Tag: family fun

Shark Lagoon Nights


Shark Lagoon Nights are a FREE event at Aquarium of the Pacific and are held most Friday nights.

The public is invited to get up close with the ocean’s ultimate predators at the Aquarium of the Pacific for FREE during Shark Lagoon Nights. Guests will have the opportunity to touch bamboo sharks and see large sharks such as sandtigers as well as rays in the Aquarium’s Shark Lagoon.

Enjoy Coffee, hot cocoa, beer, wine, desserts, and snacks as they are available for purchase.

WHEN FRIDAY, FEB 5, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 19, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, FEB 26, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAR 25, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 1, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 8, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 22, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, APR 29, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 6, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 3, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
FRIDAY, JUN 10, 2016 | 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
COST FREE for everyone!
Where Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
INFO (562) 590-3100, ext. 0

Pumpkin Launch


On Saturday, November  7, 2014, Join Discovery Cube at Cal State Fullerton for the annual Pumpkin Launch event!

  • Participate in hands-on activities and challenges
  • Witness flying pumpkins launched by giant trebuchets
  • Bring a carved pumpkin for our pumpkin carving contest (must be pre-carved)
  • Enjoy food from your favorite gourmet food trucks

Bring your lawn chairs and witness history at this free event as teams compete to see who can launch a pumpkin at targets using giant trebuchets and other devices. Plus, kids can participate in hands-on activities throughout the day. Don’t miss this great family event!

Admission is FREE  – Register Now

Saturday, November 7, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cal State Fullerton is located at 800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, 92831. Parking is free on Saturdays. Campus map and directions are available online.

This event gives engineering enthusiasts can watch various homemade trebuchets launch pumpkins through the air during the competition.

For a more hands-on lesson on projectiles, youngsters are invited to build their own mini catapults with Popsicle sticks and launch marshmallows. Other activities include pop-rocket building and a whiffle ball catapult station. Plus, a medieval showcase will present costumes, weapons, weaving materials and other replicated artifacts from the medieval ages.


Tustin Tiller Days

2015 Tustin Tiller Days Flyer-page-001The 59th annual Tustin Tiller Days Festival starts tomorrow!!! Tustin Tiller Days has been an annual event in Tustin since 1957.

The three day festival celebrates Orange County’s agricultural heritage while providing an opportunity for local non-profit organizations to promote their cause and raise much needed funds. Over the years, local civic organizations, schools, churches, and youth groups have raised thousands of dollars to benefit a wide variety of local needs.

  • When: Friday October 2nd from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm, Saturday October 3rd from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm and Sunday October 4th from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Where: Columbus Tustin Middle School, 17522 Beneta Way, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: Admission to the Festival is FREE. There are fees for carnival rides, games, food. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Parking along streets where allowed is free there is alos event parking for $7.00.

The Tustin Tiller Days parade takes place on Saturday, October 3rd.Parade at 10:00 am. The parade starts at the corner of Main and Pacific and ends at Prospect and Beneta at festival grounds.

Wake up early on Saturday and attend the Pancake Breakfast before the parade. Breakfast starts at 7:30 am – 9:30 am. The breakfast will be held at the Tustin Library Courtyard, the cost is $5 per person.


Orange International Street Fair


Orange International Street Fair (OISF) is coming up!!! The event is held in Old Town Orange was founded in 1973 and Incorporated in 1985, Orange International Street Fair features booths of international food, crafts, entertainment and more. The event schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, September 4th  2015
    5pm to 10pm
  • Saturday, September 5th 2015
    10am to 10pm
  • Sunday, September 6th 2015
    10am to 10pm

OISF is a diversified event featuring:

  • 15 ethnic streets with 42 food and alcohol booths. Food and alcohol booths are run by local non-profits with all proceeds going directly back to them.
  • Handmade Arts and Crafts section featuring local artists and their crafts.
  • Community Booth section showcasing local non-profits and the causes they support.
  • Commercial Section featuring local companies promoting their businesses.
  • A street dedicated to kids with crafts and games.
  • 8 Stages of entertainment featuring local bands playing ethnic music and your favorite songs.

Here is a list of the schedule of the weekends entertainment. Make sure to take the kids to the Children’s Street. The Children’s Street is located on North Orange St. at East Chapman Ave and geared towards the younger crowd. It features games, crafts, and snacks for purchase

Click on the map for more detailed information on location and booths


Parking: Please be prepared to walk several blocks to get into the event.  Parking can be found at several public parking lots in the surrounding area for a fee charged by local non-profit organizations. Additional parking can be found on residential streets. (Parking lots are not controlled by OISF, Inc)


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]


Birthday Party at the Zoo!

Imaga from Santa Ana Zoo Facebook page
Imaga from Santa Ana Zoo Facebook page

It’s a Zoo Birthday Party on Saturday and Sunday March 7th and 8th! The Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park will be celebrating their 63rd birthday. Come for birthday cake, miniature train displays by the Del Oro Pacific Railroad Club, live entertainment, western themed crafts for the kids, and much more!

The animals will get special birthday treats and enrichments from our AAZK team, and you can see animal presentations at the Conservation Education Theater Stage.

Ride the Conservation Carrousel for $3.00 or the Zoofari Express Train for $4.00, better yet….the combo package….$6 for both!

