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Fishing Derby

Image courtesy of Orange County Parks Facebook page
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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Family Science Sundays

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

It’s time for the monthly Family Science Sunday at the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center. Once a month, families enjoy FREE activities with a different educational theme to explore inside the Muth Interpretive Center classroom.

Muth Interpretive Center

All the activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. The classroom has plenty for your children to explore: live animals, puzzles, games, puppets and the most lovely tree house that the kids adore.

Be sure to ask the front desk about the 12 minute movie in the theater. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

  • When: Sunday, December 27, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE
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Family Science Sundays

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

Come to the Muth Interpretive Center at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Center for Family Science Sundays. Once a month, families enjoy FREE activities with a different educational theme to explore inside the Muth Interpretive Center classroom.

 

Muth Interpretive Center

All the activities are self guided and may include hands on exhibits, outside hikes, crafts and more. The classroom has plenty for your children to explore: live animals, puzzles, games, puppets and the most lovely tree house that the kids adore.

Be sure to ask the front desk about the 12 minute movie in the theater. All ages are welcome, and no registration is required.

  • When: Sunday, November 29, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • Where: Upper Newport Bay Nature Center/Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660
  • Cost: FREE
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OC Fire Authority Open House

Bring your family and friends to The Orange County Fire Authority’s Open House. See live fire demonstrations, use a fire hose to put out make-believe fires, try on firefighter turnouts, enjoy free food and discover fire safety information in a fun-filled environment!

The Orange County Fire Authority Open House will take place on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Open House attendees are encouraged to park at the Salvation Army lot at 10200 Pioneer Road. Shuttle service from the lot to OCFA will be offered from 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

For more information, visit www.ocfa.org or call 714-573-6200.

 

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JPL Open House

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Back in July I told you to “Save the Date” for the NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory annual Open House. It’s time – this FREE annual event takes place this weekend!!!

On Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11, 2015, visitors on a “ride” through the wonders of space. Highlights will include a life-size model of the Curiosity Mars rover; demonstrations from numerous space missions; JPL’s machine shop, where robotic spacecraft parts are built; and the Microdevices Lab, where engineers and scientists use tiny technology to revolutionize space exploration.

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Be prepared, this event does get packed. It’s not unusual for up to 20,000 people per day to visit JPL during the Open House. Even with the crowds, visitors have great experiences, but be patient. Here are JPL suggestions to get the most out of your day:

  • Be sure to arrive early and be patient as there is only one entrance into JPL including a possible security check of your vehicle. Also, please note where you park.
  • Use your smartphone or tablet to try out JPL’s Open House web app to navigate the Lab. It provides real-time information on wait times at various sites, as well as directions to restrooms, food concessions, and other amenities.
  • The longest lines are usually at the Spacecraft Assembly Facility — the cleanrooms where we build spacecraft — and the Space Flight Operations Facility, where we communicate with all our missions. Keep this in mind if you want to include these sites in your visit.
  • Five movies will be shown throughout the day. The lines at these screenings can be shorter than other lines, and the movies offer a way to get off your feet in a cool place for a half hour while learning more about JPL missions.
  • Activities for young children are marked in the site listings. Do keep in mind that most experiences at JPL’s Open House are not intended for the very young.
  • Need help? Look for JPLers in bright red JPL-Caltech shirts with name tags. Information booths are also located around the Lab, as shown on the map.
  • Remember as you plan your visit that Open House ends at 4 p.m.

Vehicles entering NASA/JPL property are subject to inspection. Visitors cannot bring these items into NASA/JPL: weapons, explosives, incendiary devices, dangerous instruments, alcohol, illegal drugs, pets, all types of skates including skateboards, Segways and bicycles. No bags, backpacks or ice chests are allowed, except small purses and diaper bags. Drones are not allowed to fly over NASA/JPL under any circumstances.

JPL recommends arriving before 8:30 am to assure you get good parking. Also, be prepared for the heat. They will have water for sale but you may want to bring some from home.

  • When: Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: JPL, click here for directions
  • Cost: FREE – No tickets or reservations required.

Follow @NASAJPL on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #JPLOpen. You can post photos and videos on the Facebook Open House event page at: JPL Open House Facebook page

Click here to Download the 2015 Open House Map Guide

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OC Children’s Book Festival

OCbookfestivalI love rainy days. There’s nothing better than snuggling up with a good book. Wait…don’t snuggle – grab your umbrella and get over to the The Orange County Children’s Book Festival!

This fabulous and FREE festival is happening today! It is in its 12th year, in 2014, there were over 130 authors, more than 25 illustrators, dozens of storytellers and great family-oriented entertainers.

The Festival featured over 135 booksellers, educational exhibitors and related vendors. More than 30,000 people attended the Festival last year.

There is something for children of all ages to experience at the Orange County Children’s Book Festival.  From a trackless train ride around the OCC campus to children’s craft corner where kids make their own book markers. There’s also an abundance of and family fun activities such as face painting, crazy hair styling, and animal petting area, musicians, dancers, balloons, readings, drawings and so much more.

The festival is taking place TODAY, Sunday, October 4, 2015 from 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at Orange Coast College.

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Sunday Funday at Beacon Park

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Join in on the first Sunday Family Funday at Beacon Park! Relax on the lawn to the Bohemian Dance Rock tunes of Denmantau. Enjoy live embroidery art. Fill your belly with eats and sweets from The Viking Truck, Tornado Potato, and I Like Pie Bake Shop. Quench your thirst with a refreshing Oktoberfest beer in the beer and wine garden.

Bring your friends, family, dogs and cats to enjoy some fun in the park.

  • When: Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 12:00 p, – 4:00 pm
  • Where: Beacon Park, 501 Benchmark, Irvine, CA 92618
  • Cost: FREE
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Bat Night at the Amphitheater

Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer
Image courtesy of Flickr user USFWS/Ann Froschauer

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park to learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!

Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join in on a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake, look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector.

Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull.

  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Road
    Laguna Niguel, CA
  • When: Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 6:45 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Cost: The event is FREE. parking is $5 per vehicle.

Click here to register for the event, space is limited.

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Hot Summer Nights!

hotsummernightsLooking for some family fun on this Hot Summer Night? Try Starry Nights at Ameal Moore Nature Center in Riverside.

Tonight, August 28, 2015 from 8-10pm join in on the second Fourth Fridays event ‘Hot Summer Nights: Starry Nights in Riverside’ as they discuss the stars! The night will include crafts and activities, information about stars, and a brief evening trek up to a telescope station where we’ll be stargazing with the Riverside Astronomical Society (RAS).

Please be sure to wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes as we will be outside and remember to bring water with you!  This event is free and family friendly!

Ameal Moore Nature Center is located at 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)

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Bats of Orange County

Image from wikipedia.org
Image from wikipedia.org

Join Park Ranger Brad Barker at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Saturday, August 8th as we learn about those mysterious creatures of the night – bats!

Ranger Barker will lead a 45-minute presentation about bats that can be found in Orange County. After the presentation, join us for a 30-minute walk to the nearby lake as we look for bats and listen for their echolocation using a bat detector. Meet at the amphitheater. Come early to look at a bat skeleton and skull!

  • When: Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 7:30 PM – 8:45 PM
  • Where: Laguna Niguel Regional Park, 28241 La Paz Rd, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
  • Cost: Event if FREE, parking is $5.00
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