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2nd Saturday’s at Ameal Moore Nature Center

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Join Ameal Moore Nature Center for Second Saturdays. Every Second Saturday of the month Ameal Moore Nature Center hosts FREE family-friendly events which include educational activities and crafts.

  • When: the second Saturday of each month from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where:Ameal Moore Nature Center, 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)
  • Cost: FREE

The 2015 schedule is: Feb 14, Mar 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12, October 10, November 14, December 12

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President’s Day Festival

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What better way to celebrate President’s Day and the 72nd Birthday of Battleship IOWA than at the Battleship of President’s!

This day long festival is FREE for the whole family to enjoy!  Come and explore the history that the Battleship tour has to offer (at an additional price), and then stay for a drink, some music, dancing and fun.  Celebrate in the Sailor’s Bar and have a drink, order a snack at one of the food trucks, dance along to the music of a 40’s jazz band, try your aim at the WWII shooting gallery or simply walk around and visit with the local vendors.  There will be something for everyone to enjoy so come on down.

The Festival is FREE to the public.  Parking is available for $1/hour directly in front of the Battleship.  Regular admission rates will apply to all daily tours.   Food and beverages will be available at an additional fee.

  • When: Today, February 16, 2015 @ 10:00 AM
  • Where: Battleship IOWA, 250 S. Harbor Blvd. San Pedro, CA 90731
  • Cost: The event is Free, Parking fees apply

If you have questions call 877-446-9261

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President’s Day Celebration

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Come and mingle with our founding fathers at the Ronald Reagan Library President’s Day Celebration. The 23rd Annual President’s Day Celebration at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum starts today, February 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This celebration includes fun for the entire family, including crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-a likes. Hot dogs, pie and other all-American food will be available for purchase.

President’s Day activities are free to the public. Regular Museum admission rates apply to view the Ronald Reagan Presidential Museum, the Amazing Automobiles: The Ultimate Car Exhibit, and the spectacular Air Force One Pavilion.

  • Ronald Reagan Library is located at: 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA. 93065
  • For more information, please call 805-522-2977.
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Slither into Nix Nature Center

Nix Nature Center

It’s almost time the resident snakes at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park to stretch out in the sun after their long winter brumation. They will have some live (if not yet lively) local snakes for you to drop in and visit.

You can also enjoy the brand new video about snakes in the park.  Find out what to do if you encounter a snake in the trail…and how snakes are useful to people. Make a snake to take.

  • When: Sunday, February 15, 2015 from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Where:18751 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651- 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).
  • For questions call: 949-497-8324 Mon-Fri, 949-923-2235 Sat/Sun.
  • Cost: Event is Free – Parking is $3  per vehicle.

Online Registration

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Afterschool Art

Join in the fun at the Tustin library for FREE Afterschool Art! On the second Tuesday of every month at 4:00 pm the Tustin Library will have a fun craft project. All supplies are provided free of charge.

Projects are geared toward school age kids, but younger children are welcome to participate with their parent’s help.

Monthly Schedule:
2/10/15 Valentine’s Day craft
3/10/15 Rainbow craft
4/14/15 Earth Day craft
5/12/15 Spring craft
6/9/15 Music craft

  • When: the second Tuesday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm / February through June
  • Where: Tustin Library is located at 345 East Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780
  • Cost: FREE

Supplies are limited so please be sure to arrive early.

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Free Days at the Autry

 AutryNationalCenterI’m always looking for FREE things to do with my family that also offers some sort of educational value. Since we have a few days off school coming up within the next month or so, I’m trying to pre-plan some activities.

Here’s an option for an upcoming day off – The Autry National Center of the American West. The Autry offers FREE days on the second Tuesday of every month as well as on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Presidents’ Day.

The Autry inhabits a unique niche of Western history and culture. Although there are exemplary art museums and many historic sites in our region, there is only one museum devoted to Western history and culture. The Autry is the only museum of its kind located in a major metropolitan center and the only museum that combines multiple Native American perspectives with Western histories and cultures in such a profoundly interconnected and multifaceted way. No place welcomes so many traditions, ideas, cultures, and people as the Autry. As a museum-plus-education-plus-research institution, the Autry brings together the diverse experiences, collections, and creativity that symbolize the West.

The Autry is located in Griffith Park (another family friendly spot with affordable fun) at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Museum Hours are Tuesday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Saturday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

 

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Museums Free-For-All

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Over 20 museums— presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information.

“Museums Free-For-All” partners with Metro, encouraging visitors to Go Metro to explore the participating museums, many of which are a short walk away from Metro Bus or Rail. Go Metro to more museum destinations at metro.net/discounts.

Participating Museums:

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Annenberg Space for Photography

Armory Center for the Arts

California African American Museum

California Science Center

Craft Folk & Art Museum

Fowler Museum at UCLA

The Getty Center

The Getty Villa
(Timed tickets are required.)

Hammer Museum

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
(Offer valid for general admission only. Does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions.)

Los Angeles Fire Department Museum and Memorial
(Hollywood and San Pedro)

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)

Museum of Latin American Art

Museum of Tolerance*

The Paley Center for Media

The Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

Pasadena Museum of California Art

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Skirball Cultural Center

The Torrance Art Museum

USC Pacific Asia Museum

William S. Hart Museum

Zimmer Children’s Museum*

*Closed on Saturdays, offering free admission on Sunday, February 1, 2015 as part of Museums Free-for-All

This offer is for general museum admission only and does not apply to specially ticketed exhibitions. Regular parking fees apply. Consult individual museum websites for hours and other visitor information.

