiesta

RanchoDaysHeritage Hill Historical Park presents the 20th Annual RANCHO DAYS FIESTA on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Come explore the rich history of Orange County’s rancho era through hands-on activities, crafts, music, and dance.

Activities and performances include:

  • Native American and Folklorico dancing
  • Early California ranching hands-on activities & exhibitors
  • Piñata breaking
  • butter churning
  • candle dipping

There will also be Rancho-era music and crafts for children as well as Charro horse riding and roping demonstrations. The Historic buildings will be open, courtesy of the Amigo de la Colina docents.

  • When: Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Heritage Hill Historical Park, 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest, CA 92630
  • Cost: $5.00 per person, Free for children under age 3
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2nd Annual STEAM Carnival

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 Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is excited to present the second annual STEAM Carnival – tomorrow Saturday, April 30th.

This family-friendly event for all ages is designed to provide children with fun, hands-on activities in an interactive carnival atmosphere to spark their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM).

Discover, experiment, learn and play as a family with a variety of STEAM activities, games, animal exhibit, live performances, prizes and so much more!

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Where: The Market Place, Irvine at the Edwards Courtyard, located at 13782 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
  • Cost: Tickets are $5.00 at the door. The first 350 attendees will also receive a limited-edition tote bag. 

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Weekend Hikes

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Get your hiking boots out, this weekend will be a perfect time for a hike! There is so much to see and do this weekend but why not start it off with a FREE guided hike, compliments of our Orange County Parks?

The guided hikes are always FREE just cover the parking.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

The Birds of Baker Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join a moderate-paced bird walk through the beautiful oak woodland of Baker Canyon, home to a diverse variety of bird species. Learn about which species you’re most likely to see and how to identify them.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Black Star Canyon Wilderness Park, click here.


Online Registration

Date:  4/30/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Family Hike: Round Canyon – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Enjoy an early evening family hike in Round Canyon, where you’ll hike along a flat trail and cross a creek while watching for red-tailed hawks and mule deer. The hike will average 2-3 miles roundtrip.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more activities in Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve, click here.


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Date:  4/30/2016
Time:  4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Fremont Loop Distance Hike – Irvine Ranch Open Space
Join an extremely challenging 15-mile loop hike around the entire rim of Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Driving directions will be provided after registration.
  • For more events in Fremont Canyon,click here.


Online Registration

Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  7:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Guided Nature Hike – Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
Join the Park Ranger for a one mile nature hike in the beautiful Bell Canyon area of Caspers Wilderness Park. Hike lasts approximately one hour and is suitable for all ages.

  • Contact park office for hike updates.
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle (day use fee).
  • Meet at the Old Corral Day Use Area.
Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Nature Hike in Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park – Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
Come out and join us for a great nature hike into Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park. This hike will begin in the Borrego Parking lot where we will head into Whiting Ranch on Borrego Trail. As we hike into the park we will be learning a little about the different plants and animals that call Whiting Ranch their home.  We will be hiking about 1.5 miles. Participants must wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Remember to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and all other necessary equipment to keep you safe on the trail.  Just a quick note that if you are bringing the little ones, the trail we will be on is not stroller friendly. Registration required, please click link below.
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Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Sunday Family Fun Hike – Aliso & Wood Canyons Park
When was the last time you took the family out to hike for pure enjoyment? On this excursion, we’ll focus on fun facts, nature themed games, and wildlife habits while answering questions from your little ones.

  • Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area (from southbound Aliso Creek Road, turn right on Glenwood [turns into Pacific Park] and right on Canyon Vistas. Meet at the entrance to Canyon View Park).
  • For questions, call (949) 497-8324 Mon-Fri & (949) 923-2200 Sat/Sun.
  • This is a 2-mile (150-ft. elevation gain) hike.
  • For ages 7 and up.
  • Parking: Free.
  • Please sign-up online using link below


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Date:  5/1/2016
Time:  9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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Insect & Arthropod Zoo

Nix Nature Center
Nix Nature Center

Look, Listen and Learn with Dr. Sue Ph.D (also known as the Bug Lady) and her zoo full of amazing live Insects and Arthropods at the Nix Nature Center. Touch an insect, try out the insect scavenger hunt, sort arthropods and make your own insect to take home!

To be part of the creeping crawly fun – sign-up for this event online. Please note that parking is limited. It is best to arrive early as the parking lot fills to capacity.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center (west side of Laguna Canyon Road/SR-133, approximately 3.5-miles south of I-5/405)
  • Cost: Free, parking $3.00 per vehicle
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Rockin’ Family Fun Night!