  • When: Sautrday & Sunday, March 7th * 8th, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where: Santa Ana Zoo, 1801 E. Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA, United States 92701
  • Cost: $10 Adult, $7 Child, $7 Senior, Members are FREE – Parking is FREE

Audubon Bird Walks


Come to El Dorado Nature Center and enjoy one of the upcoming  Audubon Bird Walks. Whether you’re a new birder or just want to sharpen your skills, join members of El Dorado Audubon for a morning walk through the Nature Center.

Image from longbeach.gov
Image from longbeach.gov
  • When:Sundays – March 8, April 12 & May 10, 2015 at 8:00 am 
  • Where: El Dorado Nature Center, 7550 E. Spring St., Long Beach, CA 90815
  • Cost: event is free, parking is $7.00 

Easter Eggstravaganza – Giveaway!!!

Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY
Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza GIVEAWAY

Are you ready for Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza? The Easter Bunny is hoping into Irvine Park Railroad from Saturday, March 14th through Saturday, April 4th.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad
Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

You can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park and children ages 2 through 12 can go on an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad
Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased and exchanged for a wristband to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring your Easter baskets but no need to worry if you forget  – Irvine Park Railroad will have Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt.

Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for complete details on the Easter egg hunts including times and costs.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad
Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Children can meet the Easter Bunny and have their pictures taken for $10.00 (this includes a complimentary photo that will be taken by Irvine Park Railroad staff) If you’d like additional prints of the same photo, you can buy them for $6.00. Photos will be printed in a few short minutes at the Easter Bunny booth.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad
Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

There will be other activities to take part in during the Easter Eggstravaganza including hay rides, a moon bounce, Easter cookie decorating, carnival games, face painting, picture stands and more. Please visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com for full details including costs.

The park entrance fee – charged by the County of Orange – is $3.00 per vehicle on weekdays and $5.00 per vehicle on weekends and it not included in the giveaway.

Irvine Park Railroad opens daily at 10:00 am and is located at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.

Image compliments of  Irvine Park Railroad
Image compliments of Irvine Park Railroad

Now for the fun part – Project Refined Life has a giveaway compliments of Irvine Park Railroad. Here are the details:

One Reader will be given chosen randomly to receive the following giveaway** consisting of the following:

  • 4 Tickets (which can be used to ride the train OR participate in Easter Eggstravaganza activities)

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park deuce coupe bike rental

  • 1 Wheel Fun Rentals at Irvine Park paddle boat rental

The approximate value of the Giveaway package is $55.00! Enter to win this fun giveaway in the form below. You can begin entering tonight, February 28, 2015 at midnight through 3/7/2015 at midnight.

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**No purchaseis necessary to enter. The winner will selected by Rafflecopter and will receive an email notification. Please make sure to respond within 48 hours of notification otherwise another winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter. The winner will receive tickets that will be mailed directly to their home (or mailing) address from Irvine Park Railroad. This giveaway applies to US Residents Only.

Disclosure: Although ProjectRefinedLife.com has received complimentary admission to this event, all opinions are strictly my own.


Scrumptious Science

Join in on a Scrumptious Science edu-taining and enchanted experience as Sub Zero Ice Cream turns chemistry delicious!

Learn about liquid nitrogen, heat transfer, chemistry equations, hydrogen bonds and more! At the end of the presentation the students get to eat the fruits of their academic labors with ice cream samples and a coupon!

Seats are available on a first come, first serve basis. $3 per person, pay at the door.

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  • When: Friday, February 20, 2015: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Where: Crown Valley Community Park, 29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel, 92677
  • Cost: $3.00 per person

You’re Invited!

You’re Invited to Irvine Park Railroad’s 19th Anniversary Celebration 2015

Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad
Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

Come to Irvine Park Railroad on Saturday, February 21st and Sunday, February 22, 2015 to celebrate their 19th anniversary. This anniversary celebration comes with gifts for us!  

That’s right, Irvine Park Railroad is rolling back their prices to the original 1996 prices! This means FREE giveaways and $2.00 train rides! The train ride takes passengers on a 12-minute ride through scenic Irvine Regional Park. The engineer narrates the ride pointing out all of the history inside of the 114 year-old park.

Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad
Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

I love visiting Irvine Park Railroad, it’s just a few minutes away from home for us but I always feel like were no near the city when were here and my girls love riding the train.

The anniversary celebration will also feature other $2.00 activities and concessions including carnival games, hot dogs, sodas, ice creams, popcorn, bounce house tickets and cotton candy. Face painting and panning for gold require two $2.00 tickets.

Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad
Image courtesy of Irvine Park Railroad

What a great way of saying thank you to all of the loyal visitors of Irvine Park Railroad over the years.

The $2 tickets are valid during the Anniversary Celebration weekend only. Coupons, discounts and/or any other promotions are not valid on the anniversary celebration dates.


While at Irvine Regional Park, be sure and visit the parks other activities including Wheel Fun Rentals® at Irvine Park bike and paddle boat rentals, pony rides, the Orange County Zoo (this is such an awesome little zoo) and the Nature Center. 

  • When: Saturday, February 21, 2015 and Sunday, February 22, 2015,park opens at 10:00 am.
  • Where: Irvine Park Railroad is located inside of Irvine Regional park  Park at 1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA 92869.
  • Cost: Event is free, The park entrance fee is $5.00 per vehicle, $2.00 tickets for train tickets and other activities.

Irvine Park Railroad is open year round (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Annual events include the Easter Eggstravaganza, Anniversary Celebration, Pumpkin Patch, Fourth Grade California History Education Program, Christmas Tree Ranch, and Christmas Train.

For more information visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.