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Ameal Moore Nature Center

Image from mysycamorecanyon.com
Image from mysycamorecanyon.com

Join Ameal Moore Nature Center for Second Saturdays. Every Second Saturday of the month Ameal Moore Nature Center hosts FREE family-friendly events which include educational activities and crafts.

January’s Second Saturday will examine animal tracking! Get ready to discuss the how, why, and where of animal tracking.

  • When: Saturday, January 10, 2015 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Where:Ameal Moore Nature Center, 400 Central Ave, Riverside, CA 92507 (map)
  • Cost: FREE
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Weekend Hikes – December 27-28, 2014

OC Parks has a some great hikes planned for this weekend including a night hike at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. This hike is very popular with families. My girls were very excited about hiking at night and the live animal presentation prior to the hike was a hit with all the kids.

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Saturday,December 27, 2014

Nature Walk @ O’Neill regional Park – Join our Naturalists on a nature walk and learn about Trabuco Canyon animals and nature. Light to moderate walk on mostly paved roads. Meet at the Nature Center just inside the main entrance of the park.

  • Ages: All Ages Welcome
  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle

(Event is conditional on the weather.) Contact: (949) 923-2260

Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

 

Guided Hike @ Irvine Regional Park – Join our naturalists on a nature walk and learn about the local plants, animals and history of Irvine Park. Light to moderate walking on both paved paths and trails. Meet at the Nature Center near the OC Zoo in parking lot #19.

  • All ages welcome
  • Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

 

Ho Ho Happy New Year Night Hike @ Carbon Canyon – Come see Carbon Canyon Regional Park in a completely different setting – in the dark! Park rangers will lead a starlit hike showcasing the natural wonders that can only be seen at night.The Ho Ho Happy New Year Night Hike will feature many fun activities, including:• A visit to the Nature Center
• A live animal presentation
• Hot cocoa and cookies
• A hike through the wilderness area (approx. 2 miles round trip. Hike is optional)
• Parking is FREE AFTER 5:30 p.m.
• Event is FREE!This is an outdoor event. Please dress warmly, wear good walking shoes and bring a flashlight. (No pets please)**Rain will cancel event**

Space is limited, please call to register:

(714) 973-3160 or email carboncanyon@ocparks.com


Date:  12/27/2014
Time:  5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

 Sunday, December 28, 2014

Ranger Led Nature Hike @ Caspers  Wilderness Park – Join our Park Rangers Sunday mornings for an easy 1-mile hike on the Nature Trail. The trail takes visitors through grassland, oak woodland, riparian and sandy cactus scrub communities. Meet at Old Corral Day Use area. Rain will cancel hike. 

  • Fee: Free
  • Parking: $5 per vehicle
  • Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes.
  • Sunscreen, water and insect repellent are recommended.

 For additional information, please call the park at (949) 923-2210.

Date: 12/28/2014
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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Weekend Roundup – October 24 – 26, 2014

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There’s tons of Halloween fun to be had in this Weekend Roundup.

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All Month Long:

 Spooky Science everyday at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana

Thomas and Friends everyday at Discover Science Center in Santa Ana

Boomont Park  every Friday, Saturday & Sunday at Belmont Park in San Diego

Spooktacular Saturday’s every Saturday at OC Great Park in Irvine

Pumpkin Patch  everyday at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Irvine Park Railroad Pumpkin Patch everyday at Irvine Regional Park

Technique Cooking Classes every Sunday at Williams-Sonoma

Jr. Chef Classes every Saturday at Williams-Sonoma

Drop in and Draw at Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa

Kidvasion, freebie deals for kids all over San Deigo

Zoomars Pumpkinpalooza everyday in San Juan Capistrano

Parent & Me Time every Wednesday at Shipley Nature Center in Huntington Beach

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Friday, October 24, 2014:

Free Shark Lagoon Nights Tonight and every Friday night at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

Halloween Spooktacular & Moonlight Movie at Latern Bay Park in Dana Point

Haunted Aquarium-Shipwrecked  at Birch Aquarium in La Jolla

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Friday Nights at MOLAA in Long Beach

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Saturday, October 25, 2014:

Anaheim Fall Festival and Halloween Parade in Anaheim

Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Halloween Zoo-tacular at OC Zoo in Orange

Boo Parade in San Diego

Spooky Science Nights at Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey

Spooky Creatures in the Garden at the LA Arboretum in Arcadia

Sea Scare at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Pumpkin Glow at Pavillon Park in Irvine

Village Venture Arts & Crafts Faire in Claremont Village

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Sunday, October 26, 2014:

Tidepool Terrors at Ocean Institute in Dana Point

 Turbo Fast Weekend at Discovery Cube in Santa Ana

Pumpkinmania at Tanaka Farms in Irvine

Halloween Family Day at Balboa Park in San Diego

Owl-a-ween at Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista

Boo at the Zoo at the Santa Ana Zoo in Santa Ana

Creepy Crawlies and Night Creatures at The Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center in Newport Beach

 

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