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Image Courtesy of RockinJumpSantaAna Facebook page

Join Rockin’ Jump as they host their first ever Rockin’ Family Fun Fair, tonight, Thursday, April 28th from 4:00pm-8:00pm.

The Event is FREE to attend! Bring your family and friends and enjoy a memorable night together at Rockin’ Jump.

Meet local, family-friendly vendors who will spoil you with products and services. They’ll be raffling off a Family 4-pack of jump time and the chance to win some FREE SWAG from the follow companies:

Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whale Watching
CodeRev Kids
Front Porch Pops
K1 Speed
Chick-fil-A Bristol and MacArthur
School of Rock Tustin
OC Animal Care
The Arts & Learning Conservatory
American Martial Arts Academy
Silver Stirrup Riding Academy
Australian Swim School
Sender One Climbing
Brain Builders Educational Programs

The first 25 attendees will receive VIP SWAG BAGS with free jump time and other discounts from our vendors! Don’t miss our Family Night deal – 4 jumpers for 1 hour, 1 large pizza, & 1 pitcher of soda for just $30!

  • When: Tonght, Thursday, April 28, 2016 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Where: Rockin’ Jump, 1411 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA
  • Cost: FREE
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Impossible Science

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 Join Columbia Memorial Space Center for the “Impossible Science Lab” hosted by Magician and Quantum Physicist Jason Latimer. Learn how to bend light, become invisible, blow square bubbles, and more!

“The Impossible Science Lab is a hands-on, interactive event that explores the science behind the seemingly impossible. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn how to turn objects invisible, explore levitation, play with the science of mind control, discover impossible figures and even learn how to walk on water. This event will examine the question “what is possible?” and use visual and interactive experiences to show how the seemingly impossible can become possible through curiosity and knowledge.

The “Impossible Science Lab” was created by Jason Latimer. Jason is one of the judges, along with Penn & Teller, on Syfy’s magic competition TV series, “Wizard Wars.” He is a scientist, three-time World Champion of Magic, winner of the BBC One’s The Magicians, and a huge education advocate! Jason’s research based out of the Fleet Science Center in San Diego, CA and his various university lectures on the topics of invisibility, teleportation, transformation and making other “impossibilities” possible through applied science has gathered recognition in science and education communities around the world.”

  • When: Daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm through Saturday, April 30, 2016
  • Where: Columbia Memorial Space Center, 12400 Columbia Way, Downey, California 90242
  • Cost: $5.00 for Adults and Children 4 years and older, Children 3 years and younger are FREE
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Science in the Park

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OC Parks and The John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center are hosting Science in the Park, a fun and educational day for the whole family. The event features paleontology, archaeology, Orange County history. geology, biology, native plants and animals and junior scientist camp.

The event takes place on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The days schedule consists of:

  • 11:00 am – “California’s Volcanos” by Valbone “Vali” Memeti, CSUF assistant professor of geological sciences
  • 12:00 pm – Volcano demonstration by David D. Bowman, interim dean of CSUF’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of geological sciences
  • 1:00 pm – “Traditional & Contemporary Uses of California Native Plants” by Craig Torres of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe
  • 2:00 pm – “Ice Age Fossils” by Eric Scott, Cooper Center associate curator for paleontology
  • 3:00 pm – “Orange County Archaeology” by Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, Cooper Center associate curator for archeology

You’ll learn about Orange County natural history, our native animals and plants and local Native American culture and the world of science. All of the activities and lectures are lead by leading experts in their fields.

The Junior Scientist Camp will feature plenty of hand-on activities and educational crafts. There will also be storytime’s held throughout the day in the Orange County Zoo along with OC Ranger talks.

  • When: Saturday, April 30, 2016, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869
  • Cost: Zoo Admission $2.00, parking is $5.00 per vehicle
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Chapter Two

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Just a couple months ago my favorite Children’s book store, Once Upon a Storybook, was in fear of closing. Thanks to an investor, Once Upon a Storybook‘s story continues! Chapter Two is a Grand re-opening and celebration of what is come. Ms. Susie and Ms Tina have a fun-filled day planned.

Today’s festivities include

  • Raffles through out the day
  • An Ice Queen Sing-along
  • Endless popcorn
  • Balloon artist
  • A concert from Emily Arrow – singer/songwriter of children’s literature songs
  • Authors – Salina Yoon, Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein of Lil’ Libros, and Marcia Berneger to name a few
  • A cocktail reception for the adults at the end of the day.
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Come and celebrate this bookshop and all it has to offer our community and our children.

  • Where: Once Upon a Storybook, 17300 E 17th St, # C, Tustin, CA
  • When: Today – Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Cost: FREE
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