Tag: crafts

Acorn Day at O’Neill Regional Park

Acorn-DayCome join in under the oaks at O’Neill Regional Park for Acorn Day. This FREE event will have ranger led hikes and interpretive programs for families, as well as crafts, games, tree planting and much, much more.

Live animals will be on exhibit with a petting zoo! There will also be a butterfly enclosure.

Presentations will be going on throughout the day, including storytelling and acorn preparation demonstrations.

  • Saturday, October 4, 2014

  • 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Parking is $5

  • All ages welcome

  • Food available for nominal fee

O’Neill Regional Park

30892 Trabuco Canyon Road
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678


13th annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival at Aquarium of the Pacific


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month and Mexican Independence Day, the Aquarium of the Pacific will host its thirteenth annual Baja Splash Cultural Festival featuring live entertainment, crafts, educational programs, ethnic cuisine, and much more.

This Aquarium weekend festival celebrates the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through song, dance, art, and cultural displays. Mariachi music, Mexican folkloric and Aztec dance troupes, interactive mural painting, Salvadoran dance, Guatemalan performances, and other special programs are featured. Guests can also learn more about the amazing animals of Baja, Mexico and how to help protect them.

WHEN SATURDAY, SEP 27, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
SUNDAY, SEP 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
COST Included with general admission to guests. Free to Aquarium members; 20% off for their guests.
TICKETS General admission is required. You can purchase tickets online.
Members get in free. No reservation needed.
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0
LOCATION Download and print this coupon and get free child admission to this festival!



Star Wars Reads Day


Star Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. It was launched in 2012 by Lucasfilm and its publishing partners — Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK Publishing, Klutz, Random House Audio, Scholastic, and Workman Publishing. Last year, Quirk Books joined the fun, Disney Book Group is also participating  this year

There are Star Wras Reads events being held at Barnes & Noble and libaries through out the country- for more information visit Starwars.com or follow hashtag #StarWarsReads

Get ready for the event with book recommendations shared on the official Star Wars Reads Facebook Page and here’s a Star Wars activity kit available to download  in Color.pdf and Black and White.pdf


Here are some local Orange County Star Wars Reads Day Events: 

Mesa Verde Library – Star Wars Reading Day – Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

Come to celebrate Star Wars Reads Day, an international event that promotes reading and all things Star Wars! There will be Jedi trivia games (with prizes), a special Padawan storytime, Eewok crafts, and an exciting choreographed lightsaber action sequence (totally non-lethal) performed by the Saber Guild dressed in full Jedi gear. Free family event, all ages welcome.

 Mesa Verde Library 2969 Mesa Verde Drive , Costa Mesa, CA. 92626

Central Library in Newport Beach – Star Wars Reads Day – Saturday , October 11, 2014  from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.

Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars characters for crafts, games and special guests!

Central Library in Newport Beach 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach, CA 92660

Barnes & Noble – nationwide events

Celebrate with Storytime, paper crafts, trivia contests and more from 1:00 until 3:00 pm. Dress up for a chance to win our costume contest.

Orange – Star Wars Reads Day- Saturday October 11, 2014  from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

791 South Main Street Suite 100, Orange, CA 92868

Irvine – Star Wars Reads Day – Saturday October 11, 2014  at 11:00 am.

4600 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604

Or check their Event Locator for an store near you

 Orange Public Library & History Center – Star Wars Day – Saturday, October 18,2014  from 2:00 – 4:00 pm

This special event will include storytime, a dueling lightsaber demonstration, costume contest and a meet-and-greet with their favorite characters.

Orange Public Library and History Center 407 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92866

Space will be limited at these events and they will fill up quickly, be sure to arrive early.

 In celebration of the new Star Wars Rebel TV series, Toys R Us  is hosting  a special Star Wars/Lego event. Visit your local Toys R Us  for a FREE  Ghost Ship mini build FREE  Ghost Ship on Saturday, October 11, 2014 between 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., I love getting Free Legos!



For the love of a child.

Twice a week I attend an early learning preschool program with my youngest daughter. The program is run through an organization called “Think Together”.  Parents/Grandparents/Aunts attend with their child twice a week. One day you attend a parent component (workshop) while your children are in the other room learning and the other day you take an active roll in child’s education by assisting in all lessons, craft time, play time, carpet time, etc. I have seen tremendous growth in Ava since attending this program.

The program is planned and led by the director and the wonderful woman who facilitates the weekly parenting workshops (both of whom I just love). The “Teachers” are all volunteers through AmeriCorps (all of them are great!). Each Thursday, we are sent home with bag full of books to read to our children. Our children then draw a picture of their favorite book . On the following Tuesday, we share it. It is so amazing to see all of the children’s growth through their pictures. We then have our weekly parenting workshop that teach you parenting methods and exercises to try at home.

Some how, the weekly parent component classes have turned into so something special. The woman who facilitates the parent component has given the Moms a chance to not only learn and share parenting skills but also to share everything that is going on in our “Mom” lives. Our thoughts, struggles, proud moments and ideas. This has quickly become a place of growing but more important a room full very different women who have become friends. Some of us have become very close.

Today, we made sock puppets for our children. The sock puppet is to be used by our children or us to express feelings or to talk to each other; not as ourselves but as the puppet (I think this could work). The room was quite with all the busy moms/Grandma’s/Aunts working and sharing to create the perfect sock puppet to delight our children. I thought it was great, A room full of women brought together, creating sock puppets all for the love of a child. Amazing!